Sunday, November 26, 2017


Hope you had a good Thanksgiving holiday and a good weekend.  Ours was pretty good, mostly.
Amy and I each got to leave work a early on Wednesday (Thanksgiving eve!), so we got a chance to grab lunch together, which was nice (Raylan was still in the middle of nap time at his preschool, so we couldn't pick him up right away).

Raylan watches some popcorn pop on Wednesday night.
He seemed to enjoy the popping process more than the
actual popcorn.
On Thursday- Thanksgiving- I woke up feeling really crummy.  At first I thought it was just allergies, so I went to the gym, which usually helps me feel a little better in those situations.  Instead, I ended up feeling a lot worse.  I just had a runny nose, sore throat, cough, aches, and fatigue.  I had an elevated temperature that got up to a little over 100 degrees at one point, and I just felt really weird (I got chills at some points and felt hot at others).
Amy was kind enough to take care of Raylan while I slept for a couple of hours.
By the afternoon I was feeling a little better, but still pretty funky (I was still calling around to try to get into my usual medical clinic- closed for the holiday).  Amy convinced me that it might help if I got out of the house, so I took some medicine, vowed not to get near anyone, and piled in the car with Amy and Raylan to drive out to Mom and Dad's house for Thanksgiving dinner.
I'm really glad that I went.  We had a really nice Thanksgiving.
Jamie, Ryan, Dick, Susan, Uncle Donald, Mom, and Dad were all there along with our family.  We watched football, ate some very good food, and watched Raylan try to entertain everyone.

Thanksgiving 2017

Sick?  I'm really feeling muuuuuch better....
By that night I started to feel better.  It was kind of weird to feel that bad and then recover so quickly. 
I think I was a little freaked out to be getting sick because the last time I had been feeling like that I ended up with pneumonia for over a week and had to see two different doctors and get two kind of antibiotics to get rid of it.  Amy has had a cough for like a week now, and we're still trying to get her over the hump on that.  Anyway, I was thankful that I got better so quickly.
I was also very thankful this year for Amy and Raylan and our life together, as well as for Mom, Dad, Jamie, Ryan. Susan and Donald.  I love the whole family, and I don't take them for granted.
I'm also grateful to have married into a kind, gracious family out in Phoenix.  The Davis, Koffel, and Sinex families are always very hospitable and fun when we go out to visit, and it's nice to have married into such a nice group of people.  They've got a lot going on out there (three little cousins to juggle!), and I'm always humbled by the efforts that they make to go out of their way to accommodate us and make us feel welcome when we come flying in.
I also don't take that for granted!
On Friday we actually ventured out to run a couple of errands in the morning.  We even dared to go to Target on Black Friday, and surprisingly, it wasn't all that crowded.
Friday we had a new washer and dryer delivered (Amy is way excited), and we put up our Christmas tree and some lights on the outside of the house.
That night Amy made sausage pasta, and I watched UT shoot themselves in the foot in a demoralizing regular season closer against Texas Tech.  Oh well.
On Saturday we went to Kerbey for breakfast, and then I went to the grocery store.  Then we took Raylan to the mall to meet up with Uncle Ryan and see Santa.  I'd really been hyping this Santa thing after Raylan sort of melted down last year (i.e., screamed like a banshee and tried to flee).  This year I'd been telling Raylan how nice Santa is and prepping Raylan on how to score some good Christmas loot (Raylan had assured me that he was ready to ask for a "dark blue present" if Santa inquire about what he wanted).
Well, when we finally got to game time, the pressure sort of got to the boy...

Ho ho ho!  Maybe it'll help if the WHOLE FAMILY is in the photo...
Ryan jumped up and down behind the camera like some sort of deranged Christmas elf, trying to get Raylan to just smile and look up, but the kid wasn't really having it.  I think Raylan knew that we were going to try to dump him in that old man's lap, and he was ready to bolt.
Eventually the photographer lady busted out a wooden rocking horse, and Raylan's toy-greed and excitement to show off his rocking skills overwhelmed his fear of oddly-dressed strangers.

"Who's behind me?  What are you doing?"
Anyway, that was Christmas Santa Photo Experience 2017.  Thanks to Ryan for helping out.
Afterward, predictably, Raylan instantly became fearless, running around the mall in his cardboard antlers and insisting that Uncle Ryan serve as his steed for closer inspection of Christmas decorations.
We wrapped the whole thing up with a trip to the food court for some chicken nuggets and pizza slices.  Cuz Christmas.

Higher!  Higher, I say!!
Saturday night Susan came over to babysit Raylan while Amy and I went to see Tuna Christmas at the Zach Theatre with Mom, Dad, Jamie, and Ryan.  (Thanks for the show, Mom and Dad!)
We really had a good time.  The play is funny, and the actors did a good job.
Joe Sears and Jaston Williams have retired from performing the play, but Jaston Williams is still directing it.  With all of the changes going on in Austin, I'm really happy to see them keeping the Texas-centric Tuna plays alive.  They're a fun way to remind everyone that we're still living in Texas.
Thanks to Susan for taking care of Raylan!

On Sunday morning we ate some breakfast tacos.

Legit South Austin toddler breakfast experience 

We also took a walk and went to the park.
Raylan is really learning to pedal that tricycle.

Faster, Dad!

We have some neighbors who really embrace Thanksgiving
In the afternoon, while Raylan was napping, I went for a bike ride.  The weather was beautiful, and it was fun to get out and pedal around.  I had a good time.

In the evening we ate some of Amy's "midwestern spaghetti", which was very good, as always.
That night we watched the first half of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which we'd borrowed from Jamie and Ryan.

And that was it!
I hope everyone had a nice holiday and a nice weekend.

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