Friday, April 13, 2018

H54F + friday favorites || Springtime Fun

after an entire week off of work, i have determined that there aren't enough hours in the day to do all one needs to do!
e v e n with time off, everyday has been a mad rush to attempt to conquer my never ending to do's.  
in all my hustle, from the piles of never ending laundry, the messes in the kitchen, things to be organized, & applications to be filled out, i found this reminder:

"and the world passeth away , and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of GOd abideth for ever."
1 John 2:17
a little nugget of wisdom + sweet verse for us all to live by!

per cam's request, our little entryway is all ready for spring now!
& so is my belly for some chick-fil-a...

one. first trip to dollywood 
my sweet nana & papa always get cam + i, season passes to dollywood.  
before i was even married with kids... they did it then, too.  
we headed out for the first trip of the season yesterday, & friends...
i haven't laughed so hard in a long, long time.
conley scout (he's the tiny one).

he wouldn't think of riding the ducks, because i couldn't ride with him.
but buddy, he hopped on the scrambler in a hot minute.
let me just set the stage.  
we've been watching andy griffith where 
the closest things to profanity are "shazaam" & golly." 
 well, i'm pretty sure conley attempted to express his emotions of the scrambler with that wordage, but that little guy... 
just as the ride started, as we started swarping through the air,
 in all his seriousness, quietly said, "go-lly damn."
Cam chimed in-in super sonic loudness to make sure all the guests at the tram stop could hear, (annnnnd as if i hadn't heard)
"MOM!  Conley said GO-LLY DAMN!"
i  lost it.  but it quickly became con's favorite ride of the day.
we rode twice.

they know conley will feed them or die trying.

he requested to ride by himself "like a big boy" most of the day...
😯 (best attempt at puppy dog eyes)
then after getting an ice cream, & routinely dropping it in the floor.
he said, "i hate that."
we wiped it off for him & he went on to hopping off of ledges & causing pedestrians in the street (i say this jokingly) to veer from preferred dollywood traffic patterns.

a few minutes later after the ice cream had practically melted in my hands, 
he said, "it fell, i better get another one."
sure con, that ice cream has way more germs on it than that train post you licked thirty minutes ago or the toilet seat you petted earlier this morning.🀨
two. a post about toast
is this a dork mom post or what?  
cade + I just stare at it sometimes in admiration.🀷🏻‍♀️  
if you're thinking about buying a reasonably priced, large toaster.  pick me!
it makes a mean peanut butter & banana toast.
also, please stay...
i can't promise i won't always give you photo dumps & stories about my kids, 
but i promise i don't always post about lame things like toasters.😬

three.  superhero live here
twenty four hours.
iron man + batman on the job.
but these guys take lunch + supper breaks. 
 they ain't skipping that to rid the world of bad guys.  
and their mom may or may not make them still have naptime.
conley slept with his costume in his arms & cam wore his to the playground.
iron man would have worn his to the playground as well, had he ate his supper.
he had to stay behind.
as cam marched proudly to the playground in full costume, in his best batman voice:
"Mom, what if those people think i'm really batman??  then they'll run up and want to hug me like in those disney commercials.
(disney cruise commercials? anyone?)
over & over, i tell myself: these are the days.
never forget these moments.πŸ’™

four. 50 ways to take a break
it being spring break, i thought this was appropriate...

five. spring time closet

anybody else in a bit of confusion in how to dress for this springy weather?  
it's hot. then cold. then chilly. then hot.  then cold!
this gave me a little pinspiration of how to layer & stay warm/cool but still not look like it's the dead of winter.

happy friday, friends!
linking up today with the girls of friday favorites and H54F!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

I figured I would try something new this week!
I've never really reached out much & networked with other bloggers in the world of blogging & with all that I'm involved in & the time it takes to invest in a post - I figured if I'm going to make time to do this...I might as well make the most of it.  Right?
Since some of you may be's a little about me.
For those of you who have followed along for a while-you can skip!
I'm a brand new "30 year old," mama of two boys (Cam, 5 + Conley,2), & married to my high school sweetheart of 8 years.  I started this blog as a way to document my first pregnancy (YES, FIVE/SIX YEARS AGO!!) along with my journey through graduate school.  I'm so glad I did!  There are so many sweet memories + milestones of those years here that I wouldn't trade for anything. 
Along with the memories + milestones,  I love to mix it up a bit & use it as a creative outlet to share anything I'm passionate about!  This can range from Jesus chats + praise, to my favorite styles + home dΓ©cor+ holiday fun, recipes (or in my case, more like kitchen experimentation!)  I hope to include more pediatric speech therapy ideas very soon. 
As that's my "day job!" πŸ˜‹
Thank you for visiting + I hope we can connect through these link-ups & get to know each other better.

***And I've already messed's a once a month link up done at the end of the month!  BUT I'm going to share anyway!  And do it all over again in TWO weeks😜
What we're eating this week...
 If you missed it...I linked up with a Meal Plan group, & got tons of inspiration for planning our dinners:)  Here's the link!  We just grilled out for the first time yesterday & it was so nice!!

What I'm reminiscing about...
We just took Cam to his Kindergarten registration yesterday evening, so naturally, I've been reminiscing about the past five years & wondering WHERE they've gone & how we got here so fast...

What I'm loving...
 Spring break & the lazy days I'm getting to spend with my boys!

What we've been up to...
 Making lego creations, making our playground rounds, & decorating/getting house ready for spring!🌷
What I'm dreading...
 Going back to work after spring break!  Even though I love my job, it's nice to not have to hustle & be on the go all the time!

What I'm working on...
planning a garden, rereading my speechie textbooks (YAY---not), & organizing my speech bins.  Also, spring cleaning-but the boys aren't really about letting me do that so far!
What I'm excited about...
 my garden (I will prob drive you as crazy as I drive Cade talking about it! ha!)😬 #sorrynotsorry

What I'm watching/reading...
I'm so thankful The Office is on has been the go to "adult time" show for Cade & I since Thanksgiving...but we just haven't had much time to watch lately. 
It's perfect when you need a good laugh!  Dwight is my spirit animal.πŸ˜‚
Totally unrelated, but I really wanted a Michael Scott quote for spring for my letterboard, but apparently there are none! 
 I'm reading through my bible, one chapter at a time, or a little more if I can, in the mornings before (most of the time) the boys wake up.  I'm in 1 Kings!

 What I'm listening to...
I LOVE "Young Man" by Justin Timberlake!  On REPEAT.

What I'm wearing...
Lord, you don't want me telling you what to wear!  Ha;)
I love the whole atheleisure look when I'm not working. 
 I love to blog about clothes & accessories, too- I just do NOT take myself seriously about it.  So I hope you don't take me seriously, either!  All in fun.
No fashion blogger here.  Just fun for the creative outlet!
 What I'm doing this weekend...
Maybe the zoo with friends, maybe a monster truck jam, or maybe nothing!
We shall see! 

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Does wearing sandals again count?:)
I guess warmer weather & the start of summer.  It's a little bittersweet for me!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekend + Menu Plan Monday

spring break is in full swing around here!
we welcomed the weekend by waking up for a chocolate milk, iced coffee + donut run, haircuts, + a trip to target for kites. 
i'm pretty sure conley's hair was about to eat him.
(and then... it rained the rest of the weekend-so the kites are still in their packaging much to the boys dismay).
BUT that's okay! 
i'm sure we'll have at least one windy day in our future this week.
or snow.  there's that, too!  it IS april in the south.
despicable me 3 for the 32,332 time with a side of pizza night+daddy snuggles

saturday morning fun...

a middle aged couple sitting across from us thanked us for the entertainment when we left.
imagine that!

my goods.  chocolate cake donut.
if you ever go to status dough, just get the mega sprinkle donut.
It's better than any specialty...

pretty sure cade was ready to murder the boys in the car on the way to get haircuts after all that sugar for breakfast.  once we got to sport clips, they were the best behaved boys you may have ever seen getting their haircuts.  enough so for the staff to brag.
quite the snicker over that one...

also, is target like the adds on facebook where the things you browse pop up in the side bar?
  i mean... look at all of this gardening stuff in the dollar bins...
i SO want all of this!
esp-ecially the little garden gnome as a marker for the plants.
then I came back to reality & reminded myself, as we made our way to the kite aisle, that we do need new tires for our car more than we need all the things i'd like for raised garden right now...


I love mornings in the nook!  look at all that sun shining through...

all ready for church... which is a whole other adventure in itself!

 thankful for such a fun, sweet weekend starting off spring break!
Linking up today with "Menu Plan Monday:"
until this past year, i never really had the motivation to cook much.  I attribute my growing love for cooking & meal planning to my boy's & their ever expanding belly room, & also, even more lately, to Cade coming home in february...
(for anyone new, he has worked out of town for the majority of the 8 years we have been married).
Very little in this world makes me happier than going through my little recipe box to plan dinner for the next week.  I would much rather cook a homemade meal than go out to eat any night of the week.

Monday:  Turkey Burgers

*with kids, we go easy on the cayenne pepper!
Tuesday:  Grill Night!
Grilled chicken/steaks+rice & shrimp sauce with veggie skewers.
Rain permitting... what do you guys throw on the grill?
Wednesday:  Lasagna
This is the best lasagna recipe, ever-if you ask me.  Everyone always loves this lasagna...I make it a lot when we have family or friends over.  Cade has requested it frequently the past couple of weeks, so I planned for it this week:)
Thursday: Seafood night
Cocktail shrimp, Popcorn shrimp, Cheddar bay biscuits, slaw, baked potatoes, & mozzarella bites (a little incentive for my picky eaters).
(pictured below) The only special recipe here is this SLAW-best slaw I've ever had.  And it's made with clean ingredients, too! 
I have been using the leftovers it in my wraps for lunch! 
Friday:  Homemade Pizza + Cheesesticks
Friday is always homemade pizza night over here! 
That card never changes :P
We are pizza people.
Saturday:  Taco Night
No special recipes here... just the basics!
Sunday:  Eat Out!
Since everyone already dressed nice & Sunday is a hectic day, we like to go out after church for a "Lupper" kinda deal if we can:)
typically, I work out of town monday-wednesday, but return home wednesday evening.  so we tend to start our dinner plans there each week!  however, since it's spring break, we have a full menu this week! 

while we're on the topic of food/grocery shopping...
i'll just leave these pictures right here & show you what it's like to go shopping with the adams bro's...
 Open the door & this one has one shoe off, sock IN mouth.
and this one is the slyest.  cutest.  lean.  green, mean shopping machine.
as you can see, if it is any indication of how we started, it was great fun! 
always reminded of why I do online pick-up.

i love getting new recipes & dinner/lunch ideas. 
please share if you have a good one!
 Happy Monday, friends.