Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Christmas Surprise

 I know for everyone else Christmas has come and gone, but since we were out of the country for Christmas we decided to have our family Christmas last night.  Weird I know, but we didn't even start Christmas shopping till the 29th.

We were actually finishing up our Christmas shopping last night when I got an awesome Christmas surprise.  First, I have a confession to make.  This is something that only my closest family members and friends know about me...I AM INSANELY CHEAP.  I can not stand to spend money shopping for myself, so almost every clothing item I have was bought by my husband.  Don't get me wrong, I like to shop.  I like going to stores and picking stuff out, I just have a tendency to put it all back before I ever make it to a cash register.  So, last night when we were shopping at Bawabat al Sharq, the newest mall to open in the Abu Dhabi neighborhood of Bani Yas, my eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when lo and behold there was a Payless shoe store before me.  To the non-Americans, Payless is an American shoe store that sells mega cheap shoes. To add to my bliss, all the aisles and shoes were labeled with American sizes not European sizes like is the norm here in the UAE.  If I could sing I would have belted out a "Hallelujah" in the middle of the store.  My dear husband immediately began giving me pairs of high heels to try on, and he bought me a pair as a Christmas gift.  I know there are some women gasping now at the fact that I could be happy with a pair of cheap high heels for Christmas, but I walked out of Payless with a huge smile on my face.  Then as if Payless wasn't enough to make me happy, there is a Starbucks right across from it.  For those of you scratching your heads now, yes, I like cheap shoes and expensive coffee.  I'm a Gemini, this should explain it.  When we left Bawabat al Sharq I was as happy as can be with my el cheapo shoes in one hand and my caramel macchiato in the other.  Merry Christmas to me!

                    
I wasn't the only happy camper last night, Shadow, our labrador retriever, was EXTREMELY happy with his one and only Christmas present........THE BONE!  Below, are some pics of our third child and his new toy Santa brought him.










2 comments:

Sara Louise said...

I can't believe there is a Payless there! That's amazing! It's a Christmas miracle :-)

YABBA DHABI DOOOOO! said...

I know, this place never ceases to amaze me with it's American surprises.