We had a very nice holiday on Monday, with just the right ratio of booming hoopla to peace and quiet. We sat on the curb of the main street in our hometown and watched the parade, we made red, white & blue sundaes, and we played with leftover fireworks from two years ago that came with more smoke and fizzle than anything else but made us laugh...all sweet memories for us to tuck away :)
Lately I've enjoyed reading about the creation of everything at the beginning of Genesis, and I've also appreciated the last verse of the 8th chapter: While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
The youngest of our wonder nephews had a birthday at the beginning of the month. We'd missed his previous two because we were down south, so being a part of the distinguished guest list was a great treat. There was a particular theme to his celebration; I'll give you three guesses as to what.. ;)
This party was fun for all ages, as you can plainly see :)
And here is something that makes me smile and smile: G has quite a few uncles (Uncle Jan, Uncle Ryan, Uncle Adam & Uncle Josh) and just two aunts, which means the word uncle is used more often in his little world than the word aunt, which means the word aunt has never really become a part of his vocabulary, which means...he also has an Uncle Bri and an Uncle Hilary :) And so I am auntie to our two older nephews and uncle to our youngest, and I love being both very, very much :)
And something else I love: A group of grown-ups who will gather in their superhero finery just because they know it will make the birthday boy happy. It's great to be 3 indeed :)
Two Saturdays ago our mom and I toured an English garden. We met a very handsome cat and a proud peacock, ate currant scones with strawberry jam and enormous pieces of layer cake - chocolate for her, peanut butter for me :), drank strong tea in pretty teacups, and admired all of the wild, growing things. It was all quite ladylike and civilized and I told Gayle I felt like Anne of Green Gables :)
And this has nothing to do with English gardens, but last month we celebrated our 18th anniversary. So, here is our formal portrait of the old married couple :)
In this case, it was a road trip at the speed of light: we left Texas on May 17th and rolled into Washington on the 19th, which is 2100 miles in 2.5 days, which equals two 12-hour days and one 8-hour day and three sore rear ends. Jan did the vast majority of the driving in the moving truck and Brent did all of the driving in our very vintage Honda; they are both troopers to the nth degree. We spent the first night just outside of Denver and the second in the middle of Boise; on our last day of driving we decided to be really luxurious and sleep in until 5:15. We zipped through three previously unseen states (Oklahoma, Colorado & Wyoming) and Jan & I are now well-versed in the best truck stops thanks to Brent :)
A birthday selfie! The middle-aged woman flanked by two youngins ;)
The husband of my youth is now the husband of my middle age. In other words, we have left our 30s behind and now reside in the strange and wonderful world of the 40s. Also, for the record, I think this business of one's 40s marking actual middle age is rubbish; in lots of ways we're both still waiting to feel like grown-ups :)
I spent months thinking of ways to celebrate our birthdays (bubble soccer! a trapeze class! a slip n slide football battle!), but in the end, we decided a change was in order. And so, at the beginning of April, we secured positions with a mobile hearing testing company that will allow us to travel all around the country and Jan Michael left his career at AT&T. We sold or gave away most of our things, waved a teary goodbye to everyone we love in Texas, and are now back in our old Washington stomping grounds for the next two months. On August 1st we'll leave for company headquarters in Illinois, and after orientation & training, our new adventure begins.
And now the springtime edition of some of whom and what we miss from the Lone Star state:
I guarded my heart for a very long time against appreciating anything at all about Texas (just because it wasn't WA, which is beyond ridiculous, I know), but then I came to my senses and when it was time to go, I grieved leaving the very dear people who have permanent places in our hearts. We have family now way down south and we are both so thankful.