Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Unwrap Up

Ah the post-Christmas haze is upon us.

I feel kind of bad. While everyone is tightening their belts and bemoaning what a horrible economy is doing to their Christmas--we went kind of overboard this year.

Our reasoning is this: Dr. Mad Scientist is quitting his job January 16 to go to school full time. He won't be making any real money until he starts student teaching which won't be until January 2010 (yes, in New Jersey there is a loophole to make money while student teaching...muhahahaha!). Therefore, next Christmas will be slim.

I'm not complaining--I'm actually loving the fact we are able to plan for belt-tightening instead of being broadsided by it!

This year, we spoiled Chunky a tad bit more than we have in the past.

Which included Santa getting him the King's Castle Lego set that he's been pining after for two years.


Yeah, he was a little excited.

Jersey Boy got a lot of cool outfits from his aunts and uncles.



Of course he was unconscious during the un-wrap. Ah well.

Dr. Mad Scientist got me a new electric blanket as my old one isn't as great as it used to be. Chunky was excited by this too because now he has my old one. It's a win-win for us both!

My favorite present though was one that I gave Dr. Mad Scientist.

First a little background.

The Big Boss (partner) I work for at the firm has me do a lot of his personal stuff. This involved making dinner reservations, booking his vacation plane tickets, shoot, even calling the cable company to switch addresses when he moved earlier this month. It also involves purchasing concert and theater tickets. As such, I'm on the Ticketmaster email list and get announcements for all their upcoming crap.

In September, when I was cleaning out my junkmail box at work I noticed that Metallica was coming to the Prudential Center in Newark at the end of January. The email offered early purchase on their tickets with a certain promo-code.

That night I mentioned to Dr. Mad Scientist that Metallica was coming to town when I was driving him home from the train station.

He remarked that he wanted to make it to a Metallica concert before he died. And I remembered how he was always getting screwed out of seeing them. I remember literally a month after we left Alaska after getting married--they made their first tour-stop in Anchorage.


The next day, I bought him a ticket and I gotta say, seeing him open up that envelope and stare at what it was and the look on his face--priceless! Ha ha!

And just so you think that I'm not the coolest wife ever--I did also get him a nose-hair trimmer too.

Hope your holidays were all you wanted them to be and they didn't leave you too exhausted.


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Blogger janna said...

The picture of Chunky with his Legos is priceless! I'm glad you all had a Merry Christmas!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Disco said...

Stud Puffin! That is the coolest ever :0)

And there's nothing like getting something you've been wanting 4ever. Congrats to Chunky and Dr MS on their gifts. Love the pic of Chunky. Dad looks so happy too.

Keep the pics of Jersey boy coming. He is adorable and I'm living vicariously through you (without the hard work, of course - that's all yours) ;0)

3:09 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

You are the coolest wife. Love seeing Chunky so thrilled!! JB is sure cute!

3:31 PM  
Blogger Pam the Yarn Goddess said...

Not only are you the coolest wife ever, you are the coolest friend. I'm thrilled that you're one of mine. :)

That child is just adorable. He looks like such a good baby!

I'm so happy that you had a wonderful Xmas. You so deserve it. I'm also delighted that the MS is doing well, is going back to school, and everything is falling into place. What a change from a year or so ago!

And yes... that word verification on my blog meant that you could run around buck-ass naked if you so desired. After having a C-section, though, some support in that area might feel better than flopping in the breeze...

3:44 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Metallica, nice!! That's a pretty awesome gift. As for the nose hair trimmer...its practical and necessary. Hubby bought me one last year. Apparently, as I age, hair is growing in places it shouldn't, haha!

Looks like you guys had a great Christmas!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Chunky is silly!

I used to love all those metal bands when I was a teenager. The only one I really still like now is Bon Jovi. My husband and brother and sister and I saw them in concert about 8 years ago, and they were still great (Jon Bon Jovi was still hot too, LOL!).

It sounds like everyone at your house had a wonderful Christmas - I love the little shirts the baby got!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I think it's cool that you were able to be extravagant. As much as I'm all eco-freakin'-it most of the time, every now and then, it's nice to just let go and enjoy the fact that we live in a time and place when things like tickets to a really great concert are "possible".

5:12 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

P.S. Is that a handmade blanket the baby has?! And what's this about student teachers getting paid in NJ? I know a few people who wanted to get into teaching here in Ohio, but didn't because they couldn't afford to quit their jobs while the did the student teaching. You Jersey folks have it good! : )

5:14 PM  
Blogger buttercup said...

Santa really rocked it for Santa and DMS!!! JB got some really cool onesies.

Happy Boxing Day!

5:18 PM  
Blogger buttercup said...

Santa rocked it for Chunky and DMS. sheesh.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Mamma said...

so cute. We bought the same lego set for our son. It was a bit painful to buy, but he has been quietly playing with it all day, so I think it was worth every penny. it was his first big boy lego set, I see more in his future.

6:27 PM  
OpenID MarieGrace said...

Merry Christmas to you and the boys!

Legos are still a big hit here as well... they just never get sick of 'em!

7:17 PM  
Blogger LilKnitter said...

I wondered if that was the same set Meaty had gotten! (I read my blogs in alphabetical order) JB appears to look like Dr. MS. He's adorable. i'm glad your Christmas was so lovely for the family. And Metallica: awesome!! You going along, too?

7:48 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

Awww, cute! And you got him tickets to see Metallica? Wow, that's an amazing gift. I'm jealous.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Hehe...I love Chunky!! Made his day huh! Glad you all got to enjoy it before the belt tightens!

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

When I was little I really wanted a My Little Pony tea party house thingy. My mom bought me one for my 20th birthday. It's not as cool when you're too old to really play with it.

All of that to say, I'm really glad you bought the Lego set for Chunky because he'll remember it, and cherish it.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

I hope the nose trimmer was the free one from CVS on Black Friday!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

okay. I couldn't not post again when my code word is 'shawl' go knittin!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

You must always balance super cool with super practical gifts. It keeps the universe in check, or something.

9:03 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said... cute is that Jersey boy!! So sweet!! And Chunky, well that's pure happiness in that photo!! So glad you all had a fabulous Christmas!!!

merry merry!

9:31 PM  
Blogger Poops said...

Those Legos hurt when you step on 'em barefoot, though. Lincoln Logs, too, but not as much. They're not as sharp.

Bobo's learning "Shout at the Devil" now. And she flashes the devil horns. So sweet!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

That's a great post! I am so happy you guys had a wonderful Christmas and that Jersey Boy is around!

5:12 AM  
OpenID bufanditas said...

OMG! I just read thru your posts and found out about your baby. Congratulations!!!!! What a wonderful Christmas you've all had.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

Wonderful gifts! I'm like Chunky, I hug gifts too.

We weren't planning on a big Christmas either but it turned out that way. We kept in budget but got a lot more stuff due to all the sales.

8:44 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

That's so sweet seeing how excited that Chunky was for his lego set. I totally understand that feeling. I <3 legos.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Mag said...

I can barely remember what Chunky is feeling in that pic, but I still get a glimmer.
I love the way the baby opened up his presents. I am all for that sort of participation in life! ;-)

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad that everyone got what they wanted for Christmas. But you never say what you got? JB looks like he will be outfitted for a good long time. Chunky looks like he will be working that lego set forever!! Glad that DMS did not know the secret before hand!! Chunky told us about what you were giving him. Oh! That's right he has your genes...He can keep a secret!!! Happy New Year!! Love, Mom

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

that image of chunky is priceless, too! HAHA

you got him A ticket as in ONE? you're not going?

i wouldn't blame you or him. i went to see ruben blades completely alone because i didn't want anyone speaking or breathing and interrupting my personal high. :D


12:31 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

LOL - something tells me Chunky was happy to get the Lego set. ;) Belated Merry Christmas!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

We were a little extravagant this year,too. I think it was a reaction to the bad news about the economy we are always hearing. It sounds like you are feeling pretty well.

6:13 PM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

Since I hit the parent lottery (and my folks can ... easily ... afford it), they got my big gift this year. Squeee!!! (new digital SLR camera. i lurve it!) Bout mostly, it was a very low-key Xmas which suits me just fine, thanks!

I love that pic of Chunky and probably would have had that reaction twice on Thursday if not for the filter that gets glued in place once your brain morphs from child to adult.

Glad you've liked the parade-o-quilts on my blog. Thanks for the nice comments! :)

6:24 PM  
Blogger JRS said...

Wow! Jersey Boy is very cute. I mean it. (I actually find a lot of babies to be quite ugly, but in his case, he really is perfect looking!)

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you guys had a great Christmas. Got to love the Legos. They are the best.

Jersey Boy is going to be the best dressed little guy. Keep the pics coming.

Happy New Year!
Aunt Susan

P.S. The brownies were awesome!!!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

So glad Chunky had an awesome Christmas!! Sounds like you all did. The baby = totally precious!! Love the blanket too.
And you are definitely the second coolest wife ever (can't let you upstage me now can I?)

11:56 AM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Hey, where's the gift I sent you? I got one for Grandma and it was a big hit at the party--probably because Rasputin came with me to field questions.


5:02 PM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

happy xmas! that reindeer outfit is just too cute.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Merry Christmas! Go away from blogging and see what happens??? Congratulations! I'm floored by happiness for you guys JB is an angel~the very best of everything to you all.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Oh what a funny photo with the legos.

And the baby is just a gem! Enjoy the rest of the holidays Bezzie.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Aweosme presents all around. Dr. Mad Scientist should forego using the nose hair clippers until after the concert. Gotta have the long heavy metal nose hair. Merry Christmas!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

And a good Kissmoose was had by all. that is the way it is supposed to be!

9:25 PM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

Metallica tickets, Legos and a supercute baby... what else could you possibly want?

12:03 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Whew. I was worried until you mentioned the nose hair trimmer.

3:48 PM  

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