My Non-Spring Break 2013 Highlights

A last minute dentist appointment. That is exactly what kept this post from going up yesterday morning. And really, I said last minute, but it was more like an emergency. That sounds so serious, and really all is well. I just had a tooth that was giving me more pain than I could bear, so to the doctor I went.

The saddest part is I didn’t learn anything new. I was simply told to do what I’ve put off for a year now. What is that, you ask? Oh, just to have my wisdom teeth removed. (Can someome please explain to me why we have wisdom teeth anyway? If we just have to get them removed? It makes zero sense to me.) I know it’s not that big of a deal to most of you, but if you knew how much I loathed the dentist you would understand. It’s an honest fear of mine that I don’t know how to explain. If you’re a dentist, I have nothing against you personally, I just don’t enjoy like my mouth is feeling violated. And the gagging? Well, that’s the absolute worst.

That is all just really TMI and has no connection to this post in any way, shape or form. I am so sorry. How did we get here anyway? My bad.

Moving on.

Last week most of Houston was on spring break. And while I didn’t get an actual break since I’m not a teacher, a student, a mom of young children or any other breakers you can think of, I did enjoy some of the perks.

In all honesty, last week was the calmest and slowest week I’ve had in a long time. It was both nice and weird at the same time. Nice, because I had been going ninety to nothing, but annoying, because it came to a complete hault, and I had a lot of downtime. I don’t do well with a lot of downtime. I like to be on the go! But that’s just me. Let’s just say I had a lot of quality time with my roommate.

In no particular order, here are the top three moments of my non-spring break 2013. (Don’t get your hopes up. It wasn’t that riveting!)

(Also, I spent the first half of the week recovering from my couch. I know you have spring break envy now.)

1) Family dinner

My little brother who is finishing his last year at Texas A&M was home for the week, so we got to have dinner one night. As a whole family. Whoa! We had none other than some fabulous tex-mex, and then took the party to my parent’s house where we watched countless hilarious YouTube videos. We laughed until we cried! And then we took this awkward family photo with my mom’s iPad. We’re fancy like that.

2) The Houston Rodeo

Y’all. The Rodeo is a BIG deal here. And rightfully so! It always lands during spring break and they are brilliant for doing that. So, I took full advantage of that Houston entertainment and took a few of my Bible study girls down there for the day. A few highlights from our day were getting to walk through the livestock show and seeing a mama sheep give birth to a baby lamb (you may be grossed out by this, but I thought it was fascinating and really neat!), eating rodeo food – YUM, watching mutton bustin’, and the pig races. None of us really had much interest in the carnival. Not to mention, the weather was fantastic! It was chilly in the morning, then got a little too warm as we were leaving that afternoon. Thank you, Lord!

A few of us before heading out that morning!

Among other things, I at this cinnamon roll. Yes, it is as big as my hand. Yes, I ate the entire thing. No shame. So delicious.

This is what you would call hanging on for dear life! In other words, a little mutton bustin’. It is by far my favorite thing about the rodeo. How could you not love a little four or five year old riding a sheep? Or, a mutton? Grin.

Our clan for the day. It was a smaller group since spring break is so give and take, but we loved it!

A girl and her cowboy boots. Yes.

3) Coloring and Swinging

I spent Saturday watching a few of my favorite kiddos on earth. Jen and I were on babysitting duty and we had a blast! Do you realize how cathartic coloring is? And swinging? Spending the day with a four year old, a kindergartener and a baby will make you so happy you could bust. And so tired you fall asleep at 9:00 PM. I know those of you with young kids are laughing!

Mr. Dean and I created this lovely art together. Are you impressed with our coloring skills?

Life is good upside-down on a swing set. The sign of a good day.

Oh, and how could I forget to add our friend pollen?

This is the sidewalk of our office. That’s pollen. Not yellow chalk. And we wonder why we can’t breathe? Mercy.

What was one highlight for you over spring break? That is, if you had one. Or, you can make up spring break like me. It works like a charm!


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  1. 51
    Ann Reed says:

    Let us approach the throne with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in out time of need.
    Hebrews 4:16

  2. 52
    Ann Reed says:

    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

  3. 53
    Ann Reed says:

    I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Phillippians 4:15

  4. 54
    Ann Reed says:

    Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12

  5. 55
    Ann Reed says:

    Be joyful always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

  6. 56
    Cyndy says:

    Not every wisdom teeth extraction story is horrible……I was 26 years old and had a 3 month old baby at home and needed all 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed. No problemo! It was a breeze. I had no problems, no pain, no swelling. Didn’t take a single pain pill. That night the oral surgeon called to check on me (this was 24 years ago when drs actually did that!) and he couldn’t believe that ! could even talk.

    Guess what?! I am now a dental assistant!!! Don’t put it off any longer! You’ll be asking for bigger problems!!!

  7. 57
    Aleta says:

    Does it snow in Texas?

    • 57.1
      Lindsee says:

      You know, it does snow in Texas! But in Houston, that’s rare. And when it does snow here, the entire city shuts down. Laughing!

  8. 58
    Esperanza says:

    My Spring vacation does not end until the end of April. I have such a big family, counting nieces and nephews and we are very close and I love them all dearly. My husband and I own a beach condo in Fl., a real gift from The Lord, so they all come and visit by groups and by county’s assigned school brakes. So you can imagine…The whole “big familia” is used to help with shores so no big deal. We really enjoy this time together. I have no pictures to share cause we lost our family photographer and no one can take her place, so we decided to keep this moments in our hearts and memory. Thanks for all you do and share. God bless.

  9. 59
    Ashley says:

    We’ve yet to have our spring break just yet {my son is out of school the week after Easter} but I did love the pics from yours. My fav? Sure, I’ll share.
    1.) That cinnamon roll. {Good grief. Yum.}
    2.) Those boots. {I’m no TX girl, but those are adorbs.}
    3.) That swing picture. {The joy in that upside-down smile is both captivating and contagious.}

    Thank you for sharing, Linds! I hope my son’s break has just as many fabulous highlights!

  10. 60
    Debbie says:

    ah, the first of spring! For me, my son came home from his graduate work for just 24 hours but as the Lord allowed, his sister, my daughter, gave birth to her first child, my first grandchild during those 24 hours! He got to be their first visitor – and me? I was there for the whole thing!! What a blessing! Today I’m so pooped I could hardly get out of bed… 🙂

  11. 61
    Sarah says:

    Hi Lindsee! I hate going to the dentist. After having braces at 22 I became very obsessive about taking care of my teeth but still hate going and put it off for as long as I can. Dr. Weston Price was a dentist during the 1930s that traveled and studied cultures with traditional diets that were very high in vitamins A and D. This can get very lengthy in explanation but in a nutshell vitamin A and D deficiency before conception, during pregnancy creates a narrowing of the middle and/or lower 1/3 of the face. As a result the palate is much narrower and the wisdom teeth don’t have the room to come through that previous generations have had. Anyway if further information interests you there is always google! That cinnamon roll looks great!

    • 61.1
      Lindsee says:

      That is so interesting, Sarah! So crazy! I might just have to google more. 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        Hi Lindsee, it is Sarah again : ). I am not looking to have this posted. My family and I have benefited very much from the nutritional information specifically found on the Weston Price Foundation website. I would have had severe problems after having our 3rd child if it were not for the recommendation of cod liver oil. I am thankful that God allowed me to come across this information and to utilize it to the best that we are able. So if you are interested I just wanted to give you the specific website and if not, no big deal! Thank you for all you do. It is fun to read how God is growing you and using you to influence other people for His kingdom.

  12. 62
    Bess says:

    Hi Lindsee,
    I’m new to this blog, my time commenting actually. I can so relate to the dentist fear; I have put it off for years; I have a medical problem that makes it very hard for me to open my mouth wide and keep it open and lay still, part of MS; Dentists often don’t understand this well.
    I read another comment about wisdom teeth and thought it was fascinating. My understanding or at least a theory some believe is that the reason we have them is because eons ago they were needed to help chew when food was a lot tougher. Have no idea if that is true.
    Why they are called “wisdom teeth”, that’s the question for me.
    I only had 2, my big mouth had room for them, there was space on the bottom I just didn’t have any to be found anywhere. Ones I did have had to be removed only bc there were no bottom ones to match and would have dug into my gums eventually I was told. They were top, not impacted, so mine were easy to do.
    As I said, new to this blog, how does it work?

  13. 63
    Lynn says:

    For goodness sake, get those wisdom teeth removed. Your dentist will send you to an oral surgeon. My daughter put off having hers removed because she didn’t want to ruin her spring break. She would tell you it was a very bad choice, as she later had to reschedule final exams to have it taken care of because the pain became unbearable. You’ll go home with pain meds and although there may be some discomfort, it will be over and done with.

  14. 64
    Leslie Crawley says:

    My spring break highlight was Living Proof Live in Phoenix, AZ! I live in Flagstaff, AZ – put my highlight on the LPL blog but it was my spring break highlight – so here goes again – a cut and paste of what I said: WOW! Is all I can say concerning LPL this weekend in Phoenix! I am home and kind of stunned – trying to absorb it all! One of the incredible – and I mean – incredible highlights for me was Beth talking about being marked for Jesus on Friday night and giving us Webster’s definition of “marked” as “a scar . . .” THEN to have her on Saturday morning to literally begin walking around checking our homework assignments from Friday night. GOD sovereignly directed Beth’s steps up the stairs directly to our very own Vanessa Miller from our hometown Bible study in Flagstaff, Arizona (just finished Beth’s Daniel)! WHEW – Vanessa’s scar was evident and Beth asked what happened and she shared about being 6 years old when attacked by a Rottweiler and barely surviving with her life! WHO but GOD knew that some 20 plus years later she would be sharing to 5000 women how GOD took her scars and what seemed so terrible to bring glory to HIM! As a young girl she was encouraged to learn to play the violin to strengthen her arm that the dog almost chewed to pieces. She now plays for the Flagstaff Symphony and girlfriends, I can testify with tears brimming that this girl can make that violin SING for Jesus – I practically come out of my skin when she raises that visibly scarred arm up and places the bow on the strings and plays her heart out for HIM at church – it’s as if she takes me to the very throne of God and back again! As I sat there this morning watching my beautiful friend across the other side of the arena and on the screen share her scars, I was touched with God’s sovereign hand – she “had planned” to sit with us on the other side of the arena this morning but sat with her mom’s church group instead – and I was reminded that GOD knows the details of our lives – HE knows the end from the beginning and HE knew where Vanessa needed to sit to give such a beautiful visual to Beth’s teaching – it was powerful – it was amazing – it was GOD from start to finish this weekend – it was GOD!
    THANKS for all your prayers – it was GOD! Praise YOU JESUS!

  15. 65
    MaryDinPhxAZ says:

    Sort of funny in retrospect story. I was a newlywed when I had two wisdom teeth out (dentist not oral surgeon). My husband heated up some chicken noodle soup for me, left it on the stove for hours and then gave me some more later. I got food poisoning from it and the wisdom teeth thing wasn’t any problem at all compared to food poisoning! Hope yours is better than that!

  16. 66
    pat w says:

    Wisdom Teeth. the wisdom is not released from them until their roots are busted and cut out of ya. my compleat empathies are with you. a point of wisdom from me is do not try to drive self from the euphoria of the anesthesia, cause by the 2nd traffic light, I clonked out. so beware, and if take some one with ya, let them drive and dont just jump in and say im great cause they will end up driving anyway. and keep some cocacola handy for afterwards to keep from passing out. and be prepared for some blood loss and salt water. again my empathies are with you.

  17. 67
    Linda B. says:

    Loved your post about mutton bustin’—it’s so cute! In Kansas City we have a big livestock show/ rodeo, which includes a children’s rodeo. Both of my boys attended the children’s rodeo as a school field trip. The last year I went, they were looking for a teacher to do some sort of race; my son’s 2nd grade teachers declined, and, being the sanguine person that I am, I volunteered. I and a sweet young thing (which I wasn’t) RAN on the dirt and had a time limit to put on cowboy clothes. It was a hoot! I lost, but got free t-shirts and the admiration of the entire 2nd grade at my son’s school—including him! Great memories!

  18. 68
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Good to have a chance to read the blog again!:) Hey Lindsee, I have never been so grateful for someone having a Spring break last week! My littlest sister who is a junior in high school had her break, and she spent it not at the beach or anything like that. She spent it with her half crazy, hormonal, and very tired older sister, a three year-old girl, and a three week old baby boy. I think the Lord sent her to me last week to preserve my sanity, I am super serious, I kid you not!

  19. 69
    Elizabeth Pack says:

    Elizabeth, Charleston, WV

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NKJ

  20. 70
    Emily Pack says:

    Emily, Charleston, WV

    The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

  21. 71
    Jana says:

    Jana, Tampa, FL
    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 NIV

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