last night, derek and i went Christmas shopping for each other.
it was so. much. fun.
derek's pretty hard to shop for because he needs so little to be content, so i was a bit worried about what i'd get him. he really loves watches, shoes and sunglasses. he's also really particular about those things, so i wasn't too keen on "surprising" him while spending a fair amount with the chance that he might not love what i got him.
(and he'd say he loved it more than likely no matter what, but i can tell when he really doesn't love something. just like i can tell with my sister jenn :P)
so anyway....we went shopping and looked at all sorts of things for him. i haven't had so much fun for awhile. we've joked that this is our "first real Christmas" together because the first year we were married, i was really depressed that Christmas and last year we lived at my parent's house. and to be frank, and maybe a little too personal- this is the first year we've actually liked each other during Christmas time. we're like newlyweds all over again these days. (and don't begrudge us this; we were never really "newlywedish" in the first place!)
i've wanted to get him new sunglasses for awhile because last year someone stole his favorite, pretty expensive pair out of our car and he's been using crappy walmart ones ever since. we paid a visit to a sunglasses shop in the mall and with the help of an awesome salesgirl (who ended up being one of jenn's friends from the hale!) we found derek the perfect pair. i was so excited to see his face when we bought them, i know i'm being sappy but bear with me. it was such a cute moment!
we then stopped at the hickory farms stand and chose the "feast" we're going to buy the week of Christmas. i'm a sucker for those holiday cheese, cracker and beef log assortments. i'm soso excited to get one that week and have some martinelli's and watch a Christmas movie!
we also found me a great gift- derek bought me the LIFE series by BBC, the follow-up to planet earth and i could not be more excited!! i spent like, four days straight watching planet earth two weeks ago when i babysat for my parents and i was dying to get LIFE when i heard about it. if there was an acronym for holycrapiscreamed, then i would use it. trust me.
we also bought our first tree this year and went a little nuts buying decorations. we strung up the lights and we're finishing hanging the ornaments tonight :D when we do, i'll post a picture.
and last but not least, i bought the best present for bekah yesterday too. i found these tapes she used to watch when she was little on amazon and i couldn't resist buying the four tape set. i have one of the tapes and when i put it on for her yesterday she flipped out :D so i cannot wait to see her face when she gets the set for Christmas!
all in all, wonderful holiday cheer is EVERYWHERE :D