Thanksgiving 2017 in Indianapolis

Hey friends!! How are you this morning? It is always hard to get back into the swing of things after a nice holiday break, but it sure feels good to be back in a routine.  We celebrated Thanksgiving this year in Indianapolis with my in-laws.  We switch each Thanksgiving and Christmas between my parents and my in-laws and it seems to work pretty well for us.  We are on the same schedule with my sister and her boyfriend/his parents so my parents either get all of us or none of us. 😉  This Christmas we will be in Nashville, which will also be the first time we haven’t had to travel for the holidays since living at home in high school. 🙂 I am pretty excited to get to enjoy our decorations this year and spend a little more time enjoying the holidays rather than traveling.  

Last Wednesday we left for Indianapolis.  It is about a 4 and a half hour drive so it wasn’t bad at all.  We arrived to see our “agenda” on the nightstand.  My mother-in-law is the cutest.  

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We had some soup for dinner at home and called it an early night.  Somehow both dogs and my husband ended up in my bed (my TWIN bed) for a movie to end the night.  I kinda love the snuggles though. 😉 

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Thanksgiving morning we woke up bright and early to head to the annual Drumstick Dash.  The proceeds from the race go fight homelessness in Indy.  My brother-in-law and I ran while my husband, other brother-in-law, and mother-in-law walked.  

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Thanksgiving day was spent just hanging around the house, watching movies and playing cards until it was time to start cooking.  

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We only eat in the dining room on special occasions so that makes it kinda fun!  

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This year we opted for a less traditional meal of surf and turf and lots of sides!  We made steak, lobster, scallops, a delicious salad (romaine, goat cheese, craisins, apples), green beans, roasted carrots, a mashed potato casserole and a sweet potato casserole!  We all agreed it was one of the best meals we have ever had!! 

 

Riley is sporting a new look these days and he wanted to show ya’ll… 🙂 

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Friday evening we headed downtown to the Pacers game!  It was a really close game and they ended up winning it right at the end!  

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I am SO thankful for this guy.  He is my rock.  

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As you can see I didn’t take as many pictures as usual.  I am really trying to focus on being more present and living in the moment.  We had such a fun time in Indy with family and I am already missing my mother-in-law’s amazing cooking.  🙂  We headed back to Nashville on Saturday afternoon to avoid the Sunday traffic and to have some time at home before heading back to work.  We cleaned the whole house, unpacked, did a few loads of laundry, did grocery shopping and meal prepping, completed some Christmas shopping and put up more decorations.  It is such a wonderful feeling going into a new week feeling refreshed and prepared!  I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your loved ones!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving?
  2. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
  3. Do you travel each year for the holidays?

Better Late Than Never Weekend Recap 11.19.17

Hi there!  How was your Thanksgiving weekend?  Ours was wonderful!  We spent Thanksgiving in Indianapolis with my in-laws and had a great time!  I am working on a recap of our time in Indy, but in the mean time I am going to share pictures from the previous weekend.  

My mom and I decided that our small gift to neighbors, friends, family and coworkers (my husband’s and mine) would be homemade Christmas cookies this year.  So we picked a couple Saturdays to put on the books for cooking baking! 

We started last weekend and got about halfway done. 🙂 

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Riley was waiting for the scraps. 😉 

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This time of year really makes me miss my granny.  She and my mom baked Christmas cookies every year.  We still use a lot of her recipes with her precious handwriting.  I am so lucky to be able to carry on the tradition with my momma.  

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Riley and I worked on putting together all of the boxes for the cookies.  It was no easy task. 😉 

We made sure to shop for our in-laws early this year so we didn’t have to ship gifts.  That prompted me to shop for everyone so I started the wrapping last weekend too.  It sure is nice to get Christmas shopping done early so we can just enjoy the holiday season.  

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We still have our pumpkins on our front porch, but we started decorating inside just a bit.  This will be the first year we have not had to travel for Christmas (we will be with my family for Christmas and since they live in Nashville we don’t have to travel to see them).  My sister and her boyfriend will come from Dallas with their two pups for the holiday and I can’t wait!!  

My mom and I did lots of shopping for Christmas decorations last weekend (I can’t wait to shop you guys all of them once they are up!) and that included lots of lights!! I spent the rest of the weekend doing this… 

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We took a little break from baking and decorating to go to Costco with my mom so we could get a membership!  We had one back when we lived in Cincinnati, but since then there has not been a convenient store location.  Thanks mom! 

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Last Monday we tried a new-to-us restaurant called Whiskey Kitchen.  We had heard great things but just hadn’t had a chance to go.  

I got the salmon that came with a yummy salad and green beans.  My husband got the fried tomato BLT and loved it too! 

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After dinner we headed downtown for the Predators game.  They won! woo!!  A little date night on a Monday night is definitely a nice way to start the week! 

That is all for today!  I will pop back in later this week to share pictures from our Thanksgiving!! I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Questions: 

  1. How was your Thanksgiving?
  2. Have you started shopping for the holidays?
  3. Do you do any annual baking during the holidays? 

Labor Day Weekend Recap 9.4.17 Family Fun at Lake Burton

Hey guys!! How are you?  How was your long weekend?  We made it back from the lake Monday afternoon, but had the best weekend away.  We left Friday after work for my in-law’s lake house in Georgia with my dad, brother, our pups and my mother-in-law.  We got in late on Friday night and went straight to bed. 

On Saturday morning, we took a walk with the pups then hit the lake!!  Our dogs aren’t spoiled at all….

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This little munchkin did some tubing!!  

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And made a new friend at the marina after he got some ice cream!  I am still trying to convince him that dogs are better than cats… he disagrees.  

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Saturday afternoon we played some ping pong and took turns on the kayaks in the cove before loading up on the boat with some drinks and appetizers for a little sunset cruise!

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The pups were pretty happy they got to tag along. 🙂

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My dad and brother. 

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My dad tried all day long to catch a fish and finally did later Saturday evening! 

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Sunday morning we all piled in the car and headed to a nearby trail for a short hike!

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The short hike led to a beautiful waterfall!

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Jacob leading the way. 

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The crew minus my dad, the photographer. 🙂 

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Me, my brother, and my daddy!

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After our hike, we hung out on the boathouse for a while before taking out the jetskis!  Jacob couldn’t get enough!  He likes to go fast!!!  My dad last about 5 minutes. 🙂

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We had such a nice relaxing weekend filled with lots of fun activities and fun family time, but we were all a little tired when we got home on Monday.  Riley headed straight for a nap with his “friends.” 😉

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Later that night he decided I was a better pillow. 🙂  I just can’t get enough of this pup! Don’t you guys worry… Callie gets all the love too… she was probably just hiding in a corner during this picture… she is a funny one. 🙂 

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That about sums up our weekend at the lake!  We are so fortunate our families get along so well and we can all be together on long holiday weekends!! I hope you guys all had a fun and relaxing weekend as well!! I will be back later this week for my final two recaps of our trip to Hawaii!!

Questions:

  1. Did you travel anywhere for Labor Day?
  2. What was the best meal you had this weekend?
  3. Did you get to do any outdoor activities this weekend? Lake? Pool? Hike? 

And the Lake Fun Continues

Good morning! Whew, the weekend has arrived!!  We don’t have a ton of plans this weekend, which is nice after being away last weekend.  I’m hoping to get in a few trips to the park with the pups, a couple workouts, some pool time with my momma and some cleaning around the house.  

When we were at the lake, we took a couple rides on the Jetskis (I always drive… I do not trust my husband not to go too fast…:)).  Well when I came outside the other day… I saw this…. I’m not sure exactly what I said to my husband, but I let him know that nothing better happen to my girl.  And what do ya know… she actually enjoyed the ride!  He was very cautious with her and went pretty slow, but she seemed to like it.  

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My husband giving me a heart attack one day at a time… #overlyconcerneddoggiemomma

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The cutest little family there ever was.  

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I mentioned before that we go out on the boat to see the fireworks show every year.  Well this year I was voted to be the statue of liberty…. 

I tried to get out of this duty… with no success. 😉 

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Last night at the lake with my sweet sister!

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So happy these two made the trip to join us! 

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Otis looking calming while planning his next escape.  😉

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I got pretty dang lucky in the spouse department. 🙂  My husband may disagree… 😉

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My husband and I with his parents.  We just love these two. 

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The whole gang minus my in-laws’ friends! 

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We had such a great Fourth of July weekend with our friends and family and are so thankful to all the men and women who sacrifice each day to allow us these special moments.  And a very special Happy Birthday to my momma whose birthday was on the 4th!!!  

Questions:

  1. What does freedom mean to you?
  2. What are you up to this weekend?
  3. Do your siblings live near you? 

The Fourth of July Lake Burton Tradition Continues

Hey guys!  I hope you all had a wonderful, long holiday weekend.  We got back from Georgia on Tuesday and I sure was happy when I realized it was Wednesday and not Monday when I got back to work the next day. 🙂 

We left for Lake Burton on Thursday after work and arrived late Thursday night.  The rest of the crew arrived Friday so we planned to just hang around on Friday.  It was a good thing we didn’t have plans outdoors because it poured rain all day on Friday.  We eventually got in a nice little evening cruise a little later on when some guests arrived.  

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Sweet Riley in his element.  

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My sister and her boyfriend arrived late Friday night and we had quite an early wake up call on Saturday morning for the Lake Burton Fun Run.  It is just a 2 mile run along the lake, but it sure is hilly.  We finished in around 18:30, but I’m sure that was because of me.  This little lady was running like it was no big deal and I was over here huffing and puffing up the hills. 😉  

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There was quite the celebration at the marina afterwards. 

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After we got home and changed we took the boat to a nearby island so the pups could run around.  Riley was in absolute heaven.  I have never met another little dog that loves water as much as Riley does.  

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We brought the hillbilly golf game down to the lake and we had so much fun playing it.  

 

Throughout the long weekend, we had a few thunderstorms, which were welcomed after bouts of extreme heat!  There is something so peaceful about listening to the rain. 

This was Callie’s first trip to the lake!!  We haven’t been able to bring her to Georgia because when we lived in Dallas, we always flew to the lake.  Now that we can drive, it is so nice to be able to bring our sweet girl.  She actually really enjoyed the lake (she usually does not do well in new places) with the one exception being the fireworks!!  Each year we go out on the boat to watch the fireworks show and we leave the dogs at home.  When we got back this year, we couldn’t find Callie.  After lots of searching, we found her under a bed (that I thought she couldn’t possibly fit under) shaking uncontrollably.  She finally calmed down, but it was a pretty rough night for her.  

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We did lots of lounging, played many games of cards, did lots of yummy cooking, played cornhole at the marina, and just relaxed, which was SO very needed for all of us.  

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My husband bought all the “kids” festive shirts.  Yep, my doggie nephew, Otis, made the trip from Dallas.  He only escaped once this trip. 😉 

We celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday in style! 🙂 .. with a few cakes. 

I think the pups were pretty happy with all the walks, runs, and cuddles they got throughout the weekend. 🙂 

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I will be back tomorrow to finish up my fourth of July recap!! Have a wonderful day, friends!!!

Questions:

  1. Did you travel over the holiday weekend?
  2. What did you do for the 4th of July? 
  3. If you have a dog, does you dog hate fireworks like Callie? 

Memorial Day Weekend… Only a Week Late :)

Hi friends!! I hope you all had a great weekend!  Mine was amazing and I will share it with you later this week, but first I need to back up to last weekend.  On Friday afternoon we packed up the car and the pups and headed south to Georgia for a long weekend with family.  Memorial Day weekend has been our annual family reunion with my husband’s side of the family.  We were so grateful they let us bring the pups since we could drive this year! 

We took a boat cruise when we arrived and were so happy to be back on the lake.  My husband and I both agree that the lake is our happy place.  Between our families we have quite a few lakehouses to visit so we are making the rounds this summer.  One of the benefits of living in Tennessee versus Dallas is that we can drive to all of them!

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Can you spy Riley in this picture?  This was probably 10 minutes after arriving. 😉  This doggie LOVES the water.  

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And this doggie loves me.  She never left my side the whole trip.  She is such a homebody and does not like to be out of her comfort zone… unless she is with her momma.  

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Riley playing on the duck!

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I just had to show you all this picture.  I think Riley wanted off the duck and saw my husband’s head as his way off.  🙂

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We had so much fun just relaxing with family at the lake.  It is so beautiful!

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This is where I spent most of my time… Life has been quite crazy and busy lately that I haven’t had much time for reading so I allowed myself some downtime to just lay in the sun and read.  It was glorious!

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We had lots of yummy food thanks to my mother-in-law and aunts!

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Love my people!! 

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I hope you all have a fantastic week!! I will be back soon to recap this weekend (I went to the Stanley Cup game :)).  

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?
  2. Are you a lake/beach person or a mountain person?
  3. Have you tried any new recipes lately?

New Year’s Eve.. We Went Out… Kinda

Hi guys!  How is your week going?  I keep forgetting what day it is this week.  🙂 Back to where I left off yesterday…

On Saturday night we headed to my sister’s apartment before taking a short walk to her friend’s place.  

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All the cool kids (at the party) were heading out to the bars for the night, but we just stopped in for a drink.  Hey, at least I got out of my workout clothes for a bit… 

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After about an hour, we headed back to my sister’s apartment where we met a few more of their friends for some games and munchies!

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This guy has been my NYE kiss for the past 7 years! I sure do love him. 🙂

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Otis needed some loving!

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My sister bought me a new curling iron for Christmas and I am in love!  The one I have been using is a smaller wand and the new one is much bigger and takes less time for loose waves!

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And a few pictures from Friday night that I meant to add to the last post!  

He loves me, I swear. 😉

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Jon got Max golfclubs for his birthday and he was pretty pumped!

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After ringing in the new year, we headed home and went to bed.  The next morning my husband asked for all the fixings for breakfast.  I delivered.  He is so lucky to have me. 😉

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I did quite a few treadmill miles over the week.  The best ones were spent watching Bridesmaids.  I have probably seen this movie at least 50 times and it still makes me laugh out loud every time.  Yes, my treadmill is currently in the garage… my husband said that a treadmill does not belong in the office especially when trying to sell the house… I disagree, I mean maybe a buyer is a runner and will appreciate my love for exercise? 😉  I lost the battle.  The treadmill is definitely going front and center in our new house. 

This is the view I had after my run.  One husband and three dogs.  🙂

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Lunch on Sunday was leftover wild rice, broiled tofu, sauteed kale, and avocado.  Mmmm! 

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That is all I have for today!  Enjoy your Wednesday!

Questions:

  1. Favorite board game? 
  2. Do you like to take naps?
  3. Did you make it up until midnight on NYE?