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#1 Adalaide

 
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:13 PM

I have to admit that I'm still like a kid around Christmas. I did know what I was getting this year from my MIL, sort of, but last night I think she almost strangled my husband when he blew it right in front of me. We were making dinner and she asked him what he wanted, and if he wanted the same thing she is getting me. He was like, oh I wouldn't enjoy feeding the giraffes nearly as much as her. I couldn't turn around and look at her because I was trying to hide the world's biggest smile, but I imagine she didn't look particularly happy. I may be a month away from being 35 but it was all I could do not to squeal like a little girl and bounce up and down.

Yes, the zoo here sells giraffe encounters where you can feed them. And, it is entirely possible that I may actually come into physical contact with a real, living, breathing, giraffe. I get so excited thinking about it that I actually hold my breath accidentally. The coolest part is that they only do this two days a week, and my birthday is right after Christmas and falls on one of the days they do it. Which means we are scheduling to go then. I guess I'm getting a two-fer.

So who else is planning the best gifts ever this year? Maybe for someone else or maybe you know you're getting something super awesome. I wish that I could get my husband something to make him as happy as I know I'll be but alas, there is nothing that will make him squeal with joy like a little girl.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:03 PM

Oh i know right? So giddy....
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:32 PM

So who else is planning the best gifts ever this year? Maybe for someone else or maybe you know you're getting something super awesome. I wish that I could get my husband something to make him as happy as I know I'll be but alas, there is nothing that will make him squeal with joy like a little girl.


No comment. :ph34r:

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:02 PM

I wish that I could get my husband something to make him as happy as I know I'll be but alas, there is nothing that will make him squeal with joy like a little girl.


oh boy, this just begs for a naughty response.... :lol:.and I will refrain. I know ways to make my hubs....er,...ahem...anyhoo

I am very happy you will be feeding giraffes. I had the chance to feed them--and other wild animals---at the Catskill Game Farm in NY
when I first moved to NY from Bahston in 1984.

and I have to say....I squealed with delight --and scared the crap out of all the children nearby.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

You girls. I swear..... I was OBVIOUSLY talking about gifts.

Note to self: Remember your audience and always triple check what you typed before hitting enter.

I guess no one else has super awesome plans?

I already know this will be the best day ever. I am so with you there! I've had people be like, you can't think of anything, anything at all in your life as awesome? I'm like nope. Not a thing.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:42 PM

I'm sure if you make your husband squeal in any way, he will consider it a gift. ;)

Sooooo anyhoo! I think the gift I've gotten most excited about is actually something
a little silly, but still. My grandmother makes needlepoint squares that spell out
'Merry Christmas' that are looped together that you hang over your mantel or on
a wall somewhere or something. I remember the year she sent me one of my own
'Merry Christmases' it was like I was officially an adult, and I got childishly excited
about it.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

Honestly, the best gift is something my family knows that i have been eyeing for a long time (be it a game, a book, whathaveyou), it always makes me excited and happy that they remembered :)
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:00 PM

I'm sure if you make your husband squeal in any way, he will consider it a gift. ;)

Sooooo anyhoo! I think the gift I've gotten most excited about is actually something
a little silly, but still. My grandmother makes needlepoint squares that spell out
'Merry Christmas' that are looped together that you hang over your mantel or on
a wall somewhere or something. I remember the year she sent me one of my own
'Merry Christmases' it was like I was officially an adult, and I got childishly excited
about it.


Bunz...I think that is the sweetest thing !.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

You girls. I swear..... I was OBVIOUSLY talking about gifts.



me too, babes ;)
anyhoo..okay seriously.

I have received many cool gifts and I am beyond grateful. Let me explain--we are Christmas Freaks here.
My bday, our anniversary and hub's bday--are between 11/22 and 12/13 so...
Every year, hubs gives me a pewter Peter Rabbit ornament (cuz I love bunnies)
and one year, my friend made us a wedding quilt that took her 2 YEARS to finish
and because we were married in NYC, and saw the Rockettes Christmas show 4 hours after the ceremony with our best man and woman, we continued to go down there every year.

until I got sick. So sick I could not travel

Well, this year, I got the tickets and the hotel room and the restaurant reservations ....and we're going!!

yaaay !! first time since 2006.
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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

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I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif


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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

Not this year but in the past these are amongst things my husband who squeals like a girl has done for me (well, I mean Christmas gifts):
- blindfolded me and taken me to a cooking class at a swanky place
- found a book I desperately wanted and could not get in North America but managed to order it from the UK
- found counted cross stitch patterns by Paula Vaughn (the loveliest and most challenging you can get - another passion of mine), bought me all the threads to go with it (over 70 colours) in a craft store. I love to picture him picking out all the colours for me in less than a manly store.
- packed my bag without my knowing, picked me up at work and whisked me off to a romantic boutique hotel for the weekend and then took me food shopping followed by some other stuff ;)
- two years ago, he somehow managed to arrange for Amazon books to be shipped to me for ten consecutive days - the boxes just kept on coming! (He actually had them sent to his work separately then put them in the mailbox each day.)

I am a very, very spoiled girl. Methinks perhaps I'll keep him.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

I'm sure if you make your husband squeal in any way, he will consider it a gift. ;)

Sooooo anyhoo! I think the gift I've gotten most excited about is actually something
a little silly, but still. My grandmother makes needlepoint squares that spell out
'Merry Christmas' that are looped together that you hang over your mantel or on
a wall somewhere or something. I remember the year she sent me one of my own
'Merry Christmases' it was like I was officially an adult, and I got childishly excited
about it.


I love that moment when you have gone from one of "the cousins" to a grown up! I had one of those too, and was childishly excited. Kinda contradicts the whole thing doesn't it?
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:45 PM

me too, babes ;)
anyhoo..okay seriously.

I have received many cool gifts and I am beyond grateful. Let me explain--we are Christmas Freaks here.
My bday, our anniversary and hub's bday--are between 11/22 and 12/13 so...
Every year, hubs gives me a pewter Peter Rabbit ornament (cuz I love bunnies)
and one year, my friend made us a wedding quilt that took her 2 YEARS to finish
and because we were married in NYC, and saw the Rockettes Christmas show 4 hours after the ceremony with our best man and woman, we continued to go down there every year.

until I got sick. So sick I could not travel

Well, this year, I got the tickets and the hotel room and the restaurant reservations ....and we're going!!

yaaay !! first time since 2006.


That is super exciting! I'm so happy for you. That doesn't even come close to a little win, that falls into the major freaking victory category. That sounds like an awesome tradition to have back. I've also heard super amazing things about how gluten free friendly NYC is, I'm sure you're going to be having the time of your life.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:52 PM

Not this year but in the past these are amongst things my husband who squeals like a girl has done for me (well, I mean Christmas gifts):
- blindfolded me and taken me to a cooking class at a swanky place
- found a book I desperately wanted and could not get in North America but managed to order it from the UK
- found counted cross stitch patterns by Paula Vaughn (the loveliest and most challenging you can get - another passion of mine), bought me all the threads to go with it (over 70 colours) in a craft store. I love to picture him picking out all the colours for me in less than a manly store.
- packed my bag without my knowing, picked me up at work and whisked me off to a romantic boutique hotel for the weekend and then took me food shopping followed by some other stuff ;)
- two years ago, he somehow managed to arrange for Amazon books to be shipped to me for ten consecutive days - the boxes just kept on coming! (He actually had them sent to his work separately then put them in the mailbox each day.)

I am a very, very spoiled girl. Methinks perhaps I'll keep him.


I'd keep him too! I have to say I'm spoiled myself. I have something like 4 dozen stuffed giraffes at this point and they just keep coming. Usually for no apparent reason. I even have one I use to prop my arm up when my shoulder is bothering me and he doesn't complain about giraffes in the bed.

We're some lucky girls having such men to spoil us. Books every day? Yeah, I could sign up for that.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

I'm a total sap -- my absolute favorite thing is surprising someone with their perfect gift. It is pure magic when it happens. So far my top two are:

Oldest son's hero from 4-10ish years old was Jeff Gordon -- we camped infield at the then brand new California Speedway for years until I got too sick -- anyway my son was 6 and I found a mini Jeff Gordon race suit with helmet -- it wasn't on his Santa list -- oh my goodness -- the look on his face when he opened it and threw on the helmet I will never, ever forget...the next race was the following February -- he wore the suit for the entire weekend -- couple drivers came out of the paddock to visit our kid's lemon aid/brownie stand -- not Jeff, but still priceless memories.

Last year my father (81) had researched his father service in WWI - my Grandfather never shared any info from his service...so my Dad visited the WWI Museum and found out really amazing info. He shared the story with me and asked for a WWI movie for Christmas...in addition to the movie I found a book about my Grandfather's unit that mentioned him three times and had great photos of the unit my father hadn't found - original print from 1919 along with his unit's insignia pin -- I have never seen my very formal father so emotional -- I wanted to surprise him -- I got more than I hoped for that Christmas.

My hubby is a horrid gift giver - he is wonderful in many other ways, but gift-giving is not one of his "gifts" -- this year I don't have any winning surprise ideas sooo I guess I'll have to think of something that I really want and give some stellar marching orders :)
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:07 PM

Honestly, the best gift is something my family knows that i have been eyeing for a long time (be it a game, a book, whathaveyou), it always makes me excited and happy that they remembered :)


With my family back home I'm happy if I even get a card. My husband is good at remembering those random things I mentioned forever ago or have been eyeing a long time. (I know I'm sticking my foot in my mouth here so to speak... but here goes anyway.) I'm pretty easy to please.
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