Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving weekend!

I am so cold, even in the house, I just want to snuggle with a blankie and my computer by the tree until April.  I soooooo get why animals hibernate now!  They have the right idea.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, just us in St. George.  It was cold there too, but not in the single digits, like Heber.  We are thankful we have a home, a job, each other and great things in our lives.  I said a gratitude prayer on Thanksgiving night and I think it was over 5 minutes long of just counting and thanking my Heavenly Father for all my blessings.  We did a similar thing around the table, we each shared individually what we were thankful for, then we each said one thing we were thankful for about every one of us.  It was very emotional, healthy and funny all at the same time.  Well Colton made it funny, when it was his turn to say what he was thankful for about Kaden, he said,"can't I say what I am not thankful for about him...cuz he is evil and mean" and we all cracked up, we told him we would come back to him...and each time..he just kept saying he is evil and mean.  He finally did say a nice thing after we threatened him with having to clean up all the Thanksgiving dishes.  Which took over an hour to clean...why is it that you cook for hours, clean up for hours, and only eat for 20 minutes?  What is wrong here, oh and I almost forgot, plan and shop for a few hours too! 

I cooked everything myself, first time for that and it was so yummy....Steve cooked the bird, as I refuse to touch that thing!  Kaden even was like, what is that Dad?, its gross, I am not eating that...well he did, as it was sooooo good.  Its amazing how a $6.00 turkey (which in reality I got paid $4.00 to buy it, but that is another paragraph) has provided us with 7 yes I said 7 meals.    Thanksgiving dinner, lunch the following day, dinner that night, I am making Wild Rice and turkey soup for me and another family out of the carcasss, 2 freezer meals with the left over meat.  Now that is stretching a dollar....

Speaking of dollars, I did the Black Friday gig, never again....what a waste of time, literally got my 4 items in 10 minutes, waited in line for yes.....2 hours......I am the most impatient person I know. If it wasn't for my phone and solitaire, it could have been a whole lot worse. I did it and can say I did...next year I sleep and buy on Cyber Monday, the deals were awesome there too!

Which brings me to my other paragraph.  I have been so busy with all the rebates that are out right now, I can hardly organize them.  Tonight I had to get them all ready to be sent out and I have to date sent out $315 worth of them, with about $100 more to mail in.  That is actual dollars that will be sent to me in the mail.  Yippee....especially when they come floating in the mailbox after Christmas along with the Amex bill!  And then.....all the deals I got at Garage sales this summer, I saved them in a box and sold them on Ebay for a net of $320.00!  I think I should say Merry Christmas to me!  So I bought myself a few gifts just in case I didn't get them from Santa this year.  Hehe!  I love a surprise, NOT!   Its amazing what people spend on Christmas....I sold a game that I bought for $1.00 to someone on ebay for $102.00.  I can't believe someone would pay that for a 30 year old electronic game!  That was my claim to fame sale of the year!


Ryan and Shannan Hoffman said...

Oh Saint George for Thanskgiving sounds so nice and relaxing... I'm jealous.

I really need to learn how to coupon and shop for deals like you. That will be one of my 2011 resolutions.

Boswella said...

What a woman YOU are! You remind me of an old Helen Reddy song called " I am woman"I would NOT touch the bird either! so I did everything else like you. And your savings... man! you are really good at this... really good. that is my resolution too Shannan... I am going to do the ebay/amazon thing. Since April I have saved $400 just using coupons which is actually a month's worth of food for FREE!
And I thought what you did about gratitude with the family was wonderful.

Love, Mom xoxoxoxo

Aunt Sandy said...

Sounds like you had a great time, your kids just make me smile, so truthful I love it!! Between you and your Mother, not touching the bird, it won't hurt you, and there is a thing called rubber gloves HA!

Hallowsboys said...

I had a friend tell me to use disposable gloves...but I am not going to, that is the only way I get him to help in the kitchen!

Hallowsboys said...

I had a friend tell me to use disposable gloves...but I am not going to, that is the only way I get him to help in the kitchen!