I’m so behind on blogging. My apologies.
Let’s jump back two weekends. Eric and I headed home to celebrate my birthday with our families. My family has been spread across the country a bit, so this was the first time we’d all been in the same house in months. It was pretty exciting.
Anywho, back in the good ol’ days, I would always celebrate my birthday with a slumber party. (For the sake of all those involved, I will refrain from publishing embarrassing flashback photos.) And we would always eat pizza for dinner, followed by cake and ice cream for dessert. I felt no need to mess with tradition this year, so my fabulous birthday meal was some good ol’ fashioned Domino’s pizza. Yum. Followed by a Dairy Queen ice cream cake for dessert. Have I mentioned that we gain weight anytime we go home?
If I recall correctly, the weather was kind of freezing cold that weekend, so someone had the grand idea that we should have an indoor picnic. Apparently we used to have indoor picnics all the time. I don’t really remember ever doing this, but it was pretty darn exciting this time. Plus, we got to use my birthday gift from my sister: an all-weather picnic blanket. Pretty awesome. This may be something Eric and I have to incorporate into our Spring dinner routine, as it is currently monsoon season.
Aside from eating lots of delicious food, we also did a bit of spring cleaning. My parents will be moving within the next few months, so my sister and I have to clean out our old closets. Although this sounds terribly boring, it was actually quite hilarious. I stumbled upon all of my old athletic equipment (volleyball, lacrosse, softball) and decided to wear it for the remainder of the afternoon. I forgot how uncomfortable sports can be.
Now let’s jump ahead to Easter weekend. We spent a bit less time at home than originally intended due to some crazy storms that we weren’t particularly interested in driving through. But we still got a good fill of the Ringers and Smiths. We spent Saturday afternoon playing Dutch Blitz with Eric’s parents. If you haven’t played this game, please come over to our apartment and play it with us. It’s fun. After an afternoon of cards, we got to spend the evening at game night with some of our favorite friends from home! We played a hilarious round of Balderdash, where we learned all sorts of useless facts. For example, a “scurryfunger” is an ancient dental tool. Try bringing that up in your next round of small talk.
On Sunday morning, we were blessed with the opportunity to attend Sojourn’s Easter service, which was wonderful (as are all of their services). We love, love, love going to Sojourn on Sundays at home. If you’ve never been, the music and the preaching are phenomenal. I always leave really excited about the Lord and encouraged about the week ahead. Of course, Easter should be encouraging, no matter where you are.
We spent the afternoon with Eric’s family, where we participated in the Ringer family tradition of searching for Easter baskets. Eric’s mom hides the baskets around the house, and everyone has to find their own. Of course, I was the last one to find mine (after everyone else already found it while looking for their own), but it was fun, nonetheless.
We spent the evening with my family, mostly playing Scrabble. I hate Scrabble, mostly because I am terrible at it. (As I write this post, Eric is playing Scrabble on his computer.) But everyone else in my family, including Eric, has some crazy Scrabble talent that I will never understand. We were also spoiled with overflowing Easter baskets, which I will try to let overshadow my Scrabble losses.
So here’s to home, friends, family, and the joy of celebrating Easter with those we love!