Monday, December 20, 2010
2nd Annual W&W Night
As decided last year, my brother Peter and I carried on our now traditional evening of Waffles and Wassail, complete with a viewing of The Muppets Christmas Carol. Last Friday Pete and his family cruised up here from St. George with movie in tow. Unfortunately, just as I was heating up the waffle iron, I got a call from them that they were stuck in bad traffic in Provo. So the evening did not get off to the picturesque start that I had envisioned; a beautiful buffet table heaped with steaming waffles and an array of delectable toppings, a steaming pot of wassail to the side. It was all much more haphazard than that. But that doesn't mean it wasn't really fun. My parents joined us as well as my sister Margaret. We all eventually got a plate of waffles and some of us partook of my wassail, about which I'm learning that I should try following a recipe sometime. This year's was way too sweet. But it looked pretty - apple juice with fresh lemon and orange juice, floating cinnamon sticks and cranberries and cloves. And I just love the Muppet's Christmas Carol. It tells my favorite Christmas story but with a softer edge for the kids. Stomper actually sat and watched the whole thing this year, though Bundle and Bitty just took off and played with their cousins, which was also fun. Bundle is doing so much talking these days - she tries to say everything. So she ran around saying "NAA NAA!" chasing after her cousin Siena. Probably annoying but I thought it was cute.
THEN after we tried, somewhat successfully, to tuck the kids into bed (Stomper was out in about 1/2 a second, Bitty and Siena giggled in bed for an hour before we gave up and got Siena up, and Bundle snuggled up with Aunt Sheri at about 10 to finally zonk out,) the grownups, now joined by our friends the Irvines, went in for round two of movie night. This weekend was the opening of Tron II, and we thought it would be fun to watch the first Tron before Troy and Peter went to see the new one on Saturday. Little did I know how hard it would be to wrangle up a copy - it's available on Amazon.com for about $100, Netflix and the Library were so backed up on rentals that I expect it would take until the spring thaw before my name would come up. No video stores have it...wait, no video stores exist anymore, so that didn't help! Thanks be to the almighty facebook - I just posted that I was in search of a copy and I got a few responses from far and wide. Little did I know that I needed to look no farther than my daily phone call - The Becky happens to married to an uber-geek, bless him. Jon is awesome. Of course he had it on DVD. So we watched it, and I'm not sure it stood up to the test of time. It was really fun to be together, though. And Troy has added a new and, if I may say, very hip new insult to his lineup: bit-brain. As in, "You're such a bit-brain!" Yeah, I told him that if he actually used that insult on anyone he'd probably end up looking worse than the insultee.
It was a W&W night to remember, and I look forward to next year!