I need to start by saying how great it is that Weird Al is making new tunes. When I was a senior in High School, I went with my friend Joanna to see Weird Al perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. We were the oldest kids there. The age bracket jumped up to adult chaperones right after about 10 years of age. I witnessed the fat suit in all its glory and reveled in songs that I had grown up listening to. Let’s just say, I’ve never really identified with the cool kids. This has translated into adulthood where, thank goodness, it doesn’t matter as much. You can still find me singing “Eat It” at the random Karaoke night and I will admit I have listened to his new one, “Handy”, multiple times.
Speaking of the good ol’ days, I was happy to meet up with my friend Cyndi recently to ride the Fort Fisher ferry over to the aquarium. Me and the girls spent the day with her family playing as much catch up as we could. I love the feel of a historic friendship. There’s no room for analyzing or judgment because all those years have filled the space.
We have hit a lull in our summer. June was super busy and super quick but these mid July weeks have found us wandering around the house. Lilly and Willow have become great friends as of late. There’s some annoyance for sure but I catch a lot of laughter and a lot of hugs between them. Wil had a super hard week last week for multiple reasons. So today, he took Lilly to the Carnivorous plant talk at the library. I think they both needed that one on one attention. This summers go to activity for Lilly has been creating things out of paper. She’s made dolls, gardens, tools, and even a church. Her creativity is impressive.
At Target last week, I let her pick out a book bag and she wanted to wear it around the store. Seeing her with that huge bag on was tough! It is hard to believe that she starts her school journey in a month. I know she is ready but am I?
Willow has been growing! Sure, the summer time ice cream trips have been helping but the baby fat is leaving. Willow loves puzzles and ipad games. Feeding her is my big challenge. She is super picky and prefers carbs. I have to starve her to get her to eat her greens. Dancing seems to be her preferred method of exercise but the girl is clumsy! She falls out of most chairs and her elbows are black and blue because of it.
Wil and I went fishing together, without kids or other people, for the first time since moving here. First line into the water and we caught a red fish! I will admit that it was pretty exciting and I probably screamed a little bit too much for such early morning hours. Now, actually touching fish is not my forte. Then, we spent a few hours with nothing or throw backs. Last cast of the day and we caught another red fish. We managed to get dinner for the night and bond over Wil’s favorite thing to do.
With all the difficult events happening in the world and in our town, it can be hard to get relief from the guilt and sadness of it all. Rev. Sandy gave an awesome sermon Sunday that really deserved an audible “Amen” but I said it in my head instead. After having a few difficult weeks of my own, it was great to hear the message of God’s love. That is one thing I can get behind because it can be very lonely inside our own heads but if we have God, we aren’t alone and that is comforting no matter what.