November 29, 2010

Now you know my secret

I'm a bit of a wussy shopper.  It's true.

Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Pish, what are those? Even when things are on sale, I still cringe at most of the prices and start to hyperventilate when I see that my total breach any number larger than $10.

I mean, I know myself well enough to admit that if money was something that grew on trees in our back yard, I probably wouldn't think much of filling up my shopping cart full of, well, everything!

And yes, I do spend money on frivolous things. But I still have a mighty inner battle of wants VS needs. You never know who's going to win either.

I did go to Kohls the other day and spend $3.58 and a shirt and a pair of pants. I saved $77! I thought that was a pretty good deal. The only true deal I can think of to boast about.

So here I sit at my computer, knowing that there are probably some great deals out in the cyber world today, but I haven't bothered to look. Because right now, the battle for needs has conquered over wants.

And I'm secretly bummed about it. But don't tell anyone I said that.

Anyhow... We had a fun thanksgiving with my in-laws. And like any once good blogger turned terrible blogger, I took very few pictures.

*hanging head in deep,deep shame*

But I did remember to take pictures of the important stuff.

Like proof that the men in my husband's family really do know their way around a kitchen and how to cook.

*sigh* I LOVE blackmail. Don't you?

 I wrote that little note on there, just so we're all clear on the matter.

 Since my husband's family is so large now with all nine kids married and there are about a billion grand-kids, we all don't fit in my in-laws house anymore.

It only has one bathroom. I still don't know how they managed that one.

So this place was rented and the kids had a blast with all the running room. It was rented for the family Christmas party that they have every year. This year the party was planned for the day after Thanksgiving. It worked out well.

Meet one of my adorable little nephews.

I'm pretty sure if I wasn't already pregnant, this little guy would have me baby hungry in a second! He's just so delicious!

This little niece of mine is something else too.

 Don't they all just have the most gorgeous blue eyes?

That's why Alayna is something of a novelty. She's the only grand kid on my husband's side of the family with brown eyes.

And can I just say there is nothing my kids love more than playing with all their cousins, especially Savannah. She's in heaven at these get-togethers.

And she always cries when we leave. Always.

Drama queen.

Since there are so many grand kids, it was decided a while ago to do a book exchange for the kids. Each child is given the name of another and they give out a book to each other.

This was a gift especially for me.

I'm starting to think people know me too well.

And this is what I get for telling my husband to take some pictures.

He snuck one in of me.

Now you know what I was really doing the whole time.

Caught red-handed.

At least it wasn't one of me stuffing my face full of food. Which is the other thing I did the whole time.

Now you know my secret.

Hope you had a great week too!

18 super cool people speak:

Garden of Egan said...

Now that is a CROWD of peoples and littles! It looks like a wonderful time.
Glad you were able to get together and weren't totally barfing the whole time.
(Isn't it easier to eat it when you didn't have to fix it?)

Cute picture of you!

One bathroom?
Totally incomprehensible.
(that's what I grew up with though. but there were only two of us)

M-Cat said...

Love the book exchange idea - might need to incorporate that one as my brood grows. IN A LOT OF YEARS FROM NOW!

MommyJ said...

The book exchange is a brilliant idea! We've got fourteen grandkids in my extended family... we already draw names, but books would make it even easier.

Patty Ann said...

I love the book exchange idea. I think it is wonderful and what a great way to build their little libraries! I am glad that you got to relax and that you weren't sick. I can't imagine having only one bathroom. We have too many girls to ever get away with that!!

Amanda Joy said...

I love Alayna's eyes. I secretly hope all of my kids have brown eyes. Both of Asher and Abbie have brown eyes because of me. We are the only ones with them in a sea of blue on my husbands side. My SIL and her husband just adopted a little girl the day before Thankgiving, so we will have to see what color little Lucy will have:)

Royalbird said...

I love that I'm not the only one who feels that way about shopping. It's not a deal unless I've saved about 75% or more and the total is less than $20. And since you can imagine how often that happens, you can imagine how often I shop. Although I do indulge sometimes and it's always a battle of needs vs wants for me too.

You look cute, and I stuffed myself too.

Sue said...

How fun for the kids to have so many cousins their own age. I'll bet they have a ball!


PS. Good idea to rent a hall. I'm getting close to that phase...

Kira said...

You don't look as tired as I know you feel.

Mama Smith said...

LOVE the idea of a BOOK EXCHANGE...LOVED the idea of RENTING a place for everyone...Hmmm...must be a place somewhere in the look into this....(smile)

T said...

with 50 grandkids in our family we've given up on exchanging gifts of ANY sort... although books would be a good idea...

WV says slepest - they left out a few letters, but it looks like they were trying to describe you after than intake of tryptophan.

Brittney said...

you are too cute.

Scrappy Girl said...

I love the book exchange idea!

ldsjaneite said...

The books are a fabulous and inspired idea. Some day soon, old aunt will be able to buy her nieces and nephews books again. If only I could convince their dads how smart an exchange would be!

Impulsive Addict said...

Don't you LOVE getting together with family and little childrens? It's super fun!

I love the book exchange idea

And seriously? You're pregnant? Where is the baby?

Larsen said...

That looks like a great place to have a big party! And that photo with the guys in the kitchen is priceless!

A book exchange sounds like a good idea for the adults as well as the kids. Everyone should give you a book, and in return you give them a smile.

And that Truffle sign....TO DIE FOR AWESOME!

Lara said...

Wow girl. Take me shopping with you if you can score those kinds of deals! :)

You look like you had an amazing time with family, even if you were relaxing the whole time. You deserve a bit of relaxation.

The Martos Fudge said...

Ok... I have to admit, I am a little jealous. I would love to have a huge family like that for my kids. I grew up with a big family and gatherings for holidays, but thats all in Brazil now. My parents did the whole waiting 5 years between us. So it will be a few years like 15 before the last one is even ready to get married and have kids. So here I am growing my little family one by one. My husbands family is no help for he is the only child. So I think It's okay for me to be a little jealous. Sounds like you guys had a whole lot of fun. Hope you are feeling better.

Cheeseboy said...

That is a great idea to rent out a place like that. My in-laws have been taking us to the ward house for family parties and it turns into an echoing headache from all those basketballs bouncing around the gym.

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