Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday - October 2017

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October was a fantastic month… most definitely my favorite month of the whole year so far!  There’s so much to recap I don’t even know where to begin.

What We’re Eating This Week

Mon – Grilled cheese and tomato soup since B had tennis
Tue – Sausage and Vodka Pasta with broccoli
Wed – Mexicali chicken, corn on the cob, green beans
Thu –Hot dogs at the school fall carnival!
Fri – Some kind of take-out
Sat – Hamburgers on the grill while we watch the Georgia/Florida game!
Sun – Momma and Daddy’s for Sunday dinner

What I’m Reminiscing About

This one is easy – our trip to Nashville!  B and I got away just the two of us earlier this month for a whirlwind trip to one of my favorite cities and, y’all, we had a BLAST.  We planned the whole event just so we could attend the Ed Sheeran concert (in the FOURTH ROW!) and then we did a bunch of other amazing things while we were there.  It was also our first experience with Airbnb and it didn’t disappoint.  The recaps are here, here, and here if you want to follow along with our adventures.

What I’m Loving

Jacob’s grades!  This is his first year getting “real” grades at school and he is completely rocking it!  He had a stellar report card and he also received several awards at school:

Report Card Grades – First Quarter:

PE – 100 A
Spanish – 100 A
Science Lab – 100 A
Art – 100 A
Science – 100 A
Religion – 100 A
Mathematics – 96 A
Language Arts – 96 A
Social Studies – 100 A
Drama – 100 A


Principal’s List
Advanced Reader Award (for meeting his AR goal)
Top Advanced Reader Award – he was third in his class of 22
Religion Award
All Day Every Day (he was never absent or late the entire quarter)

And to top it all off they just tested him and he is reading on a third grade reading level.

We are so, so proud of him for all of his hard work!

What We’ve Been Up To

Where to even begin?  I think October was our busiest month yet and it was also my favorite.  As mentioned before, we went to Nashville at the beginning of the month to see Ed Sheeran, we went to the mountains for a long weekend getaway (recaps here, here, and here), and we’ve been doing every fall activity we can get our hands on!  We went to a sunflower field, a corn maze, and a pumpkin patch, and we went to a place called Rock Ranch where they have loads of fall activities.  We have also been going to soccer games every Saturday morning for Jacob and he is still enjoying it!  I think soccer is a keeper!

What I’m Dreading

Nothing that I can think of off the top of my head.

What I’m Working On

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!!!!  Yes, I’m one of those, but it sure feels good to have a lot of it out of the way so the season isn’t so rushed.  We still haven’t pulled the trigger on this Lego Ninjago set for Jacob, though… I was hoping the price would drop!  We did get this Princess Poppy Style Station for Olivia as well as this Princess Poppy dress-up dress, and this Moana blanket.

What I’m Excited About

Brian bought a projector and a huge screen that allows us to watch TV on the back porch.  He has it set up so we can watch DVDs, Netflix, and cable so anything that we can watch inside we can now watch outside.  We watched our first movie on it Friday evening (Trolls, of course) and it was the best!  I put a couple of Instagram stories up about it and I had so many questions about it that I thought I would just go ahead and share the details here.  We have this projector and this screen and yes, the projector is every bit as clear as our HDTV.  It’s crazy.  But anyway, I’m reeeealllly excited to start watching football and more movies out there!

What I’m Watching/Reading

Watching – This is Us, Big Bang Theory, Shark Tank, Scandal, and a whole lot of college football.  And if B has his way, we’ll also be watching the new season of Stranger Things this Friday as well.  Womp womp.  Lol.

Reading – I just started Who do You Love by Jennifer Weiner a couple of weeks ago and I’m almost done with it.  Considering these days it usually takes me three months or longer to read a book, you can probably tell based on how quickly I’m reading this one that I am loving it.  I can’t put it down!

What I’m Listening To

I’ve pretty much had James Blunt's new album on repeat ever since we got back from his concert (he opened for Ed Sheeran) earlier this month.  I had pretty much forgotten all about him until we saw him in Nashville, and I was so impressed that I downloaded his album.  His song Don’t Give Me Those Eyes is incredible.

What I’m Wearing

This weather was definitely warmer than usual this month so I haven’t been wearing too many of my fall things, but this week it has finally cooled off, so I’m hoping this is it. 

What I’m Doing This Weekend

I’m hoping to carve pumpkins Friday evening and then Saturday we’ll be setting up our projector and screen to watch the Georgia/Florida game outside on the back porch!

What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month

Everything.  November is my second favorite month of the year, and I’m really looking forward to all of the fun activities it brings – Thanksgiving, Chrismas tree lightings, cooler weather, more football games, decorating for Christmas, CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON REPEAT, and lots of cozy evenings at home… complete with a fire in the fireplace!

What Else Is New

I think this post is already long enough…

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

*Linking up with ShayMel, and Sheaffer for What’s Up Wednesday and Jessi's Design and Going the Distance for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday.


  1. Yay! Way to go like his mama!!! Shhh don't tell Brian, lol. I'm with ya sweets, get that Christmas shopping done, so fun and yes, you can sit back and enjoy the season more! The Christmas station on Sirius gets turned on the day after Halloween, lol!! Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

    1. Haha. And YES, November first is where it's at! We'll be right there with you!

  2. Way to go Jacob - such great grades already!! I love Jennifer Weiner so I'm adding that to my list! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. I absolutely love that you guys got a projector and screen - that is so fun!!! And how awesome are Jacob's grades?! That is great!

  4. Yayyyy Jacob! That is awesome!! And aren't you so glad you got to see Ed Sheeran before his accident!? Crazy!

  5. LOVE the projector. A friend has one and we watch movies in the backyard on holiday weekends in the summer. It is SUCH a fun tradition. I really should start my Christmas shopping.... I just can't seem to motivate myself.

  6. Jacob is doing so well in school!!! That's awesome! Also... other than hubby + Lilli, I'm almost done with Christmas shopping, haha! It's too stressful to wait until the last minute and everything always seems to get more expensive the longer you wait, haha!

    1. Oh my word, you are on top of things! I wish I could say the same, but we still have a long way to go!

  7. Your meals for this week all sound delicious! And way to go Jacob with that report card!

  8. First of all, can I come eat at y'alls house and second of all DRAPER JAMES!

  9. You guys have been busy bees!! I need to get my Christmas shopping started...I will NOT be behind this year.
    Wohooo Jacob, way to go!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  10. Look at Jacob go with those grades - awesome! And now I'm totally craving grilled cheese and tomato soup <3
    Green Fashionista

  11. Way to GO Jacob on his grades and awards! And My gang will be there are 3 to cheer on the Dawgs with y'all and that AWESOME projector on the back porch! Ella will gladly babysit so we can enjoy the game! :) HA

  12. I enjoyed Who Do You Love too. Great job to Jacob!

  13. You've had such an awesome month Linds. You make working and balancing a family seem so seamless. You're one of those people who I always admire for that. You guys have so much fun and I love it. Also, I love seeing what you guys eat. It always sounds so good!

  14. Oh my goodness!! You have been so very busy, but it looks like so much fun :) Your trip to Nashville looked so amazing.

    1. Thanks, girl. We did have a blast. And whew, yes, October was busy.

  15. Way to go Jacob!!! Also, your Nashville trip looked like so much fun! I would LOVE to go there some day and visit the Opry. What a fun trip. You all had a great month!

  16. Yep, that's it, I need to get a projector too! That one looks great, will keep this in mind when i try to talk Mr. into getting it, hehe :) What a great and fun month you had!

  17. Oh my gosh, you guys are always up to so much fun! Your trip looked fabulous and I love all the fall activity!


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