Hi friend! Today I thought I would talk about yesterday…
We don’t do the whole “halloween” business around these parts but, we definitely do candy! We have costume days throughout the year. We have a giant tub of different wardrobe pieces and from time to time you can find it exploded in our living room… so for our younger ones the most exciting thing about the month of October (besides Mama‘s birthday) is “candy day!”
Psalm 16: 11 NKJV
“You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
To celebrate “candy day” Mama gets a piñata, or two, and stuffs them with candy. This year we had two, one for the younger crew and one for us “bigs.” It was a hoot watching them take turns swinging at the giant present shaped piñata.
They made their rounds from the youngest to the oldest. After a few rounds it came back around to the youngest; Jonny stood up there and took his swing. At last it gave and candy went flying all over the place! It was awesome. Everyone dove in to get some sugary goodness. I was just getting the candy I knew I could eat while Kasey was in there getting everything from what he would eat to what he could use as bargaining tokens later on in the night. It was a smart move that I would be using on the next piñata…
The “bigs” piñata was in the shape of a very large taco… Which, I fully intend to try and make into a hat later on. But, back to the story. This… empiñata… (pun cred. Kasey… if you don’t know what and empanada is and this joke was lost on you I’m sorry, but I find it hilarious) took all of five hits to bring down. We all got one hit. With Michael delivering the final, devastating, blow.
I don’t think you ever get too old to get excited over candy spilling out of a colorful, fun-shaped, cardboard box…
We ended the night with the all-time favorite, Flynn Famous, dangling donuts!!
If you have never heard of this amazingly awesome activity… nay, sport, the jist of it is that you tie donuts to the ceiling, a high bar, etc. from a string and you have eat the entire thing without using your hands. If it falls, it falls and you have to eat it off of the ground. Again, without using your hands. (I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the next Olympic Season…)
This was my very first year competing and it was so much fun! I couldn’t stop laughing… (Thank You Jesus that mine didn’t fall… Though, I was “in it to win it” and I totally would have eaten it off the floor.)
There were three rounds and I was in the final round.
I got third!
…Out of three.
But, I had a blast doing it!!
It honestly was really close! Michael’s donut was extra high and he still won, though Mama gave him a run for his money! Definitely one of my new favorite traditions. I guess… I’ll just, you know, get some more donuts and train harder for next year…
As we part ways today, I want to encourage you that just because “the world” celebrates one way or “everyone else is doing it” doesn’t mean that you need to do it too. That goes for more than just the clothes you wear, the music you listen to or what/how you eat… it goes for holidays and events too. It’s okay to be different and make your own traditions. You don’t have to compromise. Everyone is convicted in their own time, in their own ways; I just know how grateful I am to have people in my life who have shown me that different doesn’t have to mean “not as good”… and that, in fact it can mean “even better!!”
I hope that you have a fun, memory-filled, safe weekend.
Until next time; I pray your day, every day, is blessed.