Monday, June 16, 2014

Little Happies -- A Mission Trip Snippet & Johnny's Day


I'm baaaaack!

John and I spent the last week on a mission trip in Toledo, OH with over 300 Catholics from all around the midwest. The week was wonderful! Sure, there were some hiccups here and there, but for the most part, I'm smiling. 

I'm going to keep this Little Happies post short because most of my Happies last week were Big ones. Don't worry, you'll hear about them soon in my trip recap post, to come later this week. Until then...


--one--


My service for the week was at a neighborhood outreach center run by one awesome whippersnapper of a nun. My group spent the week helping with the center's Vacation Bible School for the K thru 8th graders in the neighborhood. Of course there was lots of recess time in the mix. And of course the kiddos LOVED the swings. The teen helpers in our group were pro swing pushers by the end of the week.

I decided to snap a few pics of the fun in action and caught this gem. Look at those little piggies! And her adorable smiling face! I look at this and still feel the joy of the moment.


--two--


When we got back from our trip, we celebrated Johnny's Day (in place of Father's Day)! I surprised him with Cosmic Encounter, a board game he's been eyeing for some time now, and promised that I'd play it with him, even though it seems quite nerdy. Unfortunately, it requires 3 players minimum, but fortunately, we're not above playing with a stuffed animal as player number 3.


--three--

Speaking of Johnny's Day... 

Earlier in the day, we got a call from one of John's good friends, Reuss, (a groomsman in our wedding). He told that he was at the airport on his way to Memphis for a business trip this week. We made plans to hang out later in the week and sorta left it at that. 

For dinner, John requested Pyro's Pizza, so we made that happen. As we're sitting down to eat on their storefront patio, who does John see walk by (out of the corner of his eye) but Reuss! SO RANDOM!  We didn't even know where he was staying, but it turns out it was only a block over from Pyro's Pizza. And he just so happened to be walking over to find somewhere to eat dinner as we were eating ours. A most wonderful coincidence! 

We spent the rest of the night catching up with our good friend, smiles on our faces and delicious pizza in our tummies. A Happy evening indeed.


Have a great week, friends!


14 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! I'm no professional, just happened to hit the shutter button at the exact right time. :)

      Delete
  2. The idea of deputizing a stuffed animal as a third player is so cute and fun!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We may or may not have already done this before. :)

      Delete
  3. I love that you made Johnny's Day! :) I am also glad you had to keep Little Happies short since you had so many bigger happies this past week!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mother's Day & Father's Day are henceforth Stephie's Day & Johnny's Day until we become parents. :) Hopefully this will be the only year we have to celebrate that way, but who knows?

      Delete
  4. You and your dh are so cute...using a stuffed animal as a third player. Ha!!! I would probably use my cat..he loves to play! Love the pic of the child on the swing...real time action.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha! I can see it now... the cat getting bored/annoyed of the game and just walking over the whole thing, knocking over all the pieces, not giving a crud. Ha. Cats are funny.

      Delete
  5. Turning Father's Day into a day about your husband is a great idea. I wasn't sure if my husband realized it was Father's Day at first, so I didn't want to remind him. Once he did realize, he said he just wanted to ignore it. Hopefully, next year Father's Day will apply to both my husband and yours!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope so too! But if not, I'll keep on celebrating Johnny's Day. :) He did have a moment of sadness after Father's Day was mentioned at Mass, but the rest of the day was pure fun! Glad your husband was able to ignore it!

      Delete
  6. Glad the mission trip went well! :) That is so nice that you took time to celebrate your husband on Father's Day. What a good idea, I'll have to keep that in mind for next year.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just figure, how can we be sad if we're out and about celebrating each other and doing our favorite things? I'm finding that living life to the fullest even when your life isn't exactly what you want it to be is the key to making it thru the rough patches and having fun in the process. Easier said than done sometimes, but worth it in the end. :)

      Delete
  7. First of all, love the picture!!! That is definitely happiness captured in a photo :) And I love the way you have been celebrating these special days. I really wish I had thought of that during our wait. Those days were so hard sometimes. Here's to hoping you'll be celebrating differently next year :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so happy you both got to celebrate Mother's and Father's Days for real this year. It brings me some serious joy. :) I definitely have to agree with you... I hope we get to celebrate them next year too.

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...