Family Visit and Friday’s Fave Five

Wow, I don’t think I have ever been away from my blog for a whole week before! My step-father, two of my sisters, and one nephew from TX came for nearly a week-long visit and just left this morning. We had a great time with a balanced amount of just hanging out and talking and then going and doing some fun things. All of us except Jim, Jason, and Mittu, who had to work, drove a couple of hours to meet up with another sister, her significant other, a niece, and her daughter from SC in Asheville, NC. for  few hours yesterday, and one night we got together at a restaurant with an aunt and uncle from across town that we’d been trying to get together with for three years – we joked that it took family coming from TX to make it happen. We did a lot of talking, eating, and laughing all week.

This has been a whole week of highlights, here are five of them:

1. Visiting with extended family, of course. 🙂

2. Meeting my great-niece for the first time. She’s two and absolutely adorable.

3. Playing games. We had several rousing hands of Apples to Apples one night and Taboo another night.

4. Going to Jason and Mittu’s for dinner one night. She makes a wonderful easier and lighter version of Chicken Cordon Bleu that is one of my favorite dishes, had some neat egg salad bites for appetizers, and chocolate waffles with ice cream for dessert.

5. Dixie Stampede. A rootin’, tootin’, wild west revue type of show is not necessarily my favorite, but the whole experience  of a dinner show with the family was great fun. We had a fun, wonderful waiter. One of the food items you get is a whole small rotisserie chicken, and as he was serving those he was calling out, “Chicken nuggets!” I had seen on the web site that they don’t offer serving utensils as part of the experience, so I slipped some plastic ones in a plastic bag for us. When our waiter saw them, he said, “Cheater, cheater!” and when he was gathering up plates afterward joked about not wanting to touch the “contraband.” They serve one food item at a time (which works out well, because they serve a massive amount of food, and you’d never be able to eat it all at one time), and when he delivered the corn on the cob, he joked, “Try eating that with a fork!” They do give you a warm, wet cloth at the hand to wipe your hands.

All in all it was a great week! But I am officially giving myself the day off today, except for laundry, and I foresee a nap in my future since we got up with them at 4 a.m. to see them off. And I will try to catch up with you all throughout the day.

Linking up with Susanne‘s Friday’s Fave Fives today:

FFF daisies

13 thoughts on “Family Visit and Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Sounds like a fabulous week! So glad you had some great family time and fun. You may need to rest now. Ha.(At least that’s how I usually feel, even though I enjoy hanging out with my family too.)

  2. Barbara,

    I was just going to email you to see if something had happened related to your mother-in-law because I hadn’t heard from you for a few days. WHEW! Silly me – I should have remembered you mentioning having family visit. Glad to hear you had a great time! You have the most amazing daughter-in-law.

  3. Sounds like a fabulous week! We had a good visit with family, too (last weekend), but I forgot to mention it in my FFF since so much has happened since then.

    We’ve never been to Dixie Stampede, but I’ve wanted to take my children.

  4. Well fellow bloggers know you must have been quite busy not to be able to break away with a post. Sounds like a great alternative, though, being with people in the flesh!! Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. I was thinking the same as Ellen: it takes a lot of busy to keep a blogger away! Glad you had a wonderful time with family. It’s very important to take time to make memories with your loved ones.

    Thanks for the heads up about Dixie Stampede. I’d heard that you had to eat with your hands and so was dubious about going. What a steak of genius to bring your own forks. That’s what I will do the next time I get a chance to go.

  6. A very busy week but sounds like so much fun with your family.

    Chocolate waffles with ice cream sounds so yummy. I’ll have to look up a recipe.

    Hope you have a relaxing day with a good long nap! You deserve it!

  7. That sounds like a fun eating exerience. Made much more fun by the family to share it with. It must have been great to get to visit with all that family. We played Apples to Apples last week too.

  8. It’s such a blessing to have a good family visits (as, of course, there can be bad family visits!).

    A good waiter makes all the difference don’t they? Sounds like a fun evening for everyone.

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