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Thanksgiving 2009
 
 
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With his new locomotor skills, we finally had a chance to see what Eliot wanted from his world.
 
He was becoming his own independent little person.
 
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He was getting the hang of
 
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the
 
swing.
 
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At nine months old it was time for
 
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his first Thanksgiving.
 
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So we loaded up the car to head to my folks house.
 
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To make the 10hr trip not so long for Eliot, we stopped at a hotel. Our previous trip to my folks house, we stopped at a cheap hotel and Ilaria found fleas on Eliot the next day. So starting this trip, we upgraded our minimal level of hotel quality to Hampton Inn.
 
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We slept well together in the big bed.
 
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Ilaria fed Eliot a
 
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tasty breakfast.
 
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And we headed to see Ellie, Gray, Gran, Pawpaw, and Aunt Retse.
 
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The cousins were happy to
 
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play together.
 
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Especially, because last time they met Eliot was less than 3 months old and
 
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couldn't do
 
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too much.
 
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It was nice to be
 
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warm for Thanksgiving.
 
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We put the tree up together.
 
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Eliot helped Aunt Retse.
 
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The next day we opened presents!!!
 
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Eliot didn't really have the hang of it yet.
 
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But his cousins
 
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were present opening experts.
 
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And I'm sure over time,
 
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they'll show him the ropes.
 
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Eliot got a basketball, baseball, football toy from Gran and Pawpaw.
 
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Yeah!
 
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Ellie and Gray with their iPods and Eliot with his new dog.
 
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Eliot made some artwork.
 
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Gran was happy to have all of the grandkids together.
 
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Back home with our dirty kid, it was time for new teeth,
 
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which he used to
 
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take his first bite out of an
 
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apple.
 
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Time to rest up for the Christmas trip to Italy.