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Sunday Chat- 3 Day Weekend Edition

Isn’t it funny how even when you aren’t working, a three day weekend still feels like a gift. So much good family time and a few days where we didn’t get out of pajamas until well into the evening = success.  We certainly needed it after the last two weeks of running around like chickens with our heads cut off.

I am so jealous of those of you done with school. Going back after Memorial Day seems criminal. Then again I won’t envy you all when you start back early August so I guess it all balances out. But we have all pretty much checked out and I have warned all the teachers that our heads are no longer in the games.

Ryan and I celebrated 14 years of marriage last Tuesday. I didn’t write a mushy blog post or give it much attention on Facebook this year. I have too many friends struggling through the ends of their marriages or slogging through rough patches. I ache for them and never want my happiness to be salt in the wound. So I will just quickly say that our marriage has been a blessing in my life and Ryan has made me better in every possible way. I am super thankful for our 14 years.

We celebrated with some Indian food and a night at the theater. I am not a very adventurous eater but am married to a man who will try anything once. Anything. He loves eating ethnic food and does so quite frequently with his dad and co-workers. So in his honor I found a little local Indian restaurant to check out. I am a convert. I had chicken curry that I have been thinking about ever since. Just amazing. Of course, Ryan is not content with just some boring old ethnic food so he got goat. In a show of anniversary love I tried it. Verdict? Not too shabby. Your never too old to try new things I guess.

After dinner we headed to the theater to see Evita. I am a musical loving girl. Married to a non-musical loving man. When we were dating he got me tickets to see Sound of Music (he had never even seen the movie!!!) and I have been working ever since to convert him to my ways. So you can imagine my delight when all weekend I have heard my hubby singing and humming Evita songs. I’m craving Indian food and he’s downloading Evita songs. Marriage is full of surprises.

Last week we also began the epic process of starting our oldest in braces. We got three different consults which resulted in three different treatment plans and prices. We landed on our course of action and by the end of June Lily will join the millions of metal mouths that have gone before her. Lucky girl. Yet another reason mama needs to get a job….. #bracesaintcheap

We finished up the weekend celebrating my favorite niece and nephew (see only niece and nephew) as they turned 6 and 3 respectively. I sometimes need to pinch myself that my whole family lives close together. It is a gift I never want to take for granted. As someone who didn’t grow up with cousins closer than a few hours a way it delights me when I see them all putting on a puppet show together.

Which brings me to Memorial Day. I am ever so grateful for the men and women who have given their lives so you and I can be free. It is an easy thing to wave our flags around on a few holidays throughout the year but forget most days just what our freedom has cost us. I am 1/4 of the way through the book Unbroken (late to the game, but sooooo amazing) and I cannot get over what our freedom meant in terms of the lives lost fighting for it. Take a moment to really truly sit and be grateful before the day is over.

How did you celebrate the holiday weekend?

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