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 😂)
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. 💖💕 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. 😑🙄
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. 🙂 It was so good to see them again since we hadn’t since Christmas. 🙂
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. 💖😁
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!! 🙂 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! 🙂
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. 😉 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. 🙂
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?