Sunday, 13 September 2009

Weekend Wrap-up

We had such a great day today with absolutely nothing going on in the schedule after church. (That can't be as rare of an occurrence as it feels.)
We played Settlers of Catan, which Ken didn't like very much because I guess we've mostly played it without him and he didn't like not knowing what was going on. He did like winning in the end, though. We hurried to clear the table after the game for dinner and pear pie.
Friday night we started off with Steven still away in the Gulf Islands on a school trip. Chloe had a sleep-over at Tristen's house. Carmen went to the Masters at Spruce Meadows with her riding friends.
Jaclyn and I went to a concert at the Sundance Chapel, which was put on entirely by one family of 5 sons and 1 daughter all playing several instruments throughout the night along with their dad on piano and guitar. Individually they were okay musicians, but collectively it was astounding. The mom wasn't a performer herself, however I spent the whole night in awe of her ability to get those kids to practise over the years and not just one of them or the first few, but all six of them consistently. The evening was a monument to her organization and discipline whether anyone else saw it that way or not.
Ken went to Fathers and Sons camp by himself because the High Priest Group leadership was in charge, so even though Steven was away on his school trip (climbing apples trees on Orchard Island, catching and getting caught by crabs which he eventually ate, working as crew on an old mine sweeper ship) Ken camped out with the other men in the ward. And it sounds like his 4-wheel-drive and towing capabilities were put to good use which was enjoyable to Ken. In fact, Ken has had a good week in general as evidenced by his use of Gak (recreational equipment): 4-wheel-drive truck, outdoor gas stove, fly fishing gear, cycling gear, as well as his motorbike helmet at the race track in his friend's race cars. The more equipment needed in a week, the better 'man week' it was.
(I've been married for nearly 19 years and I'm just starting to understand.)
Pear Pie
Single pie crust
4-8 pears peeled, cored, and diced into the pie shell
Mix together:
1c sugar
1/4 c flour
1/4 c butter
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
dash salt
Pour over pears.
Bake 350 x 1 hour
Allow to cool and set before eating.


melanie said...

Oh the pear pie sounds delicious. I'm trying that this week.

Glad you had a day of rest today after such a busy, split up weekend. So when our kids are older we get to play games we don't have to force ourselves to lose? Sounds like fun. :)

michelle said...

I've never had pear pie!

We all enjoy Settlers around here. Funny that Ken ended up winning. Steven sounds like he had a great trip!

Christy said...

hahaha, on first glance i thought michelle said 'funny that ken ended up whining', heehee.
We had pear pie for lunch yesterday, yummo! And the kids in our house wrangled us all into a game of clue - which I won! (apparently Olson's aren't good at letting the kids win, and boosting their self-esteem, we go for tough love instead).

Jill said...

I remember feeling so lost when I first learned how to play Settlers of Catan, but then promptly became addicted to it. I love that game!

How nice for Ken to get to have a "man week". I suppose that must be similar to us getting to have a really great week of creativity and friend outings.

I love what you said about the mother of those musicians! I wonder if anyone has ever told her that?

April said...

I agree, that mother has the real talent. I hope they clap for her in heaven some time.

A Sunday home together. Last night as David and I were running off to meetings and madly feeding the kids before we left, I wished for that same thing. I am so glad you made the most of it. I intend to do the same next time one rolls around!

Tiffany said...

Good, good times... :)

Lucy said...

Perfect Sunday. How rare to have nothing to do after meetings.

We are Settlers of Catan fans over here, even though we haven't played in forever!

Natalie said...

Yummy pear pie - thanks for the recipe! (I think I've got it, but don't know where most things are at the moment.)

I think Kevin described to me Ken's racing night in the exact minute detail and with the same degree of excitement that Ken shared it with him. In my opinion, some things (like racing around a track at mock speed) are better lived vicariously through an older brother! Thanks Ken!

Amanda L. said...

Still trying to imagine 'enjoying' playing a game with my kids. I don't get much out of Candyland and Sequence for Kids. Settler though, I could enjoy.

Sounds like a great/busy weekend!

Pear pie sounds delightful!