Time to breathe? Not this week…

This was my To-Do list for yesterday:

Do laundry (I have roughly 26 loads that need to be done)
Clean up the house
Go to the store and buy food
Help kids finish Christmas projects
Take short nap
Go to the gym
Make dinner
Post to blog

This is what my To-Do list looked like at the end of the day:

Do laundry (I still have roughly 26 loads that need to be done)
Clean up the house
Go to the store and buy food
Help kids finish Christmas projects

Take a short nap (If you count just over 2 hours a short nap)
Go to the gym (I walked the treadmill at a painfully slow pace then went to the cafe and had a cup of hot tea.  Hardly a workout.)
Make dinner (Does warming up leftover pizza count as making dinner? If so, I can cross this off of the list.)
Post to blog

Needless to say, I was wiped after a long but amazing weekend.  The musical was spectacular – if I do say so myself.  It went so well.  We got a lot of compliments on it and it just made all the hard work and time seem worth it.

In addition to the performance being a blast, I also had the privilege of making new friends.  I feel blessed to have gotten to know people like this girl who is funny, talented, genuine and all around awesome.

And this girl, who just may be one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.

And many others within my church family who (whom?) I’ve seen before but never met.  I laughed a lot this weekend.  I laughed until my sides ached.  I also harkened back to my college days and stayed out till the wee hours of the night all weekend.  I forgot that I’m 29…ish (ahem) and have three kids at home who like to rise before the sun.  It made for some serious bags under the eyes, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

And so yesterday, despite my ambitious goals, I got little done except the massive nap, from which I awoke to the sounds of angels singing and white doves flitting about my house.

Just kidding.  My house is a mess and my in-laws are coming on Friday! Yikes. Barbara you may need to close your eyes when you come.

Today I will make a better attempt to manage my To-Do list.  Unfortunately it’s grown over night.  There are gifts to wrap, gifts to purchase, still a need for food, still mountains of laundry – oh and a shower.  I never quite got around to that yesterday.

Life is full – but it is grand as well.  How was your weekend?


  1. Personally, I am glad you resorted back to your college days and stayed out late with us! I’m so looking forward to girls nights…after your laundry is done, food has been bought, projects are finished, etc! 🙂

  2. This mother-in-law gives you a big high five for being able to check off the nap. I am big on naps, especially when you have little children, and 2 hr naps are the greatest! It helps you get through the time of the day better known as the ‘Valley of the Shadow’, that time between 3:30 p.m. and bedtime. I promise to leave my white gloves at home, and I’m great at laundry if you don’t get it finished. Go easy on yourself! It’s the family we’re coming to see, not the house! By the way, did that sweet husband of yours mention that we are bringing special bread for the Friday night meal, or did his Stuart male gene kick in and forget to tell you?
    Love you, and will see you on Friday!

  3. P.S. By the way, do you know how to feel better about a list that has only a few checks at the end of the day? Add everything you HAVE done to the list and check those off. It works every time!

  4. WOW!!! THatnks for making me a “this girl”!!!! You rock and I’m so happy we’re friends…heeeeyyyyy BFF!

  5. Hee hee hee…Kim and Jess – so much fun to know you guys. You’re the best! Barbara – yes do leave those white gloves at home. And the white pants, socks, shirts…pretty much anything that will reveal the endless amounts of dirt floating about our house. I am going to vacuum – I can promise you that. And I might get the bathroom cleaned, but I can’t promise that.

    And no, Lee did not mention special bread. I have no idea what you’re talking about. 🙂

  6. oh my gosh I got to be a “this girl” too! When I was reading your blog, I was like…Please let me be that girl….and I decided if I wasn’t I would be okay with it. I would read someone else’s blog and tell myself that you found a different funny friend and that would be okay with me, because my identity isn’t found in my humor, but let’s be honest; I was a lot happier when i realized it was me. Great, now everyone knows of my vanity.

    My all-time favorite was hanging out too! What a wonderful way to spend our time–making new friends and keeping the old, one is silver and the other is gold. Thank God for Girl Scouts.

  7. And squeeze in a 2nd birthday too, right? What were we thinking birthing children in December? I don’t know about you, but it really makes for a crazy month! Poor guy… I have to master the ability to make his birthday not seem like an afterthought. 🙂