We got up extra early to open the packages before this mornings service.
Since he had asked for one, the 50 something inch box in the sun porch for the last month, didn't leave any mystery, though I was tempted to put a few marbles inside in case of shaking.
Steampunk cufflinks (the steampunk watch was from last year.)
Vintage vest and handmade leather bowtie.
The Tactical Chef Apron - every Millenial should have one! (I married one that actually knows how to use a can opener and makes a mean Cream Brulee' with a propane torch).
Handmade fun handkerchiefs. Its' an Etsy shop called Hankenstein - their handkerchiefs last for years and there's a ton of unique patterns.
I got an antique necklace and LOTS of Bend Goat Milk Soap and bulk milk bath (LOVE this stuff!). They are a family run company out in Oregon and make the best soaps and lotions.
A new game to learn!
It's not Christmas without new books - the Steam Tractor Encylopedia came from my Father in Law and my Mother in Law for Partner. The Kindle is the first one I've ever had. I'm a big "dead tree" person but when I realized I spent $800 on books last year on Amazon it was time to do the Kindle. Unlike the first Kindle's out - this one (Generation 8) has a matte screen so it reads like real paper, without glare, even in direct sunlight. You can adjust the text to any size that's comfortable reading. I love it!
My gift from them was super cool - a Dr. Who satchel with shoulder strap! (It's Bigger on the Inside!) The bag is from the very talented Kathleen at Sew Gaelic.
Of course, we both have to give each other new coffee cups (you know to add to the 87 we already have.) Here's mine
You know those little games at Cracker Barrel with pegs you have cross one another until there is only one left (if you are smart). Partner surprised me with one (handmade out of wood) with something other than pegs. (Unlike Barney Fife- Squirrel Headquarters allows me more than one bullet).
Abby got some gifts, including some really cool "unstuffed" stuffies from Miss Maizie (thank you SO much). HER stocking we were able to find.
The afternoon was spent playing board games including a new Cribbage Board.