Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

Memorial Day is my new favorite holiday —  I wish I could say I was less selfish and it’s because of a great poignant moment when I reflected on all the brave and mighty who have fought to keep us free – but the truth of the matter is that this weekend was simply phenomenally fun.

On Friday we went to the Roys to meet the Carrs and have a cookout with deer kabobs.  The Carrs were totally late so we said, ‘forget them!" and started mowing thru the food.  It was *very* good.  Maria is the best cook ever.  We did finally meet the late Carrs that night and I was a little disappointed because Shay is gorgeous and looked like a cute little Southern Belle super
model, and I generally can’t stand beautiful people. And while her avatar is cute, it does *not* look like her.  It is funny how my first impressions of people are always wrong. I did the same thing when I first met Annemarie and she totally became my best friend. Likewise, despite the fact that Shay is ridiculously pretty, me and my whole family have officially adopted the Carrs and we are actively campaigning for them to move right next door to
us.  They are the *neatest* family!

The next day everybody came over to my messy house for a bar b que – plus we got the added bonus of my other best friend Angie, who dropped over.  Ryann started off the festivities by catching a lizard and then attaching it to her ear.  Actually, that’s not true.  Shay kicked things off by bringing me a present. I love presents. Angie brought me one too. Coie got the best present of all time from Mr. Roy, but I will let her tell that story.  Here’s Ryann before the lizard attaching

Even tho it was mighty hot that day, us ladies were brave and didn’t complain and single stitch.  See us in my air conditioned, newly painted dining room?  We just stayed there and ate all day while everybody outside caught a bevy of fish from the pond

Angie, Maria and Levi, Me, Coie and Shay

The Carrs slept over that night and the next day, bright and early, we showed up at the Burggrafs unannounced.  We figured if we brought food then they’d be less likely to send us packin’.  I wish I would have caught the water fight that Mr. Burggraf started with Coie.  But alas, here at least are some less interesting ones

Me and James playing in the stream…

…until James ditched me for a more entertaining playmate.   Here he is with Shay and Richard’s youngest, Martha Bryan.  There is a cool story behind that kids name but it would take to long to type out.  Someday Shay will have to tell it on her blog. 

We had a lovely time at the Burggrafs. Us ladies visited and ‘talked herbs’ with the beautiful and gracious Mrs. Burggraf while her husband led the rest of our crew on a hiking expedition.

The Carrs stayed over again on Sunday night (because we hog-tied them and would not let them leave) and then on Monday we drove down for A.T.I.C. Heavens to Betsy I got a lot of loot.  I got a beautiful mirror, some very trendy drinking glasses, shoes for my son, a train set, a bunch of A Beka workbooks, a full set of little cars and a bunch of clothes.  There was GOOD stuff there.  I think it went really well.  Shay kept turning things over looking for a price tag at the bottom "hello Shay.. we keep tellin’ you, it’s
all FREE" I wish I had some pictures of the day there By the end of the weekend we were exhausted.

The Carrs went on their way and we were winding things down when I heard Coie reading outloud to the kids. She was reading them her two favorite childhood books, The Wrong Way Rabbit
and The Best Loved Doll.  I snuck a picture because they all looked so sweet.

I hope your weekend was just as lovely!

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  1. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on May 29th, 2007 at 11:23 am


    Looks like you all had a great time!! Love the pictures!!

  2. Ryann said,

    on May 29th, 2007 at 11:28 am


    I wish you would have posted that picture of the lizard on my ear.

    And actually, mr. Johnston caught that and put it on my ear. I'm going to thank him at the F/D camp for teaching me how to make my own earings.


    on May 29th, 2007 at 11:30 am

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    What a fun weekend! I think SAMIAM got some pictures of ATIC. I will post when we have time. I agree with everything you said about the Carr family. They are super folks.


  4. His4life said,

    on May 29th, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Thank you sweet, precious friend…

    for helping make our weekend sooo wonderful! You and your family are such a delight!! Thanks for all of the joy, laughter, fun and learning you bring! We thank God for you!:):)

    Love you!


  5. His4life said,

    on May 29th, 2007 at 11:46 am

    HI:) Me again:)

    I forgot to mention what blessings the Roys and Carrs are also!:) What fun, neat families who love God and each other! Yippee!! What a delight to be part of His Family!:)

  6. onfire said,

    on May 29th, 2007 at 3:21 pm


    You adopted them and have tried to make them move your way?


    I bet you say that to ALL the girls…

    oh to be that beautiful

    hmmm. methinks you forgot to look in the mirror today.


  7. Buckeyeblog said,

    on May 29th, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Good weekend!

    We had a good weekend, too…but we didn't get to meet new people or make lizard earrings. Oh well, maybe next time.

    Hey! I cut (almost) all of my hair off! YIPPEE!!! And made a curlie-doo out of it. I LOVE it. I used to wear my hair short and permed for quite a while a decided that I'd grow it long before I got too old. HA! So, my beautician got five 14" – thick as a quarter – pony tails for Locks of Love to make a wig for a cancer patient.

    Whenever I get any new pics I'll change my avatar. And…methinks that you forgot to look in the mirror, too! 🙂

    Blessings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<><

  8. Henry said,

    on May 29th, 2007 at 4:13 pm


    Jen, I think the water fight was started by one Geoff the Great. Poor Coie was just in the middle of the fun. So the whole blog world knows, Coie makes the best cinnamon rolls!!!!! Thanks Coie! Your family and you have been a real blessing to us. Will see you all this w/e at the F/D. PS – bring clothes to get wet in!

  9. chickadee said,

    on May 29th, 2007 at 6:36 pm

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    sounds like a fun weekend!

  10. JacqueDixonSoulRestES said,

    on May 29th, 2007 at 10:03 pm


    looks like you all had a great time. That's a great picture of you all in the dining room. I love the bookshelf on that wall. See? it IS a great thing to meet other bloggers!

    Anyway, I came yesterday to leave a comment and couldn't; I was wondering about how ATIC went. I think it's a great idea.

    We did have a great weekend, too; so glad Paul & Gena et al had to leave those racks here last month! It guaranteed their return! Then, we got to have another lovely homeschool family over on Monday. Eric was in heaven… With the Suarez boys and then with 3 more boys about the same ages the next day!

    Love that pic of the lovely Coie reading to the Littles! I just figured Ryann must be off reading upside-down in a redbud tree somewhere…

    ( ; Take care… Blessings


  11. wardssward said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 12:45 am

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    Sounds like a festive weekend… filled with friends, food, freebies and family! What fun!


  12. UndertheSky said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 2:22 am


    Ok, those are really sweet pics, especially the last one of the chillies. I love it when older sisters do sweet things like that. :+)

    I miss your smiley face!!

    Memorial Day was not the same without staying up late with you. :+)


  13. SAMIAM said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 8:15 am

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    Thank you very much Ms. Ig!

    You guys are so fun to! I had such fun seeing y'all Hope we get to see y'all again soon!

    Love, Sami

  14. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 9:29 am

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    Okay! NOW I know why you don't like me–it's that southern belle charm and beauty thing. HA. I am so totally kidding! I know you especially like me because of my drawl and the fact that I love boiled peanuts.

    I hated so to miss the thingy on Monday, but we were recooperating from Thurs.- Sun. Briana didn't get up until 1:20 on Monday. She's never done that. We did have a great fun weekend–come by and see the pics of Sat.'s fun. We had various dress rehearsals Thurs. and Fri., and then on Sun. was church and the ballet recital (an extremely long day). So, yeah, by Mon., we were pooped.

    Anyway, it's looks like you all had a great time, and were probably pretty worn out yourselves.


  15. debbiecorley said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 11:45 am

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    Sounds like fun!

  16. EEEEMommy said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 12:31 pm

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    Great fun!

    We had a fun weekend too, albeit soggy!

    It's so much fun to make real friends out of all this frivilous blogging! 🙂 Although the majority of my real life friends and family still don't understand the value of this imaginary world and all my imaginary friends! Pity!

  17. poshred1 said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 2:19 pm

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    Wow you did have a busy weekend! It was great seeing you at ATIC on Mon. I got a bunch of good stuff too! I was amazed all that stuff fit in your trailer.



  18. quietcajun said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 6:06 pm

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    Oh… The Best Loved Doll…. that was one of MY VERY favorite childhood books! I loved that sewing doll!

  19. CommunicationFUNdamentals said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 8:15 pm

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    Oh I love these!!! I post stuff like this all the time. Come on down to my blog and check out Friday Funnies.


  20. ShayC said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 10:16 pm

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    Yes…my chips made it home safely…Thank you so much for asking (LOL!!!!!). And Yes…I added our time at your house (3 DAYS!!!) to my log book!!!! I logged it under life skills, music, cooperation lessons, and learning about the homestead way of life…I'm not kidding!!! I don't think I'll have you over to my home…you may very well find my little log book and rip it to shreds (ha, ha, ha)!!!

    Have a good rest of the week!

  21. amada said,

    on May 30th, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    You know… you get altogether TOO many comments!

    But your blog merits it!! Your stories are always funny, and I just really enjoy reading about your life 🙂 (that sounds like a weird thing to say).

    My weekend definitely didn't match up on the fun factor, but we did have a BLESSED weekend nonetheless!

    Come on 'round to hear our latest 🙂


  22. nancysnook said,

    on June 3rd, 2007 at 5:11 pm

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    What's ATIC stand for anyway??? I'm hoping to meet some blogger friends this fall also…we'll see~

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