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Kitty Shirt Twins. Ready to leave for Christmas in Michigan.
Holly is pool pal at our first stop. Because Alan was too wimpy to walk outside to get to the pool.
But the water was warm and fun!
We took three days to drive up, so here we are at the hotel on day 2
A much nicer place than our first night!
With a better pool too!
above and below
Time to see if the Hotel Fairy left anything for us!
Holly starts Christmas break with a trip to her favorite... Big Boy!
Sasha wrapping some of her presents
Peanut Butter Jelly Time!
Sylvia's room points in One Direction, toward The Hunger Games.
Christmas presents gather under Grandma & Grandpa's private upstairs tree
Dinner, then some coloring
Making fun of Dollar store coloring books
It's Randolf the Green Nosed Wood Deer!
Bedding down in the kids room.
Christmas Eve is here
Cookie decorating time
The frosted battle begins
The room is silent as each shake of sugar and smear of goo is meticulously placed.
Sasha beams with pride, but has accomplished little. One cookie? That's it?
Kang & Kodos from The Simpsons. Eat your frosted cookies humans!
Anya "helps" Angela decorate this decoration
Holiday movie watchin
The children gather for their Christmas Eve PJ'ing
Sylvia shows off her new onesie
Modeling their new robes too!
Yes you're a good dog!
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Grandpa tells the tale
Cookies, Cocoa and a demanding ransom-type note scrawled in their own blood to Santa.
Too excited to sleep!
Early Christmas Morning
Before the melee
The quiet before the storm
Will there be shock or awwwwwwwww!
This giant pink unicorn is probably a lock though, right?
The pitter patter of little feet
Down they come
Anya is pleased, Sasha is still in Pacific Rim shock
Anya notices the ipod
Sasha finds her favorite Kaiju
Now she can play Minecraft on 4 different devices at once!
Sasha likes her Gipsy Danger Backpack. Olaf likes warm hugs!
Comics and Pacific Rim pants!
Lego Star Wars!
Sasha's present to Anya
Sylvia tears into one of hers
Holly gets the mug that Anya bought for her at the Secret Santa Shop and Sasha, the keychain.
Sasha bought Holly a MSU shirt and the kids got Alan some zombie stuff!
But what's this?
A surprise present for Alan from Holly?
OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Simpsons Lego House!
The one I was coveting at Disney World! Click here.
That's a Happy boy!
Hurray for Holly! Nice job! Great surprise!
Sasha finds a Yoyo in her stocking.
The stocking keeps paying out!
Nyan Cat and Sailor Moon!
Sasha's cool equation watch
Gipsy Danger and a Wreath of Bells
Where did the floor go?
Which direction is that again Sylvie?
Michigan State for Mark and slippers for Grandma
Presents from Lucy
Modeling his new State duds
Grandpa get's what appears to be a gigantic shirt!
Holly hangs with the unicorn
Christmas morning overload
Grandma & Grandpa open their stockings
The kids all text each other about how much fun they are having.
Anya lounges on her unicorn and builds worlds
Sasha re-enacts some Kaiju / Jaeger battles
All dressed up and ready for Roland Christmas!
The food is ready
And so is Anya
Lucy gets the first taste of the Christmas Punch
Sasha worries about being the one who messes up the berry dish
But she can't resist the giant strawberries
Dad loads up and Holly chows down
Finally the unwrapping begins
Youngest first, Anya. A Hello Kitty Airplane!
The Rainbow Dash hoodie...
... that she will wear constantly for the next month
Grandma gets the good stuff!
The softest blanket ever made.
Lucy starts her opening. The mid-lings wait impatiently.
A Sony Boombox! Now she can officially start her break-dancing phase!
Sasha gets her super blanket
Godzilla Chibis and a Steampunk book!
After opening her book of The Elements she flips to her favorite. Silicon! Nice!
The Magic 8 Ball she's been wanting for years. Is she happy? Signs point to yes.
The finale is a Grandma "Off-list" Super score! A Sailor Moon figure! Way to go Grandma!
Anya plays for laughs
Sasha opens her giant Marvel Universe Encyclopedia
Ironically, 4 Weeks later, Marvel announces plans to end All Marvel Universes.
Sylvia opens something small that makes her happy. Some Direction thingy?
Hunger Games gear!
A Tangled tote!
Anna takes the chair
And gets Cumberbatched
Sasha is enamored with her Sailor Moon
Boots and hoodies
Tess models everything she opens
And always takes time to read the cards
Boots were all the rage this year
And another one of those cuddle blankets
Maddie and Collin cash is with Gamestop cards
And Silly String from Anya!
Lucy opens some new gear
Sasha gets Wondla and Anya some Minecraft toys
And a Minecraft T-shirt
Adventure Time fun
A plushie is always a good get for Anya
Those kids and their rock music
Walkie talkies and spy gear
Anya picked out this feather boa for Tess
Later that evening the gamg plays Apples to Apples
That was one swell Christmas!
Aunt Mary takes the crew out for dinner at the Chinese Buffet
Everyone in the back new it was picture time!
Grandpa takes everyone's portrait
Another terrible photo of Tess
The "cool" end of the table?
And under the table as well!
A Tarantino still of the gang headed out to watch some Hobbits
It's a Marshmallow World
Anya Spins: The Video
A cookie before bed at the Rowland's
Anya steels herself for Christmas 2
Lisa tosses the Fattoush
This year the Christmas 2 was catered by Aladdin's! Yum!
Anya cuddling is a popular pastime
The girls text about how good the food is
Mark needs some quiet time
Jeff captures a photo of the photographer
Dad takes a nice group portrait of the ladies
And a rare Wiseman Family photo too!
Tess. She's everywhere!
The presents of Christmas 2!
Collin and Maddie take their place on the couch of gifting
They open some new gear
and the PS4 games that will occupy the rest of their year
Backpacks and Who stuff
Alan scores an amazing double awesome!
Holly gets some new spoons!
Collin signals for a couple's photo
Emery grabs some State stuff on the way out
Mark scores the Sandman Volume 1 as well too!
Lisa gets Station Eleven
Anya collapses from boredom
Bowls. New bowls!
Guess who got Mom & Dad the new toaster? The most appreciated present of the entire holiday?
Sasha in the glow of the fire
Dad gets a nice map book
Mom opens her second and decidedly "favorite" scarf.
That's 22 Stations!
A gift for Grandma from Sasha & Anya and one from Tess
Aunt Mary hands out great gift cards for Schuler Books!
Lisa dances a little jig in celebration
Aunt Mary always has great reactions to every gift.
A cuddly new sweater
Mark and Angela nod off
Dad opens his birthday presents!
A spiffy new model airplane
A talking duck
And a sit-down with the grandkids
The next morning we awoke to find this
A furious Kaiju and Jaeger battle had erupted in the middle of Christmas Village!
The devastation was absolute
Few survived and those who did were scared forever
But it was OK, cuz Sasha thought it was funny!
Bye bye Uncle Jeff!
So long Aunt Mary!
Adieu to you Michigan!
And Stephen... we'll miss you most of all!
Grandma Wiseman opens her special present
The painting that Sasha did that was selected and hung at the Museum of Contemporary Art earlier in the year.
Grandma loved it!
Grandpa opens the Peanuts calendar the kids picked out for him.
And the Superman T-shirt
And a nifty catcher's mitt oven glove
Anya tries on a few hats
Alan and Bendy celebrate their 39th Anniversary
We let Anya take a few pictures too
Back at home for Birthday Cake for Grandpa
Don't let the cat blow out the candles!
Make a wish!
A berry good breakfast before we start the drive home
Grandma gives the girls some gear to ring in the new year.
Back in the water again
This hotel has a great pool
A new game where the kids steer me around the pool by tapping on the sides of my head
Sasha said my hair was "so long!"
One last jump for 2014
Waking up Anya to ring in the New Year
Happy 2015! Another great Christmas!
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