It's begun. Christms that is.
Our Black Friday did not involve tents outside of Best Buy or shopping from midnight till 6:00 am. It did, however, involve a wonderful breakfast and decorating for Christmas.
My dad lugged up the Christmas boxes from the basement so that my boys and my nephew, Landon, could decorate the tree. And decorate they did! Sort of.
Annalyse sure wasn't going to stand by and watch so she quickly stepped in to help, too.
And that, friends, is how a Christmas tree looks when four sets of helping hands, all under four feet tall are in charge.
Because obviously, the more ornaments on a single bough, the better.
Have I mentioned that Grady and I have a bet going about how many days we'll see the sun while we're here? He has guessed three out of the 14 we're here and I've guessed five out of the 14. The winner will be announced shortly, but count on me being it.
In the afternoon we joined the VanLoon side of the family at athe Meijer Botanical Gardens for a couple hours of looking at Christmas trees from around the world, watching trains weave in and out of plants and flowers, and running and climbing in the tree house in the children's gardens.
Remember that bet Grady and I have going? I'm taking suggestions of what the prize for winning the bet should be because I'm sure I will win.
So that was our Black Friday, but without the shopping crowds and lines and the pursuit of amazing deals. The only crowds we had were crowds of kids around the Christmas tree and crowds of family enjoying each other.
But, just because Black Friday can't come and go without some sort of shopping, I did offer a silent prayer of thanksgiving for the chance to buy online. My Christmas shopping? Almost done and I haven't left the house to do it.