Hello dearies! Today is the last day of my lloonngg vacation and sadly, I'm going back to work tomorrow. I had such a good time off, it's really hard to go back. This Thanksgiving tops the list for best holidays. It was everything we wanted: low-key, relaxing, intimate, fun. So many more words I can choose. I didn't get too many photos of Thanksgiving and the events that took place, but the ones that I did really matter the most, anyways. Here's a look at how our Thanksgiving happened.
I made sure to bring my tripod this year so we could take some family photos. Of course everyone groaned when I asked to take photos, but they all secretly enjoyed it. I know they did! In addition to the family photo above, I also got some nice ones of my brother-in-law with his girlfriend and some funny ones of my hubby and brother-in-law, like the one above. I was hoping to have a nice photo of me and hubby to possibly use for Christmas cards, but I don't think this one is going to make the cut. Not to sound conceded, but I love my smile in this! Too bad my hubby only has a faint smile on his face. I still love him anyways though!
I'm still trying to conquer full control of my camera, so I spent lots of time playing around with my camera settings and taking photos. All of the above were taken in manual mode, so that's a slight accomplishment! I still don't feel like I have the basic understanding for ISO, shutter speeds, f/ stops, etc., so I'm thinking I need to read some more articles and maybe pull out my camera manual again...One day I'll get it!
Ah, our beloved tradition: Black Friday. Yes, we are Black Friday people. You either are or you aren't. And we are! This year was a pretty low-key one for us. In years past, we have been known to be found outside Target waiting in line at 2:00 a.m. for our chance to get a super deal. But this year, we went to Menards at 5:30 a.m. and got everything on our list. Bazinga! We were slackers and didn't wait in the long line that went around the store. We waited until mostly everyone was in the store before we went in. But it was still crazy! Which was good for me because I love the thrill that Black Friday gives. Nothing dangerous, just exciting!
I celebrated Small Business Saturday by visiting my local scrapbook store, Peddler's Den. They just moved to a new location and I just had to stop by and visit and support them. It's so huge with so much room! I'll be attending a crop there in a few weeks and I'm super excited! The owner, Tonya, is super amazing and such a sweetheart. The store has really been struggling the last few years and, with so many smaller scrapbook stores closing, I always try to stop and purchase a few things from there, to show my support. Peddler's Den is located in Somonauk, Illinois. If you are in the area, please stop by and check out the goods! They have so much to choose from!
Other things I did this weekend: helped my father-in-law put up Christmas lights on their house (this might be coming a tradition as we did that last year also!), purchased our first (artificial) Christmas tree (all of our previous trees were hand-me-downs), took Maria to the Vet (she was a little under the weather, but is slowly feeling better), and worked all day to fill up my December Daily album. Tomorrow I will be sharing how to prepare your December Daily album. Make sure you come back and check it out!