Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What's Up Wednesday: January 2018

Happy Wednesday! Quite honestly, I'm not sad to see this month go. January is my least favorite month of the year and this month has been long and hard and riddled with sickness. Usually I'm sad at the passing of yet another month, but I'm frantically waving goodbye to January and, while February isn't my favorite either, welcoming it with open arms because I know it leads to the most glorious of all months and seasons: March and spring. 

So, as per usual, I'm linking up with Mel, Sheaffer and Shay for "What's Up Wednesday"... answer the following questions: 

{1} What We're Eating This Week
I typically go to the grocery store on Fridays (Walmart Grocery Pickup for the win!), so so far this week we have had: frozen pizza, Owen's White Chicken Chili and cornbread, baked spaghetti with Italian green beans and garlic bread, and meatloaf with smashed potatoes and peas. Clearly the "modified Whole 30" went out the window when Walker was sick last week and I haven't jumped back on that train just yet. 

{2} What I'm Reminiscing About 
I've been busy finishing and ordering the boys' annual photo books, so I've really been reminiscing about my teeny tiny babies. It makes me super nostalgic to go through their photo albums on my computer (saved in Google Photos) and then pull each photo over to the photo book project (I use the Apple iPhoto books). They are growing like weeds and I truly wish that time would just slow down. I look at the photos of Walker when Knox was born and remember thinking how old he looked to me then {at 2.5} and now, my gosh, he's a gangly four-year-old. It makes me so emotional doing these darn books, but I'm so glad my boys will have a photo "album" for each year of their life. 

Walker - 2014

Knox - 2016

{3} What I'm Loving 
I've blogged about them countless times, but I'm still just loving my Zella leggings. They're so comfortable and versatile, and I love how well they hold up in the wash. 

I'm also loving my iPhone X that Brandon got me for Christmas -- mostly for the portrait mode on the camera that makes me look like I (somewhat) know what I'm doing. ;) I found this case for it for $20 at Nordstrom, along with a completely, 100% matching Pop Socket for less than $5 from Amazon, and I'm loving both of those tremendously. 

And finally, I'm loving this plug-in air sanitizer I found on Amazon! As y'all know, I'm clearly a clean freak/germophobe, so I love that this thing cleans the air and gets rid of bacteria with UV technology, and it also sanitizes the air and gets rid of yucky smells after cooking, or in Knox's room when the Ubbi is getting a little too full, etc. 

{4} What We've Been Up To
January was one of those slow, yet also seemingly fast and furious months. It was riddled with sickness and some disappointment, so I don't have too many pictures documenting the month. We actually started looking at homes and even put an offer on one -- only to get to the inspection and found out the sellers were hardcore smokers and the home reeked of cigarette smoke and...we ended up terminating our contract. So just lots of emotional roller coasters this month. Home buying/selling in and of itself is a super stressful, emotional rollercoaster. 

But, aside from all that, we have: gone on play dates with friends; taken trips to the library, the park, Chick-fil-A, our favorite little local diner, and Home Depot; gone on lots of walks and car rides when the weather allowed; raked leaves and gotten our house ready to go on the market when we close on another house; wore matching pajamas; I cut my hair into a "lob"; Knox started one-day-a-week preschool; Walker got sick and was home for a week; we converted Knox's crib into a "big-boy bed"; and we celebrated Walker turning FOUR! 

{5} What I'm Dreading 
I know it's awful to say, but I'm dreading February. It's still winter, still cold and flu season, and still chilly outside. Can you tell I'm ready for spring?

{6} What I'm Working On
I read Emily Ley's "The Simplified Life" and ever since then, I've been on a tear organizing and de-cluttering my house. (It helps that we're also working on getting our house ready to go on the market whenever we find a house to move into...) I just have been throwing away so much stuff that I honestly don't know why I ever held onto in the first place. Who needs 12 vases for flowers? Who needs the one sock that doesn't have a match -- and hasn't in three years? Who needs puzzles with missing pieces, or broken Matchbox cars? I'm sure our neighbors think we are recovered hoarders based on the amount of trash bags Brandon takes to the street each week. ;) 

{7} What I'm Excited About 
Walker has his Valentine's Day party coming up at school next month, and I'm in charge of it. (Eeeeek! Least crafty mom ever here!) It's always fun to see three- and four-year-olds at a party...they just get crazy and it always makes me giggle. 

{8} What I'm Watching/Reading 
As usual, we are watching "This is Us" (and of course I want to chunk my Crock Pot out the window now, ha!); and I'm trying to get back into "Blue Bloods" after a brief hiatus, and I really need to start watching the latest season of "Victoria." I recently finished "The Crown" and absolutely loved the second season -- bring on the third! 

As I mentioned above, I just finished "The Simplified Life" and really need to get my rear end to my local library to check out a new book. Any suggestions? 

{9} What I'm Listening To 
At the current moment as I'm typing this, both boys are at preschool and the house is eerily quiet. I'm listening to the quiet hum of my air sanitizer going in Knox's room and the trash folks picking up our trash outside. But, as per usual in the car, we listen to this CD (the boys' favorite); I think I hear Knox ask for "Jesus Loves Me" (or as he says "Yah Jee Me Me") about 13.5 times per car trip anywhere. ;) 

{10} What I'm Wearing 
Still living in my Zella leggings (of course), but I'm also wearing the two below shirts on repeat this winter, but they're both sadly sold out at Nordstrom already (boo!). My typical uniform this time of the year is leggings, tennis shoes and a long-sleeved shirt (and the #MomBun), but when I get dressed to go anywhere, you can find me donning one of those shirts. They're so comfy and well-priced! 

{11} What I'm Doing This Weekend
We have a birthday party for Knox's best friend, Sawyer, on Saturday morning and a gender reveal party for Brandon's brother and our sister-in-law on Saturday evening. (I'm totally Team Boy!) Hopefully we can find some downtime on Friday night and Sunday.  

{12} What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month 
Honestly, other than Valentine's Day, not too much! I'm hoping our weather will start to warm up here in North Texas and we can spend lots more time outside instead of cooped up inside. (And maybe some more houses will go on the market, too, that we like! Fingers crossed!) 

{13} What Else is New 
Not much else new to report around here. Happy Wednesday! 

*Also linking up with Jessi and Jenn 

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Weekending: Walker's 4th Birthday

Happy Monday, friends! Today is Walker's 4th birthday (and no, I definitely can't believe it). He has his four-year well-check today (followed by ice cream for those super fun immunizations) and a play date with his best friend, so I'm thinking he's going to have a good day. ;) 

Our weekend was nice and low-key, which was much-needed after a weeklong sickness for Walker. This was our last weekend without any plans until March, so we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. 

Friday was another day at home letting Walker recover, then our traditional Friday night pizza and I fell asleep on the couch watching "Dunkirk" with Brandon. 

We started out Saturday with cinnamon rolls and a family date watching "Moana" for the first time. Walker is finally at the age where he'll sit through a movie {Knox made it about 45 minutes, ha!}. It was such a cute movie and of course I'm constantly humming "You're Welcome" over and over again. 

We rescheduled Walker's birthday party since we didn't know how he'd be feeling on Saturday. Of course he woke up feeling great -- which was a huge praise! -- but I'm still glad I rescheduled because you just never know. 

Anyway, since we had a free morning, we decided to celebrate the birthday boy with a trip to Main Event to go bowling and play arcade games, and then to have lunch at Chuy's. All his choices, and it was a fun morning celebrating our biggest little guy! 

We had a lazy afternoon and then decided to finally bite the bullet and take the side off Knox's crib to convert it to a "big-boy bed." He had been trying to figure out how to crawl out of his crib during nap time (ughhhh) and, we are going to the beach in May and wanted to go ahead and let the boys share the bunk beds there instead of getting a crib yet again, so we just went for it. I was so nervous as to how he'd do {since Walker cried for hours on his first day/night in his twin bed}...but Knox didn't make a peep. Not one. He went right down and slept through the night, and stayed in his bed until we went to get him a few minutes after 7 a.m. Sunday. I was so shocked and impressed! He's definitely my more easy-going child.  

Sunday, I got a much-needed 1.5-hour-long massage and we had a very slow afternoon. It was so nice! 

I made Owen's White Chicken Chili for supper, which was delicious! It made so much that I'm taking some to a friend and her family tonight for supper. :) 

I'm off to celebrate the birthday boy today! Can't believe I have a four-year-old! 

Linking up with Biana

Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, indeed. Sorry for the radio silence on the blog this week, but Walker has had a yucky virus that has been almost identical to the flu -- just without the flu diagnosis (he tested negative on Tuesday morning at the pediatrician). He's had fever; chills; a constant, barking cough leading to a sore throat; headaches; and has been so tired due to lack of sleeping from his cough...which has led to lethargy and those sad, sick eyes that every mom instantly recognizes in her babies. So it's definitely been a week here and we are just praying that none of the rest of us get it. 

Walker's fourth birthday is on Monday and his party was scheduled for this weekend, but we made the executive decision to move his party to two weeks from tomorrow so as to not share our germs. {Because nothing -- and I do mean nothing -- burns me up like people taking their sick kids to school, church, birthday parties, stores, etc.} Anyway! Moving on!

That all leads me to my first Friday Favorite this week: winter sickness necessities. Never did I ever think this would be a favorite, but here we are. 

All the stuff. Here's a bit of what I've been using {and using and using} this week, aside from regular ol' soap and water to wash my hands: 

Purell Wipes to wipe down hands when we're out and about {e.g.: after sitting in the buggy at Target, when I pick the boys up from school, after Bible Study}

+ Thieves Oil on the bottoms of our feet after our nightly baths and right before bedtime. I'm definitely not a crunchy/granola/green person by any stretch of the imagination, but if you told me to try Hippie Voodoo Juice, I would do it at this point. 

+ Sambucus for Adults for both Brandon and me. We've been taking this since Tuesday like it's candy. Or maybe wine. ;) This is supposed to boost immunity and also shorten the duration of illnesses. 

+ Sambucus for Kids for both boys. I've been giving this to both Walker and Knox {see above} 

+ Children's Delsym for Walker, as he's old enough to take it. I give this to him once right after breakfast and once again right before bedtime and I do feel like it helps with that nasty, barking cough. 

+ Children's Motrin and Children's Tylenol -- this stuff should be in every mom's arsenal! I have been rotating these every 3-4 hours for Walker when he was running fever. 

+ Blocks Cleaner bag to clean our 7,890 pieces of LEGO Duplos in this house. You fill the bag with LEGOs and wash in your washing machine's sanitary cycle, let dry, and voilá, sanitized LEGOs. 

+ Toy disinfectant because my kids touch and share every. single. toy all day long {even often putting them in their mouths} and so cleaning them is a necessity. I was walking around spraying like a mad woman yesterday. 

+ Immune support liquid has been given to Knox since he won't chew a vitamin and I am honestly trying anything at this point to boost his little immune system this winter -- and especially when his brother is sick. 

+ Oscillococcinum for Walker to help alleviate the flu-like symptoms. This isn't a cure or a preventative, only a helper when those symptoms appear. And clearly everyone and their mother is taking this right now because it's sold out at my area Target, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart. I found literally the last box at my local Sprouts store and I was able to order more from with a little over a week-long delivery date. 

+ A warm mist humidifier because I personally feel that it makes the room more humid than the cool mist ones; Walker is old enough to know not to touch it and Knox is still in a crib and we put it out of his reach. 

+ Not pictured: Lysol Laundry Sanitizer (use this in addition to your regular laundry detergent and a hot water cycle to sanitize your laundry); the boys' nebulizer and Budesonide liquid for it that was prescribed by our pediatrician; Raw Probiotics for Kids (I put this in the boys' morning cup of milk and they have no clue); and a combo ear/forehead thermometer -- I like to do both on the boys when they're running fever just to get a more accurate result. 

Of course, check with your pediatrician before using anything and be sure to get the correct dosage for your child, which they determine by age and weight. 

Moving right along from winter sickness...can I please tell you how excited I am for spring?! January and February are my least favorite months of the year and I'm just dying for all things spring: Easter, fresh air, more sunshine, Daylight Saving Time, and lots of outside play time. And did I mention cute spring clothes?! 

Zulily had the cutest little outfits for boys this week and I had to scoop this one up for our firetruck-loving boys: 

I don't often match the boys, but I honestly love doing it when I can (see above). It's kind of hard since Walker wears a 4T bottom (barely) and a 5T top, and Knox is in 2T. But when I find something cute, I have get it...right?! So when I saw these two cute caps on sale at Vineyard Vines, I had to get it for them! Bonus that we can use them all summer and even at the beach. 

I need a good book recommendation, friends! I just finished "The Simplified Life" by Emily Ley and would love some sort of quick fiction. I loved "The Husband's Secret" and "Come Home." I love chick-lit and am not too big of a fan of anything Sci-Fi or super scary. So, any recs? 

This precious guy turns four on Monday and I just...I just can't. The days are certainly long, but the years are certainly short. Our hope is that he's feeling better this weekend so we can celebrate him appropriately on his actual birthday! :)

Photo (c) Caroline Jurgensen Photography

Photo (c) Liz Haas Photography 

Photo (c) Liz Haas Photography

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Five Things

Our weekend was filled with trips to Home Depot and lots {and lots} of home projects -- and that's boring to anyone (even me!). So, in lieu of my traditional "Weekending" post, I'm going to join the bandwagon and share with you five things about me, as well as five random things you may {or may not} know. 

So here we go! 

{1} Where do you live?
We live in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, and have lived here for six years. {I lived in Dallas for three years before that.} I'm originally from the small town of Livingston, Texas. 

{2} If married, how long and where did you and your spouse meet? 
We have been married for a little over seven years. We met in a Nonverbal Communications class at Baylor University in January 2008 {10 years ago!}. You can read our love story here

{3} If you have kids, how many and how old?
Yes, we have two boys: Walker (4 in one week) and Knox (20 months). 

{4} Favorite trip you've ever taken?
I think my study abroad trip in college will forever be a "best trip." I studied abroad in Europe for a little over six weeks in the summer of 2007 -- 6 weeks in London with a week in Italy beforehand -- and it was by far the best summer of my life. My roommate became one of my very best friends, too, which was an awesome bonus from the trip! :) It forged my love of British history (and the Royal Family) and solidified my love for London. I hope to get back there someday with Brandon. 

{5} Favorite meal?
It's a tie between good ol' Southern cooking: fried chicken, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, fried okra, creamed corn and homemade cherry cream pie for dessert...or a delicious filet mignon, truffled macaroni and cheese, spinach gratin and a glass of Pinot Noir. 

And now for the five random things about me: 

{1} I was crowned Miss Polk County my senior year of high school. 
The pageant is a local one and doesn't go any further than just my little hometown, but it's a big deal there. I honestly didn't really have any expectations other than to do it, but I won! My mom and my aunt were both first runners up, and so it was fun to keep it in the family. And in fact, Emily was first runner up the same year and told me {jokingly}: "If you die, it's mine!" Haha, I will forever remember that! Makes me giggle every time. 

{2} I love the taste of coconut, but hate the texture of actual coconut. 
So give me all the piña coladas, but please don't give me a coconut cake or slice of coconut cream pie. Gives me the heebie jeebies!

{3} I worked for a PR agency doing public relations for American Airlines and was there during their bankruptcy and merger. 
Yep, I literally woke up one day to the news that American Airlines was filing for Ch. 11 bankruptcy and worked for them all through that and post-merger. I actually walked into American's headquarters one day and walked out the same evening to a completely different company when they merged with US Airways. It was a very stressful almost four years, but it was also one of the most fun. I had so many opportunities and made so many wonderful friends out of my (now former) clients. I wouldn't trade that experience for the world. 

{4} I am left-handed. 
They say that we think with the right side of our brain, right?! ;) But I'm a little weird with some of the things I'll do left-handed; for example, I write, eat, cut with a knife and shoot a gun all left-handed, but I cut with scissors right-handed and my dominate kicking foot is my right one. Clearly I'm all over the place. 

{5} I am a germaphobe and a clean freak. 
I use Wet Ones and hand sanitizer on my kids, husband and myself on the regular, and I honestly can't go to bed without my house picked up. If I know my house is messy or dirty, I honestly start to get anxious. Cleaning is my therapy. 

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