Well, let's get down to it -- starting with Christmas Eve. The highlight of the night was Dad getting Rock Band and Beatles Rock Band, allowing Tricia (drums), Kevin (vocals), and I (guitar) to spend until midnight going through the career of the Beatles (with Mom, Dad, and Tieryn singing along beside us). Fun times.
Besides that, the big gift for Tricia and myself was cash towards a new camera -- we'd like one that has a better zoom and can take HD video as well, for obvious reasons.
At the end of the night, everyone took their picture with Madelyn, who did quite well in the gift department.
Speaking of Madelyn, she did quite well for her first Christmas, getting a Richard Scarry book (my personal favorite as a kid) and some cool CD's of kids music, Chinese lullabies, and Chinese spoken language from Kevin and Tieryn. My parents got her an extremely cute dress and two new friends -- a green monkey (her third monkey now) and a dog, the proceeds of which went to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital in her name, which is very cool.
For fun, I have a picture of all of her friends she has thus far
I hope that all those stuffed friends don't overwhelm her :)
Next up, on Christmas morning we opened presents. Tricia and I decided to get a new mattress for our present this year, but we still did get a smaller gift for each other -- I got Tricia a trendy diaper bag (well, I did the research on them and am letting her pick one -- I'd be dumb to not let her pick it out) and Tricia getting me the latest Mystery Science Theater 3000, with Tom Servo action figure!
He goes great with last year's Crow T. Robot figure (and like Madelyn, I also have many friends to keep me company).
Santa also brought gifts for Madelyn, much to our surprise (we don't have a chimney, so I still haven't figured how he got into our house. Plus, he must have known the alarm code!).
Since she wasn't in our house to enjoy, mom and dad decided to open her gifts for her.
What a shock it was to see that she got two new outfits, a Little People Happy Sounds Home (it makes a toilet, phone, bath, and doorbell sound), and an Imaginarium 5-Way Giant Bead maze.
Of course, I had to take them out of the box and set them up (my favorite part of getting gifts on Christmas).
Here are pictures of the clothes Madelyn got from Santa -- that hooded fur vest is the best!
Next, it was out to McMinnville to see Gregg, Kerrie, and Tim. Santa also visted there and brought Madelyn yet another outfit, including some sweet sunglasses...
Tricia and I got more money to go towards our camera (I'm hoping we get it sometime next week!) and thanks to Tim, who managed to do all the Christmas shopping for everyone(!), everyone was very happy with their gifts (especially Tim -- since he also got to buy his own :P ).
Madelyn added to her massive haul, getting some monkey footie pajamas, pink boots and earmuffs, a book, a puzzle, a pack of onesies, another great little outfit, and a Jackie O style jacket, that is really, really cute.
After eating some breakfast, it was on to the Carlisle Christmas. We tried a different idea, doing a gift exchange this year, and it was really fun. Through a bit of collusion and bartering, Tricia and I both ended up with two movie passes each, so it looks like we'll get a chance to actually go watch some movies in the theater for once!
Madelyn wasn't forgotten, as she got a doll and another cute outfit from her Great-Grandma!
The night ended with Gregg, Tim, Geoff, and Taylor coming back to our house to watch the Blazers against the Nuggets (and what an awesome game that was). We took that chance to get their picture with Madelyn in front of our tree. Kerrie stopped by also, but, in a shocking development, didn't want to watch the game with us, while Tricia proceeded to read her latest book from Kevin (Ian McEwan's Amsterdam)
After the Blazer game (Brandon Roy -- 41 points!), we played a little Guitar Hero and found out my microphone doesn't work. Lame.
Our Christmas experience didn't end there, though, as today, where we got to go over to the Kahler's house and eat breakfast and see friends Kyle and Joylyn again for the first time in a long time! It was a great time and especially fun to be able to play some football with Zac and Andrew (well, except for all the cat poop I got on my shoes -- they still are stinky in the garage). No pictures as of yet, but I'll post them as soon as I get them :)
And so ended our Christmas weekend. It was fun for all and made us even more excited with anticipation for when Madelyn is here to celebrate with us next year!