CHRISTMAS 2006

We had several days of Christmas, we started on 12/18 and opened one present every night.   The first day was new pjs, which they wore the next evening when opening their new underwear.  You would think they were getting the latest new toys by their expressions, but nope, just a 3 pack of happy bunny and Tinkerbelle undies.  The next few days were a new dance-dance revolution for kids video game and a leap math game.

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Next round of Christmas festivities was on 12/23, when we got to go pick up the Hanna family from the airport.  They flew in and we had an early Christmas eve dinner at Ken and Cris' house in Folsom. There was wrapping paper flying everywhere with 6 families and 4 kids (of the calendar age kind) in the room.  The girls were sure they heard Santa outside, and when they went to look it seems that Santa had left them new bikes.  Trek and Specialized even, with new helmets and jackets to match!

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We then celebrated our Christmas morning on 12/24. The girls waited (quite well) for the adults to get going and have some breakfast.  Amelie kept her mom (aka Cindy) up for most of the night, so both were a bit groggy, but managed to rip the wrapping paper like ol pros!.  The house was full of laughs and flying bits of paper as the family Hanna and Grandparents Gerard were here to join the festivities.   The girls loved their legos and games from the Grandparents Coleman, and dug on the video games and play laptop from Grandma Marsha.  Santa (aka the Willard family) also dropped a 12 foot trampoline that has some assembly required.  (Check for pictures after the new year)

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Then for a bit of post present bike riding...

 

As if we hadn't already had enough to eat, we headed out for our Christmas dinner (Christmas eve) to the Smith family residence.  We (not Candice) ate our weight in shrimp as per the family tradition and had a good time visiting with the Smith family, aunt Barb and Grandpa McMurray, the dancing man.   Oh, and yes, of course opening some more killer presents!  Thanks Brenda Terry and the boys!  

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It was time for Kaylee to go celebrate the holidays with her Mom and family, so we dropped her off and then had one more stop with Candice's uncle Bryan for a couple more gifts.  Michele, who had passed out in the car on the way home, decided she could wake up for one more present unwrap.

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For the true Christmas day, we gathered at the family Willard's home for brunch.  We had family o-plenty, and of course... more presents.. and more presents.  We feel totally spoiled, not only for the physical presents we received, but for the awesome friends and family that we have to share our holiday season with. Thank you very much everyone, we love you!

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~ Happy Holidays from the Rocklin Gang~