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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from our family to yours


Hope your holidays are merry and bright.

We lit the luminaries at my folks’ house last night like we have for decades. It’s always a fun time with family, friends, and neighbors. I think we started the tradition when I was around the girls’ age. And have done it ever since.: IMG_0996LR

Now all the “kids” have kids:IMG_0997LR

Afterwards, TubaDad and I easily finished up our last-minute Santa duties because the girls fell asleep on the way home (YES!!!). Luckily my mom had two new nightgowns stashed at her house so we could get them all prepped and open to the idea:

Good thing the girls had put out the cookies and reindeer chow earlier in the day, because they certainly weren’t up for anything other than snoring when we got home. Their notes crack me up. I think that they think that Santa might be a little slow on the uptake and require extra help, ya know?:DSC_9833LR

We woke up bright and early (ouch) this morning to the sounds of two veryveryvery excited little girls galloping down the hall.

Santa brought them jam-packed stockings and the electronic pups they had asked for. Ah the joy.DSC_9847LR

And they were thrilled to find the notes that Santa and Chippey left for them. I’m actually going to miss that little elf dude. We had a lot of fun with him (in a lazy oh-crud-I-forgot-to-move-the-elf-tonight-hurry-throw-him-somewhere-funny kind of a way).DSC_9869LRDSC_9873LRDSC_9877LRDSC_9902LR

My folks came over later to open even more presents, and my NASA-engineer dad was immediately pressed into duty installing one of the girls’ gifts. Can you see what it is?SAMSUNG

Oh yeah, that’s right. The cousins in Texas sent over a zipline, which was successfully hooked up after my dad thoroughly explained the meaning of catenary to us. Frankly I didn’t follow the discussion very well, and in fact am quite proud that I even remembered the word.

Alrighty, I’m off to rummage through the Christmas rubble and see if I can find those Peanut Blossom cookies that I hid from the rest of the family. Merry Christmas! 


  1. Merry Christmas, M3. Thanks for the card. I have to email you my new address, but it was forwarded from the old one, so it's on the door, and will go in the album.

  2. Yes, please, send it on over! I'm glad forwarding worked though. Merry Christmas.

  3. Sounds like a great time! Merry Christmas!

  4. LOL! A zipline! Wheee!!! Have the girls figured out yet that it would make an awesome tightrope too? :o)

    What a wonderful Christmas!! Enjoy those puppies. My niece had one at mom and dad's tonight and I kept looking for the barking dog. Cute!!

    Merry Christmas precious friend!! We love you!!!

  5. Merry Christmas to you, Salsa Family!
    Looks like a fantastic Christmas was had by all :)
    And a zipline? Oh my! We had one growing up and I would love to have one for my kids! Do share where your dad got it!

  6. Just delurking to say Merry Christmas, Salsa family! That zip line looks awesome, I know my little one would love that, and the barking puppy, too :)


  7. Seriously awesome Christmas fun! We were in Hawaii and had a blast, but part of me missed all the traditions of Christmas you mentioned. Love the reindeer pancakes. Clever!!!!!