Monday, January 8, 2018

Fantasy in Lights & the First Full Weekend of 2018

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Happy Monday!  We had a nice, relaxing weekend this weekend. 

Thursday evening we decided to go to Fantasy in Lights (a place near Pine Mountain, GA) for one last Christmas hurrah because we had never made it back during the Christmas season.  That evening it was only about 22 degrees so instead of riding the trolley like usual, we opted to ride through in our own car with the heater blasting and the windows rolled down.

The kids loved it, as always, and it was nice not to freeze.  While I’m glad we ended up checking it off of our Christmas bucket list, it just wasn’t quite the same going after Christmas.








Friday I kept Olivia out of school because it was Jacob’s last day of Christmas break, and the three of us met up with my friend Katie and her two littles at Chuck E. Cheese.  The weather is still pretty darn cold here and none of the kids had so much as set foot outside all week, so it was long overdue to let them get out and have some fun.  We played games, ate pizza, and then the kids redeemed their tickets for some, “Toortsie Rolls” (as Olivia would say) and a couple of pieces of plastic junk that’ll inevitably end up in the trash.  Haha.  It was well worth the $20, though!



The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting my Momma at her office, doing a Target run, and then heading back home to relax.

Friday evening Jacob’s school had a Parents Night Out, so B and I dropped both of the kids off at 6 and headed out for our first date of 2018.  We had dinner and drinks at our favorite restaurant in town – filets, mashed potatoes, and asparagus all around – and then we headed out for a nightcap since we still had some time left after dinner.  All the while in the car, we jammed out to the new JT song because it is SO. GOOD.  Have you heard it??  

And the Parents Night Out thing is flipping AWESOME, you guys.  The high school cheerleaders and the cheerleading coach (who was also Jacob’s kindergarten teacher) are the ones who host it and it’s free except for that they ask for donations to benefit the cheerleading squad.  So for just twenty bucks, B and I had an entire three hours to ourselves while the kids got to play with their friends, eat pizza, and watch movies and we didn’t have to worry for one second because the people who took care of them are the people who take care of them every day at school.  Winning!  I do think we will be participating in all of these from here on out!






Saturday we lounged around for a bit, and then I started working on a couple of projects for my purging.  First up, I photographed all of the kids’ artwork from the first half of the school year, kept a couple of my favorite pieces from each child, and then chunked the rest in the recycling bin.  Our hanging file in our command center in the kitchen is now empty and ready for the second half of the school year!


After that, I stripped the fridge of the kids’ artwork and I finally made the decision to trash the magnets that have been on the freezer door for the last four years.  The kids never play with them… instead Olivia will just walk by and throw a bunch of them on the floor for no reason, plus half of them are missing, so it was long overdue.  I scrubbed the fridge down with a wet cloth and voila!  It’s like a new fridge!





I have also been cleaning out my books in my office library all week and I had to snap an after picture because the shelves are just so pretty and colorful.  I sure do love physical books!


Saturday evening we headed to church and my Boo Boo wanted to take an OOTD picture with me, too!  He doesn’t often volunteer for pictures, so when he does, I take full advantage!



Saturday evening was spent with my parents at one of our favorite pubs, and then it was home to watch the Falcons play while a read my book and let B rub my feet… after I scratched his back, of course.  ;o) 


One of the main projects I’m going to work on in 2018 is getting rid of the loads and loads of photo albums that we have.  I hate doing this, but photo albums with actual printed pictures in them take up so much space!  I am going to trash all of the old photographs that were printed from our digital files, but I’m going to keep all of the old photos that were taken with film.  I can’t bring myself to trash the ones that don’t have digital copies.  So anyhoo, Sunday morning I started removing old photos from all of their old albums and I got caught up reminiscing from 2007, probably my favorite year of my whole life if I had to choose just one. 

It was the year that B and I got engaged (April 1) and the year that we got married (December 1) and it was also a year that we travelled a ton.  We went skiing in Snowshoe, WV, we went to LA, we went to Vegas, we went to Hilton Head, SC, and we went to Hawaii that year.  We had loads of fun with friends that year and it was also the year of the UGA vs. AU football game when we had a Black Out and it was my favorite Georgia game I’ve ever been to.  So crunk, y’all, so crunk!  Haha.  So many fun things happened that year and I couldn’t help but share a few of my favorite moments with y’all on Insta Stories Sunday morning.  Some of the stories are probably still up if you’re reading this early on Monday morning!  :o)



Sunday afternoon was spent at my MIL and step-FIL’s and the weather was finally warm enough to spend some time outside… and by warm I mean 43, which is normally freezing for us here in Georgia.  The kids played PJ Masks (anybody else’s kids obsessed with that show?!) and they jumped on the mini trampoline and it was nice for all of us to get some fresh air.





Sunday evening was spent at my parents’ house like always… my Momma made spaghetti and we paired it with our beloved TJ’s Three Buck Chuck and a good time was had by all!

Our kids are finally both back in school today and I’m doing a little dance over here because I finally get some free time!  I have loved every second with the kids these last two and a half weeks, but MOMMA NEEDS A BREAK! 

You can find me at home doing all the purging!  If you want to follow along, I plan on documenting a lot of it on Instagram Stories!  You can find me on the ‘Gram @lindsayssweetworld here.  I'd love for you to follow along!

Happy Monday, y’all!  And GOOOO DAWGS!!!!  Let's bring home the championship tonight!!!!

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25 comments:

  1. I am doing all the purging too right now and it FEELS SO GOOD!
    I am so dang nervous about tonights game. My stomach is in knots!

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  2. I cannot wait for the game tonight!!!! I'll just have to drink a few cups of coffee because I'll be up past my bedtime haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  3. I loved seeing those old pictures, especially with your darker hair. So pretty! The lights sound like fun, but I would probably feel the same about it not quite being the same going after Christmas. The Parents Night Out sounds like such a great idea!!! What a win win for everyone! Hope you have a great day!! And I will be cheering for your team tonight!

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  4. Ive been following your weekend of cleaning and decluttering and it's awesome!! Go you! The lights look SO pretty!--better late than never! :)

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  5. a great weekend! I am into purging and decluttering too..i need my boys to go to school so that I can get in their rooms and do all the things haha

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  6. The parents night out things sounds like a blast and a perfect way to get some date nights in for sure. I am over here doing all the sorting and purging too and it feels so good! xoxo ERIN

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  7. Oh my gosh Parents Night Out sounds AMAZING!!!! I love looking through old photo albums too, so fun!

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  8. I'm decluttering too! I love your pooch by the way. What a cutie pie!

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  9. Great job decluttering! I love that book shelf photo. You got engaged on Gabbie's 2nd birthday! :)

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  10. That's awesome that they give you that night out like that! Also that organization has me itching to do my books too! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  11. Parents Night Out,,,, a big YES! Tonight is the night girlie! Go Dawgs! LOVE the lights.

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  12. Wow...the Parent's Night Out sounds like such a smart thing! It's literally a win-win for everyone!
    Loved watching all of the football lately and I'm so sad it's almost coming to an end.
    The husband and I will be cheering for the Dawgs tonight! Woot woot!

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  13. How have I not heard the new JT song yet! And how fun that you kept the Christmas spirit going, those lights are so pretty <3
    Green Fashionista

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  14. You know what, we have a parents night out here too and I've never used them!! I don't know why. But I totally need to. Glad you guys were able to have a nice dinner out =)
    The lights look SO pretty!!

    And good luck to GA tonight in the game!!!

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  15. I love the idea of parents night out! I wish we had something like that close to us! We've been purging around here, too. It's the best feeling but also so overwhelming!

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    1. It is definitely convenient for everyone! The parents get a night out, the school raises some money... it's a win-win for sure!

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  16. Ummm that PNO sounds GLORIOUS!!! The only thing we have around here is something similar at Hadley's gymnastics place, but it's for kids five years old and up. Boo! As a former cheerleading coach, I think this fundraising idea is absolutely BRILLIANT!! Glad y'all got a fun date night out of it too!

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  17. Oooh, Parents Night Out sounds awesome! Our church does something similar and at this point our kids go to bed too early for us to participate, but maybe we should stretch there bedtimes just once or twice. :) Olivia's comment about photo albums=too funny! I had to explain to Kai what a CD was a few weeks ago.

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  18. I love looking through old photos! I did finally pack all our albums away but can not get myself to get rid of them.

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    1. I know, it's soooo hard. I'm saving all of the ones that aren't digital. Only the digital ones are getting trashed!

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  19. Hope y'all are scoring all the points... or whatever it is that they do. Go sports team, go! Haha ha!

    Looks like another great, busy weekend. And NOW it probably actually feels like January for you.

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  20. Those lights looks great..
    Love the sweater.
    Your book shelves are giving me shelf envy.. there's nothing better than a real book.

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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  21. Those light sound like a lot of fun! We had every intention of seeing the ones around us but never made it in time. I wish the holiday season was just a tad bit longer so we could get in even more fun! I saw your stories with some of your throwback pics. They were awesome to see!

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  22. Yay for a date night, organizing the house and just killing it this weekend. I love the Christmas lights. I am still watching Christmas movies. I had so many to get through that I haven't stopped. Ha. I am excited for the new link ups!!!

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