A Week in the Life

October 17, 2008 | 12 comments

I’m too shocked by what I’m reading in the comments to the last post (are you guys serious?!) and distracted by Twitter to write anything coherent today, so it’s time for a photo post.

I’ve been wanting to do a Week in the Life series ever since I got the idea from Elizabeth Esther, and I happen to have taken a lot of pictures this week, so here we go! (I should note that the title is a bit misleading though. It is a “week in the life” in the sense that the photos were taken this week and it is, umm, my life, but this is not a typical week for us.)

Family Reunion

As I mentioned, this past weekend we drove way out into the country to go to Yaya‘s family reunion. The town has a population of less than 500, and is one of those places where everything closes on Sunday and you never know when any stores will be open anyway because sometimes the owners just don’t feel like workin’ that day.

As soon as we set our stuff down after we arrived, we had to get back in the car to drive 45 minutes to make it to a vigil Mass. After a stirring service as St. Thomas the Apostle in Huntsville (thanks, Masstimes.org!) we went back to find the reunion dinner well under way, everyone serving themselves spicy chili made with fresh-smoked meat out of huge vats. Also, I’d forgotten how dark country nights are!

You could tell the hosts were good Texans because they had an entire facility on their property dedicated to grilling and smoking meat:

I didn’t get a picture of this, but they had a great idea for raising money for next year’s reunion: everyone brought garage sale type items to donate, and they held an auction. (The clever host scheduled the auction for before we were allowed to get in line for the delicious potluck food, so that motivated everyone to bid with reckless abandon as the peach cobblers and apple pies steamed on the banquet table next to us.)

Anyway, here’s the lovely country home of the family members who were kind enough to let us stay with them:

Wine Tasting

I’ve mentioned before that after our conversion my husband and I did lose some friends from the “old days” who didn’t seem as comfortable hanging out with us anymore. Interestingly, one group of friends we’ve remained close to is our gay friends. (I wrote more about that here.)

On Tuesday we went to an event that was slated as a “GLB Alumni Wine Tasting” for a certain university. We got put on the invite list since we knew so many people who were going to be there, and decided to get my mom to babysit for a night so that we could swing by. I didn’t bring my camera to that one, but I found these pictures from the J. Crew catalog that pretty much cover it:

Just picture these dudes holding wine glasses and sitting around an outdoor table at a trendy wine bar and you’re all set.

My loud jokes about this not being an inclusive event since it was not a “GLBT” gathering were underappreciated, I thought. But other than that it was a great time. One of our friends confided that his business is in deep trouble with the recent financial crisis and he seemed pretty upset about it, so I was glad we could be there for him.

Movie Night

How cool is this: a family we know hosted an outdoor screening of The Princess Bride at the grounds of their house.

Notice the amazing two-story treehouse on the right:

I thought my son would never leave. Here’s a shot of setting up the massive movie screen, rented from a local movie theater (who knew they did that?):

And of course you simply cannot have a proper movie night without a popcorn and candy stand:

Let the show begin!

I think we also firmly established ourselves as the token Catholic family: I was the only pregnant woman; we were the only ones with so many little kids; LM was the only baby; and when the screen showed the scene of Princess Buttercup walking out in her white robes to the throngs of adoring subjects, my two-year-old daughter startled everyone by shouting excitedly, “Look! It’s Mary!” (pronounced “Mahw-wy”).

Those are my pictures from this week. If I do a Week in the Life next week it will all be shots taking within a 15-foot radius of our living room, I’m sure. Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Veronica

    Honey, we’re as Presbyterian as they come, and my oldest still spent the first year she could talk by talking to Mary, claiming to see Mary or pretending to be Mary.

  2. graceunbound

    That outdoor movie night sounds like so much fun!

  3. Diana

    Our Texas family reunion doesn’t usually have chili, but we certainly have barbequed beef. Yum!

  4. paula k

    I think we’re the token Catholic family among our acquaintances too, and we’re NOT Catholic – lol. Not only do we have the most kids but I am either pregnant, nursing or carrying a child under two, and sometimes all three at once. ; )

  5. Ouiz

    Wow… I had no idea you could rent a movie screen like that! That is incredibly cool!

  6. Michelle

    I am finding that lately we are the token Catholic family amongst our friends. It’s been hard to maintain some of those friendships. It didn’t used to be that way, but a deeper faith and kids seems to have changed our lives in a way that makes our lifestyle different these days. So I know how that goes.

    For the record I’m a total night person and was fascinated by the comments of the morning people. I always think it would be nice to be able to function that well in the morning, but it’s just not my natural cycle.

    Sounds like the reunion was fun!

  7. mary

    Veronica – she probably did see and talk to Mary. Ask God to let you know, for your child’s sake if for no other reason.

  8. Martha

    I think sometimes we’re the token Catholic family in our parish. 😉 Ok, I’m exaggerating, but I did get told after Mass tonight how “courageous” I was for being pregnant with #4. I never have a good answer for that comment. Um, thanks? If anyone has one, let me know.

  9. daffy-maiden

    *nods* Another proof of something I’ve long suspected: there is an important reason why modernists, feminists and other “ists” should not seek to destroy the ideal of the princess. Long live Cinderella and Ariel! 🙂

  10. Anonymous

    When I took my crew out, and got asked the “Are you Catholic?” question, I used to say, “No, I’m not Catholic, just – (beat) – enthusiastic.”

    Got a laugh every time.


  11. Spring

    As a “former Catholic” (wait– don’t hate me yet), I am really impressed by your spin on Catholicism. Had I attended a Catholic school that embraced everyone, GLBT, etc, I have a feeling I’d still be Catholic. It was the “selective” love and approval taught at my particular Catholic school that always got me.

    So basically what I’m trying to say is Thank You, because you are helping me to understand Catholicism in a different way.

  12. elizabeth

    I wish we had friends who hosted movie nights like that! I’m putting that at the top of my list for when we have a house with a large-enough yard.


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