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This and That - March 2017

I sat down to blog about Spring Break (two weeks after the fact!) but don't have all of my pictures in one place.  Sigh.  Lately I've been searching for pictures for various things and find so many that I take but never write about.  Here is one of my favorites from Spring Break 2017:
We had a Spring Break trip this year -- not a vacation (something we plan and budget for) -- but a trip to see some family in Florida.  This was the last night we were there -- it was a quick 3-day haul with an additional day at each end for travel -- and, as you can see by the way we were dressed, it was a fairly cold March evening in the Tampa Bay area.

Ok, I've tried three times to get this picture to turn. . .oh well.  Marie did not go with the rest of us to FL -- instead, she was invited by Marla's host family to join them in Hilton Head.  I don't think the temperature ever got above  sixty degrees for them the entire week :(  Both the girls said they still had a great time thou…
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Christmas 2016

It's three days into 2017 and another Christmas is in the books.  Christmases.  With an "s".  I love that we have special time with so many different people at different times around Christmas. . .

On Wednesday, December 21st, we planned our family Christmas.  Just the six of us and special people that are framily (friends that are like family). . .this year is was Marla and the Maxwells.  I haven't spent time blogging like usual this year, but the Maxwells are dear friends/neighbors we have become close to over this last year.  So. . .we set up schedules a few weeks ago, Thomas took the night off work, and we planned our framily Christmas.

Barbara brought over quite a spread to get the evening started :)
It was enjoyed by ALL!

For the last several years, I have made the same "special" meal for "our" Christmas -- beef tenderloin, saute onions & mushrooms, twice-baked potatoes, bread and asparagus.  This year we added Grandma's corn casse…