Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What's Up Wednesday {May 2015}

I haven't done a blog link up in a very long time.  When I saw that Mel at the Larson Lingo and her friends {Sheaffer & Shay} started a new link up called What's Up Wednesday I thought I'd join in the fun.  Mel was one of the first blog friends I made 5 years ago when I started blogging.  Link ups are a great way to meet other bloggers with similar interest.  It's also good to get you out of a blog slump like I've been in.  Here are the questions with one bonus at the end that changes each month.

What we're eating...
This question is probably about what I've been cooking at home, but this is the first food photo I came across so this is what ya get.  Mark's mom keeps the boys every Wednesday and it gives me and Mark a chance to sneak off for a mid-week date.  If it's left up to me to choose, then I'm going to pick my favorite Tex-Mex place every time.  Give me all the chips and salsa!

What I'm reminiscing about...
Ben is turning 6 at the beginning of June.  How did that happen?  No, seriously, how???  He's my baby, and it's hard to believe that he was born 6 years ago.  This photo was taken in August 2009 and Ben was just a couple of months old.  Will was only two and a half.  My goodness, they were so little and so sweet!

What I'm loving...
The boys in their Sunday clothes.  I took this photo after church on Easter Sunday.  Luckily they are indifferent about most clothing choices so that makes it easy for me.  I convinced Mark to let me buy these pants that are just a tad on the skinny side.  Mark isn't really a skinny jeans type of guy so that's why I said I convinced him.  These outfits have ended up being one of my favorite things for spring.

What we've been up to...
House planning, house planning, and more house planning.  
I feel like it's all I think about in my downtime.  If you are new to this blog because of the link up, we are in the process of building a new home.  It's a new/old farmhouse on some land we own in the country.  I don't think I've ever shared this photo on the blog.  It was taken at the beginning of this month.  This was when there were a few days of sunshine and the bulldozer was at the land getting the house pad dirt work done. That was an exciting few days watching all of the progress.  I can't believe we were fortunate enough have that small window of sunshine.  The boys had the best time running around and playing on the piles of dirt.  Due to the abnormal amount of rain this spring we are at a standstill with moving forward, but we aren't discouraged.  We know that it will eventually stop raining and construction will begin.  For now we will wait and make plans.

What I'm dreading...
House planning, house planning, house planning.  I put that for what we've been up to, but I'm overwhelmed with all of the decisions we will be making.  Since it's a custom home we have the blessing and burden of making all of the decisions.  If you've ever built a home, then you sympathize with me when I say that I've had dreams at night about light fixtures and sink faucets.
I even used social media to help me on a decision about light fixtures in our master bathroom.  These were some options I've been considering. 

What I'm working on...
Ben's birthday party is next week so I'm working on getting all of the party supplies ready for that. There are giant handmade Creeper boxes in my living room at this moment.  I still have more decorations to make.  It's fun to plan and organize and then it's fun when it's all over. 

What I'm excited about...
My teacher BFF, Kacie, and I have started working out again.  She and I went for a run recently.  It's never fun in the moment, but we are always glad we got it over with.  It's good to have someone to keep you accountable.

What I'm watching/reading...
I did the lazy screen shot of the kindle app on my phone.  I just finished Emily Giffin's The One & Only.  It's different than her other books, but I still enjoyed it.  Maybe it's because it was set in Texas, mentioned places in Dallas, and focused on football.  

What I'm listening to...
Guess what?  You get another lazy screen shot of my iTunes radio stations.  Do y'all do Pandora, Spotify or iTunes radio?  I like iTunes Radio and I've customized it to play a lot of my favorite songs.  Here are a few of the channels I'm enjoying.  I also like the Regina Spektor station and Avett Brothers station.

What I'm wearing...
I haven't done a WIWW post and linked up to the Pleated Poppy in almost a year or possibly longer.  I can't believe I used to keep up with that every week.  I should start it up again.  It's great motivation to put more thought and effort into my outfits.
This is the only recent photo I found that could be close to a WIW.
Top: Anthropologie (the back is beautiful with a floral design but you can't see it from this angle)
Jeans: Boyfriend jeans from the Gap outlet (they are my new favorite)
My favorite summer shoes are leather flip flops from Gap with a thin strap.  I have them in black, silver, gold, and I saw a tan pair and orange pair I might need to purchase.

I don't have these, but I'd like to be wearing them.  I see cute outfits all over Pinterest with similar Air Pegasus Nikes. 

What I'm doing this weekend...
Cleaning the house and getting ready for Ben's 6th birthday party next weekend.  The theme is Minecraft.  Let's hope for sunny weather.  We plan to have lots of friends and family over and our house is cozy (AKA small).  I'm hoping we can all stay outside and hang out if the weather permits.  

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Summer Vacation!!!
The boys' last day of school is June 4th.  School is out for us on June 5th (because we're teachers and have an extra day of in-service).  Mark and I love having a long break from school to rest.  It's awesome to spend that time with our boys.  We normally have a busy summer and a big road trip.  This summer will look different for us.  We are going to keep things simple and not commit to a lot.
One of the biggest things that will be different is that we don't have a road trip planned this year.  Shocking, I know!  We've taken one almost every year except when Ben was born.  Instead of a vacation in 2009 we had a new baby.  Last year we had an incredible time on our summer road trip of 2014.

Here are the stats from that road trip that I cut and pasted from the first blog post I wrote when we got home...

Here's our road trip in numbers.
5, 515 miles
16 days on the road
14 states
5 National Parks
3 Rangers baseball games
2 National Monuments
1 day at Disneyland
Countless memories
4 people who are happy to be home

It's okay with me that we are staying at home this summer because we'll be busy with the new house.  We have a short road trip to Houston planned to see the Rangers play the Astros and visit NASA's Johnson Space Center.  We might even take a short trip to Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle at some point.  Both of those are in Texas though and nothing close to the cross country journey we did last year. 

What is your favorite thing to grill/BBQ?
When I first joined the blogging community I stumbled upon Fly Through Our Window and Darby shared this recipe for Asian Flank Steak.  It's still a favorite for me and Mark.


  1. The boys are so handsome! Can't believe how big our kids are getting!
    LOVE your cute Anthro tank....and I think I need those Nike's!!! SO cute!!!
    Thanks for linking up with us:)

  2. I am SO behind on blog reading and actually just popped in to see if y'all had set off on your next big adventure yet! I can't believe you're not road tripping! Lol! Y'all enjoy your "down time" summer! As if there is such a thing with kiddos!


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