December 2017: Tree Trimming, Holly's Birthday & Christmas!
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Anya assembles the tree
And gets it all lit and ready
Then Sasha and Holly join for the ornamenting
As the TV shows us Christmas specials
Assembling the Charlie Brown Tree too!
Random mustache guy joins the family
This was for a Magnum PI costume contest at work the next week, but it's now forever part of our family photo history
Some nice pics without the mustache guy
Sasha and Professor Cupcake
Sasha and Megan at a Christmas Concert in Norfolk
Leaf Jump 1 & Leaf Jump 2
Grandma & Grandpa delivered the good again
Nice ornaments and maple candy for Alan!
Holly's Birthday Pumpkin Pie
Happy Birthday Video
A little present Anya got me at the school store.
Sasha and her friend Winter handing out concert programs
The choir concert
Sasha decided she wanted to wear a tux
After show birthday dinner with Mommy!
A cool Veep T-shirt
A new Dutch Oven
A crepe maker!
And Crepe mix
A birthday girl
And a tiny version of Centipede arcade!
Alan and some friends from work say Goodbye to Jose
Holly's birthday pedicure
Was also Alan's first time getting one!
Mmmmm Warm towel and leg massage
Then a beautiful blue polish! Classy!
Birthday lunch at PF Changs
Mmmmmmm. Grilled Salmon
Sasha & Alan's annual Star Wars school night movie premier
Geared up and ready!
Anya tries to sink my battleship. Free Holiday lunch at work!
Driving up to Michigan
A lunch break
A neat outlet mall playground
Video 1 & Video 2
A child sized habitrail
Anya sleds down Mt. Fisher
A daring ride from top to bottom
and out into the sidewalk
That hat looks cute, but it would look better on someone else we know!
Thumb wrestling while Anya scopes some early presents
The Christmas Eve feeding of the Wild Things
Bundled up like Randy Parker (Christmas Trivia)
Anya sprinkles leavings for the beasts
Mark still marches for the women 12 months later.
Snow Teens were sighted deep in the forrest
Back at home with all the dough
Decorating the Christmas cookies
An Aquabat and a Dinosaur
Some glammy glitter
Sasha gets swirly
This was a Chibi of me until Sasha added the hair and clothes
Christmas Eve PJ Party
PJ'd up and ready for Santa
The stockings were hung from the railing with care
Santa gobbled up all the cookies and vodka
Holly takes first watch
While she is crushing candy, Santa swoops in and leaves new Vans and a hoverboard
As well as Musical literature, D&D manuals, and accordion and Les MIs tickets!
Wow! Thanks Santa!
The first chicken of the morning peeps it's head around the corner
Then the mad rush for presents begins
Chicken finds her accordian
Theater Bear finds her trove of play books
Hover Unicorn hovers
I dreamed a dream that I would see Les Mis
Chicken wants to play D&D!!!!!!
Alexa dots! Now the government can hear what we're doing in literally every room of the house!
An Osprey team shirt
Bear purse for Bear
Max Brooks Minecraft The Island
That calls for some accordion music
D&D REmix + Sticker bomb
Chicken sox and sister hugs
Hatsume graphic novel
The Balloons again
A Gift for Holly
New PJS and a new bathrobe
Little Fishers and Big Fishers give each other things
Kids got Daddy high-end cracker jack
The Chicken sox
Alan's stocking and the loot within
Holly & Alan get their favorite movies of the year
Sasha loves her stocking
The snows of Christmas morning
Tibetan Prayer Flags
Grandpa gets something over on the other side of the room
Anya serenades as Sasha stacks her loot
Rowland Manor enters it's Blue Period
The snow village - scene of a massive Kaiju Jaeger battle in years past.
Anya waits impatiently for everyone to eat before the present opening.
Mini Mrs. Pacman
Hobbit foot slippers
The Planet Express ship, now sitting on my desk at work
Grandpa gets a stellarscope
Sasha get's a shirt from ye olde organic shoppe in towne
Cold hard cash from Grandma & Grandpa
PJs and cups!
An Amazon Echo so we can surveil Grandma & Grandpa from home in Virginia Beach - WE are listening!
Grandpa enters virtual reality
Holly opens a gift and Jeff captures the whole exciting moment on his video spy pen
and tea cups!
Every time you think "it can't possibly get any colder"
The kringle thingy
I wore this ascot all day and nobody mentioned it, oh and it warmed up to 1 degree
Christmas 2 Girl
Maddox, Anya & Aunt Mary!
There's that nice hat!
Aunt Mary's present openings always attract a crowd
Sasha looks on in one of her stolen cousin sweatshirts
Anya makes the rounds for photos with the fam
An All Cousins pile
Anya continues her hug tour the next day
Grandma and Grandpa prepare to flee to Alabama
Hugs for Maddox and Grandpa
And Grandma, Lisa and Jeff
And a goodbye to Aunt Mary!
Bye Michigan Video
A birthday pit stop in Warren for Grandpa's 74th!
He blows out all the candles
and sneaks off into another reality
The next morning we get a 4 star breakfast before the big drive
Holly photo bombs the annual farewell portrait
and is finally shoed away for one clean shot
The rest of the day was a terrifying and treacherous death race to Pennsylvania
That ended with a neat cone of Thai fried rice!
and a dip in the hotel pool
Blue tongue fun and then one more day of ice and snow.
Blizzard Video Clip
My John Waters impression to say goodbye to 2017!
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