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I could not get into Black Friday this year. At all. For years, I have been going Black Friday shopping, and every year, especially the past few, I find myself wondering why. The past couple years, the good sales were starting at midnight. That was doable for me, but I wasn’t crazy about it. Last year, I found myself standing in the Target line at 11:00pm, trying to nab a camera that went on sale at midnight. I was one of the lucky ones; by the time I got to the display, there were only two left. I quickly nabbed it and headed for the register (which took another hour). I went to a few other stores….Old Navy, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Sears…and finally to Walmart at 6 am…where I found it dead and all the sales pretty much over.

As I’m sure most of you are aware, the sales this year started at 8pm. For us, this means that my husband, who works in retail management, had to be at work at 6pm. Totally interfering with my Turkey Day! We normally get together with my family around 5pm for dinner. I had to schedule it for 2pm, so that my husband would be able to have dinner with us. Several family members were still at my house, having a great time when he had to leave. Up until that point, I was going to head out sometime that night to nab a 50′ TV on sale at Kmart. After seeing my husband reluctantly head off to the madhouse for the next nine hours, knowing he wouldn’t get off until at least 3am, and also knowing he had to be back in to work at 11am (this gave him about 4-5 hours of sleep since it takes him nearly and hour to get to/from work) and work until 8pm….I decided to forget going out to shop. It’s getting beyond ridiculous! This madness is slowly taking over Thanksgiving for my family. Anyone who works in retail, especially management, has no choice but to work…unless they work in one of the few stores that are still closed on Thanksgiving. Gone are the days when going Black Friday shopping starts at 4 or 5am! All the good stuff is gone by then these days! So, I guess you could say I protested by staying home (fat lot of good that does, but it made ME feel good!). If it comes down to it…what’s more important? Spending time with your family in celebration of Thanksgiving? Or Black Friday Madness?

If it were up to me…I’d choose family…Thanksgiving, every time.

That’s my little rant for the week, but I am thankful for so many things. I’m thankful I got to spend time with my family. I’m thankful my husband didn’t have to work all day on Thanksgiving. I’m thankful we got to see my step-kids for about 30 minutes before their mother was on the phone demanding they get back home (even though they had already had dinner with her). I’m thankful my ex and I were able to work out Thanksgiving with my son without having a piece of paper telling us how to do it and that when it comes to visitation, neither one of us is selfish (don’t get me wrong, we do have a piece of paper, we just deviate a lot when it comes to special occasions and Holidays… I make sure he gets equal Holiday time with our son, even when I don’t have to). I’m thankful my husband can make an awesome ham and that I’m a pretty darn good cook myself (I made my first pies ever this year and they turned out fabulous! Thank you, Pinterest!). I’m thankful for my children. I’m thankful that the Lord sent me a wonderful man, whom became my best friend and husband, to spend my life with. I’m thankful for my Church. I’m thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for so much more than I could ever post.

I hope all of my American readers and blogger friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I have several family members and friends that are very artistic and crafty, my mom being one of them. I’ve been hearing for years from her things like, “Do you know what you can do with an empty swimming pool? Plant vegetables!”, “Do you know what you can make out of egg cartons, crates, empty toilet paper rolls, etc”.  For years! I would always tell my mom, “No, but I’m sure you’re going to tell me. Please remember that I am not artsy fartsy like you”. I had zero interest in anything crafty….I mean…talk about BORING!

Then, along came Pinterest. People talk about their addiction to Facebook, Twitter and blogging. Forget those! I am addicted to Pinterest!! I have boards filled with crafty “artsy fartsy” DIY stuff! Yes, I now see the beautiful things you can make out of crates, empty food jars, spray paint and string, wine bottles, spice racks, and Pringles containers! And MORE! I’ve become a pinning fanatic!

I’ve posted a couple of really neat Pinterest finds before, mostly recipes and hair styles, that I’ve tried myself. But, I’ve never tried a craft project before. Until now, that is.

Check out my Christmas wreath (and I know the popular thing is to post before and after pictures, so I’ve even done that!):

With the exception of the wreath and the white bead (both bought at JoAnns for a little over $5.oo, total…they had a most excellent Grand Opening sale this past weekend), I bought the materials at the Dollar Tree. I spent less than $13.00 making this (already had glue gun and sticks). And while it didn’t come out as pretty as the original pin, I still think I did a great job on it considering it is my first craft project in ten years (and I did deviate from the original on some of the materials).

Needless to say, I really had fun being artsy fartsy over the weekend! In fact, I’m going to make another wreath using different colors! And I can’t tell you how excited my mom is about this. She now wants us to go into business together making wreaths and other artsy fartsy stuff, get rich and then buy our own country. Her words, not mine. It’s not a bad idea…I’d make a great President….or Queen!

Do you have a pinning addiction? Has Pinterest motivated you into making something crafty? If so, I’d love to hear your stories!

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I know Veterans Day has passed, but I wanted to share a few pictures of some of the men in my family that proudly served our country. I’ve managed to trace part of my lineage (mostly my paternal side) and have found documented evidence of many men who has served in every war since the American Revolution (and beyond…I’ve managed to trace part of my dad’s side to the early 900s in France). While I can’t share every picture of every man and woman in my family that has served (most of my Uncles, one Aunt, cousins, etc), I can share a few of the men that were and are very important to me.

From left; my maternal grandfather (couldn’t find a uniform picture, but he served in WW2), my paternal grandfather (also served in WW2), my dad (DAV, served in Vietnam) and my brother. The bottom row is my brother’s homecoming from Afghanistan. I love the pictures of him greeting his children.

From the bottom of my heart….to every branch of the Military in the past, present and future…thank you for your service and sacrifice. God Bless our Military!

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