Sunday, December 18, 2005

We Are Marching!

Goodness, what a weekend. I worked a TON (and still have more to do this week before I head home for Christmas) and played a lot to make up for it (including staying out later than I needed to, but doing silly things requires sacrifice, right? Right.) Here are some highlights. . .whether you're interested or not:

*I met my blog friend, Lanette, in person! My first internet friend--aren't you proud? :) It was very very fun and I think I'm just going to start calling her my Twin from now on. . .it seems to be our description for each other, especially now that we've met. I'm certain that there's a reason for meeting the people we meet, and I'm also pretty dang certain that we're going to be close close friends. Thank You, God, for orchestrating blessings we never would've imagined possible!

*We had our middle school Christmas Party at church on Friday night, and at the end of the party, I had them all come into the sanctuary. It was dark (intentionally) with only some candles lit. Coincidentally, the manger from the church Christmas pageant was on the altar (I'm assuming for rehearsal the next day), so the stage was set nicely for a telling of the Christmas story. I told the kids to get comfy--lay down, close their eyes, whatever--and listen to the story. Afterwards, I talked about how Jesus was their age once. One of the kids (this one's sometimes a handful) popped his head up from the ground and whispered excitedly, "Oh wow! I'd never thought of that before!" It was cool. And that's why I love my job.

*Court and I took the penguins out last night for their Austin Adventures. Their travels aren't quite finished, but we had tons o' fun. At first, I'll admit, I felt kinda weird carrying Gwen everywhere I went (mine's named Gwen and Court's is named Ping--get it? Penguin? ha), but I quickly got over it. People did look at us, but whatev. Off we go. . .

March of the Penguins: Austin Adventures

Court & Ping

Lauren & Gwen

Our first stop took us to Ross where Ping offered to buy Gwen a lovely red thong (it looks pink in this picture, but trust me, it was lovely red). Gwen declined the offer amid the jam-packed rows of lingerie that Ross is, of course, famous for.

While they played, Ping got himself stuck in a decorative cage. Gwen laughed and made fun of him from the outside. They asked us why cages exist. We explained that domestic birds (not feral penguins) are usually kept in cages. This saddened them.

We then took them to PetsMart (or is it PetSmart? I never know) next door and showed them what we meant. They gazed in awe at the caged birds, trying to fathom life in captivity. But the quickly lost interest once they waddled far enough to find the fish tanks. . .

"Are you thinking what I'm thinking, Gwen?"

Court and I looked at each other, fearful of what was coming next.

Ping took the plunge. The fish bit his beak, though. Yes, things are a bit different when you leave the Arctic, huh, guys?

"You're telling me, " Gwen retorted. "99 dollars for an igloo?? We make these things ourselves for nothin'!"

We decided to head to the Capitol building downtown. This time, the 'guins wanted to drive.

Needless to say, it was a bit scary.

We arrived safely, and the penguins struck a rather stately pose in front of the Capitol. (Don't ask us how they made it to the top of those newspaper stands.)

They wanted lots of pictures in front of the Capitol. They look so little!

Boy, did they have fun with this cannon.

Well, we can see here how Lauren plays favorites. Gwen gets a kiss while Ping lies motionless on the ground. Poor little guy.

We were flattered that they wanted a picture with us. We love our feral penguins.

On the way out of the Capitol grounds, we stopped to admire the Christmas tree. What a nice way to end the evening. Merry Christmas from Ping & Gwen!

And. . .thank you, dear reader, for being interested in the penguins' story. There are other adventures to be had, just you wait.

For now, I am headed to bed. Goodnight all!


Blogger sarah said...

Oh!! How fun was that... that's a great way to start the day today. :)

7:16 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Oh goodness...I totally needed that this morning. Your penguin story was great!!!

7:20 AM  
Blogger trishy said...

Y'all are so funny! Looks like we all missed a fun/funny time!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Me Over Here said...

Hiya, Twin! Glad you had so much fun this weekend! The penguin story was TOO cute, the pictures looked so real (meaning, they looked like real penguins making those poses!). I really liked that picture of you with Gwen as well, very cute!

And yeah, is it "PetsMart" or "PetSmart"? Some clarify, please, or I won't be able to sleep tonight...

8:29 AM  
Blogger Rob West said...

I dont remember the last time I felt this jealous of a penguin!

Oh wait. Yeah I do. It was that time at the Raleigh Hilton Ball Room back in '96. I was pretty jealous of that penguin too. But that's another story. Even that penuing wasn't gettin it on with Texas' Lil Slice!!!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Rob West said...

Oh and, the word PET is red and the word SMART is blue. If that helps.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Penguins have all the fun.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Leah said...


9:09 PM  
Anonymous Becca said...

I love the Penguins! Both me and Mo were cracking up at the need to make sure they behave themselves at the New Year's Eve party too.... Have a great Christmas!!

6:37 PM  

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