Family Fun in ATL
This weekend I spent some time in Atlanta with my sweet sister, Tammy, and her amazing kids. It was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time and it went by way too quickly! My sister is one of the greatest hostesses around and always makes her guests feel right at home. She served up some delicious and healthy meals (but also made sure she had plenty of desserts on hand to satisfy my raging sweet tooth), planned fun activities and shared lots of laughs with me.
I got to spend quality time with each of her precious kids while I was there, with the exception of my oldest nephew, Wil, who I missed oh so much! Wil was out of town with his dad, who was also deeply missed by our crazy clan.
We played a game called “Encore” every night, which provided endless amounts of entertainment and laughs for all involved. The game divides people into 2 teams. Each team takes turns choosing a card with a word on it and has 30 seconds to then think of a song that has that specific word in the lyrics and sing at least 4 words of that song. I quickly learned that my 16 year old niece, Christy, is like a human jukebox and I am tone deaf and horrible under pressure. Who knew?
The above picture was taken while my sister and I were trying to come up with our final word to win the game. I couldn’t stop singing “We are never ever getting back together” by Taylor Swift, which would have been great except the word we needed to win was ‘queen.’
During the day, I spent time doing Joy’s makeup (she’s 6 going on 18) and playing football with my 10 year old nephew, Bradley. Fun fact: Bradley won one of the final rounds of Encore by singing Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian.” Seriously, what kid knows that song? Apparently, this kid does…
My youngest niece, Joy, has nightmares from time to time and Tammy always tells her that she needs to focus on ‘things that are true.’ She tells Joy that her nightmares aren’t real so she shouldn’t dwell on them. Since I’ve left Atlanta, I’ve pondered on Tammy’s statement to Joy and I think sometimes adults need the reminder to think on things that are true. So many times we get caught up in the ‘what ifs’ of tomorrow and stress over things that are outside our control. We paint unrealistic pictures of what could potentially go wrong in our life and as a result, we are robbed of the happiness today offers. Instead of worrying about that promotion or that relationship (or whatever it is you frequently worry about), I challenge you to focus your attention on things that are true, things that are praiseworthy and things that are uplifting. Not only will it better your mood and calm your spirit, but it will also allow you to focus on things that truly matter in this life instead of things you can’t control. If you’re hurt by words someone spoke of you, stop and think, “Is what they said true?” If it isn’t true, don’t give it a second thought.
Tammy is truly one of the best mothers (I guess she had a pretty terrific role model growing up) and all of her kids are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. I know what you’re thinking, and yes – I’m totally biased, but totally correct in this situation.
How could they not be the best? I mean, have you met their aunt? Awesomeness is obviously in their genes.*
* Tune in next week for an uplifting post on humility.