Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Traditions + Fall Family Photos

My 3 year old, Piper, is on Thanksgiving break from preschool! I am also getting some time off from work this week, through next Tuesday. This morning, I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized we didn't have to rush off to preschool drop off today or, for the next 6 days. 

God bless Thanksgiving break!




Today, we are taking it nice and slow and plan to for the remainder of our Thanksgiving break! 

Nick and I were just recently reflecting on years previous and have come to find that our Thanksgiving tradition is really quite simple, and we like it that way. Nick enjoys making breakfast for the three of us on Thanksgiving morning. Last year he made souffles, which is now very much a part of our family tradition (I love his souffles!). While he is in the kitchen, I usually bounce back and forth between watching the Macy's Day Parade with Piper and prepping whatever dish we will bring to the main event: Thanksgiving dinner with our families. 

Eating breakfast while watching the Macy's Day Parade is our little family tradition. What is yours?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Weekly Recap 11/16/18

Happy Friday, everyone!

It's been a wild and wonderful week over here, with something scheduled each night. Let me take you through a little recap.

Last weekend
  • It snowed a lot more than I expected it would!

Monday
  • won my diet bet, literally by a few ounces
  • visited the library in the evening, borrowed a couple look & find books

Tuesday
  • worked from 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • finding that it is possible to be both tired and in love with your job at the same time :)

Wednesday
  • went straight from preschool drop-off to the gym (treadmill, sauna, shower = self care)


  • ordered pizza for dinner, met up for a cohort, discussing the book Hero Maker from 6:30 - 8 pm

Thursday
  • worked from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in the office
  • went to a friendsgiving event for the worship crew at our church from 6 - 8 pm
  • Piper caught snowflakes on the way to the truck; it was a snowy ride home

Friday
  • slept through my alarm but still made it to preschool drop off in time (yay!)
  • working through loads and loads of laundry
  • making a meal plan and grocery list for next week
  • going on a date with my guy tonight :)

Make it a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, November 9, 2018

First Snow of the Season + Weekend Plans

The first snow of the season is upon us! Let the Christmas music playing, commence.

The first snowflakes of the season fell a little sweeter this morning. While sitting at the dining room table, I heard the little pitter-pat of Piper's feet coming down the stairs. She ran over to me with excitement and said "Mama, the sky is doing something amazing!" I asked, "What is it doing?" and with a big smile she said, "It's snowing!" Those two words, coming from my three-year old, gave me butterflies in my stomach; that child-like excitement of the first snow overtook me. We ran over to the window together and I tried to hold a tear back as it became abundantly clear, it's memories like these I never want to forget.


I'm not sure that it will be cold enough for the snow to stick to the ground but, catching a glimpse of the first snowflakes earlier this morning was enough to make me very excited for the change of season coming our way! 

Christmas songs and housework are in the plans for this morning. Along with meal planning and grocery listing. I don't work today and so I will be picking Piper up from preschool around lunchtime. As for this weekend, we don't have many plans. We may visit the YMCA (Piper's been asking to play with the kids in child  watch and, I really should get a workout in), we will definitely be grocery shopping and, we're looking forward to an All-Church Worship Night on Sunday evening!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Right Now

Hi friends! I'm popping in today with something fun that I found on another blog. The theme is "right now" and the first word of each sentence is the prompt.

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Right now, I am...

marveling at my husbands work ethic, at work and at home for our family
working part-time, three days a week and I'm loving it
smelling burning candles (Rustic Woodlands from Pier 1)
noticing progress in my mindset, with my health and with the housework
feeling a sense of contentment
listening to something random, Darlingside "Hold Your Head Up High"
feeding my family chicken stir fry for dinner
making a list of upcoming blog topics
finishing the night with this blog post
reading Hero Maker by Thomas Nelson (gifted from our church)
hoping to post blog posts more frequently
smiling at my husband for clearing out the garage for our family truckster
knowing that our vehicle will be covered in bad weather makes me happy
wishing for more days of sunshine and mild temperatures
accepting that snow will be coming soon enough
rejoicing in all of our blessings, big and small
watching the candles burn
kissing Piper's soft "kissing cheeks" as we call them
wondering how much work I'll get done tomorrow with my new, longer hours
wanting to snuggle up with hot chocolate before bed 
looking forward to the first snow (secretly)
loving this season
thinking that I may try more of these types of posts in the future

What do you think?

Monday, November 5, 2018

November Goals 2018

Another November is upon us and I am here to share my goals for the month.

First of all, next week is my final weigh-in for a 4-week diet bet I'm currently involved in. I have one week to lose about 3 lbs. and to say that I'm nervous about not meeting my goal is an understatement. I feel like this always happens though. I always wait until the last minute in these diet bets and end up working my butt off in the end to reach my goal. 

While the first 3 weeks of my current diet bet had plenty of "cheat days" and lots of Halloween candy, this final week is a no-excuses and no exceptions kind of week! No exceptions as in I must stay within my calorie range, I must drink all of my water and I must stay active this week!

My diet bet weight goal is 236 lbs. My weight goal for the month of November is 233 lbs. - which just so happens to be my pre-pregnancy weight (you know, that weight you always keep in mind even though your child is now 3 1/2 years old - haha).

Thinking ahead, I would love to end 2018 at a weight of 228 lbs. I weighed in at 248 lbs. at the beginning of the year and so 228 lbs. would mean I lost 20 lbs in 2018, which sounds like a happy ending in my book and, a great way to start a new chapter.

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While I don't think it's healthy to always focus on the numbers on the scale, I must admit that I do enjoy having a number to work toward. It gives me incentive and helps with my accountability when I have a number in mind. All in all, I want to end the year feeling better and healthier than I do now.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Happy Halloween 2018

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween! Our family sure did!


Piper dressed up as Miss. Buzz(ette) Lightyear for Halloween and so, Nick and I decided to be Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, too!


Thankfully, the weather wasn't too bad for trick or treating this year. It did sprinkle and was misty most of the evening but, the temperature was mild.





This year, Piper was so excited to run from house to house with her Uncle Evan, who dressed up like a minion this year. Piper felt like such a big kid as we allowed her to run up to each house by herself (with Evan). She would run back giggling, ready for more!



It was such a treat to watch her enjoy trick or treating with a more freedom this year. Last year we wheeled her around in a wagon most of the evening, which I think she would have been okay with toward the end of the night this round, too. We covered a lot of ground!


Halloween was a lot of fun! We have a lot of candy stashed away that I hope we can all just forget about for now, at least until our diet bet is over in 12 days. :)