Monday, December 9, 2013

this weekend...

did anyone else's weekend blow up with the word: busy?
I had all of these plans to get things accomplished and all of a sudden - BAM - my weekend became crazy busy, but all in a good way.


Friday night was spent hanging out with the roomie - eating some chickfila - and watching tv (friday at work was busy busy!)

Saturday was an early start, followed by a heart to heart with the roomie, bible study, errands, starting Christmas decorating, some cleaning, making more cinnamon ornaments, mowing the front lawn, and watching 7 brides for 7 brothers (my favorite).

Sunday was another early start for church at 8:45 (with a much needed sermon that I will probably be talking about this upcoming frankly Friday), errands, coming home and pulling down Christmas lights from the attac - and here is where my day got REALLY busy. I was going to finish Christmas decorating (doing the lights outside, finishing up the inside, doing some craft projects) when I called my cousin out of the blue because she was pressing on my heart.
after talking to her for a few minutes I realized - I need to get over there and help her.
I went over, helped wrangle the three kids (12, 8, 4(almost 5!)), tackled cleaning their rooms with their help, giving them some chores to accomplish, helping my cousin clean the house, getting some Christmas decorations up, and just some quality good time and conversation.
around 6 my other cousin and her son came over to spend some time with everyone and hang ornaments on the tree. three boys (and one girl) running around the house playing - hilarious, and exhausting.
you moms out there, you rock, seriously.

a lesson that was learned this weekend: I love helping children learn.
I've known I always loved helping teenagers learn - but children were a different story.
helping my little 4 year old cousin clean his room, put away his toys, and put toys in a box to give away because "this season is about giving" was rewarding for me. I loved every minute of it.

all of that to say.
I still have Christmas boxes sitting in my den, my front yard is still missing lights, and Christmas decorations are still not finished, i'm way behind on blog reading & commenting & responding- but it's all worth it, because this weekend was spent living.

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Miss Riss said...

Your last paragraph...yes yes yes!! Good for you for livin' it up this weekend and investing your time in others' lives. After all, that probably ranks higher on the priority list than blogging ;)

Jessica said...

I LOVE 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. I have "Bless Your Beautiful Hide" stuck in my head like every single day...hahah.

Glad your weekend was busy but good! I know what you mean, it's easy to get behind in the blog world!

Jordan said...

life > blog, always :)

fun weekend! i'm sure the decorations will be up in no time!

Kiki said...

Okay, you know how much my heart jumped when I read that you've discovered a love for kids? Like ten million miles up in the air. :)

Does this make us twins now?

No seriously.

Anyway, sounds like a looovely weekend and I can't wait to hear more about this amazing sermon you heard yesterday!

p.s. You are SO right when you say that kids are hilarious and exhausting. I'm with you on that one!!

Kasey Lynne said...

my weekend blew up with = sickness.

Elizabeth said...

I went away to the mountains this weekend and feel the same way! weekends are fun because you get to hang out with people but it also makes it so hard to do real things like laundry and Christmas lights when you work 40 hours and play on time off ! :)

Melissa Suggitt said...

yay for going out and living life away from blog world :) sometimes it's needed!

Jess said...

"but it's all worth it, because this weekend was spent living."
Great line friend. That is what it is all about in the end. :)

meg mcilvaine said...

snow!! that picture is lovely.

seven brides for seven brothers. yes. the end.

there never seems to be enough time during the week or the weekend. but i'm so glad you took time to spend with your cousins. those are moments they will remember and appreciate. :)

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

You are such a good cousin! I love how you set aside your to-do list this weekend and were just with people. Heart-to-hearts, helping people out - these things are more of what Christmas is about than decorating. :) Your heart is in the right place, friend!