It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here, with Thanksgiving becoming a very fond memory. Allison, Carter and I spent the majority of the week back home in Iowa City and I was really looking forward to having most of my family together for the first time in a while — Carter was even going to meet an uncle, aunt and cousin that he hadn’t yet met, and was really excited about it.

On Wednesday, after everyone had arrived, we all spent some time at my brother’s new house. This time was spent lounging around and catching up with everyone, while the kids ran around chasing each other. At some point, we realized this was the first time we had all the cousins together since Carter was born, and used the opportunity to take some fun pictures. We had them all line up from youngest to oldest and were able to get the younger ones to stand still long enough to take a couple good photos.


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The next morning, Thanksgiving day, Allison and I helped my mom make some food before everyone came over. Before we all sat down for lunch, we took a couple more photos of the cousins and the entire family trying to scrunch together in the living room. Once lunch started, it didn’t take long before we were all stuffed and the rest of the day consisted of napping, watching football, playing cards, and a few more photos.

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We were all sad to see the day end, since my brother and his family were flying back home very early Friday morning. With one last goodbye, it was pretty clear that Carter enjoyed spending time with his “new” Uncle Vic, and we were really happy to see them too. Carter has already been asking when we can see them again, and I’m hoping it’s in the not too distant future.



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