My dear brother-in-law always says the same thing every year when we go to my mom’s house for Christmas, “Hooooooo-eee! Look at all dat LOOT!” It’s a constant reminder of how blessed we are to have such giving and wonderfully loving families! And thanks to my new-found love with Amazon’s wish lists, this Christmas may have been one of the loot-iest (is that a word?) and best ever! No, really! While we didn’t get to spend it with my side of the family or with J’s Dad, it was still a great Christmas. Maybe we’ll make the big trek back to OH next year for some Yuletide cheer. On to the goods, my friend!
We’ve already talked about our awesome garage door opener! Holy cow, what a life changer! And a big thank you goes out to J’s brothers for helping him install it the day after Christmas while I cleaned up the house before our big trip to San Fran. THANK YOU AGAIN!
An early Christmas present came back when we decked the halls and showed you our brand new Dolce Lounge Chair from the land of Tar-Jay! In fact, we assembled this chair the very same day that we assembled some Ikea bookcases, put together a bedside table for our guest room (also from Ikea), and stocked aforementioned bookcases with all of our books. We didn’t plan it that way, but we were on a deadline, so it was pretty intense! So here is the awesome comfortable-ness that is the Dolce Lounge Chair from Tar-jay. Thank you, Santa!
I have to say, it’s uber-comfortable and precisely what we were looking for! A small scale chair that wouldn’t feel too bulky in our oddly shaped family room. And now we don’t have to use a Dining Room chair any longer (see photo below). And for those keeping score – yes, we did move it after Christmas to the opposite side of the room. I know who you stalkers are! Well, actually, I don’t – that’s partially why it’s really frightening!
Another big gift came in the form of the Fieldcrest Floor Cabinet from Tar-jay land so that our guests will no longer be plagued by “toilet paper anxiety”. It fits so well in our downstairs powder room and gives us a little space to store small items since we don’t have any cabinetry in our powder room. It also looks really good against that new chocolate brown color – yummmm!
Then the last big present we got for Christmas was actually a present to ourselves! We’ve been suffering with TV envy for quite some time and while our Sony Wega CRT HDTV has a beautiful picture, at 27″ it just feels a little too piddly for the built-in area above the fireplace:
So with a few gift certificates in hand, J & I gifted ourselves a brand new 46″ or thereabouts television. It fits perfectly into that opening and definitely gets rid of the disorganized mish-mash of components and riff-raff:
And we are keeping the CRT television. It’s actually moved upstairs to the Room of Requirement along with all of our video game paraphernalia so that we can eventually have an upstairs media room. So now the family room has rounded itself out nicely to this present layout:
Thanks again to Santa and his Claus! We are very grateful for all of our presents this year!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!