Since I spent the weekend running around like a madwoman with a mission, I decided one post to recap everything would be enough. It's easier for me, I think. As long as I remember where I've been and what I've done ;-).
Saturday started off early. We were attending a baby shower for a sweet friend who is visiting from Sweden. She's almost 5 months pregnant with her first child, a little boy, and my daughter and I were excited to share in this special time with her. The baby shower was a brunch, which started at 11:00. That meant I had to have breakfast, get ready, and leave something for my son to eat so he wouldn't burn down the house while we were gone. I wore an outfit that I consider to be casual and trendy: a white sweater with a light grey hot air balloon motif all over, a burgundy tank top underneath, a pair of "boyfriend" jeans (skinny jeans slightly rolled up at the hem) and tan high heeled sandals. I'm the type that likes to get dressed up, but my daughter said everyone would be wearing jeans because it was a very casual get together, so I dressed accordingly. My daughter and I both got the baby a couple of outfits, but when we went to pack the gifts we found only Christmas themed boxes and gift bags. So we stopped off at CVS and bought one bag for everything, then headed over to the shower, which wasn't far from our house. We were among the first to get there; the pregnant girl's mom and grandma were there, along with a cousin and a friend from church. Everyone was dressed up. I felt like an oddball. Yes, the hostess was wearing jeans, but she's a mom of a toddler and was cooking up a storm, so she doesn't count. As more people started coming in, I noticed more ladies in dresses or dress pants. I mentioned it to my daughter, but she insisted it was still "casual". I'm not buying it.
We did have a really good time, playing the standard baby shower games and eating delicious food. The menu was chicken and waffles. The waffles were made fresh right there, and there were all kinds of toppings: whipped cream, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, and of course syrup. I didn't have any of it. Instead, I went directly to the shrimp and pasta salad. Oh.my.word. It was out of this world! I had me two servings, along with chicken and pastries. I didn't want to overdo it with the carbs, and having pasta as well as waffles would have meant rolling me out the door. I'm glad I stuck with just one.
While we were gone E got picked up by his dad, so when A and I got home we decided to go to Target. I needed a belt for my jeans; even though I'd bought a size 6 they were still big at the waist. I also needed to buy towels. Ours are old and worn, and they get stinky really fast which is annoying. I found some nice towels, some on sale and some not, then we passed by the shoe section. My daughter saw that they had boots for 70% off so of course she had to stop and check them out, because we all know how vital it is to have boots in South Florida :P. I looked around and found a cute pair of ballet flats in a beige and black stripe design for $16.99. They are so comfy! I also went to the makeup section and got a few nail polishes that were on sale, and a brow pencil/gel. I've been wanting a brow pencil because lately I've noticed that some of my eyebrows are turning bright white, and against my black brows it isn't attractive. I got brunette, since my hair is dyed auburn, to help the brows match my hair. My daughter didn't find any boots she liked, but she did find a comforter set in white that she fell in love with. Her bedroom is pretty dark; dark wood floors, deep purple and grey walls, dark wood furniture. The white bedding brightens up the room and makes it look luxurious, like she's in a 5 star hotel. While we were at the store E texted me that he was back home, so we quickly paid for our goods and left. As soon as we were on the expressway, I realized I'd forgotten to buy the belt, which was the primary reason for going to Target in the first place. Don't you just love it when that happens?
Today also started early, with Sunday school at 9:30 (except I got there at 10:00. Running late this morning again). After service - which was awesome - we had a meet and greet with our new youth pastor. He's been the youth pastor at our sister church for the past 9 years, and now he's taking over the youth ministry at our location as well. I was so impressed by his philosophy and his goals, and very encouraged by the lessons he's teaching the next few weeks. He's doing a series called King, in which the youth group is studying several of Jesus's attributes: His sovereignty, His holiness, His goodness, His justice and His love. This pastor is all about bible teaching, which is what I wanted to hear. I'm looking forward to helping out in the youth ministry once Awana is done and summer rolls around.
There was a pizza lunch served, but my son E, who was hanging around with his friends and got there late, didn't get to eat anything, so we left after the meeting and ran home. I made him a quick lunch, then we headed to the bowling alley for his best friend's birthday celebration. I had to change out of my church clothes; there was no way I was going bowling in a dress and high heels. I wore the skinny jeans I got on Friday along with a hunter green tank top, a long black sweater and my new ballet flats. Casual and comfy! My daughter also went, and so did my Tuesday night running buddy. The three of us played a couple of games; it was clear that I hadn't played in a while. I was pretty rusty, though I didn't do quite so bad on my first game as on the second. I scored a 70 for the first game; the second game I got a 14. We only got to play 6 frames before we ran out of time, but still, a 14?! I had 3 gutter balls in a row! My running buddy did terrible for the first game, then did much better for the second game. I guess that evened things out ;-). Another lady that I've met previously at IV's house (it was IV's son's birthday) was also there. She's a real spit-fire, and I love talking to her! We all had a really nice time bowling, eating, talking, laughing, and just plain fellowshipping. It's the perfect way to end a weekend.
And so, that's pretty much it. I'm gonna wash my face (my makeup was on point, by the way), change out of these clothes, and relax before studying for my Thursday night bible study. I'm studying chapter 4 of Daniel, when King Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind. So much to learn! Tomorrow starts the new school week. Back to the old grind! But I'm thankful for my life and all the blessings God bestows upon me each day. God bless ya'll, and good night.