U is for Uncomfortably numb

Ah, there’s nothing like the discomfort of a church pew on a Sunday morning.

I’m kidding.
Sort of.
But most of you probably know what I’m talking about.

Why is the most uncomfortable place to sit the same place the I’m supposed to sit the stillest?

Sometimes that boney spot on your back that sits pressed against the wooden pew goes numb and you can’t do a thing about it. If you move, the people behind you can see you. If you stretch, the people behind you can see you. If you look over at your kids and give the “stop pinching each other and listen” look, the people behind you will see you. And I don’t want to be a distraction to the people who were unfortunate enough to sit behind the chick with a boney spine and pinching kids.

I’ve tried a few casual moves to temporarily relieve the numbing pain of the church pew.

The Arm Around – This is the move where you place your arm on the back of the pew and rest it to allow our spine to shift slightly to the side so it’s no longer digging into the wood. I always feel too manly when I do this. So it doesn’t work for too long before I have to move so I don’t feel like a dude.

The Lean and Head Bow – This is when you lean forward and rest your elbows on your knees and bow your head. Obviously, this is only used during prayer. Used any other time could be mistaken for sleeping; no bueno.

The Spousal Slump – This move is practiced when your spouse is doing The Arm Around. Casually slump into The Arm Around because when you’re leaning on them, it relieves the pressure that’s on your back. This is mainly for the ladies, since I don’t know many men who are going to slump over into their wife’s arms during a church service. But for the guys who do, rock on with your bad self.

Since none of these do much to alleviate the problem of uncomfortable pews, I’m considering bringing a sports cushion to Sunday morning service. We could get them embroidered with “Team FBCWC” so they’d be church appropriate.

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I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge April 2012. Go check it out–you may find a new favorite blog!

Happy Blogging,

Adrian

S is for Small town parades

If you’re from a small town, chances are your town hosts a festival of some sort each year.

Our town is no exception. Every year, in April, we have a festival, complete with a barbecue cook-off, a southern belle type pageant, and lots of carnival rides. Carefully assembled, totally safe, carnival rides (for those who detect sarcasm, you’d be right).

Plus the food. Oh man, the food. The funnel cakes alone are enough to make me want to go stand in line for a half hour holding an unleashed toddler in our humid Texas heat.

But no small town festival would be complete without a parade.

And this year, the parade had a special guest…

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Rapunzel, aka AH. Was she in the parade? Nuh uh. Was she in the pageant? Nope.

She was a mere spectator who’s favorite part was getting candy people tossed out from their floats and waving at strangers while yelling out the names of LD’s friends like she knew who she was waving to. (in her defense some of LD’s were actually in the parade).

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Plus, she got a hug from her daddy, who was in the parade, passing out water with a group from our church. And my best friend’s son, who I claim as my nephew, gave her lots of his candy, too.

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She was the cutest parade goer ever.

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I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge April 2012. Go check it out–you may find a new favorite blog!

Happy Blogging,

Adrian

R is for really behind

For some reason, the letter R has been my downfall in this A to Z Challenge. Okay, maybe staying caught up on the current letter has been my downfall. But coming up with something to write about for R hasn’t been easy.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been so focused on work lately or if I just subconsciously have a grudge against the letter R and don’t find it worthy of its own post. Pretty sure it’s the former.

Typically, when I write, I don’t have to struggle for a topic and the title is something I come up with after I’ve written the post. It’s usually the editing that gets me because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I have other letter posts completely or partially written, yet I’ve been hung up on the R post; this one has given me a bad case of writer’s block.

I know after I publish this post, I’ll think of an awesome blog topic or something really great I could’ve written about.

I hate it when that happens.

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I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge April 2012. Go check it out–you may find a new favorite blog!

Happy Blogging,

Adrian

Q is for Quick! Somebody get me my camera

I take tons of pictures. I take pictures for my blog. I take pictures because I enjoy photography. I take pictures because time is fleeting and I want to memorize every moment. It’s almost as if capturing the moments in pictures, making them more tangible, will somehow slow down the hands of time.

But my family doesn’t understand this.

I’ll admit that I’m a little snap happy behind a camera. And my poor children are my victims. The husband would be too, except he covers his face some of the time and I can’t pull rank and use the “because I am your mother and I said so” technique to force him into a picture he doesn’t want to take.

Sometimes they humor me and just go with it. Other times, not so much.

And that’s when I get some of my favorite shots of them…

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(We were about to leave for school and I asked them to smile…this is what they gave me.)

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(After coming off of a ride at the rodeo.)

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(He didn’t want to pose for the picture so he put sunglasses on to hide his eyes.)

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(When I asked her to say cheese, she just showed me the ice cream in her mouth instead.)

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(I was trying to get a Christmas card photo…they were laughing and making jokes. I love it.)

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I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge April 2012. Go check it out–you may find a new favorite blog!

Happy Blogging,

Adrian

P is for Puddle jumping

This past Friday started off warm and sunny, but by the afternoon, it was stormy outside. This is not unsusal for Texas weather. Still, it didn’t make for a fun trip to my car after work. Last week was the most stressful, crazy week I’d had in a long time and this was just the icing on the cake.

But my the time I got home, 45 minutes later, the storm had passed.

I walked in the house expecting to start on my usual evening ritual of cooking dinner, starting laundry, etc., when AH came up to me and said, “Mama! Mama! Let’s go jump on da trampoline!”

Given the fact that the trampoline was soaked and the amount of standing water in our yard, I said, “No, baby. The trampoline is wet and there’s water all over outside.”

She looked up at me and said, “Okay…Mama! Let’s go jump in a muddy puddle!”

I’m not sure where she thought this up, but it was the best idea I’d heard all week.

So, we got our rain boots on, and headed out the door.

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AH loved it. And to be honest, so did I. To jump up and land in a rain puddle as hard as you can; It’s actually quite a stress reliever.

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I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge April 2012. Go check it out–you may find a new favorite blog!

Happy Blogging,

Adrian

O is for Overtired

I wish I had some clever story or funny anecdote about how my day was. Or maybe some delicious recipe for a meal that starts with the letter O. If I really wanted to challenge myself, I could try and catch up by posting the letter P blog entry (I’m a day behind).

But the truth is, I just don’t have it in me.

I am exhausted.

Last week was busy. But this week has been insane.

It’s the kind of week when you don’t have time to go to the bathroom, and you skip your lunch hour and scarf something down at your desk.

And even after working through lunch, I still left the office over an hour and a half late.

On the upside, AH was over the moon excited to see me when I finally to home and The Husband had dinner done.

I’m so tired I can’t see straight.

So, now I’m going to put down my iPad and try and get some rest.

Sweet dreams.

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I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge April 2012. Go check it out–you may find a new favorite blog!

Happy Blogging,

Adrian