Weekly Wrap-Up: The one where I got older

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! Did you have an amazing week? Mine has been fantastic – busy, but fantastic.

We started off Monday with an afternoon doctor’s appointment and some errands. I had a massive to-do list, but maybe because I knew how packed the afternoon was going to be, I was extremely productive and managed to knock out a huge chunk of it before we left. I managed to mark off the rest of it when we got back home. Yay, me!

It poured down rain off and on all day Monday. I snapped this picture of Brianna’s dog, Belle, who was staring out the front door with as forlorn an expression as I’ve ever seen on a dog’s face. It wasn’t just her face, but her entire body. She’s usually exploding with energy, so she just looked totally dejected sitting there as she was.

All I could think of was that old Carpenter’s song, Rainy Days and Mondays where it says, “Hangin’ around. Nothin’ to do but frown. Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.”

Tuesday, I had another early afternoon appointment, but somehow managed to mark off everything on my to-do list for the second day in a row.

One of those things was to try an idea that’s crossed my mind a few times for a doorstop for our deck. We were using a brick when we wanted to prop open the door for the dogs to come and go. (Penny and Peanut haven’t learned to open the door like Belle has, so sometimes they get stuck on the deck.)

They were managing to slide the brick out of the way, so I bought a rubber doorstop. Belle chewed it up the very first time we used it.

So, I used an inexpensive metal bookend that we had sitting around. I bent the part that slides under the books back the opposite way. That became the part that holds the door. The part that usually holds the books became the part that slides between the slats of wood on the deck.

It’s worked perfectly! The dogs haven’t managed to move it, and if they do ever figure it out, they won’t be able to chew it up.

We went out to dinner at Chili’s on Tuesday night for my birthday. My birthday was Wednesday, but Brianna wasn’t sure what her schedule was going to look like for work, and we were all home on Tuesday. That’s okay. I was all up for a birthday eve celebration.

Afterward, we went to a couple of stores to look around, then, to Dairy Queen for birthday Blizzards.

On my actual birthday, Josh and Megan were invited to a friend’s house to swim. I told them to go and my birthday present from them could be an afternoon at home alone. Win-win! They know I love them, but they also know how much their introverted mama likes to be alone from time to time.

I took myself out for a mani-pedi. Since last year, I get pedicures at least once a month during sandal weather, but I rarely get a manicure. I don’t wear nail polish because it’s so hard to keep looking nice, and it confuses the people at the nail place when you tell them you want the manicure but no polish.

I finally decided I’d just get the polish and take it off in a day or two because I really do love all the other parts of the manicure.

Y’all, I liked having my nails painted more than I thought I would!

I chipped one within the first six hours, of course, but other than that one, my nails looked nice longer than I expected.

I may have to start getting regular manicures, too.

Afterward, I did a little shopping for some things I needed for a nifty review I’ll be publishing in the next week or two. (You can take a sneak peek here.) Then, I came home, fixed myself lunch (after deciding that what I had at home sounded just as good as anything I’d order out), and took a nap.

It was heavenly.

After Brian got home, we went to dinner at Chick-fil-A, and I got my very own gallon of sweet tea to enjoy the rest of the week.

The mani-pedi and family dinner were my birthday gifts, but Brian did get me a little something – a PopSocket for my phone. (I linked to the exact one I got in case anyone wants to be all matchy-matchy with me. lol) My cousin has one, and I thought they were so silly and useless – until my hand started cramping at night when I’d lie in bed playing games on my phone.

Yeah, I know – first world problems.

I decided to try a PopSocket, and I love it! It makes it so much more comfortable to hold the phone in general (not just when playing games) and it helps you get a better grip and angle for selfies.

The lady next to me at the nail place had one, and I told her I thought they were so silly – until I got one. She immediately started telling me all the things she loves about hers. It’s the little things, y’all.

Yesterday was a relaxing, at-home day – my favorite kind.

Today is Brian’s company picnic at a local amusement park. I wish I could say I was looking forward to it, but ugh. It’s always so hot, and I’m not a huge fan of the rides. I’m hoping to do what I did last year – find a nice spot in the shade and play games on my phone while chatting with my husband all day. I should get adventurous and take my bathing suit for the water park. They have a lazy river I could float in all day.

I’m hoping to do what I did last year – find a nice spot in the shade where I can relax, play games on my phone, and chat with my husband all day. I should get adventurous and take my bathing suit for the water park. They have a lazy river I could float in all day.

The kids always love it, though. They each invite a friend and hit the park like crazy like I used to do when I was their age. We usually get pizza and doughnut holes (unless company picnic day falls on National Doughnut Day in which case every single doughnut hole is sold out even if it happens to also be your birthday – but I’m not bitter about that one year or anything) on the way home, and everyone spends the night. It’s a fun day except for the being so hot part.

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!

If you’re looking for an amazing group of homeschool moms to hang out with, check out the Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers Community on Facebook. It’s pure awesomeness!

And, if you’re looking for something fun for your tweens, check out this free Bible study on David & His 400 Men.

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  1. Happy Belated Birthday! I’m so glad you had a nice time. My husband also used to have a company picnic at an amusement park every year. I grew up as the daughter of the maintenance foreman of the same park (Dorney Park) so I LOVED it there. We always looked forward to my husband’s company picnic every year, until they stopped it several years ago. My husband’s employers have gotten pretty stingy over the years. 🙁

  2. Sounds like a wonderful week full of your birthday and fun! It really is the little things that often bring us the most joy. Happy belated birthday!

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