Friday, December 30, 2011

Santa, You Spoil Me...

The best gifts come from the heart...
Hubby knows I am in love with Vintage Dress Forms, 
and they are nearly impossible to find.

Or, so I thought...
but Hubby surprised me with this little sweetie.

Maybe for my dresser, maybe for my bathroom vanity...
But I just know she'll be perfect, no matter where she sits.

From our daughters,
this luxurious ivory elegant, so versatile.

(Might I point out that it is raining in South Dakota, in December...
...and that's unheard of!)

 Also from the girls, a beautiful set of stemware...
eight sparkling crystal wine glasses.

It seems the set we got for our wedding, 30 years ago,
is no longer a complete set.

 Velvet-covered hangers from my Sister in Law...

Glamorous bracelet from my Mother in Law...

And not one, but two magazine subscriptions.
I feel like royalty!

 In my stocking...
Lady Gaga CDs,
Lancome Juicy Tubes,
and Dunkin' Donuts Coffee.

It's the best tasting coffee, hands down.

This is from a co-teacher and friend...our classrooms are side by side...
we both understand that somedays, you just need instant dinner!

...And from my students...
I should remind you that, while elementary teachers always get gifts,
high school teachers, not so often.

This year I was remembered by some very thoughtful young adults.
Brooke, the chocolates may be gone in a month,
but the handwritten note will be with my keepsakes forever.

Lillie, your sweet note has a spot in my keepsake box too...
And check out these coffee mugs.
One for my car, and
the chalk board mug allows me to write a different message everyday.

Just kidding!

The biggest surprise of all came from my senior super study...
(that's just our name for home room)
I'm not so sure when they pulled this off,
as they are only together once a week.

A basket of spa products...
...a wonderful gift.
But there's more...

What a treat!

And their handwritten notes...

It was a special Christmas, that's for sure.
Thank you, family, friends and students.

I hope Santa was good to you, too.

Take care,


Nancy said...

You received some very nice gifts. I agree, the ones you received from your students are very special. That speaks volumes of what kind of teacher you are!

Happy New Year!


M said...

WoW! You scored on Christmas!

For my first 14 years of teaching I got a few mugs and cards from kids.... At my next school I got a few mugs and pins...then we took in students from across town and were spoiled for 4 years. This year I got VISA gift cards and I bought a nice down sweater :)

When my kids were in high school we made fudge and gave $10 gift cards to Starbucks...and homemade personalized dish towels...and of course a nice note of thanks.


Kit said...

Wow, what great gifts! And the ones from students are always the best. It is raining here in Montana too! But at least our ski resorts are having record snow fall. Happy New Year! Kit

Danice said...

Oh, what lovely gifts. Especially the little dress form. Natalie, Happy New Year's wishes to you and your family also :)

Oklahoma Granny said...

A wonderful Christmas for a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, teacher and friend.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...


I forgot to ask for a Gaga CD!
Oh, and that 60 minute massage - lucky you!!

Natalie, wishing you a grand NEW YEAR and thanks for always being such a sweet blog friend!


Attic Clutter said...

Oh I am such a duffus(:)
I deleted your sweet comments..there were three-you must have thought they weren't going through and click a few more times(:) wellllll dummy me was going to delete the copies and deleted all three..sorry dear friend..
I didn't mean too..

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

WHOA!! You received some wonderful gifts there!! Love the dress form - how sweet was that??! But the gifts from your students really were special. You have clearly left an indelible mark on their lives and they on yours.

Thanks so much for stopping by and your omment! Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New year! HUGS!!

Attic Clutter said...

(:) Oh thanks for doing that Natalie
and same to you ..I hope you and your family have a wonderful year(:) hugs..p

Firecracker Kid said...

Truly heartfelt gifts! You sure left a wonderful impression that will stay with these youngsters throughout their lives. I can say you've left one on mine.
Great start to a new year :o)

Hillcresthome Prims said...

WOOHOO, you sure did get some wonderful and sweet gifts!!!
Teachers are very special and I know that I have 2 family members that are school teachers and not all teachers are the best but you and both of my family members that are school teachers ROCK!!!!
Teachers like you can change a kiddos life!

Happy Healthy New Year,
Tricia XO

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Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Goodness Natalie I have goosebumps reading those notes...these are students that were taught RIGHT...and guess who taught them.
How very sweet.
Wonderful gifts from your family - they all work for you perfectly.
Blessings for this New Year.

Tolentreasures said...

What wonderful gifts. I am really loving that bracelet! And that scarf! You will be really stylin' this year.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!


Angie Berry said...

Boy someone was really good this year to get spoiled with so many lovely gifts!

You are right, there are too many middle school and high school teachers to gift so we usually stop there. But my middle school daughter insists that we give something to each of her teachers, even the ones she doesn't practically care for, haha. But the gifts and cards from your students are very special. It's wonderful to be remembered, isn't it?

Busy Bee Suz said...

What thoughtful gifts from thoughtful people FOR a special and thoughtful person! (say that 3x fast!)
I love all your gifts....and I know that you deserve them and more!