There are many cliches of a way to start a new year. New year, new you. Losing ten pounds. Running a marathon. Learning a language. My new year has been in progress for a while now. I've been calling it Hen in 10. Basically becoming an old hen of a sort... Making myself learn to be more domesticated by cooking more, organizing more and just being a grown up. I've hung up new art in my bedroom and taken down old photos and made my kitchen more efficient. It's always a work in progress just like any home. I think as we grow as people we are always learning and growing to find out more about ourselves. It's a good thing, but it can also be tough at times. I'm almost 28 and I thought at this age you were married and had kids and owned your own home. At this time that isn't my journey so I'm following God's lead this way. I enjoy life and I love living the way I do, but I do stand back and evaluate certain things about myself at times. I think we all do. I don't have all the answers and I'm not sure when I will... so for now... Hen in 10 is my thinking as I pounce forward and learn to do more things in my own home... but, sewing... I don't think we've made it that far yet!!!
Last night was New Years Eve and we were quite calm. Nick and I went to by his brother's house as he was having a little gathering, but we didn't stay long there. We went out to Carrollton to Matt & Keilly's house to celebrate with them and another couple, Blake & Kelsey... Now, they just got engaged... the coolest thing - I set them all up - ON ACCIDENT. Matt found Keilly who is my sorority sister on my Facebook and e-mailed her out of the blue leading to text messages which leads us to their upcoming nuptials on May 1st! Kelsey is Keilly's sister and Blake is Matt's best friend... so they were all visiting one weekend and decided they just might like one another which leads to their nuptials next year!!! They are all so much fun and made me laugh the entire night. First off Nick and I show up all dressed up... complete both of us with our cool new shirts... they are all dressed in PJs... sooo we gladly jumped into our PJs!!!
It began somber as their youngest sister at fifteen years of age is awaiting the plug to be pulled as she contracted meningitis after being diagnosed with lupus. The meningitis has caused her brain to swell to the point of irreversible brain damage and no brain activity. The girls had been at the hospital to say their goodbyes and said they wanted to be surrounded with love instead of sadness all night. It sickens me for their entire family... Our prayers be with them...
We followed their wishes and had a ball. We played an exciting board game for hours called Loaded Questions. Matt, Blake & Nick are so off the wall that they kept us rolling with their answers all night. Before we knew it... midnight was about to hit! We loaded our champagne glasses ... (I DON'T like champagne!)... and counted down! Midnight came and went... so we all huddled in front of this insanely large 50- something inch HDTV and watched "Monsters, Inc." Yes... we are all 10 years old... Seriously, we did! We talked throughout the whole thing, but we watched it! After that the boys went downstairs to play in the Man Cave and Keilly & I hit the hay! We sat in her bed talking for a long time about her sister and old college days and eventually fell asleep. I guess the boys went to bed in Matt's Man Cave. Boys don't care where they sleep... Julie likes pillows and blankets.
Keilly says I am houseparty in their wedding... That same day I am houseparty in Paige Hundemer's wedding. Uh Oh. Two weddings... two hours apart... in Southlake and FlowerMound... hmmm... I hope I can pull this one off!
So today Nick and I have just enjoyed ourselves. We have literally been bums. We watched football, watched other TV, ate a lot... and that's about it... yep. I like it.
I pray 2010 is a wonderful year filled with blessings.