Busy times

Why is it that house guests wear me out so quickly, even when I love them? I wouldn’t trade this time for the world, but the pace of our days is much busier than I am used to. Combine that with my increased exercise these past two weeks and Sabbath couldn’t come at a better time.

We’ve already been really busy. Wednesday evening, hubby and I took my brother and his wife to the Phoenix Art Museum. When we finished exploring the museum, we stopped by the library, Whole Foods, Starbucks, and ColdStone. No worries; I’m being strict with my diet and didn’t partake in either Starbucks or ColdStone but both smelled really good.

Thursday morning, we completed a 45 minute cardio session with a P90X DVD. The workout didn’t seem as hard as the Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred DVD. The P90X cool down left much to be desired so we left the house and walked 2.5 miles. In the afternoon, I taught my brother and his wife how to play one of my favorite games – Ticket to Ride. They seemed to enjoy it and my hubby and I enjoyed the opportunity to play with four total players instead of our usual two.

Thursday afternoon saw me spending another hour or so finishing up my mom’s cloth napkins. Then we all carpooled up to The Cheesecake Factory to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. The restaurant has really good hummus. I wish I could figure out how to make my hummus taste like that.

After dinner, hubby, myself, my brother, and his wife all stopped into Macy’s to search for a birthday present for my mom. Her birthday is the second week of June but we will be celebrating it over Memorial Day (along with my dad’s birthday and Father’s Day). My brother is traveling to Iraq the first week of June so we are cramming a bunch of celebrations into one long weekend at the end of May.

This morning I skipped my exercise. I was just too tired from all the running around we’ve been doing. Thankfully, I’ve been waking up about 20 minutes before the rest of the house so I’ve had quiet time each morning to read from the Bible. That’s a nice blessing. Later this morning, my brother, his wife, and I visited a nearby mall looking for the present he couldn’t find last night. After an hour and a half of visiting nearly half the stores in the mall, we declared it an unfruitful trip. At least we got a lot of walking!

Now my brother and his wife are off to pick up his daughter. They, my mom, and her boyfriend are going to a concert tonight. Hubby should be home any time now, as soon as he finishes with his client. Because I’m the only one home, I took the opportunity to catch up on dishes and tidy up the kitchen. Then I decided I might as well vacuum. While vacuuming, I figured I might as well sweep the kitchen and clean out the cat litter boxes. Even though I’m very tired, the work kept calling my name and it’s a pleasure to know that my hubby will return home to a clean house and a calm wife.

I think I’m going to read for awhile until my hubby calls to say he’s on his way home. I picked up several Christian nonfiction books about marriage and homemaking and I’m excited to see what I can learn. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and a very restful Sabbath!

5 Thoughts on “Busy times

  1. I am indeed having a very restful Sabbath…I hope you are too.
    Friday sunset couldn't get here fast enough yesterday in my opinion. 🙂
    I'm already looking forward to next Sabbath…my next date with Yahweh. 🙂

    I love Whole Foods…am a regular there.
    Do you have a Sprouts nearby? It's another organic / health food place. I just found one nearby our house that I didn't know we had, so between Whole Foods, Sprouts and Central Market, I'm lovin' it. 🙂

    Keep up the good job exercising! My hubby and I have been going to the gym 5-6 days per week and have seen wonderful results (check out my latest blog post).

    Mmmm…Cheesecake Factory…best cheesecake in the world!

    What kind of marriage / homemaking books did you get? I love books like that.

    Happy Sabbath!

  2. I love Ticket to Ride! And company wears me out, too. I love being with people, but I need time to myself to "recharge" or I get, well, cranky.


    Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

  3. Dawn – Sabbath was such a blessing! I needed the time to relax and pray.

    Whole Foods is great. We have to be really careful when we visit because we want to try everything! They have so many really cool products. Sprouts is nearby and we shop there every week for most of our produce. We also have Sunflower Market and Trader Joe's, though it's been years since I've shopped Trader Joe's.

    Great job with your exercising! I hate to have to ask this, but what is your blog address? When I click on your name, it says that your profile cannot be displayed publicly. And I'm blanking on your blog address! 🙂

    I borrowed A Wife After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George, Every Woman's Marriage by Shannon and Greg Ethridge, and Loving Your Man without Losing Your Mind by Susie Davis. I'm reading A Wife After God's Own Heart right now and I think I'd like to own a copy.

    Mrs. Smith – It's such a fun game! My family has been reluctant to sit down and learn it because they enjoy the more traditional games like Monopoly and Life. But my husband and I have tried out a few European style games and absolutely love them. I hope you have/had a wonderful weekend as well!

  4. Cassandra,

    Wow! Sounds like you have been a busy little bee! 🙂

    Yes, I agree that having house guests is enjoyable but tiring at the same time. On Mother's Day, I decided to prepare dinner with all the fancy trimmings for my mother and mother-in-law. There were five mouths to feed rather than the usual two (my husband and I). I enjoyed it immensely, but by the end of the evening when everyone went home, I was quite exhausted.

    Anyway, I am glad that you are enjoying your company. 🙂

    ~Mrs. Lady Sofia~

    P.S. I will send you an email soon! 🙂

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