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Pictures taken during December 2018

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The National Cathedral is a pretty neat building
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There's a space-themed stained-glass window!
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That dark thing in the center is an actual moon rock
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Carl hooked me up with the tickets, but hid from the camera
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The view from our original seats. We later found better ones
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Apollo 8 artifacts on display
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The Apollo 8 flight plan!
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Whoa, Moonrise signed by the entire Apollo 8 crew. That's incredible
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You can barely see my yellow bag near the left, that's where we originally sat
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My ticket! Black and white since it was just too blue
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Impressive building
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Hey it's that event we're at!
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National Cathedral, all in blue
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Tall ceilings
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What'd you call me?
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Neat architecture
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Columns
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Columns and arches everywhere you look
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Space!
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We found a side area that didn't have the best angle but was much closer to the speakers.
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The choir
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Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator
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It's Jim Lovell!! I haven't been this close since I met him as an 8 year old (or some time around then)
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Jim Lovell eventually had to stop the audience from applauding
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Lovell
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Jim Lovell is the only person to fly to the moon twice without walking on it
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Continuing to talk about the impact of Apollo 8 and of reading Genesis from lunar orbit on Christmas Day, 1968
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Pilot for Gemini VII, Command Pilot for Gemini XII, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 8, and Commander of Apollo 13
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It took some guts to be on the first flight to leave the Earth
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Apollo 8, which had no lunar module, had no lifeboat capability like that which later saved the crew of Apollo 13
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It was a real honor to see Lovell speak
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On his way out, Lovell walked within about a foot of me. If I didn't think it would get my friend in trouble, I would've reached out for a handshake. It was very tempting.
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It's the moon!
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Hi Dad!
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Dad's put a lot of work into practicing his stink-face
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Becky loves dinner with Dad
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Someone drew this on our menu at Grimsby's..
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Becky wonders why I'm taking her photo
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We found a cool license plate on the way back to Dad's house
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Dad's morning ritual: breakfast sandwiches at McDonalds. This really made me question my own breakfast sandwich habit..
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Dad's fastidious water usage notes. I tried to tell him that there exist systems to automate this and that he could graph it but he wasn't interested
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Me sitting on Wacko's roof
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Me and Becky some time in high school
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Wow, what is.. wow
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Dad out for a walk
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Well, this picture is almost identical to the last one, but I'm too lazy to go back and remove it
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Uncle Jimmy!
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Looking at some stuff in Uncle Jimmy's garage
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Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Nancy, and.. dog whose name I don't know
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Uncle Jimmy's mantle is made from wood from the actual USS Constitution
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I love their little loft area for TV
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Nice view of the Christmas tree from the loft
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Uncle Jimmy gave us a tour of his new town on the Cape
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Water
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Hi Dad
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We'll visit that bridge later
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Couple of brothers
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Uncle Jimmy points out landmarks. Dad is clearly engaged
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I hate these stone stacks. Just let nature do its thing
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Nice bench
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Hey it's that bridge from earlier
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Uncle Jimmy likes to point at stuff
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Neat radar stuff
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Showing Dad... I don't know
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Fishing line trashcan. Don't let it go in the water!
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Train tracks
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Dad's wondering when lunch is
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Hi Dad
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It was a good walk
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Mom loves her Christmas tree
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Pictures of pictures!
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It's a nice Christmas tree setup. First Christmas in Portland!
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Macaroni settles in for some table-lounging
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Oh no! Macaroni's lounging has been interrupted!
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How rude, Mom
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Macaroni settles on chewing wrapping paper
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Nick and Becky are ready to open presents
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I got Mom some chicken art! She loves that stuff!
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What'd Becky get?
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Becky love shirt
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Some sort of charm?
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More weird art blocks, haha
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Becky loves the mug I got her
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Though I don't think she'll bring it to work
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The sun glare tried to censor the mug
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Mom made Becky a unicorn!
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What to name it??
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Mom joins the latest cooking trend sweeping the nation
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InstantPot!!
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Maraconi loves Christmas cause there's so much apper
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Catch the paper!
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Becky had an issue with the Amazon order for some of my gifts.. so just gave me pictures, haha
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Mom got a massage thing from Becky
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Is it comfy?
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Shoulder massage!
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I hid a box for Becky in the hallway.. what could it be?
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It's the beach chairs she wanted!
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Yaaay, beach chair!
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Whoa, don't lounge too hard, Becky
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Becky is so excited for beach chairs
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We can't go right now
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You can wear it like a backpack and carry all you need for the day!
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I got Mom an illustration of Portland
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Mom's building is somewhere in here
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I didn't get to play with my yellow controllers that day, but they basically haven't left my Switch since they arrived! Love them!
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Mom's got a new hat
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And a backpack!
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Nice backpack
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Becky's got more stuff
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Ahhh!!
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It's.. some weird folding shoe that Becky was very excited about
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Becky loves folding shoes
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Holy crap! Mom got me an Apollo command module replica!
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This completes the set, along with Mercury and Gemini from previous years
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It's gorgeous. And gets lots of comments at work. Thanks, Mom!
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It's specifically Columbia, the CM from Apollo 11
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Becky has a side gig modeling vests
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Mom got me a photo printer so I immediately printed one of the photos from earlier that day
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Delicious
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Now that is a Christmas ham.
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This represents all the ships for WWII they built here
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Mom's excited to look at history stuff
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Names of people who worked on the ships
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Information about all the effort that went into supporting the war
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Funny little lighthouse
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But who is it for?
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Mom coming up to check out the lighthouse
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Boat
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Docks?
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Hey that's that same boat again!
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Pretty calm water
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These are some really intense binoculars
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What can you see, Mom?
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Santa's done giving out gifts
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So many mugs at this pubg!
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Cozy little pubg
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Let's try out the InstantPot!
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Mom looks so bewildered. Thanks for the fun visit!
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I didn't really get a good picture but while carrying the crockpot of meatballs, Dan managed to trip, break the lid, and cut his finger open. He saved the meatballs though
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Gathering in the kitchen
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Dan concentrates on meatballs
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Natalia prepares Irish Car Bombs for people
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Russ and Dan are ready
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Natalia is ready
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Aaaaand drop!
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This crew is clearly experienced at this
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Good meatballs!
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Katie guards the fridge
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Dan is now the meatball server
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Natalia seems excited
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Chris is just drinking normal Guinness
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Russ and Shawn
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Mike, Chris, and Michelle
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Someone's dog is here!
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Another round of Irish Car Bombs!
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I feel like I'd break a tooth if I tried this
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Me and Katie have to drive
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Oh god, the dog has a diaper on
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I'm not sure what Dan has there...
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The diaper dog is now a unicorn!!
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Danielle is ready to party
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Chris and Michelle don't need hats to party
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Neither does Natalia
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Hugs!
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Hello dog, your unicorn horn fell off
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Dog want treats!
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There's another Chris here!
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David got all dressed up for the a.i. holiday party
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If only David paid so much attention to other aspects of his life
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Fun and games in the echo room
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Joe likes things
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My car is covered in frost
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Watching the Cowboy Bebop movie at the Japanese Embassy! One of the cool things about living near DC
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Dan evaluates the new Smash Brothers. He was pleasantly surprised
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Board games with Katie and Dan at Tony's house!
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I just like to make the house as big as possible
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David and Tony
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This cat was so fluffy!
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This is what happens when you order stuff from Japan
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Original Haibane Renmei animation references!
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It's super cool. I should probably upload this to the OHBB so other Haibane fans can enjoy it
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This is the house I grew up in! Not the greatest photos since I just shot it handheld in James' car
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James and Rob love Chili's
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Beany made this face when she saw the camera and now she has to live with this photo existing
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Beany don't care
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I was such a concerned lion on Halloween
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Mom meets Santa!
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Macaroni giving off raptor vibes
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Hanging out before Christmas
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Becky don't care
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Wingardium Levimosa! Swish and flick
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Nick's ready for pizza
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Last photo of the year! Parked in my driveway right before midnight.
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