Just to let you all know, I am trying to keep up with you all (or at least most of you) but if you don't hear from me for a bit it is just because I am so GOL~DARN BUSY!
Man, oh man! Today was so great! My good friend Sunny offered to take both the Sprouts for as long as I needed so that I could finish up painting at the house. I gladly took her up on that, and Dad and I headed over to the house as soon as I got off work this morning.
We kicked butt! I actually finished all three bedrooms, and I can't believe how great it feels. I had to duck out on the Traditional Friday Lunch, but Dad has been feeding me and the Sprouts way too much lately anyway. Dad finished Little Sprout's room, and did some touch up work in Big Sprout's room. That left priming and painting Mr. Barefoot's and my bedroom and painting Big Sprout's trim. Well, the trim for her room. She doesn't have any trim, if you know what I mean.
Hah, I am a little punch~drunk, you think?
Anyway, Mr. Barefoot showed up in the mid~afternoon with a carpet cleaner (thank goodness we will hopefully be able to get that strange smell out of the house now), and I was still working in the bedrooms. I booked like crazy to finish them before he needed to be in there cleaning the carpets, and finished at 5:30pm. Oh, the sense of accomplishment!
Sunny called and invited us over for shish~kebobs on the grill, and of course we took her up on it. I mean, who wouldn't?! We are talking kabobs here!
I got there and found the most wonderful sight in the world. Big Sprout and Sunny's oldest were doing what they do best, hanging out together. And, wonder of wonders, Little Sprout was actually playing with Sunny's younger two quite well! I couldn't believe it. See, I (affectionately) call Little Sprout my "demon child". She likes to scream, hit, bite, and throw tantrums. She is so different from Big Sprout, who has been a quiet angel seeking only to please since birth, that I have often wondered how in the world I could have given birth to both of them. Needless to say, seeing Little Sprout playing so sweetly with the other kids was a HUGE relief. I could tell she loved Sunny, too. She kept running up to her and trying to climb up in her arms.
Note to self: Make sure to schedule many play~dates with Sunny and kids....maybe Little Sprout will become that nice all the time.
Anyway.....we had a FABULOUS meal with Sunny and her family. There were the kabobs, of course, but we also had baked (well, grilled really) Yukon Gold 'taters, homemade FRESH cole slaw (as in the cabbage came out of the garden the night before), fresh cukes, and pumpkin bars. Oh, yum.
I got to check out Sunny's garden, too. Actually, it is her Grandma's garden (Grandma lives across the barnyard from Sunny), but Sunny helps quite a bit. I was in AWE. Seriously. I am so jealous of that fabulous garden. Sunny almost NEVER has to buy veggies, because their garden is so large that it provides almost all their needs. "Their" meaning Grandma and Grandpa, Sunny's family of 5, and various aunts and uncles. I mean, wow.
Sunny likes to complain about the garden...it is too big, takes too much time, etc. So I liberated a bag of cukes and another of kohlrabi from her fridge. She was much pleased to see them go. I just wish she really understood what a blessing that garden is.
Anywhoo. It really was a FABULOUS day. I normally don't care to socialise too much, but I really enjoyed spending time with friends. I had forgotten how much fun it could be.
To top off my fabulous day, I got home and started to check all your blogs, and I found that Fr. Peter actually quoted me on his blog! I feel like a rock star.
So, I guess that is it....no deep thoughts to share, no funny stories to tell. Just sharing a really, really good day.
Hope you all have one just as good!