My family mailed all their Christmas gifts and I opened them a little early. Then we spent Christmas Eve and Day with Brian's family, waking up in the morning and opening presents just like we were little kids. So fun!
A. I managed to snag the game Yahtzee at the Kesler Family Christmas Party. I was pretty pleased with myself. Brian's cousin Emeli brought it... so, thanks Emeli!
B. My mom and stepdad sent us a murder mystery party game called Pasta, Passion and Pistols! They had me at pasta! Ha ha... And I've never actually hosted (or been to) a murder mystery party so I'm really excited to throw one. It should be a lot of fun!
C. Continuing with the game theme, Brian's mom got us Chinese Checkers. How did she know I was Chinese?
D. My mom got me Backgammon, which I've never played before in my life. I'm sure it can't be that hard... (see E)
E. My mom also got me Backgammon for Dummies. I stand corrected. Apparently it's pretty complicated if you need a whole book to explain how to play! But I look forward to the challenge.
F. Brian's mom got us a new blue soap pump and toothbrush holder for our bathroom. I'm hoping this new toothbrush holder gets less gunky than the last one... yuck!
G. She also got us a new bathmat in brown. (Both F and G came from our wedding registry... she's smart).
H. New socks! Most of ours are all holey and dingy... so I'm happy to Brian's mom got us some new ones.
I. Brian's mom always gets us all pajama pants for Christmas and we open them on Christmas Eve. This year she opted for athletic pants. I think she's hinting that I'm fat and need to work out more. She'd be correct.
J. Brian's mom got me a really cool new shirt! Gray and blue: my favorite color scheme!
K. Brian's mom also got me a new tie. Pretty snazzy. Maybe I should start wearing ties to work more often. Sometimes I'm too lazy and go to work looking like a hobo...
L. My dad and stepmom got us a food scale (also from the registry). Brian's really thrilled about it. Like REALLY thrilled. He's gotten so skinny from all his dieting that he needs a tiny little food scale to weigh himself!
M. Jenny (my sister-in-law) got me the first season of I Love Lucy, just like Brian did. Oops! We're going to exchange it for the third season though, so no worries.
N. Brian's mom filled a stocking for Brian and I to share... all I wanted were the peanut butter Santas! Luckily Brian hates peanut butter, so he didn't even put up a fight when I claimed them all for myself.
O. Brian's grandma gave us a book Cooking for Two, a homemade loaf of bread and a jar of cookie butter. Kinda like the Santas (M), I claimed the cookie butter for myself! I couldn't resist. My two weaknesses--cookies and butter--all wrapped into one delicious, spreadable delight!
P. Renee and Jaylon (my sister and brother-in-law) got us Mancala. Games were a pretty popular gift this year! Looks like we'll be hosting some game nights really soon!
Q. Brian's mom got me a new votive holder. It's long and wavy, and I think it'll go on top of the entertainment center once the Christmas stuff gets put away.
R. Brian's mom also got me a candle warmer and lots of different scented cubes to melt. Our house is going to smell delicious... like Grandma's Sugar Cookies or Apple Spice.
Not pictured, a gift card to The Cheesecake Factory from Daniel and Sofia (my brother and his girlfriend). It came in the mail a few days ago and I forgot about it when piling gifts together for the photo... but that doesn't mean I'm not grateful! Because let's face it, any gift involving food is one I'm going to enjoy!