Fun on the Twenty-Fourth
Last Thursday Austin and I hung out with the Beckstrom relatives. We went to Outback Steakhouse with (forgive any name misspellings) Aunt Karrie & Uncle Robert and their kids Emily & Nicholas; Uncle Jim & Aunt Jan and their kids Nikita, Max, Ivan, and Andre; and Uncle David & Aunt Vera and their kids Brett, Kiersten, and Dylan. With all those people (and knowing the Beckstroms), it was understandably boisterous inside. We celebrated Brett’s birthday (and teased him about his girlfriend who is indeed a very attractive girl).
Afterwards we went to SubZero, which is a really cool (as in liquid nitrogen cool) place. For those that haven’t been there, it’s pretty neat. You order what type of cream you’d like (with its corresponding percentage of fat: premium 14%, custard 10%, lowfat 6%, and yogurt 0%). Then you choose your flavors that get mixed into the cream. They have at least two dozen flavors to choose from and you can choose as many as you want. You then get one free mix-in. Everything gets stirred up and then they add liquid nitrogen to the bowl and stir it around to freeze the cream and flavors into ice cream. It’s pretty cool to watch. The flavors are pretty good too. It was fun seeing everyone order different flavors and have everyone going around trying everybody’s personal concoction. When you’re family with the Beckstroms, you get to be a part of the intimate sharing (and teasing) that goes along with it.
After the ice cream funfest, we went back to Uncle Jim and Aunt Jan’s house for a sparkler extravaganza. Boxes upon boxes of sparklers were lit (though most just flared instead of sparkled). We also got to brush potato bits off ourselves as Jim lit his mini cannon, which wasn’t as loud as Aunt Karrie believed it to be. ;) After the fun with sparklers (and some battling a la American gladiators between Max and me and Austin and me) Karrie had the great idea of playing props. Those that have the met the Beckstroms can attest that they are very creative and funny people. It was fun seeing all the different things people were coming up with. I feel very privileged to be a part of such a wonderful family. Well, needless to say, though I’ll say it anyway, I had a lot of fun and especially enjoyed being with those that Austin and I usually don’t have an opportunity to be with. We wish we could see our Beckstrom California relatives more often.