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Christmas Day!!!!

Christmas morning with GTB was a blast…and Christmas morning quickly extended into Christmas afternoon.  That’s right, we stretched present opening over the course of 8 hours with two naps and two meals in the middle of it all.  Not a bad way to do Christmas.  GTB loved the day, his presents, the bows on his presents, and, most of all, the ornaments on the Christmas tree!

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We were sad to not be with our families on Christmas day, but we were with the next best group of people….our dear friends.  We loved celebrating with the Stewarts, Schoolers, and Hsias, and had fun meeting the Rice’s for the first time.  GTB loved trying to keep up with Wesley Grant, getting table scraps from Rebecca and Madeline, and flirting with little Sally (who could either be his twin or his betrothed!).

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(Toodus with GTB and Sally)

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(the gang)

We hope everyone had an amazing Christmas!

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Christmas Traditions

For our friends and family who have never had the pleausre of celebrating Christmas “Austin” style, we wanted to give you a glimpse into some of our family’s new Christmas traditions.  They include: 

1.  Spinning under the huge lighted Christmas tree at Zilker park.  If you’ve ever wanted to see something comical, go to Zilker and watch as hundreds of people simultaneously spin underneath this tree until they either fall down or vomit…. 

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(GTB and Toodus staring up at the lights)

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(at the tree after eating delicious Homeslice pizza)

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(looking up at the tree)

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(Toodus, GTB, and Ryan under the tree.  Note the bag of kettle corn in Ryan’s hand…the best we’ve ever tried)

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2.  Walking down the Trail of Lights, a mile long series of Christmas displays…some surely dating back to the 60’s.  Not exactly the romantic tradition Toodus and OTown imagined upon first moving to Austin, but definitely loads of fun.   We included pics of some of our favorite displays.

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(Dell’s attempt to create a futuristic view of Austin floating on a spaceship)

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(note:  this display included about 40 different cardboard characteras.  Here you see sponge bob, nemo, and south park all represented)

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(GTB inside Toodus’s coat.  Toodus claims he now knows what it feels like to be pregnant….OTown disagrees)

Apparently the Trail is good for getting kids excited and in a  joyful Christmas spirit.  Here’s a video of GTB as we drove away from the Trail of Lights….

3.  Finally, the only thing that can surpass the weirdness of the Trail of Lights are the lights on 37th street.  The people who live in this neighborhood must win the award for most creative.  Here are some highlights….

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(a barrel of monkeys)

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(Ricky Bobby and the 5 pound 8 ounce baby Jesus in the golden fleece diaper)

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(T-Rex the size of the house)

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(sock monkey nativity scene…notice the teeny tiny sock monkey Jesus)

 After seeing the Trail of Lights and the 37th street lights all in one night, GTB was one tuckered out little kid.  He fell asleep as Toodus was walking back to the car.

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Here are the much awaited blogposts from our Christmas adventures! 

Last Friday, Toodus, OTown, and GTB enjoyed spending an evening with friends at the Pecks house.  The Pecks and the Stephens threw an awesome party complete with chili and hot chocolate.  For the main event, the whole gang piled onto a trailer and drove around Manor caroling for the neighbors.  Surely the neighbors were blessed by our beautiful voices and amazing harmony 🙂

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Waddle Waddle Quack Quack

GTB in his onesie and duck boots: 

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A Chill in the Air

Fall weather finally came to Austin.  Here’s GTB in his dot hoodie playing in the leaves. 

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(with buddie Eli)

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Two for the Price of One

During the month of November, GTB was twice seen in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Having spent little time in this large metroplex, GTB enjoyed touring all the main attractions.  Here are some highlights:

While dining at Wild About Harrys, GTB (along with friends Ellie and Halle) enjoyed chillin’ beside the giant hot dog with hands… 

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While Ellie enjoyed her Harrys chocolate shake,

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GTB chose to indulge in a french fry.

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Later, Ellie and GTB enjoyed the beautiful weather on a bench in the hip Knox-Henderson district.

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Of course, no visit would be complete without stopping at the town’s premiere toystore, which GTB discovered to be Froggies 5 & 10.

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The toystore was not to be outdone, however, by the incredible Fort Worth zoo.  It was the perfect fall day for watching lions and tigers and bears…

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(baby Halle lovin’ life)

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GTB enjoyed his time in Dallas/Fort Worth so much, he decided to visit again a week later.  This time GTB had the added pleasure of running into OTown’s old roommates, Mehgan and Katie, and friends Al, Wyatt, Rory, and Jason (Jason was a new friend, but since he’s engaged to Katie, GTB definitely counts him among good buddies).

Seen here in the arts district.  Mehgan enjoyed her coffee while GTB settled for a bottle.

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At Katie’s apartment sporting the new polo Mehgan gave him:

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Al and Wyatt giving GTB lessons in weirdness.  GTB didn’t quite catch on:

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OTown, Mehgan, and Katie…dorky as usual:

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Way to be prepared Al:

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Al schooling GTB on the popped collar look:

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Christmas Time is Here

Every first Christmas requires a first trip to see Santa, and the Collins and the Engstroms had a great time introducing Reece and GTB to the big guy.  

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The boys dreamed and plotted about what they would ask Santa for…empty cardboard boxes topped their lists!

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In his 26 years, Toodus has never missed a year of seeing Santa…..brownnoser….

A first Christmas also means a first candy cane, and GTB already figured out how to get a candy cane off the tree, break it open, and enjoy the sweet delicacy of this tasty Christmas treat.  Lucky kid.

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