This is a 7 Quick Takes post……or 7 free association thoughts…….or 7 things I’ve been dying to tell you. You can link back to Jennifer’s awesome blog for others……
I love wrapping gifts. I love the ribbons, the paper, the whole kit ‘n kaboodle. I often write the name right on the gift in pretty curly Q letters. A gift I have brought can be spotted a mile away. And I love it when it’s all the same wrapping paper. And I love polka dots. And if that paper so happens to be covering an iphone, I love it all the more.
Remember this game? The girls and I did this for a craft one day. I know. I know. It’s no origami…..but it is paper folding. And turns out “Timmy and I will be married and have 6 children at the beach”. This little game producing giggling and cackling and snorting in my children which you cannot imagine. Every 12,865 times we played it.
This is a picture from 2 Christmas’s ago, I think. And these attractive and smart young people are Steve’s children which I have come to adore. They will not be coming for Christmas which makes us very lonesome. We’ve grown accustomed to the chaos of Christmas with eight children. I shipped their goodies off yesterday and got a little teary eyed. We will miss you guys so much!
I have a sudden overwhelming urge to paint everything in my house. I woke up one morning and am tired of it all. So you just wait. Come January, I’m gonna have more house projects going than I have Christmas decorations. Even this little bathroom…..which I have loved dearly over the years……..I sometimes lock myself in here just to enjoy the beautiful colors and silence. And I love the gecko. He wears that Christmas hat all year round, by the way. He’s a festive little guy. This kind of whimsical decorating has been my hallmark. I fear the gecko could be in danger of being kicked out. I feels the winds of change a-blowin’.
Meet my long lost friend Jake. He’s the beloved golden retriever that I rescued over 13 years ago. He has since gone to doggy heaven and gees have we missed this dog dearly. I dreamed about him for the longest time and Elea (6) still mentions him with tear filled eyes. (she’s her mother’s daughter, little sap) We’ve been planning to get another one soon and it can’t be soon enough for me. There’s something about having a ‘big’ dog in the house that just feels right. Know any good breeders?
This picture is to remind me to start training for the half marathon soon. My muffin top is screaming that it can’t be soon enough. I know I’ve invited you before, but if you want to train with me and meet me in Nashville for the Country Music Half Marathon, please put down the piece of fudge (I’m talking to myself) and lace up those running shoes. Last year I ran this race and had a sentamental but groovin’ playlist that I ran the race to. I picked a special song that reminded me of my kids or of some special event or person in my life and ran my little heart out. Otherwise, thirteen miles can be long and monotonous for someone with ADD. I can get all manner of little dramas going on in my head as you know from my prior post. So, what do ya say? Are you in?
And last but not least, let me tell you two things about Stevie that you may not know. He grew up in frigid MN where ice abounds in the winter. And he played a lot of hockey. It should not have surprised me that he can skate and ski circles around me. I’m used to dominating in the skating arena. The first time my sister and I took our little kids roller skating, something overtook us. When we got our skates on ,the strobe lights came on and the song “Crocodile Rock” began to play, we left those five year olds to fend for themselves while we got our groove on. So imagine my chagrin to be completely out-skated and out-skied…..by a guy. This man is full of talents.