On Sunday, January 11th, Ron & I, Karen & Jim Murphy, and Claudia & Dirk Smith went to my folks’ house for brunch, and it turned into a full day of FUN! First we met about 9:30am and made breakfast (eggs, hashbrowns, sausage, biscuits, and OJ with champagne). It was such a nice day, we were even able to eat out on the patio! Gotta love that!
Following breakfast, the girls began a fun game of FARKLE at the patio table while the boys gathered in the den to watch football. Have any of you ever played FARKLE? It’s actually pretty fun! FARKLE (sometimes spelled FARKEL) is a dice game where each player rolls the dice and accumulates points for various combinations. You can also LOSE points depending on what you roll. Very fun, but VERY competitive too!
Later, the girls played SCRUPLES (a fantastic game of ethical and moral questions…you tend to learn a lot about one another with that game!) while sitting around the fire pit. Occasionally, the boys would join us during the commercial breaks. When the football game(s) finally ended, it was time to eat again. It was getting a bit chilly by this point, and my mom had prepared a great spread of sandwiches and salads. so we all went inside to eat and to begin making our lists for the “burning.”
What’s a “burning” you ask? Okay, well, first of all it’s not as weird as it sounds. We decided to do a “burning” to help bring in the new year on a positive note. All it means is that we wrote down on little pieces of paper anything negative that we felt like we were carrying around (specific fears, anger, crap that happened in 2008, etc.) and then we gathered outside by the fire pit and burned the pieces of paper in order to “get rid” of it all. You know, a kind of a symbolic way to start 2009 with a completely fresh slate. Corny, I know…but it felt good nonetheless.
We completed the evening with a dip in the Jacuzzi and then back around the fire pit for big mugs of Hot Chocolate with whipped cream on top. What a wonderful day…thanks mom and dad for hosting such a terrific monthly get-together (Uh, oh…I just realized next month it’s supposed to be at OUR house…not sure how we’re ever gonna compete with this one!). :) Love you guys!
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