I do not have a picture of the aftermath of this latest birthday pinata, but I think you can see in the picture that that thing is spinning... man did it spin...
And when the bottom burst out of it, well, you know those 'flower' fire works that spin around and shoot fire... think that except instead of fire think of shards of smashed squirt gun and hard candy fragments spraying in a 6 foot radius around the living room (it was pouring rain outside).
I think we'll stick with rainbow colored horses and skip the spinning cupcakes next go round.
If we are going out to eat, or ordering in I feel pretty confident in estimating that 7-8 out of 10 times we will be eating pizza.
Who do we love?
To eat in: Papa Murphy's and Domino's
To eat out: This is a little bit trickier.
There are two different kinds of going out- there is 'going out' like grown ups sans kiddos. In this case, we totally recommend Flat Bread Community Oven (in Meridian or Boise). I personally am in love with their Bianco Magnifico. So delicious.
However- we do not eat this way very often.
Tonight though, I think we found our new favorite family pizza place.
Now... there are some of you locals who are saying "What! But Flying Pie is the best in the world!" And to this, I have to admit I have a snippy response, "Have you EATEN at Flying Pie?"
I realize that it is an 'icon' in the Treasure Valley. BUT I believe that is only because it was the first pizza place here. Flying Pie pizza is expensive and gross. Period. And inevitably, upon leaving I have to explain to my children why it is okay for "some people to use those words but we don't."
At White Water we had an awesome experience. The service was great. Our server was super friendly and thoughtful. Our food was ready very quickly and when it came was the perfect temperature to eat (while still being fresh) so my kids didn't burn themselves. And the crust was lovely (the flying pie... not so much).
I mean, look at that pizza, isn't it beautiful?
And kids personal pizzas come with a drink and an ice cream.
(Oh, and did I mention kids eat for 99 cents on Mondays?)
Seriously, why are we not all eating here?
Are we weird, or do other people love pizza as much as we do?
This morning it started... I went to play with my girls. I sat on Vahmah (Havah) she said, "Mom! Gid is sitting on me! Get off Gid!" So I go off. when I tried to play baby with them and laid down on the pillow they were playing with my boogers on it... Sis-er (Lilly) said, "EW YUCK GID!" And the left to get another pillow...
Want to know something about big sisters? They say 'NO!' a lot!
So now I am talking on Mom's phone talking about shoes... that is pretty fun.
It has been a week... a real week... You know what I mean?
And at the end of this week, I would just like to say one thing.
We are all doing our best.
You are doing your best.
I am doing mine.
The people we love, they are doing their best.
Parts of my best are better than yours. And wouldn't you know, parts of your best are better than mine. Still, that does not, will not change the fact that we are all doing our best.
Right now in your mind, you may have pictured someone you know/love who you think is not doing their best (maybe it's me), but guess what- that is none of your business, because you don't know, how ever well you know them, that all the "awful" things they are doing right now are not their best... that maybe sad to you, but it is also very true.
Life is hard. It's why we are here. It is supposed to be hard. People get sick, we get in accidents, we die, we loose jobs, we have mental illness and chronic pain... and those are all things that just happen. They are how we learn how strong we really are. It's life... and then we add to that life humanity.
When I say humanity I am not talking about it in terms of our goodness... our charitable acts. I am talking about how very human we are. How our opinions, actions and feelings hurt people sometimes. How we make mistakes. It is inevitable.
I will hurt people, and people will hurt me. The point is- it is rarely on purpose. The only people who wake up in the morning planning on hurting people (especially people they love) are disturbed...
The rest of us, we might wake up thinking about something that is bothering us, or something we want to say, and we might say something stupid or thoughtless or harsh, but I do not think we wake up planning to hurt or harm.
Our mistakes and our good intentions, they are hallmarks ofour humanity.
I grow tired of those who live their lives so ready for someone to hurt them, anticipating the 'evil' that other's wish to inflict upon them.
I grow tired of those who wait with cutting words to strike back at their unknowing offenders.
I grow tired of those who seem un able to comprehend the good, although sometimes misguided or poorly expressed, intentions of others.
I grow tired of the lack of faith in each other.
I grow tired of the lack of forgiveness...
I grow tired of the lack of compassion...
I grow tired of people's 'righteous' hatred and disgust. (Let's be clear-there is no such thing.)
Mostly though, I grow tired of being forced to withdraw trust from people I love when they prove themselves to be unable to reciprocate my acceptance of their humanity.
Because while we can (and should) extend forgiveness, compassion, and maintain love without expecting change- Trust is a sacred gift that is earned.
This week I have found peace in forgiving. I have found peace in compassion for the humanity of others. I have found peace in remembering the best parts of someone I love in the midst of hurt. I have found peace in remembering- we are all just trying to do our best.
I have no end of humorous surprise every week as I slowly watch the stats change and the hits on this blog for the key word "banana spider" go up...
So while I generally enjoy this blog as a place for me to speak with a pretty firmly established fourth wall, I would like to break that wall today and ask a couple of questions I would like you to answer:
If you have a blog, as many of us do... what is your most popular post? ( according to statistics or actual responses you have received). Is it surprising to you that it is most popular?
Leave a link to said post... I would like to read them...
Now back to our regular subjugation of readership to Kari's inner monologue. :)