Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Loot

Like I said before, "no dirty sticks or fire rocks" this year for the T family. We all received some really neat gifts, and I'll be spending some time this afternoon working on my thank you notes!


Some of my favorites?


~Mr. Coffee Espresso Machine from Mimi (my mom). Starbucks may lose its tenacious grip on me.




~Blogging for Bliss from my sister, Alison....

She's good-I wanted this when it first came out and then forgot all about it until I unwrapped it on Christmas Day!


~A gorgeous homemade earring holder from my sister-in-law, SuSu



~Cutest gift? My sis let Natalie choose a gift for me in American Eagle, and the child could hardly stand the excitement when she watched me unwrap the cutest jewelry set. She made sure it was the first gift out from under the tree at my mom's.


~A new Nutcracker from T's brother, Mike.


~Biggest surprise?


T presented me with this certificate for a "blog makeover!" He knows, or at least has an inkling of understanding, that this is my own personal spot of creative expression.

He also knows that I'd like to grow my blog and give it a cleaner, more presentable look. I was so impressed that he took the time to create a certificate...he even used my blog banner and background! Brownie points. I may have to save a bit more to get all the features I'd like to have here, but I'll keep you updated as I choose a fun new look for this spot. Don't worry...I won't go all Hollywood on you. (wink)


The girls and I got T a firepit for the backyard. I'm not sure what you do with a firepit, but I remembered him mentioning he wanted one a few months ago.



Natalie has been taking non-stop photos with her new camera, and Michaela Byrd seems most pleased with a stuffed "Frosty the Snowman" that sings his own theme song. That was delightful to listen to in Target when she insisted on bringing it along.



A good Christmas!


{What was your favorite gift you received this year?}

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16 comments:

Nancy said...

Such fun gifts, Amanda! I think the espresso machine is the coolest. We must share the same addiction. ;-) I loved all my gifts, but getting a few gift cards is always fun for me since I love to shop. Also, I got an industrial size of my fave perfume.

Nancy.

All Things Cherish said...

Wow, looks like you made out pretty well! Love the earring hanger. My favorite gift was sewing classes, I can't wait!

Shannon P. said...

Looks as if you had a wonderful Christmas.

By the way, my mom is a mimi too. lol.

Happy New Year!

southerninspiration said...

Oh, girl......great gifts! Look forward to seeing your new blog! I am interested in doing the same thing! And that espresso machine? Yeehaw!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Suzanne

Melissa said...

Great gifts! Wasn't the espresso machine on your wish list?

My favorite gift is an ice cream maker. We're making good use of it already! :)

Kristen said...

I know several children who got cameras this year, including my niece! They were a huge hit! Props to your husband for being a US soccer fan!!

PenelopeLovesLists said...

Just found your website and I love it!

My favorite gift I rec'd this year was a new digital camera. I've been taking not-so-great photos with my iphone for 2 years and needed an upgrade!

Xazmin said...

Love the loot! My favorite gift from YOUR post is the firepit! I so want one of those!

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

YYYAAAYYYY!!! So happy that you get a bloggy makeover! That's awesome! My favorite gift was a recordable/talking scrapbook from my new mama-in-law. :-)

Holly said...

Can't wait to see your new blog look! I'm kinda jealous of all you people who get to spend Christmas with family and actually get gifts. We get money from the parents, and I'm not complaining you know! And Craig and I don't do a whole lot for each other, mostly just for the kids. I have a secret dream that somebody sometime in my life will present me with the perfect, awesome gift that was just what I wanted, but I never had to tell them!

Jessica Jones, ATL Mom of 3 said...

WOW you racked up! No one really gets me anything for christmas but my daddy got me a pocket video camera which i LOVE and my kids picked me out some earrings which was sweet...oh and my mom gave me her used ipod...nice

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Oh what great gifts! I'd never heard of "Blogging for Bliss" before. Looks so good! And how sweet to get a blog makeover. Can't wait to see it!

Katie said...

Wow a blog makeover how cool! Have lots of fun browsing all the designers and looking for the perfect kit to use with it.

PS: My daughter got the Kid Tough camera too and loves it. She filled the entire card the first day and then told everyone she had to go put them on her blog. LOL!

design_aholic said...

How fun that you get a blog-makeover! (not that you need one!)

I posted a little something on my favorite gifts too:

http://design-aholic.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-presents-our-gift-to.html

Happy New Year!

Paula said...

You got some really great things! The firepit will be really fun for roasting marshmallows or making s'mores. If I had a place for one, I'd like one, too.

Good luck with your blog make-over. I've been thinking about doing that, too, but I am not sure where to even start to look for someone to do it.

I'm going to look for the book you received in B&N. I'll bet that there are some great blogging tips in it.

Happy New Year!

Wendy said...

Great gifts!!

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