I laughed so hard this weekend.
On Friday, I emailed Smitty to let her know that Annalyn had been requesting her presence. More specifically, she’d been saying her name and calling her silly. Repeatedly. Unprovoked.
I figured that was the same as an invite to come hang out.
Mark also reminded me that I’d agreed to watch our 12-year-old nephew on Friday night. I decided the more, the merrier and rented a movie for all of us to watch.
[Unfortunately, it was a chick flick that Michael wasn’t impressed with – and, honestly, neither were we. But, as tends to happen with cheesy, unrealistic rom-coms, we still found plenty to mock and laugh about.]
So we watched the movie and munched on chocolate chip cookies, but the big fun came later. When we broke out the Uno cards.
See, the cable went out Friday night. And since we have cable internet access, that meant no Facebook stalking and no looking up meaningless details on IMDB. Playing cards was a last resort activity.
But oh, how we laughed! I don’t even know what was funny. I, for one, was not laughing at the score, that’s for sure. Because out of four games (one that lasted longer than the movie, it seemed!), I won ZERO. That’s right. I lost. Every single time.
And on top of that? Smitty called me old. Sure, she said that she meant to say something else. But my younger-by-six-months best friend called me old. And beat me at Uno.
And yet . . . we laughed our heads off! Both Smitty and Michael said they laughed harder than they had in a very long time. And we all had aching cheeks and sides from it.
As if that wasn’t enough, Mark and I had some friends over for dinner on Saturday night and we had such a good time! We ate a lot (a LOT) of cheesy Mexican food and some of us (ahem, boys, ahem) drank an entire two-liter of Dr. Pepper. And then we broke out the Trivial Pursuit.
And again, I lost.
But still, we laughed. We talked about our favorite TV shows (of course), my ridiculous blog (yes, this one), how Brittany and I will never be good Baptist wives (sorry), and many other
possibly inappropriate hilarious topics.
The game of Trivial Pursuit may have lasted too long (You would not believe how long it took the girls to come up with Terri Hatcher or how long it took the guys to not come up with Moscow!), but the night ended too soon.
We’re going through Genesis at church, and this week we were reminded that Sunday is a day of rest. We took that to heart, so other than church, we didn’t leave the house. We took rainy afternoon naps, watched some football and some Mickey Mouse Playhouse, and ate leftovers and chili.
Nothing too funny about all that relaxing, I suppose, but the rest of the weekend was full of laughter. Just like the old man in Mary Poppins, I love to laugh. Don’t you? I know I don’t do it enough. When was the last time you laughed so hard your sides hurt?
James and I went to a Thanksgiving party this weekend and it started with something about cool whip and hot dogs and finished strong with a 4 year old mooning everyone, including our pastor! It was a fabulous weekend!
What an excellent description, Lauren. :)
So I'm just curious, what are "good Baptist wives"?
Glad you had a fun weekend! That would explain why you were MIA from all my [exciting] blog posts… ;)
The last time I laughed so hard my sides hurt? I guess I'm not sure… but I'm sure it wasn't that long ago since TurdBurger's still here… ;) I love that feeling too. If I ever get married, it will have to be to someone who makes me laugh really hard! :)
Oh, and PS: thank you for doing this whole "imperfect" holiday thing… thanks to you, I keep having imperfect holidays! :P I think it's because I can't think of anything to write about for your posts or carnivals or whatever, so God gives me something to write about. I know this weekend wasn't Thanksgiving, but close enough… I think I'll have a good [embarrassing] story for you come your next blog carnival thingy (what IS that called??)
That's awesome! And I simply love that you also look up meaningless details on IMDB!!! I find something every day that makes us more and more alike. I too love to laugh my head off at seemingly silly things, but oh how wonderful it feels to do so surrounded by our favorite people. :)
I think the last time I laughed so hard my sides hurt was with one of my best friends who was a new mom and getting such a kick out of her baby trying to find her… you know, feeding place… and he would just start sucking on random skin. It only lasted a few minutes before she was nice and fed him but there was just something oddly and humorously funny in that moment. I think we both needed a good laugh, and sometimes in so doing, just laughing and watching another person also laughing just makes you both laugh hard.
And ahem… snort harder too.
usually when i'm with my sisters we all end up laughing so hard we cry. and then we get mascara all over our faces, which makes us laugh even more…
and i loved the mary poppins quote. love that movie…!
IMDB. It's amazing how many names of movies and obscure actors you need to identify at a moment's notice. THAT is my husband's facebook.
After watching the Office this week, Matt and I were on a "There's ben a murder in Savannah" kick, and while eating out with the kids at a most glamourous truck stop (fine dining for this family!) I quietly clued my oldest daughter on a phrase that would have Daddy rolling. "I do declare!" with a southern accent. My daughter (10yo) waited about 5 minutes and then announced, "This sweet tea is mightly tasty, I do delare!" Both Matt and I fell over laughing.
For the rest of the night, we used that phrase in various forms dozens, nay- hundreds of times. It never got old. And we laughed till we all were crying.
We then went to Walmart and purchased Clue Jr. and now, we can have our own murder in Savannah when ever we want!
So much fun! I'll have to think about my laughing bit, but I know it has been recently. I love a good laugh-till-your-sides-hurt time!
And I could handle some mexican food and Dr. P! Oh, how I wish I was closer. I would totally invite myself. :)
I actually got the giggles in church a few weeks back, I almost had to get up and leave…tears were streaming down my face! I had to think of something really sad for a long time to stop.
Just stopped in for a visit. I enjoyed reading your posts. Board games, good food (especially OK Joe's!)…and some inspiration along the way… what more could you ask for!
Well, as Lauren already said we went to a party this weekend. There were tons of appetizers (ours being the bacon wrapped lil smokies, which of course were the favorite), there was lots of soup, and of course, it wouldn't be a church party without liquor.
We are liberal Methodists after all.
Anyway, it did come up that another couple had wanted to have a restaurant near the Drake campus here is Des Moines. The Drake mascot is the bulldog and since this restaurant would serve hot dogs, it would be called Doggy Style. Inappropriate…check. Really funny…check.
That just started the laughter. Then, as Lauren also mentioned, it came up from this same couple, who have dated since they were 14 and now have 3 kids in their mid thirties (meaning they've been together a long time) shared a secret that Steve liked hot dogs with Cool Whip when he was a child. His favorite snack. Again, inappropriate…check. Really SUPER funny…check.
Then the next day at church Christy, the choir accompanist, did here "Living the Faith" which is a segment at church where people talk about their spiritual journeys. She started by telling everyone she was born Methodist a long time ago. And that she was born even before Cool Whip was invented.
This was only in her speech because we bet that she couldn't fit in Cool Whip or doggy style. We half-lost. Really SUPER inappropriate…check. Even funnier than the last thing…double check.
I guess that would be the last time I've laughed so hard my sides hurt. Apparently it was a new moon or something was in the water, because hilarity seems to have been all around.
Mary, I LOVE THIS POST! It sounds like the perfect evening and yes, there is nothing better than a good ole session of belly laughter.
I think I wrote in a post back when we first moved about the week we had no cable and the kids has no friends and we played games and talked and hung out as a family and you know what — it wasn't AWFUL at all! :)
As for the laughing so hard my side hurt question, just last week I laughed over and over and over watching a video I took of my daughter sleeping on the couch. I know. I'm mean like that. I recorded my daughter sleeping on the couch then poked her in the face to annoy her and when she finally woke up she looked at me like the devil and I have it all on video. Now…I just need to figure out how to put it on fb.
I'm catching up on reading posts (at work, don't tell!) and I just had to comment this time. While I am not sure what a "good Baptist wife" truly is, I do agree that I don't fit the description. And I'm blessed to have a husband who doesn't mind, and a friend to relate with! :)
Thanks for having us over, we were laughing long after the evening was done too!