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Monday, September 19, 2011

Lessons learned

Lessons I learned (or re-learned) this weekend:

You’re never too old to go back to grade school. This weekend was the annual fair at the elementary school that Sean and I both attended (also where we met working at the daycare center). When we were younger, Friday night at the fair was always the place to be. As adults, it’s still just as popular. The place is swarming with people. There’s great food, music, and conversation. This year we went with a few friends of ours. It was a chilly autumn night—perfect whether to bundle up and see familiar faces. We browsed the silent auction. Went head-to-head in a speed pitch game (a children’s game, mind you). Watched as the young girls screamed their heads off when the band played a Justin Bieber song. It was such a fun night, and for no particular reason even. Then, on Saturday, we returned to the fair to volunteer. Which brings me to lesson number 2.

One of the best, and easiest, ways to give back, is to donate your time. I’ve been saying for years that I want to do more volunteering—donate my time and/or services to good causes. The people who come together to help throw this fair every year (it’s a BIG fair that is wildly popular in the area) do a great job, and it was so fun to be a part of it, even if only for 3 hours. Giving back to the community we grew up in, and the church we’ll be getting married in, felt great. And it was FUN! We’ll definitely be back next year.

Owning a house isn’t always it’s all cracked up to be. Doing the Sunday laundry and finding a dead mouse. Breaking the faucet off the basement sink at 7 o’clock on a Sunday night (leading to water squirting everywhere, and the need to shut all of the water off until an emergency plumber can come and fix it). Sometimes I wonder what we were thinking getting ourselves into this. But then again, to have a place to call all our own is pretty nice, too.

Technology is wonderful. As we were having Sunday dinner with Sean’s mom and uncle, we dialed into Skype. We were able to visit with Sean’s brother and his girlfriend who moved to Denver last month. They even gave us a tour of their apartment. How cool to be able to visit with family over Sunday dinner even though we’re separated by hundreds of miles!

Fall is my favorite season. I thoroughly enjoyed sporting my fall clothes this weekend. The cool air even prompted a Sunday afternoon nap, something that I rarely do. And Sean’s mom bought us a pumpkin candle, so now our house smells downright heavenly (I love fall candles!).

Weekends are too short. I love downtime with friends and family. There just never seems to be enough of it!

Already looking forward to next weekend!  

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