Part 1 (Thursday), as usual, was with Cimmorene’s parents. All those who made an appearance last year were there this year– all of Cimmy’s siblings, and (most) of their significant others.
This year was quite nice, as I think the siblings were much more used to my presence… and my son is older now. Even the two brothers that have said what would fill a paragraph in our almost 12 years of marriage easily doubled that amount that day.
My sister-in-law’s new beau (The Beau, if you will) had a few surprises– an excellent sweet potato pie from scratch, an I.T. career (he got the attention of Cimmy’s baby brother, who is a laser printer tech, when he listed his credentials), and a philosopher’s outlook on life. We talked shop before I packed Cimmy and the kids up to go.
I could see brother-in-law #1’s significant other was much more comfortable this year; then again, she happened to be sitting next to me at the table. We three discussed bread baking after the meal.
Brother-in-law #2’s significant other was once again a welcome guest– I think it’s been three years running now. (We begged her to come back the first time. We like her. This B-I-L has been married twice– if they tie the knot, our predictions for a lasting relationship are much more favorable.) I brought her the newspaper ads to read since I know she likes looking at them all… but didn’t manage to remember to retrieve them from the car. That’s OK… she read the ones from my in-laws’ paper.
Cimmy had a bit of a meltdown as she had been up ’til 05:00 that morning finishing the pies, but all were understanding and even helped us get ready to go. They had hotel rooms, see, but we had to go straight home. The Beau had come up from Portland along our route and so he especially understood what the roads were like (he was an hour behind us and saw the snow falling in our area).
Speaking of travel routes, we took the back highways. It meant ice in some spots but very very precious few nutball drivers to rush around us. They were practically abandoned when we went up, which meant I could slow down to maximize fuel economy and careful driving.
Part 2 will be in the next post.