The only thing that Possum asked for this Christmas was a gun cabinet. I don't know if you have ever searched for a real child-sized gun cabinet before, but you can't find one. Joel decided that he would build him one. After this decision was made we then decided that if he was building something for Possum he would have to build something for Squirrel, thus the vanity table.
The kids have known that Daddy was making them something for Christmas, but they had no clue what it was. Every time Possum would ask for the gun cabinet I would tell him that I couldn't find one in the store or on the computer anywhere to buy. On Christmas morning both kids opened up their new guns. Joel was kinda poking at him and said "It sure would be nice if you had a gun cabinet to put that in." Possum replied "It's okay Daddy. I'll just put it with my other guns in my pretend cabinet." When he opened the cabinet next he was so excited. Squirrel was equally happy with her vanity table and they were both very thankful to their Daddy for making them these nice presents.
I was very impressed with Joel's work. He worked long and hard on these gifts making sure every little detail was perfect. I'm sure these will be pieces that the kids will treasure for years to come. When we got back home last night these were the first two things they wanted unloaded and in their rooms. Possum would tell me to stop what I was doing and come get him settled in. He had all of his guns and "ammo" neatly put away in his cabinet within five minutes of being home. Squirrel has never been prissier. She has put so much "make-up" on since we got home and just looks at herself in the mirror.