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Monday, November 8, 2010

Shopping and Sisters!

Every year my sisters and I go Christmas shopping together. We leave early on Friday morning, shop all day and then stay in a hotel that night. We always get a lot done and have a lot of fun doing it!

Here are our purchases of the day. We've noticed that as our kids have gotten older, our packages are getting smaller, which is a good thing!
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We had something neat happen on this trip. Our family exchanges family names. Cheri had Terri and Dave's family. They wanted a special thing that's offered by the theater in the mall. You buy a special popcorn bucket for $30 and it gets you 4 tickets to a movie, along with free popcorn for a year.
We got back to the hotel, and couldn't find the bucket. Cheri called the mall, but no one had turned it in. We remembered having it while waiting at the entrance to a store, so we decided to make a trip back to the mall to see if it was sitting under a chair.
On the way, we prayed that God would let us find that bucket.
When we got there, the bucket wasn't under the chairs. Cheri then remembered having it in one of the stores, and decided to check it.
There was the popcorn bucket! It was a good reminder that God cares about the little things like a popcorn bucket, as well as the bigger things!
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It's great to get most of the shopping done, but what we really enjoy is spending time together. We have always gotten along well, and there's always a lot of laughter on this trip!

I don't even remember what started this, but the two of them started laughing about something and couldn't stop.

Here's Terri, mid laughing spell! When we get into these laughing fits, our kids call it "cackling"!
I'm blessed to have 2 sisters, and that we all get along and enjoy spending time together!

25 comments:

Cheri said...

OK- I was wrong about the last picture- it should go far far away!

Mariel said...

hahaha...so glad you all had such a great time!! looks like you found many treaasures...especially the popcorn bucket of proof that God was there with you all :)

Butterfly Works said...

Your sisters laughing crack me up.....I smile just looking at the picture....You are so blessed to have two sisters and you all get along so well.....
And yes, isn't it wonderful how God cares about everything that concerns us...Thanks for reminding us....

Karin said...

Trust that the recovery from yesterday's frightening event is still in progress and everyone is well.

What a delightful post about the shopping sisters and the fits of giggles! Made me smile!

Kat said...

What a fun tradition! So smart too to shop early...and together. Love the pics. There is absolutely nothing greater than good belly laughs (cackles!).

Hugs,
Kat

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I know exactly what you mean...the kind of laugh where tears are running down your face and you just can't seem to stop from laughing. That's the most joyous laughter of all. I'm glad that the miracle popcorn bucket was found!

Rose said...

sounds like great fun. glad you found your bucket. rose

Just Mom said...

Oh my goodness, their laugh is contagious! I started giggling just seeing how much fun they were having. :-D

Mari said...

Awesome times and memories. Thanks for sharing.
xoxo

I'm Sadie said...

Sounds like an amazing time! I have two sisters and I brought this up to them, and I hope that one day we can start this tradition!

Aspiemom said...

I'm glad you all had a great time - and that you found the popcorn bucket! It's very special to have sisters.

Betty said...

Yes, you are blessed. And God blessed your trip! I´m glad you had such a good time. From the looks of it, you got most of your shopping done.

Connie said...

Can you really believe you found the popcorn bucket? There are good people in this world and yes God does answer prayers.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Great story! Glad you found the bucket! I still want more pictures though Mari! Next year camera in hand at all times! You hear!!!! JK!!

Alene said...

I love this. Reminds me of my shopping trip I take every year the day after Thanksgiving with my cousins. We travel to San Antonio and stay a few days and accomplish our Christmas lists. Blessings.

Sharon said...

I was so happy to hear that she found her bucket. Yes it does sound that GOD cares about the small things in our lives.
I am glad to hear that you had some fun with your sisters. It is a great tradition you have.
Have a great day.

Linda said...

who can look at these photos and not crack up! Love to see those smiles and laughter. It brightened my day.

Nancy said...

That story is so neat and a good lesson to us that God does care about the little things that matter to us... You girls are really funny.. makes me chucke just looking at the pictures...

Rebecca said...

I think your tradition is a GREAT one! The gift of the theater popcorn (& tickets) is a wonderful family gift AND now has an even more wonderful angle to it.

Laughing out loud at least once a day is a goal of mine. Looks like you all had enough laughs to last for at LEAST a week!

Donna B said...

Loved, LOVED, LOVED the laughing sisters shot. There is NOTHING so fun as laughing with sisters. I commend you for being able to hold still and not get a blurry shot of your sisters laughter!

Cherdecor said...

Having sisters is such a blessing and you three have such a good time making memories.

septembermom said...

Looking at those wonderful pictures of laughing makes me want to giggle too. What a beautiful friendship and love that you all share.

Brooke said...

makes me think of the wall trinket that says "i smile because you're my sister...i laugh b/c there is nothing you can do about it."

kari said...

great photo's.
Such wonderful memories for all of you.

Lara said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful time. It's such a nice tradition Mari. I think I'll start doing the same. I've got one sister and one sister-in-law, who is now living in India, but maybe next year we can get together and do the same.