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Mom’s Birthday

This past week my mom (Norene Bean) came down to San Antonio with three of my favorite aunts and my favorite sister for the best 60th birthday party you have ever seen. We had three jam-packed days with really great San Antonio-themed activities including the Alamo (of course), river boat/Segway tours, card games, chatting, and LOTS of really great food. We ended the week on a high note with a crawfish boil hosted by the wonderful AmyLyn and Michael Packard family.

Can you turn 60 each year mom?!

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Gruene, Texas

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Once we returned from our Christmas festivities, we decided to close out the year with a visit to Gruene, Texas (pronounced: Green). It’s this quaint Texas town located just north of us. It’s boasting rights are: a restaurant that overlooks the river with a yummy (and heavy) chicken fried steak, the cutest antique store, and a country store filled with all sorts of homemade jams, BBQ sauces, you-name-its. Last of all, they have a dance hall that plays live music and has been around long enough to house all the great country music legends. The creaky floor boards alone are a sign of its rich history! Overall, another wonderful date with the most handsome man in Texas.

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Thanksgiving in San Diego

This year we spent Thanksgiving in lovely San Diego. As a kid, you can wait to grow up and leave home. Then you become an adult and realize, all you want to do is be home again. Richard and I were fortunate that we had a full week to spend at the Collins home for Thanksgiving. It wouldn’t be a true visit home unless we went sailing with Captain Mike. It was racing day and we won the race! Racing in sailing isn’t quite like NASCAR, but it was still quite thrilling to pull ahead of the second place boat in the final few minutes. You’ll notice we even got to wear our Marilee Racing swag.

Our trip also included some yummy eats with a dinner out at Puesto and of course, Phil’s BBQ; but the best food of all had to be Thanksgiving dinner. My Mom, Erin and I cooked our hearts out and we had quite the Thanksgiving spread to show for it. As always, it was so wonderful to be home with family, eating delicious food and relaxing in such a beautiful area. We have so much to be grateful for!

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San Luis Obispo

A wonderful weekend in San Luis Obispo. I hope we can always stay close to the McKells and Nichols, some of our greatest friends.

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BYU Cougars’ Hail Mary against Nebraska!
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