What’s Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! It’s the first What’s Up Wednesday of 2020! Shay and Sheaffer are still hosting this monthly link up, so make sure to read their posts too!

WHAT WE ARE EATING THIS WEEK:

I’m trying to keep it simple this week. Sunday was rather hectic, so I made Shay’s King Ranch Casserole. We love the King Ranch Joe recipe, so when I saw her post this casserole version, I made it. We had leftovers with salad on Monday night.

Tuesday, I made her Chipolte Turkey Chili recipe from the Simmers cookbook, but then I found it on her website to share with you. Wednesday nights are pretty busy, so we are having leftover chili tonight.

Thursday night’s dinner is kind of up in the air because Hadley has a chorus concert. We’ll either grab some dinner afterwards, or I will make simple pasta and red sauce for dinner.

Friday and Saturday nights we always get carry out or go out to eat. #mamadoesntcookontheweekend

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

Honestly, just time flying by. I’ve blinked and my kids are halfway through with 4th grade. Next year is their last year of elementary school. How is that even possible?

It was the 100th day of school this week. This memory popped up in my Facebook memories. I’ve actually referenced this memory many times while explaining the difference in my kids. In kindergarten, the kids had to make something out of 100 pieces. Hayden spent hours (with a little help from Travis) constructing the football stadium out of 100 Lego pieces. Hadley layered 100 Skittles in a jar and called it a day! haha (To be honest, now that they are older, it seems like they’ve reversed these personality traits a bit. Hadley tends to take longer to finish, well, almost anything…and Hayden, unfortunately, tends to rush through some things that he should probably take more time on.) Side note: Where did my toothless littles go??

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I’ve seen some people share on their Instagram stories and blog posts about the Trader Joe’s Buffalo Style Chicken Dip, so I decided to pick some up earlier this week. It’s living up to the hype…it’s so good! I picked up the pita crackers as well as celery to eat with the dip. I figured celery could make it a good low carb option on the days I try to cut the carbs.

I meant to share this awhile back (hence the Christmas tree in the photo), but my kids (especially Hayden) have been loving this oatmeal. They had it at my mom’s house over Thanksgiving, and I found it at Kroger. Hayden eats it most morning from breakfast.

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We’ve kept our sports rotation going with basketball for both kids, Hadley just started volleyball and is still doing dance, and Hayden has been prepping for the upcoming baseball season.

We’ve been fine tuning Hadley’s Science Fair project for the district competition this weekend. She’s so excited!

Also, we are looking forward to Hadley’s first chorus concert of the year which is tomorrow night.

WHAT I’M DREADING:

I’m not really dreading anything at the moment.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

I’m working on Friday’s post about the books I read in January. I was able to read three books; I’m almost finished with a 4th book, but I don’t know that I will get it read before posting on Friday. Make sure to come back and check out that post!

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

ALL of us are excited about our Kansas City CHIEFS being in the Super Bowl! We are ready to cheer them on this Sunday!

Mahomes and the Chiefs —#1 in our hearts

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

Reading:

Like I said above, I plan on posting my January Book Review on Friday. I’m currently reading The Broken Girls, but I don’t know that I will finish it in time for Friday’s post. I’ve been enjoying it!

Speaking of reading, Hayden and Hadley are to read at least four books a month and do a book talk about their book to their class. I received a sweet text with a pic of Hayden giving his book talk. When I told him about the the photo, he said, “Was my face red?” Kid hates speaking in front of others…and he sure gets it honestly (from me!) Apparently, “he knocked it out of the park” with his book talk on The Hatchet.

Watching:

Travis and I watched the Aaron Hernandez documentary over the past week or so. Very interesting.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been binge watching 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray. Honestly, I remember living in my first apartment in 2003 (ish) and watching her on the Food Network. Her recipes from her show were some of the first meals I ever made. I like the updated version of the show. I feel like what she makes can actually be made in 30 minutes, whereas, in the original show, I remember only making one of a few recipes she’d make in the episodes.

Over break, I started watching some of the episodes of Reese Witherspoon’s Nexflix series Shine On. Reese visits/interviews (famous) women as they discuss their journeys. The first episode was Dolly Parton…and I was hooked.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

I haven’t been listening to as many podcasts lately but I’m halfway through two podcasts. Jayme Closs 88 Days is so interesting. It’s about 13-year-old Jayme Closs who goes missing after her parents were murdered. She’s gone for 88 days and the podcast includes interviews and analysis from family, friends, law enforcement, etc.

Also, I’ve been listening to Dolly Parton’s America podcast. There are personal interviews with Dolly as well as interviews from people in Dolly’s life.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Right after Christmas, I ordered this pullover from Nordstrom (before my dry January began with no Nordstrom or Amazon purchases). I’d had my eye on it, and when I saw it was on sale, I ordered the beige rainy day color. I’ve worn it to school with my Matilda Jane ruffle pants, and I often where it to and from working out with workout leggings.

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

This weekend, we have two basketball games and the District Science Fair on Saturday. On Sunday, Hadley’s selling Girl Scout cookies with her troop at the grocery store cookie booth as well as going to a volleyball clinic. Then, of course, all eyes in our house will be on the Chiefs as they play in the Super Bowl.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

Some snow?! For the love of Pete, I hope we get some snow at some point this winter! I love a pretty snow that cancels school for a couple of days 😉

That’s it for the first What’s Up Wednesday of 2020. I hope you are having a great week.

Take care,

Jen

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