He loves me.

December is a crazy month here at the Nirvana.

Rhett’s birthday is the 15th.

Christmas comes 10 days later.

Our wedding anniversary is the 29th.

New Year’s Eve.

And then the craziness moves into the new year with New Year’s Day, my birthday and blog-Stedman’s birthday within the next month and 1/2 and we haven’t even mentioned Valentines Day.

By Valentines Day we are exhausted.

When in negotiation for a wedding date, I laid down a simple law. If we were to be married in between Christmas and my birthday there was to be NO DOUBLE GIFTING CREDIT.

You know the trick…

This is for both Christmas and our anniversary.
This is for your birthday and Christmas.
and the most dreaded:
This covers all three holidays…


That was not going to fly.

Blog-Stedman has played along perfectly. The only year where there was a hitch was the first year when he almost forgot to get me a Christmas present. We just refer to that as the year of the Salad Shooter Debacle.

Blog-Stedman has become very good at getting gifts. He doesn’t admit that he is good, but I think he knows it.

This year he outdid himself with my anniversary gift.


I really couldn’t have picked it out better myself.

C’mon people. 17 years here. He is smarter than that!

Nice guess. But this is WAY better than a pair of earrings.

That is good. This is BEYOND great.

I give up!

He gave me a weekend enrollment in the World Series of Poker Academy.

Holly is going to poker school…

Isn’t love grand?


  1. the planet of janet says:

    dude. that TOTALLY rocks!

  2. Valarie Lea says:

    Oh he knows you so so well!!! Well after 17 years he better!

  3. EatPlayLove says:

    awesome! We had our 17th anniversary on the 2nd, my bday is the 13th, and then Christmas for us, so I hear you! My hubby rolled my gift into a big one this year, but not poker, gorgeous knee high boots.We are lucky women.

  4. that is a seriously fantastical gift!

  5. That is so freakin’ awesome!!!

    Happy anniversary, by the way. Poker school rocks, and then it’s the WSOP! Remember us when you win the bracelet. 🙂

  6. Angie Ledbetter says:

    Very nice. Your salad shooter reminds me of the Year of the Vacuum at my house. (But I shant complain. My SIL got a bass boat for her 35th anniv.) 🙂

  7. Are you sure this isn’t Jennifer’s blog? hahaha

    Happy Anniversary you wild poker faced woman! 17 years is impressive.

  8. TX Poppet says:

    Now THAT is an awesome pressie! Happy Anniversary!

  9. Weaselmomma says:

    Great gift! Have a lot of fun with it. He won’t regret it(until you net and lose the house).

  10. I love that! Isn’t it nice when they pay attention? Happy Anniversary!

  11. Great present…he is good!

  12. There really couldn’t be anything more perfect for you, could there?

    Happy All that stuff 😉

  13. Eternal Sunshine says:

    I am SO.JEALOUS.

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing!!!

    He done good!!

    Happy New Year, Birthday, anniversary, etc…

  14. Your husband is my favorite online husband ever.

  15. that’s the funnest thing ever…

  16. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:


  17. Lisa@verybusymomwith4 says:

    You have a great husband there 🙂

  18. I love that! I is cool, clever and unique and says that he really thought his gift out. Those aforementoined gifts are safe last minutes. His is great!
    Happy New Year!

  19. what a man. have fun. and i miss our saturday coffees….

  20. Jenni Jiggety says:

    Cool! I hear Michael Phelps is into that now…if you see him please tell him to CALL ME.

    Happy Anniversary AND Happy New Year!

    (Double commenting credit)

  21. Beth (A Mom's Life) says:

    hmmmm…the poker part doesn’t excitement as much as the weekend part.

    My husband and I don’t exchange gifts…ever. Perhaps I need to rethink that arrangement!

    Happy Anniversary!

  22. Maggie May says:

    happy new year! and happy anniversary 🙂

  23. Happy Campers says:

    Happy Anny! And that IS so sweet of him…he got you something that’s totally YOU! Not something that the markerts SAY is for a woman. What a thoughtful hubbs:)

  24. Eudea-Mamia says:

    Wow! Now that’s a man who knows his woman.

    Very well played Blog-Stedman, very well played.

  25. amelia bedelia says:

    I will take you on!!! I have to admit, I’m pretty dang good at hold ’em! good gift!

  26. Jennifer H says:

    I am so jealous!

    Best gift ever…Happy Anniversary!

  27. Jason, as himself says:

    Very original gift, I must say. He gets an A+.

  28. Threeboys1mommy says:

    No way! I got a week at Go Fish school! True story.

    Happy new year to the whole Nirvana family, and a huge thanks to you for featuring me on It’s Not You It’s Me this year. It was the highlight of my year. True story.

  29. Manic Mommy says:

    He’s one of the good ones! Happy Anniversary.

    Smart deal you made. I hate the double-gifting. I have a niece whose birthday is the 17 and my brother is the 18th. Always separate presents and *never* birthday presents in Christmas wrap.

  30. The Stiletto Mom says:

    That is the coolest gift EVER!!!

    Happy anniversary!!

  31. Anglophile Football Fanatic says:

    I’m really rather jealous. But, I think you knew that.

  32. Wow, that IS quite the gift (and I never would have guessed even if you gave me 100 more guesses)!

    Happy, uh, everything! 😉

  33. Happy New Year! Love the humor in your blog!

  34. Life with Kaishon says:

    Who ever knew there was poker academy? It is so good to learn new things every day in the blogging world : ). SO so good! Have fun! I can’t wait to read all about it!

  35. Elaine A. says:

    Maybe someday we’ll see you on one of those shows on ESPN with all the dudes playing poker? That’d be cool. A chick smokin’ ’em at the Texas Hold ‘Em table. Sweet.

    Happy Anniversary and Merry New Year! ; )

  36. Threeundertwo says:

    Dang! 16 years and I’m still getting salad shooters. I married the wrong guy. Good thing he’s cute. Happy AnniversaryBirthdayNewYears.

  37. Awesome!!
    Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year!

  38. oh my gosh! i must get this for my husband for his birthday! he plays facebook poker all the time and when we were in the states the last time (for 7 months) he watched so much poker i thought he was going to run off to vegas to try his luck! i need details!

  39. Oh, I have a friend who would be VERY jealous of the poker school. I’m jealous of the cool vacuum. I have a thing for good vacuums. It’s the only household chore that I like to do. I own a canister vac. If you ever want to talk about canister vacs, call me.


  40. That sounds like such a fun gift. My hubby gets me flowers and jewelry sometimes, but I truly love electronics gadgets. I am such a techno geek.

  41. Colleen - Mommy Always Wins says:

    Really? Poker school? Didn’t know they had such a thing. Sounds like a blast! Happy birth-anni-holidays!

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