Here’s a picture, as requested, of the tree DC1 and DH made:
Here’s what we got for people:
DC1: a prism, a cd, a Japanese balance hand game thingy, a gyroscope, some books, candy
DC2: a few toys ze has never seen before to keep hir occupied in the car on our interminable drive up North.
BIL+SIL 1: A bunch of Mexican spices from Penzey’s, including fancy dried chilis, and a Mexican cookbook. (I totally had this awesome idea to do this with my new favorite Indian cookbook and Indian spices, but we called BIL up and asked if they liked Indian food and he said he didn’t know, they’d never had it. Despite going to college in a town with a great Indian place! Shame.)
Nephew: Castle Logix
Niece: A Melissa and Doug stackable train that B&N recommended (and was highly rated) when we picked out the Castle Logix.
SIL + BIL 2: A check for $100. When we wrote it, they were in contract for a house, so this was going to be for unexpected homeownership expenses, but they backed out after failing to be able to negotiate with the owner after a bad inspection. We decided to send the check anyway. We’re also bringing a big bag of baby clothing as they are expecting.
Grandma-in-law: A set of Dominoes inlaid with turquoise.
FIL: $50 giftcard to Cabela’s
MIL: $250 plane ticket because she’s helping us out
Father: A bottle of applejack of the kind he admired when he was here last Christmas.
Mother: A ticket to a play she wants to see and one for my sister to escort her.
Sister: A bunch of books on career transitions (she hates her job), including YMoYL.
#2: A bunch of books on her Amazon wishlist. This year I went crazy with $4 used books. ($3.99 s/h baby!) Shhh, don’t tell her. Also *she* got the Indian cookbook though not the spice basket. She has, of course, eaten Indian food.
#2 would like to add: nom nom nom, and thanks to #1.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE: We’re both out of town partying (#1 says… partying? ha! Try family and work obligations in the middle of cold snowy nowheres), so we might not comment much until January, but we’ve got posts queued up so you won’t be too lonely without us. We’re counting on you to make sure the blog doesn’t die a sad miserable death while we’re MIA. Stay safe, folks! We’ll be back soon, and we promise we’ll read everything you’ve left us when we get a chance. :)