It was enjoyable to see everyone together, even for a short time. Melinda and I will be in Seattle for Christmas but not Thanksgiving, and Phil and family won't make it up again until at least next year. Melinda and I enjoyed playing with our niece and nephew, who are both now old enough to use quite a bit of imagination in their play (those LEGO mini-figurines had many brief adventures this weekend). We shared a condo with Mom and Dad and had plenty of space. Curious that the condo had one bedroom but two bathrooms -- just the arrangement we needed.
During all the down time of the weekend, including the car ride between Portland airport and Long Beach, Melinda worked on her thesis and defense presentation, which is coming up in just over a day. Her family is in from out of town for the event; it's the culmination of many years of effort.