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Christmas Day with the Smiths!

Hello Chroniclers!

As we emerge from the haze that was the holiday season, we would like to take the time to catch up on a small portion of how the holidays went for us!

Kicking off the holiday season, we made our way to Fort Worth for family photos. Even though packing up the kids and making a five hour car ride may not be the most fun in the world, it is always fun to spend whatever time we can with our family!

This year Duke was in a Christmas program with his school. His first experience on stage was… interesting. We had been warned that he had not participated in the singing and there was a 50/50 chance that he would run off the stage.


Notice Duke is being ‘helped’ to stay in place

Well, there was no stage diving, but it was funny to see this line of kids kind of singing and Duke walking around behind them. Eventually, one of the teachers ‘helped’ him with his routine. Let’s just say that Duke has never been terribly interested in conforming to societal norms.

For Christmas, G-Pa came down with the boys’ cousin. There is nothing like the joy of a kid on Christmas morning!

They enjoyed opening their presents and the requisite bickering that accompanies wanting to play with the toys that belong to someone else! What’s that? There’s six Paw Patrol puppies and somehow you both want the same one at the same time? Of course, you do…

Libby’s brother’s family and more cousins came down after New Years. They live in Colorado, so it’s always exciting when they come down. As close as we were growing up to our cousins, it’s so cool for us to see the boys interacting and having fun.


Short and sweet update, I know, but it’s all part of our effort to make the updates a bit more frequent!

Hope you had a good holiday season!

Derek, Libby, Duke and Earl