By: Jennifer Murray

A Little Random for Your Friday…

Fasten your seatbelts, I’m feeling rather random today! 

I thought I’d show you some pictures from our “reality” this week.  Nothing earth shattering, just “us”. A few highlights and everyday moments from our week…

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Brad and I got a date over the weekend, which we spent in a QUIET bookstore browsing through books and having uninterrupted conversations. (That was one of our favorite dates pre-quads too!) Here’s my stack that I pulled from the shelves: Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels (which I already had at home, but hadn’t cracked open),  All New Square Foot Gardening (which I immediately ordered off Amazon and just got in the mail), and Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream (which was also laying unopened at home, that Brad and I started reading together).*

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As of Sunday my boys like SALAD!  They each ate their own bowl this week at our favorite Pizza joint, Monicals. Awesome Homemade French Dressing and Cracker Thin Crust Pizza!

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Another Food First this week – their own ice cream cones at Chick-fil-aI know, such deprived children! 

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These boys have me laughing all day long with their games and creative conversations. Not sure what they were up to here…Tornado drill practice, perhaps?

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Lastly, we are so excited about the warmer temperatures in our forecast! Hello, Park, we missed you so!  Let the outdoor adventures begin again!

Wait. Stop. One More.

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Do you ever get tired of sunsets?  Me neither. I made Brad pull over on the side of the country road last night to try and capture this one.  Pictures can never capture all of its glory. I was telling the boys how the “heavens declare the glory of God” and explaining the meaning behind the verse when Isaac interrupted me to tell me something about his shoe.  Deep moment. =)

Your turn for some Random Friday. I’d love to hear from you…This will be fun!  Ready?  Answer any one or all:

  1. What are you reading or what’s on your list?
  2. Where is your favorite place to eat pizza?
  3. What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods and how are you enjoying it?
  4. Anything random you’d like to offer!

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24 Responses to “A Little Random for Your Friday…”

  1. Robin
    April 8, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    I live…. in a small corner of rural Nova Scotia, on a property bounded by woods and a small river. It is trying to be Spring. I have many many crocus and daffodil bulbs trying to bloom, but we still have frost every night (and will until early May).

    I am reading… Tired of being tired: rescue, repair, rejuvenate by Hanley and Deville.

    I eat pizza… at our kitchen table, every Friday night. It’s a tradition!

  2. oh amanda
    April 8, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    1. TOO many books on my list. Actually, right now the only one I’m actively in the middle of is The Horse and His Boy—reading it to the kids during lunch.
    2. Favorite pizza—mhmmmm…well, we had Mellow Mushroom last night. I like their red-skin potato and bacon pizza. YUM.
    3. The weather is AWESOME here. We’re having a picnic today with my mom!
    4. I love this post. And you.

  3. Cathy Willman
    April 8, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    How’s this for Random? I just bumped into you with your little Butler Bulldogs at Chick Fil-A this week. I was so amazed at how well behaved your boys were, when mine was having the mother of all meltdowns. I was marvelling to a girlfriend, who directed me to here. Now, I’m loving your blog!

    I just finished reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night TIme, and I’m reading The Message bible in a year, and starting The Glass Castle for Book Club next month.

    I live in Brownsburg, and have been enjoying our peeps of spring this week too. Still a little chilly for total spring happiness though.

    And my favorite pizza place is Monical’s, but all time favorite pizza is the Caribbean Twist from Rock Star.

  4. Lana
    April 8, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    1. I am trying to read The Lancuna by Barbara Kingslover. I have loved every book of hers so far ( and I have read most), but this one can’t seem to grab my attention!

    2. Hands down ARNI’S. I’m a Tippecanoe County girl by birth, so it can’t even be Pizza King, which is a close second! It has to be Arni’s. YUMMMMMM!

    3. The weather here is probably just like yours, wet, cool, and NOT warm! We need the rain, but it could be a bit warmer. So in to warmth of the sun. Remind me I said that in July!

    4. My house has gone to heck in a hand basket, and my folks will be here tomorrow. ACK! We also have friends coming over tonight, so I have to get off here and get busy! Also I need to get back on the treadmill since the weather is wreaking havoc with my walking schedule. The Indy Mini is going to kick my “booty” as our girls call it!

  5. Miranda
    April 8, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Spring is here way up in northern Canada! The snow is melting fast and I’m so excited :). Another random fact? I don’t like it that my toddler woke up at 7:20 today ;).

  6. Carrie
    April 8, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    I’m currently reading The Spirit of Loveliness by Emilie Barnes and am definitely enjoying it. Favorite pizza is our homemade ones…they are THE BEST! :-) We did have some warm weather last week, but now it’s back down to cold weather. A little bit of snow is predicted around our area.

    It was fun seeing what your week was like!

  7. Lori
    April 8, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    1. I just finished: Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. It’s a quick read and very inspiring!

    2. I love Rosati’s pizza – thin crust!

    3. It is 39 and rainy here today, yuck. And we are going to tailgate and go to the Brewer game this evening, hope the rain lets up by then.

    4. I have a puppy, a 5 month old cock-a-poo, who’s mission in life is to shred any cardboard or paper he can find, remove dirty socks and underwear from hampers and spread them around the house, and find and shred used feminine hygiene products from bathroom garbage cans. Add to that an abundance of puppy toys, and my house looks like I have a toddler again. But he has finally settled down under my desk chair for his morning nap. :)

  8. Debbie in Grayson
    April 8, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Wanted to share a out of the mouth of babes with you. My brother in law’s father passed away this week. My niece was at the beach with my daughter’s family (the one with the triplets the same age as your boys). Well my niece got upset at her grandfather’s passing and had to go home for the funeral. My daughter posted this on her facebook about her trying to explain death to the triplets….
    …. Trying to explain death to 4yr olds is heart warming. All 3 kids couldn’t understand why people are sad. “you get to go to heaven and see jesus & god. I can’t think of anything more fun.” said Anneleise ” you also get to be a Star” said Cameron ” When they talk about it it puts things into perspective!…..
    ……yes out of the mouth of babes!

  9. Crystal
    April 8, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    I have the Pioneer Woman book on my shelf as well! I’ll get around to reading it as soon as I finish my April stack of magazines. I’m a freelance magazine writer, so I try to read as many as possible. :-)

  10. Danielle Barton
    April 8, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Wow… that deep moment reminded me of MANY from my kids! ha ha ha ha!

  11. Julie
    April 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Don’t you love how kids can interrupt you and bring you back to the moment, even if you were trying to teach them something important? lol
    – Reading the Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson – good book.
    – Pizza – LaRosas – had it last night!
    – Sunny right now which will probably cause storms later, but who cares? Bring on the sunshine and warmth!
    – Random thoughts – Just enjoying watching my son grow and am grateful I can be home to be with him.

  12. connie ashenfelter
    April 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    1. i am reading: crazy love: francis chan..change your life, good. i highly recommend.
    2. my favorite pizza will always be figaro’s.( but only when i made it myself is highschool.:)
    3.i am currently in ohio, which is cold and rainy. BUT, i don’t care, because i am here seeing my newest sweet nephew who was born YESTERDAY.:)
    random: my sister was a rock star at labor and delivery..all without drugs. she’s my hero.:)

  13. Courtney
    April 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Now I am hungry for pizza! We are going out for steak tonight though. I am 24 and unmarried so I don’t have any kid stories, but by sister (26) and brother (23) just got married this past summer so I am hoping to be an aunt sometime in the near future! :)

  14. Elizabeth
    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    My to-be-read stack includes:

    Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
    Taming the Atom: The Emergence of the Visible Microworld
    Mathematics for Physics

    I’m not a scientist, but you can see what my new interest is… But we’ll see if I actually make it through those.

    Meanwhile, I have a random question! I LOVE your pictures of your adorable boys, and I noticed you always have them dressed alike. Is that because it’s easiest to buy matching outfits, for the cute factor, or for another reason? And do they mismatch if one of them spills ice cream on his t-shirt? Sorry, my brain is really random. :)

  15. Sallie
    April 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    I love sharing the sunset views with my three year old daughter and teaching her that “God painted that!” :) All of creation rejoices.

  16. Rebecca
    April 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Did you know you could trade in the kids meal toys at Chick-Fil-A and get ice cream instead? You just take the unopened toys up to the counter when the kids are finished eating! It is always fun to let the kids decide what they want…a toy or ice cream:)

  17. Rebecca Miller
    April 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    I Love random posts!
    Kitchen table for pizza! Awesome family bonding and pretty tasty if I do say so.
    Utah so much snow, like right now! tons falling. How is that possible!
    Thanks for a fun post!

  18. Vanderbilt Wife
    April 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    # What are you reading or what’s on your list? I’ve been reading the New Testament for Lent, so not much else, although I’ve been reading snippets of Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs, which I like so far!
    # Where is your favorite place to eat pizza? Mellow Mushroom has the best crust ever, in my opinion!
    # What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods and how are you enjoying it? Today it is actually HOT! Definitely loving the warmer temps and a chance to get outside.

  19. Jamie
    April 9, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    1. I plan on reading “I Will Carry You”, by Angie Smith, but am so far too chicken to buy the book
    2. Monical’s totally rocks!
    3. cool mornings, warmer afternoons, a few rain showers….I’ve been cooped up in an x-ray dept with no windows. But, my dog Cubbie, is loving it! :) And, tomorrow is Saturday.Yay!! Maybe I’ll grab my camera and head out
    4. Random, hmmmmm, I love all things Seuss. And, there is Always a song stuck in my head. Frequently it’s a Christmas song and at least once a week it’s “pop goes the weasel”. I have no idea why. Should I be worried? LOL

  20. Danielle
    April 9, 2011 at 1:19 am #

    1) I recently read “CHoosing to SEE” by Mary Beth Chapman. An unbelievably inspiring book. I cried a lot, but smiled laughed, and was reminded of God’s amazing grace. I highly recommend it, but don’t start it if you don’t have time to read, I read it while my son was recuperating in the PICU, and I would have been hard to be interrupted. Also reading hte “Sister Circle” series, by Vonette Bright, a four book series very good as well.
    2) Favorite place to eat pizza? Bertucci’s maybe? Or this little brick oven place down the road from us
    3) Weather: FABULOUS! We are in Massachusetts, I didn’t have to scrape my windshield today, and we went to the playground for the first time this season, and stayed for hours:-)

  21. Susan
    April 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    1. I wish I was reading something new but I’m currently up to my elbows in boring work-related literature on mycotoxin testing in DDGS. Snore.

    2. We have a little hole in the wall pizza joint here called Coaches Pizza. We eat either that or homemade.

    3. Today it was 88 and we took our two remaining at home children hiking (the older ones are 18, 19, and 20 and all live independently). So thankful for warmer temperatures.

  22. Josephine
    April 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    1. I’m currently finishing ‘Between Sisters’ by Kristin Hannah and hoping to start ‘The Girl that Played with Fire’ by Stieg Larrson this week (the list ‘to read’ is waay too long, so these are the 2 left from the latest library trip!!)

    2. Our FAVORITE place to enjoy pizza is (1000 miles away) at my parents home, but when we can’t head there for a Friday/Saturday night…its best on the grill and at home with our family!

    3. We are JUST breaking into the 40/50’s here and anything over 32 (well over 0 in reality!) we are outside! Sometimes its playing in a dirt pile, riding bikes (or sleds), wagon rides, running, playing at the park or any of the ‘ball’ sports that can entertain us in the backyard.

    4. My son had a late introduction to ice cream cones also….he loves them, but he loves the CONE – the ice cream is too cold (he has started to give that to his 9 month old sister to enjoy!)

  23. Barbara Manatee
    April 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    I’m catching up after a beautiful weekend here in Michigan!! My husband and I were blessed with a weekend getaway to celebrate our 10 year anniversary!! We headed to Traverse City – one of Michigan’s most beautiful places! The gorgeous weather made the weekend even better (as did knowing our 3 kiddos did so good while we were away!).

    ~*~*~*~*~
    April is Autism Awareness Month. I’m dedicating my blog all month long to Autism!

    • QuatroMama
      April 12, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      Weekend getaway – Hooray! So happy you were able to get away and happy 10th anniversary! AWESOME accomplishment. Would LOVE to see Traverse City one of these days.

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