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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Okay, I admit it. I thought when pigs could fly, I might get nice jewelry as a gift from my darling husband. And it was okay for a lot of years. He's such an excellent husband, I could overlook his lack of romantic gifts.

He made up for all those years this Christmas. I got TWO major pieces of jewelry! I'm bedecked like a queen. The one thing I've really wanted is one of those circle diamond necklaces that slide around on my Omega chain. They're expensive but I really love them. I placed a subtle hint, oh back around the summer.

Fat chance I thought. I told my sweet daughter-in-law what I wanted thinking just maybe she could sway him when they went shopping together. She took him shopping and he had already planned it all and knew just what he wanted. He not only got me the necklace, he got gorgeous white gold hoops as well.

To really understand how big this was, let me take you back to our FIRST Christmas. We'd been married two months, mind you. TWO MONTHS. I was expecting a piece of jewelry, perfume maybe. Something pretty. I got a BLENDER. That was all. A blender. A lump formed in my throat as big as a rock and it was all I could do not to cry. Was that what he thought of me? That now I wasn't a sweetheart--I was a COOK? The next year I was prepared so at least I didn't cry when I got a toaster. LOL!

I'm not quite sure what has caused this departure from his practical gifts, but I've been watching the sky with suspicious eyes. And I was glad to see my son got his new bride a piece of jewelry as well as the heated Harley gear. LOL

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Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:39 AM  
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At 9:11 AM, Blogger Tina said...

Hail Queen Colleen! My mom got the same gift from HER practical husband. LOL.

I was already thirty when Albert and I got married, so he got me a blender as a joke. And Then he gave me my real gift. The funny thing is, I love my blender because it's top notch and I really didn't have one.

And now I can't even remember what the real gift was! LOL. Funny how perspective changes with time.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh my gosh, that is SO right, Tina! I actually like the practical gifts fine now. But hey, I'll keep the jewelry. LOL

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Where's the picture of said necklace? :) We wanna' see it. On your neck. Sounds wonderful!

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

And when you take the picture to show your pretty new necklace, wear the earrings so we can see them, too and be happy with you!

Wow! Those are very romantic, not-to-be-forgotten gifts! Lucky you! As they say in Turkish, "Gule gule takin" which loosely translated means, "Wear them with a smile." :0)


At 12:13 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Wow, our men sound so much alike. Is it a man thing, ya think? ;) It seems to take them a long time to figure things out, but when they do, it's great! :o)

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Oh Colleen, a blender?

I made up a rule about such things the first year we were married. "Nothing that plugs into the kitchen is allowed for Christmas gifts."

And nothing that makes a loud noise and sucks up dirt. ;)

But Dave, he's all right. He did good this year.


At 4:21 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Oh, wow, those are great gifts Colleen! You'll have to post a picture. Good for Dave. :)

My dad did the same thing to my mom about 20 years ago. It was the day before Christmas and he took my sister and I shopping for my Mom. As young as I was, I knew a toaster wasn't something Mom wanted for Christmas and tried to talk him out of it. He assured us she'd love it. Yeah, right.

She wasn't happy with him that year. To this day, he still doesn't understand what he did wrong, we just talked about it. LOL

And then there's the Christmas she really wanted a cat and he bought her a robot one. He didn't listen to me then either. Another oopsie.

Someone should write a rule book on gift giving for women. The one rule of nothing mechanical would make a lot of women happy and keep men out of the dog house. :)

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Suzanne Schaffer said...

Congrats on the gems! Mine surprises me once in a while with an amazing gift like that. Hey, they can't get the best gifts every year-what would we have to brag about if we got the same old diamonds all the time? j/k LOL

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

yeah my dad did a strange thing this year! mum's been bugging him for like 28 years (they been married 29) for an eternity ring. she got her wedding and engagement rings fixed and resized this year so when she wasn't home dad took them back to the jeweler and got an eternity ring made to match. he gave it to her for her birthday on dec 18th (it was her 50th). she was soooo surprised. dad said he only did it coz she gave up asking many many years ago. hahaha! but it was a great surprise and very funny listening to dad telling her 'oh you know what i'm like julie, oh maybe i'll let you go shopping on the day and buy your own present' hehehehe!

At 8:16 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

I remember one year I mentioned we needed a new vacuum cleaner. Hubby mentioned maybe Santa would bring me one for Christmas. I told him right there that appliances were household items, not Christmas presents. I will admit one year he got me an awesome Kitchenaid mixer that I adore. Other than that, he's done good when December rolls around. I've gotten spoiled. :)

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

it's ok if the person ASKS for the kitchen appliance for a gift. i asked for a new electric frying pan for christmas. and i got it. my mum actually called me one morning, told me to put the TV shopping channel on and that she wanted THAT. hehe the amazingly wonderous magic bullet blender. so that's what my brother and i gave her for her birthday/christmas gift. but hey, it came 2 for 1 so i got one too hehehehee.

but if anyone gave me an appliance without me asking, i don't think i'd be impressed (maybe parents excluded coz in the past few years, i've received a car battery, frying pan, pot/pan set, etc for birthdays and christmases...). the car battery was coz mine died a week before my birthday and i didn't have a spare hundred bucks... but dad did... what a bore that was!

At 9:56 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Eric and I got married in January. The Christmas before he got me a telephone table, a whiteboard so he could keep track of me and slippers. He couldn't understand why his practical gifts didn't speak to me heart and why I was panicking at the thought of what my gifts would be like AFTER we got married. He's a quick study, though, and does a fabulous job buying me frivilous things that I love. And the occasional gift that plugs in, but only after I specifically ask for it :-)

At 10:38 PM, Blogger C. H. Green said...

Oh Colleen, been there--done that. I got a rotisserie one year, a set of bar glasses, ice bucket and tongs (we don't drink), and a few other practical things that I've tried to forget through the years. But he has gotten better (with those SUBTLE HINTS. lol.) Sometimes I just have to say, "Get that for me for Christmas." This year I got the piano I have been wanting for 10 years. So some years you get lucky.


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