Tuesday Talks and The Biggest Thank You Ever

Hi friends!  I hadn’t planned on posting today, but I just couldn’t help myself after the response to yesterday’s post.  To put it simply, I am completely blown away.  I know I have a great support system around me, but wow.  I cannot say thank you enough for all the sweet messages, thoughts, and prayers from all of you.  I am beyond grateful.

I am still at home resting this week and have been feeling mostly good with a few stomach pains and some nausea at night.  I have another doctor appointment today with a GI specialist so I am hoping for more answers.  

In the mean time, I’ve been staring at all these beautiful flowers.  Fresh flowers just make me smile.  

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My sweet sister left this morning and I’m already missing her.  She is such a good caretaker and was by my side all weekend.  I was so happy she was able to go to the Preds game with my dad on Sunday so she could enjoy her visit a bit.  And the bonus is that they won in double overtime!  Can’t wait to watch the next game tonight! Go Preds!!

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I happily watched from my bed. 🙂 

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You know the honey I mentioned in my last post?  Well my momma brought me a jar!!  It is the best honey I have ever tasted.  

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Monday morning I woke up feeling pretty good so my mom, sister, and I walked to grab a coffee.  It is one of the few things I can drink/eat right now.  It tasted heavenly. 

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When my mom comes over, there is ALWAYS pingpong involved.  Who will be her next competitor? 😉 

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It has been very difficult for me to rest at home.  I can always think of things that need to be done.  Monday I mopped, vacuumed, dusted, cleaned mirrors, etc.  Today I am relaxing per my doctor’s orders.  On Monday afternoon my sister and I went to my dad’s to relax in the hot tub for a bit before heading to my little brother’s hockey game.  He was really excited to see my sister and see me out of the hospital.  He told me he was SO glad I was laying down in the hospital anymore. 😉  Sweetest boy ever. 

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Now it is time to go rest up before my doctor appointment today.  I will keep you all updated.  And once again, I am just so thankful for all my friends (internet blogging friends too!) and family.  Have a great day, friends!!

Weekend Recap 3.4.18 … Birthdays, Walks in the Park, Family & Friend Time

Hey friends!!!!! How are you all doing?  How was your weekend?  I hope it was a good one!  Today is actually my Friday as my husband, sister, and her bf head out of town tomorrow until early next week for a much needed R&R.  I cannot wait!!!

Before I go I wanted to pop in with my usual weekend recap because this weekend was an especially wonderful one.  Nothing too crazy, but lots of time with friends and family, which just makes my heart SO happy.  The weather in Nashville was also amazing so that was the icing on the cake for a perfect weekend!  

 These pups were super spoiled last week with lots of time at work with daddy.  They both LOVE to go and get SOOO excited when he takes them in the mornings.  Callie and Riley both have a fan club at my husband’s office and they look forward to seeing their favorite people each time they get to go to the office.  The young girls in the office even took Riley for a lunchtime walk on Friday so he was so tired when he got home. 🙂 

Friday night my husband grabbed a drink with a friend and I got in a treadmill incline walk before making some quinoa and veggies for dinner and calling it an early night.  My husband and I used to watch tv in our living room or basement each night after dinner, but lately we have been going straight to bed after dinner.  We do watch a little tv in bed before falling asleep, but I feel like such a grandma going straight to bed… usually in the 8 o’clock hour.  😉

When I give my dogs dentalife’s to chew on for their teeth they know they aren’t allowed to chew them on my rugs so they both run with their treats to the dog bed so I won’t take them away from them.  This is as close as we will get to them actually cuddling. 😉 

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Saturday morning started bright and early with a workout followed by some baking with my momma!  My mom hosted book club at her house on Sunday so I helped her do some baking and she helped me bake a birthday cake for my little brother’s birthday dinner on Sunday night.  Here is the start of it.  Funfetti dyed 4 different colors (yellow, green, red, and blue). 

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While my husband was out playing golf with a friend, I headed to the park with the pups to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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There were so many people and pups out enjoying the nice weather too!

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We spotted lots of turtles soaking up the sun. 

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We stopped along the way to play a little fetch and Riley was loving life!

Once my husband got back from playing golf, we headed over to watch my little brother’s hockey game.  They won!!! 

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After the game we went home to get ready for our friends to come over for a quick drink before we headed to the Gulch for dinner.  Riley didn’t waste any time making himself comfortable on our friend, Eric’s lap. 🙂  (The pups got haircuts this weekend so Riley is looking quite hilarious…)

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We went to Bar Louie for dinner to celebrate our friend, Jason’s birthday.  I got the pear and blue cheese salad with grilled salmon. yum!!

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Happy Birthday Jason!!!!!

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After dinner we walked on over to the Thompson Hotel and took the elevator up to the rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson, to meet up with more friends.  Love this guy!

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My sweet bestie, Rachael, and I on the rooftop. 🙂

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On Sunday we slept in then enjoyed some time on our front porch while the pups ran around.  

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This guy LOVES the sun and hates when we make him come inside. 🙂

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My husband and I took the dogs on a walk to the park after breakfast to enjoy the beautiful weather. 

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My husband had plans to take his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) to a movie on Sunday afternoon so the pups and I did some baking, cleaning and organizing around the house before heading back to the park for another walk.  What can I say… we all love the park on nice days! 

Once my husband got home, we got ready to head to dinner with my dad, his girlfriend, and my little brother to celebrate my little brother’s 11 birthday!  He chose Carrabbas for his birthday dinner, which is one of my favorites too!  Why is he growing up SO fast?? Time needs to SLOW down!  

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My friend, Rachael, sent me this picture that popped up on her timehop on Facebook last week.  This was us with my little brother at his 1st birthday party 10 (!!!!!) years ago. 😦

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I got the Johnny Rocco salad with grilled shrimp and scallops and devoured the entire thing.  SO tasty!

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After we ate, the waitress brought out the cake I made for my little bro while we sang Happy Birthday to him. 

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We LOVE this kiddo!!!! 

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I follow a lot of cupcake shops and bakeries on instagram so I decided to take a stab at a rainbow cake filled with sprinkles in the middle and it turned out so well!  My little brother loved it!  🙂 #favoritesister #atleastforonenight

Eating cake and opening presents!

A new video game and a $1,000,000 candy bar! 🙂 

We had such a great weekend celebrating two amazing guys’ birthdays, enjoying the outdoors, and getting caught up and ready for another week!  I hope your weekend was fabulous too!!

Questions:

  1. Did you enjoy good weather this weekend?
  2. What was your favorite thing you did this weekend?
  3. Any trips coming up?

Weekend Recap 1.27.18 Hockey, Projects, and A Night Out

Hey friends! How’s it going?  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine started a little early with a fun night out with my dad last week for the Predators game!  We went to dinner at Amerigos before the game and it was so yummy!  Then we headed downtown to the arena.  It was an amazing game.  The Preds were winning 3 to 2 until a few minutes to go.  

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But then the other team scored and it went into overtime and the Preds lost. 😦 . But it is always a good time with my daddy! 

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I am all about home projects these days and since our house was brand new when we bought it, we haven’t had to do many projects.  So I have been coming up with new small projects for my husband and I to do together and the most recent one was building a ladder shelf like these ones.  We started and finished it this weekend so once it is all set up I will show you guys!!

 

These 3 are my everything.  I just love them so much. 🙂 

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Since moving into our new home in Nashville, I have been working out at home instead of at a gym and I LOVE it.  It is so nice to not have to worry about crowds, traffic, and time commuting.  Every time I do a wall sit, Callie comes over to give me a hug (and some extra weight). 🙂 

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I think I have shown you guys this bench that my husband and his brother made for our front porch, but this past weekend I finally got around to putting a few coats of poly on it, which gives it a nice shine and will protect it from harsh weather.   I just love it! 

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On Friday night my dad and little brother invited Jon and I out to dinner at Amerigos and we couldn’t say no!  Ofcourse I forgot to take any pictures, but we had a blast catching up with them!  

Yall, don’t make fun of me, but I did yoga this past weekend at my house and ouch.  I am SO not flexible at all.  I never have been, but since taking yoga out of my workout routine, I have lost all flexibility that I did gain over the last few years.  I am going to make a point of doing yoga a couple times a week because I do notice that my back feels a lot better when I stretch regularly.  

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Our Sunday started with a workout and lots of cleaning around the house.  In the afternoon we headed to World Market (we got a big Costco run in too, which is my favorite!) to do some shopping for our new shelf before heading to dinner with my mom and stepdad at Antonios.  

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I got the grilled salmon and it was delicious… probably due to all the butter on it!! 😉 

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After dinner we had plans to see Father Gregory Boyle speak about his book “Tattoos on the Heart.”  If you haven’t heard of him or his book, you should look him up and read his book.  It is a quick, easy read and it is fantastic.  He works with gang members in LA and helps them get jobs, tattoo removals, and helps them find a purpose to lead a better life.  He is truly amazing and his talk was wonderful too.  

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I hope you all had a great weekend and have a wonderful rest of your week!! 

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend? 
  2. What is the last book you read? 
  3. What is one project you want to do around your house?

The Holidays Continued…

Happy Friday friends!!!  I don’t know about you, but I sure am ready for a low key weekend at home.  We hosted my husband’s team at work for dinner last night at our house and I was up way past my bedtime.  Also, we need to talk about the weather.  Yesterday it was 70 (!!!) in Nashville and today it is 30 and snowing… It is supposed to continue throughout the day so we will see what happens, but I am ready for some tea, my couch, a blanket and a good book! 

Picking up from where I last left off on Christmas eve.  On Christmas morning we were up bright and early to begin the festivities.  The presents were overflowing in my living room that morning. I guess we were on the good list this year. 😉 

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It was such a treat to wake up in our own house this year on Christmas morning!  Since we were staying in town this year and hosting my sister, her boyfriend, and their two pups, we agreed to host Christmas brunch for part of the family and Christmas dinner for the other half of the family.  We were just happy to get to stay home all day! 

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My mom, stepdad, and our family friends, Harry and Jeanne (they are both in their 90s!!!) came over for Christmas brunch with us!  We made brioche french toast, homemade granola, a big bowl of fruit, a veggie frittata and a bacon and sausage quiche.  It was all delicious! 

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After brunch we headed upstairs for a couple games of ping pong.  Are Harry and Jeanne not the absolute cutest ever?  Jon and I want to be like them when we grow up. 😉 

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Just call me the dog whisperer, yall! 🙂 

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My mom makes every person who comes to our house play ping pong with her.  Even though Harry is in his 90s, he was no exception. 😉 He’s still got it! 

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After a while we headed back downstairs to start opening the presents! Jon decided Callie needed a little Christmas spirit. 😉 

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My mom egging Murphy on with the ribbon. 

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My mom insisted on this picture below and I am sure glad she did.  My mom and grandma used to make lemon bars for parties and family gatherings all the time.  Well my mom let me know (at least 100 times) that she was no longer able to find the lemon bar mix at the grocery store.  So I did what any logical person would do and I order a case of lemon bars (12 boxes) off of amazon for her. 😉  And I wrapped each one individually.  She didn’t catch on until opening about the 5th box. 😉 We all had a pretty good laugh!

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I feel like I was in the kitchen for a few days straight over the holidays, but luckily I had a lot of helpers so it was really fun! 

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After our guests left, we took the pups to the dog park then came back and relaxed before round 2!  I had a few little snuggle bugs who were equally as exhausted. 🙂 

Next up was Christmas dinner with my dad, my little brother, my dad’s girlfriend and her daughter.  We made a fun Christmas champagne punch, rolls, steak, swordfish, a big salad, a potato and butternut squash casserole, a corn casserole, broccoli, and lobster mac and cheese.  Another great meal in the books! 

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Callie LOVES my little brother.  It is so sweet.  After dinner we opened more presents.  My sister and her boyfriend won the best gift award giving my little brother a drone!! Lucky kid!  My dad was equally as shocked when he open his new kayak for the lakehouse from all his kids!  After presents, we played a few games then called it a night!  

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That’s all for today friends!! I am going to finish my holiday recap next week!  I hope you all have an amazing and warm weekend!!!! 

Questions:

  1. What do you have planned for this weekend?
  2. Do you have a favorite soup recipe?
  3. What is one food you could eat every day for the rest of your life? (Mine would be peanut butter, bananas, or apples!) 

 

 

Christmas Celebrations 2017

Hi yall!!! How are you all doing?  I am feeling a lot better this week than I was the past few weeks.  I actually came down with an ear infection a few weeks before Christmas and could not get rid of it, but I am finally on the mend!  

Today I am getting back to recapping one of the best holiday seasons ever!  But first a picture of my sweet boy, Riley.  🙂 I just love this doggie more than anything.  He is my little cuddle bug.  

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My two nephew dogs were with us for 10 days! Did you notice the duck tape on the front door?  My husband put that up there because sweet Callie scratches the door when she gets excited when someone comes to the door.  Does anyone else have this same issue? 🙂

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Me, my daddy, and my sister! 

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This guy.  I don’t know what I would do without him.  

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On the Friday before Christmas my sister and I had a date at the nail salon. 

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Then my sister and her boyfriend had a party to attend and so did we!  Our friend, Bridget, had a potluck dinner at her apartment with a bunch of friends to celebrate her birthday!!! We all had a blast chatting, sipping some drinks, eating and laughing! The boys did come, but they weren’t allowed in the picture. 😉 

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Even little Cooper made the party!

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My sister’s boyfriend’s family sent LOTS of treats for all of us (even the dogs!!!) and my mom wasn’t hesitant to start the taste testing at 10am! 🙂 

You guys…. we did SO much cooking.  SO much.  I seriously needed a break from cooking after Christmas day.  We made homemade granola, mini spinach and feta tartlets, and cranberry brie bites.  

Murphy and Otis helped too. 😉 

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On Saturday night we had plans to attend our best friend Eric’s 30th birthday party! 

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We had a blast! 

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And even got to play corn hole! 🙂 

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We celebrated Christmas Eve at my mom and stepdad’s house.  Isn’t their dining room table beautiful? My mom always outdoes herself.  🙂 

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We had a delicious meal of salad, salmon, and lots of roasted veggies.  

All the “kids” after dinner.  

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Jonny starting the fire for us!

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We all got to open one present on Christmas Eve (this is a tradition my mom started with us when we were little… it is still just as fun and exciting today!).  The boys got new tool sets and the girls got cookie shooters to make all different types of cutout cookies.  We all laughed because if that isn’t gender stereotypes then what is? 😉 

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I am going to end here and show you a glimpse of our crazy Christmas next time!! I hope you all have a fabulous day!!! xoxoxo

Questions:

  1. How were your holidays?
  2. Are you relieved they are over or do you have the post holiday blues?
  3. Did you make any resolutions or goals for 2018? 

Weekend Recap 12.17.17 Family Time and A Holiday Party for a Cause

Good morning!! How is your week going so far? I am a little tired after a long road trip yesterday for work, but hey, it is almost Christmas so I am feeling great!  Last weekend was one for the books so I will tell you all about it!

On Friday night my little brother had a sleepover at our house!  The boys played video games, we made pizza, ate cookies and stayed up too late!  They had a blast!! Jon is going to be the BEST dad one day.  He is one of a kind.  

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Saturday morning I got a much needed haircut then rushed home to set up for our Holiday Party for a Cause!  Jon and I were wanting to have a Christmas party this year since we have a lot of family and friends in Nashville, but my heart was calling me to do more.  I have had the idea of filling backpacks for the homeless in my head for awhile and I thought that the idea to combine the Christmas party and charity event was perfect!  

We invited all our friends and family and gave them a list of items that needed fulfilled.  We bought 50 backpacks, but we needed some help filling them for distribution to the homeless around Nashville.  Our friends brought crackers, chapsticks, gum, lotion, wash cloths, sausage, cookies, muffins, granola bars, floss, toothbrushes and toothpaste.  

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They also brought McDonalds giftcards, wet wipes, muffins, waters, deodorant, tissues, scarves, pens, and notepads.  

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They brought socks, hand warmers and combs. 

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I literally get tears in my eyes when I think about how amazing our friends are.  They all showed up to contribute to our event.  Even the ones who couldn’t make it, dropped off items beforehand so that they could be a part of giving back to those in need.  

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We ended up with a LOT of stuff.  I was worried it wouldn’t all fit in the bags.  🙂 

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After everyone arrived, my mom had us play a little icebreaker game.  She made us all stand in a circle and passed out scratch off lottery tickets randomly.  She read the Christmas Story out loud and when she would read the word “right” we all passed the cards to the person to our right and then she would read “left” and we all passed the cards to the left.  At the end of the story, the people with the lottery cards in their hands were the winners! 🙂 

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Who’s gonna win!?!?!?

After the game, we all got in line and grabbed a bag to walk around the room and start filling! 

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Around and around we went to fill the bags!

With all the people who showed up to help, the bags were filled in no time!

Little Cooper was exhausted from watching all the bags get filled! 😉 

We have the most generous and sweet friends ever!

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After we finishing filling 60 50 bags we had some drinks and munchies!

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Jon and I plan to hand out the bags on Christmas eve and Christmas day around Nashville with my sister and her boyfriend.  I know there will be some very happy people around town!  My heart is so full and so happy knowing how many people were willing to help us with our little idea.  Jon and I have already discussed how we want to do this again next year and make it an even bigger event and fill even more bags!  

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We plan to document the distribution of all the bags around Nashville so stay tuned for another post coming your way!  Thank you to all our friends for helping us give back to those less fortunate this holiday season.  Your generosity will never be forgotten.  xoxo

 

 

 

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?

A Sweet Little Date Night to Break Up the Week

Hey friends!!! How was your weekend?  Mine was so wonderful and I will get more into that with a weekend recap later this week!  

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like the work week is never ending.  I am not one to have a ton of plans during the week (I like my time to relax with a book or a good show), but sometimes a night out during the week is good for the soul. 

My husband and I were debating buying a season ticket package for the Nashville Predators this year and we ended up going for it.  I look at it as pre-planned date nights that break up the monotony of the work week.  

On Thursday night we headed to a new sushi restaurant on the way to downtown for a quick dinner before the game. Thursday nights call for a some cocktails!

We got a few rolls to try… can you tell which ones are mine?  🙂 I loved that this sushi restaurant offered the option of brown rice rolls instead of white rice.  

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We were a little worried when the Dallas Stars scored pretty quickly into the first period.  

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But in true Predators fashion…. we came back and won the game!

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We also ran into my favorite kiddo.  I just love my baby bro!

We met up with him during both intermissions and watched him shoot some goals!

We left the game pretty happy!

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Boy do I have a story for you guys.  My husband (bless his heart) loves public transportation.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I love it in cities like New York and Chicago, but Nashville does not have great options so we usually just Uber everywhere we go.  Well Thursday night my husband had the bright idea to take the city bus home from the game.  We wait for about 20 minutes (we realized they only come every 30 minutes later in the evening and ended up running down the street after it to make it stop.  😉  We fought over who got to pull the cord to signal our stop, but we did finally make it home a little later. 🙂  

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I just have to show you guys these pictures of my cousin’s little boy.  My mom spent the week in Long Island with my aunt, cousin, her husband and their precious baby boy.  I hope my mom got out all of her baby fever while she was there. 😉 

Questions:

  1. If you have kids, how many do you have?
  2. What is your favorite date night activity?
  3. Since Halloween is later this month, what is your favorite type of candy?

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? 

Maui Ocean Center and the Haleakala Crater at Sunset

Hey guys!! How was is your Labor Day weekend going?  I am soaking up the last few hours of vacation in Georgia before heading back to Nashville.  Today I am continuing on with my recap of our Hawaiian vacation!  

We heard great things about the Maui Ocean Center and since we were staying so close to it, we walked over one morning to explore.  We got to see all different types of fish.  

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Swimming in the coral. 

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My favorites are the colorful ones.  I said, “That orange one looks like nemo.”  My little brother was quick to let me know that the orange fish was in fact NOT nemo. 🙂

More turtles up close!

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There was a tunnel you walk through that is surrounded by a tank filled with sharks!

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Eeeek!  A little too close for comfort!  

The sign we are all making in the picture below is “shaka” which is the Hawaiin sign for hang loose or aloha. 

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Another activity we knew we wanted to do in Maui was drive to the top of the Haleakala Crater.  The best time to go is either sunrise or sunset.  Since the sunrise spots fill up quickly, we opted for the sunset drive and a little more sleep in the morning (it is about a 2 hours drive up so you have to get up around 3am to make it there on time).  We saw this pretty rainbow on the drive.  

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In about 2 hours you drive from sea level to 10,000 feet in elevation above the clouds!! 

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The roads are windy and small so if you get car sick, you should take some Dramamine.  

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We drove up and up and up and finally made it to this parking lot where visitors come to watch the sunset.  

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We actually hiked up another 10 or 15 minutes to be at an even high vantage point.  If I hadn’t been there I would think these pictures were fake! 

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It was easily the highlight of our trip and the most beautiful view I have ever seen!

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The back side of the crater. 

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Jonny and I at the top!

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Dad and his kiddos at the top!

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I could look at these pictures all day.   Nature is so beautiful. 

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Questions:

  1. Have you ever been to a volcano before? 
  2. Do you prefer sunrise or sunset?
  3. How was your Labor Day weekend?