Tuesday, June 24, 2008

There and Back Again

I am still recovering from Sally's birthday festivities, and I am shamelessly using Vacation Bible School to ease myself back into the real world. Having only half my children during the morning has really given me time to catch up on my laundry. Or to catch up on my Google Reader. Whatever.

Since we had such fun in Lancaster a few weekends ago, we decided to take Sally back for her birthday. This time we took my parents, my sister, and my brothers along for the ride. All of them were off of work for various reasons, although none as interesting as my youngest brother who called off for a work related injury. Namely, a raging case of poison ivy. He's a groundskeeper and it's an occupational hazard. It is probably the number one reason why I will never be a groundskeeper. That and the sweating.

We saw more trains (I told you it was a cult), and this time we even stopped at the outlets. I could only make a cursory tour of the stores, but I still managed to slip into Pottery Barn Kids and score a huge picture frame that was originally fifty dollars marked down to eighteen.

That's what I'm talking about, my friends.

But I guess the whole day could be characterized by this little episode: While the girls went with my dad in search of lemonade, I took Fiver and Bun in the stroller to the lingerie outlet. I was in desperate need of some new bras (thank you, children), and I just wanted to grab some and get out.

Of course, this being the outlet, there were some great deals to be had. As I was looking through the racks (HA!), Fiver suddenly realized where we were. He sat up in the stroller and announced:

Oh wow! Look at all these fabulous bras!

And on that note, One More Equals Four tagged me for the ABCs of Me. Since I have another busy day on my plate, I will leave you with even more things that you never wanted to know about me.

A. Attached or Single? Attached to Rob. Usually at the hip, unless he’s on call. I’m on call enough in my own house. Forget the hospital.

B. Best Friend? Rob. I pick him first all the time.

C. Cake or pie? Yes, please! Preferably German chocolate and apple pie.

D. Day of choice? Sunday. We reserve this for church and family and nothing else. It’s the only day that I do not feel guilty for not doing laundry.

E. Essential item? These days? Baby wipes. I have little packs of them stashed all over the place, and I use them on everyone. Even Rob will ask me for a wipe on occasion. I mean, he will ask me for the actual wipe not for me to physically wipe him. I wipe enough people around here.

F. Favorite color? purple

G. Gummy bears or worms? I guess gummy bears, although I don’t really like gummy things. Well, except for actual gum.

H. Home town? Growing up it was Reading, PA.

I. Favorite indulgence? Chocolate covered pretzels.

J. January or July? This one’s a draw. January has my birthday and July has Francie’s birthday and summer fun, so I like both.

K. Kids? Four right now. Can’t say if there are any more in the future, but if you happen to ask me around 4:30 in the afternoon, the answer would most likely be “No”

L. Life isn’t complete without? Prayer and laughter - sometimes these are the only things that get me through the day.

M. Marriage date? 6/14/97

N. Number of brothers and sisters? Two brothers, one sister. I am the oldest.

O. Oranges or Apples? Apples all the way. I have to be in just the right mood for oranges.

P. Phobias? I don’t know if I have any full blown phobias. I guess fear of the dark? Like total, absolute, primordial darkness.

Q. Quotes? There are so many I love! How about: "Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing." Blessed Mother Theresa

R. Reasons to smile? I have so many that I should just always be walking around grinning like a fool. I'm alive, my kids are healthy and happy, my husband is here to help me and make me laugh, I have plenty of food, I have a home, etc, etc, etc . . .

S. Season of choice? Autumn.

T. Tag 5 people: T With Honey, RC Mommy, The Estrogen Files, Nothing Really, As Many As We're Given (if you feel so inclined - it's summer, do whatever you like!)

U. Unknown fact about me? I once ran a 5K and did it in a respectable time (meaning: I was not last.) Then I promptly got pregnant so I never had to do that again.

V. Vegetable? Glazed carrots or creamed corn or creamed spinach. I know, I am an 80 year old trapped in a 32 year old’s body.

W. Worst habit? Nagging. I am a world class nag.

X. Xray or Ultrasound? Ultrasounds – most of mine have been for happy reasons!

Y. Your favorite food? So many, hence the Weight Watchers every Saturday. Off the top of my head? Lasagna, coconut shrimp, ice cream, chocolate, chicken and dumplings, . . . .

Z. Zodiac sign? Capricorn. And so is Rob’s, of course (see “A”)


  1. I have to say...even I don't get that excited by bras. Of course, mine are so small there is not a lot to get excited about! Loved reading your answers to the ABC meme. I especially like how you ran a 5k and then got pregnant. In my opinion that was DEFINITELY the better option!

  2. This was a fun meme and I'll be sure to get to it sometime in the next year. ;)

    I, too, love chocolate covered pretzels and I found something you HAVE to try if they are still making it. Turkey Hill Chocolate Covered Pretzel Ice Cream!

  3. With your love of chocolate-covered pretzels, do you love the Hershey Take 5? I am smitten with those. My brother-in-law and I actually got into a shoving match over the last one in the candy bowl at my MIL's house. We acted like we were playing, but there was no kidding around - we both wanted that candy bar.


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