Santa was very generous to Maisa this year. She received a new Dora doll, a 140-piece grocery set, a grocery cart, a grocery cash register, a Kai-Lan book and a Cat in the Hat book.
She also received a lot of nice things from my family back in Farley, including a 41-piece tea set and a book from Gramma Kramer. Daddy has a hard time keeping track of Maisa’s gifts, so I won’t try to mention all of them at the risk of forgetting someone’s gift. I’ll just say THANK YOU to everyone instead. 🙂
Daddy also did pretty well. Jill always spoils me with gifts — despite the fact that I’m an awful gift-giver (probably the worst in the entire state of Iowa).
Jill gave me a new programmable coffeemaker, which I used this morning and I really like. It was cool hearing the coffee brewing at 7:30 this morning when I was half-asleep.
Jill also got me a new pair of gym shorts and a couple nice shirts that I can use.
Gramma Kramer got me a very nice pair of Isotoner gloves, which is good because one of my winter coats did not have gloves in the pockets.
Again, I won’t try to list all the goodies I received for fear of forgetting something. I do appreciate everything, though. Thank you for the gifts, and for an enjoyable visit back to Farley.
We drove through festive Murphy Park in Dubuque on the night of the 23rd. Local businesses donate money and time to create a terrific holiday lights display. Maisa enjoyed the trip.
Christmas Eve was held at Mom and Dan’s house in Farley. A good turnout included all but Tom’s family and Jayne’s family. Both of them live outside the Midwest.
Jill and Maisa and I went out for lunch with Gramma Kramer on Dec. 26 — Gramma’s birthday — at the Country Junction in Dyersville. From there, the Ankeny Kramers headed west in our car and the Farley Kramers headed east in their car.
The Ankeny Kramers splurged a bit before Christmas and purchased a DVD player for the car. It attaches to the back of the headrest and Maisa enjoyed watching it during the long trips to Farley and back.
As I mentioned above, I’m just a terrible gift-giver. Hopefully I’m a decent husband in other ways, because Jill really falls victim to my penny-pinching ways and my lack of enthusiasm for shopping.
I did purchase and assemble three new bar stools for our kitchen, which Jill seems to like. I also promised to buy her something nice when we travel to D.C. in a few weeks. I got her a couple of (very) small things from Wal-Mart, too.