Am I the only one who is shocked that it is April? And that Easter is behind us? In fact, I’m still warming up to the idea that it’s 2015. My mind says “2007” over and over. Frozen in time. I relate strongly to the song lyric, “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999,” not because I’m a partier, but because I refuse to accept that we have actually survived Y2K.
I also wrangle with the fact that it took me 2 hours last Friday to drive one mile. My friend Sara and I got up at 5:30 in the am and drove the 3 hours to Round Top, TX where the world’s best junk was waiting for us. It was a gorgeous drive with Texas wildflowers flanking the freeway and spiced nuts from Buc-ees.
In case you’ve never been to Texas, I urge you to add “stop at Buc-ees” to your list of must do items when you come here. It may look like just a truck stop on the outside, but inside it’s a little slice o’ Texas heaven.
After almost three hours, we got a couple of miles from our destination when we hit a trail of cars on the rural highway. It was dead stopped….occasionally inching forward. Sure the bluebonnets are amazing, but we didn’t need to see them each individually.
I kid you not. I know I tend to exaggerate, but this is 100% true….we took TWO HOURS to drive ONE MILE. Several times we discussed turning around and leaving, but we had already driven 3 hours to get there so we stuck it out.
By the time we finally got to a parking space and started shopping the flea market we had a great time. We didn’t consider that it would take us about hour and a half to get back out at the end of the day, so all in all we spent about three times as much time sitting in the car as we did shopping. But I bought a beat up old shutter with some slats missing, so of course…it was all worth it.
We found out later through Instagram that the whole Duck Dynasty cast was there plus some HGTV people. That plus it being a nice Friday probably caused the crowd. I have been to Round Top many times and never hit traffic like that. Cuh-razy!
On Saturday morning I was good and tired from flea marketing and several of my older kids were going to an all day photo-meet-up. So I decided to skip the kitchen work I had planned (I am getting close to finishing!) and just rest. It was just what I needed. I literally slept, woke up and watched a mystery movie, went back to sleep, repeat steps one and two.
So I have nothing to report to you about Saturday except that a huge box of books came from my publisher and I am having trouble deciding which ones to read first. So many of them look good! So good, in fact, that I am thinking of just passing them along to y’all after I read them. I want to share the goodness. I’m thinking I’ll just read a few then do a simple giveaway. I could never choose one of y’all over the rest, so a random draw is the way to go.
On Sunday, after church, we had a little egg hunt for the kids. On Saturday night I filled some plastic eggs with candy and wrote the kids names on them so they would all get the same amount. I used a sharpie to write the names and draw some little pictures on each egg. The older/adult kids each got 2 eggs….one with candy and another with money. The under 18 crowd got 10 eggs each filled with candy. Like, lots of candy.
Since pretty much the only other time all year they get candy is for Christmas, it’s a treat and they love it.
Our Sunday afternoon egg hunt turned ugly when, after searching for nearly 2 hours we still couldn’t find 2 of the eggs. I had been the one to hide them and I was super careful to make it pretty easy, except for my 23 year old son who I tried to make practically impossible because, well, it was fun for me. But he found his after about 20 minutes and the other kids all found theirs until we were down to 2 eggs missing. I wanted to give up and just call it done, but the boys whose eggs were missing were highly driven to find them.
Another half hour and we found one of them. The other kids each kind of went in the house and it was down to me, James and two boys.
Finally I stopped looking and went inside. As far as I know they are still out there looking.
This week ahead is full. In addition to the last touches to the kitchen, I will be running errands for James (tax season….CPA….lots of errands) and I am taking the boys to some thrift stores to find new jackets. On Easter we made the annual sad discovery that nothing fits them. So off we go to look for clothes that other people don’t want anymore. Then on Thursday I have 2 ortho appointments and that night I am speaking to a women’s group. Then on Friday, maybe, if I play my cards right, I will get y’all some finished kitchen pictures.
Don’t hold your breath though. I don’t want to be held responsible for anyone dying.
Have a good one! And remember….it’s April 2015. You’re welcome.