I found it
Anyway, some pictures from the rest of the day....
|The tree - complete with insanely crooked star -|
at about 7am after my round of shopping.
|We got the stockings and the kids' new ornaments hung last night.|
|After The Dude went shopping and brought home some more stuff.|
He is too good to us.
|Starting with the stockings....|
|Finally! The gifts!|
|The carnage. Some of it, anyway.|
After we ate, we came back home and then followed The Dude home in his truck to make sure that he got there in one piece, and then I took the kids (all 5 of them) and went back to WalHell to get them some clothes.
I swear, I avoid that place for months at a time and then end up there twice in one day....ugh. But, I told the kids that I wasn't buying them clothes this year - instead, we would go shop after Christmas and they could pick out their own stuff. So much easier than dealing with returns because I don't buy the "right" stuff.....
Then the kids and I came back home so that we could relax before bedtime. After the past 4-5 nights of not getting to bed until 2-4am, I am wiped out. I seriously think that I might crash as soon as I post this.
Oh, but I bet you want to see what The Dude got me, don't you?
After the kids were pretty much done unwrapping stuff he pointed out that there was something in my stocking. I got it down and pulled out a little box.
Surprised and more than a little scared, I opened it. Inside was a ring with matching earrings and a necklace.
I admit it - I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized that it wasn't an engagement ring. No matter how much I love this guy, I am still not ready for that step - and he knows it. And he's good with it. And that just makes him even more amazing, but we already knew that. He had gotten me a really pretty jewelry box too, and so he said that this was a start to filling it, because I don't have much jewelry. (Honestly, I sold most of it to pay bills throughout both divorces.)
In our typical fashion, we started joking with each other about how people are going to automatically assume that it was an engagement ring and that he had popped the question.
FOR THE RECORD:
1. There has been no wedding proposal from either one of us to either one of us.
2. This is not an engagement ring.
3. We are not engaged.
4. At this point, we have no specific plans to make 1-3 happen.
I asked him at one point how we should refer to this particular ring, since it is not an engagement ring. Without missing a beat, he laughed and said "it's the I Call Dibs ring. No one else gets to have you except for me."
Who can argue with that logic? The man is definitely a keeper.