I didn’t perform quite as well as I’d hoped. No pictures from the road. Though there is an exit off I-20 in Mississippi for (no joke) Chunky. Sadly, we did not stop at the thriving metropolis of Chunky, Mississippi. Maybe another day. Eric put the camera in a bag in the trunk and by the time I saw the Chunky sign it was too late to stop and get it out. During the drive, we listened to I Am Legend and enjoyed it quite a lot. We recommend it, though we think at times the audio version was a little too much. Stick to the actual book.
Once we reached Texas, we settled in for a few days of family, fun, and relaxation. We brought our Wii. And yet somehow we again got no pictures of Wii fun. Normally, we will sit around doing whatever for a lot of the holidays. But thanks to the Wii, we spent most of our time playing. I’d hoped that Eric and I would come in with an advantage since we’ve played the Wii about three times since we got it. Eric is still the champ at tennis. However, my bowling supremacy was slaughtered by the end of the break. Dad, Spencer, and Sarah all beat my score. Shameful. It seems the only thing left that I’m best at is hitting spares. I kill at spares. Andrea surprised us all by knocking out everyone in boxing. I was not present to document the boxing match between Mom and Dad and I think the world is worse off for it.
The cook-off was quite an event.
Here Eric grates cheese for my soon-to-be-cooked grougeres–aka cheese puffs. He did an excellent job, as evident by the bowl full of grated cheese.
Observe Sarah putting together her puff pastry full of apples, brie and general deliciousness. Andrea and Spencer contributed some interesting mini-paninis with pear, cheese, onion and sage.
All wonderful, but all rather heavy. We should have thought about it in advance instead of keeping it secret. Next year.
Another family tradition is the annual game of Nutsy on Christmas Eve or thereabouts. Tradition requires that I win said game. This year tradition held out and I miraculously pulled ahead to win. The dog does not like it when we play cards. Especially Nutsy, which is a vicious and fast game that requires a lot of movement. He would growl when we put cards down.
Here the dog stays close to Philip and tries his hand at cards. Eric did very well for his first time. He finished solidly in the middle of our pack of 8.
We ate quite well for Christmas dinner. But we also squeezed in some good Texas food. Breakfast tacos. Lunch at the Drafthouse with a movie. And lunch at Chuy’s with my old friends Allison and Ben. There exists somewhere a picture of all the food we ordered piled on the table. I am hoping Ben will send us a copy for posting so you can see it in all its glory. We also met up with my old high school friend Karl and his wife Amy with baby Reese. I, again, forgot the camera, and thus missed prime baby-picture opportunities. I am going to have to work on this blogging thing.
We had a rough drive home, Eric didn’t feel well, so we were glad to make it back in one piece. New Years Eve was a quiet one at home. But it was an exciting night for the family. Congratulations to Lee and Elycia on their engagement. Yet another wedding for the Severson clan on the way. We’re very happy for you two and excited to hear about your plans.