In which my grandmother turned 90 and we celebrated!

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My dear sweet grandmother turned 90 this past week and the whole clan descended on Nashville to celebrate! My mother is one of five kids and I myself am one of 13 first cousins and it was a joy for us all to be able to be there! In addition we had second cousins, aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews from as far away as California all come in to wish her a very happy birthday. It was also the first time Jeff and I’d been back to Tennessee and seen my family since moving out here – what a fun, sweet reunion!

13 cousins

13 cousins

Playing cards - hand & foot, a version of Canasta

Playing cards – hand & foot, a version of Canasta

I took over biscuit making while my sister made the gravy.

I took over biscuit making while my sister made the gravy.

Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch 'em rise..

Biscuits in the oven, gonna watch ’em rise..

Hanging out with sweet Sam

Hanging out with sweet Sam

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Our little family

My sweet mom and sister

My sweet mom and sister

The grandparents, 90 and almost 93 and married for almost 62 years

The grandparents, 90 and almost 93 and married for almost 62 years

Graham being willing with little Sutton

Graham being silly with little Sutton

Jeff playing with the little Bailey/Reese cousins

Jeff playing with the little Bailey/Reese cousins

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Love y’all even more 馃榾

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In which I finally post some pictures from dental prom

(This post is for you, Bri!)

A month ago a bunch of residents went to what the rest of the UW dental school called something more formal like “Winter Gala”, but colloquially to us was called “dental prom”. I was super excited because it was going to be held at the Seattle Aquarium (octopi! otters!). Clearly based on the photos you can surmise there was an open bar and lots of fun.

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We started off the night with dinner at Anthony’s on Pier 66 (the Aquarium is on Pier 59, so just a quick walk down).

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Not only did we enjoy delicious seafood with great views of Elliot Bay at night, but were treated to the wonderful news that our dear friends Bri and Ian are engaged!!! So happy for them 馃榾

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It was so much fun to have the aquarium to ourselves and we spent a good majority of the night waving at the otters and playing in the tide pools.

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Christine and I under the jellyfish
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Otters!

Jellyfish!

Jellyfish!

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Matt, Jeff and Ian posing like the girls

Bri, Kat and Elise posing as the boys.

Bri, Kat and Elise posing as the boys.

Glenn, Steve, Christine and Nima in the photo booth

Glenn, Steve, Christine and Nima in the photo booth

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So excited about Bri’s news!!

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Jeff and I spent the days leading up to prom singing excerpts聽from this song and getting excited – the night did not disappoint! We even won a $50 gift card to our favorite 聽TnT Taqueria in the silent auction. Can’t wait for next year 馃檪

In which I’m strangely sad about this..

Dear Abby, really the Mrs. Pauline Phillips, died today. I’m strangely sad about this since I always read her advice column after school when I was younger. Mostly because she was right next to the comics, but still, it was a constant in an otherwise chaotic day. Her wit and sense will be missed.

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The New York times has a spot on obituary here. Thanks dearest Abby, you were great.

In which it’s (my favorite) month of Thanks

Some people love the Fourth of July for her fireworks and hotdogs. Some people can’t stand a year without the cold kiss of snowflakes, a Christmas tree and hot chocolate. Others need the sugar rushes of Halloween and Easter.

Me? I can’t love Thanksgiving enough. It’s all the best parts of Christmas (great food and good football) with none of the drama (what do I buy and for whom?). I can totally get behind a holiday that exists with the sole purpose of celebrating the joyful things in life, no matter how small, and commemorates the moment by eating a large delicious meal. Best. Holiday. Ever.

Goodbye October, welcome November. I can’t say November is my absolute favorite – every month (except August) has it’s high highs, but it falls in the glorious spectrum of Autumn which is a pretty great season.

I fully realize that thankfulness is a quality I need to exercise more throughout the year. Today though I want to say I’m thankful for Jeff and his willingness to not only move across a continent for me, but put up with my daily quirks and embrace them. I could never have imagined a better teammate.

Fall is lovely, isn’t it?