Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What's Up Wednesday {5/27/15}


Hey there Wednesday!

Today Mel and I are hosting our monthly linky party What's Up Wednesday.  Sheaffer is over on her blog today recapping the Bachelorette (you should totally read that too!) and will join us again once the show has finished airing.  

Here's how this works...

...on the last Wednesday of every month, we're going to answer these questions...
 
...in our What's Up Wednesday posts (plus one bonus question!).  We can't wait to go through your posts and see what you guys are up to this month too!  Thanks for playing friends!  Let's get started...

1. What we're eating this week...
'Tis the season for burgers at our house!  I like to fancy up my burgers a little, so we make them fun (like this Taco Burger).  We're also having several slow cooker suppers this week because Smith has a few baseball games and that makes it super hard to squeeze in dinner (thank you slow cooker for doing the work for me!).


2. What I'm reminiscing about...
In less than two weeks, this girl turns three!  And next week, it's our 5 month anniversary with Ashby, so I've been reminiscing a lot lately about the first day we got her.  This picture was taken about 2 hours after we received her.  It just takes my breath away when I imagine how far we've come during these last five months.

3. What I'm loving...
I am in love with my Shoreline Converse :).  I was wearing my regular Chuck Taylors so much that I decided to buy a second pair...but this time, I went with the Shoreline style.  I love them both, but I think this particular style is just a little more summery (because some of your foot peeks out).  I walked all over Boston in these babies and my feet felt great!  At home, I typically don't wear socks with them but on my Boston trip, I did wear these no-show socks.

4. What we've been up to...
This has been a big month!  We've had swim lessons, doctor visits, Smith graduated pre-school, I went to Boston, we've played outside any time the sun popped out (which has been a rare occurrence these days!) and much more.  We have 7 days of school left and then we're going to live in our swimsuits until the end of August.  Praise the Lord!


5. What I'm dreading...
Ashby has a doctor visit today and tomorrow, and I hope they both go smoothly.  We are going to see an ENT today because despite our best attempts at getting these nosebleeds under control...they're still occurring quite frequently and not just at night but throughout the day too.  And then tomorrow, we drive to Dallas to get started on some therapy for her Vascular Malformation.  I just pray both appointments go well.

6. What I'm working on...
Hey!  So far, I haven't killed anything in my little garden.  In fact, I'm actually starting to enjoy some of its bounty!  Three cheers for me maintaining a garden almost a month ;).

7. What I'm excited about...
S-W-I-M-M-I-N-G!  My kiddos and I cannot wait for these last 7 days of school to be over with so that we can enjoy the time outside together at the pool!  Bring on summer!


8. What I'm watching/reading...
Last week, I posted my May Book Review.  Right now, I'm on my second book of this next month.  I picked up my last Liane Moriarty book and will review it and a few others later in June.  I'm reading this one right now...

...The Last Anniversary.  Unless I somehow missed one somewhere, I think after this one, I will have read all of her books.  Love them all :).


9. What I'm listening to...
...here's how I got to The Beatles this month...

1. I watched the finale of Scandal
2. Olivia found her "sun" (if you watch Scandal, you know what that means)
3. Andrew and I looked on Google to see which rendition of Here Comes the Sun they used (because it wasn't The Beatles)
4. We located said rendition and then started talking about The Beatles (who originally wrote and performed the song)
5. And then it made me want to listen to The Beatles a little...so I have been.

The bottom line is that I'm apparently greatly influenced by Scandal ;).


10. What I'm wearing...
 I'm in love.  If you invite me to any patriotic gathering this summer, you will see me in this...

 ...this tank totally surpassed my expectations!  I loved it so much that I went ahead and ordered it in white too (I bought smalls).  Love, love, love it because it's longer, not sheer and not too clingy.  The fabric is thicker than a basic shell or tank and it's per-fect for summer weather.  In.love.

I'm wearing the tank with my turquoise necklace, J Crew white jeans and these super comfy Jessica Simpson wedges that I grabbed on sale last week (also in black!).  


A comfy wedge (seriously, they're very comfortable!) and toes painted in my favorite polish (OPI Mod About You).  Bring on the summer outdoor parties!



11. What I'm doing this weekend...
My little man has a baseball game on Saturday afternoon and then on Sunday afternoon...

...my dad and I are going to watch the Red Sox play at Texas (they're in town for a four game series, so we're going to go Thursday night and Sunday afternoon).


12. What I'm looking forward to next month...
I'm going on a little weekend getaway with this guy :).

13. What else is new...
Someone we know has a 3rd birthday coming up!  Ashby is my first summer birthday baby...so it's a whole new ballgame in the party department.  We are super, super excited to plan her party and celebrate her big day.  The only downside is that we just finally got her to understand that she is two years old...sigh...now, we need to work on the whole three thing!


14. What's my favorite thing to grill next month?
We are grilling fools at our house.  If it can be grilled, we throw it on (even some desserts!).  Click here to see my favorite food from the grill.

That's what's up this Wednesday!  What's up with you?  I can't wait to read through your link ups below.  Add your blog and play along below!

On my foodie blog, a little lunch recipe (or side dish)...


...it's my Lettuce Wrap Pasta Salad ;).

Enjoy!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Boston 2015

Happy Tuesday :).

Last Thursday, my parents and I made our annual trek to Boston to see our Sox play two games and as always, we had the very best time!  I look forward to this trip all year long.  Boston never disappoints, but I must say...I think this year was the very best.  It's been raining in North Texas for 8 straight weeks in a row, so to step off that plane and into gorgeous weather made my heart very happy.

I snapped this pic on my way out the door at 4:15 AM.  I love my new scarf :).  It's pretty perfect for spring and summer, right?


At the airport with my dad!  This guy is crazy about his Sox!


 We arrived in Boston at 11:45 AM, checked into our hotel and then headed to lunch at Faneuil Hall.  The weather was gorgeous, the sun was shining and we were happy to eat our lunch outside and enjoy the afternoon.  (And in case you were wondering...it was still raining in Dallas...)


On Yawkey Way before the game!


Of course, we always go by and visit our brick.  


Just a Texas girl at Fenway Park about to watch her Sox play the Rangers ;).

I posted this on Instagram and several of you asked where my hat and hoodie game from...they're both from Lucy's League in Faneuil Hall (the hat is from several years ago but the hoodie is recent!).

My brother always jokes with me and says I'm the son my dad always wanted ;).  Sean likes the Rangers...so needless to say, they don't share the same baseball passion.


The next day, we headed out to enjoy Boston.


We do the same things each year and then a few different things too. This year, we toured a really old cemetery next to Harvard.  Most of these people died in the 1600s.  


The history here!  You look around and wonder what Boston was like when they were alive.


Annual lunch at John Harvard's (best sweet potato fries on the planet!).


Walking to Newbury Street, we passed the flags put out in honor of Memorial Day.  Just beautiful.


Back on Yawkey Way for game 2!  


One more pic of our brick for 2015.  My dad laughed because the number one question on IG was what kind of shoes was I wearing.  What?  You don't want to know what kind of shoes my dad is wearing? ;)


BBQ by our brick (listen, we're full of traditions!).


Looking at the park up by the Monster. 


And then the next morning, I drove back into my driveway to find the most precious view in the world.  Three sweet kiddos waiting for their mama...in the rain, of course ;).

Another trip to Boston in the books.  I love spending time with my mom and dad...I don't take that for granted one bit.

It's not Monday but...
...we can still meal plan, right?

Meal Planning Tuesday is up on my foodie blog today!  We're officially into "summer" food.  Click here to check out my menu for the week.



And tomorrow is What's Up Wednesday!  Don't forget to link up!  Here are tomorrow's questions:

And our monthly question is "What is your favorite thing to grill in June?".

From my home to yours, happy Tuesday!

And PS: it's still raining here...


Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites


Happy 3 Day Weekend Friday!

I'm waking up this morning in my very favorite city...Boston :).  Really and truly, that makes this Friday a favorite for me.

Today, I'm linking up with NarciAndrea and Erika and sharing a few favorites with you.

I hope you have big plans this weekend that include friends, family, food and a moment to remember those men and women that serve or have served in our armed forces.  God bless these brave soldiers and their precious families that support them from home.

UPDATED: Hey look what I just found 40% off...


I bought both of these shoes this spring.  To see the heels, click here and the wedges, click here (available in other colors too!).  I ordered true to size with both :).

Also, don't forget, Wednesday is What's Up Wednesday!  Don't forget to answer the questions and link up...




Memorial Day always brings back memories for me.  On Memorial Day 2007, I found out I was pregnant.  After a year of fertility treatments and an IUI, I took a test that morning and found out we were (finally!) having a baby.  It was a great day :).

Unfortunately, on June 25, I miscarried.

Fast forward to Memorial Day 2009...

...I had a precious 8 month old baby and unbeknownst to me at this time...but I was also pregnant with Smith :).  I'm sharing my infertility story over at The Baby Wait today.  I know there are many, many, many of you who are trying to get pregnant right now and my heart truly breaks for this season in your life.  I'm praying for you and your journey today.



And speaking of me becoming a mama...God has truly shown me that you don't have to birth a baby to be its mother.  Sweet little Ashby is no less mine than Kensington or Smith.  When Dawn reached out and asked if I would share this with you guys...

...I didn't hesitate one bit.  She is making custom address stamps and the proceeds go to her family's adoption from China.  Another child is being adopted into a family...my heart gets full just thinking about that.  I'm sure you could use a custom stamp for your mail (think of the Christmas cards!).  Support Dawn and her family today!



One of my favorite things to pin are quotes...some are silly, some are serious...but they're always meaningful to me.  I thought this one was very fitting for those of you struggling with fertility, adoption or really, anything in life...
You can see all of my pinned quotes here...




 If you still don't know what you're making this Memorial Day weekend, you can check out my suggested menu here.

And you can also check out my Simple Summer Grilling here...



And because it's been raining for two months straight here...I'm having to create my own sunshine.  I found this cute bracelet and thought it was a nice little happy touch on even the rainiest days (and won't it look cute when it's actually sunny outside?!?!).


See...it's just one bracelet...

...you have to make your own sunshine even on gloomy days :).

I ordered it on May 13 and it's already sold out.  I blame the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale.  If it comes back in stock, I'll let you know.  I love a fun bracelet!

Here are a few more similar ones...

Stretch Bracelet (in 4 colors)// Turquoise Bracelet// Beaded Bracelet



And dinner tonight...


...a Strawberry Jam & Goat Cheese Turkey Burger.  It will rock your world.

I'm taking Monday off to be with my family, so from Boston to you, Happy Memorial Day!

xoxo
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