Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What's Up Wednesday: October 2015

Happy Wednesday! 

Y'all, I feel like October flew by! I know I say this every month, but I can't believe November is in three days…that means Christmas is right around the corner! 

I'm joining together with Mel, Sheaffer and Shay for "What's Up Wednesday"…

…to answer the following questions: 

So let's get to it! 

{1} What We're Eating This Week: 
We had a yummy meal week, if I do say so myself! 

We had my family's famous meatloaf; Angel Chicken; my family's taco soup; tacos; and of course, Taco Tuesday Night OUT where mama doesn't have to cook = best night of the week! Ha! 

{2} What I'm Reminiscing About
Walker's first Halloween last year! I can't believe we're officially on all of his second holidays now. I feel like it all went by so fast. {Sniff, sniff!} Just for grins, here's our little lion last year: 

See also: barely old enough to stand up, so he crawled his way over to my candy stash! Now he's running around my house asking for, "Moh tandy, peeeeeeese." 

{3} What I'm Loving 
I'm loving that fall decided to finally arrive in North Texas! I've actually been able to wear long sleeved shirts and jeans -- and all of my other fun fall clothing -- and I just want to shout from the rooftops: "FINALLY!" 

{4} What We've Been Up To
As always, we're pretty busy bees around here! Aside from hosting our pumpkin painting party earlier this week, here's what we've been up to: reading lots and lots of books; hitting up our local library's Toddler Storytime; playing with sensory bins; hitting up the State Fair of Texas {Walker and my very first visit!}; visiting the pumpkin patch with our friends Ashley and Caroline; celebrating our five-year wedding anniversary {mini in tow}; making my first solo car trip down my to parents' for a little visit while Brandon was traveling for work; hosting our pumpkin painting party; and enjoying the nice weather by being outside as much as we can! 

{5} What I'm Dreading
I don't know if "dreading" is the right word, but I'm definitely not looking forward to making another solo car trip down to my parents' next month. Brandon will be traveling again, and I committed before I took my previous car trip with him {where he chose to not nap at all the 3.5-hours going down nor the 3.5-hours coming back!}. So, I'll be glad to actually get to my parents' house, but I'm not looking forward to the ride down with the little man! 

{6} What I'm Working On
Still working on Walker's big-boy room, as as I was last month! I broke down and ordered the Vintage Airplane Blueprint Sheet Set from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child and am completely in love with them! Here is one of my inspiration pictures from RH. I can't wait to show you Walker's finished room! 

{7} What I'm Excited About 
I know people get so anal when people gloss right over Thanksgiving and jump on the Christmas bandwagon -- and I go back and forth about that -- but I am excited for Walker to experience the holiday season this year. He was sick with pneumonia on Christmas Day last year, and we spent the day after Christmas driving back home to Dallas from my parents' and sitting in an Urgent Care clinic with him. So, all of that to say, I'm really hoping for a much better second Christmas for the little man! 

But, I'll stand by what I said about Thanksgiving vs. Christmas last month: I much prefer the actual Thanksgiving holiday more than the actual Christmas holiday because you are able to get together with family without the added pressure of gift-giving, gift-receiving and the typical family drama. You eat a meal, take a nap, and go home. It's a win-win for everyone! 

And just for grins, here's our little sickie last Christmas -- and seriously, pray we stay well this Christmas or I just might cry! 

{8} What I'm Watching/Reading
We are on the final season of "Friday Night Lights" on Netflix, and I think I might cry! We've been watching it for two months and I told Brandon on Monday night, "I don't know what I'm going to do when this show is over!" It's so good. Of course, other than FNL, we're watching all of our fall TV, and I must say that "Quantico" is really a new favorite of mine!

{9} What I'm Listening To
Still super thankful for my Sirius radio! The 90s and Pop2K stations are my absolute favorites! During the day, I also like to turn on Jazz music on our DirecTV and have that playing throughout the house. I've found it's a lot more soothing than keeping the TV on for noise! 

{10} What I'm Wearing 
I'm not gonna lie: I wear yoga pants about four out of seven days a week…and I'm not even ashamed to admit it! If we're actually going somewhere in which I have to actually dress like a human instead of a tired mom, I have really been getting miles out of my Old Navy distressed skinny jeans {sadly, no longer available} and my Sam Edelman "Felicia" leopard flats. I've also been loving mixing prints {see my blog post about that here}; currently I'm really into mixing plaid and leopard. 

{11} What I'm Doing This Weekend
It's Halloween weekend, so we're doing all of the Halloween things with Walker! Halloween on a Saturday = perfection. 

Brandon and my favorite Halloween tradition is to make Jenny Steffens Hobick's baked potato soup and watch cheesy Halloween movies after Walker has gone to bed. Oh, and of course, sneak the child's Halloween candy. Because, I mean…duh. ;)

{12} What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
Sweet Liz is taking our family portraits {AKA: Christmas card photo shoot!}; Brandon is going deer hunting on Opening Weekend; Thanksgiving and stuffing my face with yummy food {of course!}; and lots and lots of family time. Oh, and preparing for Christmas. ;) 

*I'm also linking up with Jessi and Jenn for "What's Hap-pinning Wednesday!"



  1. Walker in his Halloween costume last year is SO cute!! Can't wait to see the pics this year! :)
    Thanks for linking up with us!

  2. That's a great point about Thanksgiving being a holiday without the stress of giving a gift! it's about he food, the company and the memories. Very well put and I hope that Walker has a better Christmas this year then he did last year!

  3. Love those airplane sheets! Can't wait to see Walker's big boy room.

  4. Yes to the end of FNL :( when we finished it a few summers back I felt like I had lost a whole hosts of friends haha. And I've got my first solo car trip with Caroline coming up too :/ thankfully she's still at the point where she sleeps during car rides mostly but still nervous about it!

  5. Haaaay Mr. Riggins! haha I actually stopped on season 4 I think and need to pick it back up! LOVE your little lion, omg he was so little! Thanks for linking up with us today! xo (ps your recipes sound fab this week)

  6. Walker is so stinking adorable in that lion costume!! Can't wait to see what he is this year! I'm obsessed with those airplane sheets!! Love a vintage airplane theme for a little boys room - can't wait to see how it turns out :)

  7. SO adorable in his first halloween costume!!

  8. Wait--this was your first visit to the Fair?! Did you not go when we were at WS?

    Also, finishing FNL is one of the worst FWP ever. I strung it out for so long (like six months) and finished it the week before I moved to DC so I could pack my Blu Ray player and TV, ha!


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