highlights from today (won't recap everything because it has been a pretty long day, and I just don't have it in me to write a ton) include:
nice weather (during the day, it's gotten somewhat chilly now that it's night)
being #7 on Silas's list of Ten Things he is thankful for.
deliciously cooked turkey
being able to sleep in until 8 (after having gotten up at 2 to feed the cats)
listening to some of Downward Spiral from Nine Inch Nail (aka "Christmas music")
watching old videos of Silas as a tiny baby, and Irina singing when she was very young
hearing some great "kid" jokes ("Why do monkeys eat bananas?" "Because bananas are not afraid.", "What do you call a tiger with glasses?" "A scientist tiger.", "What do you call a dog that can walk?" "A human.")
all in all, it's been a pretty good day.