Dear Bro and Co.,

     I caught a little flack for one of the gifts that I bought KeiLynn.  Even I’m not entirely sure why I got it.  Perhaps it was because it made her laugh when she saw it, or perhaps it seemed to speak to me – kind of a chirpy-chirp-squeaky chatter sound when I whapped it.  Yes, I bought my baby girl a doggy fetch toy; but not just any fetch toy – it’s a Hartz brand Stunt Pilot Super Squirrel with sling shot action.  Thus far, I am happy to say that my $10 were well spent.  Not only does KeiLynn like playing fetch, she is quite good at it too. 🙂

     In fact, I should have done the same with units #1 and #2 as they are painfully weak in the fetch/retrieval department.

     Another gift of note is Kiara’s Tinkerbell Tooth Fairy pillow.  She was very excited about the prospect of getting money for a tooth.  She was equally determined that the tooth would come from someone else’s mouth……

     Seriously, we did find her pilfering through some drawers looking for some of Mathias’ old teeth.

     Kiara’s absolute favorite present thus far is a jewelry box with horses on it.  It also plays a little tune and has a “dancing” horse that pops up when ya open the lid.  She carries it around almost as much as she holds on to Foxey the Fox.  Papa Troy picked a winner.  🙂

     Additionally, she and Mathias got an Easy Bake Oven which actually cooks.  We’ll see how well they do.  I’ve seen some of the stuff Mathias has created  just bobbing around the kitchen before.  I can’t help but cringe a little thinking of what those two will come up with…..

     …..speaking of baking, Amanda has taken a break from her usual holiday hobby to enjoy her favorite new toy, Guitar Hero:

     I knew I married a Rockin’ chick!!!  Wow!!!!  I can’t wait to see her play “Trapped Under Ice” – should be some awesome hair whips. 🙂  Right now her favorites are “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park and “Some May Say” by Oasis. 

     As for me, I got a truly unexpected gift:  Troy passed on to me his Mother-In-Law tear apart doll.  I don’t know about him, but I’m using it – especially since Janie laughed at me for finishing second on the Wii Fit Flying Chicken game.  In fact, I’m taking it up to the next level incorporating some strange voodoo:

     Obviously, Mathias is enjoying all the new Wii goodies that we got, but the gift he is super-psyched about is the trumpet that his Nana and Papa Lamb bought him.  I can’t wait to get him into lessons so he’ll learn some tunes; as it is, his favorite thing to do is to scare the wits out of me when I’m dozing.  I don’t have very many wits to spare. 

     …..speaking of not being able to hear:

     KeiLynn’s favorite gift so far seems to be her new sippy cups.  She likes to hold them backwards and lean back glugging like a whino savoring the last few drops from the “sacred” bottle.

     …..speaking of KeiLynn, the kids helped me with a new nickname for her.  Due to their hyjinx, I had taken to calling them Heckle and Jeckle.  So they came up to me a couple of weeks ago and said, “Dad, why don’t we call KeiLynn…… (drumroll)……. FRECKLE????”  Brilliant!!!!  What awesome kids I have.

     As for me, there is only one present that I really want to unwrap this year – I just have to catch her first.

Love and God bless, Uncle Buck “Wango” Lamb and the Tango Tribe

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