I'll be honest and say that things have been really rough this week. The Princess and Chicken Noodle Butt's lives are turned upside down and my hands are tied in helping them. Being the mother/aunt that I am, they are constantly on my mind as I wonder what they are thinking and feeling each moment of the day and unable to comfort them at all. I have never felt more helpless in my life.
Last week I was off for most of the week. We celebrated two birthdays and Thanksgiving. Family time was high on the list as we had three days of celebration.
It was wonderful to make new memories as we laughed and laughed over old memories!
We went on a roller coaster ride despite my fear of rollercoasters. And we laughed (ok, I was laughed at) as they talked about my fear the last time Dad made me go on one...and made fun of my look of terror.
And then we talked of skydiving...and how I'll jump out of an airplane, but am afraid of a little ole rollercoaster...yeah, ok. At least with skydiving, you are floating, not crashing down at speeds no human being should have to endure!
We laughed at my baby nephew as he kissed the dog...while the dog kissed him...and how fast his mom swooped him up!
We had enchiladas and remembered making them for fundraisers for mission trips to Mexico...and how our friend who shall remain nameless thought Taco Bell was/is an appropriate place for Mexican food. Of course, said friend and family were there to share with us...and the many memories we've had over the years.
And we watch Christmas Story and laughed all the way through. We talked of Red Ryder BB guns and leg lamps that we'll get as a prank gift for someone one day. And washing mouths out with soap and poisoning children...and placing your tongue on frozen things...and laughed at our memory of the older kids convincing the Drama Queen to place her tongue on a frozen can of orange juice...and then her bleeding tongue...and then me finding the frozen taste buds glued to the can a few days later.
We have so many wonderful memories and lots and lots of laughter.
Sometimes, we just need to laugh.
And find our joy.