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Christmas 2017

While people who have both sets of parents in town have to figure out how to spend each holiday with both sides of the family, we have always had the situation of having my parents 4 hours away. Even though it would be lovely to have my parents and family nearby, I am always a little thankful during the holidays that we are either here in town with Michael's parents, or out of town at mine. So we rotate, in an orderly fashion, Thanksgiving and Christmas every year, and this year we were in Eastern Washington with my parents.

One upside of spending Christmas with my parents is that my dad is an amateur photographer with the patience and (tiny) bit of OCD to make all of the fiddly little preparations to take some great pictures! Here are some of his:

Giving Thanks, 2017

For the last three years, Michael has instituted a tradition of having a Thankfulness Box available the week of Thanksgiving for people to note the things for which they are thankful. Then on Thanksgiving he reads through them, and sometimes prizes are awarded for the greatest numbers, but not this year, which was a little more haphazard than the previous two years. Nevertheless, I actually documented some of the "thankfuls this year" and am posting them here for posterity:

Monica's somehow got misplaced and haven't turned up yet. She was thankful for many things, among them her chimes class and Ezra's parakeets. I can't remember any other right now, I'll have to ask her for a refresher.

Viva la Mexico!

In October, we took the opportunity of a firm-offered "boondoggle" to visit our neighboring country to the south. First stamp on our passports, for both of us! Michael had to spend a whole 3 hours a day in classes, but the rest of the time was, frankly, just for fun! Monica's teacher stayed with out kids while we were out of town (except for Elena who hung out with Grandma Valerie and Grandpa Howard for a few days). 

Catching Up on Birthdays

It is a truth universally acknowledged that someone who posts blog posts less than monthly might as well not be blogging at all. *sigh* Nevertheless, I press on. I use this blog as my scrapbooking process, and without it, there will be no scrapbook, and hence, no record. 
So, to catch up on birthdays from this year:
Elena turned 5 in August! Our baby is five! We actually had a small family celebration the day of her birthday, complete with some candles stuck into a Costco muffin, and the pictures were sweet. However, a young man of the family was messing around with my phone, and those pictures are gone for good, a feat that seems nearly impossible in the day and age, but there you are. At the end of August, we celebrated a joint birthday party for Elena and her cousin Elinor, who was celebrating her first birthday. 

About a month later, Ezra turned 12! He had spent the night at his friend David's house earlier in the month, for a birthday celebration, and when I picked him up th…

Our Trip East to the Old West

When we decided to go to Yellowstone with the Shaws, I didn't realize it was this iconic family vacation experience we were sharing with hordes of other people. But as we prepared for the trip and talked to people about it, and especially after we returned and people asked, "what have you been doing this summer," and I told them, "We went to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons," and they said, "Oh, we did that last summer," I realized that indeed, this was not an idea original to us. Kind of like how most people have been to a summer camp as a youth, or been to BBQs at parks - a Yellowstone vacation is just part of the American Family Experience.

We spent the first night at my parents' house in Tri-Cities, then the second night in a hotel in Spokane, having a plentiful dinner of pasta salad and watermelon with my sister Katy in the Waterfront Park across the river. The kids enjoyed the hotel pool. I got a fever and chills at my parents' house, a…