Five for Friday

The last Friday of May!  Wow!  It’s hard to believe summer is almost upon us.  Here are the top five “summery” things on my mind.

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All sorts of summery foods!  – I really want to try the Very Berry Ice Box Cake that I’ve had bookmarked since last summer.  It looks so easy and so yummy with my favorites, graham crackers!

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Recipe and photo courtesy of Skinny Mom.  Click “skinny mom” to see recipe.  

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Summer schedule! – I’m so looking forward to a bit of a different pace.  The one below from Organizing Made Fun looks perfect.  I may just jiggle the days around a bit to fit our library/swimming lesson class schedule.

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Photo courtesy of website.

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Visiting family and getting some blueberries!  – Holden’s favorite fruit (really one of many) is the blueberry.  I’m trying to coordinate a trip to see our families with the Blueberry Festival weekend on Chincoteague Island, VA.  You can read more about it here.  I’m thinking he’ll polish off any I get (and possibly freeze) by September.  

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Photo courtesy of the festival’s website.

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Picnics – Oh how I love a picnic!  I’m completely inspired to have more “grown-up” sandwiches on my summer picnic after my recent grown-ups only picnic in the ATL.  I loved the ham, brie, fig jam, and sliced green apple combo.  Here’s a list of Martha’s picks.  I love the first option.

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Move! – I love a fresh, clean start.  That’s what this house is.  I’m so thrilled to report that we are full steam ahead for our closing date of June 16.  We’re on our way to being happy homeowners with a lot more elbow room!  

There you go!  Happy Friday!

Where I Am

Making: dinner, dessert, etc.
Cooking: vegetables, starches, and protein AND peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies (desserts for life, yo)
Drinking: coffee and water, oh so dull…
Reading: Coastal Living magazine, the Bibble (aka the Bible), and the me i want to be by john ortberg
Wanting: a few more minutes in the day (or an hour or two)
Looking: at interior decorating ideas and sandbox plans
Playing: with side ponytails, buns, I like it on the side now
Wasting: milk, apparently I buy more milk than H can drink before the expiration date
Wishing: for summer to hurry up and get here and then slow way way down
Enjoying: having no bangs
Waiting: for a house closing date
Liking: how much Holden is talking and sharing his thoughts
Wondering: are we ready for two?
Loving: my new wooden birch bowl from the arts festival
Hoping: to get to the beach this weekend
Marveling: at how warm it has gotten, seems like spring just got here
Needing: a few summer clothing items
Smelling: my amberish scent from Bath and Body Works lotion
Wearing: maxi dresses as skirts
Following: my dreams and looking for a new crock-pot
Noticing: more time talking to Holden versus instead of vacantly scrolling since the deletion of my Facebook and instagram accounts
Knowing: this should be changed to NOT knowing and NOT accepting my limits
Thinking: about our summer plans, house plans, family plans…always thinking
Feeling: a little sad after saying bye to a friend after an overdue visit this past weekend
Bookmarking: home workouts, recipes, toddler activities
Opening: a jar of coconut oil for everything from cooking to facial care to hair care
Giggling: when Holden runs in the room and asks “Where’s Dada?” when they play hide and seek before dinner
Feeling: a little scared about all our new life ventures 

{inspired by The Daybook}

See my numero uno here

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Holiday Weekend Whereabouts: Atlanta

Oh my!  It has been so long!!!!  Things have been busy to say the very least!  Since last time we talked, we lost a short sale, found a new house, put offer on said house, picked strawberries, made preserves, visited with friends near and far, AND did all the regular stuff like eat/sleep/workout/fight colds/work/etc.  This Memorial Day weekend was fun-filled for me and the Mr. and H.  I actually flew away on a jet plane down to Atlanta to visit one of my very best friends whom I hadn’t visited in an embarrassingly long time.  To confess, I wanted to go, but I didn’t want to go.  You know what I mean?  Any time a mommy is out of  town things get a little interesting for everyone involved…the mommy included!  The Mr. and H met me at the airport with some beautiful flowers and big hugs.  I had a wonderful time traveling, visiting, eating, and just SITTING without them, but I missed them so very much.  I was happy to get back to them.  Now, the laundry…that was a different story.  Let’s being…

We ate my new favorite restaurant in Decatur, GA called Sun in My Belly.  Only slightly far away from my current location!  😉  The french toast and salmon bagel were amazing!  The decor was so hipster pretty too!

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Another fun stop was the Decatur Art Festival.  I am in love with wooden bowls…There are worse addictions, right?!?!?  A smart-lipped man made me a deal too good to pass up on these two beauties.  

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We saw such neat things.  I loved these inspirational signs.

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We also went into the more city-like atmosphere of Atlanta and enjoyed a drink at The Sundial.  This restaurant/bar offers a revolving (I kid you not!) view of the Atlanta skyline.  Very impressive, Sundial.  It was a beautiful ride up to the 73rd floor at the top of the Westin.  

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We snapped some pics at the Olympic Centennial Park, the CNN building, and while enjoying our sunset view of the Atlanta skyline.

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Although it was not as glamorous as one might imagine, I felt very urban taking MARTA (Atlanta’s public transit) and hopping on and off like a lower budget Carrie Brandshaw.  Ha!

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You can safely conclude that I had an awesome time!  The company was excellent.  The food and time without a little one was well-needed.  I did manage to get in two runs while there that nearly forced me to limp onto the airplane.  Those hills are a killer!  Yes, in my opinion, Atlanta has hills.  

 

 

 

Celebrations

Happy Mothers’ Day to all the mommies, yet-to-be mommies, mentors, and anyone else out there who “mothers” a child even those of the furry variety!  My not-so-little sister graduated with degree numero dos from Old Dominion University this weekend.  She has just one little summer practicum standing between her and gainful employment which I know she is thrilled about.  It was a whirlwind weekend that started off with lifejacket purchasing, vet visiting, and chocolate eating fun.  Seriously…if you are in Town Center Virginia Beach check out The Royal Chocolate shop.  See website here.  Delicious and so much variety of chocolate candies!  Saturday was the big graduation day.  Here are some pictures capturing those moments.Image

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Afterwards, we had dinner in The Attic at Waterman’s at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  The Mr. and I had fish tacos, but the real reason to go is the Orange Crush drink.  They do a doozy on me, so I had 0 (plus I was the captain of the ship heading home that night).  Graduate and Mr. Dog pictured below…

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After all that food, we managed to move the party back to our teensy apartment for some coffee and fruit pizza.  Although mine wasn’t nearly as photogenic as the one that went with the online recipe, it was tasty and healthy enough that Holden and I enjoyed slices for breakfast this Sunday morning.  Before baking crust in pic 1, and the final product in pic 2.

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We celebrated Mothers’ Day a little early with a present from the  Mr. and H (I’m sure Roscoe helped too!).  I honestly thought they had got me cigars when I saw the box!  Much to my relief, it was beautiful cards personalized with my name!  The font is a pretty light blue.  I absolutely love sending snail mail, so this was a perfect gift.  Very thoughtful of you.  🙂  I also got some yummy, lavender bath products from my mom that I’ve yet to use.  I’m looking forward to trying them out tonight.

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Today was full of church, lounging, and a little park/picnic time.  We got salad from Farm Fresh and took them to a nice little park.  Holden had a hummus and cheese sandwich with a squeezey fruit/veg thing.  Thank goodness he eats whatever!  So handy!

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I feel like I’ve been on vacation with all this relaxing today and all the fun throughout this weekend!  Even though I had so much fun celebrating, I do want to wish the two ladies who made it all possible, my mommy and my Mr.’s mommy.  Without you two ladies, we wouldn’t be here today and acting with good sense most of the time.  😉  Thanks to my mommy for raising me to recognize a good deal when I see one.  Thanks to the Mr.’s mommy for raising the man of my dreams and making me feel like a daughter not just a daughter “in-law.”  He is truly a “good deal!”  I think this popular song by John Legend says it well… See video here.  

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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5 for Friday

Another edition!  We’ve had hot hot hot temperatures here the past few days!  What a change!  I must admit I love the warmer weather.  Here’s 5 things on my (toasty) mind this Friday…

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Outside and more outside time!  It almost feels sinful not to be outside enjoying the weather and just nature coming alive again after that crazy winter.  I love taking Holden to the park, and I know it’s important for him to socialize aka stare at other kids 🙂 but part of me loves when we just have the park to ourselves.  After some early traveling last Sunday, we arrived at a park not too far from home that was quiet at 8 o’clock in the morning.  We’re early risers!

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I’m so thankful for all the gifts from our students!  I received candy, soaps, gum, magazines, sunscreen, homemade treats, cups, gift cards, flowers…  The list goes on and on.  Although it is nice to receive these things, I’ve been getting the best gifts of all this week in the form of awesome testing results from my students.  Looks like they may have been paying attention, absorbing, and learning how to apply all that teaching that has been going on this year after all!

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I’m excited to try a new twist on a recipe.  I’m making my own “crust” for a fruit pizza following Monica’s advice/recipe from The Yummy Life.  I’ve made mini fruit pizzas before following the semi-homemade recipe using sugar cookie dough.  I want to make it a bit healthier this time, but I confess to being a *little* worried about how busy my Saturday morning is going to be with all this homemade-ness going on!  Here is her recipe and beautiful creation pictured below…  Doesn’t it look scrumptious!?!?!

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A little thought for teachers and those who work with kids…

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We are well on our way to hearing a decision from the bank regarding the offer we put in on a home that is a short sale.  I try not to obsess about it, but I am so excited!!!!   I can proudly report that I did not cyber-stalk our realtor and did not contact him until he contacted us this week.  I know it is a lengthy process, so I was trying to be patient.  I would just love to be able to do some project like the one below over the summer.  An address change in the permanent variety would be so exciting!!!

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Cute, huh?  See full details how do make these little darlings here.  

 

Hope you had a terrific Friday!  Two fat days of weekend fun await!

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A Muddy Run

Greetings!  Can you believe that we are already over “the hump” of hump day???  I’m so looking forward to the weekend.  My sister is graduating (again!) from Old Dominion University with a Master of Science in Education:  Speech-Language Pathology.  She is so grown up and professional sounding with all that behind her name!  In addition to all that excitement, I’m looking forward to some decently warm temps and an outdoors run.  I just hate treadmill runs!  I participated in my very first mud run this past Saturday at the Man Meets Mud event in Pocomoke City, MD.  It was a 5K run with 20+ obstacles.  I went in not knowing what to expect, but I was surprised how intense the obstacles were.  Thank goodness I kept up my weight lifting with some running thrown in.  I truly think that was more crucial than the running.  Unfortunately, I don’t have my time yet.  I guess that’s what happens when it is a race without chip timing!  I did finishing first in my heat for the ladies and fifth overall in the heat for guys and gals.  My parents as well as little H were there to cheer me on.

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Just a snapshot of our day this past Saturday!  So fun and definitely on my list to do again in the future.  I’m thinking the weekend run is going to be a little milder than this!  

Happy running!  What’s the best race you’ve participated in?  Color runs?  Zombie runs?  Night runs?

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Teacher Appreciation Week and an Easy Semi-DIY gift

Happy Hump Day!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I’ve already had so many sweet gifts.  My vase at school is overflowing with beautiful flowers brought in by students, and I received some little gifts yesterday like sunscreen (summer will be here soon!), trail mix, hand soap, chocolate, etc.  Our PTA even got Panera bagels and coffee for us yesterday!  The official day for teachers was yesterday (May 6th).  However, I’m going to tell you now that any time you remember and acknowledge what a teacher has done for your child is really the right day.  I’m not saying that gifts are required.  Just that it’s nice to feel acknowledged.  For example, I overheard one student saying “Of course teachers don’t work in the summertime.  They need a break from all this!”  My new favorite student.  🙂  I did up a little “bouquet” for Holden’s daycare ladies.  Although he isn’t learning 2+2 or what sound letter T makes, they are teaching him daily, every minute, every second…  I’m so thankful to have the daycare providers that we do, and I definitely wanted them to know that!  Here’s what I made…

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Basically, I spent $11-ish dollars (thank you educator discount!) at AC Moore Craft Store on 3 candies, 3 Crystal Light packets, 3 notecard packs, a small glass vase, pink tissue paper, and small wooden dowels/sticks/whatever you want to call them!  I put tissue paper down in the vase first.  Then, I taped each item onto the wooden rods using Scotch tap.  After that, I just started sticking the rods in and added tissue paper in the middle of the vase to give the items some stability.  Presto!  Finally, I wrote about how thankful I am to them for all they do for H.  My favorite is a handwritten note.  I’m willing to bet that it was their favorite part too!  Total time was about 10 minutes meandering in the store plus about 10 minutes assembly and card writing at home.  Can’t beat that!  

What easy semi-DIY gifs have you made?

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