|Gift giving. Not my picture. Wanna know how you can tell? Those gifts are wrapped. I don't do that. But I want to try my hand at making that cake for the next birthday in the house|
Save New Year's, the holidays are over. The gift giving ones anyway. Aside from the nasty tradition we've unwillingly adopted of getting sick as often and awfully as an Oregon Trail family (you have died of dysentery) whenever R's home for a period of longer than two days, they were enjoyable. I'm particularly proud of how little I spent! I didn't track it exactly, but the present tally for Slim and Curly was right around $200.00. Next year I hope to spend less. I accomplished this by purchasing most of their gifts at the Here We Grow Again consignment sale. I also perused Craigs List for months, trying to find specific items. Santa found a fantastic grab bag deal for $9ish at the Kansas City Zoo and the animal/zoo themed calculator stocking stuffers were the second favorite toy! I didn't get as much on Etsy as I had originally intended, but am already arranging a little something with an Ohio friend's SewAppealingShop. Yup, I'm getting a jump start before 2012 has even hit! And honestly, the main reason I am able to keep spending down is because they don't get much. Each boys gets one present each for seven of the nights of Hanukkah and Santa typically brings two big toys intended for sharing.
Here's a few of my personal favorites from this year:
|Slim, in his red and blue cape|
|Curly wouldn't model for me. His cape is blue and cranberry|
The coolest Hanukkah present were these spectacular capes. Please check out DiscoveryDenim on Etsy. The price for her Blank Little Hero Capes went up since I made my purchase, but they are so worth it, even at the new price. Definitely quality made - I love the material and the snap closure is a thoughtful touch.
All the Craigs List scouring paid off, because Christmas meant a used, wooden kitchen that didn't scream, "No Boys Allowed" and came complete with a lot of wooden food, tin pots and pans and play cleaning supplies. Plus a grocery cart thrown in for good measure. I've already experienced several gourmet meals the kiddos whipped together.
The best gift wasn't one, not in the traditional sense anyway. Have you ever been overcome by God's presence, or, for the non-religious, complete calm and serenity with existence? On Christmas Eve, the fifth night of Hanukkah, while watching the candles burn down, I was overwhelmed by such a sense of peace. I felt thankful and filled with love. I said out loud to R, “I love the world. I love you. I love the boys. I love God. I am just so in love right now.” It was a temporary feeling, but while it lasted, I was glad to think all was right with life. I seem to have two modes - sickeningly sweet and overly PC as R describes it, though I prefer to jokingly call it acting Canadian or psycho hose beast from PMS hell. So I'll take the divine moments when I can get them and recognize them for the gift they are.
On that note, I'll just leave this quote here.
Each day provides its own gifts.
- Marcus Aurelius