January 8, 2012

presents of the year.

Last month(December) while most of you were getting into the Christmas spirit, I was kind of dragging. I was just too overwhelmed with all the hoopla to participate much.

But this has all changed, people.

Now that it's January and the rest of you are posting about New Year's resolutions, I'm getting all pumped up about Christmas for this coming year. Christmas 2012. No lie. I'm Christmas shopping. I bought wrapping paper at Target for $.25 a roll(90% off) and am stocked up for the next THREE Christmases, at least.

Today I bought a lovely tablecloth at my favorite antique store.

And I even stocked up on Christmas straws.

They can also be used for valentines day and 4th of july, ya know.

John usually does most of the Christmas shopping but I helped quite a bit this year. He actually shoved me out the door with a wad of money at gun point. I was like "Ok already! I'll go shopping, if you insist!"

Here are some of the presents we bought...or got...this year, listed in no particular order.

1. A little girl I work with requested "dentist play dough". I was so amused that an 8-year old girl would request such a thing. I had to find it! They do not carry such a commodity at target or walmart...or anywhere else in town for that matter, but check out what I found on amazon.com:
Isn't it fab? I know you all want to play.

2. Little fake uggs(actually called Zodiacs) for Twain and Ollie. So cute! I die!

These boots were 'kind of ' from my sister Jessica...we pull shenanigans...Instead of buying gifts for each others kids, we just buy gifts for our own kids and say they are from auntie...it's complicated. Anyway. Jess was concerned that my boys would be bummed getting shoes from her. She didn't want to be the lame auntie who bought loser presents. So while they were opening the boots, she told the boys they were Jedi boots. The boys went wild. My sister is so clever.

3. Auntie Lindsay bought the boys Nerf guns(actually John bought them and Lindsay paid him back...See? Shenanigans). All day long they chase and shoot each other and I find bullets every where. Here is their target, that is currently hanging from the ceiling in the family room, getting blasted to pieces.

Whenever I turn around and see him hanging, I think it's a stranger in my house. Creeper. Poor lil nutcracker solider. Finn made him this year in school. May he rest in peace.

4. Paper from the days of yore. I bought it at a school supply store for Finn and Calvin.

Mmmm. The smell of old paper. I'm not sure who was more excited...me or the boys.

5. Snoopy Snow Cone machine for Calvin. Remember this? My sister Jess had one as a kid and we LOVED it.

I got it at Barnes & Noble. Seriously, they had the best stuff this year. I kept texting and calling my husband every 5 seconds until I thought he was going to kill me. He was trying to get work done and I was being super annoying. That oughta teach him for sending me shopping, ha.

Calvin was super excited to use it and all they boys were absolutely mesmerized by the whole ice shaving process.

6. Fisher Price record player for Twain, also from Barnes & Nobles.

He kept climbing all over my old record player that smokes...I figured one of us should have an operational record player.

7. Record player for me...John and I don't normally get each other gifts. But he surprised the snot out of me this year. He wrapped it in J. Biebs wrapping paper, LOL. I totally thought it was a crock pot.

I was shocked, SHOCKED that he got me the record player of my dreams. I still cannot believe it. Someone pinch me!

We have all been LOVING the sounds from this record player. I can't explain it...so peaceful yet chipper and just puts me in a good mood. However, John complains that the records I bought from Goodwill and antique stores were filthy and were gumming up the needle--he is super protective of my record player, so watch out. Uncle Peter said that he has some records from when they were boys--in pristine condition--that we can have...Star Wars read alongs and Disney too! We can hardly wait.

8. Media console table for my record player. From my 2 sisters. Kind of. More shanagins. We buy ourselves our own gift and claim it's from 'the sisters'...shameful, I know;)

I got the table a fews days after Christmas, from the Goodwill for $46. It was literally just sitting right there when I opened the front door. I thought it was hideous, but that I must have it. They said I had 7 days to return it. When John saw it, he kept saying, "wow, Davi, wow", and not in a good way. I was scared. But once we put it in the house, it was love at first sight. So it's a keeper.

This wall needs some major accessorizing for sure. I have a few ideas I'm kicking around. But don't rush me.

9. A white {toy} cat to Ollie, from my mom. Except that Ollie was an unnatural mother and so my mom gave it to Twain instead. Who LOVES it.

The boys have named it Marshmallow. I'm convinced it's a real cat. It meows and moves and even sheds. Finn, Calvin and Twain all take care of it. Finn fed it a carrot the other day and the boys all went wild. It was found playing Stratego the other day.

10.Playmobil Nativity Set for Twain.
I saw this at Barnes at Noble and knew I had to have it. It's officially for Twain, but kind of for me too, shhhh.

It just reminds me of my childhood. It looks SO familiar.

This is a terrible picture, but here is the nativity scene, sitting on my piano. Except a few key people are missing...see if you can figure it out.

Not too worry. Mary and Jesus were soon located. Twain finched them and took them for a ride on the train, haha.

Honestly, this nativity scene was one of the biggest hits around here. We played with it for hours and hours. I am very protective of this set and get crazed whenever the pieces are missing. Which is all day long. Ollie and Twain are constantly getting their paws on it. They just find it irresistible. We finally put it away, and I can hardly wait to set it up, right after Thanksgiving.

And truly TRULY, the best gift of all is Jesus! I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again! The fact that he came to this earth as a real live baby is mind-boggling!!!