Random Life Update: July

Whew! July was really busy. I feel like this whole year has just been really busy – much more so than other years.

At the beginning of the month was the 4th. Daddy got Friday and Monday off, so we had four whole days to celebrate it. It was some of the most fun that we’ve had celebrating the 4th!

Friday (the 2nd): Jehosheba and I babysat the kids while the parents went on a date. The boys got it into their heads to be very rebellious, so it wasn’t a fun morning. :/ But that afternoon we went downtown, got some bubble tea and walked around. We went into an art gallery and watched the people on the square getting ready for the festivities.

Saturday (the 3rd): We went back downtown. It was amazing to see the difference in the square! There were lots of vendors selling all sorts of stuff, there were bouncy houses (germ areas that Yoveil cried bitterly over), music, the smell of BBQ and a general air of excitement. I love gatherings like that! It’s so fun to just walk around and watch people – so much diversity and personality. I told Jehosheba that I should have brought a notebook and took notes – research for a writer. XD

That night we got a bunch of picnic stuff and went to a different town’s downtown festivities. We walked around an insanely crowed area for a while and then ended up laying our blanket out in front of the post office (only two other people there) and we had a perfect view of the fireworks while eating our sandwiches, chips and cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday (the 4th): We visited two festivities. The first was really crowded with lots of very loud music and so much heat from the sun. Yoveil was crying and Dovid was crying and my head hurt from all of the noise. XD We left that one, stopped by a store and got little containers of oat milk ice cream!! One for each of us. XD It was so much ice cream! Even Baruch, who has an unlimited stomach for dessert, got so full and was moaning by the time he finished his. XD

We stopped at a quiet little parkish thing with a track and hiking trails and venders and music. It was really peaceful and fun – not so crowded and an atmosphere of happiness and excitement. While we ate our ice cream, we took a hike on some of the trails.

Then Baruch decided that he wanted to race Jehosheba. It was so fun! We all took turns racing each other around the track and did a relay race. I absolutely love running and it felt so amazing doing it there. (I normally run on the treadmill in a stuffy, hot garage, so running in the fresh air was so wonderful). In any case, it was the last time that I got to run in July. *weeps* (More on that later.)

Monday (the 5th): we decided to visit Chattanooga – a couple hours away from us. We stopped at a park that had two big hills and…we went sledding! Yes, you heard right! We were sledding in July, in Tennessee! Still confused? Here are some pictures.

We had so much fun sledding on pieces of cardboard! We hung out there for about an hour before everyone was melting from the heat. Baruch literally had sweat dripping off of his entire head. We went to a little coffee shop and got some ice tea. Then we visited an art museum. It was really neat. I love art museums! After that everyone was so hungry ’cause we hadn’t eaten all day. XD We went to Red Robin (one of our favorite restaurants when we lived in KC!) and we got burgers there. By that time it was around six. We grabbed some lactose free ice cream on the way home and ended the day well! ๐Ÿ™‚

As you know, Ink and Dreamer had surprise joeys! They came out of pouch at the beginning of July and it has been such a joy to watch them grow – to watch their eyes open for the first time, to see them begin to trust humans and to have them fall asleep in my hand. It’s so beautiful watching life unfold and grow right before my eyes.

(Shameless blog promo: if you follow my other blog, An Inky Dream, you can get regular updates on the joeys growth and development. ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Everybody had horrible allergies. Dovid got croup set off by allergies. It was so sad to hear him coughing and struggling to sleep at night. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Everybody else has been miserable with stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, etc. We haven’t lived in a place that we are so allergic to.

It was also one of the rainiest July’s that I’ve seen. It seemed like every day I woke up to the same grey sky and the same rain was poured down sometime during the day. Not that I don’t like rain – I love it! Rainy days are really fun and festive feeling and they remind me of fall days. But…I don’t love it when they’re never ending. ๐Ÿ˜‚ However, it has been nice and cool. The heat hasn’t been horribly stifling like I thought it would be.

A year ago, we watched quite a bit of baking shows. They were so fun! In any case, we started watching some again this month. Our favorite has been Worst Cooks In America. It’s so funny! We decided to do our own “bake off”. If you guys remember back last year, we did this a couple times.

This month, we decided to do it in two rounds. Round One Jehosheba, Nahum and I each had a time limit to make one recipe of our choice. Nahum made peanut butter cheerio bars. Jehosheba made millionaire bars. I made Samoa cookies (a strange choice because I’m not a huge fan of coconut XD). Oh, and did I mention everything had to be gluten and diary free? Yeah, not easy!

We all had a blast, though, and everything turned out really good. The judges, my parents and Baruch, had fun tasting everything. I was declared to be the first place winner. ๐Ÿ˜œ

This was Nahum’s

(And then my camera ran out of battery and I had to use the phone. *shakes head* XD)

This was Jehosheba’s
And mine

Round two was where the two highest winners (aka Jehosheba and I) would “train” Baruch and Yoveil and oversea them as they made a dessert. This was a challenge for me because I am not very good at letting other people do stuff in the kitchen. XD Baruch and I made oatmeal monster cookies and Yoveil and Jehosheba made tahini truffles. They were all amazing and it was a really fun experience! ๐Ÿ™‚

And now the tragedy of the month. ๐Ÿ˜‚ My shin had been hurting for a while whenever I ran and eventually whenever I was walking/sitting. I thought it might be a stress fracture. Went to the doctor and found out that it was a stress reaction – basically the precursor to stress fractures. I got put in this lovely boot for three weeks. ๐Ÿ˜ I have an follow-up appointment in a few days, so hopefully I will get this off! Believe me, being stuck in a hot, sweaty, heavy boot during the middle of summer is NOT fun. XD


I also had a day and night sleep study. We had been trying to get that sleep study for a long time. It was definitely an interesting experience! The night I got hooked up to all of these wires and stuff and had to attempt to sleep. I was amazed that I actually fell to sleep with all of that. XD The next day I had to stay until 4 PM. Mama and I hung out, ate the food that they provided (HUGE portions), worked on Diamond Dotz and listened to part of Annie Downs new book!!! I had to take 30 minute naps every two hours.

Lovely, eh? XD
The next afternoon with my giant burrito and ruffled hair. XD

Beyond that, I have been so insanely busy with school. I am really hoping to graduate by September, but I have so much math left to do. Ugh. Of course it would be MATH. XD So I haven’t had as much time as I would like to work on writing and crafts or to clean my room.

And now let’s have some cuteness from Yoveil….

Yoveil has bad reactions to mosquito bites. They swell up really big. One evening we had just finished playing bocce ball in the back yard when Yoveil came up to me, wrapped her arms around my waist, looked up at me with tear-filling eyes and said, “Hada, look at my sad face.”

I asked what was wrong.

Yoveil burst into tears. Through sobs she said, “HADA, THE MISQUITOES ARE EATING ME!”

Another time we had just pulled in the driveway. Yoveil said, “This isn’t our home. This is just the house that we’re living in right now.”

I was like, “What?? You’re way too young to say that!” ๐Ÿ˜‚

Maybe a month later, she was talking about moving and was saying how fun it would be if we could move again and how much she would love it. ๐Ÿคฃ

Random Life Update July 2020


How did you celebrate the 4th? What did you do in July? Have you ever gone cardboard sledding? Has it rained where you are? Have you ever watched baking shows/done a baking competition? How is school? What are your plans for August?

16 thoughts on “Random Life Update: July

      1. I’ve been extremely busy! Which equals: extremely tired! Other than that, I’m doing good. July was a pretty crazy month. Maybe I should write a blog post about it and let everyone know that I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.
        Honestly, I just haven’t had the time or energy to post!

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  1. Wow! Quite an eventful month, Hattush! Yes! This year–it’s just been crazy and busy and new.
    Anyway, I’m sorry for my late comments on everything. You see, I don’t like to just slap together a response, or write something real quick. I like to put time, thought, and detail into things that I write, and I rarely feel motivated to do that, hence the late responses, and much to the neglect of my poor journal. ๐Ÿ˜ช
    *squeals* Hattush! The baby gliders are…ADORABLE!! *melts* I can’t get over it! ๐Ÿ˜
    Sledding in summer?! That’s a first for me. Never heard of it, but it looks like it could be fun. Didn’t you kinda get stuck halfway down the hill? ๐Ÿ˜…
    Aw, I’m sorry to hear about the allergies ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Are you all well, now?
    The desserts look delicious! You have me really hungry for them ๐Ÿ˜‚
    It’s been quite hot over here, and we aren’t really getting any rain, so our nice green grass is yellow, now. ๐Ÿ˜• However, last week we were getting some pretty nice temperatures, and my mom, brothers, and I were able to go for a great hike at a nearby park. I love going on strenuous hikes in the woods ๐Ÿ˜
    I’m finally officially graduated from high school! I’m so, so happy!!
    I’ve also been looking around for a job. To make this as brief as possible (cause it’s a loong story), I put in an application at a Food Lion (a grocery store) that’s about five minutes away. I applied for the bakery/deli position. This was my very first time applying at any job in my life, and all I had was a cover letter to put in–no resume. About three days later, as I was reading an email I got from that location about an open house interview they would be having, I got a phone call from a manager from another location about 20 minutes away. The manager said he had reviewed my app and wanted to to know if I’d like to work there, even tho I didn’t apply at that location. I declined, bc it was far away. I was planning on going to the open house interview, when the next day, I got another call from another manager at another location (about 10 mins away). She wanted to know if I’d like to come in for an interview the next day. I decided to go, and it turns out, to my great excitement, I got hired the very same day of the interview! I was super, super excited. Everything checked out–my schedule was perfectly fine for them, I would be getting paid a wage ($11/hr) that’s higher than what my sister is even getting (tho she’s been working for four years or so) ๐Ÿ˜‚, everyone I met–the managers and employees–were super, super friendly, and last but definitely not least, nobody said anything about the fact that I wasn’t wearing a mask. I went into work two days later, very nervous (bc I knew there was that possibility I would be told I need to wear a mask) but also excited; it felt unreal. We were about an hour into all the preliminaries of getting me setup and put in the system, when…the manager remembered the masks ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Nooo! I was so disappointed. I told him that I would not be able to wear a mask, because of health reasons. He said I would need to if I weren’t vxd. It turns out, that I had to tell him I wouldn’t be able to work there. He and the lady manager who had interviewed me were genuinely disappointed, and said they had been looking forward to my working there. The lady said she would let me know if they ever changed their policy (but I highly doubt they will.) Anyway, needless to say, that was a crashing disappointment. But I finally mostly surrendered it to the Lord, tho I have to admit, I’m still hanging on to the possibility that the opportunity might again present itself.
    But the rest of the day got better when we had my graduation ceremony. We had a delicious dinner, in our decorated dinning room, and I got gifts and cards, so it was pretty special.
    I’ve been searching around for jobs, but nothing seems to be going thru, and it’s quite discouraging.
    Other than that, my birthday is coming up in a few days, so that’s exciting. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    And I’m thinking about maybe calling a French teacher thru an online platform to get French lessons, but that’s still all up in the air.
    Well, Hattush, I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini blog post of mine ๐Ÿ˜œ, and I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day, friend! I love you! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I just realized I did not even reply to part of your post! Ouch, that fracture sounds painful, and the boot ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ How is your leg now?
      Wow! Those wires look uncomfortable; I don’t think I would have been able to sleep with those.
      And Yoveil’s comments are so sweet and cute! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Haha, no worries! My leg is doing a lot better now! I can take the boot off at home but I still have to wear it whenever I leave the house. But it doesn’t hurt anymore, so I’m really thankful for that! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully I’ll be done with it completely by the beginning of September!
        Yeees, she is a sweetie!
        I hope you have a wonderful day! โค

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    2. Of course! I always love your comments and I know that you put in a lot of time and thought into them! โค
      Ahh, that's so nice that you could go on a hike! Strenuous hikes are really fun! My family used to go every Saturday or Sunday and it was really fun!!
      Oh my goodness!! Congrats on graduating! That is soooo exciting, Faith!!!
      Oh no! I'm sorry to hear about the job not working out. *cries and hugs you* That must have been SUCH a disappointment. I'll be praying that you'll be able to find a job soon – one that fits you perfectly. โค
      Ooh, you might get French lessons? That'd be soo cool!
      Yees, I loved your comment and hearing about your July! Thank you for sharing it with me! โค
      Love you. โค

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