Monday, November 23, 2020

Our Week - The One with Quarantine, Week 36 (Thanksgiving Prep)

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We had a relatively low-key week which is pretty much unheard of this time of year, but I suppose when you’re in a pandemic and most stuff is canceled, that’s just the way it is.  I almost decided not to recap this past week as it was about as mundane as it gets, but as you all know, I’m preserving memories over here, so I just can’t quit the recaps no matter how boring they may be!

Monday, November 16 (Day 248 of Quarantine)

Monday morning, I had a follow-up appointment with my dermatologist, and then I swung by Target to return a few things.  The rest of the day was spent working, cooking, hanging with the kiddos, and watching TV after they went to bed.

Tuesday, November 17 (Day 249 of Quarantine)

Tuesday after I dropped the kids, I made a quick stop by Fresh Market to grab some chicken… gotta get that Tuesday sale!  When I got home, I did a dance workout, and then I spent the rest of the morning and afternoon wrapped up in my heated blanket, sipping on cinnamon tea, and listening to Christmas music while I knocked out more work.  I’m so far ahead on blog posts as I type this, and it feels great!  After this week, though, with the kids being out for Thanksgiving, I’ll be behind again by Monday.  Haha.

It was chilly all this week with lows in the 30s and highs in the 60s, so I made a huge pot of white chicken chili for dinner Tuesday evening, and B and I enjoyed that with a rare weekday glass of wine.  The kids won’t touch the white chicken chili, so they dined on freezer chicken nuggets, sweet potatoes, and some fruit. 

The rest of the evening was spent folding and putting away all of the laundry, reading with Olivia, and watching The Bachelorette.

Wednesday, November 18 (Day 250 of Quarantine)

Wednesday was another day of work, and then Olivia had dance class after school.  I got Jacob home and whizzed Olivia over there, and while she was in dance, I put gas in the car and then caught up on emails in the parking lot.  Parents aren’t allowed in the building at this time because of Covid, and I miss chatting with all of my dance mom friends so much.   

Speaking of Covid, thank you for all of your prayers for my family these last couple of weeks… my cousin and his family are all on the mend after suffering from Covid for several weeks.  My cousin is now out of the hospital, although still on oxygen at home, but things are looking up for all of them, praise the Lord.  Brian’s cousin, however, just found out she’s Covid positive, so please keep her in your prayers, too.  I feel like our Covid prayer list is never-ending these days.

As for another Covid update, that positive case in our afterschool program ended up being another isolated case as no other students or teachers who came in contact with her have tested positive that we know of.  Woo hoo!  Our school is doing the best job of preventing the spread so far… we’ve made it 15 weeks with only two positive cases in the entire school – babies through high school  and those positive cases didn’t seem to infect anyone else. 

That said, the return to school after Thanksgiving Break has me a bit worried, as I’m sure there will be people who will travel and get together in big groups and not follow best practices during the holidays… we are praying that there’s not a huge outbreak when students return.  Our school sent out an email asking parents to strongly consider keeping their kids home to learn virtually for a week after the break if they choose to travel or be in big groups, so I’m hoping everyone will make good choices and do their part to keep everyone safe at our school. 

Our family is forfeiting our large gatherings in favor of smaller gatherings, outdoors, with masks and social distancing, so we will be doing our part for sure.  That said, the weather is looking a little iffy here Thanksgiving weekend, and as of now, there are several chances for rain, including Thanksgiving Day and the days after which is when we’re doing all of our get-togethers.  Sigh.  If that happens, we’ll likely be giving up our plans altogether, so fingers crossed everything turns out okay.

Wednesday evening was breakfast for dinner, followed by hanging with the kids, followed by hanging with B.  Olivia has been begging for Christmas earrings since last year when she got her ears pierced, but I wasn’t able to find any nice ones last year that she could wear.  Her piercings were brand new at Christmastime last year, so her ears were sensitive, and I wasn’t able to find any that would work. 

Well, her ear piercings are now one year old, and they have healed nicely, so I decided to grab this adorable set from Target for her to try this year.  They were only $6 for all nine pairs, and y’all, she was ECSTATIC when she saw them.  We’ve been changing them out every single evening so she can wear a new pair to school each day and she’s pretty much in heaven.  So far, her ears seem to be tolerating them well, so it’s good to know that she can now probably get away with wearing “cheapie” earrings on occasion. 




Thursday, November 19 (Day 251 of Quarantine)

Thursday morning, I had to do my follow-up ultrasound for my mammogram.  My mammogram came back normal, but my tissue is very dense (yes, TMI) so they always require me to get an ultrasound in addition to the mammogram each year.  It’s a pain to have to go twice back-to-back each year, but it’s nice knowing that they get that extra look to ensure everything is normal in there!

And the good thing about the ultrasound is that the doc comes in and gives the results right then and there, so there’s no waiting around.  Sure enough, he said everything looked great, and I don’t have to go back for a whole year.  Woo hoo!

The rest of the day Thursday was spent catching up on some life stuff – room mom things, paying bills, Christmas shopping, personal emails, etc. – and then I worked on securing some more blog sponsorships.  Knowing the kids would be out of school for this entire week kicked my butt into high gear last week!  Haha.

B and I grabbed some lunch from our favorite Greek place, and the day just flew by!  Why is it that my favorite time of year is going by in the blink of an eye and the first eight months of the year felt like three whole years?!  

Thursday afternoon, the kids spent lots of time outside after they finished their homework.  They always come home from school wired and ready to run around after being in the classroom all day, so we’re trying to get them outside whenever we can.  Now that the time has changed, it gets dark here around 6, so we’re unable to do our family walks after dinner. 

We had leftover baked ziti for dinner, and then the kids did some crafting.  B and I watched a couple of more episodes of Emily in Paris, as well as one episode of Magic for Humans, and then we went to bed.

I've been indulging in the Publix seasonal ice creams these last couple of months, and oh my word, their peppermint ice cream is the best!



Friday, November 20 (Day 252 of Quarantine)

Friday after I dropped the kids at school, I spent the entire day working up a storm to tie up all the loose ends before Thanksgiving break.  I don’t want to have to work that much this week, so I wanted to get as much done as possible, and there were several important tasks that need to be completed for the collabs I’m doing.

Maui discovered the joys of my heated blanket, so I had the pleasure of her company pretty much all day.  She would NOT get out of my lap.  Lol.


Friday evening B had to work late, so I picked up takeout from Five Guys, and then we watched The Grinch (the newer animated one).  After the kids went to bed, B and I watched the season premiere of A Million Little Things and it was just so good.  That show is just the best, y’all.  We followed that with the newest episode of The Mandalorian, and then it was bedtime.

Saturday, November 21 (Day 253 of Quarantine)

Saturday morning, I ended up sleeping until 9 AM.  I had trouble falling asleep Friday night and ended up lying awake in bed until sometime after 1:30 AM, so I guess my body needed the extra rest.  I probably would have slept longer, but Olivia came in our bedroom at 9 to tell us she was hungry.  Lol.  Bless it. 

I made pancakes for breakfast and we watched ESPN College GameDay, and then I got in a cardio workout after breakfast.  I spent the whole rest of the morning and early afternoon tidying the house and doing laundry to get all of school germs out of the house.  I washed the kids’ bookbags and lunchboxes, all of their uniforms, all of our masks, and everyone’s sheets.  And I may have added some oily goodness to the dryer balls to make the sheets smell like The North Pole.  ;o) 

After lunch, we all went out in the back yard, and B and I spent some time prepping the porch for Thanksgiving since we’ll be having my parents over to eat outside.  We cleaned out the herb pots and stacked them up in the outdoor storage closet, gave the porch a good sweeping, and put a few other things away to make room so we can all spread out on Thursday.  The whole porch needs to be clear in case that rain chance turns out to be true.

B and the kids set up the soccer goals afterward and ran around for a bit while I finished tidying.  I received my Target shipment of peppermint Mrs. Meyers soap and I was soooo excited!  The peppermint scent is only sold online, and it sells out quickly every year, so I was excited to have finally gotten my hands on some.  Last year, I couldn’t get it at all.  :o(


After a nice long time outdoors, the kids came in to play video games in the late afternoon, and I got our bedrooms photographed for my Christmas home tour next week here on the blog.  I always like to photograph everything just before dusk so I can capture the house in natural light, as well as after dark so I can capture the warm glow of the twinkle lights after the sun goes down.

B picked up takeout from our favorite Mexican place, and we dined on tacos and queso and margs for dinner.  The UGA football game was on at 7:30, so B and I settled in for that after dinner, while the kids watched a movie upstairs in the playroom.  We ended up winning – with our third string quarterback (who may end up actually being good) – but it definitely wasn’t the prettiest game.  Ugh.



Sunday, November 22 (Day 254 of Quarantine)

Sunday morning was church and cinnamon rolls, and then the kids watched some TV.  We went outside mid-morning so the kids could play… Brian and Jacob hit some golf balls in the back yard, and Olivia and I did some sidewalk chalk… something we hadn’t done since the peak of quarantine back during the late spring/early summer.  Olivia and I played a few games of Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders, and then we all got ready for the day.  Side note, Maui has started sleeping with her tongue hanging out lately, and it's the funniest thing!






B picked up Panera and brought it home for lunch, and then we walked to our neighborhood playground again.  We’ve done lunch and neighborhood playground three Sundays in a row now, so I guess you could say it’s our new tradition.  It’s nice to be able to take a walk in the afternoon and not melt into a puddle from the heat and humidity.

The kids played at the playground for an hour or so, while B and I walked laps, and then we all headed home to tidy up and settle in for the evening.  More video games for the kids and work for me was followed by white chicken chili and a glass of wine for dinner, and then we all watched the new Lego Star Wars Christmas special on Disney+ followed by the American Music Awards and The Undoing.



Mundane, but good. 

Now for a few current things…

Currently Reading

 

Just trying to finish up Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts.  I’d like to just give it up altogether, but there are some great nuggets here and there, and I don’t want to miss any of them.  I’ll have this one completed within the next couple of days for sure.

 

Currently Watching

 

We’re working our way through all of the network TV - The Bachelorette, Shark Tank, This is Us, Supermarket Sweep, A Million Little Things!!!!, and Saturday Night Live.   We’re also working our way through The Mandalorian as the new episodes are released, Magic for Humans (a show that we watch on occasion when there’s nothing else on), as well as Emily in Paris.  We also just started The Undoing on HBO, and y’all, it is SO good.  It’s suspenseful from the first episode and it always ends on a cliffhanger to keep you coming back for more.  I just adore Hugh Grant.  Where has he been these last 15 years?!

 

We’ve also started working our way through all of our favorite Christmas movies, as well as some new ones.  So far, we’ve watched Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Noelle, The Grinch (new animated one), and Holidate.  Four down, so many to go!

 

College football has also been on our TV a lot, but not as much as it should… there have been several games postponed due to positive Covid cases, so we’ve been missing it!  UGA missed one game due to the other team having positive cases, but thankfully, our team seems to be avoiding it so far.  Knock on wood!

 

Currently Listening To

 

Christmas music, all day, every day.  Literally.  Lol.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Five on Friday - Hair Waver, Heated Blanket, Christmas Tree Collar, and Sentimental Stuff

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Another week has flown by, and it’s already Friday again!  I can’t even believe it, y’all!  Ready for some favorites from the week?

O N E – Hair Waver

I bought this hair waver a couple of months ago after seeing several bloggers rave about it.  I’m always looking for ways to give my baby fine hair a lift, but no matter what I try, nothing really works… especially when it comes to hot styling tools.  Well, I’m happy to report that this hair waver is every single thing that it’s cracked up to be and more, y’all!

I finally got around to using it for the first time on Halloween and I was shocked at how quick and easy it was to use.  What shocked me even more was how well the waves stayed in my hair!  Six hours after styling it, my hair still looked every bit as good as it did when I first finished. 

I thought for sure it was beginner’s luck, or maybe even a fluke, so I wanted to try it again, this time for an entire day.  The following Tuesday, I pulled it out and used it bright and early at 6:30 AM.  16 hours later, my hair was still looking freshly styled.  Mind.  Blown. 

I will say this – those two days were low-humidity days which, I’m sure, had a little something to do with it, so I’ll have to try again sometime on a high humidity day.  That said, my regular hair style never holds on low humidity days, so this waver has to be something special.    

As for styling and setting, I spray this texture spray all over my head after washing and drying it, then I use the waver, I tousle my hair a little, and then once I have my hair exactly how I like it, I spray a layer of Pantene Volume Hair Spray over my whole head to help the style stay in place.  Easy peasy and it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish.




T W O – Heated Blanket

My mother-in-law and step-father-in-law got this heated blanket for me from my birthday wish list this year, and I have finally started using it since temps have dropped into the 30’s and 40’s here and there the past few weeks. 

Y’all, I have no idea how I ever lived without a dang heated blanket!  It is amazing!!  I haven’t used mine in the bed (yet) but I am loving wrapping myself up in it while I work in my office in the morning.  We keep the thermostat on 68 in the winter, so I’m basically an ice block all winter long. 

I typically work all bundled up in fuzzy socks, slippers, a cardi, and a blanket, and most of the time I’m still cold.  This heated blanket warms me from my head to my toes and it’s pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. 

 


T H R E E – Christmas Tree Collar

I wanted this tree collar SO badly last year, but I waited too long, and they sold out before I was able to grab one.  I was relieved to see that they were back in stock this year, so I snagged one in early November so I didn’t miss out again.  Lesson learned.  It is so great looking in person, and it’s going to add so much to our tree.  We’ve had tree skirts in the past, but we can never get them to stay in place once we start putting gifts under the tree, so I’m looking forward to having this beauty instead. 

This will also require us to trim more off of the bottom of our tree, so that will be fewer branches that will need lights.  Which also means, no more branches dragging the ground by Christmas morning.  Well, hopefully anyway.  Haha.


 

F O U R – Old Family Picture

My Great Uncle Max turned 100 this past Saturday, and to commemorate his special day, my Daddy posted a few pictures on Facebook that I’d never seen… this one was taken back in 2010 at the airport.  Uncle Max is a World War II veteran, and he was able to go on an Honor Flight to Washington DC 10 years ago.  My family all went to the airport to welcome him home, and it was such a sweet event.  I was actually pregnant with our first baby in that picture, but nobody knew at the time because it was so early on that we hadn’t told anyone yet.  I was feeling AWFUL that day – so much afternoon and evening sickness – but I didn’t want to miss it, so I powered through. 

Uncle Max is an amazing man and I truly believe that if everyone was like him, the world would be a better place.  He loves God, he loves his fellow man, he’s gentle, he never speaks a word of negativity, and he is an absolute joy to be around.  He also plays a mean game of checkers… he’s the one who taught me how to play.  <3  He’s just a spectacular person, and I wish everyone would strive to be more like Uncle Max.  Happy 100th birthday to him, and thanks to my Daddy for pulling this picture I’ve never seen out of the archives.



F I V E – Love Notes from My Girl

And finally, I cleaned out Olivia’s school folder one day last week as I always do, and I came across this precious little note that she’d written me at school.  She addressed it to “Lindsay” – LOL – and it’s just the sweetest little thing.  Surprises like this one always make me smile.  Definitely a keeper.  The note, and Olivia, of course.  ;o) 




Friday Funnies

Because the holidays are coming, a reminder to WEAR YOUR MASK!!!!

Wear a mask

Wear your mask.

Be smart, wear your mask.

Do it for others.

No, you haven't.

If my kids can wear one for 8 hours every single day, you can too.  :o)



On the Blog This Week

 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Ages 4-12

Our Week – The One with Quarantine, Week 35 (Veteran’s Day and Errands)

Holiday Gift Guide for Teen Girls andTeen Boys

What I Wore – October 2020



 

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

What I Wore - October 2020

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As always, November in the south is pure craziness – freezing cold, hot, rainy, chilly, sunny, and everything in between.  As you’ll see, my outfits were all over the place this month, but at least I was finally able to bust out some of the sweaters!  Woo hoo!

Here are my looks for the month of October…

October 1 - Gold Flats // Leopard Watch Band

October 2 - Zella Live-In Leggings // Native Shoes

October 3 - Zella Live-In Leggings // Leopard Watch Band 

October 4 - Leopard Flats

October 5 - Tank // Zella Live-In Leggings // Nike Shoes

October 6 - Leopard Flats

October 7 - Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 8 - Leopard Cami // Boots // Leopard Watch Band

October 9 - Tank // Zella Live-In Leggings // Black and White Tennis Shoes

October 10 - Zella Live-In Leggings // Black and White Tennis Shoes

October 11 - Native Shoes

October 12 - Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 13 - Leopard Tee // Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 14 - Tank // Best Leggings Ever! // Nike Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 15 - Striped Top // Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 16 - Leopard Flats // Leopard Watch Band

October 17 - Zella Pocket Leggings // Leopard Watch Band

October 18 - Leopard Flats // Leopard Watch Band

October 19 - Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 20 - Striped Cardi (similar) // Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 21 - Zella Live-In Leggings // Leopard Watch Band // Nike Shoes

October 22 - Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 23 - Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 24 - Zella Live-In Leggings

October 25 - Leopard Watch Band // Olivia's Corduroy Dress/Skirt

October 26 - Leopard Flats // Leopard Watch Band

October 27 - Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 28 - Best Leggings Ever! // Leopard Watch Band // Nike Shoes

October 29 - Pumpkin Spice Top // Leopard Watch Band

October 30 - Native Shoes // Leopard Watch Band

October 31 - Pumpkin Sweatshirt // Spanx Faux Leather Leggings


Happy Thursday, y’all!