Wednesday, January 07, 2009

First post all year!

Wow - I haven't posted all year! hehe... I've been sick as a dog for the last 10 days or so. What started out as just a stuffy nose has morphed into the worste cold/flu whatever I've had in years. I think I'm finally on the road to recover (I hope) and thought I should make an appearance in blogland.

For Christmas this year - we all got wonderful things and I wanted to share some of the highlights...

John grew up in Japan during his formative years (age 6-12) and grew up loving all things Japanese. One of the things that has captured his fancy is Pachinko machines. He has several "old fashioned" ones in our garage. This year - his friends got him a brand new electronic Pachinko machine! In case you have never heard of these you can read more about them here and here.

John's new toy is based on Star Wars! Here he is playing it:

John's new toy

When you get the little metal balls into a slot - it sets off a slot machine type game. If you get three of a kind...
Pachinko machine

You get a "bonus game" or a "bonus video"...

Pachinko machine

Yes - it lights up and makes LOTS of noise! (It's currently residing in our basement!)


Bailey and Hurley got toys of course - but the biggest hit has to be Hurley's new soccor ball...

Hurley's new toy

Believe it or not - he can actually pick this thing up with his teeth! He loves to batt it around and the best part is that is doesn't roll under the couch like most balls. The picture above is the only clear picture I got! Most looked like this:

Hurley's new toy

As for me - I got my grandmother's button jar.

Button jar

I can't tell you how wonderful this gift is! My grandmother was visiting us from her nursing home and it was great to share this with her. I remember searching through this button jar as a kid to find just the right button for a project. My crafty side comes from my grandmother for sure. She made many of my clothes as a kid and taught me to crochet and sew. I look forward to the many projects I will create with these treasures!

Button jar

I hope your holidays were just as wonderful.

9 comments:

Ann Thompson said...

what wonderful gifts! I remember as a girl going through my grandmother's button box. So special.

bysarah said...

Cool new toys for all!

maitai said...

i'm glad you're feeling better. getting sick stinks. were john's parents in the military or something? growing up in japan - so interesting!

Sereknitty said...

Oh, what a treasure that button jar is -- so special.

Stacey said...

Ace loves soccer balls too! He puts lots of holes in them! We had a pachenko machine as kids - not as fancy as John's new one, but same concept....we used to love it! In fact, I think my parents still have it in their basement somewhere!

mrspao said...

I agree - that button jar is the best gift.

I've not heard of pachinko machines - those are pretty neat. Your dogs are so cute.

iknitipurl said...

Glad to see you are back, feel better though! Lovely gifts.

Wendy said...

Button jars are the best. I've been on the prowl for my grandmother's buttons for years. One day I will find them!

I hope you're feeling better!!!

Large Marge said...

why, why, why did i show him this post?!? guess who wants his own now...