Hi, it’s me. I just lived through another birthday. Some years you just don’t want to count it. Last year I was all like “woo hoo take that old age – i’m all sassy and proud!” This year it’s more like “Crap, another birthday!” Lucky for me I was not allowed to drown my sorrows all by my lonesome. We went to my folks house for Labor Day weekend. On the long drive there I blazed through my first issue of Art on Paper. (Thanks Heather for splitting the subscription!)
My parents spoiled Marshall (his birthday is the day before mine) and I with a weekend of feasting. We had not only one, but two Smith Island Cakes. Nine delicious cake layers – each one slathered with sugary chocolate frosting. There were BBQ ribs, homegrown tomatoes, and the next evening crab cakes. Those crab cakes were totally worth the price of getting older!!
The kids engaged in a couple of all-out water balloon fights. Occasionally skipping the balloons all together and going after one another with the bucket! Has anyone else noticed how my children never wear shirts……Then we had a potato chip taste off. This has become a tradition when we are all together with my folks, and my brother and his family. Everyone brings their favorite item in the chosen category and we do a blind taste test, tally up the results, declare a winner, and then spend the rest of the time arguing about the results. This year’s category was plain chips. And the winner was…….Poore Brothers kettle cooked chips from Arizona, a bag my brother randomly picked up at the grocery store. We have had taste offs for vanilla ice cream, BBQ sauce, pickles, salsa, and root beer. I’m open to suggestions for the next one!
I got to jog through the Kansas countryside, and then later take my camera out to shoot some of the scenery. And on Monday Brian, my brother and I all ran a fun run where we each won a medal! So I’ve seriously got nothing – oops make that NOTHING!!!! to whine about! So what – I’m a year older – big deal! Maybe tomorrow I’ll share a couple of handmade goodies I received in the mail. Oh, and if you just want to give a gift to yourself for the heck of it today – go read this.