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Big Family Time

What a day!

Thirteen for dinner!  Wonderful afternoon. Nothing like a family get together.

I asked everybody to bring lots of warm clothes so we could go on a lake walk. Most of us headed out in the snow storm. No phones. No distractions. Just a lot of short-lived fun. (There were some complaints about the biting wind!)














We lost a couple of people at the shore line.








Three retreated back to the warm house about two minutes in.








One whole family left us after a quick picture.










. . . but ten-year-old Kiera and I stayed out for the longest time.

I’m used to this weather around here but Kiera was a real trooper. When her cheeks got patches of white on them, I decided it was time to go home.










Chris and I haven’t figured out how to host a big group of people for a big dinner without feeling exhausted by the end of the day. The other frustration for me personally is that all these wonderful people come to visit but Chris and I are so busy getting dinner on the table, we don’t really have much time to have a good conversation with anyone . . . and then before you know it, everyone’s gone!  We had a great afternoon but it flew by, way too quickly!

Anyone have any suggestions for either of these dilemmas or is this just the reality of serving others?

Of course, Phoenie left his humorous touch on our home with this unique creation.




  1. Kathy

    A makeahead dinner- slow cooker, bread, salad made before guests arrive. Fruit punch and milk. Coffee maker pre- ready. Tea kettle filled. Tea bags in tea pot. Dishes at slow cooker. Everything help yourself!!

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks for the suggestions, Sis! We did a lot of your suggestions but we were still tired! Small house, lots of people, kids running around, winter clothes…makes for a very busy place…but so much fun!

  2. Anne Loewen

    Pizza – preferably delivered!

    • Diane (Author)

      Also a very good option! 🙂

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