I was just sitting around thinking the other day that, other than my Wordless Wednesdays (which are hardly ever actually wordless), I just haven’t shared about life much recently, and I really miss it.
So, I’ll pinky promise that I’ll make it happen more often from now on.
If you’re a regular reader here at all (and I hope you are) you know I talk a lot about my family in relation to books we love and products we enjoy, but how about just some life in general? Yeah?
It’s been a while.
1. Our annual Thanksgiving backyard Wiffle Ball tournament. These are epic. For real. I have a hilarious story from a game a few years ago of my poor mother literally sliding face first across the ground that she’d kill me for telling, so I won’t, but it will go down in our family history books FOREVER! While no such event took place this year to top it off, except maybe my amazing backwards fly ball catch, it still rocked. Our teams were divided into the Bruisers and the Blue Jackpots (never get the four year old to name your team). And, after seven strong innings until it was too dark outside to play, we tied 9-9. We did a tie breaker with the two oldest boys each taking three hits, and whoever hit the ball the farthest when it landed was the winner. Ben nailed it, so MY team won, but I’ll admit that the game still felt a little unresolved. At the time, I was thinking that whole year would be a long time to wait to defend our championship, however, my aching muscles the next day seemed to feel as though a year might not be quite long enough to recover.
2. The day after Thanksgiving we have another tradition to set up our Christmas trees. This year, like most, we found two beautiful Fraser Firs from Home Depot. I think I used to be so much more particular about trying to find the perfect tree. As in, let’s look through about 3/4 of them before choosing the best one. This year and last, I pretty much picked the first one my husband held up for me. Yeah, it’s like that.
So, anyway, as we were checking out, by the outdoor registers were palettes of seasonal flowers, and these absolutely precious little hummingbirds were flying all around them. Isaac, who is four, saw them and was fascinated.
I asked him if he knew what they were, and he said “Yes, that’s a Hummitfly”
Bless his heart, I think I was rolling on the ground laughing, much to the entertainment of the guys trimming the Christmas trees. Well, at least they have a story to tell.
3. My husband recently returned from a ministry trip to Melbourne, Australia. He came home with not only amazing testimonies of how the Lord is moving, but also lots of gifts from friends down under, including some beautiful jewelry, which I absolutely love.
4. My teen daughter Arah and I accidentally had a seven-ish hour straight Netflix marathon of episodes 5-14 of the show Hart of Dixie. Until 3am. Oops.
You know how it goes…just one more episode…
5. My dad and older two boys built a zip line in the backyard. This should probably make me nervous, but guess what- we had one in our backyard growing up too, except ours went through the woods in the back. Fantastic memories!
6. My microphone on my iPhone isn’t working, so I can only talk on it on speaker phone. Everyone around me loves when I have to make a call. And the person on the other end enjoys hearing my kids arguing in the background.
Apparently dropping it in chicken juice while you’re cooking isn’t good for it, and apparently cracked glass on the screen makes the warranty invalid. Huh.
7. Back in October, my husband bought me VIP tickets for my birthday to see Tenth Avenue North, my for-real-most-all-time-favorite-forever-and-ever band, so I went to see them with Arah and my friend Jen, and they are AMAZING! I love when bands sound the same in real life as they do on their album. Amazing, I tell you. They’re the real deal. Even better, because we were the last stop on “The Struggle” tour, they had it prank night, so they were being silly with their opening acts, who changed the word “Struggle” on their backdrop to the word “Snuggle” That’s right, The Snuggle tour.
Then, I found out that I know their tour manager, and then I chickened out about asking her if she’d introduce us to the band. Ugh, I know.
8. If you’re on Instagram, you should play along with #highfivearoundtheworld because it’s pretty cool. A guy named @realadampowell started this thing earlier in November, and it’s really taken off. You just snap a pic of yourself, which in my case was myself and Arah because I don’t like to do duck face self pics alone, and then hashtag highfivearoundtheworld, where you’re from, and tag your friends to play too. It’s been fun watching where folks are high-fiving in from.
9. We live about a quarter of a mile from a gas station with a Redbox, so my friend Jen took my Jeep up there one night recently to grab two movies and some gas. About 20 minutes later she came through the door and said she walked home because she didn’t have her cell phone to call me and the Jeep wouldn’t start. It was still sitting at the gas pump. And wouldn’t move. And my husband was out of town. And it was nighttime. So, I called my dad to meet me up there, and after he did some something or another to the battery (I think), the Jeepster started again. Thank goodness for Dads. And patient gas station employees.
10. I have the coolest neighbor who likes to bring over oranges when he has extra. And considering that his two trees have produced approximately 7.5 million oranges this season, we’ve been blessed with an abundance. The kids lunchboxes smell really good, like oranges. Because they’ve had them in there everyday for the last three weeks.
Our little orange tree that we planted last year produced two oranges this year.
Until next time…