Saturday, December 04, 2010
One of my December Resolutions is to spend one hour with family members every day. No TV, no cell phones, no video games. Just spending time doing things together.
Last night the grands spent the night with us. We picked them up from the school bus and took them to see Megamind. Then we went to dinner and came home and read books before bedtime.
This morning we got up and made pancakes for breakfast then turned on the Christmas music and started decorating our Christmas tree. Today was Home Depot day, so we went and they made frames to give the great grand parents for Christmas. Then we came home and finished the tree, packed a picnic and went to the park for lunch. After lunch we took the boys home so we could all get some rest.
It was a good day.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Friday night was the regular night for the grands to spend the night. We had a great time playing with Thomas the Tank Engine, reading books, and watching old cartoons on the computer. Saturday morning was Kids Workshop at Home Depot. They each made a spice rack for Thanksgiving.
After lunch we took them home, loaded the camper for our nights adventure, and tried to get a little nap.
Saturday was the 3rd annual running of the Pinhoti 100 Ultramarathon Trail Run.
Imagine running 100 miles through the woods in freezing weather. Don't know why anyone would want to do it, but they do. DH and I have worked Aid Station #17 (mile 89.63) every year (seems not everyone can stay up all night). We had to be set up by 7:15 Saturday night and our cut off is 8:43 Sunday morning.
We took our camper (I gotta have some comfort, and we needed the generator) and put the solid sides on the Easy-up with a propane heater inside. We also built a small campfire to help keep warm and to welcome the runners to the station. It was a nice chilly evening (down to 27) and we had a hard time keeping everything from freezing. The chicken noodle soup and hot chocolate were popular with the runners.
Our first runner came through about 11, next one about midnight. Slowly they trickled through and as the sun came up we started seeing more of them. Most of the runners have a crew that come to the stations to cheer on their runners. It is always nice to chat with them. Some of the crew are also runners who are helping out friends.
About 9 the sweepers came through and let us know the course was clear and we could pack up and head home. We shared our home made oatmeal cookies with them, the packed it in, took our paperwork to the finish line, went home, ate some cereal, and got in bed about 11. Woke up at 5, cleaned out the camper, ate dinner, soaked in a nice warm tub, and went back to bed. I can only imagine how tired the runners were.
Even though we were frozen and worn out, we will be back to do it again next year.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Once again it is family reunion time. We started this 4 years ago so MIL could get most of her family together once a year. Even though she is no longer with us, DH decided to have it again this year so we got together last Saturday. There were several members who couldn't make it, but those of us who did had a great time.
DH smoked 2 Boston Butts and 2 turkey breasts, made baked beans, blue berry pie, black berry pie, and banana pudding. I fixed corn, field peas, broccoli salad, pistachio salad, corn bread, oatmeal cookies, banana bread muffins, and pound cake. Others brought green bean casserole, hash brown casserole, potato salad, chili, eggplant lasagna, turtle cake, chocolate chip cookies, and pecan pie tarts. We all age way too much, but it was all good.
Here is our group this year.
We were able to set up tables on the new deck.
Some of us ate inside.
Some just had to take a nap.
And there were plenty of games.
I wish the lake had some water so we could have taken the canoe out, but it is what it is.
Plans are already in the making for next year's get together.
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