Joy in the Journey–Organizational Idea+Brecken’s Surprise Party+Another Favorite Quote+Catching Fire!

I love “Joy in the Journey” Mondays. It gives me the chance to reflect on moments in my life that give me so much joy. Here are three of them:

1. I’ve got Spring Fever BIG TIME and that means I want to organize everything!!! I’ve had a goal to organize a cupboard, closet, shelf or drawer, a day, for sometime now and I always include it on my “to do” list. Sometimes it happens–sometimes it doesn’t. But–there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to organize and purge! My favorite local store is a thrift store called Desert Industries. No–I don’t go shop there. I go there to dump stuff I no longer use! I’m getting the girls bathroom cupboards redone and am going to surprise them by organizing their top drawer like this (with bathroom items)! I can hardly wait to see their reaction!

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2. A scrapbooker once shared this quote by Marjorie Hinckley with me and it continues to be the words I strive to live by:

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden.
I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”

3. Stefyn and I “hosted” a really fun surprise party for Brecken’s 17th birthday! All her volleyball team showed up and when Brecken walked in the room, she was totally shocked! We then proceeded to have an “All Mixed Up” meal featuring Brecken’s eclectic favorite foods. Everyone sat at a big round table:

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And then the fun began. Each girl had a list of 12 of Brecken’s favorite things like Big 5 Gum, Hunger Games, Sunsets on the Beach, and so on. They had to randomly number each item and put their name on the paper. Numbers 1-4 were their first course, numbers 5-8 their second course and numbers 9-12 their third course. Silverware wasn’t on the table and was part of the numbering system. One gal had to eat her first two courses with NO utensils and then for her third course she got a spoon, fork and knife and snap peas (something she didn’t even need silverware for)! So essentially every girl got the same food but it came in different courses.

Here’s was the list of Brecken’s favorite foods:

1. Pina Coladas

2. Watermelon

3. Mom’s Homemade Granola

4. Curry and Rice

5. Snap Peas

6. Pecan and Apple Salad

7. Strawberry Trifle

8. Chocolate Chips Pancakes

9. Homemade Pita Chips withHummus

After much laughter and fun, the girls went to a ropes course and out for ice cream. At the end of the night, Brecken came home very happy and said “You got me! I always know everything that’s going on but–this was a total surprise!”

Finally, I’m still laughing over this one. Last Thursday night, Sage’s friend, Kate, invited her to the launching of the “Catching Fire” DVD at Walmart. It couldn’t be purchased until 12:01 a.m. so the girls (along with Kate’s sweet dad who took them) showed up an hour early to make sure they could stake their claim in line and grab the movies. No need. They were literally the only people there! Walmart still made them wait until after midnight to buy the DVDs!

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Hope you’re finding Joy in the Journey today!

Lisa

P.S. Tomorrow I’m giving you a sneak peak of something really big I’ll be launching on HSN! Tune in tomorrow to see the product and to enter a cool giveaway of the product (on Wednesday)!

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6 Responses to “Joy in the Journey–Organizational Idea+Brecken’s Surprise Party+Another Favorite Quote+Catching Fire!”

  1. kat-in-texas says:

    Love the surprise!! Y’all are so thoughtful of each other!!! Glad you got her! lol

  2. Sheryl Pyle says:

    That looks like such a fun idea..Happy Birthday Brecken.

  3. mandyb says:

    oh how fun!!!! love the sound of the party!!
    and yes isnt spring cleaning so cleansing!!! roll on next spring for us down under!! haha

  4. Julie says:

    Great organising idea:)

    I bet the eating at the party was fun – & messy!!!

    By the way, I didn’t realise you had triffle in the US, I just thought it was a favourite pudding over here. No wonder it’s Brecken’s favourite tho – it’s brill:)

    By the way, is there any way on here to set it up where you receive comments after yours?

  5. LAURA G. says:

    Love the quote by Marjorie Hinckley!!! think I should copy it down and include it somewhere in my PL…miss the days when my girls in high school….those days go by so quickly…:)

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