Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Hi friends, today I’m linking up with Shay, Sheaffer, and Mel for the July edition (and my first edition) of What’s Up Wednesday. 

What We’re Eating This Week 

I cook most nights during the week, so here is what's on the menu for this week!

Monday – Beef and Parmesan Pasta with Zucchini – this is one of my One Dish Meals that is super easy to make, and it only dirties one dish for an even easier clean up! 

Tuesday – Crispy Cheddar Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Brown Sugar and Honey Glazed Carrots 

Wednesday – Fettuccini Alfredo with Sautéed Chicken and Broccoli 

Thursday – We have a school event, so I’m off the hook!  We will be picking up something quick and easy!

What I’m Reminiscing About 

I’m still reminiscing about Jacob’s birth and having a tiny baby.  His birthday was last week, and I still can’t believe that I have a four year old.  Oh, how I miss those newborn days…

What I’m Loving 


Y’all, this is seriously the best creative outlet for me.  I regret so much not starting a blog sooner!  I’ve kept a diary/journal since I was old enough to write (my first one was a Little Twin Stars one with a lock and key) so I cannot believe that I’m so late to this game!  If I could, I would go back to the end of August 2003 when Brian and I started dating (did they have bloggers back then?!), and I would start blogging.  We have done so much travelling and so much partying together, we got engaged and planned a wedding, we built a house, and we had two sweet babies, and I wish that I had documented it all on here. 

With that said, prepare for a lot of history to pop up on the ol’ blog while I get it caught up!  I promise not to dump it all on you at one time.  :o) 

How 'bout this old gem to get it started...
Just BABIES back in 2003 when we first started dating.  :o)

What We’ve Been Up To 

Lots and lots of birthday celebrations for Jacob!  You can read about them below.

Our Productive Three-Day Weekend
This Is Four - Jacob's Birthday Interview
Happy 4th Birthday to Our Jacob Brian

Jacob starts Pre-K 4 on August 10 and I’m really struggling with all of the changes that are about to take place.  Y'all should know by now that I don’t like change, and ones that require total day-to-day schedule changes are the worst.   

My worries are not only for myself, but mostly for Jacob.  He is just like me, but probably worse!  He thrives on his day-to-day schedule, and when something changes (like moving to a new class) he has a few weeks where he really struggles.   

This time he will not only be changing classes, but he will be changing schools, away from the one that he’s been at since he was born.  He will be leaving his friends (since birth) behind, he will be eating breakfast at home which means that he will be waking up much earlier, he will be riding with me to school instead of Brian and Olivia, and he will have to wear a uniform – no more picking out his own clothes, and no more Superman shirt to school!  This child is about to have his entire universe rocked and I cringe thinking about how long it might take for him to adjust to all of these changes.   

This is, without a doubt, the best decision for him and for our entire family, and I know he will thrive once he adjusts.  I’m thrilled that he will be at the school from which I graduated, the school that is associated with our church, and that he will be surrounded by many of my old friends’ kids as well as many people who we know from church.  It is a fantastic school and I’m sure we’ll find our new routine pretty quickly.   

However, I absolutely hate for him to have to go through the stress of leaving everything he’s known for his entire life behind.  Dramatic I know, but, “it’s the end of an era!!” – name that TV show.  ;o)

What I’m Working On 

Where do I even start?!  Y’all know I always have a million and one projects going on!  Organizing our new indoor closet, organizing my new gift wrap station, getting our new porch in order, getting our new utility shed organized, cleaning out the house for our upcoming neighborhood yard sale, working on a new command center for our kitchen… should I go on?? 
Fabric for my newest project - a command center for our kitchen!

What I’m Excited About 

On August 8, we’re taking Jacob to his first major league baseball game!  My uncle is singing the National Anthem at the Atlanta Braves vs. Florida Marlins game, so we’re heading to Atlanta with my whole family to watch!

What I’m Watching/Reading 

Parenthood.  Parenthood.  And did I mention Parenthood?  All I want to do is watch Parenthood!  It.  Is.  So.  Good.

And reading?  What’s that?  Just kidding.  I haven’t really been reading a lot lately, which is extremely odd for me, but I did finish Single in Suburbia by Wendy Wax about a month ago.  It was OK... not one of my favorites, but it was an easy and mindless read for the summer. 

I also have a few new books that are just waiting to be cracked open, and this is the one that I'm most excited about... why didn't somebody tell me that Sophie Kinsella had a new book?!  Apparently this was released last year, and I only just recently found out about it.  I love her...

What I’m Listening To 

I just can’t get enough of Ed Sheeran’s X album.  It’s one that I can listen to from beginning to end without skipping any songs.  Every single one of them is fantastic! 

What I’m Wearing 

Well, it’s not socially acceptable to walk around naked, so I guess we have to wear clothes, but when it’s 100 degrees every day (literally) that is really asking a lot.  So to answer this question – I’m wearing as little as acceptable for each situation that I’m in. 

Work attire is pretty much consisting of skirts, sleeveless blouses, and open toe heels, and weekend attire is consisting of shorts, tanks, and sandals.  Today I made the mistake of wearing skinny pants and I thought I was going to die of a heat stroke.  At this point, I would wear bathing suits everywhere if I could.  Is it fall yet??

 What I’m Doing This Weekend 

A whole lot of nothing.  Brian likely has to work on Saturday, so the kids and I will be hanging out at home.  We will probably head to church if he gets off in time, and then Sunday we will hopefully have time to work more on getting the porch in order.  Or painting and (finally) unpacking Brian’s office.  Wishful thinking.

What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month 

DECORATING FOR FALL!!!!  Too early?  No?  I actually won’t be decorating for fall until the end of August, but I like to have all of my décor up before the first college football game, which is September 5 this year.  And I certainly won’t have time to put up the decorations on game day because I will be kicking off the first Saturday of college football promptly at 9 AM with ESPN College Game Day (helloooo Big and Rich, Comin’ to Yo Ci-TAAAAY), and I will be parked in front of the TV for the remainder of the day soaking in the sweet sounds of referee whistles, the CBS college football theme music, and the voices of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson.   

Enough said.   

Oh wait – GOOOO DAWGS!

What Else Is New
There better not be anything else new!!!!  Isn’t an entire upcoming schedule change enough?!?!


  1. How cool about your Uncle singing at the Braves game. How do you take such great photos of your outfits? I haven't learned how to do that well at all. Go Dawgs! I graduated from UGA a long time ago...forever it feel like! I use to teach Prek ~ you're son will do great!

    1. Thanks, Deborah! I use my iPhone to take all of my outfit pics, and I do take them all myself. I always make sure to take the pics outside in the natural light and then I use the Instagram editor or PicMonkey to brighten and sharpen the pics, adjust the contrast, etc. I hope that helps!

      And GOOOO DAWGS! My hubs graduated from there back in 2000 so it's been awhile for him as well. :o)

  2. I hear ya on the heat!
    Those tops are so cute!!!
    I feel the same way about looking forward to college football, but I yell War Eagle! :)

    1. Thank you!

      We have lots of friends who cheer for Auburn, too, so I guess I'll let it slide. Hehe. ;o)

  3. Your outfits are amazing! If I were to show you mine it would be the same shirt in three different colors and black yoga pants or leggings.. Sad, I know...

    I'll be thinking about Jacob's transition into a new school. I agree, a change in routine can be rough. I'm incredibly nervous for Henry to head back to school this year. We can do this! Right? Right??? RIGHT?!! LOL!

    1. YES, YES, YES! We can do it!! I can't wait to hear how he does! I'm sure he'll do great. You on the other hand... you might be a little teary for awhile. :o)

  4. AHH how exciting to take him to his first Braves game! Y'all will have so much fun!!

    1. YES! It was so much fun! It was just super hot, though. Now to see if he can sit through a Georgia football game... :o)

  5. Such a fun link up! Maybe I'll get my shish together and join this month :) You'll need to share more recipes, that crispy cheddar chicken sounds amazing! And that pic of you and Brian, so cute! I love looking back at pics from when we were babies :)

    1. Yes, you should totally join! This might be my favorite link up that I've done so I think I'm going to continue doing it each month!

      And yes, I really can't believe how young we both look. It's crazy!


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