[Calling All Sisters]

There’s a tradition in my family, one that I’d like to see continue. You see, my parents come from big families — my dad is one of eleven children, my mom one of seven — and sometimes that makes getting together for events rather challenging. So, my dad’s side decided to make a few additional annual events as an excuse to get together.

Every year in the fall, there are two long weekends. One is the Brothers Weekend, where my dad, all seven of his brothers, his brothers-in-law, and any male grandchild (or grandchild’s spouse) of college/drinking age is invited. The other is Sisters Weekend, which is the exact same thing, but for the women. And, of course, I’ve been of age for some time now, so I have gone the last two years.

This time, the women all met up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s a pretty little town, and our hotel was right across the (small) river from the downtown. My mother and I drove up together, and picked up a few party games (for larger groups, since we had 13 women — and a baby — in ours) before checking in.

It’s a good thing the hotel was accommodating, though, because we sure had a lot of fun playing Rotten Apples (which I was introduced to in Connecticut). And we weren’t exactly quiet about it, either. Whoops.

In our defense, it’s a really fun game. You should try it.


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