Dec 11, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

For the Thanksgiving holiday, London and I flew to Tucson to spend the week with my parents. Cameron would fly in Wednesday night. This was my first time flying with London that included a layover. The flight from Sac to Phoenix got in late so it was a mad dash to the next gate after we landed and finally got the car seat and stroller. Luckily, that flight was delayed too, so I had some time to relax once I got there. If you've ever been to the Phoenix airport for a layover, you may be familiar with how far you have to walk sometimes.

Mom and dad had a dinner party that night so Sunday we were all beat and vegged out. But Monday was girls day. The three of us went shopping. All that shopping made us hungry so we decided to try out a sushi restaurant. London doesn't like being in her car seat any more, so we decided to try her out in a high chair. She did fantastic and was dying to get her hands on the chopsticks and sushi!

Thanksgiving day was a busy one, like always. I got up early to make the pumpkin pies, which I love to do every year, getting them in the oven and cooked before the Turkey went in. While I baked, London and I also watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Of course, when Cameron got up and football started, she watched the games with her dad and Grandpa.

We had a lovely dinner with the family, my parents' friends Jim and Kathy and my parents new friends and neighbors, Bud and Barb. London even sat at the table with us, in her new high chair. We couldn't resist giving her a sampling of mashed potatoes, so with Grandpa's blessing we gave her a quarter-sized amount to taste and play with. London wasn't too sure about it, though she did love mashing it up even more in her hands.

That night Cameron and I attempted to participate in the pre-Black Friday sales at Toys R Us and Walmart. When we got to Toys R Us the line was around the entire building and then some! We didn't even try getting in line. At Walmart, the crowds got the better of us and we left 10 minutes before the sales were unveiled. Guess we're not the Black Friday-type.

The flight home was pretty eventful, as we ended up arriving home four hours late and landed in Phoenix twice. It all happened when we were 12 minutes from starting our decent into Sacramento, so we were somewhere over Reno and 30 minutes from touching down. That's when engine one's thruster stopped working, or something to that extent. While this would not be an issue for landing, the fear of the pilots' was that the plane wouldn't be able to take off again. Since the airline didn't have maintenance and parts in Sacramento, they decided to turn the plane around and take us back to Phoenix where they did. They had a plane waiting for us to get us back to Sacramento, but we would be stuck on the ground for about an hour while they transferred luggage and re-issued tickets to some of us. We needed a new ticket for London as they took and kept the "infant in arms" ticket the first time we boarded. At least we got home safe and sound, though tired.

We'd planned on doing a little more shopping when we got home that day, mainly try and score a nice deal on a new refrigerator. See, our current one was having issues. Mainly the seals weren't working any more so every time we opened the freezer we'd find icicles and frost. And it liked to freeze my fresh produce, making it useless.

All we had time for was a stop by Sears and Lowe's. No one at Sears wanted to help us and we noticed that while the the refrigerators were on sale, they were about $300more than they had been a couple weeks before. At Lowe's all the heavily marked down refrigerators were sold out, but they'd give us 10 percent off any other. We were able to pick one within our price range with the five minutes we had before closing. A week later we finally got rid of the old refrigerator. We now have one that won't kill my produce and the doors seal shut! Plus, we finally have filtered water and ice in the freezer door - I can finally take the Britta filter off our counter.

Here are a few pictures from Thanksgiving:

Until next time, with love,

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