What a great, beautiful, full, happy holiday weekend. What a blessing to be surrounded by friends and family doing the things that I love to do: lounge, coach, eat, watch movies and (did I mention?) eat! The weekend started on Friday with a visit to the Gorhams. That evening, Neal and I watched THE BLIND SIDE and lounged at home. We were the last two people in America to see it. Of course, I loved it! I won't tell you how many tissues we went through or how many laughs Sandra Bullock and Jae Head  got out of us. I will say that my favorite part was the essay that Michael Oher wrote. It's my one word after all. 

Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you're not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don't. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn't at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that's pretty salty stuff. That's why courage it's tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you're doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that's pretty good. I think that's what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too. 

On Saturday, Michaela, Meredith and I went to the Wilmington Athletic Club to check out the course for the upcoming triathlon this weekend. I'm so excited because this will be their FIRST triathlon! I'm not competing but it was fun to run and ride around Greenfield Lake. I gave them all of my favorite pointers and enjoyed the sunshine and ready-to-bloom azaleas.

That evening, I went to PC3 for an awesome service complete with a mash-up and a contemporary take on the YouTube sensation The Lost Generation. The message was intense and timely (as usual) and I can't wait for more!

On Sunday, we went to Anna's for Easter lunch with Dad, Joyce, Colin and Parker. We had honeybaked ham, corn casserole, homemade biscuits, slaw and grilled pineapple. Plus, we had pound cake, Rice Crispy Treats and ice cream for dessert. We hunted 175 Easter eggs with Parker and his buddy Luke but the excitement of the day was hunting Sugar! Right before lunch, we looked around and she was no where to be found. She was not grilling with Colin outside and she wasn't inside. Colin went out the back into the woods. I circled the house. I called again inside. I grabbed Anna's bike and went one way. Anna shot over to the neighbors in another direction. No luck: no one had seen her. Neal went behind the neighbors house and as I circled the cul-de-sac, I saw Sugar and Anna come out of the house. She'd been locked in the bathroom INSIDE! 

Anyway, after we bid Dad and Joyce adieu, we spent some time in the yard watching the pollen roll by in waves. We spread a blanket while Neal threw the ball for Sugar and Parker pulled out every ball he could find. He is already and amazing pitcher and yesterday he caught nearly five in a row! Here is a picture of Neal's shoes after being outside. One clean, one still pollinated.

Click the picture below to see a smilebox presentation of our afternoon: