I think we are very nearly real Alaskans...we've been citizens since 2003....and have been in residence for seven years (Alaska was our home state through our military career, we did NOT take the PFD all those years and when we moved up at retirement had to establish residency). TODAY, we went shopping DOWNTOWN...walking up and down main street in -2* weather...and commented how glad we are it warmed up for Small Business Saturday. Other years it was simply too cold to consider venturing out - though the temps were warmer than today. LOL
|Stacia, Allie, Arielle, De'Etta|
Michael and Cory are the champs of this story. Arielle commented how nice it was to have a whole afternoon out...I concur! Michael and Cory stayed home, with their attention focused on others, so we could go out. We found some stocking stuffers, gifts for grands (two left to go), and some odds and ends. We really want to shop small this year, and as much as possible I'd like to keep our dollars in our small town. Unfortunately, we DON'T have a Lowes here and I will have to leave our small town to find a gift for Michael. ::snort:: Ah well...it was fun to get out and find what we could. The girls are doing great with their lists!
By now most of our friends know we usually don't have an extended family gift exchange until New Year's Eve and we don't do a Household Exchange until after that - usually Jan 6th. Our focus is usually on acts of kindness, giving to various projects, service etc...and we'll do that this year...BUT, Carrie and KrUke can't be here for New Year's Eve. We've moved the extended family exchange and gingerbread competition to ::drum roll:: Christmas Day. We still won't have everyone here, but most. That means we need to get the extended shopping done in a timely manner. We'll still have the after Christmas sales for the household exchange, though supply chain being what it is, it is iffy to wait.
Krista bought these for the girls...