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Festivities Continue

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This time, the party moved to our house. All of Cyndie’s brothers came over, bringing some of their kids, along with the Fisknes family from Norway. When our kids learned of everyone’s plans, they decided to make the trip, too. We all had a great time hanging around the fireplace, eating an impressive lunch buffet Cyndie set out, walking the labyrinth, feeding the horses and chickens, and playing card games.









Eventually, the American contingents all headed back to the Twin Cities, but the Norwegians stayed for a sleep-over at the ranch. That was always in the plan, but we rearranged the days a little to avoid the rain we are expecting today.

We decided weather like that was more fitting for shopping at the Mall of America.

The main highlight of their visit (among many), was seeing the girls succeed wonderfully for their first attempt at making pasta from scratch.

The fresh pasta turned out great and made for a scrumptious dinner. I even got in on the kitchen activity, (an uncharacteristic place for me) sautéing vegetables while the actual family cook was busy with the more important task of teaching the art of home-made pasta.

It was a perfect way to fend off the onset of the wet weather we are expecting to face today and tomorrow.

It all felt downright festive, if I do say so myself.



Written by johnwhays

December 27, 2018 at 7:00 am

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  1. Looks truly wonderful – and appetizing, as I remember so vividly Cyndie serves everything up with a powerful portion of love. Interesting to hear of the Norwegians as Patricia married into a family stemming from there. And they visited her in England for Christmas, too – even sang songs in Norwegian.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    December 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    • Love seeing and remembering your description of the dining room table – lovely sense of family and friends.

      Ian Rowcliffe

      December 27, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      • You have me beaming over this… So happy to know the tales of this table still resonate. Obviously, it continues to serve us exceptionally well!


        December 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    • Synchronicity! You remember correctly, the love Cyndie serves up with her meal preparations continues to abound!


      December 27, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      • And so that table is truly magic – try polishing it on a rainy day and feel and see the connection.

        Ian Rowcliffe

        December 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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