December 23, 2010

An Unexpected Gift

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Last year for Christmas I really didn’t expect much. We had been trying not to spend a lot of money on each other, so I really went skimpy on my husband’s gift. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year and my husband always does an amazing job of making me feel really special. Every year since we’ve been married he has been very sneaky about my gifts. Our first year he hid my gifts throughout our apartment and made me search for my Christmas presents (He even hid one in the tree!). It was hilarious and very, very sweet. He is so thoughtful of every gift that he gives to me – he really puts a lot of thought into it and this past year was no exception.
 
   
 
Last Christmas was the first Christmas we spent at home – just us and our kids. Normally we are spending Christmas with our families. So it was a very special year for us to have our own traditions and to spend time without chaos (even happy chaos). When it came time for my husband to give me my gift it was a small box that was wrapped up and perfect looking. When I opened up my gift there was a note that read:
 

He had set up gifts with clues in them throughout our house that lead me to the next gift box and the next and the next… until I found my Christmas present in the garage. Wrapped up in my ski bag of all places…He got me a new pair of skis!!
  

So, for those of you who don’t know me (which is the majority :)) I am an avid skier. I learned when I was just four years old, a little tot of a thing, and it has been my passion ever since. Skiing brings me such joy and relaxation that my main goal in life when I retire is to be a ski bum just like my grandparents were. So you get the idea of my feelings on the sport. I could go on and on, but the point is I haven’t had a new pair of skis in fifteen years. Skis are expensive [to put it lightly] and I’m not one to simply replace something because it’s old. If it still works then why spend the money to replace it? I’ve put it off and always reasoned that we couldn’t afford it or we had other things to spend our money on.

 

Why was this gift so special? For one, it was completely unselfish. For two, he showed how much he recognizes that I love the sport and he is being supportive of it. And three, he wants me to continue to enjoy the one thing I truly love even if it costs money to do it. Now every time that I go skiing, I think of my husband and how good he is to me.

 

I’ve thought several times over about sharing the following video with all of you. I’ve been at war with myself because it is personal, but also a little embarrassing. I am not a cryer. Let’s just get that out right now. It takes a LOT for me to cry. So the fact that I do actually cry at the end of this video, just goes to show you how much that this gift really meant to me. And how much that I have been wanting a new pair of skis! :)
 
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Disclaimer: Um…sorry about the kissing noises at the end, but my husband just earned himself a really good smooch for that gift! Whatta man!

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