By: Vallery Schofield-Miller
So we are staring down the week before Thanksgiving and preparations are underway for our day. The turkey is purchased, side dishes are planned, desserts are going to be baked- the best one being homemade pumpkin pie, and other good ones like cookies and homemade white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. HOWEVER, before any of that can happen, a gathering must take place. I’m talking about a Thanksgiving breakfast where we meet up with one of my nieces, Danielle, and her family.
While we are eating breakfast we are going through different ads and making plans for BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING. We make lists of what we need, plan our routes, and decide which stores area the most important to hit first. This is a tradition we have been doing this for 12 years now, the very first time was with my Mom, Danielle, and myself. This year will be a little bittersweet as Mom is not here for us to call her throughout shopping. She stopped going about nine years ago, but always liked hearing about the fun we had and if we got everything on our lists.
Once we are in line at the first store (there are about 6-8 of us now) we split up and we each take a section, sometimes it even requires two to go together. We divide up items on the lists, hurry to get what we need, then meet up to check out and move on to next store.
Around 4-5 a.m. when we are all starting to get a little hungry and beginning to feel the effects of lack of sleep, I reach into the cooler I packed and grab a snack reenergize and get ready for next excursion. I always make sure to pack snacks and plenty of ice-cold water (I believe it helps revives you.) I usually return home around 7 or 8 a.m. At this point the kids are just waking up ready for breakfast, which means there is no rest for me, my day has started. I know from this point on until after the New Year, I will not be getting much sleep as we will be very busy, with parties, cookie swaps, family activities and such. Looking forward to this fun crazy insane time of year.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!