30 Seconds with the Folks and the Rest of a Weekend My Life 04 JUL 2011

Had a thoroughly enjoyable evening of boardgame fun again on Friday night, though not with the usual suspects mind you.

Actually, now that I come think about it, I have been rather lax in keeping you updated with the more mundane aspects of life in the Lotter Clan, like how Chantelle and I spent her last weekend off (two weeks ago) pretty much in Bellville for the whole duration of the weekend, gorging ourselves on some fun experiences with both the family and friends. That particular Saturday afternoon we were being hosted by the Montgomery Stronghold clan for a big Monty’s side of the family get together, with the highlight of course being the heavily pregnant Chane and Jasper making the trip down from Loeriesfontein to spend the day with us around the family table.

The evening then saw us join up with the friends group at Ryan’s stronghold, where it was time for another braai, Trish’s renowned two layer cake, and of course a very heated, taxing and excruciatingly fun session of the classic Scattegories! And after a night back at the Montgomery Stronghold on their guest futon, it was a quick break away from Jessica for Chantelle and myself, as we left her in the care of her capable grandma and grandpa, and went to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 at Tygervalley. Lunch time we were back around the table for the big water blommetjies potjie which had been whipped out in honour of Cheryl’s side of the family in the form of Peter, Gail, Nicholas and Angie who were down for a visit.

And yes, it was Father’s Day, and yes, Jessica did give me my first ever father’s day present, consisting of a big bag of biltong and a special box of chocolates! Lucky me :)

Anyway, enough of the past, on to this weekend just past. While our planned big friends boerewors and boardgames get together had fallen through for the Saturday afternoon, our Friday evening summoning of the two sets of Grandparents had not, and so our house filled up with Monty, Chery, Mom and Pops as we set about putting Jessica down after her first, and very successful I might add, day at Baby Steps daycare, before tucking into the delicious giant chicken pie with pumpkin fritters which Chantelle had lovingly whipped up for us.

Tummies full, it was then on to a big first for our combined group: A game of 30 Seconds with the folks. We split into two teams of three, Chantelle, mom and dad on the one side and Monty, Cheryl and myself on the other. From there on out it was no holds barred, with Cheryl and Monty quickly getting the hang of the game, meaning that soon the house was filled with tears of laughter and exaggerated hand and feet movements, as things heated up and the battles of guess and explain became ever harder.

Chantelle’s group took the first match and after an epic stumble right at the post from their team on the next outing, our team took the second, setting us up for the grand finale – but only after we had finished tucking into the chocolate pudding mom had dragged along for dessert!

Sadly, I have to report that Chantelle and Mom (dad was called away for some work duty, so he was relegated to the kitchen and would occasionally call out an answer or two for them) managed to pull a win out of the final hat, with them narrowly pipping us at the end and taking overall honours for the evening!

Loads of fun that simply soaked up the hours and saw the two sets of grandparents only leave our dark little patch of Gordon’s Bay a half an hour before midnight! Talk about a lengthy Friday night visit! :)

Oh, and for Saturday I was pretty much left to fend for Jessica and myself as Chantelle had been invited to join up with the karate ladies for a session of tea, eats, wine and the royal wedding, a session which pretty much turned into a day long event (and a lot more glasses of wine than originally planned)!

And Sunday? Sunday Chantelle and I took Jessica out for a drive through Grabouw and on to the Peregrine Farm Stall where we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at the Red Tractor Cafe, before heading back to the mall (you can now add one steamer to our household appliance list) and then home, taking care of the various chores and admin, before, braaing and yes, eventually hitting the sack.

Exciting, no? :P

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About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.