Thursday, December 29, 2011

{Belated} Christmas Day Recap!

Christmas was great this year...and unless something horrible happens, there isn't much that will change that for me.  To be honest, I wish there was less emphasis on gift giving.  I think it takes away from the spirit of know, when you see the YouTube video of people fighting over discounted bath towels...really?  When I was in college I used to work at Wal-Mart.  If you want to see someones true nature, come to wal-mart during the holidays.  I remember people would up and take things out of your cart when you weren't looking.  If you stop and think about it, most likely you already have more than most and I think around the holidays you should stop to think about that.

 *Stepping down from my soap box*

Ok:)  Onto the Solomon Family Christmas Recap....well, Christian's Christmas Recap!

Well, lets start first with one of my favorite things about Christmas time...

Our nephews make sugar cookies every year.  Their toppings of choice this Christmas season: sweet tarts, M&M's, sprinkles, and sixlets. 

We started out at my parents house on Christmas Eve.  My parents have been dying to get him a tricycle, so TaDa!  He's still a little short to reach the peddles, but I bet when summer rolls around, he'll be all over the place terrorizing everyone.

Did you guys realize the box is just as fun as the actual toy? I seriously think parents should save their money the first couple of years and go get a few boxes instead.  You're not being a bad parent if you don't spent $200 + on your toddler on something he will not remember.  You're being smart! Just sayin'

Helping grandma and grandpa put his tricycle together :)

He loves his Grandpa!

Then came Christmas morning...

What IS this???

Woah! It's a Thomas the Train Tent/Tunnel Thing!  When we visited our friends Carol and Jacob a couple of months ago and he loved their son Connor's pop up tent.  Unfortunately, we did not look at the dimensions.  It literally takes up our whole living room.  Granted, our living room is teeny, but still. 

Um, here's a story for ya.  The other day he was hanging out in the tunnel part and when we stuck our heads in there we realized he had been tooting the whole time!  The confined space really kept in the smell! 

Love that smile :)

Later that evening, we went and visited the GREAT grandparents for some super awesome toys :)

I couldn't ask for a better Christmas...everyone I love is happy and healthy and that is all I can ask for :)

I will share one gift my husband got for me.  For about a year now, I've been looking forward to the holidays because after Thanksgiving Saks Fifth Avenue here in Tulsa sells a Tulsa snow globe.  It displays all your major buildings/statues.  The reason I wanted this was because a friend of ours had one and for whatever reason, I wanted one too.  I picked up an NYC snow globe each time I was in New York, so I thought this might be a thing I start doing when we travel :)  ANYWAYS, I found out this year that the company that normally makes them will no longer be producing them. 


So, that put a kibosh on that.  Well, unbeknown to me, my husband continued to look for one.  He called around to see if any other stores might have some older ones...he even called the city chamber of commerce.  Well, the lady he spoke with said they plan on making them again in about 6 months.  Matt explained to her that this was the one thing I wanted for Christmas and if she could do him a huge favor and maybe send out an office email to see if anyone in her office has one they would be willing to sell him he would much appreciate it. 

This nice lady did and someone responded. 

There was a man in their office that had one of the last year they made them (2009) still in the box.  He was nice enough to sell it to him :) 

{Next Blog} 2011 Recap! I went by so fast...


Young Hwang said...

Haha..I worked at Wal-Mart in college too and I sooo know what you mean. I totally agree with the box thing. haha.. Miriam loves the wrapping paper and boxes as much as her gifts. We got her a play tent for her 1st birthday. I guess..all toddlers love it! A few months ago, we put her on a tricycle at the store..just to see her reaction...well, she did not want to get off. we were like uh oh~...we didn't expect her to like it so much. looks like we teased her...aww.. she's too young and can't reach the pedal. I can't wait for her to be older so we can get her a tricycle....also, to decorate cookies and such. I love your blogs and pictures. I can relate to a lot of your posts because Miriam is 16 months. =) Oh...btw, your husband is so sweet to go out his way to get you that gift. haha.. Happy Holidays!

Jan-Maree said...

What a lovely post - sounds like your christmas day was wonderful but not as wonderful as that gorgeous thoughtful man of yours!!! Lucky girl!!!

Valerie said...

I can totally relate on the snow globes. Back when we first moved to Tulsa, 8 years ago or so, I found a Dallas one at Sak's Fifth Avenue for seriously cheap, maybe $10, and since that's where we lived when we first got married, I snatched it up. Then my mom gave me a T-Town one (the older version, no BOK Center was even built at that time, haha), and so I decided to try and find a Minneapolis/St. Paul one since we also had lived there. Oh my stinkin' heck. The search took over a year, and I finally got one on eBay, paid a pirate's ransom for it, and it arrived broken -- one of the skyscrapers had fallen over inside. Seriously?! What do you do? Thankfully Ellen at church told me about a repairman in FL to send it to, and sure enough, I did, and it came back perfectly fine. So now I have a great collection of the places we've lived, and I told Doug, we can't move because I can't keep searching for more snowglobes, haha...

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