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sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that
cold, cold, wet day.”
― Dr. Seuss, writing The Cat in the Hat, presumably on any given day... in Michigan.
Truth be told, t'was beautiful to behold.
But at 2:30 am that night, when the power went out, it was far less enchanting.
The family assembles to enjoy the movie Elf
Quickly becoming a tradition!
Mark and Jeff reminisce our time... before the fire... in which we burn. ― Dr. Soran
Goofing with the cousins
Sasha build a habitat for some dolls.
Anya and Sasha and Lucy get to work
Holly contemplates her strategy before she begins
Anya likes to add some sticky licky to her cookies
.... Look over here!
Mark and Angela create their masterpieces
These photos were downloaded from a surveillance drone that buzzed the room for a few minutes.
2 down... 17 to go.
Looking nice. Cookies are coming together.
Another Christmas miracle. A sweet delicious miracle. Well done!
Silly poses and a photo bomb by Jeff
Confronted, the bomber savagely lashes out at the weaker of the herd.
Night feeding in the wilds of St. Johns.
Our annual offering to the dark woods on Christmas Eve.
Lisa wears "The Bonnet of Weihnachtsmann" to ward off negative energies.
Tis said that a fearsome, yet Jolly, specter enchants these environs.
It has been known to appear as a white cloud of "ill vapor." Children appear to be immune though, so Anya was fine.
Seeing the cloud approach, Sasha quickly grabs more alms from the bag.
All clear. Another successful Christmas Eve.
Let us hope that the Yule Wraiths are sated.
Another Christmas tradition
As demanded by Santa, the children are "swaddled in fibers wove new."
Is it obvious that these kids watch Project Runway?
Looking good kiddies, now of to bed!
You too Anya!
Before the free-for-all begins
The calm before the storm
Santa has been busy
The room is ready
The stockings are hung, the children are awake and poised for attack.
Then for no good reason, the children are pushed aside and the adults all rush down the stairs.
Finally Grandpa lets them join the fun.
Sasha begins her inventory
Sailor Moon. Check.
Emily The Strange. Check.
OMG! Santa got Anya her own Kindle Fire!
More Emily Strange. Books and Games.
Lucy gets new dolls
Sylvia gets The Beatles Rock Band game!
Sasha checks out her anime drawing guide and art kit
Anya still Kindling
Sasha on her Emily blanket
Now it's time for presents from Mommy & Daddy
Star Wars books for Sashi. Kindle Fire for Lucy!
Singing Soft Kitty for Anya
Minecraft Torch for Sasha
A cool poetry book for Anya and a family yacht for Sasha
Minecraft. They Might Be Giants.
La La Loopsies for all!
Sailor Moon purse
Combat boots for Sylvia and Adventure Time for Anya
Anya gets some Emily gear too!
A lull in the gift ripping
Mark finally got his Disney Princess poster, so that calmed him down a bit.
More stocking stuff
Holly got some goodies too!
Winter has come... to Mark. Pet Shops have come... to Sasha.
Looting the loot
Scarves and Rock N Roll. Living the life.
May the stockings be ever in your favor.
"A beer and a glass to drink it. That's all I ask." ― Mark Fisher
Grandma and Grandpa saved theirs for last!
Dressed up for Rowland Formal Christmas festivities
Angela assembles the Fruit Pizza
Kids all dressed in their fineries
Beatles early draft (rejected): Lucy in the chair with Dollies
Christmas Girl. And a Christmas prisoner.
Alan and Maisy have another stupid argument that ends in them ignoring each other.
Sasha arranges the cookies
Lisa arranges. Holly plans her attack.
The elders confer with Tess
Holly longs for a more perfect family
But she's stuck with us.
Food eaten. Lets get down to business.
Night vision gear and Nerf weaponry for all.
Monster High dolls
More Monster High and a Whiteboard to log grievances
A big box full of Ninja gear.
Nerf Bow and Arrow. Let the Hunger Games Begin!
Anya slays Jeff just to test her new ninja gear. Are we all so disposable Anya?
Lisa gets something. A sock maybe?
Mark gets a heartfelt gift from Alan
A T-Shirt, once accepted, denotes unbreakable lifetime binding membership in the Rush Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.
Jeff enjoys his lady. Holly gets coffee! Hurray!
Lisa gets her favorite book from Anya's collection.
Jeff gets some cool Spidey figures from Alan
Then the long overdue proposal, including the Pretty Woman ring box trick!
The happy bride
Quickly consummated as per the new Michigan Gay marriage laws.
Previous marriage void. "Dig my new arc reactor ring baby! My man knows what I like!"
Holly gets a cool new book and Angela has a place to stash her sewing gear. Instead of leaving needles and tatting shuttles all over the house.
Victory is not in the cards for Tess.
You look guilty Sasha. What have you done?
Mark & Angela surprised the whole family with a new baby just 2 days after Christmas!
Once again the kids gather around a tree festooned an surrounded by more gifts than on any of the days prior.
Will the presents ever end? We hope not!
This year Christmas 3 celebrated the tastes and customs of Spain.
Our meal started with Tapas
Lisa and Alan create the first course. Holly comforts Anya with assurances that she doesn't have to eat any of the gross Spanish food.
Lucy is more adventurous.
The presents continue to amass
Soon Sasha is swallowed up by the surge
The children read their prepared statements. (Enlightening us as to the strange and foreign land of Spain.)
Anya starts the presenting
A giant La La Loopsie!
Sasha goes from Monster High game to Microscope
Anya loves her Loopsie
Alert. Alert. Robot backpack.
Anya poses with her loot. Lucy gets some help from Grandma & Grandpa setting up her car and camper.
Sasha peruses the weaponized virus slides that came with her microscope. Hey, where did the Ebola sample go?
These Winks brought Anya to the brink me thinks
Creepers and Troopers makes Sasha a happy girl.
Presents open, the kids resume their texting and tweeting and blurging and zooping and nerping and blop-stobbing.
Meanwhile in the kitchen the Paella Princesses stir away.
Back in the living room Dance Party
The traditional Spanish dance in celebration of the coming paella. I assume.
Plates are heaped and the feast resumes.
After 3 days, someone finally noticed this box out in a snow bank next to the porch. Just in time, she only lost 3 toes to frostbite.
Elder Christmas. Even the elders get presents? It's a Spanish Festivus Miracle.
Tess is the most comfortable cousin to pile and relax upon after a big meal.
The snow and ice and cold finally let up for a few hours so the kids could get in some play time.
Anya builds her army
Sasha makes a friend
Heading over to the other side of the yard
The snow people summon Uncle Jeff with their unholy telekinetic powers to bring forth sleds.
Let there be sleds!
Riding down Mt. Rowland
Anya tries some tricky backward sliding. Anna goes face first.
Sasha teeters recklessly over the precipice
Anya slides with gusto
Sasha demonstrates the seldom seen Reverse Balasana (Childs Pose)
Anya claims victory over nothing. (Probably due to snow madness.)
The Last Supper
Anya looks happy with her noodles. Look at her technique in the second picture. Mark, of course, is outraged by her crude table manners.
A final hug with Tess.
Goodbye morning at the Rowlands.
Farewell to the Fishers and their Tree of Plenty
Anya bids farewell to Maisy.
Hugs for Grandma & Grandpa
Good bye Michigan. See you next Year!
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