The past few days have been amazing. Today the fun and relaxation ends, and its back to reality, but this short break has been just what I needed to give me the 'second wind' I need for finals week.
I had both school and work Monday and Tuesday, but from Wednesday on, I had neither. Tuesday my youngest was at the doctor's office - they thought he was in the beginning stages of strep. So we took it easy this week, staying home almost the entire time. He's feeling like his old self again now, thankfully.
Wednesday I stayed home and cleaned house while Robby visited church members in the hospital. When he got back, the boys stayed with him while I bought groceries and picked up our smoked turkey. I spent the rest of the day cleaning, cooking and prepping for Thanksgiving, and watching movies. (Unknown was awesome! The kids saw Rio and Spy Kids 4.)
Thursday we ate, slept, and watched movies. (Soul Surfer this time.) At 8:00 p.m. we left home for the madness of Black Friday. Robby and the boys got home at 1:00 a.m. and went to bed. I slept for an hour and a half in the truck outside of JC Penney, waiting for them to open, and got home at 7:00 a.m. It was wild! A few highlights: from Penney's - a cashmere-blend pea coat (originally $200 - I paid $50) and boots (originally $100 - I paid $30); from Walmart - tons of toys, DVD's and video games, including 4 seasons of my all-time favorite TV show, 24, for $10 each, and Scentsy-style wax warmers for $9; and from Target, video game chairs for the boys for $32 each.
We got almost all of our shopping done for the boys, and got lots of stuff for our house too. We spend a lot of money on Black Friday, but we plan for it every year because it saves us so much money. Its really fun, too - I guess its the ultimate shopping trip for a bargain hunter like me.
Yesterday we slept (a lot) and watched another movie (RED). I also finished a book I was reading (The Brotherhood by Jerry Jenkins). Today its back to reality - buy groceries, clean, do laundry, work on school assignments, study. I'm ready to wrap up this semester and get to Christmas break!