First, I have to say that I was incredibly sad that my partner in crime for the last six years was under the weather and unable to go with us! I can't say how disappointed I was to not be traipsing through the mall and various stores and inexplicable hours with V. Now that said, my SIL had planned to join us so while we were missing a key player we certainly didn't lack in Black Friday (and Gray Thursday, hehe) fun!
After SIL's power nap we headed out around 10:30 - music cranked, seat warmers on, gas filled up - we were on the way to Target! We got a pretty decent haul - I had one tote with me and filled it to the brim, got several movies, a few gifts, and a lot of fun - we got in line that literally was wrapping in and out of the outer aisles of one half of the store. It was great fun, met some fun people in line, we sang happy birthday at midnight and we were only in line there for about an hour and unlike when I went in 2011 the line was constantly moving. SIL stepped out of line and got us Starbucks while I maintained our place and it was grand ol' fun! :)
Next stop was the mall and a great adventure getting many presents taken care of at the Disney Store! We found a parking spot right away and headed into the mall! We had to wait in line for about 20 minutes in order to get into the store (or at least it felt that long, it was nearing 1am) The line wasn't quite as long as Target but for a store that's like 1/6th the size it was still impressive. We headed home and were in bed by 2:30.
We slept until around 7:30 and were up and out the door again by 7:50 for the next store - in which we spent 3 hours there and knocked out several more presents and purchases! It was great and so much fun to go out with SIL!
Upon returning home I commenced my sad face and pleas to persuade the husband to get out the Christmas tree - which for the most part didn't take too much effort - he loves me! ;) We got the tree out, got all the lights on it, and then each of the kids grabbed an ornament and put on the first two ornaments of the tree while we captured the moment. :) And so begins the wonderful Christmas Season!!