I had an 18-week ultrasound today, and it’s a GIRL! For those of you who need a refresher, my four-year-old is a boy, and the two- and one-year-olds are girls. So we’ll have our third girl in three years! I also saw her suck her thumb in the ultrasound, which was too precious.
We have weekend plans that I think of as a celebration of everything I’m bad at: it’s a last-minute schedule-destroying trip with all three kids to stay with people we’ve never met in a house we’ve never seen to go to Yaya‘s family reunion to meet a bunch of people whom I don’t know.
Also, Yaya keeps calling me to emphasize that, “JENNIFER, these people are very country. You have to understand, this is a rural area. They are very country.” When Yaya, who grew up in a poor farming family without fancy things like indoor plumbing or toilet paper, refers to a group of people as “very country, ” this is a weighty statement.
Heading out to Yaya’s event reminds me of my own experience with “country” relatives. Our version of a family reunion is an annual Cemetery Homecoming, where the five or six extended families who have relatives buried in the old county cemetery gather together for potluck brunch and barbecue on the cemetery grounds. It consists mostly of very rural, farming families, where the women bake up their best cobblers and the men put on their dress cowboy hats and boots for the occasion. This seemed like a perfectly normal thing to do in my childhood, though based on the reactions I’ve gotten I take it that cemetery homecomings are not a common practice in other parts of the country (“Who comes home?!” being a common response).
For those of you who were concerned about the reader whose front doorstep I was about to show up at to assure her that I didn’t think she was an internet stalker (#6 here), I thought I’d let you know that she saw that post and I did hear from her! …Although I’m not sure if she got my reply. But it seems like we have a nice little system going on where she emails me and I post to the blog about it, which is a big step up from the uncertainty of before.
Do yogurt makers work?
I’m going through tons of plain yogurt at $3 per jar from the grocery store and am thinking about buying one. Anyone have any experience with this?
The comments to my last post are fantastic. Thank you all for your thoughts (and if you haven’t read through them, you should!)
I will probably be offline for Saturday and Sunday. Since the town we’ll be staying in has a population of less than 500 and is evidently “very country, ” I’m going to assume that I won’t have great wireless access out there. Honestly, I’ll be relieved if we have toilets from the way it’s been described to me.
So if it takes me a while to approve comments this weekend, that’s why.
Have a great weekend!
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