Sour Deens.

I was having a conversation the other day with some friends and we were talking about super claustrophobic moments. Like how I can't be in a two door car in the back seat because I can't exit when I want and/or feel the need to. Or this one time when we were exploring in China and got onto a subway that seemed pretty empty at first glance and then all of a sudden a flood of people entered the car we were in. I kept expecting the doors to close but no, no, no the people just kept flooding in...which then caused me to slightly freak out on the inside. We were all holding our elbows out trying to forcibly protect the little ounce of personal space that we were quickly losing. Anywho...this is not a blog about claustrophobia...we can discuss that further another day. So, the other day when I was talking with some friends telling them this story, I said "we were all packed in there like sour deens." Jill looked at me and was like, did you just say "SOUR DEENS?" I paused. I thought that everyone I'd ever heard say the word sour deens was Southern (or something) because they'd always say it "sarrrrrrdeanes." Like, it sounded like it had twang on it. Nope, Kate, it's actually spelled s-a-r-d-i-n-e-s. Sardines. Not, sour deens. That's why people pronounce is sardines.

There was a solid stretch of laughing. Laughing at me, laughing with me. It was awesome.

I feel like this type of thing happens at least once a month...I find out I've been saying something wrong or didn't know the meaning of something. Keeps me on my toes.

HA! Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself. Don't take yourself too seriously. We are all in this together. (Remember when Jill thought seahorses weren't real?)





Saturday Morning Observations

Sometimes things get so chaotic and crazy in life that stuff like this starts to happen:

  • The trunk of your car becomes a storage facility. Initially it begins with things to donate or return to a store and then it just begins to pile up with all sorts of goodies from the past few months. Empty boxes, trash, the extra sweater you brought with you but never wore, etc.
  • Your laundry hamper becomes a that you frequently remove clothes from (with clean or dirty doesn't matter.)
  • Getting to sleep is always approximately 1.5 hours later than when you go to bed.
  • Hair washing can always be stretched one more day if you have enough baby powder & dry shampoo. Or a constant rotation of hats/scarves or bright enough headbands to distract from the rats nest going on up there.
  • The book on your nightstand acts more as a coaster than any enrichment for your mind.

Can anyone else relate?


Laugh It Off.

Jill here. I love to laugh. Like, a lot. It's a little cliché to say that it's the best medicine, but I actually think it's the truth. Laughing always makes me feel better.

So, I often find myself browsing through the Pinterest Humor  section for hours and hours short periods of time looking for things that will make me laugh. There's some HILARIOUS stuff on there, my friends. Well, at least I find it hilarious...some might say I have an odd sense of humor. I thought I would share a few of my favorites.









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To follow my Pinterest account, go here. (Oh and you can follow Kate's and our JillandKate boards too.) Share with me some stuff that you find funny too. Let's laugh together. :)


30 Things

This is I turned 30. YIKES! Actually, I'm excited. I've heard that your 30's are better than your 20's so I guess I'll find out if that's true! Here are a few things I've learned over my 30 years...also they are things I want to remember as I continue on in this crazy world. In no particular order: 1. When things are ridiculous, laugh.

2. You are who you surround yourself with.

3. I always feel better after a workout. But that doesn't always motivate me to actually go do it.

4. I really have never used anything I learned in geometry/trigonometry in real life. Ever. So when I yelled at my math teachers in high school and said it was useless, I was right. I feel satisfaction in knowing that. :)

5. Africa is magical.

6. Hearts can be mended.

7. People will always let me down even if they have every intention not to. God will never let me down even if I have every expectation that He will.

8. Forgiveness is hard. Forgiveness is necessary and life-giving. Usually the necessary, life-giving things are hard.

9. Being around kids brings joy. It keeps you feeling young too.

10. The ocean is my happy place.

11. I'm a major introvert. That's okay.

12. When all else fails, find some chocolate.

13. I have a LOT to learn.

14. Seasons. They exist. Remember and accept that when it's time for a new season. "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1

15. Most people are driven by insecurity. Try not to be one of those people. Learn to recognize those people and don't let them get to you.

16. Happiness is a choice.

17. I'd like to think I'm more creative than this, but I could wear jeans, a black hoodie and flip-flops or converse every day of my life and be content. Heck, I pretty much do that. Who am I kidding?

18. The Sound of Music never goes out of style. It was my favorite movie as a child and it still is now.

19. Family is the most important. Your real family and the family you choose. Treat them well.

20. Don't take yourself too seriously.

21. Trust your instincts. They are usually right.

22. Write notes to people. I learned that from my mom.

23. Be generous. I learned that from my Dad.

24. Pray. Talk with God. Listen to God. Communicate with Him however it is that you communicate. I learned that from both of my parents.

25. Don't be easily offended. (This is hard for me.)

26. Appreciate other people. Don't just put up with them or be indifferent. Learn to genuinely appreciate them.

27. Time FLIES. Be here now. Enjoy the moments.

28. Drink a lot of water.

29. Have a go-to karaoke song and own it.

30. Always be thankful.


Thank you for all of your birthday messages, tweets, etc. I had the best birthday! Here's to my 30's! :)