Sparkling, Skating, and Spending Time

Tiny rainbows in my wine.
Tiny rainbows in my wine.

Given that it’s Saturday, it’s time to look back at three beautiful things from the past week.

1. A sunbeam hits my glass of fizzy wine, making all of the bubbles turn into tiny rainbows. (The picture doesn’t really do it justice – there were many more rainbows than the iPhone captured.)

2. My second round of ice skating lessons is going much better than the ones I took back in January. Not only are my skills improving (well, except for the stops), but I woke up Thursday morning with my quads and core hurting, rather than my feet. The pain, of course, is not a beautiful thing, but the fact that it’s in the correct place – and not in my feet, as it has been – means I am actually doing things right.

3. After many weeks of scheduling and re-scheduling, I finally make it out to Virginia to spend an evening with my friend Mary and her family. We drank wine at the pool while the kids swam, and then headed to Falls Church for a fun dinner at a “beach shack” restaurant. It was great to finally connect after far too long.

What’s been beautiful in your world this week?

3 thoughts on “Sparkling, Skating, and Spending Time

  1. Mary Billingsley August 7, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    Really great to see you! Glad we finally found the perfect Friday … not too ho!

  2. Mary Billingsley August 7, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    Correction….we are well past the ho stage! Not too hoT!

  3. Common Loon August 7, 2011 / 6:16 pm

    1. I have not purchased new clothes for myself for 3 years. Kohl’s was having a killer sale (up to 70% off), and a friend gave me a 20% off your purchase coupon, so I saddled up the kiddos and headed out. I got a couple of shirts for $2.50 each, and a new dress for $15. However, the beautiful thing was the oldest actually HELPING me shop. He’d find tops he thought I might like, offered to carry everything, and he picked the right sizes (as in he brought me a cute navy top to try on and when I pointed out it was a large so it would be too big he said, “Mom, it’s on the wrong hanger. I checked the tag and it’s your size.”). Don’t worry, his siblings conduct neutralized this blessing.
    2. Took middle on an adventure ropes course. It was awesome to watch him tackle some fears, overcome obstacles, and get a much needed confidence boost! I’m thankful that I was able to walk a plank to it’s edge (it was 4 stories up, and it was just a plank…had to keep it together for middle, who then did the same thing!).
    3. Drove a motorcycle ALL BY MYSELF. I think the smile was stuck on my face for a few hours.

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