Tradition is a funny thing, isn't it? For us, late March means Lent, which also means fish fry on Fridays. Technically, we could eat fish fry any other time of the year, but we don't. I assume some restaurants serve fish fry on random Tuesdays in August, but I would never think of ordering one then. Go figure. And basketball. We always watch college basketball in March. We each have favorite teams and watch each game as if our lives depended on them winning. I can't be sure, but I think these teams play other games earlier in the year. I would never think of watching one them. But call it March Madness and I am all about cheering for that sixteenth ranked team from some small school I have never heard of. Again, go figure.
March 27, 2019
Good friends are the people you want with you on the happiest days of your life. They are the people you want with you on the hardest days and on the most ordinary days too. I am blessed to call some pretty amazing women my friends. I am blessed to have each one of them walking with me as we make our way through this journey called life. Each friendship is unique, beginning right when it was supposed to in the way God planned. One began in college when two young women met and found comfort and strength in each other as they began their lives away from home. One began when a super sweet pharmacist reached out to a wife and mother she knew from years of dispensing sticky pink liquid and tons of advice. Two friendships began in this very place when women separated by miles recognized through their writing how very much alike they were. Texts followed, and eventually, blog friends became real-life friends.
March 25, 2019
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March 18, 2019
Don't wish your life away. My father spoke those words to me many, many times. Like a self-absorbed teenager, I smiled and laughed, and assured him I wouldn't. But by mid-summer every year, I was wishing it were September. I was ready for a new school year, freshly waxed floors, creased Jordache Jeans, and Friday night football games. During the long, cold days of January, I sat in Geometry class wishing it was spring. After graduation, I spent my weeks in college wishing it was the weekend so I could load my little white Plymouth Sundance and head home. As a newly married schoolteacher, I wished it were Christmas vacation so I could spend days in my cozy, little house baking cookies and watching tv.
March 15, 2019
Get out your green because St. Patrick's Day is here! This weekend is all about celebrating the green and gold. Well, sort of. My sister Margie and I and our families are taking my mom and our friend Blueberry Mary out for fish fry tonight! Sunday is Mary's birthday, and we are so happy to be able to celebrate with her. Saturday Marian is coming! The guys have plans after Mass in the evening, so the girls and I are deciding between a crazy night out with dinner and a movie, or a quiet night in with dinner and a movie. Stay tuned. Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, and we have awesome plans to stay home and eat festive food. And that is our exciting weekend. Hope your weekend is fun and festive too!
March 13, 2019
March 11, 2019
Who knew that one hour could make so much difference? I swear yesterday was like the fastest day ever. Like Twilight Zone fast. And just like that, we start a brand new week. It is a quiet week around here. Work for some, school for others. The puppies have a date at the groomers, we are going to fish fry on Friday, and tonight and tomorrow night we get to see how Colton's journey to find love on The Bachelor ends!!! What a week!
This past weekend, we celebrated Nicolas' brother Jakob's birthday.
It isn't until April, but we won't be with him then, and you know how we are about celebrating around here! Fortunately, Jakob was kind enough to humor me and was a good sport. Plus, he LOVES the blueberry pie that Peyton makes.
March 8, 2019
March 6, 2019
And strategically plan our meals so we can eat the big one as late as possible, crave a big juicy burger from Wendy's even though we wouldn't eat one the other 364 days of the year, go to bed earlier than usual because we are starving five minutes after dinner, and dream of what we are going to eat first thing Thursday morning.
Have a good Ash Wednesday, friends!
P.S. You have seen Mean Girls, right????
March 5, 2019
Even taking care of a sick husband. Yep. The stomach flu hitched a ride on Steve this weekend and set up shop for a couple days. In my bedroom. Enough said. Steve is a tough guy. And he held his own, but it was unpleasant. All day Sunday I was in and out of his quarantine, and the kids finally asked me how I did it! My answer was simple. I signed up for this. Almost twenty-eight years ago. I did it with love. And Lysol. Lots of Lysol.
March 4, 2019
Lent? Yep. Wednesday begins the season of Lent and our preparation for Easter. Some years I plan and type out elaborate schedules. Some years I don't. This is one of the latter years. Simplifying our plans and goals takes the pressure off and will hopefully result in a more successful Lent for us all.
March 1, 2019
And just like that, March is here! Although I am ready for all things green, warm, fresh, and sunny, I know that March hides cold air, blustery winds, and dark skies among her days. It is time, however, to pack up winter and set out some green and gold!