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Thanksgiving Travel and Pie

We traveled to visit S's dad and family for Thanksgiving. It was also his dad's 70th birthday, so there were lots of reasons to celebrate! Grandma C had decked out the house for Christmas, and it was really nice to get the holiday season started in such style.

That window is worthy of a department store, don't you think?

Masquerade Auction

S and I had a great time at the annual school auction. The theme was "Masquerade," and I had a lot of fun embellishing peacock-themed matching masks for us to wear.

We didn't go all-out with bidding this year, but we did get some nice silent auction items (a crafty basket for me!). The canvas piece that I coordinated for BJ's class went for more than $2000! Wow.

The End of Soccer Season

Soccer season is over, and the Red Tornadoes have come a long way!


After years of gently encouraging BJ to try out a sport, S succeeded in getting BJ to sign up for soccer this fall. (And S ended up being recruited as the coach! Feast or famine, I tell ya.) BJ has really been enjoying the practices. Here he is earlier this week, headed out the door for the first one!

Happily, the whole experience has been a thumbs up so far! They had their first game today, and here he is, suited up to play.

Father's Day: Camping and Making the Best of Things

For the second year in a row, we spent the Father's Day weekend camping at the beach. This is definitely becoming a favorite tradition -- it's a trip coordinated with many other families at the kids' school. This year, more than 30 families participated! It was a nice, relaxing weekend, with plenty of time for scootering around, hanging at the beach, and playing games.

Still Crazy After All These Years

S and I had a fabulous Christmas gift from my parents:

When I heard about this concert, I knew I wanted to go. And what a concert! Two of my very favorite musicians together at the same time. Here's the set list:

More Family Fun

What else have we been up to lately? Well, there's always the fun of Saturnalia! This year we took the costume part of the feast quite seriously and all four of us dressed up. Very fun!

1980s auction

For the school auction this year, the theme was the 1980s. Dressing up is always encouraged (and always fun) so after much brainstorming, we decided to once again go for a rather obscure costume.

About six people guessed who we were. We'd figured that might happen, so we came with props!

Our inspiration:

Ren Faire

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! It's Ren Faire Time again!

This year, we met up with our good friends J, M, and J. Fun was had by all! We all definitely have our favorites now, having been so many years in a row. (Though I have to say, it's nice to have graduated past the kids-in-the-wagon stage.) We hit the Fool's Maze first, at BJ's request.

Catching Up

So, as you may have noticed, keeping current on the blog is one of the big things to fall by the wayside as I am adjusting to this new schedule. (How do families do it with both parents working full time?) We've been having lots of fun in the last month or so -- I just haven't been blogging it! So here's a quick catch up of what we've been up to:

Spending time with Tia M! We had fun on the paddleboats at a favorite local park. Took lots of pics but these are my favorites.

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