Physically swirly this time, not mentally swirly (well, that too, but I don’t have time to get into that) Dudes, my stomach is rolling and flipping and squirming. (NOT pregnant) I close my eyes and the world starts spinning. Pinched sciatic nerve, awful-achy muscles, droopy-tired eyes.
But I’m happy. Joyful even.
Instead of having a birthday party for Ava, we took her to Jungle Jack’s Landing at the zoo and bought $15 ride bracelets for her and Livi. All the rides you can ride ALL DAY LONG for $15. I tried to keep track of how many they rode, but wow. I’d say they rode 50 apiece. At $1-$2 a shot, except not, since we had the bracelets.
Gabe and I rode some with them too. (and Nina) The Whirligig about did me in. I can still feel it. (and it was FREE, because the Z-card machine wasn’t working. we rode it 6 times.)
The Sea Dragon roller coaster, the Swingin’ Gibbon swings, the Dust Devil (Scrambler), train, teacups, elephant ride, Blue Glider thingies, bumper cars (the girls did these over and over and over). And Gabe and Livi rode the Log Ride and the Big Ship-thingy. They got drenched. (it was free too. i love how these new machines keep breaking!)
We went at 10:00 when it opened, rode rides until 12:00, ate a picnic lunch, rode rides until 1:45 maybe, headed home. Rested, went to Red Robin for supper (the girls had free kids meal coupons), back to the zoo. Jungle Jack’s is open until 9:00. We were there from 6:45-8:45.
I’m beat, but oh, what a wonderful day. Those pretty little girls’ eyes were shining, dancing, sparkling all day long. We had such a fabulous day as a family. And it was supposed to rain, but the sun was out all day. Thank you, Jesus.
So, now, I’m trying not to fall over. (or hurl) I have dishes, laundry, packing the girls’ stuff for Thurs. night through Sunday and all our stuff for the She Speaks conference in NC this weekend. And I can’t leave the house a wreck. We have people staying here Saturday night while we’re gone.
Bible study in the morning, lunch, pack, head to Rock and Janelle’s, little party for Ava with Tug and Angie & kids, baths and bed for kids, Gabe and I head back to C-bus. Up crazy-early on Friday morning. On the road by 5 a.m. Get to Charlotte just in time for conference. All evening Friday, all day Saturday, until noon on Sunday, head home. Janelle’s bringing the girls to C-bus–bless you, Janelle.
I’m supposed to give a 3-minute speech to an evaluation group on Friday night and a 5-minute one on Saturday night. Have no idea what I’m going to say. (not to mention the fact that it usually takes me 6-7 minutes to say, “Hi, I’m Marla, and here’s a brief little bit about me and my life.) Doing the prayer thing in lieu of preparation. (hey, it works for me)
Could you pray for me? I’m running on “E.” Thanks so much.
Oh, huge praise. We’re supposed to dress up for this thing. Well, business casual. (uhhh…??) And it’s supposed to be crazy-hot and humid but cold in the hotel. “Bring a summer sweater or suit jacket.” (uhhh….??) I went to the thrift store yesterday, and without trying any of it on (you can’t), I bought 4 skirts, 1 sleeveless black top, 1 gray “summer sweater,” 3 black sweater-y things. Two of the skirts were a no-go, but I spent less than $18 on all of it, and it was all name-brand–Gap, Express, Ann Taylor Loft. Praise the Lord! (and I know I talked about how life is too short to always wear black, but this weekend will be an exception)
What in the world am I still sitting here for?! A gabillion things I should be doing. And I’m sooooooooooo tired.
I’m sad to be behind on everyone’s blogs. Tried to catch up a bit tonight, but just caught snippets. God is doing some amazing things, though, eh?? WOW.
Love and hugs. I so appreciate your prayers. Talk to you Monday-ish!