I first played when I went to Seattle for Sarah's wedding. I had no idea what I was doing, but there were enough people around the table and the company was so terrific that I didn't really care that I lost. Badly.
So we invited our friends CJ and Renee and Mike and Patty for dinner last night. (And everyone actually showed up--no crossed wires this week!) CJ and Renee brought their friends JT and Ashley along--they are in the process of moving to Phoenix. And they brought along their baby girl, Azzi, who's only six weeks old. So sweet!
(Toben told me it makes him want another one while we were doing dishes after everyone went home. WHAT?! Don't think that's gonna happen.)
We figured out how to seat 10 people by putting our tables together. It was tight, but it worked great. We could have put the girls in the kitchen at a kids' table, but they wanted to be part of the evening, and who can blame them?
We ate, laughed, drank a gallon of iced tea, polished off a loaf of bread that had just come out of the oven, and had napoleons for dessert. (Recipes and such coming soon!)
Then we gathered around the coffee table to play.
(I have to stop and say that it was Toben's idea for them to bring the game and teach us. My husband who HATES to play games. No cards, no board games, no video games. I was astounded and this proves that even after 18 years of marriage, your spouse can totally surprise you. So keep the hope alive!)
CJ taught us how to play, and then undermined every decision we made. "Are you sure you really want to do that?" See that fiendish look in his eye? He didn't really want to help; he wanted to WIN. (Which he didn't. Shout out to Ashley who won for the first time! We decided we need some sort of a trophy to pass around; I'll have to think about that.)
Poor Mike. He's allergic to cats and forgot to take allergy medicine (oops!) and had to sit next to CJ who yelled at him through the whole game: "Just build something!" And he would have, but kept rolling sevens and losing half his cards.
It was so much fun. Something tells me this night will be repeated a lot in the next year. Are you a "Settler"? Is there even a name for people who play this game? Seems like there must be because the people who play, really PLAY. Like all the time.
It was a late night (for us, anyway). But it was worth it to stay up and finish cleaning up the kitchen so I could wake up to order this morning. The girls stayed up late too, so we'll have having our first "one-hour delay" for school today.
Thanks, by the way, for all the homeschool info, encouragement, and wisdom. I'm still way behind on my email--I'll catch up over the weekend.