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Happy X-wanzakkah

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btw, I think your yellow Camaro is sitting in my attic.  I guess it got left at PMC.

lol, Aryn's aunt got us an Echo dot for xmas too.  We were skeptical at first, but we like it.  I jokingly said we need to get wifi bulbs so we can ask alexa to turn the lights the next day we went to home depot and bought Hue, which comes with a hub and 2 bulbs, so now we have voice controlled "clapper", w00t!  It's nice because you can say "Alexa lights 30" and she'll dim them to 30%.  You can setup rooms and groups, or just set individual lights.  Pretty cool.  Next Internet of Things gadget is going to be Nest, or something similar.  Then maybe Ring.  

  • Arif:
    • Catan and expansions (e-game)
    • beard grooming and care kit
    • Hidrate smart water bottle (one for aryn too)
      • Syncs with app, so you can track how much (or little) water you're drinking that day
      • Plus you can add friends and competitively embibe water
    • Crazy straw that spells my name (one for aryn and bryn too)
  • Aryn
    • keurig coffee maker, my k cup 2.0 (reusable), plus extra filters
    • 3 butterfly fan pulls
    • 2 butterfly shall/wrap things
    • Electric butterfly candle with remote
  • Bryn
    • Too many toys to list
  • Family GaS:  air fryer
  • All of us:  Echo dot
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I've been thinking of an echo paired with some wifi lights for the babies room. I got a Nest at home and love it. Nothing like turning up the heat when you are in bed.
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Happy X-wanzakkah 2018!

We were chilling at e-casa this year with a few other family peeps staying with us. Made way too much sukiyaki!

Not much to report loot-wise on my end. Clothes and some xbox bucks and s couple other things. For some reason none of my 32" waisted pants fit right.

JV got some cool stuff. No bounce houses, but a cozy coupe, a food truck, and a gas pump. Hope he enjoyed his last Christmas as an only child.
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We had a pretty sweet christmas this year. I got an Echo Show, 15-in-1 chess/game board thingy, Know Your Meme with Game of Thrones expansion, qwirkle, and Dos (#2 card game, haha). Oh, and Aryn's aunt gave me some eggs and bacon socks, and...Disney boxers...used...hand-me-downs from Aryn's Step-Grandfather in-law...complete with pee stain and all.....(She gave me Santa boxers last year creepy...they're sweet, just don't understand the boxer thing)... ANYways, Aryn got an immersion blender, smelly candles, Tesla vs Edison (2 player board/card game), and some other small trinkets. We were both given a Ryobi drill (with drill bit set) and a blower, and an extra battery and charger.  Bryn got some Frozen headphones, a new baby monitor, unicorn poop, several books, and a half dozen other random toys and clothes.

Alex (short for Alexandra Rose), probably got the best haul though. She also got a new baby monitor too, but in anticipation of needing a 2nd car seat, we got a brand new 2019 Honda Odyssey EX-L (with Nav and Rear-entertainment system)! :D Pictures to come.  

Hope you guys had a Merry X-wanzakkah!
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Happy X-wanzakkah 2019!

It's just me Barbie JV and my mom chilling at E-casa this year again. Had pancakes earlier and then it'll be sukiyaki time later. Jeremiah got a big Hot Wheels super ultimate garage so of course I've been playing with that all morning. Barbie got a robot vacuuming slave so I'm gonna be establishing house rules for that. Other items from the haul: new Tool album (dilemma: download the mp3 download that is included or rip the CD so it's consistent with my entire ripped CD collection?), oreos, pocky, reeses, a bendable drill extension bit, a as-seen-on-tv lizard camera (small profile inspection camera on the end of a wire attached to a handheld screen), and the cowboy bebop board game, also jeremiah and i got a TMNT heroclix game, i need to update my game night thread collection catalog

hope everyone's having a good one, GAS next year?
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Update: downloaded the mp3s, 2006 me would be so disappointed
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This year was pretty quiet, my mother in law and Aryn's two aunts were here, and we spent xmas eve with my sister and her mother in law. It was the year of duplo...Bryn got 13 different duplo sets (between xmas and her birthday), and thankfully she loves playing with them, since we love playing with them too. :D  Aryn went a little overboard, so we tucked away one of the big sets and will open it later.  Bryn also got a bed tent thing, elsa bust for practicing hairstyles, Mickey blanket and bag and ears, and some other junk.

We all got matching mickey xmas pjs from Aryn's sister, electric toothbrushes, and towels.

Aryn and I agreed we wouldn't get each other gifts this year, but I got some clothes and some more juggling balls from the family. 

The weekend before we saw Drew, Barbie and Jeremiah for the second time this year, w00t!  They were in town for her work, and apparently that'll happen on the regular, so it'll be fun to see your faces.

Maybe an Orlando/St Cloud GaS next year?  It would be fun to get an updated picture with all the kiddos. :)
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This was the year of Lego for Logan. We just finished building a big ol' ship from Star Wars today. Cynthia has been dressed as Elsa for two days.

My two big items were a nice wristwatch with a wooden face (kona wood from Hawaii), and a 3d printer pen. Also scored some t-shirts, a nifty puzzle (which I have solved but still enjoy fiddling with), some books to reignite a reading habit, some holiday place mats, some really nice 9-year Dickel whisky, the list goes on.

Rachel will be learning about sauce making, as she got a thicc book about how to make 'em up good. Also our back porch should be shaping up this year, as she got some decorations for that area.
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Our Christmas was a busy whirlwind. Michaels step sister got married the weekend before so we spent Xmas in Arkansas. The girls got showered with way too many noisy gifts. Santa brought Ada a strider bike. Grandpa got Ada a pink power wheels jeep (we had to do a lot of convincing that it definitely wouldn’t fit in our house and needed to live at the grandparents house). Michael and I got a variety of gift cards and clothes. I also got a robot vacuum but mine is stationary and you just sweep things towards it and it sucks them up. Our house is too messy for a roomba, plus I figure since the kids like to sweep maybe they could manage to use it and make less mess (rather than more). Overall a good Christmas. We’re back in town now and I’m taking advantage if daycare for the week to get things done before school starts up again.