Family Fun

Sometimes it sorta weirds me out and amazes me that I have so. much. to. write every time I update this blog, but I do. Today I’ve had to really think and choose what to post about. Yesterday’s epic-ness won out though, so instead of getting a recap of 2013, or a working plan for 2014, you’re gonna see some of the fun-ness from Christmas day. Most of my cousins and aunts and uncles from my mom’s side are here for a few days, so imagine a big party when you’re reading this post.

(Note: Be watching for the year’s re-cap soon! I worked on it for about two hours yesterday and I only got to half-way through June on the first draft. Yes, this year was HUGE!) 

 Settlers of Catan? Humm… Let’s just say my brother got it with money from my grandma. It arrived in the mail on December 24th, and that night four of us siblings played for about two hours until I won right after midnight on Christmas day. I woke up raring to play again, but other things took precedence and we didn’t end up playing until that afternoon when my cousin, Zack, and sibs David and Helena and I played it. David won. A couple of hours later I was like “Who wants to play?” And then set up the game. Within a few minutes my uncle, my cousin, Aubrey, Helena and I were hard at it. That game ended after 11 pm with Helena as winner. I went outside for a few minutes to swing because that’s what I do at night. As I was coming back in, I started getting texts from Helena: 
We’re playing again
Come now
We’re not waiting
And the texts went on, but I think you get the point. So I ran. And they had started the game, but just barely, so I slid into place and we started our third game of the day at 11:50 at night. Yep, that’s pretty much what our day was yesterday. This game ended with Helena winning (again!) after one in the morning. It was so much fun. I can’t wait to play again, today! 🙂 

and me wearing a shirt my bro, David got me which says “Country Chick” =)
During the first game of Settlers, I was extremely thrilled and surprised when our friend, Jo dropped in for a visit along with her husband and sister. She lives out of state, so we hardly ever get to see her. Her family lives only about 40 minutes from here though and she was visiting them. Since Joie and I worked together for about 8 years and she’s spent hundreds of days with our family, it has always felt like she’s more an extra sister than just friend. =) Glitter war ensued soon after she arrived, although I’m not sure she had anything to do with that other than bringing a gift wrapped in glittery paper. 😉 

Mousey is what she calls me… Why? Because she’s Aubrey and I’m me.
My wonderful cousin, Aubrey, made me (and Helena, Johanna and Mariah) each personalized picture-books for Christmas. She’s done this for two years now, where she gets pictures with all of us cousins and prints them out then writes great notes to go along with them. Really, I can’t think of a gift I would rather have from her. She’s beyond spectacular. 

It’s really funny because she and I are totally different. We’re both in the creative arts (“If you call writing a creative art” – direct quote from Aubrey), she’s an extremely talented cellist, and I’m a writer. Other than that though… 

Here’s a picture in the book that has me along with Aubrey and Sarah (along with some of my little cousins gathered around). And here’s what her caption says: 
Aww. Your two best friends. And only friends. Just kidding. You’re great. You have a lot of friends. And by friends I mean food. You’ll notice that theme throughout this book. Food. The one thing we have in common

And that pretty much describes our relationship. Not the food part, but I mean how we interact together. If you read her comments on this blog or the blog tour blogs, you’ll see ones like this one (which was on a character interview): “it’s like you’re doing an interview with yourself since the character is based off you. so basically you’re just talking to yourself on the internet. does that feel weird to you?” And then on one of my posts I had a true or false question which was something about “Did I get my inspiration for my book while inside a cave” and she commented “it’s obviously false– we all know i inspired your book. and your day to day life.” 

Totally, totally Aubrey. I adore that girl, folks. 

 And I just heard we have something going on now, so I’ll leave you with that little gem. What about you? How is your week going? Do you have any amazing cousins like Aubrey? Have a great day, y’all!

17 thoughts on “Family Fun

  1. Bekah says:

    I haven't played Settlers of Catan yet. My siblings and mom have, but I haven't gotten around to it. They say that it's super fun. Perhaps I shall join them in the next game that is played. 🙂

    I'm glad you had a blessed Christmas!

    His Princess,


  2. David Mabe says:

    I remember reading Aubrey's comments. Because of the “I inspired your book” comment, I'd assumed she was a sister. We won't talk about my cousins. 🙂 It sounds like you had an awesome Christmas and a great time with your family.


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