As I said Monday, I survived the holiday weekend.
My sister, Jennifer and her adorable family was here from Wednesday on.
Middle Sister, as my nephew dubbed her, Karen came up for the day Thursday.
She brought her husband and two youngest kids. Her two oldest had other plans and decided to stay in the Nashville area with their
girlfriends dad. We missed them, especially as I look back on the family photo and miss the tallest kid 6"1"!
With both my sisters in the house AND Steve's brother-in-law and two of his three kids, along with several mother-in-laws, we were a large and loud group. The best part was the fact that the women outnumbered the men for once. Love it!
Thanksgiving dinner was lovely and we all behaved once we sat down to eat.
After a short "break" to digest our dinner, we dove into a rousing game of Cranium, or more appropriately named... "yell at the top of your lungs". Literally, the windows were rattling.
If you have never played Cranium, it is a game of knowledge, creativity, charade-like performance and words. If you would like the experience that we had I suggest you gather ALL of the most competitive and obnoxious people you know, give them several bottles of wine to drink, have them talk a lot of trash, pair them up with the unlikeliest alliances, then tell them to be quiet because the little kids are in bed.
Most everyone in my family is very competitive. My baby sister has only recently been able to play games because she hates to lose. I personally have gotten more so the older I get. And, my nephew, who literally is the most competitive person I know, seems to bring it out in me even more. So, it is a bit of an understatement to say that it got ugly.
Everyone was talking major trash, beginning with our team names and going all the way to victory dances being pranced rather enthusiastically after each round.
(Although, to my great embarrassment, I am the only one who dropped the F-bomb.
Major fail...especially when my niece busted me for " Saying a curse word REALLY LOUD!")
We were really excited to play, especially since all the "kids" are now actually old enough to play. Our children now range in age from 21 to 6, and all but the two smallest and one teen observer played.
We all took turns acting out people, places and things, drawing with our eyes closed and guessing at random trivia.
Intense is the not the right word for this experience, especially since we had an unusually high number of "Club Cranium " cards when everyone had to play at once. Arguments and louder yelling ensued. Also, the 100th Club Cranium of the evening was the last straw for me, hence the now infamous uttering.
After one spilled drink, many rounds of arguing over who was cheating and who was cheated, lots and lots of talking over each other, and much laughter we finally finished hours later after one major declaration of this being the worst game and biggest group of cry babies. EVER.
It was.The best game. Ever.
Of course, I can say that because, my team won.
Go Team Cuddly Wolverines!!!!