Friday, November 30, 2007

Thanksgiving weekend....

As you can tell, we had a "break" from the traditional Thanksgiving weekend. Thursday we had the traditional dinner and all the trimmings(just so aggravated at myself for forgetting to take any pictures...aaagh...too busy enjoying the food!) Friday morning dawned bright and early for Chris and I. He headed out to Best Buy at 3 AM and I followed to Target and the mall at 6AM) Found a few good bargains....but mostly just stood in line of course! We did get to see some snow though. When I headed out for shopping at 6AM, snow was falling pretty hard. It made my Christmas shopping a bit more fun!
Friday evening Chris and my Dad went and got the moving truck and the real fun began...for Chris...not me!





I mostly just tried to keep Caleb from the doorway....it was FREEZING cold.
My parents are moving from Newton Falls OH (where I spent most of my growing up years...yes...that's what's wrong with me) to McDonald PA where they have started pastoring, for the 2nd time, the Bible Methodist church there. I'm really not at all that sentimental about the move, however. There's better shopping in Pittsburgh...namely IKEA. LOL!
Saturday, while Chris and my Dad slaved away, I decided to get the kids out of the house and take them to visit Kraynaks. This was somewhat of a holiday tradition growing up. Kraynaks is a HUGE Lawn and Garden/Toy store all in one. I always remembered their Christmas tree walk through as so much fun. Driving over I wondered if it really was a big deal, or did it just seem that way to me as a kid?? When we arrived, around 1 on Saturday, I pretty much decided it was a big deal after all!




My Mom and Lauren did most of the waiting in line outside....I didn't want Caleb out in the cold for that length of time. Once inside though, we still had another 20 minutes or so to wait.





The line snakes past oodles of toys...very smart on the store's part! Michael LOVED seeing all the John Deere toys they had...






The walk through is one scene after another full of trees , ornaments, and yard decorations. The store carries all the items you see in case you should want to recreate one of these trees for yourself.





Lauren loved the "MY Little Pony" scene.





Caleb was crazy about these "bow-wows" They move their heads, tails etc.





The upside down Christmas tree.





I fell in LOVE with these little snow men lights. I inquired about them after the walk through and I was told they were "long gone"! I guess they sold really fast. The walk through opens on Labor Day, so things tend to sell out quick. I thought they were just SO CUTE!





Sunday they had a "Singspiration" at my parent's church in the afternoon. My mom and I played a piano duet and Lauren turned the pages.






Lauren and Michael sang a couple songs as well. Poor Michael...it seems he is doomed to have "stage fright" like his Mama. Chis and I tried over and over (unsuccessfully) to bribe him to sing. Lauren was the one that finally got him up there. Her secret?? All her left over Halloween candy. :)

8 comments:

Jon Plank said...

I think I've been to this church a few times. As I recall, it was a parsonage/church combo...

Nancy said...

Jon: You're right. But now I'm curious as to why you were there??

Jon Plank said...

I was there with music groups from PVBI in '95 & '96.

Julie said...

The store you went to looks so neat! I like the snowman lights as well. Most of the ornaments on my tree are snowmen. That's so funny about Lauren bribing Michael with her candy. He must've thought that was too good a deal to pass up! Thanks for the nice comment you left on my blog.

Martha C said...

The store looks like a blast! Wish I could see that upside down tree in person. Interesting. . .

Kendall & Leanna said...

Looks like ya'll had a busy Thanksgiving weekend. I'm not surprised Michael took the deal Lauren offered him. :) I think Caleb will have the sweeet tooth too.

Beth Stetler said...

I'm glad to hear that your parents are back at McDonald. I believe I see my Uncle Arden and Aunt Betty in that last pic. Thanks for the update.

becky said...

Love the Christmas picts! I remember going through one of those Christmas displays as a kid but it had a different name. They are sooo much fun!! More power to ya girl.. your own TREE!! Mine has become very kid friendly:) Bec