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Sunday, November 29, 2009
We had an absolutely wonderful trip to Big Bend National Park over Thanksgiving.


We had lots of fun and made lots of memories.

The pictures of our trip are separated for the 3 segments of our trip: our stay in Kerrville, the adventure in Big Bend, and our stop in San Antonio on the way home. You can see all the great pictures of our trip here.

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Monday, November 26, 2007
Thanksgiving in Louisiana was great... well, up until the very end when I got sick. But other than that, it was great.

We got to spend time with both sides of our family. I even had some time to get together with some old friends.

It was great seeing all of you, and we look forward to seeing you again. We really are blessed to have such a wonderful family and so many caring friends, and we are very thankful for that.

Pictures are here. I will add more to the folder as I get access to all the pictures that everyone else took.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006
Thanksgiving was quite a treat this year. We stayed at a lodge on Toledo Bend and had lots of fun playing with the kids, fishing, eating, and enjoying the amazing scenery.

Neo had a great time playing with his cousins. It was great to see the boys all together again. Kyle is adorable and it won't be long now before he is running around with the boys as well.

Thanks to everyone for helping out with expenses, food, and organization. It really was a treat for us.

Pictures and one movie are here. The pictures Neo took are here. My personal favorites are the "holy tree", the "boys in the cabinet", and "passing the torch".

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Saturday, November 26, 2005
I am willing to bet that most people had a pretty good Thanksgiving.

But I am also willing to bet that our Thanksgiving was, quite possibly, the best Thanksgiving ever.

First of all, no one on the planet is more blessed than I am. I have the most beautful wife in the world. I have a wonderful, loving son. I have a great family. I have a great job. I work with great people. My family is healthy. What more could a person want?

Well, on top of all that, God decided to bless our family with the ultimate Thanksgiving weekend.

We went to a small fishing cabin in the small town of New Ulm, Texas which is just outside of Houston on the way to Austin. The trip was great. We took our time packing and getting on the road. Once we got there, we unpacked and Neo and I immediately got in one of the aluminum boats to tour the pond. Not long after did some cows come to investigate (and drink).

We had a great picnic outside that afternoon. The next morning, I started casting early for bass. I had 3 hits, but was only able to land 1. It was alot of fun and Neo enjoyed seeing a "bigger" fish. After that, we took out the coleman stove and cooked a great breakfast outside, including some good Richard's sausage and fried eggs. After our big breakfast, mom took a nap and Neo and I fished for quite a few hours. Neo managed to catch 5 fish, and 4 of them were completely on his own. He was even throwing the line out himself before the day was over.

That afternoon, we went and fed the horses. That was really awesome. We got dressed and went out for a nice dinner in the town of "Round Top" Texas. We ate at the "Round Top Cafe" and had a wonderful meal. Christian had the pork tenderloin and I had a "shrimp and vegetable stuffed boneless quail, wrapped in bacon, and grilled in a butter sauce". Wow. The specialty at this place was their pies. We each had a slice of pie for dessert. They came with a scoop of blue bell homemade vanilla ice-cream on top (in fact, the menu said that all pie came with a scoop of BBHV, and that it would cost $0.50 extra to NOT have ice-cream on top). Needless to say, it was very good.

Sat morning, we had a light breakfast and packed up. Before we left, we fed the horses out of the truck which was very fun. We went back to Round Top to antique shop and eat lunch.

On our way home, we stopped off at the Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham, TX. They only offer tours during the week, but we thought we would stop in and get a scoop of ice-cream in their store. The people inside weren't very courteous at all, and didn't hesitate to kick us out immediately at closing time (which was 4:00 PM!). We won't be going back there to catch the "tour". I would boycott their ice-cream, but it's just too damn good.

Well, now you can see how truly blessed we are. We already had so much, and now we had a wonderful trip behind us. Sometimes I don't know how to say "thank you" to God for such abundant blessings. I figure the best thing I can do is enjoy them and not waste them.

All of the pics (and 1 video) are here.

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Saturday, December 04, 2004
The pictures from the Graffagnino Thanksgiving in Opelousas, as well as pictures from eating crawfish in Baton Rouge, are now on the website (thanks Vince). Check them out here when you get a chance (scroll to the bottom).

Also, we should start discussing Christmas plans. I have heard discussion of having Christmas in Houston, but before we commit, we should look at who can make it, sleeping arrangments, dates when people will arrive/depart, etc. Let's get some posts going in the forum.

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Monday, November 29, 2004
What a wonderful Thanksgiving! We got to visit with everyone on both sides of the family. An awesome Thanksgiving feast with the Bergeron family, bowling with Kameron and Neo, eating boiled crawfish at Camile's in Baton Rouge with the Graffagnino family, and going to the children's museum in Lafayette with Neo and Mr. Troy were some of the highlights. All of the pictures can be found here.

If people have other pictures, please send them to me at frankie@graffagnino.net. If you have too many to email, let me know and I can arrange another delivery method.

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