University Bridge at night is considered by Flickr to my 3rd most interesting photo of 2014.
Hey, it’s Christmas Day this morning.
Like we normally do, we spent Christmas Eve with Lee, Brittany, and Camdyn. We often spend Christmas Day with the Reimers but with them in Hawaii and having celebrated with them already, we woke up and opened gifts today at home.
Here is what everyone got.
He wasn’t really expecting anything like that so he was pretty blown away. Mark had amazing parent teacher interviews and then stopped working so his first report card was brutal. He then has worked really hard since then but deep down I think he was expecting a lump of coal. Since he is grounded from all television and media until his marks improve, he will appreciate this reprieve. I am hoping this helps him the new year. If not, at least he can use it to play Angry Birds Transformers.
Wendy gave him a VIA Rail shoulder bag with a drafting book inside. It’s a murse!
The dogs got him the same kind of photography gloves that Wendy also got.
Maggi and Hutch gave him and Oliver PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale so you can imagine them beating each other up playing that.
I also gave him a and a brand new Pentax 35mm f2.4 lens which shocked him all over again because that is how I roll. He had been saving up for the lens for a bit and was pretty shocked that we got it for him.
As for Oliver, Wendy gave him a giant X-Wing fighter. It is huge and he was thrilled. Attack runs on the Death Star have already commenced.
I gave him a toy AH-64 Apache attack helicopter
Mark got him a Lego Star Wars Snow Speeder. I just realized I now how to help him assemble this thing. It comes with two lego characters. Luke Skywalker and that guy that was crushed by the AT-AT. So yeah, that’s great.
Wendy and I also gave him a Nikon S31 waterproof digital camera. It was an old one of mine that I didn’t use once in 2014. Maggi and Hutch got him a Calgary Flames camera case that is styled like a mini backpack to carry his camera in.
Wendy also gave him a giant 200 piece art set. He’ll love it.
He asked Santa Claus for some grown up binoculars and old St. Nick came through for him and got him a pair and a tactical flashlight. Santa also surprised him with a remote controlled Ford F-250 truck.
You can imagine how excited he is about all of that. You can also imagine how many times all of us have been blinded by his flashlight this morning.
It is her first real prime lens (her other ones are toy lenses) and she is pretty excited about it.
Oliver gave her a new knife set which she has wanted for a while. He also gave her a J.A. Henckels’ Chef Knife that she has been wanting all winter. So yeah, we have turned Wendy from a mild mannered person into a well armed killing machine.
Mark gave her a pair of Sennheisser HD 201 headphones.
Mark also gave her a bamboo cutting board and four piece cheese knife set (I had no idea cheese knives were a thing until now). Both of these will be used for a large charcuterie board tomorrow afternoon for lunch.
Mark also gave her a pair of Thinsulate photography gloves so she can get outside and use her camera more this winter.
Santa Claus gave Wendy a new LED tactical flashlight. She wasn’t thrilled that it was bright pink or that it was called the “Maiden” but she does love that it is powerful enough to blind Oliver and Mark if shown in their eyes. I just told her that Santa was trolling her. Santa also got her the same pair of binoculars that he gave Oliver.
I was spoiled for Christmas.
Thanks to everyone, I really appreciate the gifts.
Today we will take some cameras out for a walk and then I will be home debating with Oliver whether or not an AH-64 attack helicopter has a chance against a X-Wing fighter.
I hope your Christmas has been as enjoyable as ours wherever you are reading this from.