September 10th, 2009

Eight Siblings, Spades and Fried Chicken

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We spent Labor Day weekend with Israel’s family in Muskogee. We were hoping to do a lot of support raising while there, but nothing really worked out. Instead, we had a wonderfully relaxing weekend with the fam. Israel’s brother Judah just returned from 10 months in Australia. It was wonderful to see him (he’s actually visiting our house right now). Eight of the nine Jernigan kids were together at once. Pretty amazing. In a few weeks, the ninth, Hannah, will be visiting from Australia with her fiancé Ash. Madness will ensue.

One of my goals for the weekend was to buy a whole new wardrobe for as little money as possible. I’ve been working from home for the past year and most of my clothes are worn out or don’t fit. So, I was in desperate need of some new pants, tops, shoes and all that jazz. On Saturday, all the girls went shopping. I got quite a lot for not much money—thank you Ross and Name Brand Clothing. I pretty much stood in the dressing room for four hours while the Jernigan women brought me racks of clothes to try on. I don’t think I’ve ever tried on so many clothes in one shopping trip.

We played a LOT of games this weekend. I love games. They are some of my favorite things. We introduced the Jernigan kids to Carcassonne, a German-style board game similar to Settlers of Catan. We also had a Spades tournament and played a lot of Bananagrams. I’m pretty sure Banangrams is Speed Scrabble, but you yell “Banana!” when you finish. Awesome. There was also a lot of Facebook Farm Town going on. Now I’m doing it too. Sigh.

On Labor Day, the whole extended Jernigan clan, about 60 people, met at a park for fried chicken and football. Israel got a lot of bruises. I watched.

It was a lovely weekend.

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