"Mom! There were Flames. It was on Fire!"

I've discovered a tasty new snack.  I decided to take a picture but my comrades at the table critiqued my arrangement.  This is what they came up with.

We had a glorious afternoon.

My perler beads play a quiet but important role in occupying children.

Bradley made a Pokemon ball on Friday, and his little cousin Ben was very interested.  My heart melted when Nate made one for Ben this afternoon.

I am told this picture happened when I ran downstairs to get ice cream.  I have no explanation except to guess that Papa Ben was involved.

After dessert, we decided to play Mexican Train.  Nate agonised over which train to choose.

I'm not sure why I found this so entertaining, but these pictures were not posed.  He finally narrowed his choice down to two.  Ultimately he chose a train from his discard pile.

Julia needed just a little bit of help.

All eight of us played several rounds together.  I love playing Mexican Train as much as I love winning, which was actually good today.

I was the yellow train this afternoon.  Again, it's good I enjoy playing.

Carolyn won the first round.  A winner's dance is required.

Dave was quite pleased to win the second round.

He would not dance, but he did grin.

Carolyn won the third round.

This was my hand when she pushed the button.

But guess who won the fourth round?  Yes, it was me!  Just so you know, Melanie gave us dancing tips after we finished.  And Julia took this picture.

Carolyn made a memory game for me as a Christmas gift.  We played it this afternoon.

We had more fun looking at the tiles than we did playing.  Well, mostly.  This was very, very fun because we love so many people.

My matches, interestingly, included three of Jeff's kids.  Precious, but not enough to win.

Ben's matches.

Dave's matches.  Of course you realize that every time someone turned over a new tile, we all had to stop and admire the picture.

These were the winner's matches.  Yes, Carolyn had a good afternoon.

Carolyn also gave us two puzzles for Christmas, which we put together today.

I love reminiscing about last summer's reunion.

Julia challenged me with my animal tiles.

More perler beads.

A family of quail lives in our yard.  Dave spied them through the window.  I captured this picture and then went outside and accidentally scared them all back into the bushes.

When they came out again, Dave called me.  I was delighted to see the chicks.

Dave opened the window for me, and my camera focused!

In the meantime, Julia finished her new little friend.

A lot of Star Trek happens around here.  This delights me to no end.

An opportunity to test the sport setting on my camera happened.

After these two played, Jacob creamed me.

Our pool game ended when David determined that it was cool enough to go on a walk.  We came up the stairs only to see rain pouring down.  We decided to eat leftovers.  On the deck. In the rain. Except we pretty much stayed dry.

Melanie had watched Corinne grill mushrooms a few nights ago.  Imitation is the purest form of flattery.



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