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It's Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas. . .

We hit the ground running with the holiday season the Sunday after Thanksgiving, heading to our local Children's Hospital fundraiser, Fantasy of Trees.
One of the partners at work had some tickets and gave me enough for our family. . .in the end Robert was back at school and Erin didn't want to go (I put her on another Christmas-y task!) and so Laura brought her good friend Kris. . .our framily, Barbara & Tommy joined us also.  It was a really neat exhibition and definitely something that I hope to do again :)
Businesses (and I would assume, individuals) donate decorated trees and then people buy them.  The above was a "tree" that Tom's engineering firm did!

They had little trees and big trees. . .most were already sold by Sunday night. . .the table-top trees seemed to be priced under $100 (a lot of schools and non-profits did these) and the big trees were, I suspect, hundreds of dollars. 



















And I took pictures of a few "crafty" things for my friends…
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Thanksgiving 2017 - we played cards a lot!

Eight Bell cousins all together Thanksgiving Day 2017.  What a special occasion that is!!  No one indulged me with "let's do the parents" and now "grandparents and kids" and then "all girls" or anything like that. . .oh well.  We did get a good one of the six of us though :)
There were two cameras (these are from my iPhone) and no one ever knew which one to look at.  Oh well.
This was the entire family -- 17 of us this year:
Obviously most were looking at the other camera in this one -- hope to get some of those shots eventually.  Not only did Debbie and Patrick host this group of 17, but also included our neighbors (Barbara & Tommy) and also a friend of Debbie's from church, Jason.

It was a gorgeous day and endless food (as usual).  Here is just a sampling of choices that we had:















I brought our "usual" -- appetizers and some desserts:

The desserts are always a group effort -- Nancy did the apple pie, Barbara contributed the pumpkin …