I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving. We celebrated Thanksgiving #2 on Thursday. My parents, some relatives from Bemidji and St. Cloud and Laurie and her family all came over. We had a fabulous time. We played cards, dominoes, watched old movies of family and ate. And ate. And ate. Oh lord: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, lefse, cranberry hot dish, salads, cookies, pecan pie, ice cream, red cake..too much. Luckily we began the day with a 10 mile run/jog on the trail. Laurie is really getting into this running thing. She asked if I had an extra water bottle carrier for her to use. Of course! I just love it.
Friday was all about shopping. It is tradition that Laurie, Mom, me and sometimes Dad hit the malls or shop somewhere on Black Friday. Not because of sales, no...we do we get up and out at 5 AM. We just spend the day shopping together, just because we are all together and we can. This year Dad went with Tim and Steve to Cabellas and Gander Mountain. Steve bought his Christmas present already! He decided on a gun scope, case and a number of other 'gun/hunting' things. Mom, Laurie and I hit Arbor Lakes/The Fountain of Maple Grove. We shopped for a few hours and had enough. I finished up Christmas shopping and we just had a good time together, laughing and such.
Back to our house for leftovers. Oh man, one microwave and a 4 burners on one stove was not enough to reheat everything! Plus Mom had to prepare lutefisk and lutefisk is just wrong. I try it each year and just can not get past feeling it in my mouth. Ewww. I stuck to salads and turkey. Tyler had some lutefisk and was up from 11 PM to 4 AM puking. I'm sure he is blaming it on the lutefisk. Ick.
My parents will head out of state, to TX, on Monday until April. Each time they go I worry that I may not see them again. Sad, but hey, you never know. They drive all they way there and back, and so far, have been safe. We usually fly out for a long weekend to visit them during the winter. I'm thinking about President's weekend in February for our visit.
It's late this morning and we haven't even left for a run yet. I and Topaz are on our way..15 miles today. Mom and Laurie are thinking about getting in 5. Today: hitting the Outlets at Albertville.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!