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.)l
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.)
Single pie crust
4-8 pears peeled, cored, and diced into the pie shell
1/4 c flour
1/4 c butter
1 tsp vanilla
Pour over pears.
Bake 350 x 1 hour
Allow to cool and set before eating.