Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Black Friday, the weekend, and a Raffle winner!

Friday morning (Black Friday), we woke up at 3:15 a.m. It was our goal to be out of the door by 3:40 a.m. We did a good job because my #1 goal was to make it to JCPenny by the time they opened at 4 a.m.  I collect the Disney snow globes that they give away at the door every year so it’s my tradition! :0) 


We parked and made it to the door right as they opened! YAY!

The one thing I wanted to look at in JCPenny was a 4 piece luggage set that was advertised for $39.99. Of course by the time we walked to the back of the store, ALL of them were gone and people in the back of the store were hoarding the luggage sets.  Not a great way to start out my morning, but that’s ok!


After finishing up at the mall (JCPenny, Bath & Body, & Kohls), we had breakfast at Starbucks – yet another tradition!  I usually get a Peppermint Mocha and a slice of Banana bread but this morning, I changed to Oatmeal! :0)


It’s way too early for this! :0)

Next on our list was Target, Bed/Bath&Beyond, Old Navy, Academy, and Michaels.  I avoid Wal-Mart on Black Friday at all costs!  Although I do have to say that this year, the parking lot was relatively empty (since they opened at midnight).

One thing that struck me as really odd this year were the lines to check out!  Usually, we have to wait at least 45 minutes per store in a line that is wrapped around to the back of the store to check out.  Not this time!  I LOVED IT!  Most places, we were 3rd or 4th in line at checkout! That shaved a TON of time off  which meant more shopping for me!  YAY!


Madalynn’s toy from Santa! :0)


No buggies at Target!


This was a neat promo at Old Navy! While everyone waited in line, a worker went around asking questions such as “Who has a picture of their pet”, “Who is wearing a pair of Old Navy jeans”, or “Who has an out of state drivers license”?  If the questions applied to you, she gave a Lucky in Line card! Inside was a coupon for either $1 off, $3 off, or $5 off your total purchase! Sweet deal!

After waiting in the longest line of the day at Old Navy, I was POOPED!


Here I am waiting on Kim to check out at Academy! Hah!


As a surprise to us, we were completely finished with our shopping trip by noon!  Usually, we don’t finish shopping until at least 2 p.m. but with the short lines at checkout, we finished up early!  It’s a good thing too because I was exhausted….not to mention that my shoes were hurting my feet, especially the spot where I broke my foot 2 summers ago (not good).


Our loot in the back of my car!


I’d say we did a pretty good job! We talked about making shirts next year! Hah!  There were SO many people out shopping that were wearing shirts!  We’ll have to see! :0)

If BF 2012 is the same as 2011, I’d be a happy camper!  I would leave the 10 p.m. and midnight shopping to all the crazy pepper sprayers and wake up way early the following morning to shop!  (Hah….I don’t think that EVERYONE who shopped at midnight is crazy!)  :0)

We ate leftovers at my parent’s house for lunch, then I CRASHED and slept for about 3 hours.  Friday night, my parents called me to hang out with them because Jason was working nights, so we went BACK to the mall (crazy, right?) and walked around a bit more!

I had a great day!!!

Saturday morning, I woke up at 4 a.m. (early again) for an 18 mile run.  I had to be in Thibodeaux, LA for a family reunion at 11:30 a.m., so my friends agreed to run extra early for me!


This is most of my family from my mom’s side. There were 8 brothers and sisters. One brother and one sister (my grandmother) have both passed away, but everyone else was there including my 96 year old Great Aunt! It was a fun day and it was neat hearing people talk in Cajun French again. (It’s been YEARS!)  Sadly, it’s a dying language.


With all the weekend business, I forgot to announce my latest raffle winner!


Suzanne from Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between!

She’s the 4th winner of my DetermiNation Raffle!

Thanks so much for your support , Suzanne! I really appreciate it!! :0)

Email me at: kren2700@gmail.com and let me know which prize you would like! :0)


There’s still lots of ways to win! Check out my DetermiNation Raffle to be a part! Don’t miss out!


  1. Hey now you calling me crazy? I hate waking up eearly so would rather just stay up since I'm already awake. That way i got to sleep and then get up at 7:30 and go back out shopping again! Glad you got your snowglobe!

  2. That family reunion photo is amazing! I am embarrassed to admit that I didn't know there was such a thing as "Cajun French". I'm such a northerner :)

  3. ALL THE MORE POWER TO YOU! I cannot handle Black Friday so I have all the respect for you lol. And it seems you made out pretty well too, judging by the pictures haha

  4. Wow, you guys did a great job getting the deals! I'm really excited that I won. Thank you!

  5. oh man i just hate crowds so black friday is the best excuse for me to stay home and watch movies!

  6. I am not much of a shopper so Black Friday is not for me. I did get called out for work that day and ended going to Old Navy. They had long sleeves for $6. They weren't too heavy or too light. I felt like it was money well spent.

    You have family in Thibodaux? I didn't realize that. My address is a Thibodaux address but we actually live in the outskirts known as Kraemer or Bayou Boeuf. Cajun French is very much alive back here but overall is a dyin language. My grandparents spoke it (they were from St. Charles Community between Raceland and Thibodaux) so we picked up on a few things.


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