I feel like I’ve been giving you my leftovers all week–throwing you scraps under the table. I’m sorry.

Except not. Because it means that I’ve been too busy living to write about my life. That’s a good thing.

Our friends, Josh and Liz (and their 2 adorable kiddos and Josh’s brother, Micah) came over for dinner tonight. I made Elizabeth‘s Poppyseed Chicken for the first time. Huge hit! And Gabe’s aunt Chris’s Broccoli Cauliflower Salad. Yum! And please don’t ask me for the recipes–I just don’t have it in me right now.

We took a walk through the woods to a park after supper, right after we looked at the foreboding sky and decided we had a good 30 minutes before the sprinkling began. Who’s afraid of a couple raindrops? Not the 10 of us.

We had a delightful stroll to the park. Two minutes later, thunder cracked. Thirty seconds later–downpour. HUGE raindrops. We were soaked instantly. nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Thankfully, our friends are quite free-spirited and loved every minute of it. We collected toads on the way home. The kids were a muddy mess. It was awesome.

We handed out dry clothes, made coffee and rootbeer floats, and chatted the night away. Great fun.

Our friends Duey and Holly and their kiddos are coming over tomorrow night (Friday). B-day party for a special 1-year-old Saturday. Family cook-out at Gabe’s grandpa’s Saturday evening. Sunday–church, then a 6-hour nap.

Friends, I was SO blessed today by your RSVPs! So far, 49 of you are coming to the Big Zoo Bash! And I have some of the most amazing friends in the world. Gals who are DYING to do whatever they possibly can to make this event awesome, unforgettable, and God-honoring. Gals who are GIFTED in ways that blow my mind. (Ali, Valerie, Kim, Holly, Denise, Jen…) I could never, ever, ever in a million years pull this thing off. But YOU! YOU! Wow.

And then there’s my brother-in-law, Tug, who has offered to welcome people as they arrive. He says (and I quote): “I would also like to jump out of one of the zoo-themed cakes dressed in a caveman leopard costume. But that would be a fee of $500.” I know people who would drive hours to this party just for the chance to meet Tug. He’s one in a million, folks.

Just thinking out loud here, but we’re considering doing our East Coast Zoo Trip first this summer (then following it up with MI/WI/IL). That means we’d be in NY, DC, MD, and Philly sometime between the 10th and 18th of June. If you’re willing and able to host us for a night during that time frame, let me know!

I’d give you a teaser for tomorrow’s Swirly Saturday, but I’d hate to promise and not deliver.

Have a great weekend, friends!

4 thoughts on “scraps

  1. Ashley P

    Maybe we’ll run into each other out East (more likely cross on the way to/from)… we leave this coming Thurs (4th) for a week in DE (Philly, DC in the works)… we’ll probably be hitting up Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, DE either the 5th, 6th, or 10th (weather and children allowing)… and we might hit the National Zoo in DC on the 8th or 9th… hope your trip goes GREAT!!

  2. Sarah

    I am so excited for your zoo party! I love the Columbus zoo but haven’t been in a few years. My hubby is going to try and get work off so we can come down from Akron for the Day! We may even convince our neice and nephew to come 😀 I hope it all works out. Once I know for sure that we can come…I will RSVP. But please let me know…we have Ohio State Cornhole set…if no one else brings it we could bring it if we come! 😀

  3. Denise

    What, two shout out’s in one post! Awesome! 🙂 I can’t wait to meet Tug…I follow him on twitter and die laughing a lot! I am pretty sure all you Taviano’s are hysterical and I would pay 500 to see him jump out of a cake. I am going to pass on your email in zoo info to Drew’s parents so you can get in touch with them about stay! Love you see ya tomorrow!

  4. Elizabeth

    We had poppyseed chicken tonight too, sans the poppyseeds, and I thought of you. I hope it was wonderful. It certainly sounds like the rest of your evening was delightful. There is nothing quite like strolling through the rain and collecting toads.

    I want to make it to Columbus in August so badly! We’ll see!

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