Filled to the Brim.

Why yes, I had a four day weekend.

Why no, I had no time to blog.

Four day weekends always look long and vast on the front side, but then find themselves packed, end to end.

Ours was filled with preparing for the next holiday (before even celebrating the current one, Holiday Liberalists that we are,)

Hanging Ornaments

Practicing new skills,

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putting those skills to use,

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(very proudly might I add,)

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Having The Worst Dessert-Making Experience of my life, to be expounded upon at a later date (assuming the nightmares subside and the memories become bearable,)

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Getting grandparents to show off their reading skills,

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(And Great-Grandparents too,)

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Capturing poignant, keepsake-worthy photographs of the kid’s table at Thanksgiving Dinner,

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I titled this one “Thankfulness Abounds”:

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Making a Bingo game for the adults – to make our Thanksgiving meal “traditions” a little more amusing, humiliating, and palatable,

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Dumping the kids on the grandparents and fleeing town for an overnight date in Tuscaloosa,

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Enduring a shocking temperature shift (note that kids were in shorts in prior photos) while tailgating with good friends,

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(Who incidentally make me look taller than I am and Chris look shorter than he is,)

Observing the various strategies of 100,000+ people finding ways to keep the frostbite at bay,

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(It got down into the FORTIES, y’all!!  Alabama people aren’t made to be outdoors in such conditions!)

Eating traditional tailgating chicken wings, then leaving the traditional bones in the traditional tree to allow them to add calcium all winter long…and then documenting someone else documenting said tradition,

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Then resuming our role as parents, only to find out that our children didn’t even remember to think about us while we were gone – because Grandparents are way more fun.

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So yeah.  It was a busy weekend.

How did you fill your Long Weekend?