In addition to our time with family, we also enjoyed some time with friends. On Friday, Carl’s best friend from high school, Bobby, invited us to his brother’s house for their annual gingerbread house making contest. This annual contest involves the mothers against the teenage children, while the men watch football in the other room.
Each team comes prepared with their idea and supplies for a one-of-a-kind creation. Being from Florida, I was first put in charge of making palm trees, while Bobby’s wife, Jessica, created a rainbow.
When I was done with my trees, then put me to work wrapping animal crackers with fondant.
When all was said and done, here was our team with our amazing creation….
I thought that we deserved first place with our “Noah’s Ark.”
However, the teenagers snagged the sentimental vote by creating a “Village” with houses for each family group.
Oh well, it was a really fun evening and I’m glad that we were able to share in the fun.
For the drive home, instead of driving 12-hours straight through, we stopped in Atlanta for the night to visit Carl’s other friends from high school.
This gave us two 6-hour driving days with some fun in-between. Waaaay better!
We arrived at Jeff and Waverly’s house in the afternoon, visited for a few hours and then met up with Steve for dinner. We slept in Jeff and Waverly’s amazing guest cottage and after coffee and breakfast in the morning, hit the road back home. We will make this our tradition when going to Memphis from now on because it was so much easier with the two shorter driving days. Plus it’s always more fun visiting friends!
We are grateful for all that we packed into our week and for the time spent with family and friends. Now it’s time to gear up for the Christmas season!