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Father’s Day Recap

Hey! How’s your week going? Ours is off to a good start. We had crazy rain on Monday and then yesterday was crazy cool with only a high of 70. I think the rest of the week looks pretty normal with warmer temps. So, the kids had some lazy afternoon time on Monday, but yesterday I kicked them out of the house and told them to go find their friends!

Anyway, today I’m sharing how we celebrated Travis for Father’s Day. My dad was in town last week, so we grilled out when he was here, and I sent him a CD that he was wanting.

Of course, our Father’s Day weekend was dictated by baseball. Hayden’s Saturday games got rained out, but they scrimmaged another team on our fields for a few hours Saturday afternoon. Once we got the tournament schedule for Sunday, and it seemed like we could be at the ball park all day, we decided to celebrate on Saturday night when we knew we’d have more time to do so.

After we cleaned up from the scrimmage games, we headed out to dinner.

We ate at Agave and Rye where we ordered chips and all the dips. Travis had a margarita and I prickly pear marg with sugar on the rim. Sooo good. We all tried different tacos, and they were delish as well.

Then, we headed to a new milkshake place in town called Cattywampus Station. There’s another location in a town nearby that we’d never been to, so we were excited to try this one that just opened in Lex. Milkshakes are their specialty!

Just look!

We got the cookies and cream as well as a Reese’s cup one! They are quite impressive. Yes, that’s a regular sized cupcake on the milkshake, and then there’s a brownie on top of the other milkshake.

We did take of the cupcake and brownie and put them in a “to go” box to have later. Then, we shared the milkshakes. They were so good.

Afterwards, the kids fed the ducks at the nearby pond, and took a couple of Father’s Day photos with Trav.

We headed home to watch some of the Olympic Track and Field trials! We all love watching the Olympic coverage.

Sunday morning, Travis and Hayden headed out very early for the first game. I hung back to let Hadley sleep in. Since we didn’t know what time we’d be home, we went ahead and set out Trav’s gifts (a couple of shirts, a few Harry’s products (shave cream and hair gel), and a Kova Bluetooth speaker set) for him to open whenever we got home.

Hadley and I made it in time for the 1:30 game. Well, the Crush kept on winning after losing their first game on Sunday. They played three games on Sunday to make it to the championship game against a team they lost to in the Saturday scrimmage and on Sunday morning.

But….the Crush jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning, and ended up winning 9-7!

The boys were so excited to earn their tournament championship rings.

They had a great day full of games, hard work, team work, prayers and popsicles!

Hayden couldn’t quit smiling! Their determination paid off.

After 12+ hours at the ballpark, we were hot, sweaty, and tired, but all the dads agreed that it was the best Father’s Day present to see their boys come out on top!

We didn’t get home until after 9:00, so we picked up Jimmy John’s for dinner followed by the dessert Hadley made: Amy’s Lemon Freezer Pie.

She made it Saturday afternoon because we just weren’t sure what time we’d have on Sunday. It must have sloshed around a bit when we shut the freezer drawer because it looked a little lopsided when we got it out on Sunday night. It still tasted delish. I add a dollop of Cool Whip on top of each slice when serving.

Trav’s the best! The love and support he shows the kids are beyond measure. He’s there for anything from homework help to baseball practices to dance recitals and all the moments in between.

I know he had a great day (weekend!), and we had so much fun celebrating him!

See you back here tomorrow for Monthly Musings.

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Friday Favorites

Hello and Happy Friday! We’re in the midst of the craziness of May. On top of school and regular activities, the end of the school year field day, teacher gifts, 5th grade graduation prep (and more!) is ongoing.

We have so much to celebrate in the upcoming days, so I’m embracing the busyness, and trying to enjoy these moments as we wrap up the school year and ease into summer.

In true Friday fashion, I’m linking up with Andrea and Erika for this week’s Friday Favorites.

Sit back and grab your cup of coffee…I have quite the list of Friday Favorites today!

Hayden’s baseball team is on a roll. They’ve won six of their last seven games.

He’s had a couple games this week, and Hayden pitched on Monday night and did a great job.

I love seeing his smile!

Hadley had recital photos last week, and they turned out beautifully.

Mother’s Day was lovely.

Cards are my favorite! One from Hayden, one from Hadley, and one from both!

Church and then…

brunch which was delicious.

Along with the cards and my hanging ferns for the front porch, Travis had these planters made which was a pleasant surprise.

Another favorite from the week was that we were able to get our backyard flowers planted. I also love this new riser that I picked up at the At Home store.

The kids both brought home their clay projects from art class. I will miss all the artwork and projects of elementary school.

Hayden’s dog…he said is Homer.

Hadley’s pastel pup!

Hadley wearing my glasses cracked me up! (and, why does she look 16?!)

A few gifts from Etsty came in this week.

This fun pencil sign for our sitter who just finished up student teaching,

Pencil Door Hanger

and I purchased another flower pot for a teacher gift.

Terra Cotta Flower Pot

Field day is always a fave. Hadley’s class helped the younger kids on Wednesday, and she had so much fun. The older kids had field day yesterday. Again, another thing we’ll miss about elementary school.

I have a couple of Amazon finds that I love. This shirt and sandals arrived last week, and I wore the combo to school. I’ve also already worn the shirt with jeans to go out to dinner, and I’ve worn the sandals a few other days as well.

// Babydoll Blouse //

// Sandals //

School outfit this week:

but I did put my cardigan on because my classroom tends to be chilly.

Favorite Mom Meme:

Only two more days of waking the kids up for school before summer begins. The wakeup struggle continues to be real…especially for Hayden.

Bonus Fave: Flashback Friday

Well, I don’t know why I do this to myself, but in the spirit of field day, here are the kids on the morning of their kindergarten field day!

Weekly Recap:

Here are my posts from this week!

This weekend is suuuuppper busy. We have family visiting, my mom’s birthday, baseball and more! Then, just two days left of the school year.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much for reading.

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Easter Weekend Recap

Hello and Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

I’m linking up with Tanya and others to recap our Easter weekend.

Easter looked a bit different this year, but more “normal” than last year.

On Saturday, the kids dyed Easter eggs. We did the “classic” egg dye, but Hadley tried a tie dye egg decorating kit. It was kind of a mess, and I didn’t have high hopes with the final product, but they turned out a pretty purple color! I love this tradition, and I hope that we can keep it up forever!

Finished products…

Trav’s aunt usually hosts Easter, but, like last year, the extended family didn’t get together. This year, we hosted some of Trav’s immediate family at our house yesterday.

During the day, I prepped for Easter lunch. I ran a couple of errands, set the table, and made dessert, and stuffed the Easter eggs for Sunday’s egg hunt.

I made Chocolate Graham Cracker Pudding which is a family fave.

For the tables, I tried to mostly use what I had around the house. TJ Maxx did save the day as I needed a couple more white plates. (and then still borrowed a couple more from a friend!)

Last year, I traced a bunny to add to napkin rings for our family of four place setting. This year, I decided to trace more bunnies, and I bought laminating paper at Target which was so easy to use. Hadley helped me hot glue the cotton balls on to the bunnies and put them on the napkin rings, and they turned out so cute.

While at Target, I picked up a plastic table cloth for the kids’ table and a few more cloth napkins for the main table. Trader Joe’s had the perfect flowers for the table centerpiece.

Kids’ table:

Adults’ table:

Now that the bunnies are laminated, I can really save them and use them in the future.

I like to try to use what I have, and sometimes I move things around. The wooden tray on the kitchen table is what usually sits on the living room coffee table. The white stand on the kids’ table is what is usually on the kitchen island. Anyway, I was pleased with how everything turned out especially because I was able to use mostly things I already had and I was working on a time crunch.

Saturday night, the kids put out their eggs for the Easter Bunny to hide them, per tradition.

Sunday morning, the kids enjoyed their Easter baskets, gifts from us, and found all the dyed eggs that the Easter Bunny hid.

We headed to our church for the first time in over a year. Easter service is so special, but especially this year being reunited with our congregation.

Also seen at church 😂

The kids obliged for a few more photos before family arrived at our house for lunch.

After lunch, we had the traditional egg hunt. The younger kids (my two and their two cousins) found all the eggs we hid. They were filled with candy and with money.

**Of course there’s a Homer story…He was pretty well-behaved considering all of the people who were in and out throughout the afternoon. After the egg hunt, apparently Homer was left unattended with the leftover turkey…so he ended up having quite the feast!

We enjoyed the beautiful weather and desserts before everyone left in late afternoon. Then, it was time to prep for school starting back!

Easter Sunday was a great way to wrap up our Spring Break.

This was me late Saturday night:

but, of course, woke up to this reminder on Sunday morning:

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Easter. This week, I hope to share this month’s Amazon purchases as well as a recap of our stay in Nashville last week…but I will have to see where the week takes me!

Take care,

Posted in Holidays, Home Decor

Easter Decorations

I can’t believe that Easter is less than two weeks away! Today, I’m sharing the few decorations that I put out for Easter. {Read: cute bunnies scattered around my house!}

This door hanger is my favorite. I’ve had it for a few years, and a local girl paints these door hangers. Her work is amazing. I love the bright teal, the Chevron pattern, and the colorful bow.

It’s not a holiday unless I have a garden flag out! I purchased this garden flag on Etsy a couple of years ago. The polka dot carrot is so cute.

Inside, I just add this ceramic egg that I found at Home Goods a few years ago to our entryway table.

I added the little wooden bunny to the tray on my kitchen island.

This teal ceramic bunny sits on my coffee table tray in the living room.

I bought two of these cute little ceramic bunnies in eggs at Kroger. They were only about $4 each. I thought I’d put one on each end of the mantle, but decided to nestle one by the books on the mantle and add the other one…

out on the sun room table tray. I’ve shared these before, but I wanted an extra touch to the sun room tray and as a I was decorating for Easter, the beige wooden Amazon beads arrived. They are cute, great quality and under $8. I chose them because I love the tassels on each end.

I told y’all that I keep it pretty simple. I usually buy one or two new things each year. I do like that I can decorate in a matter of minutes to add just a few things for Easter.

Do you decorate for Easter/spring?

Have a great day,

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Posted in Friday Favorites, Holidays

Friday Favorites

Hello and Happy Friday! Real Talk: this week kicked my tail. I don’t know if it’s because of Daylight Savings Time, the fact that this was our second full week of school, kids’ activities, or a culmination of all, but I’m tired. I feel like my family is probably tired of me saying, “I’m tired!” No rest for the weary…Hadley has her first ever dance competition tomorrow, so I’m adding “Dance Mom” to my resume!

I’m linking up with Erika and Andrea for this week’s Friday Favorites post.

As I occasionally do, I’m sharing the “small moments” and favorites of each day this week.


I made “special” green pancakes with Lucky Charms on Sunday as an early St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. These are always a favorite for the kids and…

Homer! I always make Homer a mini pancake when I serve those up from breakfast.

The kids in their spiffy church clothes is always a favorite. Hayden gets some great hand-me-downs from former neighbors, and I love Hadley’s new Matilda Jane dress.

It was chilly on Sunday, but cousin Wyatt came over for a session at the Travis White School of Baseball.

The best part was when Hayden pitched to him. Such a sweet moment…and made me realize how big Hayden is in comparison. I feel like it was just yesterday and he was just starting coach pitch like Wyatt is now.

Here he is in 2017:#sigh


A highlight from Monday was that we finally have all the students back in the building! Grades 7, 8, 10, and 11 went back into their school buildings! It’s been fun to drive past schools and see the yard signs, lawn letters, and balloons with each school opening.


Hayden has been asking about contacts for a few months. His annual eye exam is in mid-July, but we could tell his vision was worsening a bit. Travis had an appointment, so he scheduled one for Hayden. Hayden was pretty excited, but I know putting in contacts (and taking them out ) will take some time.

They were gone for almost two hours, and Travis texted, “This isn’t going well!” haha Right now, he’s still mostly wearing his glasses because we are lucky to get to school on time as is (and I joke that it’s a full time job getting Hadley away from the mirror in the morning let alone having him use it to put contacts in!)

With Spring Break right around the corner, he will have some slower mornings to practice getting those in. Right now, his fastest time is 25 minutes…and I’ve been taking them out for him.

While glasses can make you look distinguished, for some reason, without the glasses, he looks 16! Those blue eyes and big smile are always a favorite.


St Patrick’s Day milkshakes were a favorite on Wednesday. I made the kids green milkshakes for their afternoon snack since we’d already had our St. Patrick’s Day meal a couple of weeks ago and the green pancakes on Sunday.

The kids will say their favorite part of the week was having the middle school counselors visit their classrooms. Hadley is so excited to have a locker, and Hayden seems pretty excited about middle school too. They heard all about classes, lockers, teachers, activities, and more! I can’t believe they will be in middle school next year. #Iamnotwell


Yesterday, my Happy Planner arrived. I love a planner but have not felt the need to have one since I rely pretty heavily on my phone calendar and my “to do” list note. Also, I write activities and meetings on my desk calendar at school. That being said, I saw the “Skinny Classic” planner was on sale (under $10!) because it goes July 2020-June 2021. I thought I’d try it out for the next couple of months before deciding if I’d like to purchase their “Classic” planner or even another “Skinny Classic” planner starting in July 2021. I just thought this would be a good place to jot down things I need to do, appointments, grocery necessities and more.

I feel like this planner is the perfect size for my purse….and you can purchase stickers to use in the planner! This Type A/Teacher/Mom was sold! I will let you know what I think about it soon!

Also, yesterday, was my monthly facial appointment. I always look forward to these appointments! Yesterday, I got dermaplane (my fave!) and a custom facial. She also used some kind of buzzy thing on my face to stimulate the collagen. I don’t ask any questions…I just say, “Whatever it takes to make me look 38 again!” #Im41 😉

Favorite Kid Quote:

Y’all, Hadley’s been giving me a run for my money since birth! The other night, I told her it was time to take a bath (I meant shower). She said, “Mom! Baths are for children. I’m a TWEEN!” 😂 Yes, yes she is!

Favorite Mom Meme:

Err’y day!

I dislike any kind of math…forward or backwards! I’ve mastered “backwards” math though…that’s for sure!

Bonus Fave: Flashback Friday:

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are the kids on St. Pat’s Day in 2015…


and…in 2018.(Let’s talk about the fact that Hadley was able to wear that shirt for 4 years!)


Weekly Recap:

Here are my posts from this week in case you missed one:

I hope you have a great weekend! Saturday is our action packed day! If you need me, I will be the one back stage figuring out costume changes, low buns, and bobby pins!

See you back here Monday for my favorite memes this month!

Posted in Gift Ideas, Holidays, Tuesday Talk

Tuesday Talk: Easter Gift Ideas

Hello! It’s Tuesday Talk time with Ashley and Erika. With Easter right around the corner, I thought I’d share some Easter gift ideas for kids.

At our house, the Easter Bunny brings the candy for their baskets and hides the eggs that we dye the day before Easter.

I use Easter as a time to give practical gifts for the season like flip flops, pajamas, swimsuits, and a book or two. Some years I pick up odds and ends to put in Hayden and Hadley’s baskets with the candy like a tooth brush, body spray, deodorant, and chapstick.

Easter 2020

This year Target and Amazon had everything I needed to provide practical and cute gifts for Hayden and Hadley.


  • These slides will be just what Hayden needs for the pool and wearing to practice when he’s not wearing his cleats.
  • I’ve never purchased kids’ swimwear from Amazon, but these plaid trunks have high ratings and there are many cute patterns! They arrived yesterday and the quality is really good!
  • I’ve had this God Sized Dreams book saved on my Amazon list for the kids for quite some time. I always try to buy a book for them for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and back to school.
  • I guess Hayden’s officially “too old” to wear matching pj shorts and shirts, so I thought I’d give him these play shorts to wear as pajama bottoms that he’ll just wear to bed with whatever t-shirt he chooses.


  • I thought this two piece from Target was so cute. I think Hadley will love it!
  • Hadley loves to have a variety of sandals in the summer, so I picked these pink flip flops up for her at Target.
  • I purchased the girl version of the God Sized Dreams book for Hadley as well.
  • Hadley already has a pair of these pajamas from last year, but I bought her the next size to be able to wear this spring and summer. They are some of her faves!

Also, Hadley still loves her leather sandals that she got last summer, and thankfully they still fit! We both have a pair of these comfort slides from Amazon, and we both wear them often. They come in a variety of colors as well!


I still love my weighted blanket, and the kids have shown interest in wanting one. I’ve had this 5 lb one saved, and saw that the price dropped significantly, so I went ahead and got one for each of them.

Small Gift Ideas:

Here are a few other smaller items that I’ve purchased for them for their Easter baskets or other holidays:

  • Stretch Band for Dance (Hadley still uses this, and it was in her basket last Easter)
  • Cra-Z-Art Snow (Hayden thought this was so fun when he received it last Easter)
  • Led Sound Activated Party Lights with remote (Hadley LOVES this thing!)
  • Bananagrams (family fave!)
  • Wireless Computer Mouse (essential item to use with their chromebooks)
  • Blue Light Blocking Glasses (perfect for online learning)

How do you do Easter baskets at your house? It’s always fun to see the kids hunt for the hidden eggs, have chocolate for breakfast, and enjoy a few gifts before we head to church.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope your week is off to a great start!

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Valentine’s Day Decorations & Gifts

Hello! Today, I’m sharing with you the Valentine’s Day decorations I put up over the weekend. To be honest, I use the same few things each year, so I guess this post probably isn’t too different than what I shared last year!

I’ve mentioned before that I typically buy the kids a few things for Valentine’s Day to make the day special, so I’m sharing those today too!


I love a garden flag, and change our front yard flag pretty often! I’ve had this cute heart flag for years. My favorite decoration of all is my heart door hanger that I purchased from Etsy years ago!

Inside, Hadley helped me hang this XOXO banner on the kitchen mantle. Last year, I found this wooden love “sign” at Home Goods or TJ Maxx, and it fits perfectly on the mantle between some of my favorite pictures.

I try to keep the little pink dish on our island tray filled with Hershey Kisses, but they don’t typically last too long! We seem to have the same problem with the conversation hearts in the other pink dish on the kitchen counter. The wooden heart sign was painted by one of my friends, and it’s the perfect touch for that corner of the kitchen.

I guess we all heart the Valentine’s Day candy at our house!

The white ceramic heart fits in perfectly on our front hall table…

and the XOXO on the coffee table rounds out my Valentine’s Day decor.


Gifts for both…

For gifts this year, both kids (and Travis!) will receive a box of chocolate hearts from me. I’m also getting cookies from a local baker/cookie decorator (@1smartcookieky on Instagram) that the kids can decorate on Valentine’s Day!

Also, I love to shop small when I can, and Etsy always has the cutest items! Years ago, I got the kids each a personalized pillowcase with their names. I honestly think I bought them eight(ish) years ago when they transitioned to their “big boy/girl” beds. They’ve used those pillowcases off and on ever since, so I figured it was the perfect time to purchased them news ones.

On Etsy, I found this one for Hadley and this one for Hayden.

I love the whimsy of the one I picked out for Hadley and the simplicity of the one I picked out for Hayden. There are many varieties and options for pillowcases in these shops, but I settled on the ones pictured below.

I always purchase a book for them. When they were younger, they were always Valentine’s Day/love themed books. As they have gotten older, I just choose one I think they will enjoy reading.

For Hayden, I know he’ll love The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling as he has been loving the Harry Potter series. Hadley just finished up the first book of The Vanderbeekers series, so I got her the second one in hopes that she will keep on reading!

I also always purchase a game to add to our collection, and I’ve heard that Bananagrams is fun. Hopefully, it will provide some family fun!

Gift for Hayden…

Hayden loves golf! He plays on the golf course. He plays in the yard. And…he plays in the house! I thought this automatic putting practice hole would be perfect for him. He will love that it returns the ball right back to you…once you make it in the hole! 😉

Gift for Hadley…

I’ve been following MelandMae on Instagram, and I’ve made a few purchases from their Etsy shop! I thought these leather circle stud earrings in blush would be perfect for Hadley because Sis loves a good monogram!

You may be wondering about Travis…😂. Well, I’ve mentioned before that we try to just go out to dinner at some point before or after Valentine’s Day. We always exchange cards as well which is all I need.

Also, Homer is a big fan of the holiday 😆 He will tolerate a scarf for a few minutes…and I bet he will get an extra treat or two on February 14th!

I shared a few more thoughts about Valentine’s Day in last week’s Monthly Musings link up. Check it out if you’d like!

We still have snow on the ground here! I hope everyone is staying safe and warm!

Take care,

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Posted in Holidays, Me

NYE 2020 and 2021 Goals

Hello and Happy Monday! It’s the first Monday of 2021! Of course, I feel like our two week break flew by, but it was a good one. Technically, my kids are off until Thursday! Teachers start back today though (virtually).

To kick off 2021, I thought I’d recap our New Year’s Eve and share a few goals I have for 2021.

I saw this graphic on Instagram Stories, filled it out and shared to my stories! It’s one form of reflection 😉

I also always think it’s fun to see the Top 9 posts on Instagram. This was my Top 9 of 2020 on Insta:

New Year’s Eve:

NYE 2020: (and most years, actually)…

I kind of miss the years when we could “trick” the kids with a countdown at 9 PM. haha That being said, we had a great evening at home. Truth be told, I’ve never been a big fan of NYE. I’m not big on dressing up, going out in the cold…or staying up late 😂That being said, we’ve spent some fun New Year’s Eves with friends sharing dinner and drinks at someone’s house, and we’ve also had some fun years at home. This, of course, was an “at home” year.

Both kids were adamant about staying up…Hayden said he was going to stay up until 3! I could barely commit to midnight, but glad that I did.

We got carry out from a local favorite: OBC Kitchen. I set the table using wrapping paper as a runner, used our winter dishes for place settings, and gathered a few decorations from around the house for the centerpiece.

The kids love cranberry Ginger ale while Travis and I had adult beverages. We had bacon and peanut butter for an appetizer, and then had dinner of salmon, steak, gnocchi, bread and salad. So good.

Hadley was ready to party!

After dinner, the kids did their own thing for a while, and then we played Emoji Uno for almost two hours. At one point I couldn’t find Homer, but found him in our bed. Apparently, he wasn’t going to stay up until midnight!

Around 11:30, we turned on the countdown, poured the Ginger ale and champs and celebrated with the countdown. We were in bed by about 12:30. I think Hayden watched TV until about 1:30. We figured with it being NYE and break almost over, we’d let him stay up. Both kids have been sleeping so late…but they slept until almost 11 on Friday and Saturday!

As I mentioned in Friday’s post, 2020 had highs and lows, but I’m still thankful for this most random year and certainly continue to count my blessings.

2021 Goals:

I’m going to start with these goals:

and focus on…

  • Allowing for “me” time: This has always been of importance to me which is why I’ve always started my day solo with my cup of coffee, favorite blogs, and scrolling social media. With having the kids home most of the time since March, “me time” has been hard to find. I still get up before them, of course, but it’s still difficult to take some time for myself. I hope to carve out a little bit of time in the evening too.
  • Drinking more water: This is usually an easy goal for me in the summer, but I need to drink more daily all year long. While being home so much, I’ve been drinking more coffee than I should, so I need to cut that off at a certain time and drink water the rest of the day.
  • Eating whole food nutrition: For January, I plan on eating healthy but also limiting fried foods and sugar. I don’t eat tons of fried food, but even on Fridays I usually pick up Chick-fil-A for the kids and indulge myself. I do have a sweet tooth and zero willpower, so I’m going to try to cut out sweets as well…except for some birthday cookie cake mid-January for my birthday.
  • Working out: While I’ve never been one to bounce right out of bed to workout, I do enjoy working out. I feel better physically, mentally and emotionally when that’s a part of my regular routine. I’ve shared a bit before, but I struggled with endometriosis prior to my October hysterectomy which really affected my being able to work out for the past couple of years. I didn’t make excuses and tried to continue to work out, but I still could never give it 100% and couldn’t work out daily. For the past month, I’ve eased back into working out, and will now continue to kick it up a notch and do so almost daily.
  • Keep reading: I love to read and have made it a part of my daily life. I usually average around 40 books per year, and I hope to read that many or more in 2021. Also, I think last year was the first year I started using Goodreads, and I hope to get more organized with my book lists on there this year!
  • Blogging: I love that I’ve been able to blog a bit more this year. I was blogging three days a week, and then was able to write 4-5 posts a week in the past six months. I think four posts a week for me is usually manageable, so I hope to continue doing that. I’d like to branch out and join some other link ups. I’d love to know of link ups you read or join, so let me know, and I can add them to my list!

and then there’s this:

I want to work on owning my time, setting boundaries, and not be so critical of myself. As far as crying and showing emotions…I’ve always been ok with that…but sometimes I let things build up (due to lack of time to deal with it) rather than process what I’m feeling in the moment. I’m reflective enough to know I’m forever a work in progress over here! 😆

What goals do you have for 2021? I’m so hopeful it will be a great year!

Have a great week (and a great year!)

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Christmas Recap

Hello and Happy Monday! There’s nothing better than a Monday while still on break! I love that feeling; I only wish these Christmas decorations would put themselves away!

Anyway, to wrap up all the holiday posts over the past couple of months, I’m sharing how we spent Christmas Eve and day.

Our elf, Red, of course stuck around until the 25th. We found him hanging out after getting into our wrapping supplies!

Then, he brought the kids some reindeer food to sprinkle in the yard on the 24th.

Lastly, he was in the tree to watch us open gifts on Christmas morning. Santa left the kids some cookies to find Christmas morning. Hayden said, “I bet Mrs. Claus made these!”

We had a nice dinner on Christmas Eve after watching Christmas Eve service from home.

Hadley helped me set the table on Thursday afternoon.

My grandma gave me these Christmas dishes a few years ago, and then I always add candles and a few decorations from around the house for the centerpiece. This year, I added trees and red and green candles to the kitchen table tray.

For dinner, I made lasagna and we had salad and rolls as well.

For dessert, I made a chocolate peppermint bundt cake which is what I’ve made the past few years using Shay’s recipe. It’s sooo good.

Before dinner, we snapped a few family photos. I asked the kids to get dressed for online church and dinner. Also, Hadley is pretty distinguished using the camera timer on my phone, so she set it up, and we just kept smiling!

Selfie with my fave…

After Christmas Eve dinner, the kids sprinkled the reindeer food on the SNOWY! front lawn before exchanging their gifts to each other. Usually, we take an evening and all go out, with Travis taking one kid, and I take the other to choose gifts. Then, we typically meet up for dinner (last year, we did Sunday brunch) as a tradition. This year, I just took each kid out one afternoon to choose gifts for each other.

It’s always fun to see what they pick for each other.

We played Uno before setting out the milk, cookies, and carrots for Santa (and his reindeer) before bedtime.

Hadley woke up twice in the middle of the night to tell me she couldn’t sleep. I’m sure she was excited for Christmas morning, but I bet she could have tried to wake her dad up at least one of those times 😉Anyway, I was shocked to take up at 7:30, and I couldn’t believe the kids weren’t up yet. Through the years, they typically get up around 7:00. I got out of bed and was just about to pour a cup of coffee when Hadley got up and then woke up Hayden and Trav.

After opening gifts and stockings…

Trav’s gift tags to me always make me laugh.

the kids got a pic with Homer who was pretty well-behaved on Christmas morning!

Then, we went outside to check out the snow! It had started snowing Christmas Eve afternoon, and we got even more overnight…probably only a couple of inches but there was some ice as well. The snow was so pretty!

Then, I made a very simple breakfast. I made the muffins from a mix the day before. I picked up some mini quiches from Kroger and while they baked, I fried up some bacon and cut up some strawberries.

Then, Travis and I had a mimosa (or two) and watched Ozark while the kids played video games.

We spent the rest of the day being pretty lazy and calling loved ones to wish them a Merry Christmas.

The kids played in the snow for a bit with the neighborhood friends.

Mid-afternoon, we snacked on a couple apps and took turns taking naps. We had leftover lasagna for dinner and watched A Christmas Story as a family before 10:00 bedtime for everyone!

While it was a different Christmas for sure, we still enjoyed the day and the slower pace this year. That being said, I saw this on Instagram, and can certainly relate and thought of family and friends many times throughout the day.

Well, I guess we’ll enjoy these Christmas decorations for a bit longer because I’m too tired to take them down just yet!

What did Christmas look like for you this year? I hope it was a good day for you.

Have a great week!

Posted in Holidays

Merry Christmas!

Today, I’m keeping my thoughts (pretty) short, sweet and filled with gratitude. 2020 has been quite a year. It’s been a time for reflection, a time for tears, a time of worry, a time for prayers, a time of generosity, a time of unity, and a time of hope.

Even in the dark times of this year, the spirit of Christmas could be seen and felt through the generosity of others, through the sense of community, and through the unwavering hope for better days ahead.

When I started this blog a year and a half ago, I had no clue what to expect. I’ve “met” new friends, found comfort in writing, and become a part of a community I’d only known from the outside looking in.

Thank you for reading my posts, sharing your thoughts, and supporting me on this blogging journey.

Since I can’t send a card to everyone (geez, I barely got my cards out to anyone this year!), I’d like to share our Christmas card in a very 2020 way…virtually!

Happy Holidays:

Other favorite photos from our Christmas card shoot:

Beautiful weather right after Thanksgiving provided for the perfect day to bribe my kids with ice cream for nice clothes and smiles…

Homer was in the on the action!

Henry Clay Estate

Awe…these kids of mine are getting so big!

A few more faves…

Homer wishes you a Merry Christmas too!

While I know it’s been a difficult year for most, and Christmas may not look the same as in years past, I’m hopeful for more lighter days than dark ahead in 2021!

Truly, thank you for being a part of this community.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!