Monday, August 21, 2017

Mondays with Manny

That tongue out just kills me!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fourth Annual Girls Weekend Getaway

A few weeks ago we had our fourth annual girls weekend getaway. You can check out the last few years here, here and here. It is always a weekend I look forward to!

We drove up to the lake house Thursday evening after work. It only took an hour and forty minutes from my new house so I'm wanting a lake house up here now too!

Stocked fridge, check!

It was a small group this year, but it was perfect. We solved life's problems, got honest about what we are struggling with, shared what we love most about each other and laughed a lot. It was so good.

We got in around 9:00 and poured wine, ate cheese and crackers and talked until 1:00 in the morning. Love it!

Friday morning we slept in and then drank our coffee on the porch. It was sunny for a bit, but cold. I don't think it got warmer than 70 degrees which was a bummer. But we drank endless amounts of coffee and talked all morning long.

We came into the house for lunch. Deb always makes the best food and this year was no exception. She truly is the hostess with the mostess.

After lunch we hiked around the lake.

Shortly after we got back it started to down pour so we read on the porch all afternoon and it was perfection. So relaxing.

It pretty much rained the rest of the day so we came in and made dinner. I didn't snap a picture, but Deb made salmon with potato bites and stuffed mushrooms. AMAZE. Then we played board games. Lots of board games all evening and it was so much fun. I haven't played board games in so long!

Saturday looked a lot like Friday. We slept in. Drank coffee and had a long, leisurely morning on the deck talking. Then Deb made Bloody Marys and they were so good.

We walked around the lake and the sun came out and it was getting warm! I think the high was about 73 degrees, but the sun was out. So we put on our suits and spent the day at the beach laying in the sun and playing Truth or Dare.

Before we packed up to make dinner I made the girls swim with me. It was supposed to rain on Sunday so this was our only chance and I was not going to leave our girls weekend without getting in the lake at least once! They were troopers, and it ended being freezing cold. So refreshing, though. And one of my favorite memories of the whole weekend.

We showered and warmed up from the lake (ha!) and Deb made dinner. This night we had chicken, mushrooms, peppers and carrots marinated in Italian dressing. So good!

We did shots after dinner because girls lake weekend tradition.

Then we played more board games. We played Yahtzee again and I had to snap a picture because the only two times I have ever played I got Yahtzee! both times. No one could believe it. So funny!

We ended the evening watching Beauty and the Beast and calling it a night a little after 1:00 in the morning.

Sunday we slept in and drank coffee on the deck. It was supposed to be the worst day of all with rain all day, but it was sunny and 76 degrees so we put on our suits and floated on the lake for a few hours before heading home.

What a perfect weekend! I had a blast with some of my favorites. We ate good food. Talked about everything. Played lots of board games. Even got in some swimming and floating despite the less than ideal weather. Can't wait for next year!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Life Lately

My birthday was on a Tuesday this year (lame!), but G and I took half days and my parents came out and we celebrated. We met at one of my favorite restaurants for champagne and a yummy lunch.

After lunch we headed back to the house to hang out for a bit before walking downtown to the Farmer's Market.

Then we ate dinner at another one of my favorites in our little town square. We ordered a bunch of appetizers and wine flights and had the best time. It was definitely an experience! We ended the night with ice cream on our walk back to the house. What a perfect birthday!

We met up with friends at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in our little town. The food is amazing and the sangria margaritas are insane!

These flowers on our hike with Manny last weekend were just too pretty not to share. LOVE.

Do you know how hard it is too find a "G" coffee mug?! Stinking hard! But Target came through! We love our new mugs and enjoyed coffee on the porch Sunday morning and it was everything.

Last weekend we walked downtown for dinner. $3 Bloody Marys? Okay!

They had amazing fried pickles and they went really well with the Bloody Mary. It was a fun date night!

The sunsets have been so pretty lately.

I played Yahtzee for the first time a few weeks ago (more on that tomm) and am now obsessed with it. G has never played it either so he bought it for us. So sweet!

Biggby with a coworker is always a nice break from work.

I met up with some girls I used to work with and have not seen in ages and it was so nice to catch up. We met for breakfast which is my favorite meal of the day. We had a nice three hour meal laughing, deep conversation, and life updates. It was so good for the soul.

I went to lunch with a coworker to escape the office for a bit and take advantage of my birthday coupons.

Ever since I received my new dining room table I have done a ton of hosting. I think we are hosting two dinners a week which has been so fun. I decided I didn't want to do a housewarming party because it stressed me out too much. So I am hosting small, intimate gatherings and it has been so life giving.

Or we meet friends at our favorite Mexican place and eat dinner and then they come back to the house for a tour and more conversation. It's been fun! I'm proud of myself for being more relaxed in my entertaining style and doing what works best for everyone. Sometimes it's getting pizza. Sometimes it's cooking or throwing something in the crock pot. The important part is being together. Authentic, deep conversation and sharing life together.

We had friends over that had just returned from a vacation in France. It was fun hearing about their trip and catching up. They even brought Lavender Honey from France that we paired with cheese and bread. Oh my goodness, it was heavenly!

I am super obsessed with the Aldi brand sparkling water. It tastes just like La Croix. Highly recommend! See also: I big, puffy heart Aldi.

I had a power day with my mom the other day. I took a day off work and had a dermatologist  appointment, hair appointment (chopped three inches off!), dentist appointment (still cavity free since '83) and sprinkled in ice cream, lunch, and grocery shopping with my mom. It was productive, but a really fun day!

My company is part of the Great Game of Business and we play mini games to save the company money, be more efficient, etc. I just finished a mini game and our prize was an afternoon out to lunch and the movies with coworkers. It was so much fun! We saw Spiderman which was cute, but the action scenes were disappointing. But you can't lose when movie theater popcorn is involved.

Last night we celebrated a promotion I got at work with a delicious and smooth fancy bottle of Rose.

So that's life lately. Whew! It's been full and fun. What's new with you?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

July Goal Review

I setgoals for the year and check in each month to see how I did. I don’t know where July went, but lets see how I did!
1.   Follow Weight Watchers. I am officially changing this goal to Eat Intuitively. I am currently reading Intuitive Eating byEvelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. It is changing my life. Here is the overview on the book:
“First published in 1995, Intuitive Eating has become the go-to book on rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food. We've all been there—angry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet. But the problem is not us; it's that dieting, with its emphasis on rules and regulations, has stopped us from listening to our bodies. Written by two prominent nutritionists, Intuitive Eating will teach you:

• How to reject diet mentality forever
• How our three Eating Personalities define our eating difficulties
• How to find satisfaction in your eating
• How to feel your feelings without using food
• How to honor hunger and feel fullness
• How to follow the ten principles of "Intuitive Eating",
• How to achieve a new and safe relationship with food and, ultimately, your body”

I’m already five chapters in and everything is clicking. It’s not new information, but I wasn’t ready to receive the information before. Now I’m receptive and ready to listen and follow along. I had no idea how stressful it was to log points and decide how to use my points, but the freedom to not log points and eat what I crave is giving me life right now.


2.    Be intentional with the relationships in my life. Check! We spent almost every weekend of July with family and it was so good. We had cookouts, Bennett’s first birthday party and a family reunion. My brother was in town and everyone came to see the new house. It was a busy month, but so nice to see all my favorite people so often. G had a work party and it was so much fun to see my old coworkers and catch up. There was also a good balance of rest during the week for reading, taking baths, walking downtown with G, trying new restaurants in our area, and sitting on the deck recharging. I also hosted my first girls’ night at the new house and it was so much fun. I love giving house tours!

3.    Read three books a month. This just didn’t happen. I turned in my library books to my old library and have not checked out my new library yet. I’m dying to check it out, but my mom gave me a bunch of magazines so it’s been fun to unwind to magazines lately. I’m sure it’s just a season and I’ll be itching to get sucked into a novel soon.


4.    Move fifteen minutes a day. I’ve been walking Manny two to three miles a day and it’s a great habit we created at the new house. Every morning I listen to a podcast and walk him 1.5 miles and after work I get home before G so I’ll take him for another half mile to a mile walk. On the weekends G and I have a three mile route we love to take him on and it is quickly becoming our favorite weekend tradition. I also incorporated one day of weight lifting each week and hope to increase to two days per week in August.

5.    Do one thing that inspires you every day. Check! Walking Manny and being mindful of the sunshine, flowers, birds and clouds inspired me each morning. Watching the sunset each night inspired me. Watching How I Met Your Mother with G and laughing really hard inspired me this month. Lighting a candle and throwing in a Bath and Body Bath Bomb and reading a magazine with pretty pictures and motivational articles inspired me. Making a Happy Board at work inspired me and still makes me smile daily.

6.    Find a new church community. Our weekends were a bit jam packed this month (see #2), but we did manage to put together a list of churches we want to try. We also have a few friends who want to join us at one of the churches so I need to get that on the calendar next month.

7.    Read the Bible and write in my prayer journal every day. I have been reading on my Bible app most days and saying my prayers on my afternoon walks and on my drive into work. I just haven’t felt settled with moving, unpacking and then having to shop for a new car. But all that is over and things are slowly feeling like our new normal which is so nice. I’m ready to get back into this habit in August.


8.    Do one house project a month. We unpacked 90% of the house and purchased enough furniture to get by for a while so I’ll call that a win. Buying furniture is so much fun! And decorating is even more fun, but if I don’t love something I don’t hang it or purchase it. That being said, it is a slow process. But the house is looking more “us” and we don’t have to live on patio furniture anymore so that is a huge step forward.
How did you guys do?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mondays with Manny

I think it's safe to say he has adjusted to the new house just fine.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mondays with Manny

He cracks me up. Laying on half his bed with his dinosaur toy as a pillow. Life is hard!