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This was our morning yesterday, the kids made out like bandits, and we lazed about all day.  Seth and I didn’t exchange gifts this year at my request. In the past he has always gifted me something super thoughtful/expensive, but given how perpetually sad my bank account is, I could never reciprocate.  So I thought it would be best to forgo the guilt that comes with getting and not giving.  The best gift he could ever give me is his love and presence, and I get that every single day.  We did, however, receive some very thoughtful gifts from friends and family, for which I am so grateful.  When I was in my 20s, I really disliked this holiday, and wished very much my family would forgo it entirely.  As I get older, and now that I have kids, I find that stance has softened considerably.  I am an atheist, so the religious aspect of it doesn’t get me, but I do look forward to all the stupid little things. Getting the tree, christmas baking, the pure joy and anticipation present in my daughter, even the fact that we have a “christmas box” delights me a little bit.  Whatever you did or didn’t do, I hope all of you had a great day yesterday.  Happy Festivus!

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We visited a Fort Clinch this weekend, where Seth snapped these dreamy photos of our spawn. Her, um, shall we say, leadership skills, were put to good use this trip as she told us which way to go, climb, and breathe.  She almost peed off the side of the fort, almost tripped over a cannon, and made me eat the visible mango bits in her ice cream because god forbid her mango flavored pop actually had mango bits in it.  Don’t let my kvetching deceive you, it was actually a really fun trip. Watching her delight in her father and really get into exploring the many tunnels and rooms was a real treat.

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Pensacola, Fl.

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday visiting Seth’s family, making too much noise, eating too much food, and avoiding talking politics as if our lives depended on it. He Who Must Not Be Named was not named, our host was terrific, my thanksgiving hair do was on point, and the dog didn’t puke in the car.  Success!