Holiday Gift Exchange

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Maybe it's the time of year, or the hormones (I can still blame those, right?), but it warms my heart at how generous, kind, and thoughtful someone you've never met can be. In the blogging world, I see gift exchanges of the sort quite often; but each time we participate I am touched, continue to enjoy, and am so thankful to be a part of this 'community'. I've enjoyed these little opportunities that have come about since blogging. I especially love that T and Homegirl get to benefit and have some fun too!!

When we were asked to join this gift exchange I was so excited because, as always, it's another great opportunity to connect and make new friends, it's so fun to watch T open/get gifts, and we love to give gifts to others (even though it stresses me out to no end)!! 
Elizabeth and Meghan were kind enough to organize and include us, THANK YOU gals!! :)

Since I've been an online-shopping-fool this year, T is a pro at 'checking for packages.' We couldn't wait to rip into it since he could actually see and play with what was in this one..
Look at that face..!! Every item he pulled out of the bag was greeted with gasping, oohing, and ahhing. I love his genuine excitement and appreciation!!
We received a special package all the way from Canada, from our new friends Tawnya and Scarlett (and her sidekick Finn, I'm sure. The cutest duo you've ever seen..!!). 
The package included a Thomas the Train book, complete with textured glitter/snow on every page - perfect!! After running his fingers over the 'snow', he said, 'I read this book right now'.. He flipped through checking out and scratching on each page. This will be such a fun book to add to our festive collection that we pull out every year.
A cookie decorating kit - this will make for the perfect family activity!!
I got a HUGE smile on my face when T pulled out a little something for Homegirl!! A 'my first Christmas' onesie that is tiny and adorable, just like her. She'll definitely be wearing this as much as possible, I think she likes it too - that grin..!!
After showing Homegirl her onesie, we turned around to see T had already broken into his puzzle and was sticking his hand in to pull out all the pieces. He wanted to play NOW!! 
And just like that, he was lining and standing them up, chit-chatting, and having a great time. The puzzle/pieces have provided minutes of entertainment for this kid already; and as you all know, 'minutes' is a long time in toddler-world!! :)
THANK YOU THANK YOU to Tawnya and Scarlett for the sweet cards, chunky puzzle, book, cookie decorating kit, and onesie. Such perfect gifts for our little ones!! You guys are so sweet and thoughtful.
I was so excited when I saw that we got to send Mason a gift!! I think Mason and T would get along GREAT in real life as they seem to be similar in a lot of ways and into so many of the same things. Plus they both have super-cool moms!! ;) Head over to Elizabeth's blog to see what we sent..

Be sure to check out all the other bloggers who participated too.

10 comments:

  1. Yayy!! I'm so glad the kids loved everything! Also so glad it arrived in time, I'm always so worried with international shipping times!!

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    1. Yes, I was shocked at shipping..!! :( But we got it just fine and had so much fun with it. Thank you so much. :)

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  2. What a great gift! Love that onesie! And Mac has the same puzzle and is obsessed with it!

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    1. Yes!! I like that the pieces of the puzzle can be little 'toys' by themselves, at least that's how T played with it. Tawnya did such a great job, what a fun exchange!! :)

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  3. Thanks so much for participating in our blogger gift exchange! Tawnya and Scarlett got you guys some great gifts! We have that puzzle and it's definitely a favorite! I'm also loving that little onesie :) Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you for hosting, so fun!! :) Merry Christmas to you guys too. Such a fun time of year with little ones, especially.

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  4. Tyson got the best gifts! Tawyna and Scarlett rocked it on the presents! Mason would have loved each and every one of these as much as Tyson did! I love the genuine excitement and wonder on his face when he got to open the package as well. Holidays through a child's eyes are SO MUCH FUN. And that onesie for Harper is so cute too!
    Thanks for playing Secret Santa with us!

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    1. Yes they did!! I know, T and Mason would be buds for sure. :) I can't wait for Christmas to open some gifts with him cause he really does genuinely get so excited, no matter how big or small the gift. Heck, Costco is fun because he loves seeing all the big trees they have on display and other decorations. Ha!

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  5. Eek, so many fun gifts! That onesie is especially adorable!

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    1. Such a fun exchange!! :) I just love this time of year, especially when we have a 'first' to celebrate.

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