HAPPY DECEMBER!! ....24 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!! =)
hehe, I just had to say that! I am beyond excited!
hehe, I just had to say that! I am beyond excited!
They got here yesterday and we went out to dinner at Olive Garden!! It was super good and they had the best costumer service there that I have seen! They slept over our house afterwards and I got to show the kids my hamster! They loved her! Today after we woke up, we went out to breakfast at Panara Bread and then spent some time at other family's homes just catching up. It was really nice because personally I don't see my family that often since we are always so busy with our lives. Afterwards, we went to Mohegan sun and had lunch at Pepe's Pizza and explored the casino!!
Mohegan sun had all their Christmas decorations up and I did not bring my camera!! I was so angry at myself for forgetting my camera because it was just ohh so pretty there. Luckily my cousin snapped several photos and I am going to bug him to send them to me! I also really want to go back to the casino one more time before Christmas to get some pictures of my own!! =)
Now onto my Thanksgiving and Black Friday recap-
I spent thanksgiving at one of my mom's friend's home. It's a lot better that way because there is more people to celebrate with! They had quite a bit of food there. It was a mix between Asian and American. We had biscuits, mashed potatoes (so good), sweet potatoes, noodles (chinese style), rice, vegetables, apple cider, turkey, and turkey stuffed with rice!! (I am a vegetarian so I don't eat turkey, but it was interesting how it was stuffed with rice! It's a great way to mix 2 different cultures hehe)
Besides eating on Thanksgiving, we also hung out a bit and talked. We usually separate into two different groups when we are together. One group is the adults and the other is the children. I often feel like though that I don't know which group I belong too. I am 17 and I am kinda of an adult and a kid still. It sucks being in the middle because I feel a bit too mature for the kids, yet the adults bore me a bit with their talking. (in a nice way.. I just don't enjoy talking about retirement and paychecks and back pain yet...) I just kinda floated around and eventually settled down with the 2 dogs. The owner of the house has two dogs and they are just so adorable. I fed the dogs some of my potatoes and then we just played together.
After dinner, we found out that one of the people there was an expert on balloon making and gave us a demo on making balloon animals... It looked easy till I had to do it for myself hehe!
Right after dinner, we went home and just kinda plopped ourselves there. We weren't expecting to go out shopping till the next day, but then we realized that Brookstone was opening at 8 at our local mall. My mom has been dying to get a foot massager so we had to go. I kinda dislike how Black Friday isn't even on Friday anymore. I wouldn't mind if the sales started exactly at 12, but there is no need to be having sales at 6 pm when people are suppose to be with their families and enjoying dinner!! Poor workers. On the other hand though, the sales that they offer at the earlier times are so nice that it kinda makes me feel like I have to go!! I personally would not miss Thanksgiving Dinner to go shopping, but I guess if I have finished dinner and gone home, then shopping is okay.
As soon as we got to the mall, I brought my sister and my mom to Brookstone to pick out the foot massager. It is the first time in 3 + years that either of them have been to the mall! I go about once every few months with my friends, but my mom doesn't go that often because it requires driving on the highway. Now she is brave enough to do it so yay mom!! As my mom was picking out the foot massager that she wanted, I took my sister to Forever 21, Charollotte Russe, H&M, rue 21, and all those fun stores. I had to run back and forth between my sister and my mom so I could help translate for my mom and help my sister find items that she liked. It was very tiring because Brookstone and the other stores are on opposite ends of each other!
I personally did not need much more clothes and because of having to go to college next year, money is a bit tight. My mom really wants me to come out of college debt free (at 25000-35000 a year.. I'm not sure) and if I choose to go to Uconn, I could have 2 of my 4/5 years paid for which is very nice! One thing I really do want though is a red coat and I tried on some coats at Rue 21. I didn't end up getting any of them. I did leave however with some new jewelry pieces which I will post about next week!
After our shopping trip, it was ~11 at night and we were a bit hungry since we finished dinner before 6. All the running I did through the mall def. built up my hunger. I chose to get some ice cream from Dairy Cream while my sister had a smoothie from Dairy Queen and my mom had some soft pretzel pieces! As I said in my last post , I love Ice cream and anything in the dairy food group for that matter!
Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? How did you celebrate the holiday?
Did any of you go Black Friday Shopping? What did you buy? =)