Well, the drive up to Father Dick's was harrowing. We took back roads all the way and I expected it to take much longer than it did. Surprisingly, a typical highway drive is 2 hours and it took us 2.5 hours in snow and sleet going the back roads. Yeah us!
What ensued was fairly typical. Chili and pizza burgers, followed by a sauntering down to the local watering holes (a town of 78 has not one but TWO bars) and a little pull tabbing. No money to be had this year. Back to the rectory (or as my son calls it, the wrecktomy) for a venison fry. At that point, midnight, I felt like I had been up forever. In mom-time, it was close.
The morning brought coffee, church, breakfast and me, firmly cocooning myself into the rectory/church basement. I was NOT THE LEAST bit interested in going outside for the temperature was FRIGID! My oldest daughter however did manage to scavenger hunt her way to a $20 cash prize. Then my husband found the jackass wining him the big money prize of the weekend...$100. Whoot!
As we were waiting for the turkey to finish cooking, we played several rounds of bingo.
Father calling bingo:
Playing sit down bingo...other wise known as LOSER* bingo:
My baby and her cousin playing bingo:
When bingo was over, we got our family picture. My middle daughter stood on the counter to get the whole fam damily:
We ate...and ate...and ate...and had dessert...and ate some more.
Then, there was a sight to behold. The "boys" doing the dishes.
Or maybe not. Maybe my ONE nephew was doing the dishes, while his uncle and they boy...er, uh, played "snap the dishtowel". They actually made the little kids run a gauntlet:
Due to the temperature, the hay ride was canceled (did you hear the whoops of joy?) so we ended up in Sauk Center, touring one of Father's old churches that was built in the early 1900s in a baroque style (and since someone had to do the...if it's not baroque, don't fix it joke, I did the honors), followed by a trip to the local meat market were we left with a full strip loin, cut into steaks.
After a stop for lunch, we made it home mid afternoon, got unpacked and relaxed.
Saturday we went and go our tree and my husband put it up. I wasn't up to doing the full house so it's been a gradual process. The tree went up on Saturday and we brought it in to warm up. I put the lights on the tree on Sunday and the kids decorated it on Monday. The only thing left to do is to put the candy canes, peppermint only please, on the tree. Wanna see?
So, today, I got the house decorated. The only thing I have left to do is strip a string of lights off my pencil tree (artificial....the one I put in the corner of our living room) since the whole middle section is out, and replace them and get that tree up.
Then, all that's left for me to do is to bake my cookies, finish writing my Christmas letter, order my Christmas cards, write out my list, buy all the Christmas presents, wrap them, send those that need to be sent, plan Christmas dinner, attend choir concerts, dance competitions and basketball games. Nothing out of the ordinary...if your name is Martha.
Loser bingo*=last one standing who does NOT have a number that has been called on their card, wins.
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