As I mentioned before, I spent the weekend at the Oregon Coast with my family. It’s been a busy week with a lot going on at work, but I wanted to blog about my family bonding experience before the details got fuzzy and left my head. I know I shared that we had good times together spiritually as a family, but I would like to focus on another form of family bonding. The silly kind!
There are lots of ways to bring a family closer together and I do believe a spoons tournament did it for our group. For those that don’t know, spoons is a card game kind of like musical chairs. The first person to get three cards of the same kind grabs a spoon. There is always one less spoon than players. Once the three of kind is achieved and the first spoon is grabbed, all the players dive at the spoons and hope to get one. The person who doesn’t get a spoon is out and you remove a spoon for the next round. This game can get a little violent and is very active. It was so funny to attack together over spoons just after we all prayed together! As predicted, blood was drawn. Poor Aunt Patty was attacked by a spoon. My sister-in-law, Beckie, was literally jumped on by Aunt Cathy! Good times! Ultimately there could only be one victor and Beckie took home the prize!
We all experienced something new together – Bingo at the Lions Club. I’ve only played Bingo the old fashion way and let me tell you, there are a lot of rules I didn’t know about! Very few won anything from our group, but the attempt at Bingo was pretty fun! I got a pretty purple dobber out of the deal, so I guess I did win in a way. All I can think of now is what kid’s crafts I can do with it! I really should have given it to my mother-in-law, Debbie, since purple is her color! Sorry, Deb! I should have left it for you. However, it didn’t help me win the game, so I’m thinking it was a dud. Or maybe it was my bingo sheets… or maybe it was me… I’m not sure! It was still a lot of fun to all play together and learn something new.
Saturday night as I was getting ready for bed, I realized that a prank had been pulled on me… My bed was short-sheeted. I really should have paid attention to how it was done, since I’ve never short sheeted anyone before. I couldn’t get into bed. *Insert frown here* I initially thought I was the only victim and I resolved myself to say nothing of the matter so it wouldn’t get the reaction my pranking family had hoped for. However, my other roomies were short sheeted as well, so we made a plan to head down stairs with our pillows to attack. Let just say heading down the stairs in the pitch black resulted in my missing the last step and almost dying of laughter. Mind you, I was trying to be quiet. We couldn’t find the door handle and I’m afraid our entrance was not smooth. However, the pillow fight that did follow after we made our way into the room was quite funny! Yet another example of family bonding through violence! Oh my!
Other highlights from the weekend would be getting ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, exploring the town of Rockaway Beach, and making picture frames to hold our group photo. The serious stuff is good and draws us together, but so does laughter and a good attack now and then! It was all in good fun and tucked away in the memories of Family Ladies Retreat 2012!