They would have been happy with just that, but we decided to replace two of their toys as well. Macintosh loved them and couldn't decide which one to play with.
While the dogs enjoyed their new toys, the Mr. and I opened our presents. I'd say we both made out pretty well as usual.
The Mr. got an iPod shuffle for the gym, two Under Armour shirts, a Redskins shirt, a PS3 game, and some Suzy Q's to fill his stocking. I got a couple pairs of shoes/slippers, books, handheld vacuum, necklace, earrings and iPhone case.
Our families also spoiled us with some WVU shirts, books, a board game, a vintage trophy (thanks Mom!!), amazing smelling candle, Elf on the Shelf, a family name sign, original art for the nursery, sweets and even more goodies for the dogs.
But of course the season is also about spending time with family, which we were able to do plenty of! I am appreciating the extra day off work, so I can just relax, finish up some chores and play with my new presents. I can tell you already that I love my new handheld vacuum. Love. :)
After attempting the potato swirl a few times, I gave up and realized using my fingers would be easier and faster... So that's what I did :)
I just kept adding circles until it filled in. Bigger and more squished together on the top, smaller and more sparse on the bottom.
After the first layer of circles dried, I added in some more. I let it sit for a few days to dry completely and this is what we've got!
I'm a little ashamed it's taken me over a month to get this post together, but I have been pretty busy. Truthfully most of it comes down to laziness and never remembering to take the camera downstairs to take pictures.
Excuses aside, back in November a bunch of my family and I went to the DC Big Flea. It's your typical flea market- a mix of junk and treasures, so you really never know what you're going to find. I went in not expecting to buy anything, but I brought about $100 to spend and that was the perfect amount!
Back in February of 2010 I posted about a kitchen I fell in love with. She used trophies to decorate and since then I'd been keeping my eye out for a few to buy. I never fell in love enough to spend my hard earned money, but that all changed and I dropped $65 to get this beauty.
I'd never seen any of these copper trophies before, so I snatched it right up. They were selling a bunch of them for $65 a piece and I was tempted to buy more!
The next purchase was for our baby girl. I'd seen this idea on a few blogs and I knew it was something I wanted to do for her nursery. I found these blocks at $.50 a piece, so I grabbed them all up for a total of about $20. I already had the jar, and it's the perfect punch of color! (Since I don't know if lead is present, she will not be playing with these! They are purely for decoration.)
This last purchase was out of left field, but as soon as I saw it I knew the Mr. would love it. Why? His lucky number is 15 and he thinks guns are fascinating. This sign ($20) was a train speed limit sign and I just love imagining the history it had. As soon as I showed it to my hubby he started guessing what gun made what holes.
Here is a picture we had taken last Thursday while at the Mr.'s work holiday party. Not the best picture (both lighting-wise and self esteem-wise), but I still wanted to share.
And that concludes our trip down memory lane!