Black Friday

The women in my family have a tradition.  We wake up in the middle of the night on Black Friday and hit the stores.  It’s crazy and it’s fun.  This year was no different.  We woke up at 3:30 AM so we could leave the house around 4 AM.

The men in J’s family have a tradition as well.  They go to the Orlando Auto Show the day after Thanksgiving.  Since we went to Orlando for Thanksgiving this year, J decided to spend the night at his aunt and uncle’s house and join the menfolk at the auto show.  The boys spent the night too and were so excited to check out all of the cars.  It worked out pretty well since I was not going to drag our kids out of bed in the middle of the night to shop and J wanted to introduce the boys to the family tradition.

I left Orlando after Thanksgiving dinner and made it home in time to hit the sack by 9 PM.

Steph, my mom, my aunt, Jo (Steph’s sister), and I hit Wal-mart first.  My mom wanted to purchase Nintendo DS’s for her friend and Wildman.  We stood in line in the windshield wiper section of the store waiting for 5 AM when they started handing out the merchandise…  A nice lady, who was probably on meth given her crazy, erratic behavior and bloodshot eyes, took this photo for us.

That’s my retail warrior face…

Let me just say that Wal-mart had the organization going on this year.  There was no chaos.  No one got trampled.  No fights broke out.  It was very calm and very orderly.

We hit Target next.  It was still pre-dawn when we arrived in the Target parking lot.  It seemed like a good photo op to me.

By the time dawn broke, we were headed to Michael’s to buy some crafty things for Christmas projects.  From there we took a breakfast break at the Cracker Barrel.  Yum!  Fried apples never tasted so good.  🙂

It was on to Toys R Us after breakfast.  Here is what Steph’s car looked like after all of our shopping!

We were doing our part to stimulate the economy…

We dropped off all of the stuff from Steph’s car at my mom’s house and hit the stores again.  It was a long, exhausting day. My Christmas shopping is almost complete.  Woo hoo!