james & brian martineau (with major assistance from ashley, peter, and others) created a fantastic hot seat ceremony that consisted of:
* a video introduction, set to the theme of "raiders of the lost ark" [uh, hot-seat], "starring harrison ford as albert martineau,"
* a procession of the lost hot-seat, after being re-covered,
* the "warming-up" of the hot-seat, and much, much more.
below: gift exchange pictures, for historical purposes. ..i'll try to add more as they come in:
above: the kids escort brian, who is sitting on the (formerly) lost hot-seat (2008).
special note: "the chicken" was resurrected in 2008, and brian is pictured wearing it on his head during the procession. ..you'll see the chicken a few more times, later in this post, as various family members receive gifts.
below: the hot-seat, being warmed-up (2008)
below: james helps us to see the light
below: the pre-adults open gifts (note that the wrapping paper becomes part of the stage)
below: nick "graduates" into "adult-dumb" (which means that now he's part of the adult gift-making group). ..nick's gift was made by buddy.
below: stacy in the hot-seat (2008)
(gift engraved by james)
below: brian, kissing an art-festival frog (by tom)
below: jen, with a hand-carved bowl, etc.
below: janet -- who made jerry "bow" to her -- as he presented a wood-burnt keepsake case that spells "janet" (forwards & backwards, upside-down & rightside-up).
below: tom, with a n.y. yankees clock
(by mike dunn)