Haphazard Thoughts

I have weighty issues to discuss. Deep and meaningful subjects. Is there anything more significant in the life of a Christian than the celebration of Easter? And yet… this post is neither weighty, nor deep and meaningful.

This is who I think of every time I look in the mirror. If you only ever heed one piece of wisdom from this blog, may it be this. Do NOT wax your lip after you’ve blown your nose countless times the previous several days and already have a bit of a raw spot. Because if you do you just may rip the delicate skin off and end up looking like you have a port wine stain under your nose. And make up only does so much.

This past week was our Spring Break so Thursday night three 13-year-old girls spent the night with Katie. Half our basement is finished and that’s where they hung out and slept. Sometime around midnight I heard giggling so I got up to tell the girls to keep it down as Todd had to get up early for work. What I found was Ben and Taylor conspiring against the chickies.

Taylor went downstairs and told the girls he had to put his backpack away in the unfinished side. While he was over there he unlocked the Bilco doors and then went back upstairs. He then went outside, around to the back of the house, through the Bilco doors and put on his Scream costume. Then he ran back outside and started knocking on the basement windows. This freaked the girls out so they ran back upstairs to the main floor. Taylor then went back down into the basement with all the lights off and just stood there. When the girls came back downstairs and turned on the lights he scared the bajeezers out of them. Katie was so mad she whacked him in the stomach with a baton. Meanwhile, Ben and Taylor were cracking up. He told Ben the baton hurt, but it was worth it.

So when Todd left for work Friday morning he banged on both Ben and Taylor’s doors, saying, “This is payback for keeping me up last night!” To which he was told, “It was worth it!!”

Late Friday morning I drove the girls to Shady Maple Smorgasbord and we stuffed ourselves silly. It’s the biggest buffet I have ever seen. I know where we’re taking the in-laws the next time they come to visit. My Father-in-Law LOVES a good buffet. Here’s a picture of the girls in the parking lot:

Trust me when I tell you all four of them are beautiful. But I won’t be putting pictures of them on my blog for safety reasons. Sorry.

On the way home guess what we passed? Sonic, Wal-Mart and the church from my Road Trip post. Here’s the covered buggy parking at Wal-Mart:

And here are pictures of the church:

And the skinny house:

Oh! Look at the time!! We’re on our way to On The Border with some friends for dinner so I gotta go!!

Have a happy and blessed Easter!!


  1. His Girl on March 22, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Love these pictures & the stories…though when i was in 3rd grade, my friend’s dad did that to us and i have to say i am still a little traumatized!Hope your Easter is just a fabulous day of remembrance and love with your family and with our Savior!

  2. Lynilu on March 22, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Kids!! or should I say … Boys!!! :DWhat a pretty church! Is this *your* church or *a* church? Looks so serene.And I love the skinny house! Too cute!

  3. Jenster on March 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    His Girl – I never liked being scared like that. Ever! And Katie’s just like me.Lynilu – This church is just one of many beautiful old churches around here. My church is new and actually looks a bit like a movie theater. lol

  4. Zeek on March 22, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Laughing at the buggy parking! Yeah they have one at my local giant grocery store and … did you miss the one at Shady Maple?Anywho, have a good Easter! Eat all you want, I won’t tell.

  5. Zeek on March 22, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    oh btw, I was just at Shady Maple last week for a banquet- unfortunately it wasn’t buffet, but still good.(psssst, my first job was at Shady, and I worked there for 11 years! oy, I’m glad that’s well behind me.)

  6. KATE on March 23, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    I love those pictures! Happy Easter

  7. SeaSpray on March 24, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Happy Easter!What is Sonic?Your lip? OUCH! That does sound sore!!Kids are so funny and so much fun. :)Enjoyed the pics. 🙂

  8. April on March 24, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Happy Easter to you too!I love the Shady Maple! It is ablsolutely the hugest smorgas bord I have ever been too. We have only been one time but it was good. It is funny to hear you write about places I have been too. Thanks for bringing thoughts of home to my mind again.

  9. Monnik on March 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    I love your pictures. They are so great!Hope your lip is better soon… 🙂

  10. The Daily "B" on March 24, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Happy belated Easter to you too!Loved the pictures!

  11. Swishy on March 24, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    FUN! Hope you had a great Easter!A big OWIE OWIE OUCH on the lip!

  12. radioactive girl on March 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I just love this post so very much! Your kids are awesome. Too funny!I love the pictures too. I hope your Easter was wonderful!

  13. susan on March 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I can remember being scared out of our wits when my girlfriends and I were “camping” in the backyard. At least I can laugh now!

  14. Gretchen on March 24, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Gorbachev and you? I don’t think so even for a moment. And your geography is wayy off–isn’t his um…appenda…blemish on his head?Lovely church pics. And I imagine that the girls are lovely, too. Creative pic. ;)xxxooogretchen

  15. Katybug on March 25, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Okay, Gorbachev? Really. I love the story (sounds like something the HOFFER would do!) and the pics! The skinny house reminds me of my brother’s home in Virginia. It pre-dates the Civil War. WAAAAAAAY cool!!!!

  16. Shauna on March 25, 2008 at 10:50 am

    ROTFL! That is AWWWWWESOME! I wonder if my boys will pull pranks like that? They don’t have a sister to practice on, though.Also, LOVE the pictures! They are fabulous!

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