It all started Saturday when I went shopping for spring clothes again. It was the perfect day for warm weather shopping. I think we even hit the 80s! Also, it was the first Saturday of the month, the day that I shop for all the household goods for the month (ex, cleaners, shampoo, toilet paper, etc). I like to make this trip only once a month, because that way it is easier to keep track of what we spend on these kinds of items.
And, since it was so wonderful outside, I also took the opportunity to clean out the garden for the spring (and hopefully encourage spring to get here soon too!). I am looking forward to actual spring when we start to plant. I haven’t decided the entire garden yet, but I know it will be yummy. All I did this weekend was remove old plants and clean out any trash that may have blown into the garden. Next I will be turning the soil, preparing it for seed!
Then, that evening, Michael’s brother, Christopher, and his wife, Rach (who some of you may know), stayed overnight. We stayed up past midnight (which is really big deal for this goes-to-bed-at-9-most-nights kind of girl) talking about everything. It was wonderful catching up.
We got up early Sunday morning for church. Then we had a volunteer fair during our normal bible class times where different community groups (not affiliated with our church, just work in the community) gathered to share opportunities for involvement. This is part of a bigger push to encourage our church family to get more involved in the community. There were some pretty well known names like Big Brother/Big Sister club as well as Habitat for Humanity, but there were also local homeless shelters and salvation army-type places as well.
Then, we headed to lunch, ate, and drove straight back to the church building for our missions meeting. Rach and Christopher were so patient during all of this. I really appreciated it! Michael handles the budget for our missions group, so we couldn’t miss the meeting. During the meeting, however, we head some loud cracks of thunder. That’s when the polar vortex began.
Slowly our world started turning to ice. Our afternoon plans included visiting the annual Barkus Parade held in McKinney. I have been in the past and have had a great time. We didn’t know if it would still go on with all the crazy weather. Turns out, the parade moved indoors to the theater for more of a fashion show than a parade. Knowing that Rach and Christopher share our love for dogs, we knew we couldn’t miss it this year. So we headed straight to the event to hopefully beat the icy roads, meaning that I didn’t have a chance to grab my camera from home, so you will have to excuse the phone quality of the shots down below.
The costumes were so cute. The owners would dress up as well and have really neat themes. The dog in the police costume above was part of the Village People theme. Also, the girl on the right with the adorable pit is my sister-in-law, Rach. The dog just snuggled right into her lap. It was so precious!
It iced through Sunday night into Monday. I managed to get a little picture of our front walk. It melted by Tuesday though, and by the end of the week, it was absolutely wonderful again. The temps had crept back up into the 60s, and it was all sunshine.
Friday night ended perfectly with a surprise date night with my husband. He came home with flowers and a rental movie, About Time. The movie was sweet (made by the same people who did Love Actually). I loved the message about letting go of worry and anxiety and enjoy the silver linings in life, no matter how many days you are guaranteed.
I had a wonderful week full of wonderful memories. It’s been so busy, but it has been really nice. I look forward to the next week to come! Let me know how your week went. Did you have any memorable moments?