I was really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year not only so I could say I made my first Thanksgiving feast but because of the shopping that comes after it. Shannon had never experienced Black Friday before so this just made it more exciting for me. We woke up at 3:00 and were at the mall by 3:45 in the morning! Seriously we were crazy but it was so worth it and so much fun. We didn't buy much but being out in the hustle and bustle got us in the Christmas Spirit.
Our first doorbuster! YAY! JcPenny opened at 4:00 a.m and that was our first stop.
Here we are waiting in the Old Navy line @4:30 in the morning. We received free MP3 players for being two of the first 100 customers! Ok so Shan was a little more excited, it being her 1st Black friday and all...
Then came Saturday. Micah got all of our Christmas boxes down and we set out to decorate the house. He put up the lights on the outside of the house and I decorated the inside with the help of Bea. She helped put all the ornaments on the tree. I love Christmas and it seems that one holiday leads to the other. I mean in between cooking the Thanksgiving meal we were looking at ads of all the stores we would Christmas shop at while Santa was displayed on the TV going by on his sleigh in the Macy's Parade. All Thanksgiving does is officially kick off the Christmas Holiday and I love it!!! Sugar cookies and gingerbread houses here I come!
Normally birthday breakfast can go on for hours but I had to cut it short because Micah and I had another obligation. His second birthday gift from me (the first was the watch) was a wine tasting tour in the Temecula Wineries. We considered this one of the top ten things we have done together. I mean you know how many adventures Micah and I go on and this was by far one of our faves.
Micah got corked for his birthday!Friends we made along the way...
Then came Wednesday, which was Micah's 27th birthday! I had to work later than usual and Micah was planning on being home before me so Shannon came over and decorated the place before he arrived home. She said it turned out looking like an incompetent toilet papered our house but I thought it looked awesome. You can be the judge from the pictures. She wanted me to note that she was pressed for time and only had a few minutes before Micah came home. Micah wanted a special dinner called Chinese Fondue. I have no idea were the Chinese aspect comes into play considering I learned this meal from friends in Quebec and it is a French Province. Anyway you have an onion/beef broth that boils in the fondue pot and we had fresh Venison that Shannon's dad actually hunted and then had shipped frozen to us, so awesome. Anyway you cook the raw meat in the broth and we had veggies, bread , cheese and good wine to compliment the meal. It was amazing and Micah had the best time. I can't explain this meal but it is truly one of mine and Micah's favorite. Then we finished the evening with homemade Pumpkin Creme Brule. Delicious!
The Spread!The Decor!
Then came Friday which was Bea's 5th Birthday! We were so excited to be able to celebrate her birthday. I mean it seems as though just yesterday she moved in next door wearing diapers and was such a baby girl to us. We went out to a little 50's diner called Ruby's. They have the best burgers, fries and Milkshakes around and was the perfect spot to celebrate her Birthday! After that we went back home for cake and ice cream and watched Bea open her gifts!
Bea couldn't wait to try on a few of the gifts she received!
You can never have too much birthday cake...