Wednesday, October 31, 2018

What’s Up Wednesday - October 2018

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Happy Halloween, y’all!  We have been getting festive all week and we’re so excited that Halloween is finally here!  We have lots on the agenda today including two class parties and trick-or-treating, and I’m going to try to squeeze in some early voting today if I can as well.  :o)

What We’re Eating This Week

Mon – Beef and Parmesan Pasta with Zucchini
Tue – Fall carnival food trucks!
Wed – Pizza before trick-or-treating
Thu – Fettuccine Alfredo, chicken, and Broccoli (we eat lots of brocc because it's basically the only green veggie our kids will actually eat!)
Fri – Out
Sat – FRIENDSGIVING!!
Sun – Sunday dinner at Momma and Daddy’s

What I’m Reminiscing About

This time of year I can’t help but reminisce about Halloweens past.  Check out this post here to see all of our old costumes!


What I’m Loving

My new organizational system for 2019!!  I am extremely Type A so I have a planner as well as lists galore, and I have finally figured out how to make them all work efficiently together.  Turns out all I needed was a DAILY Simplified Planner, a clipfolio (I have this one that's sold out, but there are many other cute options on Amazon), and some plastic sheet protectors.  I’ve never been able to find a planner that works well for me, and I think it’s because I’ve never tried a daily planner before.  I’m hoping to have a post about this soon, so stay tuned…

And if you’re interested in one of the daily versions of the Simplified Planner for 2019, you better grab one soon!  Four of the covers are completely sold out which means that there are only two covers left.  They do not restock, so if you don’t get one now, you won’t be able to get one until they release their August – July versions next May.



What We’ve Been Up To


















What I’m Dreading

It’s always a good month when you have nothing to dread, but unfortunately I have something on my calendar that I’m officially dreading.  Remember how I mentioned that my allergist thinks that I have reflux?  Well, I saw a gastroenterologist on Monday and he thinks I have reflux, too, but he wants to do an endoscopy to confirm it.  Doctors and hospitals and medical stuff don’t typically make me nervous, but I do NOT like being put to sleep and they’ll have to do just that for the endoscopy.  Dun dun DUN!!  Haha.  I’ve only been under anesthesia once in my entire life and it was before I had kids, so this time I’m a little nervous. 

I swear I didn’t worry about half of the things I worry about now before I had kids, but now that I know I have two babies at home who need me I’m always hesitant to do anything remotely risky.  I know that people go under anesthesia every day without complications, and I’m sure everything will go well, but y’all know I’m a worrier and I always let it get the best of me.  Anyway, that day is November 28, so please say a little prayer for me that day if you will.  :o)

What I’m Working On

I’m always up to my elbows in projects and I’m still slowly crossing things off of my Master To-Do list as well: 

  1. I wrapped up the fall carnival planning earlier this week at the kids’ school so that is one thing I can cross off my list!
  2. You may remember that I cleaned out every single inch of my office back at the beginning of the year?  Well, there were several piles of things that I knew I needed to get rid of, but didn’t know exactly what to do with them, so I just piled them up on the floor in my office until I could make some decisions.  Well, the kids were home all summer with me so I put all of those projects on hold, so they’ve now been sitting on my floor for ohhhh, six months?  As you can imagine, I’m pretty sick of looking at them.  One of the things I needed to address was the hundreds of old movie posters that I had saved from when I worked at the movie theater.  At first I just couldn’t bring myself to get rid of any of them, because I was so worried they would end up being worth something one day, but after staring at them for months on my floor I finally got the courage to be ruthless.  I went through every single one of them, checked them on eBay to make sure they weren’t worth any money, and then I recycled the ones that weren’t.  I only kept my very favorites (Titanic, The Notebook, Romeo + Juliet, American Pie, She’s All That, etc.) and a few that are selling for some decent money.  I ended up recycling hundreds of posters and tubes and now instead of 20 poster tubes cluttering up my closet, I only have five.  :o)  YASSSS!
  3. Another pile on my office floor was my old photo albums of physical pictures taken with film.  I had already tossed all of my old physical pictures that were taken with digital cameras, but I still had to figure out what to do with all of the physical pictures that had been taken with the old-school film.  I had already scanned all of those old-school film pictures so there are digital copies on my computer, but since the quality isn’t super great on a scan, I decided to keep all of the physical pictures as well.  Since I decided to keep them, I got them organized in chronological order in new, sturdier albums, I got them labeled, and they are now organized in four albums on my bookshelf in my office.  #Winning
  4. I got my bookshelf in my office rainbowtized!  I’m aware that’s not a real word, but just go with it.  ;o)  I’m a very OCD person, so my books have always been alphabetized by author’s last name and title, but I saw a bookshelf in rainbow order on Pinterest and I fell in love so I decided I wanted to do the same thing.  I was worried my Type A personality wouldn’t allow me to keep it that way, but I fell head over heels for it and I don’t think I can go back to alphabetizing again!
  5. I’m still setting up my new planner/organizing method for 2019.  It’s getting close to being done and I’m super excited for January so I can start using it. 
  6. I finished organizing my Music folder on my computer!!  When I decluttered my office I ripped and got rid of all of my old CDs (probably between 400 and 500 of them!), so I had a folder on my computer containing a couple thousand songs that need to be named appropriately, added to my main music file on my computer, added to my iTunes library, and synced to the already thousands of songs on my phone.  It was a HUGE job but it is DONE!  The only thing I need to do is go back and reformat a few of the songs that didn’t format correctly the first time.    
  7. I’m still organizing the rest of the files on my computer (one of the items on my Master To-Do List).  There are over 20,000 files (excluding music and pictures) to go through, so this is taking FOR-EH-VURRRR. 
  8. Preparing for the upcoming holiday season!  EEK!
  9. Prepping some blog posts for Thanksgiving and Christmas break.  I’m trying to get ahead so I don’t have to spend too much time on the computer when the kids are out of school.  I just want to be able to be present and love on them as much as I can without worrying about blogging.
BEFORE

AFTER


What I’m Excited About

All of the joy and light that November and December bring!  I am one of those people, who start celebrating Christmas on November 1, so first thing tomorrow morning you can find me fa la la la la-ing until the end of the year!   The Christmas season is truly my favorite season of the entire year… it brings me so much joy!  So I figure, why not extend the Christmas cheer just a wee bit longer?  Otherwise it flies by too fast!  And yes, we celebrate Thanksgiving, of course… the two have always been intertwined to me and that’s the way I like it.  I promise we don’t let Thanksgiving get lost in the Christmas shuffle.  :o)

What I’m Watching/Reading

Watching – Our Netflix bingeing is officially on hiatus for all of the fall TV.  We are watching all of our old faves like Big Bang Theory, This is Us, Modern Fam, and Shark Tank, and we’ve also added two new ones to our list this season – Manifest and A Million Little Things.  Manifest has definitely held my attention and I feel pretty invested now that I’ve gotten to know the characters a little more, but A Million Little Things… OH MY GOODNESS, I AM OBSESSED.  This is my favorite new show in a long time!  I told B the other night I think I might end up liking it even more than This is Us.  Blasphemy, I know, but man, is it good!!

Reading – I finally finished When Life Gives You Lululemons and I thought it was really cute!  Definitely worth the read!  This time of year my reading typically slows tremendously or comes to a screeching halt altogether because I’m so busy.  However, my girl, Brandi, just published her very first book a couple of months ago and I couldn’t wait to get started!  I’m about a quarter of the way into it and I’m hooked, y’all!  She definitely has a way of drawing you in so that you want to keep reading, and the character development is truly wonderful.  I’ll update y’all when I’m done and let you know what I think!  Until then, you can grab your own copy right here on Amazon!




What I’m Listening To

Cozy music is king right now in our house so I’m still on an old standards and jazz kick (Ella Fitzgerald, Steve Tyrell, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett) in the evening while I cook. 

And while the kids have been away at school I’ve been listening to a lot of 90s R&B, too.  In addition to old standards reminding me of fall, 90s R&B also reminds me of fall.  Why, you ask?  Well, one of my favorite falls ever was fall 1998 when my best friend and I started working at the movie theater together.  She didn’t drive yet so we rode together everywhere in my car.  Our music of choice was ALWAYS 90s R&B and some rap (think 112, Tyrese, Silk, Dru Hill, Jay-Z, Brandy, Montell Jordan, Monica, and Jagged Edge) and that music always takes me back to one of my favorite falls ever!

I’m a big playlist person (the “mix tape” of the new era) so I have different playlists for every occasion and memory in my phone.  And my Fall 1998 playlist is one of my favorites of all of them!

But starting tomorrow…

CHRISTMAS MUSIC ALL DAY ERRY DAY!

One very sad thing to add, though…

We have a local radio station that plays nonstop Christmas music starting the first week of November all the way through Christmas.  They’ve been doing this since 2001.  They originally started it to bring a little bit of extra cheer during the dark time after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but everyone loved it so much that it has stuck throughout the years.  Well, after 17 years of doing this, and after decades of being on air, that radio station moved to another frequency, changed their name, and changed their format.  Therefore… no nonstop Christmas music in our city anymore!  Y’all!!  I’m SO CRUSHED about this. 

My whole family has always looked forward to this and we’re all so sad that it’s not going to happen this year.  All of my old coworkers know how much I loved it because I listened to it at the office nonstop, so several of them have already texted me and asked me what in the world I’m going to do this year since it’s gone.  Lol.  They know me so well!

But anyway, it’s a bummer.  I guess I’ll have to download all of the old songs that they used to play that I don’t already have and make my own.  It surely won’t be the same not hearing their Christmas promos and commercials in between songs, though. 

Y’all know I don’t like change!  Lol.

What I’m Wearing

Jeans.  Scarves.  Boots.  Leggings.  Sweaters.  Repeat. 

Amen.

Oh, and some fun fall tops!  

It's Fall, Y'all / Pumpkin




What I’m Doing This Weekend

FRIENDSGIVING, Y’ALL!!!!  Remember how I added that to my Fall Bucket List and I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to make it happen because we’re all so busy?  Well, it’s happening and it’s happening this weekend!  I am so, SO excited, y’all. 

I’m hosting so I’m going to be doing my first ham (AKA probably buying one from Honey Baked Ham because I’m too scared to do my own) and a couple of sides, and then all of my girlfriends are each bringing sides, desserts, etc.  All of the hubbies, the kids, and my girlfriends will be piling into our house and it’s going to be so much fun. 

The weather is supposed to be absolute perfection so we’re going to have the Georgia game on the TV outside, a bouncy house for the kids, and lots and lots of wine and beer for all of the adults.  I’m so happy I could just burst!

What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month

Christmas music, Thanksgiving, decorating our home for Christmas, and every single tradition and magical thing that these last two months of the year bring!

What Else Is New

Olivia has a checkup on her thyroid nodule next week so we’d all appreciate your prayers, specifically that the nodule hasn’t grown in size.  I do not want them to have to operate, and the only way to avoid that is for this thing to stop growing.  From looking at the outside of her neck, it doesn’t appear to have gotten any larger in size, but there’s no way for us to know for sure until we see the ultrasound at her appointment.  Your prayers really mean a lot to us.

Happy Halloween, ladies!  Enjoy the day!

*Linking up with Jessi's Design and Going the Distance for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday and Mix and Match Mama for What's Up Wednesday.



Monday, October 29, 2018

Our Weekend - The One with Concert Date Night & Fall Family Pictures

I know I sound like a broken record when I say this, but we had another great weekend!  There’s just something about weekends in the fall that make them better than all the rest!! 

Friday evening, Jacob’s old teacher, Mrs. Kristin came over to watch the kids, and B and I headed out to meet my parents for a date night.  B and I are longtime fans of a musician, Robert Earl Keen, and when he announced a concert with Lyle Lovett B snatched up some tickets.  He somehow managed to get four together in the sixth row!  My Daddy is a longtime Lyle Lovett fan, so we offered the extra tickets to my parents, and my mom decided to get them and surprise my Daddy with them at dinner.



We met at one of our favorite restaurants for drinks and dinner and then we walked to the theater for the show.  As I said before, our seats were in the sixth row just left of center so I was able to snap a few great shots.  The show ended up being fantastic!  Lyle and REK each took turns playing songs and telling stories, and both of them were really funny.  They have been real-life friends since college so they have great energy together and both of them had the whole audience in stitches.  It was great.  I only knew  a couple of Lyle Lovett’s songs, but he made a fan out of me Friday evening.  He’s definitely quirky and but he’s incredibly kind and talented, and surprisingly charming.  I think I finally got a little glimpse into why Julia Roberts fell in love and married him all those years ago.  Who knew?







Saturday morning was a lazy one… we slept in until 8:30, made homemade waffles with Halloween sprinkles, and we watched ESPN College Gameday snuggled up on the couch.  They were at the Georgia vs. Florida game, so a lot of the show focused on Georgia, which y’all know we enjoyed! 



Jacob had his last soccer game of the season at noon, so we bundled up and headed out.  It was cloudy and oh so chilly and it was just perfect.  His team ended up winning 6-3 and Jacob had some great blocks to prevent the other team from scoring.  His coaches have had him on defense pretty much all season and he seems to thrive there.  After his game, they awarded each of the kids with their medals, and some celebratory cupcakes, and just like that we wrapped up his third season.  I can’t even believe it!







Once soccer was over, it was time to head back home, get back in my cozy PJs, and be lazy for the rest of the day.  Olivia and I did manicures (for me) and pedicures (for her) and then we got settled in on the couch for the Georgia vs. Florida game.  My cousin, Wil, is the equipment manager for the football team so he’s always down on the field during the games, and every now and then I’ll see his cute little face on my TV.  I always get so excited when I see him.  Haha.  He’s the one clapping front and center in the picture.


During a commercial break, I was scrolling through my Timehop and the most appropriate picture from six years ago popped up!  That Gators Stink onesie actually has quite a funny story behind it… you can click here to read all about it.  And trust me, you'll want to read.  It's pure gold. Go ahead, click over now... I'll wait...


B and I cracked open some beers halfway through the first quarter, and then we used our trusty rusty Waitr app to have our favorite pizza delivered later in the game so we didn’t have to leave the house and miss anything.  Georgia ended up getting the big WIN that we needed and we were ecstatic!  Our team looked like our team again and not at all like whatever team showed up to play LSU two weeks ago.  Sheesh.  I’m still having nightmares over that one.


Sunday morning we were up, ready, and out before the sun was up to go take our fall family photos.  We went to the same park where we’ve taken them the last two years and this year we decided to do them ourselves again.  Photography is so expensive, and I feel like we do a pretty good job with our tripod and my fancy camera, so it was an easy way to save a good chunk of money. 

It was COLD and the kids’ little noses started turning pink towards the end of our shoot, but they were little troopers… especially considering they weren’t allowed to wear jackets.  We ended up taking 302 pictures in just about 30-40 minutes, so I’m hopeful that out of all of those, we got the shot.  Fall Bucket List CHECK!



Afterwards, the kids (and B and I) were rewarded handsomely with pumpkin spice donuts and donuts with frosting and Halloween sprinkles for a job well done.  The rest of the morning was spent prepping for the week ahead, and then we headed to my MIL and step-FIL’s house for Sunday lunch.  We have all been so busy we hadn’t been over there for Sunday lunch in around a month, I think?  So we were all happy to get back to our regular Sunday Funday routine. 


My MIL and step-FIL had decorated the front porch to the nines for Halloween and they had a festive lunch prepared, along with a Halloween dessert and little goody bags for each of the kids.  They were in heaven!  They have been extra obsessed with Halloween decorations this year, so it was a nice little treat.  Afterwards, we all went outside to play.  The weather was fall perfection, so there was no other place I would have rather been.



Sunday evening, we all headed over to my parents house for Sunday dinner, and same as my mother-in-law, my momma hadn’t cooked Sunday dinner in over a month, so it was a real treat to be back again.  It’s pretty rare for our moms not to cook on Sundays, but it’s even more rare for both of them to miss the same Sunday.  And for both of them to not cook for the whole same month?!  Well this might be the first time that’s ever happened in the history of B’s and my relationship. 

We were all so happy to be back into our usual Sunday routine, and for the first time in weeks, I feel complete heading into Monday.  ;o)

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