~ Black Friday ~

I can officially say that, because Thanksgiving was yesterday and CHRISTMAS is upon us! WooHoo!  

Happy Friday to everyone.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends, family, co-workers, pets, and whomever else you may have spent it with.  I have had a wonderful week home with the parents.  It was really hard to pick only 5 things to talk about, so some of them are bundled into collages :)  You'll see . . .

Saturday I came home and was greeted by my brother's Bernese Mountain Dog, Butters.  He's such a sweetie!  Butters is HUGE!  Look at him!  I finally got used to him being around and then my brother left on Sunday afternoon to head back to D.C.  

While we were at Wal-Mart on Sunday, dad bought some food for his birds.  Dad has a problem with squirrels, so he bought this brick of bird food to put in a little hanging cage for the birdies to eat.  The squirrel got to it anyways.  Gotta give the little guy credit for his determination!

On Wednesday I had lunch with a friend that I haven't seen in 8 years!  After high school Stephanie and I were always together.  There was one summer that we followed the band The Calling around to Atlanta, Columbus, and Norfolk.  Sooo much fun!  We met for lunch in downtown Roanoke at The Quarter. She told me about her family - husband and two beautiful children - and what she's up to.  I told her about having moved to Los Angeles and what I'm doing now.  It was great to catch up.  

Yay for the Drumstick Dash in downtown Roanoke!  This is my second year participating.  All week, while I've been home, we were wondering if it would be too cold to do the dash this year.  Mom said if it was in the 20's that she wasn't going to do it.  Come Thursday morning it was 24 degrees and we were up getting ready!  All bundled up and ready to go!  When we finished the Drumstick Dash it was 28 degrees.  It's our tradition to go to Starbucks afterwards.  I got a Venti Soy Hot Chocolate with no Whip.  Yum-O!

After the Drumstick Dash we went home and watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, showered, and got ready for dinner!  We went to Cracker Barrel for dinner and it was worth the wait.  We only have to wait one hour and twenty minutes :)  Mom didn't have to cook.  Dad didn't have to do dishes.  The food was great!  After dinner we went to see the new Disney movie Frozen and I am absolutely in love the the snowman Olaf. He's soooo cute!  Then, we continued our Thanksgiving tradition and went to the Hotel Roanoke and got beverages at the Pine Room and looked at the Christmas Trees.  My two favorites are the candy tree and the snowman tree.

I hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving.  What did you do?  Any traditions, new or old?  Tell me all about it!

I'm linking up with
Lauren Elizabeth ~ High Five for Friday
The Diary of a Real Housewife ~ Friday Favorites