Have I mentioned how much I love my sisters? They are the most fun I could ever have with a group of women. We had the best time this weekend: there were no arguments at all. Here's how the weekend went:
Friday: We got to the condo, unpacked, and went to WalMart for groceries. Then, we went to the Apple Barn Shops to shop. We usually go on Sunday after we eat breakfast, but by then we're usually tired so we don't get the full shopping experience. They have a wonderful Christmas Shop that has the neatest ornaments you could imagine. So, after that, we went back to the condo and enjoyed each others' company. Two of my sisters made dinner (fresh apple pie from the Apple Barn for dessert...YUM!), then we watched "Valentine's Day".
Saturday morning: Breakfast, coffee, and enjoying some early morning views:
Then we hit the stores. Most of us just go our separate ways, but usually end up in the same store. It's a blast seeing what everybody bought, and how similar our tastes are. Here we are at the end of the 1st shopping excursion:
Waiting for the last person to get to the car:
Photo op while we were waiting:
Yeah, we got kinda bored!
Some of 'em couldn't wait until we got back to the condo to see the purchases.
Y'all have heard the expression "When pigs fly", right?
After the 1st excursion, we went to a strip mall that has Books-A-Million and some other stores, but we had to eat lunch first. And, the UT ballgame was on, so we just happened to pick a place that had about a million tvs.
I do think that we got a few looks: 2 tables of women who are cheering (and a little bit of yelling...only a little bit...we were in public, you know!) for the Big Orange. But, we had to leave the game...more shopping was in order. Then, we headed back to the condo. One of my sisters plans and cooks an amazing meal for us for Saturday night. And, one of my sisters-in-law and myself pretend to help. There was more football watching, although one of my sisters must've been adopted...she doesn't care to watch football games. (I'm not sure what my other sister was doing in the picture. I think this was after the UT game was over.)
And, I know for sure these were taken after the UT game:
Has anybody ever heard of this wine? It's pretty
cheap inexpensive, but it was actually pretty good.
The corks have different sayings. This was the cork in the bottle:
And the back of the bottle.
$7 well spent, no?
Here's the table Saturday night: Ratatouille, salad,and Polenta. Very good!
My contribution to the dinner: Easy Tiramisu:We had to make some modifications. We couldn't find Lady Fingers at the Wally World, so we used pound cake instead. And,since I had enjoyed the Mad Housewife, I didn't read the recipe the whole way through so we didn't have some pound cake for the top. Crushed Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes drizzled with Kahlua worked out very well!
Then, after our food settled, some were brave enough to play a game. It was Bananarama or something like that. One of my SILs & I sat on the couch watching a football game; we kept hearing "Dump" & "Peel". Whatever. And apparently it took my mom a while to get the hang of it, and apparently my sister sitting next to my mom (in the dark shirt) is a genius at getting away with stuff, because I also kept hearing, "How do you only have a few when we have a bunch?" Ummm, yeah. If I can't win, I don't want to play!
We were able to talk to our little 17 month old grand-niece (who lives in Arizona) for the first time through Skype. What a cutie! Each one of us got to talk to her for a couple of minutes, but by the time the last one or 2 had their turn, she was pretty much over it! And, since one of my sisters and one of my SILs have the same first name, I'm sure she was really, really confused! Welcome to the family!
Sunday morning: Time to pack up. This is always a sad time, but I think if we spent anymore time together, claws would've come out! (ha, ha!) My SIL (in the green shirt with her back to the camera) is the bomb at packing a car.
Here's my "little" SIL in her cute little bug, waiting for us to go eat breakfast.
We were pretty glad it waited until Sunday morning to rain!
Van's all packed up! She just had to hold some stuff in while she shut the door!
We ate breakfast at our traditional place:
And we even got "our table"!
I have a confession about this next picture. This was actually the 4th take on the picture. I didn't like myself in the first one, in the second one mom was talking, in the third one my sister had her lips pursed, and this is the 4th one. When my mom saw it, she told me I had my mouth open. My response: "My mouth is always open!" So, here you have it!
We had such an awesome weekend this year. And, Monday morning it was back to reality. The good thing: this year it's time for us to be with our family for Thanksgiving, so most of us will be together in a few weeks. That will be a whole different gripe post in a few weeks...I hosted the big Thanksgiving 2 years ago, and, like a dummy, offered to do it again. The good thing is that I have wonderful sisters who come early and help set up (so, if you're reading this, it's expected again this year!). But that's for another day and another post!
Hope everyone's weekend was at least half as wonderful as mine!