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Whats your favorite holiday?

5 Sep

I love this question because A.) It reminds me that we are approaching the holiday season and B.) I simply love talking holidays. So, to answer the “plinky prompt” of the day, my answer is: THANKSGIVING.

Just last week, while strolling alone, through the aisles at Costco (yes, as a mom with 9 month olds, going to Costco alone is the highlight of my day so that is why “alone” is emphasized here) I spotted something that caught my eye and made my heart happy… an oversized “fall-like” wreath. It was orange, brown and red, with ribbons and decorations of pumpkins and acorns draping from it. It was screaming “Thanksgiving.” I wanted to buy it right then and there, but remembered I already had one sitting in my garage. I felt like dancing down the aisle while singing “Oh Happy Day,” but didn’t want to blow my cover and be asked to leave the store, because then I knew “my alone time” would come to an end, so I controlled the impulse and kept walking.

There is something about that time of year that brings great joy to me. When I was a kid, Christmas was my favorite holiday, but that was because I wasn’t “Santa.” As an adult, Christmas becomes more of a burden each year. In fact, I am glad when it is over, but not Thanksgiving. Oh no, I love it and wish it lasted more than a day. Is there a “Jewish version” of Thanksgiving… one that lasts 8 days? If so, please let me know so I can sign up.

In all seriousness though here is what I love about Thanksgiving and the fall season in general:

  • Running in the cool evening breeze.
  • Watching the trees change color.
  • The smell of pumpkin spice lattes filling every Starbucks I go to.
  • Sipping wine while sitting by a fire.
  • Little reminders to be “thankful” where ever I go.
  • Writing my annual “thanksgiving” letters to my family.
  • My Grandma’s apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream.
  • Being able to wear sweaters and UGG boots… at the same time.
  • Running the annual “Turkey Trot” as a means to make myself feel better about how much I am going to eat later in the day.
  • Watching my Grandpa carefully carve the turkey. That is his special job and he is amazing at it ūüėČ
  • Watching football and the Macy’s Day parade.
  • Getting ready for “Black Friday.

I could go and on, but what I love most about Thanksgiving, are the memories I make every year with my family. Memories that are built around a table eating, laughing and simply enjoying the moment.Writing all this is making me wish it was November and about 25 degrees cooler outside, but until then, I will mentally prepare for my favorite time of year and look forward to new memories and traditions that will soon be made.

So, What is your favorite holiday and why?

Blessings ~ Summer

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If you had to give up one vice, what would it be?

22 Aug

Vice (noun)- an immoral or evil habit or practice. Synonyms: fault, failing, foible,weakness.

  If I had to give up one vice/weakness, I would give up how much I worry AND I am sure my husband would be so thankful!

I worry about everything. Our finances, the kids, my family, health issues, if I have offended someone, where my future is going and how I will get there. I worry about my husband being happy and if my kids are going to turn out okay. If there is something to worry about, then I am sure I do. But as I sit here and acknowledge this, I have to wonder why. Why do I worry so much?

Perhaps it’s because I was a single mom for a long time, living pay check to pay check praying that ends would meet. Maybe it’s because as a teenager my father walked out on our family leaving my mom to support my sister and I, and she eventually lost everything. ¬†Maybe it is because I feel that I need to control my environment and I find security in that; OR maybe it is very simple… I don’t trust God enough.¬†Sadly, that is the answer. I have put my faith and hope in myself and what I can control rather than in a God who is so much bigger than me.

“Matthew 6:25 says, “Don’t worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself.”¬†Worrying robs us of today. I know this is true because there have been so many times that I have sat worrying about things that never happened, only to realize later that I wasted precious time.

So, I am setting a new goal (and Erik if you are reading this, you may find sticky notes around the house as a reminder… just a FYI) I am going to let God be God and Summer¬†be Summer. Meaning, I am going to trust in Him more and in myself less. When I start to worry, I will remind myself of His promises and that He will take care of me and those I love. I am going to worry less, trust more and enjoy today.

Blessings, Summer~

What Makes Your Eyes Roll?

19 Aug

The Plinky Prompt of the Day: What makes your eyes roll.

Where do I start with this one? There are so many things I can think of, it’s not even funny! However, for the sake of this post I will limit my answer to the one thing that is making my eyes almost stick to the back of my head right now… ONE DIRECTION!

These kids are everywhere. I have two teenage girls who are obsessed with this “pop band.” ¬†I can’t get away from them. They are plastered on the walls of their bedrooms. They post pictures of them all day on Instagram and mention them in most of their “tweets.” They play their YouTube Videos when they are not actually watching the concert DVD video they have, and when I turn on MY Spotify to listen to REAL music, I am bombarded with the last song the girls were listening to last. It’s Madness I tell you.

Okay, Okay… I do get it. When I was 13, obsession was “New Kids On The Block.” I really thought that someday I would be Mrs. Joe McIntyre. But here is the difference, we did not have I-phones, I-Pads, Laptops, or even the Internet. So, my mom only had to deal with the cassette tapes I had and be bugging her about buying me a T-shirt. What I have to deal with is far ¬†worse and I fear that these 5 young men are not going away anytime soon.

So, the mention of Harry, Liam, Zayn, Niall and Louis (Yes, I looked up their names) will keep my eyes a-rolling for years to come, or until the next group of boys who cannot sing emerges.

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