Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree. (12/24/2007)
The answer: A whole lotta nothing! Actually that's not exactly true. We did head out to the desert to visit Tim's family. But once we got there, then we did a whole lot of nothing (apart from our Oatman adventure). Actually that was fine for me, because I got to relax, take afternoon naps and just chill out.
Like son, like father. (12/23/2007)
I will say that while we were in the Oatman area, we did stop to get lunch at Casa Serrano in Fort Mojave, which my co-worker Tina raves about (she and her boyfriend stop there every time they drive to nearby Laughlin). And aside from the somewhat uninspired dinner salad, the food was pretty darn good (of course the Margaritas we ordered didn't hurt). I'm glad we finally got to check it out.
Our delicious Christmas buffet. (12/24/2007)
For Christmas Eve, Tim's grandmother joined us for a delightful buffet that Tim's mom put together. Tim's mom brought out a sandwich meat tray, fresh rolls, deviled eggs (a particular favorite of mine), her always-delicious potato salad, and a variety of other tasty sides. Afterwards we opened presents and played games.
Dad, Grandma and Tim. (12/24/2007)
We got some cool stuff. Shoes. Shirts. A gift card for Chili's. Tim also got a very cool wristwatch from his folks. The big gift of the evening was the 10.4-inch digital picture frame we got for Tim's parents.
Tim tries out the Triflo II. (12/24/2007)
The most memorable gift Tim got from his Mom and Dad was the Triflo II, an incentive deep breathing exerciser (it was a gag gift). It's one of those things hospitals provide for surgery patients where they suck in air with the goal being to make all three balls float. Apparently after Tim's dad's bypass surgery a few months ago, Tim kept on badgering his dad to excercise his lungs with the Triflo II. And now it's Tim's!
Opening up the digital picture frame. (12/24/2007)
We concluded the night by playing our new favorite game, Apples to Apples. The following morning Tim and I were back on the road to Southern California, as we both had to be back at work the following day. On the night of Christmas Day, Tim and I exchanged presents.
I got him one share of Starbucks stock from OneShare.com. I figured he spends so much money there that he might as well try to get some money back! I also got him a t-shirt and a reversible hoodie from Tilly's.
Tim got one share of Starbucks stock.
And for me, Tim really went way over our pre-determined budget when he gave me two fifth-row center tickets to see Wicked at the Pantages, which we have not seen yet. We're going in Februrary. It's an amazing gift, and I can't wait to blog about it. Stay tuned!