Monday, June 21, 2010

Thank you very much.

This weekend I've felt so grateful for everything.
Abundantly blessed.

For Father's Day I told The Man to pick a restaurant and I'd take him there.
We went to a Japanese steakhouse. With all three kids.
It was the most I've ever spent on a single meal. Ouch!
But it was so good and so much fun.
Seeing the looks on the kids' faces was worth it.
And they made it through the entire day without fighting, spilling a drink, or spazzing out. Wow!!

After lunch we went to a farm store. It's the first time I've ever been to one.
I told him I'd buy him the trailer he wanted to put behind the zoom zoomer (aka four wheeler.)
We're not going to talk about the fact that my Mother's Day ended with me in tears.
Because it was so lame. So thoughtless. So pathetic.
All I know is that from here on, I will have no trouble asking for expensive meals and gifts on my birthday and Mother's day. HA!
I'm usually very cautious and say lots of things like, "It doesn't have to be expensive. Just a candle or handmade card or something will do."
Nope, those days are gone. I'm a high maintenance diva from now on.

The other day we were getting ready to leave the house for an event and The Boy insisted on going swimming.
I didn't want his clothes all wet so I told him to just go skinny dipping for a few minutes.
We're out in the country, no one can see, it will be fine.
And as I was in the bathroom brushing my hair, I heard him talking to someone.
I looked outside and it was a mennonite neighbor lady.
Ha! She'd come to pick apricots.
The poor kid was stuck in the pool holding a floatie in front of himself.
Hysterical. I don't think he'll forgive me for that for a while.
She baked an apricot pie for her husband for Father's Day.
He's low maintenance. Like I used to be.

I think we finally (??) have reliable internet service here.
I know I said that last week, but I mean it this time.
We switched again yesterday and so far so good.
The kids read my blog so I have to speak in code here.
They haven't figured out yet that we're ot-nay etting-gay elevision-tay all ummer-say.
We just decided to wait until fall.
Pretty soon we'll be going straight up Amish and driving a horse and buggy.

Blogging is strange. I love it, but it always baffles me.
Even though the traffic here is higher than ever, the comments are way down.
But I've had soooo many comments from people in real life lately that are so sweet.
People that I didn't know even knew I had a blog!
"I love reading your blog!"
People have said the kindest things imaginable about our family, our lives, my photography, my jewelry line, and this blog.
Thank you silent stalkers! Ha!

I hope your week starts with your heart as filled as mine is right now.
Coffee in my cup. A roof over my head. Laughing kids.
Life is good.

I'm joining up with Carissa's Miscellany Monday. Because I'm always filled with miscellany.


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Jamie said...

I know how you feel about the Mother's Day and gifts/thoughtfulness situation. I feel the same way, time to just be a Diva. Its only twice a year (bday and mother's day) so we should be able to!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I am one that is trying really hard to start commenting again. It is easy to read and wander off.

Love all your photos!

And your poor son!

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

i became a high maintenance diva a while back. mostly cause i was tired of getting electric screwdrivers and things from the camping store for holidays.

you laugh, but i'm serious!

Tam. said...

I came to a similar realization yesterday. My husband was golfing all day for Father's Day (after receiving his expensive wheel barrow that he wanted). I spent Mother's Day visiting the various Mom's, feeling stressed, with the day ending in tears. I decided next year, I will do what I WANT to do and ASK for something I WANT. :)

I love your blog. I'm jealous of your country life! We have land, not enough and not far enough away :)

Anonymous said...

I am a silent stalker! I love to read your blog, and love your photos, but I rarely feel the need to share (or even have) my own two cents! lol!
Just know there are alot of us out here, reading, loving, sending good thoughts your way!

Sara said...

you are fantastic...
ah..the skinny dipping...too funny!
love that you have internet (and even managed to visit my blog, too!)

so sorry about your puppy...seriously I have been thinking about him and you guys everyday....

maybe you can adopt a oppossum?

Julie Harward said...

Hi..thanks for the visit, looks like you are going to have a good summer, you have such a great place. That little guy sure looks like his daddy! :D

tara said...

lol...dying laughing about the boy, so something mine would do, but he wouldn't hold the floatie, he would jsut run up with wild abandonment and start chatting away!! Happy summer!

Anonymous said...


I came over from Carissa's.

I feel so sorry for the boy. That must have been so embarrassing :(

I love the pictures you posted. It looks so peaceful where you live. I almost wish I could hop into the pictures and lay underneath the tree to watch the sky.

Thank you so much for sharing!


Anonymous said...


I came over from Carissa's.

I feel so sorry for the boy. That must have been so embarrassing :(

I love the pictures you posted. It looks so peaceful where you live. I almost wish I could hop into the pictures and lay underneath the tree to watch the sky.

Thank you so much for sharing!


Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Oh The Boy laughed about it afterward. He thought it was hilarious too!

kraftykash said...

Sounds like you and the fam are busy creating fun memories.We have no *elbac* either. My kids do just fine:)

Trasie Bressler said...

You crack me up!

jonahbonah said...

well, i'm STILL trying to figure out how you (and others) are able to see the traffic that comes to your blog...I think I might get a visitor or two a day. How does one expand her readership???

i do LOVE your blog!!! I would comment on every post if time allowed!!!

BARBIE said...

Following you from the Monday Miscellany! I love your blog and I LOVE your jewelry. I hope we can become great bloggie friends!

carissa said...

i got all giddy when i saw your little linky listed! : ) so glad to have you... i enjoyed all of your randoms and your lovely photos (as always!).

Suzanne said...

Your photos are gorgeous. I love summer! Such a funny story about "the pool." Still laughing about that one!

Melinda said...

Still laughing about THE BOY and the floatie! Too funny.
I love the fact that you are now high maintenance! You go girl.

Thanks for coming by Dreaming, come back soon.


Tia Colleen said...

omg, haha, I lol'd when you were speaking in code.

Jocelyn said...

I am cracking up at the skinny dipping and the talking in code! I get the high traffic and low comments who knows? Your blog is great and your photos amazing! New follower here:-)

Lindy said...

stopped over from carissa's place! thanks for the smiles.

Casey said...

First off... totally jealous that you have an apricot tree! WOW!! Look at all that fruit on it too.

Second of all, bless your son's little heart. Hey at least he had the float to cover up! :)

Oh and I am guilty of not commenting. Sorry. I subscribe in a reader and don't always click to actually GO to the blog. Wish there was a way to comment thru the reader. Have a blessed day!!

Kristi said...

I always say that next year will be different and I will ask for something more... but I don't. I hope you have more tenacity than i do! ^_~

Lori Allberry said...

Hiya Beki!

I'm guilty, I'm totally guilty of reading and not commenting. I figured that I was boring you with my boring comments!

I love the boy in the pool story, that is too funny! And hey - I am right there with ya on Mother's Day, I felt let down this year, too, after receiving a card and nothing else. Not a dinner out, nothing . . . .

Please keep blogging, we will be here reading! =)


Unknown said...

Faithful blog/twitter reader. I almost always read from my phone, with busy body twins around, so commenting isn't as often as I'd like. And, family gives me hope. I couldn't survive without them!

rentz said...

I'm guilty. I haven't been commenting as much. I can barely get a post up on my own blog. Crazy summer! Why is it so wonderful to get comments on our blogs? Can someone answer that one for me? Maybe it's validation. Who knows...

patti said...

ok...I admit to being one of those silent stalkers. :)

thanks for the nice comment on my blog recently.

it was a nice surprise - honestly, I didn't think anyone really looked at it (with the exception of friends and family).

so, thank you! :)

Wendy said...

Your neighbors just show up in your yard to pick fruit from your trees? Can I come pick fruit, too? :o)