All I Want For Christmas

Husband and I do not generally exchange gifts; we are big into stocking stuffers and the rest is for the kids.  Last year I got two gifts from Husband/Santa that I was quite excited about; one of them I asked for, the other I did not.  Can you guess which is which?



If you guessed the log splitter you would be right.  Yup, I was very excited to see a large box with a bow on it under the tree (it would not fit into my stocking, perhaps I need to look into getting a larger one).  The Victoria’s Secret gift card was very much out of the ordinary for Husband.  The only explanation I can come up with was that he was sick of hearing me constantly bitch that I did not have a single bra that fit after being either pregnant or nursing for four years straight (pregnant – nurse for 18 months – pregnant – nurse for 18 months).  Maybe he was sick of hearing me complain about it and not actually do anything about it.

This year there are once again two gifts that really stand out for me.  The first is a large cookbook all about and only about pie.  Smile  As I am sure you all know, National Pie Day is January 23rd and this year will be my third year hosting.  I am thinking that one of the pies I will make will be a buttermilk pie because I have never heard of such a thing until thumbing through my new pie book.  I had asked for the book a while back but had forgotten so it was a great surprise.  I am sure you will hear more about our pie day festivities later.

The next gift I actually danced a little dance over.  It was, (are you sitting down?), a keychain garage door opener!!  Best.  Gift.  Ever.  For the last hundred years or so we have been in the process of building a detached garage that will, if we don’t all die of old age first, have access to our house through a non existent man door in our current attached garage that will eventually be converted into more living space (did you get all that?)  But for now, when our garage door opener goes wonky and does not work I have to:

  1. Herd the boys out the front door through a gate that has a latch that sticks into our backyard without letting the dogs out either the front door or the fenced backyard.
  2. Use the keypad lock to open the man door in the detached garage.
  3. Cram ourselves into the small space at the foot of the stairs to close the man door.
  4. Open the other man door into the garage.
  5. Finally use the button on the wall in the garage to open the garage door.

By this time I am as grumpy as hell, we are all wet from the rain that falls 11 months out of the year, and someone has inevitably stepped in dog poo.  So perhaps now you can understand my excitement over my beautiful new keychain garage door opener.

Ok, I told you about my favorite Christmas presents, care to tell me about yours?

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I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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20 Responses to All I Want For Christmas

  1. muddledmom says:

    I’m so glad you got a keychain garage door opener. You deserve it. The dog poo is just the icing on the cake, well, you know what I mean. Getting kids in and out of the car and into the house should be an easy task, but somehow, it is always exhausting. And I have one of those fancy keychain things. I hope you love it!

    • shoes says:

      Hehehehe – icing on the cake…
      Yeah, I don’t know why the in and out of the car with kiddos is so tiring but it crazy is and now with my handy dandy magical keychain my life has becomes just a little bit easier. And who doesn’t need that? Glad you have one as well!

  2. Gems says:

    I loved your gifts…the key chain garage door opener is now on my wish list! My gift this year from Hubby was a blue topaz ring 9my birthstone…a real surprise as it is my favorite color and I have been wanting one for years. Highly impractical, but it’s the first ‘just for me, just because’ prezzie I’ve had in years! Merry Christmas x

    • shoes says:

      Ohh, nice! I bet that beautiful topaz ring would look especially lovely on your finger while you push a small gray button on a garage door opener key chain. 🙂 Impractical gifts, especially ones that are a suprise, are the best!! Sounds like you had a merry Christmas – boxes for the kids and bling for the momma.

  3. Jodi says:

    I’m glad you received exactly what you wanted for Christmas! I am not usually surprised by the things people ask for, so the log splitter didn’t really surprise me, nor did the key chain garage opener.

    I asked for and received a Dutch Oven (not the fart under the covers kind, but the real thing.) It is cast iron and must weigh close to 10 pounds but I am thiniking of all the lovely things I can make in it.

    Now the pie book has be intrigued, does it have an upside down apple pie included, or a peanut butter chocolate pie? I have recipes for those two and they are usually a very big hit.

    I guess I will have to prepare for pie day, I did not know about that.

    Merry Christmas!

    • shoes says:

      Ohhh – a Dutch Oven, very nice!
      Yes, my pie book, simply titled Pie, has a whole chapter dedicated to the apple pie. Husband made a wonderful peanut butter chocolate pie last year and I think he will do that again this year. Quite yummy.
      And a Merry Christmas to you as well!

  4. Nancy says:

    Favourite Christmas gift this year…a weekend away, just me and hubby, three weeks before Christmas. AMAZING. We didn’t exchange presents on Christmas day, but we started our Christmas spirit at the beginning of December and it’s still going strong because we have been relaxed from our weekend away and have been reliving the memories ever since. I think we’ve started a new holiday tradition!

  5. I was all set to offer up a BIG congrats on your new log splitter, until I read on about what a life transforming gift your new key chain garage door opener has become! So congratulations!!! Oh, and VS gift card being hubby’s pick was a no brainer for a guy like me, who has been a guy all my life, and also married to a woman for 21 years. Lol 😉
    Hey, thanks for being brave enough to “like” the Sugar Plum Fairy! 🙂 Happy New Year to you and yours.

    • shoes says:

      What woman would not love to receive her very own key chain garage door opener? 🙂 (although the VS gift card was quite nice too)

      For some reason the Sugar Plum Fairy was oddly mesmerizing – in a good way or bad way – I am not sure which. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment – Happy New Year to you and your family as well.

  6. Babytromm says:

    I just found your site through thereluctanthousewife. I love that you loved the log splitter more then the VS gift card. I also love that you have been pregnant or nursing for so long. I have just started into my sixth year of being pregnant or nursing. I can not wait for my little one to be done nursing. Then these boobs are all mine. No more sharing!!

    • shoes says:

      I guess I am more the practical type – the log splitter will help to keep my family warm for many winters to come while my new bras (although free of little flaps and much prettier than my nursing ones) will eventially stretch and loose their form. While I very much enjoyed nursing and truly believe that it is the healthiest choice for everyone involved, overall it is very nice to have my boobs back. (I must admit I miss my porn star size breasts though.) One day you will have your body back! 🙂
      Oh, and thanks for letting me know where you found me – kinda fun to know. Glad you stopped by!

  7. Deborah the Closet Monster says:

    I loved the contrast of those images, but the words were even better! 😀

    I got a necklace from my sister. It was . . . well, heck. I think I’d better write a post about it, come to think of it.

  8. disturbinglynormal says:

    I thought national pie day was March 14. Hmm. The things you learn.

    • shoes says:

      We are both right. You are refering to Pi Day, on March 14, to celebrate the mathmatical constant 3.14…. I prefer to celebrate a type of pie I can actually eat rather than one that gave me headaches during school. 🙂

  9. That log splitter is going to save you soo much work! That Victoria Secret if used correctly could save some work too. 😉

  10. Maiya says:

    My partner always buys christmas gifts, he can use as well eg a digital camera, it bugs me like crazy. I actually never knew about log splitters until I read your post so am off to find out more about them. I will be back to read more my friend.

    • shoes says:

      Oh, log splitters are amazing especially if you have lots of large rounds to cut up into manageable pieces of firewood. Glad you stopped by and read a few posts. 🙂

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