Friday, March 4, 2011

It's March - Who's ready to see some Christmas Pictures?!?!?!

It's a nice day outside...we just got a big wooden play system from our neighbors so I'm blogging in the backyard!!!! This counts as "quality time" with my kids right?! I'll post pictures of our play system soon. I love it! And more importantly so do they. Now let's just pray that we are able to keep the wasps away.

So where was I...ah yes, Christmas. Here are a few pictures. What else is there to say? It's was Christmas! Just the 4 of us in the morning and then Mike's family came over that evening. The first is from Christmas Eve (before my external camera bounce flash!!) That was the big present that I really wanted that Mike let me open early. I just helps take better pictures indoors without the hard built in direct flash.

Aaaaaaaaanyway... Kendall really wanted a dollhouse from Santa. I thought that request came out of nowhere until I realized that the little girl Gigi from the movie THAT HER GRANDMA TORI GAVE HER gets a dollhouse. I already told Grandma Tori thanks a lot for all of the stress this caused as I searched for a dollhouse that wasn't going to cost me $200.

I mean, I really had no idea if Kendall would even play with it. I didn't want to order a $200 dollhouse with $75 shipping if she was only going to play with it for 5 minutes. But as time would tell she actually loves it. Of course I spent hours (hours!) searching for not only the dollhouse but for dolls too. They have about a gazillion different options and sizes. I mean you don't want dwarf size dolls in a dollhouse right? And don't even get me started on the creepiness of 99% of these dolls. Seriously. Creepy.

I would also like to give a shout-out to EzBuyFurniture. I was able to find the dollhouse through a Google Search that led me to their store. I ordered it, was charged and then found out that it was backordered until MARCH. I was NOT HAPPY. It had already taken me 14 hours of Google and price matching to find this one!

I called, canceled the order, they apologized and said it was a manufacturer problem (KidKraft). Long story short, I ran to Target (45 minutes away at 8 pm b/c that was the only store that had one in stock) bought one there. Got home, and had a personal phone message from the guy at EZ Buy saying that he had called KidKraft and they guaranteed him one ASAP and he would ship it to me FedEx Next Day Air and to please call him back. So I hemmed and hawed a little more and then called the next day to tell him to please send it on. HE ALREADY HAD! It had to have cost a LOT to do next day shipping for this thing. Anyway, I really appreciated this guy working so hard. I didn't have a chance to call him back until January, but I did and just said "hey, I wanted to thank you so much for what you did. It meant a lot to me and even more to my daughter." I think that when people go above and beyond like this guy did the least he deserves is a phone call of thanks. He was stunned that I'd called and said I'd made his day! I told him that I'd recommend him to everyone and use him in the future. So here - go to EZ Buy Furniture and order something!!!!

Back to Christmas...sweet little Avery is easy to please and doesn't really have an opinion so we just got her a scooter and called it a day. I mean that was her "big gift" - they both got a few other things...

I do realize that it's my own fault that I run around like a chicken with my head cut off around Christmas. I try to do as much during the year to prep as I can, but it's just not possible! But I also try to take a step back and remember what the season is all about - a Savior who was born. We had a great very fun day.

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