What’s Up Wednesday

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It’s  What’s Up Wednesday !

Mel, Sheaffer and Shay host this link up where they share some random and fun stuff that’s up today.

While trying to edit my post from today, I inadvertently deleted it!  I had shared about four recipes for make-ahead meals…

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Baked Chicken Fajitas

Black Bean Burgers

Cancer Fighting Soup

These recipes start off my “What’s Up Wednesday” post for what we are eating!

What am I reminiscing about?  THIS- – -Teeny H doing her first artwork!IMG_3521.jpg

We’ve been doing a little painting around here this summer.  Big H is so into it!  He did a great picture of his coach at soccer camp to take and share as part of his “homework.”  🙂

What I’m loving…

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Yes, my coffee picture needs to be that big.  I was on the decaf coffee boat all through my pregnancy and breastfeeding period.  It’s nice to have a real deal cup every morning.  I try to limit it to one.

I also have enjoyed using all the generous Starbucks gift cards that students have given me over the course of the past school year.  I finished my last one today with this for me and a fruit squeeze for H.

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What I’ve been up to…

Driving back and forth to soccer camp!  So I first had thought we would make the jump into summer camps next year.  H seemed a little young to me.  Although he would never admit it, I think he was getting kind of bored with Mommy and the little one.  He was apprehensive and pretty much downright reluctant when we first started talking about the decision to do it.  However, he has absolutely loved it!  He says it is so much fun and so much running.  🙂  IMG_5040.jpg

The picture above was on Monday (his first day out of 5).  He took right off for the fields!

What I’m dreading…

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I’m dreading fall.  I know I’m probably one of few people to admit to this.  I was thrilled today when the temps were lower, but fall symbolizes a lot of work, responsibility, and just crazy busyness.

What am I working on…

I’m working on relaxing with my “to-do” lists {easier said than done!}.  I’m working on getting Miss H to say all the words.  Right now, she loves to say “no” in a seriously cute slightly nasal way.

Pretty soon I’m going to be working on back-to-work/school prep that includes all the school supply shopping plus organizing plus let’s go back to getting up at 6AM things.  P.S.    I still get up early.  Today was a 4:30 day!  🙂

What I’m excited about…

I’m excited to be doing a couple more family visits before our back to reality prep.  I’m also excited about recommitting to some things.  For me, resolutions and such go better and seem more natural in September versus January.  A new school year is a fresh start.

I’m also hoping to get some one-on-one time with my most favorite person…even if I have to hijack his schedule to do so!

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What I’m Listening/Reading…

I’ve been listening to TED talks when I have the chance as well as Bethel Music.

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This book was excellent!  A romance/sister book plus just a story about having faith.  I really liked it.

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This one has some of the same characters in it but looks at a different aspect of the family story.  Liked this one as well!

As far as watching, I did watch some of the best clips from the movie Anchorman the other night.  So funny!

What I’m wearing…

Lots of gym clothes!  I do *try* to do regular shorts and a T-shirt sometimes.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Baby shower, pool {maybe beach}, cleaning, packing some stuff, cleaning windows, exercising, etc.  Playing with my kids, feeding them, picking up their stuff….the list goes on and on.  Basically all the things!  LOL!  I bet maybe half will get done.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

I’m looking forward to being back in a routine.  Kind-of.  Probably not.

What else is new…

This is not new, but it is odd.  I wax my car myself at least once a year.  Each time I do it I think about my grandfather nearly the whole time.  He was the master waxer, showed me the waxing ropes, and helped me do it on my car.

What do I love about summer…

Well, it is nice not having to rush off in the morning.  My most favorite thing though is having to put on less clothes to stay warm.  I’m cold pretty much every day all day when I’m at work.  It’s miserable, and I look silly wearing a heavy sweater in May.  I should also be noted that I stayed in my gym clothes from my early morning work-out all day yesterday.  🙂  I’m not sure if that is a positive or a negative.

 

Hope you have a great day!

Natalie

 

 

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What’s Up Wednesday

Happy hump day!  This week is absolutely flying by!  I feel like October will have come and gone before I can turn around!  I’m linking up with Shay, Mel, and Sheafer.  Here’s “What’s Up” with us…

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What We’re Eating…

Lots of wraps!  I have had a almond butter, raisin, agave syrup and banana whole wheat wrap three mornings in a row!  I bought a big pack of wraps from Trader Joe’s to make veggie wraps for lunch last weekend.

What I’m Reminiscing About…

Previous falls!  I love these pictures of Holden taken at the annual CHKD Make-a-Scarecrow.  ❤

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Here’s this year’s!

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What I’m Loving…

Catching up with my mom twice this week.  This is a big deal since I don’t live around the corner.  She came and stayed with us on Saturday, and she stopped by with my dad this evening on their way back from an appointment.  So nice to have a little talking time that does not involve a cell phone!

What We’ve Been Up To…(and Sort-of What I’m Dreading…)

For me, it’s been work, home life, sleep, repeat.  I have started going to the gym in the mornings two days a week.  It’s a little challenging find that time to workout for myself with two little ones in the afternoon.  Thankfully, the Mr. is super helpful, and he gets both kids up and going in the morning.  Love him!  Holden has been up to some soccer, lots of “creations” aka making things out of stuff in the recycling bin, and all sorts of fall-themed activities at his preschool.  Helen is eating solid food(!).  She’s had rice cereal, bananas, and avocados.  Bananas are her favorite.  Shocking, right?  The Mr. is heavily anticipating hunting season.  I’m happy for him, BUT I do really miss him when he’s off on those adventures.  Check out these funny e-cards (all from Pinterest) below…

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What I’m Working On…

Feeding Helen solid foods!  I take my food prep, children’s food, etc. very seriously.  I’ve been making all sorts of food (sweet potato, pear, banana, avocado).  I hope to do some winter squash this weekend.

What I’m Excited About…

I’m actually excited about decorating for Halloween this weekend AND our costumes this year.  Holden decided on “Indian!” and we’re all following along.  The Mr. is still saying that’s a big N-O to him dressing up.  However, I hold out hope.  We are making Holden’s, but I did buy him a little bow and arrow and a brown shirt.  We’re going to make him an Indian vest out of a paper grocery bag.  I so loved doing this as a kid!  Have no clue why we did it, but I vividly remember it.  I also got elastic headbands (and a brown onesie for Helen) for both kids that I plan to hot glue feathers to.  Here’s Crayola’s advice on how to do it.  

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What I’m Watching/Reading…

I did watch the presidential debate and instantly felt like an informed citizen (If you know me, you know this is a lie.  I’m usually clueless about current events).  I just finished Beautiful Day.  I would recommend it if you like an easy read with lots of family drama that isn’t your own!  I love the setting, Nantucket!

What I’m Listening To…

I jammed out to Mariah Carey’s “Hero” this morning.  So good!  I typically listen to Christian music mostly all the time.  I like this new song, Thy Will.

What I’m Wearing…

I’m still sporting all my summer clothes.  It really doesn’t feel like fall here yet with temps mostly in the 80s.  I feel like I need to be wearing rain boots all the time.  We had so much rain last week that school was closed on Wednesday and 2 hours late on Thursday due to flooding.  I kind of want this trucker hat…why does a hat cost 20 bucks?!?!

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What I’m Doing this Weekend…

Cleaning, Soccer Game, Visiting with the Hs’ C-Pa and Meme, finishing up Sunday School online training, teaching Sunday School, enjoying being with my fave people, and lots of other things!  Weekends are busy!

What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month…

  • my sister-in-law’s wedding
  • Halloween and Granny’s visit
  • some teacher work days plus Veteran’s Day off with my babes
  • cool breezes
  • some runs before it gets chilly out there (I’m such a baby when it comes to running outside in cold weather!)

What Else is New…

Not much!  I will say my attitude is new this week.  I’ve been really trying to focus on gratitude, finding as much joy in the day as I can, and just being super thankful for all that God has given me.  I want to treasure all these blessings and use/tend them the best I can.

Hope your day has been a good one!  Only two days until the weekend.  Hip-hip-hooray!

Natalie