It’s been a few weeks since I sat down and had coffee with you guys, so I’m not sure where to begin. Not to suggest that I have something exciting to talk about… you know how it is. Life feels so busy, but that doesn’t mean there’s much to say about it.
We’ve actually been dealing with some different things here at home, mostly kid-related, not super serious, but nothing I can really talk about. It just all adds up, and it’s hard to be a Chatty Cathy online when I’m consumed with juggling a bunch of family-related stuff.
I often wonder how some influencers are consistently on Instagram Stories several times a day. I just don’t have it in me. A lot of days, I’m just too busy with the blog and home life to think about it, and other times, I will pull out the phone to chat and realize I really have nothing to say, so I just put it away.
It’s funny, because I almost always manage to have something to say here. I think that’s because I can write it out and edit it and publish when I’m ready. If I try to talk, I end up a rambling mess.
Anyway! I expect most of you are here because you prefer the long form blog post to the micro-blogging platforms, and that suits me just fine. I don’t think blogs will ever die, or at least, I surely hope not! I think some people will always prefer the written word to the spoken one, am I right?
I’m not sure what the point of all that was, I guess I’m still a rambling mess, even in writing. LOL!
So yeah, my parents were here last weekend. We haven’t seen them since last fall, so that was really nice. They usually drive up from Virginia on a Friday night and back home on Sunday afternoon after church, so we don’t usually go anywhere. They both still work full-time, so we usually prefer to hang out here at the house and enjoy the down time, but this time they flew in early Friday morning. Since we had two full days together, I decided to make some plans.
The kids were busy with school and work on Friday, so I decided to take my parents to Lancaster County for the day. We had lunch in Ephrata at Fox Meadows Creamery, and then we drove down to Lititz and walked around. They have some really cute shops. We made one final stop at the Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop, and then we took the scenic route back home, driving through the farmland. It was so pretty and peaceful.
We decided to go the opposite direction on Saturday, and we went into Philly to do the Constitutional Walking Tour. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I got.
It was awkward to stop and take pictures while on the tour, because it moved pretty quickly, but our tour guide needed to stop here by Independence Hall to take care of something, so he told us to take pictures if we wanted to. My mom offered to take one with me in it, and I said we would at another spot, and then that never happened. It was still a great day, and I’m glad I at least have that one shot of the rest of the family. (David and Caroline had to work, so Becca was the only kid who went with us.)
We had lunch at Fork, and we were going to do a carriage tour after that, but then we noticed a huge police presence in the area. It was kind of disconcerting, and it was getting late in the day, so we decided to wrap it up and head back home.
My dad asked one of the officers about it on our way back to the car, and he said there was a protest happening, and they weren’t sure which way it would go, so they were basically standing around waiting. They didn’t seem overly concerned, but the last place I want to be is on a carriage tour in downtown Philly in the middle of a protest — peaceful or not — so I was glad we had decided to bag it. After we got home, I tried to find info about a protest that day in the news, and I never saw anything about it so I guess it didn’t amount to much. These days, you just never know! Better safe than sorry, I guess.
It actually worked out fine because, as I said, the other kids weren’t with us, so we got home in time to make dinner. David got home from work in time to join us for that, and we played some games afterwards, so it all worked out.
I want to get out and run before church this morning, so I guess I better wrap this up. Before I go, I have to share this picture. Becca and I were getting ready to go out and and run some errands yesterday afternoon, and she came into my room to ask if she would be cold in a short-sleeve shirt. (It’s been nice, but extremely windy here this weekend.)
I took one look at her outfit and burst out laughing… Yep, we’re a pair! I offered to change, so we didn’t look like the Bobbsey Twins, but first I asked her if I could post this to my Instagram Story.
So that’s about all I’ve got. Oh, wait. One more thing. I think the email comment reply function may not be working again. Can anyone confirm that it was working for a while, after we installed the new plugin that requires you to register if you want to receive replies to comments by email?
We realized that the form was set up to require a first and last name, which was then showing up with your comments. I had them fix that so those are not required fields — the username is what should appear with your comment now.
It seems like when that change was made, the email replies stopped working? Can anyone confirm this for sure?
At any rate, I will submit a help ticket to my tech team first thing in the morning and see if they can sort this out.
I tell you, I am so over technical difficulties right now. It is exhausting and ridiculously time consuming. I’m hoping we can get this all squared away once and for all,.
Okay, I’m off! Our close friends who moved away last summer are back in town for a visit, and we’re going to see them at church and then have them over this afternoon. I’m so excited to see them.
I hope you have a restful and very blessed Sunday!
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