This weekend my dad and step mom came over for dinner to celebrate Christmas since we were gone for so long over the holidays. We had a great time, and after dinner and presents Bryan challenged my dad to a bowling match on the Wii. Turns out my dad and step mom are both extremely competitive – my dad in the playing, and my step mom in the commentary, as in “David, you have to throw the ball harder to get a strike!”
After the umpteenth “old man” reference Bryan made about my dad, I mentioned he might want to lay off the old man jokes.
His response? “When a man comes into my own house and beats me at my own game, he’s gonna get some smack talk.”
There was also a reference to bringing a cup.
For dessert I made an apple pie – my first ever! And not only was it my first apple pie, but I picked the apples from the tree myself (along with friends – who actually did the picking, not me, but you get the idea), made a batch of apple pie filling, and canned several jars. Wow! What a homemaker I am. It was delish, and I highly recommend the Better Homes and Gardens Canning and Preserving book, where the canning recipe came from.
Here are some pictures from the big canning event in early October:
2 thoughts on “American Traditions: Christmas, apple pie, and… the Wii?”
Wow…very impressive…canning! I would like to try that at some point because I remember my mom doing it when we lived on Whidbey in the late ’70’s but I have a feeling it would end up being like my excursion into jewelry making, sewing, painting, tap dancing…umm…all those things I start because of my ADD and then never finish because I lose interest.
By the way…I read some of the discussion on Juno and found it interesting. I realize some people thought the ending was tied up too nicely but I honestly didn’t feel that way. I think there was evidence that Bleeker and Juno knew it wasn’t going to be easy but they were willing to risk it. I think that type of ending it hopeful without being smaltzy. I felt that way about the end of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” too.
Also, saw your entries for Dad tees. I had some much more vulgar ones than I posted but I thought I’d try to stay within some sort of boundary. 🙂
That discussion board consists largely of professional Christian film critics (and wannabe’s) who take the term “critic” very seriously – one of the reasons I only pop in there once or twice a year.
As for the t-shirt contest, I’m SO going to win for one of my suggestions.
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