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.baby, it's cold outside.

I'd been looking forward to this past weekend for a very long time.  Why?  Because Narnia came out this weekend!  On Sunday I traveled with my family over the river and through the woods to see this wonderful movie.  I know some of you who are reading my blog have never read the books, or you may have read one of them.  I grew up having them read to me, reading them myself, listening to them on tape, and watching the BBC versions.  Growing up, Narnia is what I dreamed about.  It's where I longed to be.  The story draws me in, captures all my attention, and tugs at the yearning in my heart for something more.  I was as excited as a three year old on Christmas morning for this movie.  I saw it. I laughed. I cried.  I didn't want to leave.  I wanted to follow Reepicheep into Aslan's country, but I know I have things to do here first.

Narnia was not the only exciting part of my weekend.  We got snow!!  
I know it wasn't a ton, but we take what snow we can get around these parts.  Snow is probably my favorite thing the whole world.  I love watching it fall.  I love how it blankets the ground.  I love watching it swirl around on the road.  I love how beautiful it is.  Snow is completely enchanting.  

My least favorite part of this weekend?  I came down with this deathly sickness known as the winter cold.  I has the sniffles.  I can't breathe and my nose is like an annoying dripping water faucet.

Too much information?  

I'm sorry.

It must be the nyquil.

Since I'm getting to the point where I can no longer string sentences together, this would be a good time for a December countdown.

In 3 days: I will be traveling to Nashville for the Andrew Peterson Christmas concert at the Ryman.  This has become my favorite Christmas tradition.  AND I get to see Miss Jodie Leeka!! 

In 4 days: I'm going back to the city of orange to visit Miss Natalie Wright!

In 7 days: Drew is coming home for Christmas!  He'll only be home for a week, but we'll make the most of it.

In 12 daysCHRISTMAS!!  Oh snap.

In 18 days: New Year's Eve.  Better get the new year's resolutions ready.

That's all for now folks.  That nyquil is really starting to get to me.  I better stop now before I say something that will ruin your life.


Oh dear.  I don't think I was supposed to tell you that. 



.game nights.

Last night Laney had a game night at her house with about 20 of her high school friends.  She wanted me to be there, so I just couldn't let her down.  I ended up being the adult supervision until my aunt got home.  I kept thinking to myself, "how can I be old enough to be the adult supervisor??"  Unbelievable.  Anyway, as people arrived, they gathered in the kitchen and said very random things or stood in silence.  It was the epitome of high school awkwardness, and I LOVED it.

I had completely forgotten how difficult it is to get a group of high schoolers to cooperate.  Just going outside to play a game takes 20 minutes.  We finally started a game of capture the flag, which ended up being a complete fail, but that's ok.  Hide and go seek was definitely much better, but sardines was my favorite.  I was selected to hide first, but Ryan, Roy, and Aubree snuck out and came with me.  We are so sneaky.  We found an awesome spot where we stayed for about 30 minutes, and no one found us. So we decided to move to a more obvious location since it was FREEZING outside and we wanted the game to be over.  We walked out of our hiding spot and literally just laid down in the yard.  A couple people found us, but the rest of them blindly walked past.  We should totally be ninjas.  I think I've found my calling in life.  Interior Design...what was I thinking??  After laying there for what seemed like forever, we decided to go inside since we figured everyone else had given up. (Wimps.)  I was named the best hider ever by the kids. (If you ever need a self esteem boost, just hang out with high schoolers...except for when they find out your age.)

After thawing out, we ventured downstairs to play some Mafia.  I played this game in high school.  I'm pretty sure you're only allowed to play it in high school because it completely dies in college.  Our narrator gets up there to start the game and decides that Harry Potter should be the basis of our story. (Oh dear.)  The game starts, someone is killed by the mafia, the doctors (I was a doctor...my other calling in life) saved one of the helpless townspeople, and we woke up from our slumber.  Then began the nightmare that is Harry Potter.  Now if you just wanted to use names from Harry Potter, I would have been ok with that.  But no. These people knew all the potions and spells and had to make sure they said the correct one for that part of the story.  Harry Potter makes me fear for that generation....

Then came that infamous game of Never Have I Ever...  No.  We were not drinking.  Come on people.  The age range was 13-16..or something like that.  Instead, one person stood in the middle and said something they'd never done, and the rest of us ran around finding another chair.  I was squashed a couple times, ran into people, and almost had a heart attack when I about killed a small 13 year old child.  This. Game. Is. Brutal.  During the course of the game, they all found out how old I am.  They stared in shock, and then told me they didn't think I was older than 18.  (This was nice, but then they said 22 was old.  They have so much to learn. Bless their hearts.)  It wasn't so bad until someone asked, 

"Megan, where do you go to school?" 

and I had to respond 

"Well I WENT to UTC."  

"You WENT to UTC???" 

"Give me a break!  I JUST graduated!  I am not old!"

And then I burst into tears.  Ok not really.  

So besides the age thing and the Harry Potter obsessiveness, the night was a ton of fun.  I loved being around high schoolers...especially the funny ones.  Oh and my cousin Roy and I bonded over Justin Bieber.  It was awesome.  And we watched Ironman.  Even more awesome.  Then I slept on a TINY love seat in Laney's room and could barely move this morning.  However, that was my fault.  I was offered the bed in Lillie's room and refused.  So stubborn.

One other little story.  Before hanging with the cool kids Friday night, I got to babysit Evie and Connor.  While Connor was down for his nap, Evie and I were playing games, and she started playing with my ring.  This was our short conversation.

Evie: "This doesn't wook like mommy's wedding wing." 

Me: "Well that's because it's not a wedding ring."

Evie:  "Why not?"

Me:  "Because I don't have one."

Evie:  "Well where is yours?"

Nothing like a 4 year old making you feel like a loser.  However, I did laugh about it for a long time.  That is all.  Sorry for a long post with no pictures.  For you visual people like myself...congrats on making it this far.

Later y'all.


.there's so much to be thankful for.

I know I'm late on posting about Thanksgiving.  Please forgive me.  I've been busy eating turkey, napping, eating more turkey, napping...there's a pattern here.

So it was Thanksgiving last week, and what are we supposed to do on Thanksgiving?...besides the obvious stuffing our faces with food...talk about what we are thankful for!  Every year we all say how Thanksgiving isn't the only day when we should give thanks, yet I am always rudely surprised at how little I express thanks throughout the rest of the year.

Last week, before my whole family got together on Thursday, I was thinking about things I'm thankful for, and at first it was difficult for me to come up with something.  That sounds terrible.  There is so much for me to be thankful for, but I think sometimes things become overshadowed by circumstances and life in general.  Y'all know the past few months haven't exactly been easy for many reasons.  So at first it was hard for me to feel thankful.  Then Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I went to The House, and they were doing things a little differently that night.  There were several areas and ways to worship.  You could just sit and listen to music being played, go and paint, mold something out of clay, pray, or write out praises and things you are thankful for.  As I sat there listening to the worship music, I started writing down what came to mind.

My job may not be my ideal job, but I am thankful for the opportunity
 to encourage others and be a light to those seeking help.

I'm thankful for my precious core group girls who continue 
to challenge and encourage me as a leader.

Although I am not where I desire to be at this point, I'm thankful for my friends and family who I have graciously been given to support me during this stage of my life.

I am thankful for the promise of "He who began a good work in you 
will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ".

Thursday came and the whole family gathered for the day at my cousin's house.  Twenty-five of us.  Have I ever said how much I love having a big family?  Of course, we were missing a few who couldn't make it this year.  We spent the day eating, sitting on the back porch, playing guitar, singing, playing football and frisbee, and laughing.  Boy did we laugh.  I am also thankful for laughter.  It truly is the best medicine.  I loved being around all my cousins.  My beautiful, talented cousins.  Here are a few pictures from Turkey Day...

Sigh.  It was a wonderful day, and it ended with kung fu panda and girl talk with Laney.  What else could I ask for?  :)  The rest of the weekend wasn't too shabby either.  Christmas tree shopping and decorating!  So begins my favorite holiday season.  

Bring it on.