Friday, November 25, 2011

Party Time!!!

 I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this time of year. Spending time with my family and friends is more important to me than anything else in the world and it seems like November and December are just full of opportunities to get together with my friends and loved ones! I love love love this time of year and I couldn't be more excited for the things to come to finish off 2011!!!!

Thanksgiving was such an awesome day for us! We started out yesterday by going to the Civic Center in Lima, Ohio and volunteering for their community Thanksgiving dinner. It was one of the most amazing acts of love that I have ever encountered. Over 2,500 people were served an awesome Thanksgiving feast and I felt so thankful to be able to be a part of it. There were people there from all different backgrounds, all different situations. I had the opportunity to walk around and visit with some of the people who were there and I loved being a part of making their Thanksgiving a special day and listening to their stories. I had people share with me how they had just lost their jobs and how things were so tough for them and I couldn't help but just feel extra thankful for the blessings we have been given over the past year.  Seeing homeless men and women looking for a warm place to sit and enjoy a meal was very sad for me but being able to serve them brought me so much joy. The guy who was in charge of the volunteers told us when we came in that what we received out of the experience would depend on how much we put into it and he was so right!!! I felt so good knowing that we had made a difference in some of their lives and even better, that my children could see how fortunate they really are. My 6 year old really put a lot into the experience and I was really proud of him. He did whatever they asked of him, even the dishes!! 

After we were finished, we went back to my parents house for our annual Thanksgiving feast! We were starving after serving that awesome meal to everyone at the Civic Center!! We had a wonderful meal and then it was time to SHOP! My husband and I went with my Dad to a Christmas auction and then we braved the craziness at our local Wal-mart. Let me just say....never again!  I have never seen people be sooo mean!!!  I saw people stealing stuff out of other people's carts and one lady got her hand stomped and her watch broke right off her wrist. It was really silly what people were doing just to save a few dollars. We gathered up the items we went to buy and then had to stand in line for over an hour just to checkout!!! The entire store looked like the picture below....people were everywhere!!!!

Now that all the crazy is over, it is time for me to start focusing on the other holiday parties we have coming up! I am the head room parent for 2 of my kids classes at school so I am busy busy buying up holiday party supplies.  We bought all of the stuff for the goody bags for their class Christmas parties today and now my little guy and I are going to fill them up and get them ready for their parties. I know they are a few weeks away but I have so much to do, I just feel like I need to do everything ahead of time so I am not going crazy the night before. Plus, we are already having Christmas with my husband's family NEXT WEEKEND!!  I am pretty sure I have everything ready to go for that but I will double check my list next week and make sure. 

WHEW! How was your Thanksgiving? Did you venture out for some Black Friday deals? 


  1. Don't you just love that warm fuzzy feeling on helping others! I think it's important to get the kids started early on helping others..If only two people help serve and have a better holiday because of this, it'll be worth it! No shopping for me.. took the kids to see the Muppet Movie

  2. I don't shop on Black Friday anymore after experiences like this one.
    Instead, I do Cyber Monday! :) My thanksgiving was wonderful, and I think I'm ready for Christmas.
    Alpine Dermatology


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