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Thanksgiving in pictures

6 Dec

IMG_20151120_224915360My brother came into town from Brussels via a giant company party in Mexico. The Paris attacks occurred right before he left, and then Brussels was on lockdown most of the time he was in Atlanta and my sister-in-law and nephew were back at home.

IMG_20151120_234111619I’m glad this chick loves me.

IMG_20151204_212325Retiring Dikembe Mutombo’s number.

IMG_20151126_091819597_HDRMy happy little kitchen helpers to help me make the pumpkin pie.

IMG_20151126_114906And it turned out yummy — Julia Child’s recipe.

DSC_0246-2My family.

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My youngest cousin and his new GF.

IMG_20151126_153856561Of course there was croquet on the lawn before dessert.

IMG_20151126_153900853Rafa enjoying frustrating Walt.

IMG_20151127_095003024More Krispy Kreme. We live too close.

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A Forget-Me-Not Thanksgiving Weekend.

5 Dec

We’re breezing in to December and I bet Christmas will be over with before we know it. I hope it’s as good as our long Thanksgiving holiday was. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite big one of the year. It doesn’t have quite the same amount of pressure that Christmas does, and all obligations are over by Thursday evening. Then you have a full 3 day weekend to enjoy yourself. And this year the weather was perfect to choose between being out and about and sitting inside relaxing.

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My brother came in town. He lives in Europe now and his job doesn’t send him to America as often as his old one did. I miss when he and his family lived in Woodstock. It was far but we went out there once a week for family dinner. And now we want to move out that way and live outside of the city. So we’d be close if they ever moved back!

He convinced me to go out to Virginia Highlands for a night on the town with our cousin. I took my first Uber ride, which was interesting. What a great service to provide! Our driver was a very nice man from Aghanistan driving a very nice, clean car. A friend of my cousin’s was a very cool and interesting international woman about to move with her husband and son to 4 acres in Tennessee. Jealous! And she had a friend with her who was a black woman, who after I got to Atkins Park, left in 30 minutes, saying the bar was “too white”. I have to say that I agreed with her.  Also, they still allowed smoking in the bar, which I despise.

A friend of mine and I think we should open up a “bar” where there is a back room with a nanny and a lot of beds. A play area. A very family friendly bar. And taxi cabs with good car seats for children. That should be a standard. You can’t expect a parent to be lugging around a 25lb car seat when they travel. Traveling can be so stressful even without that extra burden to worry about.

Children are the future of the world. Everyone everywhere should be willing to help protect, teach, and raise our children, so they grow up figuring out even more than we know. So there is hope for the future. Some people can have more children than others. We all have to share. That whole “village” aspect of community is important. Let’s go back to the basics.

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Here’s all the stuff we brought to Thanksgiving. Camera and tripod and toys and change of clothes and diapers and a booster seat… oh and of course a little boy and his glass of chocolate milk.

The next day was a rather relaxing Thanksgiving. I don’t remember what we did in the morning, but after nap we headed over to my aunt’s house. My mom has three sisters, which I am also jealous of. I grew up with two brothers. I always wanted a sister.

My aunt and my uncle live in a very beautiful house in Brookhaven, and at least 20 people were there for dinner. It was very stuffed at the table (but we all fit!), and they even had people helping us out to clean dishes and get us drinks and dessert. I was very appreciative  and surprised that they elected to work on the holiday. I guess at least in some small way we all do that day though, am I right? And you never know how people are going to define “work” to themselves. Money can make anything worth it, if it’s the right amount.

IMG_20141127_172818499~2Someone is excited about dinner!

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He hasn’t been eating as well lately. Just wants bread! And cheese! And oranges!

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We had a lot of fun! I’ve been working on my photography skills. I love this group photo.

On Saturday we drove up to Marietta to look at a house for sale. And then we hopped over to Kennesaw Mountain State Park and walked through the Civil War battlefield and monuments. There are lots of trails around and lots of people jogging and horseback riding and such around there. When we got lost trying to even get there we were in a roundabout where people were loading their horses into their trailers. I loved it.

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A lot of Union soldiers were killed here.

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Duggy was a pain in the butt. He couldn’t stop sniffing at everything and constantly tugging on the leash. And marking. I think the issue is that he really likes to be in familiar territory. I can’t wait to move to a place with a yard!

Sunday our dear friend Kate wanted to throw one of those Friendsgivings, so we did. 12 people came to sit around our table, bringing wine and delicious food — ham, yum — and great conversation. Dave and I only had to make the broccoli casserole and the grasshopper pie. And I gave everyone dishwasher friendly glasses so cleanup was easy!

A beautiful weekend. An exciting week this week. Christmas is coming!

And now we’re even closer to Christmas

1 Dec

With Thanksgiving fully eaten (though I didn’t get any leftovers so I’m ready for another holiday meal), we’re one step closer to another year. Days are flying by at lightning speed, and I’m enjoying every moment. Okay, not every single teeny tiny moment, but how can you not laugh at the sweet, funny baby? He usually delights most people he meets. He’s very friendly. Well, unless you want to pick him up. We went to a furniture store this weekend and he ran around feeling every texture and walking right up to all the other groups of people there just to interact. I’m pretty sure it was little boy heaven with so much to touch and potentially knock over!

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We started off Thanksgiving right with a little bit of whine.

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Beautiful decorations at my aunt’s house. The meal was absolutely delicious too.

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Obligatory family holiday photo.

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Walt loved running around his new terrain.

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Happy Christmas Season Boy!
(gotta use those arms for balance when you’re moving fast!)

Happy Thanksgiving and Hello Santa!

28 Nov

Before I go stuff my face with delicious turkey and sides and desserts and spend a wonderful and hilarious day with family, I want to share a few photos from our visit with Santa yesterday.

A year ago, Walt had just found out he had two hands and they could touch each other, literally on our way to the mall. He was not very enthusiastic about meeting Santa, but he held it together.

Walter & Santa 2012

This year, Walt can use a fork effectively (although not with 100% accuracy), and he was downright upset about visiting sweet, old Santa Claus.

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Santa is being so nice about holding a screaming baby.

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He almost looks like he’s not crying, but that’s just trick photography.

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By far my favorite one.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day and give thanks for all you have and will have!