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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Family Shopping Trip

Coming off of the last post, I didn't want to go right into the shopping trip without letting you know that Uncle Jerry's funeral was beautiful.  His wife was married before, as was he, and she had children by her first husband.  One of her daughters has seven children and they call him Grandpa.  It's the only Grandpa they knew.  Well, one of those children is a pastor and he gave the service.  And for the music, the grandchildren sang.  They were really good and I guess they used to sing for him when he and his wife would come for visits.  It was so moving.  Then there was an opportunity for family and friends to talk about memories. 
Uncle Jerry had written his own obituary and had planned the dinner afterwards.  I don't think he realized so many people would attend!  It was one of the most beautiful services ever. 

That was Tuesday, and the rest of the week was dismal for me.  I had a cyst removed on Monday and stitches were in order, I got my teeth cleaned Wednesday, and on Friday I had to get a shot in my foot for plantar fasciitis.
I was ready for some fun family time.

So, the shopping trip!
We've been going on this shopping trip for years. 
Our Mom's started it when Vickie (my cousin) and I were young.

Saturday morning started early for all of us "shopping trip girls"
because my sister sent all of us this picture at 5:30 am wanting to know who was up!  
She has to get up first because she and her daughter come my way, and then we head to our cousin's house, and we leave from there.
But she didn't WAKE me up because I had been awake since 3:30AM!  We were having BAD STORMS most of the night. It kept the dog up and my Shug awake too.  The last time we had thunder in November was in 2013 and our town was hit by a tornado.  Glad that wasn't the case this time, but with weather like this, you wonder.

And Vickie is always up early for work, and is a bit too chipper for this early in the morning!
She was sending these texts!

I think she was excited about the donuts Theresa always picks up for us.  
(I called the donut shop at 4:00 am and had them add 6 donuts to the order for my Shug! 
I didn't tell Theresa until right before she went to get them.)

And this was the picture Ashley sent!!!  LOL! 
She was showing us how dark it was in the country,
and complaining because she lost half an hour of sleep because of all of this texting nonsense!
And this is the picture that I never got sent.  Her and I are the two that live in the country.  I was going to show them how dark it was here too......but I was walking around the house in the dark trying to not wake up my shug..... 
which was a big mistake.  
They got this pic instead.
AUGH!  Dixie does not like to go out in the storms.  
I couldn't figure out what it was my foot grazed in the middle of the doorway.
Not a good start between 3:30 am storms and poop on the floor!
 So, after all of that, we made it to Vickie and Robert's house.  First thing we do is open gifts.  Which we actually "stopped doing" years ago, but somehow started up again.

Theresa and Taylor got us hats, and of course we had to get a picture.

Seriously Vickie is just way too chipper for this early!
Vickie, "Robert I'm not ready for the picture."
Robert, "yeah I know, but it's kind of fun to take it anyway."

Ashley and Theresa!
Now we have to do it again.

Here we go.
And Ashley and Vickie got us matching pajamas!
And we need another picture...
And Taylor and I are the only two smiling...
This'll do.

And now for the traditional matching sweatshirt picture!
Really Ashley...This is the pic you are getting a copy of next year!

Off we go!  Traditional in the car picture!
Are you kidding me?  How old are we?

As I'm trying to back out there is something in my rearview mirror and I said, "whatever is back there needs moved....


She is just not a morning person.

And off we go!
First stop!!!  Albanese Candy Factory!
Yes it's a shopping trip, but this was close to the mall, and we did a lot of shopping here.
As you can see, the weather was awful the entire day.  It rained, and rained harder, and was very windy.
This place has a LOT of gummy bears, jelly beans, and chocolates!
Check out their website here!  The gummy bears have all different shapes.

This is chocolate coming down this pipe!
And it was all decked out for Christmas.

Another photo op!
Then off we went to the mall to Christmas shop.  We went to the Merriville, IN mall this year.
And they had these virtual reality machines  that you could go on rides or shoot killer zombies!
It was hilarious to watch them!

And as I was backing up to get a picture,
I almost fell over this train coming by! 
Seriously!  Where are we, the county fair!
The mall had two levels and I stopped and said, "I'm going to take a pic of Santa."  He waved.

After shopping, we went to our room and played a nasty tasting game called Bean Boozled.  You spin the dial to see what flavor of jelly bean you taste.
Thing is, the jelly beans look identical but the flavor could be lime, or dirty socks.  Or plum pudding, or canned dog food.  You get the idea.  You don't know what you are getting until you bite into it.  I didn't want to play, but was forced!

And we took some time out for some foot pampering!
And face masking!  These were kind of scary looking!

And for the age appropriate, a glass of wine.
Then we played this HILARIOUS game!

I don't even know the name.  There are several of these contraptions so you each get one.  You don't have to share!  You put it in your mouth and you try to read something off of a card, and the rest have to guess what you are trying to say.  We laughed so hard our stomachs hurt!

And in case you are wondering,
we did get some shopping done!




  1. Hi Cindy, That is a lot of fun packed into a short time frame . . . I can see why you all look so forward to your annual shopping trip :)
    Fun photos!
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Connie :)

  2. Your family looks like so much fun, I'm envious. My husband's and my family are spread all over the country and we seldomly get together.

  3. Cindy, Just when I was wiping tears away after reading of your uncle's services...then I start reading about the trip, the tears were flowing again..dang you people have way too much fun. LOL Cracked me up. Blessings to you sweet Cindy and your family for a beautiful thanksgiving day. xoxo, Susie

  4. LOL, twas fun all of it, and I do love shooting Zombies


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