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Thanksgiving and Christmas

I did a terrible job taking pictures at Thanksgiving but we had such a fun time seeing everyone in west Texas. The weather was amazingly warm and the kids spent a lot of Thanksgiving day playing outside. We had great food, great conversation, and, of course, scrabble. Maddy enjoyed eating Grandpa's food at the assisted living place at lunch one day. Grandpa opted to wait to have a burger with the rest of us. Maddy said the food was yummy. She also picked up over 30 lbs of pecans for Grandpa so he will get a nice amount back shelled next month from the pecan shelling place. "Maddy the pecan picking queen" was an oft repeated phrase while we were there.

 We cut a Christmas tree the Monday after Thanksgiving. We found an entire bobcat skeleton while we were out looking for our tree.

 The girls got to get their own tree for their room again.

We went big this year! Happy advent!
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D.C. Trip

On Veteran's Day weekend, we went to D.C. and Frederick, MD to see Tammy and Jeff. We got to D.C. after midnight on Thursday. Kids maybe got in bed around 1 or 1:30 and Aaron and I maybe by 2. It was exhausting. Our flight started in the Springs, then we had a stop in Dallas and flew from there to D.C. Our hotel had a shuttle bus that went right to the National Mall. Tammy met us at our hotel about 10 on Friday morning, we took the shuttle and proceeded to the Mall.
 It was cold and VERY windy on Friday so we ended up going to many of the Smithsonian museums located on the mall. Our first stop was the Smithsonian Castle which is the original Smithsonian building. The founder of the Smithsonian is interred in the foyer. The castle has a display that gives a sample of what you can see at each museum. It also has a program that you can plan what you want to see and then it will email you a map and a plan for all of your stops.

 Maddy found this statue of a nude so interesting she t…