Wheeeeee! The last couple weeks have been a blur of people coming and going around here. I've given serious thought to installing a revolving door and a buffet. Jon's parents were here for five days; the last couple days they were here Jon's brother Brian and his family came for a quick visit. The house was just a wee bit chaotic! We had fun, though. Larry (Jon's dad) fell in love with my little Frodo-dog. By the end of their visit Frodo would go sit outside Larry and Rose's bedroom door in the morning and whine for them to come out and play, which turned Larry to a big bowl of mush. The kids had fun driving the go-kart, bike riding, and running in circles with the dogs.
After the Bolinger clan departed, we had a couple days to catch up on dishes and laundry before taking off for my mom's for the annual Hicks family reunion. My dad was the youngest of a very large family, so I have a lot of cousins on that side of the family. Some of my cousins are old enough to be my parents (or grandparents); some I've never even met! And all of them are ornery - every single one. It's some sort of genetic imperative in our family. Anyway, there were a whole lot of ornery, talkative hillbillies and a whole lot of yummy, not-necessarily-healthy food, and we had a ball. Fun times, people, fun times.
We got home from Mom's Sunday afternoon, tired and talked out (or so we thought). Monday around noon two of my bestest buddies from Indiana came wheeling in for a few days of girl-time. The three of us ran around, talked, ate chocolate, talked, made lasagna, talked.....oh, did I mention we talked? A LOT?!? We don't get together very often, so we tried to cram as much as possible into three days. They left Wednesday, dazed with chocolate and silliness.
Thursday (yesterday) I was tuckered out from all the company, but no rest for me, no sirree! (Hey, that rhymed....kinda.) I joined the band, and last night was my first "official" practice. What band, you ask? Our church's praise band, Mosaic. I'm very honored - and a little overwhelmed! - to be playing with this group. They're all really, really good, and I have a lot to learn to get up to speed, but gosh it's fun! I've really missed being involved in music ministry over the past few years. Mosaic leads worship on Sundays, but they also play at some local events - festivals and so on - so I'll get to play a pretty wide range of music. I'm very music dependant, meaning I'm used to reading sheet music rather than playing by ear or using chord charts, but I'm going to have to get used to a different method. Like I said, a lot to learn, but it's going to be fun and I love the group.
So that's been my last few weeks. Crazy, absolutely, but worth every minute. Now I have a couple weeks to catch my breath, get caught up on laundry, and reclaim the house before we go on vacation. Gulp!