I pray you all had a wonderful Christmas 🙂 We did, I know that reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 and also reading The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry kept in mind what Christmas was about and it isn’t about presents.
I do admit though that my husband and I were spoiled this year. My dad and step mom gave us a Wii system for our entire family 🙂 Hannah is having a ball with the sports as are my husband and I. He plans to go out tomorrow and buy another controller so we can go head to head in boxing LOL.
My mom gave us a joint gift of a 6.5 quart slow cooker, the thing is HUGE!!!! We still don’t know where we are going to put it in our tiny kitchen. It looks like this except ours is retangular in shape:
My mom bought it as it will accomodate more food for our, hopefully, continuing to grow family of 5. I think I will be making soups to freeze as well 🙂
My mom gave me for my personal play time this stand mixer!
I used it last night to make our dough for our homemade pizza night and I was amazed at how much time was cut down from my old stand mixer to using this one. I didn’t have to mix in any flour by hand and once it was blended it was ready for me to knead it. I could have let the mixer knead it but I love the feel and smell of bread dough being kneaded by hand 🙂 Now if only she had gotten it in blue or pink LOL. Just kidding Mom!
Then there is my DH who gave me a great surprise, he bought me not one but two MP3 players. He knew I wanted one with video so when Hannah is at ballet or we are at co-op, etc but he couldn’t find one anywhere! So he bought me one that just played music. Then Christmas Eve Eve he stopped in a store and saw the last MP3 player with video, so he got that one. He gave me both on Christmas morning. The one with video plays music, movies, ebooks (how cool is that for a bookworm?), records, and I can download pictures and have a slideshow of my favorite family :D. The second MP3 player he said I could return and get something else but I didn’t really need anything else so…….we gave it to Hannah, who wants to download Christian music on it so she can listen to it in the van on trips. Now to get the earphones that can’t be turned up loud. She actually does very well in not turning the earphones up though, so that is a good thing. I just have to figure out how to get the ebook files onto my MP3 player!
On a side note, I took Hannah out and gave her the rest of her Christmas present which was to get her ears pierced. She choose very modest, feminine, birthstone earings. They are amethyst for her birth month of February. You almost wouldn’t notice them unless you look at her long enough. She did very well, didn’t cry or anything. I will try to get a picture of her later and post it.
I hope that this isn’t taken as being prideful as that isn’t my intent, I just feel very blessed this year in that we recieved things that we needed or can actually get use out of. With the Wii my DH and I hope it will motivate us to loose some weight and get moving in a fun way to battle diabetes and the bulge 🙂 Now if anyone has some great, quick to prepare, great to freeze soup recipes for the crock pot I’d love to have them 🙂