Okay…so it’s been 14 + days (I think…I’ve sorta lost track...) since I have posted anything on here. The reason (or maybe I should say excuse…) is that I really don’t have a good one. BUT…the fact that I have played the role of nurse, girlfriend, sister, daughter, party planner, maid of honor, listener, hostess, organizer, prayer partner, photographer, shopper, mall scavenger hunter, jogger…and a half a dozen other titles that I can’t think of right now…should count for something! 😉

These last two weeks have been incredibly busy but also exceedingly fun…I love the always-something-to-do days, especially when it involves a social atmosphere. 

Last week sometime…no, one and a half weeks ago, I think it was Wednesday evening, a couple girlfriends and I got together in Meade and watched some tv and hung out in the hot tub! It was an evening of laughter, giggles, chatting, talking about guys…(and you know, OTHER things that only girls talk about…!) bluetoothing songs to each other’s cells, and snacking on frosted animal crackers and milk shakes!  The hot tub felt incredibly…well, hot! But then, we’d get out and cool off in the midnight breeze, hop back in to warm up, then out again…and you get the idea. (I’d say we did that about 20 times before calling it a night!)

Friday (not yesterday…a week ago), Serena, Krissa, and I all went to Wichita for…Mary’s big day…called her WEDDING! We enjoyed a bridal luncheon with the bridal party and some others at the Apple House in Whitewater, Kansas. From there, the bridesmaids and bride (and my sisters) changed into some more casual clothes, piled into two cars and unloaded at Town East in Wichita. We were ready for some girl-only-fun-and-giggle-time! The mall was the perfect place for a scavenger hunt…of sorts. Everyone was on the hunt for a gift for someone else…a gift that had to meet some requirements. Under $10, started with certain letters, related to the wedding, and was creative, exotic, odd or unusual, tasty, smelly, embarrassing, and just plain fun! The rehearsal was that evening followed by a pizza and pop supper (along with some other delightful dishes including some dessert!). We, the bridal party, put together a mad lib soga about Arlen and Mary’s life together after marriage…it turned out to be quite hilarious and kept everybody laughing. I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with the soon-to-be bride and groom that evening as well as getting to know others in the wedding party. Before retiring for some zzzz that night at the Holiday Inn Express in El Dorado, Mary, my sisters and I relaxed a while in the jacuzzi. We must have all been tired, or somebody put something in our drinks at the rehearsal dinner, because everything seemed funny even if it really wasn’t and the topic of our conversation was…ah, you really REALLY DON’T want to know! I think Krissa actually started it…so I’ll just blame her! 😉 Saturday morning found all of the bridesmaids and the bride at the beauty salon in El Dorado getting updo’s on our hair. Then it was off to the church, getting dressed, touching up our make-up…and picture time. After we had smiled so much for all the pictures, it was time to go into hidding while all of the guests arrived. We got a little bored waiting for 2:00 to roll around…so, we played the ‘hat game,’ hung out with the groomsman downstairs, and played more ‘hat game’ with the guys. I don’t think the guys ever ‘got’ the game. 😉 Maybe it’s because they were all stoned on Red Bull. (lol!) The wedding itself was very beautiful and I was honored to be Mary’s Maid-of-Honor. The bride looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL! CONGRATULATIONS ARLEN AND MARY!!!! =D During part of the rehearsal, the groomsman and bridesmaids did a little work on the getaway car! It was really the guy’s idea…we just went along for the fun. Shaving cream and toilet paper made a hot red mustung look even better! Then it was finally time for the official bride and groom to get-away…and the party was over. 😦  Next…clean up….

I was kinda sad when the wedding was all over because it was a great deal of fun and I’d been looking forward to it for a long time. Well…since New Year’s Eve anyway. That is when Arlen proposed to Mary. (By the way, to see pictures, go to my ‘foto flicks’ page.)

Then this past Wednesday, I was at work again planning a mall scavenger hunt for my little sister who just graduated from Bob Jones University. Since actually graduating from BJU with a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalsim and actually surviving the very conservative and strick rules of the campus was quite an accomplishment (and she even graduated with honors! YEA!), I wanted to do something special for her. And special, random, embarrassing and a whole lot of others things is exactly what is turned out to be! Serena and I set up a surprise lunch in Wichita at Buffalo Wild Wings with a couple of Krissa’s close friends. She was totally surprised but even more so when we all went to Town East afterwards and sent her on a wild scavenger hunt. We are such great sisters and friends that we made her ride the kiddie rides, buy some guy’s boxer shorts, chew on 3 super-sized gumballs at once, tie a tie, model some 4″ pumps, practice some weight lifting…and various other tasks the she found very thrilling indeed! It was soooooo much fun though…I hate to think of what my payback might be someday. (I’m thinking that I won’t ever have a wedding…I’ll just elope!)  And before we officially ended the fun day, we enjoyed some delicious Cold Stone Ice Cream! YUM YUM!

Krissa spent the rest of the week (from Wednesday on) with one of her good friends, Shannon and then they will be ‘staffers’ at CYIA (Christian Youth In Action) the next two weeks in Newton. Krissa has gone to CYIA for 5-6 years now I think and she really enjoys it. After she returns back home, she’ll only be home for a couple more weeks before moving to Birmingham, AL.

Today, I went into Dodge and did some random shopping. My car had an appointment at the service station to get the oil checked and tires rotated. When I got back home, I laid out in the sun to tan for about an hour but I sprayed myself down the hose beforehand because it got pretty hot. Once I dried, I still had sweat pouring off of me. I practiced piano for a couple of hours and went out jogging this evening. The winds calmed down as the sun was setting and it turned out to be a very pretty evening.

Welp…that’s a recap of what’s been happening recently…and most of those days in between the ones I mentioned, I was probably working. Tomorrow, I’m taking my Grandma to a family reunion in Galva, Kansas. I’m glad I have this weekend off from work so I can take her because she doesn’t like to drive very far on her own. I’m looking forward to spending some time with her and will get to see some of my great uncles, aunts, and cousins.

I am really putting the miles on my car this summer and that’s not such a good thing with gas prices especially. I’ve been to the Wichita area like three times in the past couple of weeks with the wedding and everything and I’m planning two trips out to Colorado this summer. Hummm…maybe I should consider getting a motorcyle. 😉 That would actually be kinda fun, but I can’t really see myself on one!





2 Responses so far »

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    Serena said,

    Yes, that Friday night in the pool was funny…:) And Wednesday spent with Shannon and Ruth and us girls was fun as well! Good memories!! 🙂 Fantastic planning for Kris’s graduation gift/party, Jen! 🙂

  2. 2

    Jena said,

    thanks! 😉

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