Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Gifts from my mother-in-law

I love my mother-in-law.  She is my second mother and I have had the privilege of spending almost every holiday with her ever since Al and I started dating.  A great thing about my mother-in-law is that she has a certain way of doing things that will probably never change.  Once Al and I began to date seriously, I was lucky to begin to receive her famous Christmas presents--a box filled with clothes and shaving cream or other useful toiletry.

The best thing about these clothes is that (for Al) they are always too big (size L to XL), are cold weather items (fleece, sweaters, etc.), and, the most important characteristic of all--we have no idea when or where she purchased these items!  (possibly decades ago???? who knows???)

Anyways, after over 20 years of giving presents to two boys, Mom now has the opportunity of giving gifts to a girl--me!  Here are just a couple of my favorites through the years:

- a typical gift--warm fleece that is maybe a size too big.  This is about the most normal clothing item I've received.

- Sparkly green sweater

- sequined "party top" that has no shape--it really is a piece of fabric sewed at the ends like a pillow case (and hangs off of your body like one too)

- my new favorite!  a workout jacket and matching pants with ROSES!! =)  Where do you even buy these???

Not pictured: a jean skirt that was a children's size 12~  I'm so flattered, I wish I was that skinny but I could not even wrap the thing around my ribcage!

This is just a sampling of what has been in my box of goodies for the past few Christmases.  I'm not posting these up to make fun of them---I just love thinking of them because they always put a smile on my face when I think of how sweet my mother-in-law is and how she thinks of me and tries to get me stuff I would like!

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