The pictures below are:
- Matt & Spencer (such a cute picture, too bad it came out blurry)
- me & Matt's niece
- the three grandchildren
- Matt's dad giving Matt's mom a gift (Spencer and Matt's brother and sister-in-law looking on)
Since Matt had to work on Christmas Eve night, I joined my sister and her family for the candlelight service at their church. Afterwards, we attended a party at my brother-in-law's cousin’s house. It was nice to able to hang out with them and have someone to spend the evening with.
I got up at 6 a.m. on this morning and began making breakfast to surprise Matt when he got home. We ate together and then exchanged one gift each. Ironically, we both opened shoes. Matt got new Timberlands and I got a pair of tall brown boots. Matt got some sleep while I made deviled eggs and prepared for the day.
Next we headed to the Corporate Headquarters, where we were able to go inside for a peek. It is so different than other home offices I’ve been in. Sam Walton didn’t believe in windows (they were a distraction) and the hall of vendor meeting rooms reminded us all of a hospital.
Here I am with a coworker (I'm on the left).
Next we were shown Sam Walton’s grave, and as would be expected, it was nothing elaborate at all.
We attempted to check out the visitor’s center, but it was closed. Luckily, we were able to squeeze in a stop on our last day. It was full of all things Sam Walton and Wal-Mart – a very interesting learning experience. And of course I couldn’t leave without a few souvenirs.
This small office was Sam's at the original 5-and-dime (which is where the visitor's center is located today).
This is an exact replica of Sam's office at the home office as it was when he passed away.
I purchased these popcorn boxes at World Market (20 for about $8). Each one has two bags of microwave popcorn in it and gift cards to Blockbuster. The gift card amounts varied depending on who the gift was going to. I used these for a few of our friends, Spencer's teacher, our hairdressers, mail carrier and newspaper carrier. These would work for gifts throughout the year as well.
This is our table in the breakfast nook. The red placemats have a bit of a sparkle to them. The floating candle holders I use year round and switch them out for the seasons (or just use plain water). Right now they have pieces of our live Christmas tree floating in water.
I made this wreath (not that it's very complicated) with ornaments purchased at the Southern Christmas show and "ice" garland from Michael's.
The metal basket is from Pier1 and works perfectly for an extra roll of tp. The hand towel I found at Kohl's.
These are two more word ornaments I found at the Southern Christmas show. I removed the hanging wire and propped them on our picture frames.