There and Back Again
As evidenced by my extended absence, it’s been a few more crazy days around here. Here’s a little recap of what’s been going on in the McKay house:
The First Born had his 12th Birthday party after school. There were 11 wide-open young men at my house with an abundance of energy and appetite. I didn’t have it in me to do a sleep over but I think they were all pretty well sick of being together by pick-up time anyway.
Or maybe I was the one sick. Sometimes it just gets hard to tell.
I really wish I had been a blogger when I had the First Born’s first birthday party. I was totally June Cleaver on crack. I invited at least 100 people and even handmade the centerpieces for all the tables. Our parties have become decidedly less elaborate as my mothering skillz have been depleted.
Rain, glorious rain. Had it been sunny, we would have been playing a practice baseball game.
I was able to sit and write a good part of the day which was a necessity. Have I mentioned how in over my head I am with this book project? If it gets done, it will only be through a mighty working of the Holy Spirit’s power. I have to also say that I am still overwhelmed to think I actually have a real writing deadline!! I am wonderfully freaking out!
I was 30 minutes early to church. 30 MINUTES! I have no idea how it happened. The skies opened up to form a funnel of favor from the Father (say that 5 times fast) in the form of the kids getting along with one another. You had better believe I strutted through the offices to let everyone know I was there early, too. Luke was just as shocked as the rest of the punctual faithful. It’s like a whole new world being in the church before Sunday School starts. I may try again next week.
After lunch we went home so I could clean the house like a madwoman to get ready for my mom in law to stay with the kids while Luke and I went to Montgomery to arrange the details of our church’s summer missions trip. Don’t you fuss at me because I cleaned on a Sunday. My ox was in a ditch, ‘kay?
We joined up with some friends from Huntsville and traveled to Montgomery. We visited the same housing area where we ministered last year and I was able to see one of the women who was born again in my little ‘Girl Talk’ group. Y’all, Josephine has been drug free for 10 months now and is still faithfully attending the Community of Hope church who sponsors our work there. It was so wonderful to see her. I’ll be writing more about our encounter in my CWO post for Friday.
That night, we ate at Outback. I first thought I was going to be a good girl and stick to my diet but the Bloomin’ Onion and Cheese Fries were just too much to resist. Eating all that yummy food was pure bliss.
My belly thought otherwise. I thought Luke was going to have to take me to the ER. Needless to say, I’m back on First Place not out of desire but necessity.
In other news, I also made a horrific discovery that affects my love of Starbucks.
Brace yourself: They no longer have free Wi-Fi unless you are a TMobile customer.
Please explain to me why I should pay $4 for a cider and then PAY to get online? And does anyone really have TMobile? I’m all IN Verizon, baby. No other way to go, unless you are in Starbucks and wanting free internet.
I’m still mad about it but not mad enough to drive by the next time the caramel spice craving hits. Those evil baristas know exactly what they are doing.
We got home late yesterday afternoon and walked in to the smell of roast and veggies wafting its way through my home. Have I mentioned my MIL rocks? We were able to eat quickly before time to take all three boys to 3 different ball practices. Oh, yeah. It’s full on.
And now you are caught up! I’ve written most of the day again, got a good measure of study and research done, and am now on my way to Awana. I have 47 emails that require my attention so if you are one of those, be patient with me…I’m working on it! :)
So, the question that now begs asking: Did you even care?
p.s. Extra credit if you know what the title of this post refers to……..
Welcome back! I have missed you girlfriend! Can’t wait to hear more about the trip. I think I smelled the veggies all the way to my house! ummmmm….. Think I could borrow her for a few days???? or years????
Glad to know I am not the only one crazy busy! LOL!
Great post! Yeah, my birthdays are now “bribes”…as I give the boys the choice to have a “friend-party” OR give them $100 in cash. Now they are pretty much all at the part where they’ll take the money….HOORAY!!
The title of the post. . . .There and Back Again. . . ‘twould seem to refer to Montgomery.
I started to say Insanity.
But the whole “Back Again” part pretty much eliminated that. :-)
There and Back Again… Are you referring to the Daughtry song? Do I get extra credit? :)
Glad your week is slowing down – I’m from Montgomery – live in Bham now, but lived in Montgomery for 20 years. It’s so crazy how our worlds are so close. You really gotta come to Bham and let’s do lunch. We gotta meet for real. I’d bet we’d be good friends.
Are you going to San Antonio? I am – all alone. I have never been on a trip all by myself. I’m excited and a little nervous. I can’t imagine how quiet it will be!!! Looking forward to a little Siesta Fiesta!!!
Talk to you soon!!!
Linda and Robyn..
Sorry, but guess again!!! :))
A hint: The title of this post is an important part of a movie I love.
“There and Back Again, a Hobbit’s Tale, by Bilbo Baggins”–JRR Tolkien
Ding, Ding, Ding…We have a winner!
Leslie, you must be an LOTR fan, too ;)
There and Back Again… (otherwise known as The Hobbit) by Bilbo Baggins. Sounds like you had an interesting adventure of your own, though hopefully not quite the same kind of excitement. =)
Well..since the title has been figured out…I’ll move on…
**TICKED at Starbucks…I mean really ticked…
**Send MIL to TN when she is done..
**Your days sound like my days when I’m home…at the beach baby!
**And, yes we care! I missed ya!
Hugs from AL beaches…
Oh I do so love a rambling post from you, my friend.
I would have been all over that title, by the way. But my fellow geeks beat me to it.
FYI, my sister called me today just to tell me how many calories the cheese fries at Outback have in them. Don’t ask.
We have been crazy busy here too – but most recently – as in Monday – it was the result of a deer jumping through my suburban window. I kid you not. And it was a stupid buck no less. I am thinking deer season is too short and there aren’t enough hunters! :-)
Been missing You!!! Love the new pic of you, btw!!
heh, I knew it was the Hobbit book, but I keep thinking of Sean Astin’s book about his experience filming the LOTR trilogy! He named his book “There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale” !
OK…lost on the whole Hobbit thing…sorry :)
Starbucks…I am ticked too!!!
I’m with Cheryl on the pic…noticed it the other day…
And of course you were missed and we all care! :)
We are just starting t-ball…I only have one….I can only imagine having 3 going all at once…ACKKKKK!!!!!
Bless you friend!
My thoughts were exactly what Mocha with Linda said! Do we both get extra credit? :)
Man that was a busy schedule – I cracked up at the June Cleaver comment. I had just posted about JC the other day and I was totally like that as well. I can’t help it sometimes but I am getting better :)
Enjoy this Easter weekend!
Whew! Glad you’re back. We all get a little nervous when you’re gone for too long! BTW, there’s a picture of some cute chick on your side bar ;)
Wow, you’ve had a busy week. But I know what you’re doing right now to relax! LOL
Sounds like things have been busy for you! Hope you have a very enjoyable Easter.