I have big plans for you.
I have dreams of hot, sunny weather without rain where I can swim with the kids and not have Paxton’s lips turn blue.
I have dreams of getting my tan back that I had in June.
(Pausing in remembrance.)
I have dreams of not wanting to pull out my fall boots and sweaters — and desires of getting bright-colored pedicures once again.
Yes August, I have big plans.
Because the weather for the past month has been awesome…if it were September. But considering it’s still technically summer, a few consecutive sunny days and temps over 70-degrees would be FAB.
The Pale Blonde in the Mountains
(p.s. Yes, Mom…I do wear sunscreen!)
In other news, I have still not broken my 745 score on my Solitaire app. So, I did what any other solitaire-junkie would do.
I downloaded another app.
And this one has Easy, Medium and Hard levels and I’m proud to say I made a #1 rank in the first day. #1 rank in what though, is to be determined.
#1 in Seasonal-Affective Disorder?
#1 in Jergen’s Sunless Tanning Lotion Buying?
#1 in Online Boot Shopping?
Yes to all of the above.
Thankfuls this week:
1. SOZO. My husband and a handful of friends went on a 10-day mission trip to Serbia to help work the Sozo Music & Arts Festival. This is a trip I’ve done three times before (when it was in Hungary, not Serbia). And while God kept me home this time (how rude!) — I am beyond thankful that people I love dearly were able to experience what Sozo is all about. They kept me abreast of everything via Facebook, and praying for them was an enormous honor for me. But next year, I’m in. Because you know what they say about a woman scorned? Nothing compared to a woman who missed out on an overseas trip.
2. Coconut Oil. It’s awesome on hair. Did you know that? And sometimes, just to tame some frizziness, I put a small amount in my hands and smooth it over my hair. And it makes my hair so shiny and Christy Brinkley-ish (without any of her beauty) and it makes me want to whip it back and forth. (My herrrrrrr, that is.)
3. Cheez-Its. I know. Repeat! But holy cow, they are my kryptonite. And I love every bit of their cheesy-salty-goodness.
4. Flying. If you regularly visit this place, you know I just finished a blog series on Metamorphosis: Embracing a Life of Becoming. And as I just wrote the final wrap-up, I realized that (as most things do in God’s economy), the wrap-up perfectly mirrors real life. Because as I talk about being willing to take a chance and trying to fly — trusting these new, bizarre wings won’t fail you and trusting God to carry you — I’m having to live that out. How? Just look:
Yeah. So that. I’m guest speaking. At an event. In person.
Me — the introvert, hermit, hide-behind-the-screen graphic-designer-writer-lover is trusting God’s direction and going to stand in front of people and open my mouth wide, trusting God will fill it (Psalm 81:10). If you would have told me a year ago I’d be doing this, I would have looked you dead in the eye and told you, “Get behind me, Satan!” (And I actually did that last summer at She Speaks — sorry Heidi!) And yet, here we are.
Because God loves to have the last laugh.
So if you’re going to be in the area and can stop by, please do. I’d love to hug your neck in person and force you to awkwardly tell me it wasn’t as bad as I thought. (I kid.) (Or do I?)
5. En Français. I made a funny little graphic on the sidebar of my site — the one that starts with “bonjour!” and “it’s important to note I’m not French.”
Shortly after I posted it, I got an email from my mother outlining our family tree. And it turns out, I am, in fact, a small part French. Who knew? (I mean, qui a su?)
I haven’t had time to change the graphic yet, and my mom’s emailed me almost daily to gently remind me that graphic is false…but I’ll get around to it soon. I’m still working on wording to adequately express “a little bit French and pompous enough about it to be annoying.”
So it could take awhile.
Until then, enchanté mon amis.
(And I’d like to add, this explains just so much about me.)
6. Grandparents. While Greg was out of the country, I decided to get outta dodge and call in reinforcements. So I dragged everyone to The Big City to spend a
couple several days with Gamma & Papa. And the kids were spoiled and loved it, and Mama got to work out and get her hair done and have dinner. With a friend! Until the street lights came on! And loved it! And we all had a nice distraction from missing Greg. For awhile. (Thanks Gams & Pops!)
7. Girl Time. While in The Big City, Jaana and I spent a day at the American Girl store. And when I say a day, I’m not joking. We got there at 11 am for the “make a hot air balloon like Saige’s” craft, and stayed until about 2:45 when we finished with lunch with her doll in her own seat at the bar with a tea-cup. And the in-between was filled with a visit to the hair salon for Caroline (the doll), a Saige Creativity Scavenger Hunt, and analyzing every possible outfit and how it would look on Caroline. (After all, Jaana had $10 to spend and regardless of the fact it barely covered the gratuity for lunch, we’re all good.) We made wonderful memories, and she literally had The Best Day. I didn’t rush her or push her and just let her take the lead on everything. It was a long overdue Mommy-Daughter day where she didn’t have to share the spotlight with her little brother. Worth every moment of dodging large shopping bags, loud birthday parties and frizzy doll hair. (I guess the American Girls don’t know about coconut oil — but us French Girls do.)
8. Brie and Baguettes. I could make a dinner from a french bread baguette and some brie with chutney of some kind. (And this was before I found out I’m part French. Now, I just say, “duh.”)
9. The Cooking Channel. I don’t like to cook. I don’t enjoy it, look forward to it, plan for it, anticipate it. It’s the last thing I ever think about it. Therefore, we lack awesome meals at this house. Yet lately, Jaana’s favorite thing to watch is anything on the Cooking Channel. And no, the irony is not lost on me. All I can hope is that she’ll pick up where this pot-holder left off and start whipping up fancy things on a whim. (Or at least whipping her herrrrrrr back and forth.)
10. Happy Happy Happy. Does anything warm a Mama’s heart more than seeing her kids blissfully joyful at the sight of their Daddy? Nope, not really. My kids are beyond ecstatic that Greg is back, and seeing them light up makes my heart ooze happy lava. It’s awesome.
So that’s my week in a nutshell. I could’ve saved 1,250 words and just wrote, “Need sun, love Greg” and called it a day, but whatevs. What’s the fun in that? I’m off to eat some brie and massage some coconut oil into my hair.
And perform my next sun dance.
You’ll let me know what you’re thankful for this week, bien sur?
What are you thankful for this week?
Do you even know how much your thanksday posts make me smile. And now, I shall go forth whipping my herrrr to and fro and repeating “Happy, Happy, Happy!” all the live long day! (P.S. Colby Cheezits? Oh. My. Stars!)
So glad Greg had a good SOZO trip. I know that had to be hard for you to not go.
Very proud of you regarding your speaking engagement. Wish I could come. I know you will be great.
I love Cheezits too! I have learned I can’t sit down with the box but have to put a few in a bowl or else….
Sorry we missed out on American Girl day but glad you and Jaana had a wonderful time.
How awesome, Monica! All your thankfuls are wonderful, but especially #4. Gotta admit, when I saw via your featured image that you will be guest speaking soon, I totally smiled and celebrated you in my head, but at the same time said to myself, “that’ll never be me”. Because I’m an introvert, hermit, hide-behind-the-screens blogger not speaker, person. So, here’s to August 22nd and hoping that God blesses your neck of the woods with more sunny days this summer. Happy for you, my friend!!
Oh Tanya, your words encourage me so much!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. (Oh, and never say never.) :)
Made me smile. Lots.
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