Mark, Hannah, and I have enjoyed hosting the Sam Young Bunch as we assembled to laugh and play our way into 2009. The mileage hasn’t been officially tallied to determine who traveled the most miles but it looks like the award goes to Hannah. She departed Disney World on the 30th, and arrived within minutes of Richard and family who had been on the road all New Year’s Eve day from St. Louis to Greenville, Mississippi and on to Texas. Mom joined Boyd’s family in Denison early on the 31st, and they caravanned with Rick and Susan from Ennis on to Katy.
Dad’s room was a buzzing hub of conversations about how disappointing it is that the Dallas Cowboys aren’t in the play-offs, and vivid descriptions of Boyd’s newly acquired Honda 125 Benly CB92. On-the-way-to-Katy stories were traded, and Dad was brought up to date on Hugo news, and Busy Bee Cafe activities.
We saved the much anticipated Truck Stop Gift Exchange until New Year’s Day. The 2008 rules for gifting were that gifts had to be purchased at a truck stop. Who knew that such a wide range of items was available for purchase along with a tank of gas? Woody’s Smokehouse and Bar-B-Que Truck Stop, located on a lonely stretch of I-45, offered an amazing variety of beef jerky and jars of pickled any and everything. The Flying “J” in Brookshire boasted an assortment of books on CD to rival a library. Love’s Truck Stop carries music boxes, and fleecy throws can be found at the Travel America Truck Stop in Shreveport. If you spend a good amount of time perusing the aisles of Petro Truck Stop in Weatherford, searching for the perfect gift, cashiers tend to view you as a shop lifter. We all agree that truck stops stock cool flashlights.
In between playing Farkle and chickenfoot, our games of choice at family gatherings, Richard Senior introduced us to Tavin Dillard via YouTube. By the time we had watched half a dozen videos starring Tavin, we felt like we were really getting to know him and his Southern family. Tavin’s Christmas gift ideas are worthy of consideration, and you can listen for yourself on the link below.
However, Samuel gets the credit for coming up with the pawnshop theme for our 2009 gift exchange. Rick added a stipulation that paying the asking price for pawn shop items is not allowed. The name drawing is out of the way so as to give us an entire year to scout for pawn shops and hone our negotiation skills. Richard Junior is brainstorming upcoming themes; EBay, garage sales, and the Home Shopping Network are possibilities.
Then again, Tavin has good ideas, and I especially like his hand-clasped reenactment of Tiny Tim’s blessing. So, from my home to yours, God Bless Us, Everyone!in 2009.