Life Recently :)

And the party continues at my house, with our cousins still hanging out. Yes, with over a week of fun and festivities, I think this is the longest time so many of us have hung out together at once. Don’t worry though, we’ve also been getting stuff accomplished. Most days I’ve spent at least several hours up in my office working and planning. Still. Double the kids, double the fun. Most of the time. πŸ˜‰

My dad and I love to hang out together and play a card game he made up. Since he’s super good with cards, I have a hard time beating him. Let me rephrase that: The times I’ve beaten him at this game can probably be counted with one hand. On one finger of that hand. Yeah, it’s that bad. Winning isn’t the point of this game for me (it couldn’t be, because I would be doomed if it were!), but I still tryΒ and win. Like, trying really hard. Anyways.Β I have tons of fun getting the time with Dad. My dad is totally amazing about finding time to do special things with each of his kids. It’s often during these games that I talk over ideas I have for my books and that kind of stuff.

The other day though! The other day… I actually WON! Now, we won’t mention the fact that dad was sick and that he unknowingly gave me some advice that scored me the winning move. We’ll just focus on the fact that I was the winner! πŸ™‚

Points are bad in this game.Β 
Abbie (cousin) took a great liking to my dog, Novel. She’s been asking about her, following her around, and playing with her. It’s so darling to watch and I’m thrilled Novel’s such a good dog with children. The other day Abbie was like, “Look, she has brown eyes, and I have brown eyes!” Then a little while later she declared, Novel is my BFF.” It made me smile. πŸ™‚
This picture is totally unposed.Β 

Of course we’ve been playing Settlers of Caton until half of the kids declare they’ll never play it again… only to be drafted into another game of it the next day. As you can see, the board has expanded somewhat since we got it on Christmas Eve….

I’m red and was in third place with 11 points.Β 

Among other things that have been going on:
Yelling and cheering right after the New Year is ushered in (while Face Timing with some of our friends who were still stuck in 2013. We assured them 2014 was pretty great).
Writing down goals and plans about how to accomplish them.
Planning and starting new books.
Reading The One Minute Manager Meets the MonkeyΒ which I had to do for my job, but it was pretty great cause it also counts toward my goal of 50 books this year.
Memorizing Proverbs 1:5-7.
Taking beautiful, brainstorming walks down our amazing country roads.

What have you been up to?Β 

14 thoughts on “Life Recently :)

  1. Evan White says:

    On new years me my sister and my brother went to a new years celebration party held at the local bowling alley by the church. We played like 5 games of bowling and i got hystarical when my beother beat me in every game!!! It ended like 9:30 p.m. Luckly the bowling alley is like a block from our house. After we got home we turned on a old movie staring Cory Grant and marylin Monroe . While my whole family cept my sleeping 8 year old sister were watching movie we also played games. I beat my 10 year old sister at Checkers and then played Stratigo with my brother. No one won the stratigo game. Both me and my brother had surounded our flags with bombs and we both were out of bombers only bombers can destroy the bombs so in the end all of our troops had beed blown up by eachother.


  2. David Mabe says:

    The picture of Abbie with Novel is probably the most adorable thing I've seen in the 2014. πŸ™‚ It looks like you've been a busy bee with your new year. My 2014 just started with spending the day with my wife and son, which was nice. My job is just short of 10 hours a day, so time with them gets feels limited. I pray that your 2014 continues going well and I look forward to reading about it here. Have an awesome day, Aidyl!!!!


  3. Evan White says:

    ” Too much fun what does that mean its like too much $ no such thing its like a girl too pretty with too much class a fast sports car that burns too much gas no matter what they've said i've done , i ain't ever had too much fun” – country song i like


  4. Anonymous says:

    Glad you've been having so much fun! Novel is so sweet – it looks like one could easily fall in love with her. So cute! Enjoy the rest of the time with your cousins!



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