Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!

Well, the girls had a great Christmas!!! They got lots and lots of fun stuff. Valerie had a wonderful time at her MeMe's Christmas Eve. She helped hand out gifts. It was the funniest thing... she loved giving everyone their presents! And of course, she had a fantastic time opening everything. 'ooooh I like that!!!' was her catch phrase of the night. Even Veronica was in a HAPPY mood all night long!!

Christmas morning Valerie wasn't as excited about her Santa gifts as I thought she'd be. It took her a while to dig into everything. Her most favorite thing is a Jack in the Box that I got for Veronica!!! Figures... Valerie is not letting Veronica touch any of the toys. All the shrieking is getting ridiculous...

My mom gave me an awesome set of Kitchenaid copper bottom pots, some new sheets, and a candle. And a big surprise... My mom gave me her sterling silver flatware!! It's sooooo pretty. It's gotta be about 35+ years old. Still in the storage chest, still sealed in plastic. Never-ever used! We used 4 place settings for Christmas dinner for the very first time.

That being said...

I really don't know why I'm surprised. Or why it bothers me so much. I just about got what I expected from my family -- nothing.
I know it isn't supposed to matter, but it does. I made sure Clint had a few things from me and a few things from the kids. Nothing extravagant - dress shirts, some CDs, a band t shirt, tools... but they were all things he needed and wanted. He at least had several gifts from me and the girls to open. Clint ordered a watch for me... but.... it's more of a man's watch. It's HUGE. Instead of sending it back or trying to exchange it, he gave it to me anyway. (???) And that was it. I spent most of today fighting tears because it really hurts my feelings that he doesn't try at all. It brought me back to two years ago when I got rubber spatulas. I put a lot of effort, time, and thought into choosing gifts for the kids and Clint. It's Christmas. SO anyway, just before we sat down for Christmas dinner, Clint hands me a piece of paper and says it's from Santa. Apparently, he ordered me a Dell laptop, but it won't be delivered until the end of this week. Now why couldn't he have given me the print out on Christmas Eve when we exchanged gifts? Why wait until after the fact? Why make me think all this time that I was getting nothing (again?) Why make me feel bad on Christmas Day?? I don't know what he was thinking. But it really put a damper on my Christmas spirit.

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