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Thursday, November 25, 2004

My alarm is set for 5:00 am. Therefore, and to no oneís surprise, I wonít be going on and on tonight, waxing rhapsodic about the joys of family and a heart full of gratitude for life, liberty and the purfuit of happinefs. Iíll just let you know that we were all together today, and everyone was in a good mood.

Thatís already a stark contrast to some past holiday observances, when the day itself has at times seemed to bring out the worst in people whose worst doesnít always need help bringing it out. Letís just say that some pruning of the family tree has left us with a smaller but happier celebration.

And this was our year (that is, Tammyís) to have D.J. and Dakota on Thanksgiving, so we had the pleasure of their company. Aiden was a little grumpy at times, but he was for the most part his usual charming self. He makes wonderful faces (especially when tasting something new and different), he giggles up a storm, and he can blow bubbles in a league with Don Ho and Lawrence Welk. Yes, our Aiden is a triple threat with a promising future.

25 November 2004

Dakota, Aiden and D.J.

We ate well, too. Too well, in fact, but I regret nothing except that I spilled gravy down my shirt.

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For some of us, the holiday isnít even over yet. Weíre headed out to Shasta Lake for three days on the houseboat tomorrow (hence the early wake-up call). Weekend entries will be posted some time after I get back. I doubt you can expect anything before Monday or Tuesday, because Iím not very good at playing catch-up. If youíd like to be alerted when entries do resume, now would be a good time to join the notify list.

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