My Mundane Musings

Growing up I longed for the fast paced life of big city life and corporate America. Now I’m a stay at home mom of 4 in a small rural community! And I wouldn’t have it any other way! (At least for now).

On vacation… August 1, 2008

Filed under: family,friends,fun,kids,life,travels — Rebekah Sanders @ 10:03 pm

After facing the summer thinking we wouldn’t get a vacation, SURPRISE! We packed up and left home tonight and ran away to the booming populous of East Alton, IL. Friends of ours are out of town this week and told us to come stay at their house and spend the week hopping the river over into St. Louis! AND WE ARE!!!

So, I might be scarce around the blog, but you’ll still be able to follow me on Twitter and most likely see some pictures on Facebook or Flickr (over there —–> ) as I upload them for Elijah, who is back at home with the grands (HUGE thanks to them!!!!) because of football.

But for now, I’m going to kick my feet up and curl up on what I’m pretty sure is the world’s most comfortable couch for a bit before going to bed. Not sure what adventure tomorrow is going to bring, but I hear it will involve ribs!

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Vacation Day??? April 15, 2008

Filed under: family,life,travels — Rebekah Sanders @ 10:51 am

I’m not even sure what day it is today. Tuesday I think? We had a great time at the zoo yesterday with our friends. I’ve got pictures, but most likely they are going to have to wait until I get home to get them all online. There are a couple in my flickr acct and on my facebook account (same pictures I think though).

Today, we’ll head out to have lunch with my best friend from high school. I’ve got lots of things to say about this and definitely not enough time. Through the wonder of the internet, we were able to reconnect after 12 years almost of not even talking to one another. I went away to school and then got married and left town completely and we just lost touch. We’re planning on making up for lost time today.

Then we’re going to connect with my mom and sister later. It’s my nephew’s birthday today – he’s 10. We’re going to go pick up a birthday present while we’re out. Thankfully he’s just a year younger than Elijah, so it’s not too hard to figure out what to get him. It’s going to be another long day and we’re hoping to make TONS of memories along the way!

And say a prayer for my knee.  I tweaked it yesterday at the zoo apparently, so not sure what we’re going to about it, but it is what it is. I’ll try and blog AI tonight, but just not sure that will be doable. I am on vacation after all! (and yes, Suzanne, still stealing internet access)

 

That’s about right… April 4, 2008

Filed under: family,friends,life,travels — Rebekah Sanders @ 11:09 am

With the exception of Chip having a lingering cough, our family has finally all been well this week.

Until this morning.

When *I* woke up with the sniffles. I tried to play it off as just being allergies, but I’m fairly sure that I have a cold. A COLD! After making it all winter without any realy illnesses for me, I’m the one to finalize the season. The good thing about me being the one who is sick is that I’m a freak about washing my hands and covering my mouth with the sleeve and disinfecting anything I touch, so the chances of anyone else getting it are slim. I hope.

We’ve finally finalized the dates for our trip home. We’re going to Wisconsin on April 13th after church in the morning. I can’t wait! I haven’t seen my Gram in almost 18 months and I miss her dearly. And my other grandparents too! My Gram is going to be 80 at the end of the month. I know that time with her is short. Even if she lives to be 100, it’s still not going to be enough time. And my grandpa (on my mom’s side) isn’t in the best of health either. I’m very fortunate to have made it into my 30’s with three of my 4 grandparents still alive. And I intend to savor this trip because I really dont’ know how many more chances I’ll get.

We’re planning at trip to Chicago if it rains. Have I ever told y’all how much I *love* Chicago? (Only about a million times). We’re hoping the weather will be nice enough to go to the Lincoln Park Zoo. If not, we’ve got alternate plans for the Museum of Science and Industry or the Field Museum or something. We’re hoping to join up with friends while we’re there.

And I’m going to see my best friend from high school. Which is weird because we haven’t seen each other since my wedding. She was my maid of honor and she’s never met my kids. I’ve never met her husband. I try not to live a life with regrets and losing touch with her was one of the big ones. I’m glad to be able to put it behind me. We’ve got plans for coffee (well, she’ll drink tea – what is it with me and all these tea drinkers?). I’m looking forward to catching up on the last almost 12 years of life with her.

 

41m3s… December 31, 2007

Filed under: family,friends,fun,holidays,internet,travels — Rebekah Sanders @ 2:16 pm

That’s what my phone said when I signed off last night. After being on hold for 25 minutes and then talking to some guy in India our issue was resolved at no cost to us. I will use Travelocity again.

Signing off to go spend a great time with the family and friends. See y’all next year!

 

I am IRRITATED!!!!

Filed under: holidays,life,travels — Rebekah Sanders @ 12:39 am

I have currently been on hold for 10 minutes after talking to a stupid computer for 5 minutes first. When we flew to Houston, we used Travelocity and were very happy with our experience. Tonight I’m getting more irritated by the moment!

I went online to book a reservation for a hotel room in BLOOMINGTON, Illinois for tomorrow night. We are going to be staying there with friends to celebrate the New Year. I went to Travelocity and did a search for hotels. I found a great price at the hotel our friend our stay at. Or at least I *thought* I did. I just assumed that the hotels they pulled up were actually IN the city that I typed up. While I understand that it’s my own fault for not looking a bit more closely, I’m still hoping they will make it right. I guess we’ll see how their customer service is – if I ever get to talk to a real person.

 

Why I blog… December 12, 2007

Filed under: blog,entertainment,family,friends,fun,internet,life,marriage,news,profoundness,travels — Rebekah Sanders @ 10:55 am

Chip got a call for an interview the other day about his blog. He was a bit puzzled because he doesn’t blog very regularly (although he is now) and somehow they managed to find his blog and not mine. Doesn’t really matter to me, but he gave them my blog address and told them I was the one to talk to.

I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years now. I started shortly after Noah was born (unfortunately, I lost quite a bit when I changed blog servers from Blogger to Xanga many moons ago). I was blogging before before blogging was cool…

The big question for the article was “Why do you blog?” I blog because I like to write. I blog because it’s cathartic for me and much cheaper than therapy. With 4 kids, I need somewhere I can just let it all go. As a pastor’s wife, I need somewhere that I can just let it all out from time to time. As a wife, I just like a place where I can brag on my husband. And to show off my kids. To stay in touch with relatives far off. To be real.

That’s the thing about my blog that is different from most – it’s me. My whole theory on life is that life is too short to pretend that I’m something that I’m not. I’m who I am – and if you don’t like it, that’s ok. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. I don’t agree with everyone else. And from time to time I make people mad with things I say on my blog. Because I’m not into legalism when it comes to my relationship with Jesus. And if there is anything that will make people mad, it’s questioning what they believe – especially if they don’t have an answer!

I guess I just try to live an authentic life. I want people to see Jesus in me. Not because I’m trying to sell them anything, but because my love for Him pores from my very being. I want them to see that marriage really can be GREAT and FUN. I want them to see that raising kids is work, but it’s the most rewarding job in the world. I want them to see that you can adapt to small town life even if your heart is screaming, “But I’m a big city girl!” I want them to see me for who I am. Because that’s all I am. With all my faults and screwups. With all my accomplishments and hard work.

I am who I am. And this is why I blog…

 

Adventures in dining… December 11, 2007

Filed under: food,travels — Rebekah Sanders @ 3:11 pm

*cracks knuckles* Definitely one of my favorite topics – FOOD!!!

Before boarding the plane in Indianapolis, we had lunch in the airport at Chik-fil-A. I’ve only eaten there twice since high school – both times in Indy. I think they need to put one in Decatur. YUM!

That night after landing in Houston and realizing the hotel didn’t have anything to offer for dinner, we went in search of food. NONE of the hotels nearby had a restaurant inside. It was really weird. We ended up in our room ordering Dominoes. Chip and I ate the whole pizza in less than 20 minutes I think! We were starving!

The next morning, we ate at the buffet at the hotel. Which we paid entirely too much for and was disgusting! Live and learn I guess.

We had lunch on Tuesday from the McDonald’s drive-thru. We just wanted something we could eat on the road. For dinner, we stopped at WhatABurger. Which I would liken to the McDonald’s of the south. They are EVERYWHERE!!! But so much better than McD’s. I couldn’t even finish my burger it was so big.

Wednesday morning we stopped at Ihop for breakfast. We were looking for a Shipley’s donuts (because those are everywhere too) but couldn’t find one. I love Ihop because it’s one of only a couple places that I can get boysenberry syrup. Mmmmm….

It was late when we ate breakfast, so we stopped at a Cracker Barrel in Vicksburg, MS for some chocolate cobbler for a snack. YUMMY!!!

But the real kicker, the thing that made me think that Jackson, MS is GREAT was when we were in search of something to eat. There wasn’t anything right by our hotel other than fast food, so we drove back down the highway towards Jackson from our hotel in Canton. That’s when I saw it – P.F. Changs!!!  It’s got to be my favorite place to eat. I had the Orange Peel chicken. (I’d get in the van and go right now if Chip came home and suggested driving to Indy for PF Changs). And I ate the WHOLE thing – rice included – with my chopsticks!  AND!!! This is huge – Chip WILLINGLY ate an onion!!! It was the green chivey part, but it was still an onion! That he knowingly put in his mouth! It was by far my favorite meal of the whole trip.

The next morning, we attempted to dine on the complimentary breakfast at the hotel, but it was gross. We ended up going through the drive-thru at McDonalds. I *love* their egg mcmuffins. 

For lunch, we stopped on Beale Street in Memphis. We ate at the Blues City Cafe. Chip had ribs and I had seafood gumbo. For the second time in two days, I wished my stomach was bigger because I wanted to eat forever. I told Chip it was a cacophony of flavors all bursting forth at the same moment to make a beautiful symphony in my mouth. Yes – it really was *that* good!

For dinner that night, we were in Nashville with Chip’s sister and at at Thompson Station. I had the Cajun shrimp salad. It was really good, but paled in comparison to the last couple meals I’d eaten. But they were a tough act to follow.