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Happy Fathers' Day to all of my fellow fathers out there. :-)

This will be a strange one for me. It's the first without my grandfather. I miss him.

My father passed away 11 years ago last weekend, so this is pretty much a solo holiday now. It's kind of weird to not have to make any phone calls.

Our plans involve eating pancakes, watching DVDs, and packing for the next couple of days of hospital/airport shenanigans.
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I'm writing this during our last lull for the next few days. We'll soon be with my family, and then Chicago TARDIS unofficially starts with the arrival at our house of the Mad Norwegian and [livejournal.com profile] christapolis. The action won't stop until we collapse here on Sunday night.

As always, I have a lot to be thankful for this year:

1- My grandfather made it to his 86th birthday this week. He's not doing well, but we should get at least one more holiday season with him.

2- Lynne's career is amazing. Two books! 40 SF/F authors already archiving at NIU (30 more on the way)! She's unstoppable. *g* I'm so proud of my wife.

3- Our house hasn't fallen to the ground.

4- I'm a better writer than I was a year ago. I started sending out short stories in January, and I've received six personalized rejections so far (one talked about how the editor almost accepted the story). I'm not there yet, but I'm getting closer.

5- Caitlin is thriving. She's never been healthier and happier (9 months seizure free). She's reading, doing math, and making friends in her first grade class.

6- We have the best friends and family in the world. We couldn't do it without all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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We've been stuck in the house for days. After two days of Arctic temps, we've had two days of snow. Everybody says the roads are awful. Still, we are going to venture out. It's that or insanity. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne just left to pick up some last-minute gifts. If she thinks the roads are safe enough, the whole family will make a trip out for lunch with friends.

Not much else is going on around here as we wait for Santa. Caitlin received some Hannah Montana gifts from her Speech Therapist. They included the Hannah Montana dress-up wig and the make-up bust. There are pictures of my daughter as Hannah. Cute and disturbing.

I also scanned a bunch of Lynne's high school photos. They're up on Facebook. That alone is a reason to join.
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If you would like to receive a holiday card from the Thomas family, please message [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne or me with your address.

Thanks!
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Things I'm thankful for this year:

1- A healthy, thriving daughter.
2- My amazing, wonderful wife.
3- Great friends and a loving family.
4- A comfortable home.
5- Finally writing a novel.

I hope that everybody has a wonderful holiday.
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"Anthem for Doomed Youth"

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

-Wilfred Owen
(1893-1918)
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Happy Halloween! A blessed Samhain!

Caitlin’s cold continues to be bothersome. This morning had more vomiting with the occasional bouts of crying. Caitlin got better as the day continued, culminating with a pedie appointment. It was supposed to be her five-year check-up, but it became a chance to make sure that it was just a cold. All considering it went well, and Caitlin now has some new influenza vaccine in her body.

Otherwise, it was an uneventful day. I cobbled out some more writing while Cait watched Dora. Many children came to our door and left with candy. Caitlin didn’t go out, but she did get to dress up as Hermione Granger. Her friend Nora also visited dressed as a fireperson. We finished the evening by watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

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