Sunday, April 24, 2011
Welcome to Our Family Circus
So Saturday night, we all gathered at the farm. I made Andy's two favorite things - circus cake and deviled eggs. Once I made a huge platter of deviled eggs for some family gathering and he met me in the driveway. Those eggs never even made it into the house. So I made 36 deviled eggs - and they all got eaten (but we did get some too!).
As I drove up, I heard guns going off. I really don't remember this being such a big deal as I grew up, but I suppose that with two brothers and a nephew with military backgrounds and Jerry doing his sometimes-dangerous towing business and my dad fending off foxes and coyotes to keep his chickens safe, it was inevitable that guns would become a part of regular family dinners. Oh, and add to that John is dating a cop, so SHE was out there shooting too! ZBoy isn't interested (yet). His hearing is still so sensitive that even up at the house, he covered his ears when the shooting started up on the back 20.
Because of my Lenten dietary restrictions, Mom had to get creative. The menu consisted of ham, sweet potatoes, and braised brussell sprouts. Angi helped with the cooking (something I don't do well). I think Mom's thrilled to have someone to help with that end of dinner. I usually do the washing up. Since they don't have a working dishwasher, everything has to be washed by hand. It's time consuming but to me, it's better than helping on the cooking end.
With dinner consumed and circus cake (and a trifle that Angi made) were finished, Darling Man took our boy and went home. Everyone else retired to the family room to chat, and I started washing. By the time I got the first load of dishes done, John and Lynn came out to dry and put away. It certainly made things go faster and may have been the first time I've had help out there (thanks, you guys!).
We are so happy to have Angi in our family! Andy is so much happier as a married man - he just had to find the right woman for him. Looks like he has!