Thursday, April 9, 2015

Catching up: Easter Weekend; Our Big, Loud, Anglo Family; and a New Blog Series Starts Tomorrow!

Hey friends!

I'm sitting here on a rainy Thursday afternoon still reflecting on our fantastic Easter weekend. The girls were all home, along with Caroline's roommate, and we enjoyed lots of fun time together. Of course, Easter services at church were a highlight, as well as hosting thirteen people for dinner that day.

We also celebrated Kate's 23rd birthday over the weekend at our favorite French bistro in the area. We all sampled delicacies like short rib ravioli in a sherry cream sauce, mushroom soup, lobster bisque, whitefish, filet of beef with truffle sauce, and coc au vin. Mmmmmm.

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Every time we're all together I'm struck by so many things about our little group of people. So today I thought I'd share just a glimpse into our family life.

1. We're loud. Every time we're together the volume escalates to a point where the dog has to take cover, and someone (usually me) ends up "shush-ing" the rest of the group. Everyone talks over everyone else until you pretty much can't hear yourself think. It's really kind of embarrassing.

2. We laugh. A lot. I don't know what it is, but our family laughs a ton whenever we're together. Causing, obviously, a lot of noise. (See number 1)

3. We're opinionated. In order to survive in this family, you have to have an opinion and you have to be able to defend it. We sometimes disagree with each other, but we try to listen and understand. We should have all been lawyers.

4. We love to eat. Just ask my mom who regularly tells me, "Boy, you sure do know how to eat!" What can I say? We all appreciate a good meal, hence the French bistro. (And also, my Recipes page.)

5. We love to talk. (See numbers 1 and 3.) I'm generally a quiet person who doesn't talk a ton unless I'm with someone I know well or have something to say. I'm not a fan of wasted words. But when our family is together, I go to bed with a sore throat from all the talking. And I love it.

6. We miss each other when we're apart. I think that's why we spend so much time enjoying our meals together and causing a ruckus with our laughter and debating. It's called savoring, cherishing, enjoying. It's what our family is about.

I'll be honest, I really didn't intend to start writing about our family when I sat down today. It just happened. I guess I'm missing all of the commotion of the past weekend. *sigh*

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On to other business. . . .

I have a new blog series starting tomorrow that I'm really excited about. It's called "How to Teach Your Kids About Money When You Don't Have a Clue." 

(Hint: I'm pretty clueless about money, so if I can do this, you can too.)

From conversations I've had, it seems like many parents today really don't know how or what to teach their kids about money. But money is important--it affects so much of our lives--so it's pretty important that we pass along some principles for handling it to our kids.

I hope you'll join me back here tomorrow.

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