Grey Hairs, Evil Vacuums, and Festivals: June 2022

I found my first grey hair this month. For real, one morning I was half-heartedly combing my hair and I saw one strand that was a different color than the others.

That is to say, it lacked color.


Let’s just say that I should have taken it as a sign of a very stressful month ahead.

I started my first job ever on June 2nd. I was NOT looking forward to it at all. In fact, I spent the two weeks before it started pacing around the house and being miserable that life was changing.

Have I ever said how much I hate change?

The funny this is, at the beginning of the year I was so desperate for things to change. I wanted to do something that would be useful and help me reach whatever elusive goals I had in mind for my life. But when those things finally started happening, all I wanted to do is run away and avoid them completely.

Human happiness is unreachable. We’ll always want everything that we don’t have.

Anyway, I started working at a group home for women with mental disabilities. It is part-time work and I get three days off, which is so nice. I see God’s hand in it so clearly – and that is what keeps me there every time I want to quit and hide under my bed for the rest of my life (aka every day I work πŸ˜‚)

I told God at the beginning of the year that if he would open the doors, I would walk through them, no matter how scared I was. I *coughs* didn’t actually expect him to do anything. But he did. He used Mommy to help me apply, interview, and get a job that I never would have thought of doing on my own. Seriously, I was terrified at my interview.

And I can’t tell you how thankful I am for the work. It is ideal in so many ways – so many ways that God knew I could not function without. For example, it follows a very close schedule. I NEED THAT. Every day I know what to expect (mostly) and what to do when and how to do it. And I love all of the ladies. *smiles* They make me so happy when they hug me or kiss my hand or tell me that they love me. They have such huge, loving, trusting hearts. πŸ’–πŸ’• It’s so sweet and it is nice to do something that actually impacts people.

All that to say, it is still exhausting. It shouldn’t be. Normal people could do this without being miserable for hours before they leave for work and being miserable for the first hour there. Normal people shouldn’t still dread working 28 hours a week after a whole month.

Normal people shouldn’t panic when they see a new vacuum. *nods* Story time. So when I first got there, they had this really old, really ugly, really loud green vacuum that didn’t work very well. But man, it was easy to work. It had one little switch that turned it on and off and I knew how to work it.

Then one day, I came in to find that it had been replaced by a shiny, new red vacuum. And it had multiple buttons. And it looked far too perfect to touch. I had visions of it breaking in my grasp, or of me not being able to figure out how to turn it on and have to find someone to help, or there being a really simple on-switch hidden on the bottom of the vacuum where normal people would probably look for it, but I would have no clue. Normal people don’t have those thoughts.

But, of course, I’m not normal, so I have all of that fun stuff to deal with. Yay me. πŸ˜‘πŸ™„

In any case, work took up a lot of my thoughts and had a lovely effect on all of my emotions during all of June.

Other than that, there were a lot of awesome fun things that happened! For the Spring Cleaning that we did last month, one of the prizes was a pass to see ten movies in theatres – once a week. That has been really fun – despite the fact that we had to watch Paw Patrol…THE MOVIE. *sighs* At least Dovid enjoyed it.

The weather was also FINALLY nice!! It actually felt like summer! So we got out a lot. Near the beginning of the month, our city had a fun family festival. It was great!

Yoveil and Dovid enjoyed rock climbing! They were adorable.

THEY HAD CHALK ART!! There were kids, teens and adult teams and they were all so good!

Yoveil fishing ❀

We finally managed to get the boys to do some archery.

We got some rootbeer (nice and cold on such a hot day!) and then watched extreme pogo.

Fire foam! It was fun and very messy but man, the texture was so cool!

My very white arms got extremely sunburnt. After not seeing the light of day for over 3.5 years, they burned instantly and hurt for weeks. But now I have a nice tan, so I’m pleased. XD

Grandma and Grandpa came for a visit! That was awesome, too. It was their first visit to our house here in Utah – always fun to show off our new houses and the area. πŸ™‚ It was so good to see them again since we hadn’t since Christmas. πŸ™‚

While they were here, Mama, Grandma, Jehosheba, Yoveil and I decided to use my day off as a girls’ day. It was…glorious! I had so much fun that I almost forgot to worry and be unhappy about work the next day. 🀣

We started out by heading to Claire’s for new piercings! I’ve wanted to get my ears pierced a second time for a while, but never found a convenient time to do it. So I was thrilled when we all decided to do it together! Grandma got 2nd piercings and Jehosheba got 3rd. Mama didn’t get any but bought some adorable new earrings. πŸ’–πŸ˜

After we had holes punched in our lobes, we headed over to a toy store to get a toy for Yoveil (since she didn’t want her ears stabbed). She spent forever searching through every inch of the store. Eventually, she found a little wind up mouse toy. I found this LOVELY Fat Brain stress toy. *heart eyes*

Grandma offered to take us to lunch, so we headed to a nearby Mexican restaurant and took a long time deciding which of the large meals to pick. Mama and I split some nachos which were delicious.

After that, we headed to the crown jewel of the day – bubble tea. Bubble tea is incredibly delicious and is one of my favorite treats. *lick lips* It was so fun to share it with Grandma. ❀

We stopped by the Dollar Store on the way home and then had pizza and watched a couple episodes of Survivor. A perfect day!

June was also the completion of the Spring100 challenge. I’m very pleased to have met all of my goals for it. I wanted to do 300 miles but quickly realized that it wasn’t a challenge since I’d already been doing 3+ miles a day. So I decided to try for 500. And I ended up finishing with 600.5 miles and I didn’t kill my leg like last year. NO HOT STICKY WALKING BOOT THIS YEAR, HURRAH!! πŸ™‚ I’m so thankful for the Spring100 challenge. It was extra fun this year because Mama, Jehosheba, Nahum, Baruch, and Grandma all did it as well! It is awesome and I definitely recommend it to everyone! You should totally participate next spring! πŸ™‚

We had an awesome time celebrating Daddy during Father’s Day! We had church in the morning, then a quick lunch before hurrying out to enjoy a hike & photo shoot in the mountains. It was spectacular!

There was still snow!! It was so cold, I was so glad I brought my coat.

Utah is literally one of the most beautiful places ever.

We came home, had delicious chicken for supper and presents, and then floating poached meringue in custard for dessert!

I’m so thankful for my daddy. ❀

Jehosheba had her 16th birthday!!!! *sniffles because my sister is growing up so fast* I was so thankful that her birthday happened to fall on my day off – so I didn’t have to miss a moment of it!

Mama planned a book-themed party which was so awesome! It was so Jehosheba.

We started the day with aaaamazing jalapeno cheddar/cinnamon sugar sourdough bread and mango lassi. 😍

After that we headed to the library for a scavenger hunt. Baruch and I were on one team, J and N on the other. It was a lot of fun. We spent two-ish hours searching the library for various books. My amazing team won by half a point. πŸ˜‰ J and N said we cheated, but we didn’t. *nods brightly*

We got some soda and headed to a used bookstore. In the mall. I’ve never seen one in a mall before, so it was an interesting experience. They had tons of books – even a whole room for $0.99. But they weren’t sorted, of course, it was nearly impossible to find anything. XD

Jehosheba got a bunch of large books – her favorites – classics! Aren’t those awesome?

That night we had moussaka (best food ever, guys!) and did some lovely book quizzes (I was amazed by how few I knew… Jehosheba did much better…)

She opened gifts. ❀ They were all so sweet – and she got a massive stack of books and lots of guinea pig related things. πŸ™‚

Last but not least, the amazing cake! Chocolate carrot cake with these awesome edible paper decor on top and the sides! SO COOL (and it tasted great!)

I’m so thankful for my sister and I hope that this year will be amazing. ❀


How was your June? Did you participate in Spring100? Have you gone hiking? Favorite books?

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13 thoughts on “Grey Hairs, Evil Vacuums, and Festivals: June 2022

  1. Wait so I’m not the only one absolutely terrified by new unfamiliar appliances like vacuums? Whenever I go to a new house go to babysit, I have this weird fear of using their washers or dryers or ovens . . . it’s a problem!! Also, my siblings love the new Paw Patrol movie so I have seen it like three hundred times. And that’s three hundred times too many. But I guess it could be worse. Looks like your June was a blast!!

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    1. YES I TOTALLY GET THAT!! That’s gotta be so nerve wracking. And it seems like all appliances have different ways of working and ahhh!
      XD Poor you….


  2. Proverbs 16:31
    Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.
    You have earned it! If I had gray hair I would match my 80 year personalityπŸ˜‚
    It looks like an amazing week!!!
    I absolutely love that cake!!! The cake is my soulmate!
    Thank you for sharing your fun times and the evil vacuum. I always hate new appliances I am scared I’ll break them too! Congratulations on your job! I can’t wait for my first job!

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    1. Hehe, thanks! I’ll try to believe that! πŸ˜‰ Man, yes, we are young people with old personalities. πŸ™‚
      CAKE IS AMAZING! What is your favorite type?
      *nods* They are very intimidating.

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  3. Looks like your June was packed full of fun! Those mountains are gorgeous! 😍
    Hiking and I are friends 😜 I actually did once participate in Spring 100, but ended up literally going in circles most of the time πŸ˜‚

    A grey hair?! 😰🀣 Don’t be too discouraged. My 21 year old sister had one recently πŸ˜‚

    Yes! Change can be scary, even when we want it πŸ˜…
    Your job sounds like great work! Sometimes mentally challenged people can be the sweetest 😊 Speaking of which, there is a somewhat mentally challenged young man (19 yo) who used to work where I do. He comes with his dad every once in a while, and I think he has a crush on me πŸ˜…
    Oof 😬 I’m assuming you finally found out how to turn that vacuum cleaner on? πŸ™ƒ
    Ooo, spending time with grandparents is so much fun! 😍 Unfortunately, I haven’t seen mine for 5 years πŸ˜• But then again, I haven’t seen most of my relatives for over a decade πŸ˜… I guess it’s all part of moving

    Happy birthday to Jehosheba! Watching little siblings growing up is bittersweet 😩 My last “little” brother just turned 13 in February. Then my other brother turned 17 in May. He and I are really close. I enjoy, now that he’s getting to be a man, being able to “show him off” when we go out in public πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ Cause he’s finally starting to be able to relate to the *ahem* “deeper” matters of youth πŸ˜‚

    Well, now for that long-awaited news that started months ago. I can’t remember how much I’ve already told you. But you may recall that back in July, I had gotten hired at a grocery store for the deli/bakery position, but I couldn’t work there because of the mask policy. It turns out that in March they lifted the policy, and the manager called me back to ask if I was still interested. Of course I was, and now I work there as well as at the restaurant. I enjoy the job, but I’m glad I only work there part-time, because it can be stressful sometimes πŸ˜…

    Almost as soon as I began there, I could tell that a young Vietnamese cashier had his eye on me. (Not the same guy aforementioned.) At first I didn’t give him much thought and chalked him up with all the other guys who’ve tried to woo me. But soon enough I found I actually liked this cheerful, good-looking guy, and we exchanged glances and smiles every so often. Of course, I didn’t hardly know anything about him or even really dream that he would try to pursue me. But he began by asking me if I was a Christian and letting me know that he was, as well. Then he asked how old I am. He’s twenty. Afterward he asked for my number. That’s where things stalled, because I am not allowed to give guys my number. Any guy that would try to pursue me or my sisters has to speak to our dad first (if they have the guts to πŸ˜‚) before they can continue. (I think from here I’ll email you with the rest of the story, if you’d like πŸ˜‰ Just cause it’s a lot, and I just thought of the fact that I may not want it all out on the Internet πŸ˜…) But I will say, it’s been a bit of a “rollercoaster”, if you will. And from what I can tell, it’s far from over. I still don’t know what’s going to come of it all, but we shall see. πŸ˜„
    Aside from that, my months have mainly been filled with work and not too much else πŸ˜…

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    1. Aren’t they!? I love the mountains here so much!
      Haha! At least you participated! It’s awesome. πŸ™‚ Do you think you’ll do it again when it comes next year?
      Oh no! Hmm…that makes me wonder how soon people typically get their first grey hairs… XD
      Awww, that is so sweet!
      Hehe, yes, I managed to figure out how to get the vacuum to work. XD Thankfully! And man, it works so much better than the other one. Change isn’t all bad I suppose…
      Aw, its so sad when siblings grow up! 😦 Do you miss having little kids in the house? Hehe, yeeeees! Deeper matters of youth, I love that!
      OH YAY!! I am so glad that you are able to work at the grocery store now!! Praise God that they lifted the mask mandate! What all do you do?
      Oh wow, Faith! That sounds like a rollercoaster! I would love for you to email me the rest of the story! (Do you have my email?) Exciting, though!!

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  4. Actually I don’t really have any plans to participate this coming year πŸ˜…
    Lol! Hopefully we won’t get too many grey hairs too soon πŸ˜‚
    Ah, that’s good! Once you figure out the ropes, you may find you like the newer thing (like the new fryer we got at work 😌 I’m telling you, it seems if it’s not one thing, it’s another thing that’s breaking down over there πŸ˜†)
    Yeah, I sorta miss not having littles in the house, but I think we’ve all gotten used to not having the noise of all them. Tho I am looking forward to when I can have lots of my own πŸ˜„


    At the deli, I slice meat and cheese for customers (including for grab n’goes and deli deals), make salads and sandwiches, fry hot bar items and chips, put in and take out chickens from the rotisserie, help with cakes, cupcakes, banana puddings and strawberry parfaits, sometimes box pastries or bread, wash dishes, and clean. Most of it is not hard work per se, but it is a lot and can get stressful at times, especially when we’re short-staffed πŸ˜… But thankfully we’re starting to get some more decent, normal people as opposed to creepy, weird ppl 😌
    Yes, I have your email and will try and email you the big story soon πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ahh, so sorry, I thought I’d responded but apparently, I hadn’t!
      Lol, same…I have this nightmare of having a completely grey head by the time I’m 20…
      Oo yes, that is one thing I’m looking forward to with the little ones growing up – less noise! How many kids do you want to have?
      Nice! Sounds like you stay busy! Oo I’m sure it’s nice to have normal people and not creepy ones…

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      1. No worries at all! πŸ˜‰
        I want to have about ten (I know everyone thinks I’m nuts when I say that 🀣). But yeah, it also depends on how many my husband wants to have. My compromise is seven πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚
        Um, yeah…But it seems we at the deli get the “bottom of the barrel”–all the wierdos πŸ€”πŸ€¨ Not sure why…And we also have a high turnover. I’d say AT LEAST 80% of those who are hired don’t make it past their first month or two, if even their first week. And it’s not like it’s particularly HARD work–just a lot

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        1. You’re not nuts! 10 kids would be awesome. My mom always wanted 10 – she got six (plus two babies in heaven) so she was close! πŸ™‚
          Hmm…wierd. Oh wow, that is a really high turnover rate! Do you think you’ll stick around for a while?


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