Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: April 2016

Um...this month FLEW by. Like, how is it almost May...how is this year almost half over...where did spring even go...how is bathing suit season right around the corner?!?!? So many questions.
Rather then continue to ask questions I am linking up today for What's Up Wednesday to answer some questions instead. 



Every month we answer these same questions and it is kind of cool to see the different answers from others and look back on what you were doing each month too. Go check out ShayMel and Sheaffer to read other fun answers to these questions: 

What we are eating...

This  tuna noodle casserole from Skinnytaste blog. It looks delicious and it is lighter in calories than most tuna noodle casseroles so I'm hoping it is a hit with the family so we can add it to our dinner rotation.
A light, healthy version of a classic American dish.
The husband is also going to make his delicious fish tacos...SO GOOD, so I am super excited about that as well!

What I'm Reminiscing About...

Our wedding...as I mentioned in yesterdays post here, we celebrated 3 years of marriage and it was so fun to look through pictures and remember how great our wedding day was! 




What I'm Loving...

This drink...
 Bai, an antioxidant drink of some sort that promises to be good for you with only 5 calories and is sweetened with stevia...plus it is DELICIOUS.  Ok, to be fair I have only tried this panama peach flavor...but based off of how yummy this one was I am going to assume they are all amazing!  I am sure I am really late to the game on this drink, but whatever...I will now be adding this to my grocery list for sure.

What We Have Been Up To...

Pretty much enjoying the nice weather still, with some of this:



 And this...


And always this...


Obviously these sunglasses too...


And when the warm weather starts to get a little too hot...there is always coloring and princess dresses inside...duh!


All followed by this:


What I'm Dreading...

Shopping for a bathing suit...I mean does that even need to spoken? Do people like to bathing suit shop?!?! I am sure there are actually plenty of people that do and bless them for it...but I am not one of them.  Mostly because of two things: my boobs. I said it...they don't like to fit into much, especially bathing suits making it nearly impossible to be semi-modest at all at the pool. Is it too much to ask for a little support, a little coverage and a lot of cuteness...any suggestions on large busted swim wear, send them my way!!!!

What I'm Working On...

I found this  amazing office/guest room on pinterest and knew it was the perfect thing for us to do in our office.  Currently we both have desks in our third bedroom, along with other random things but I have always wanted to figure out how to incorporate a guest space in there as well. The room is not very big so when I saw this idea of  having a futon on one side and the desks on the other wall it was perfect! I have been slowly working on clearing out space and reorganizing to make it all fit.  
a family office and guest room in one, bedroom ideas, home office, organizing
a family office and guest room in one, bedroom ideas, home office, organizing
photo source here
Ps...I am also in such love with that giant US picture above the futon!!

What I'm Excited About...

So the husband and I recently completed the 21 Day Fix and have now decided it's time to tackle the new Beach Body system: 22 Minute Hard Corp.  We have really enjoyed doing these workouts together at home and it is super cute to get Ellie involved. She has tiny little weights that she will carry around now and says "I workout!" whenever she knows we are getting ready to start one. It makes me feel so good and proud to have her aware of exercise...even if we are still in the beginning stages of getting more fit. 

What I'm Watching/Reading...


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix...so funny! We watched the entire first season, and the second season recently came out so we have just started into that too. 


I tried to listen to this book on Audible...but found it soooo disturbing and dark that I had to make myself stop about half way thru. It was seriously consuming me and making me feel so icky...I really wanted to find out what happened next but it was just so disturbing I had to stop. Anyone else read this book and feel this way. I just feel like I need positive, fun things in my life and this was not it for me!

What I'm Listening To...

Besides Audible books...I am loving Pandora One: "Mickey Mouse Club House" is a favorite in our house as well as "60's, 70's and 80's Hit Radio" and "Tom Petty Radio".

What I'm Wearing...

Still rocking yoga/workout pants. My favorite are these from Kohl's.  They are a little thicker then most and have a "shapewear" band at the belly that helps to hold you  in all the right places.  They are also not super low rise, so I can sit on the ground with Ellie and not worry about exposing crack to anyone and everyone behind me!

What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Prom makeup for my cousin.  I LOVE doing makeup for anyone, but prom is always especially fun because I get to be a little more creative then the every day application.  It helps when your client is cute too!!  

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...

Hopefully continuing to work out and see results so that whatever swimsuit I decide to purchase, after hours of deliberation, will look good on me...or I will at least feel comfortable.  I am also looking forward to the Crawl for Cancer next month.  Some of my cousins and friends...and the husband...all pick a theme and dress up and go out and have a good time raising money for cancer research and enjoying everyone's company.  Last year we did NWO and it was hysterical...not sure we can out do that one, but we will always try.
It is usually a pretty fun time and I love getting out and seeing so many people! 


What Else is New...

After over a month with cold like/allergy symptoms I finally went to the doctor and come to find out I had a sinus infection so bad I am now on antibiotics for 3 weeks...hopefully this gets rid of my puffy eyes and sad sad sinuses.  Probably shouldn't have waited so long to go to the doc!!! Anyone else have allergies or sinus issues...THE WORST!!!!  

Hope everyone has a great rest of your week!!






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

3 Years Later...

On this day three years ago I made a promise and vow to my very best friend.  On this day three years ago I started a new life and never looked back.  I jumped, heart first, into this journey and have loved every single minute of it. (ok, not EVERY single minute...but most minutes) 

Happy three year anniversary, husband!  
I cannot imagine my life without you in it, I cannot imagine a better partner in this life or better daddy for our Ellie, then you. 
With you, life is never too serious. 
With you, we always feel safe and taken care of.
With you, we always feel loved. 
Thank you for all that you do...there is no way I could list it all, but just know I love it all and am so thankful for you!!!

As I was reading over our wedding ceremony in a post I wrote here I came across part of the words that were read and it struck me how perfect it was three years ago and how much even more now.  And so I will leave you with them and some pictures...because duh, I love pictures almost as much as I love my husband!

"Real love is something beyond the warmth and glow, the excitement and romance of being deeply in love.  It is caring as much about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as about your own.  But real love is not total absorption in each other; it is looking outward in the same direction---together.  Love makes burdens lighter, because you divide them.  It makes joys more intense because you share them.  It makes you stronger so you can reach out and become involved with life in ways you dared not risk alone"
















Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekending...We Went to Salt Fork!

Hey guys! So I just realized I didn't post at all last week except to fill you in on what we did LAST weekend...so whoops!  
The only big thing that happened last week was that the husband finished his 40 hour work week schedule and gets to go back to a platoon schedule...let me explain a tiny bit.  He started going to paramedic school thru his work with the city of Columbus (he is a firefighter)  and with him going to school, they changed their schedule to Mon-Thur 8-6 every week...these guys didn't like it at all and missed their normal schedule of 24 hours at work and 48 hours off....so after 11 months they get to finally go back to their favorite schedule and my husband is so excited.  I know it sounds weird and complicated but he loves the platoon schedule and really didn't love sitting in a classroom 10 hours a day for 4 days straight.

Complicated and I know most people work 5 days a week for 8+ hours every day, but that is not what Joe likes and he knows it so he chose a career that lets him do what he loves on a schedule he loves...
Let's get to our weekend, shall we!!

FRIDAY////

We pretty much took the entire day and hung outside because the weather was so nice.  Basically: sand, bubbles and walks sums up this day!

We got a new bubble machine that pumps out some SERIOUS bubbles...
like, so. many. bubbles.







And then there is the sand...oh how this mama despises the sand...but oh how Ellie loves it so.  I have to really just "let it go" and I usually give up and let her go to town...and then she does things like this and I die laughing. 
I mean who does this?!?!


SATURDAY///

We had purchased a one night stay at Salt Fork State Park Lodge over a year ago at an auction and totally forgot to use it until we realized it expired at the end of this month...so we booked a night and hit the road for the lodge.  Neither one of us had ever been, but were pleasantly surprised.  


The rooms were cute and the decor everywhere was very "cabin/lodge rustic"....which is not my typical style, but for a state park lodge it fit perfectly. Joe LOVED the decor and said he would love to have a house that looked like it...no thanks buddy, love ya!
Our room, with a little balcony.

The view from the balcony.  A cute little fire pit and down the hill you could walk and they have a bunch of two bedroom cabins to rent right on the lake. 


We did walk around and explore a little...we were at a state park after all, so we felt a little obligated to be one with nature for part of the day! We had hoped it would be nice enough to rent kayaks and get out on the water, but it turns out the marina doesn't open until May 1...we will have to go back for that for sure though. 


We made our way down to the restaurant for dinner and this is were the husband fell in love with the decor...cute for a lodge, not for my house.


  Our food was really good, and they had a great selection of prices and food items..and they had tater tots so I was in heaven!

Lastly we made our way over to the "lounge" where we talked the night away with perfect strangers that quickly became our best friends...and by quickly I mean after a few drinks...and as I learned the next day, I had a few too many drinks. Blah...can't hang like I could in my 20's!!!


According to my aunt, the bartender at Salt Fork makes amazing long island ice teas....which is never my drink of choice, however I felt obligated to give it a try.  It was sooooo good, sooooo dangerous....soooo the reason I was best friends forever with half the bar by the end of the night.  I mean one drink has like 5 shots in it... just typing that makes my stomach flip flop. Might be a while before i drink another one of those again!


So, yeah we had a really fun time...had a few too many drinks but made some great friends...enjoyed nature. We would totally go back!!
Random fact I had no clue about:  apparently Salt Fork is VERY well known for having Big Foot sightings...they even house the annual Big Foot Conference there every year.  
I mean, who knew?!?!?

SUNDAY////

Recover from Saturday.  

Good times this past weekend for sure...to sum it up: my daughter loves bubbles and sand, I can't drink like I could in my 20's, my husband likes lodge decor, a big foot conference actually exists.  
Happy Monday!!


**Linking up with Biana for Weekending
and with Katie for #MIMM