What's Up Wednesday-October 2018


Hey!  Hey!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I'm joining Mel, Shay, and Sheaffer and answering all these questions...


What We're Eating This Week...


Monday:  Salmon, salad, and veggies...last week I was the driver of the eating bad train, so this week I started us off on a WAY better route.  ha!
Tuesday:  Chicken and roasted veggies...pretty boring again, BUT it's because I was eating all the things last week.  #trustme
Wednesday:  I ALWAYS make Mummy Dogs on Halloween night with some sort of soup or main dish.  This year, I'm making Shay's Ghoul-ash.
Thursday:  Usually on Thursdays, we can have dinner out as a family.  Since Tab's gone most weekends right now, this is our out to eat night.
Friday:  We'll have leftovers...basically a hot, random mess of something we call, "dinner".


What I'm Reminiscing About...
 Kind of blurry, but check out those babies in 2010!

In 2012, these costumes were some of my absolute favorites!


In 2013, I MIGHT have ordered Baby Robin's costumes just a few sizes too small.


 BAM!  They all grew up in 2015!

 In 2016, we started the tradition of all dressing up on Halloween night.

And last year...this was us!

Thanks for taking that walk down Memory Lane with me. ;)


What I'm Loving...

I'm having a love/hate relationship with the rain.  Texas has had tons of rain over the last couple months.  As much as I dislike having to reschedule games,  there's just something about being all cozy at home while it's pouring rain outside.  I do love that!  Someone fell asleep right before dinner a couple nights ago, but I'm not naming any names.  ;)  #kindergartenishard


What We've Been Up To...

I hosted a Halloween dinner party for some of my girlfriends....so fun!  I highly recommend you grab some girlfriends and plan something STAT!


We've been enjoying ALL THE FALL activities!  {Pictured above Liv and Maddie.}


What I'm Dreading...

You'd be so proud!  I finally tackled my closet and it's looking so much better!  Next up on my list is the kitchen...pantry, refrigerator, cabinets...doing it ALL!  And it sounds awful-doesn't it?  ha!

Lots of you asked me about what book I was reading about decluttering {I'm so good at reading the books-just not so good at my follow through}.  The book I'm reading now is Cluttered Mess to Organized Success.


What I'm Working On...
I've been busy working on upcoming Spring Break trips, summer vacations, and even next fall getaways for sweet families like the one above.  If you'd like help with planning your next vacation, please e-mail us mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com.


What I'm Excited About...

ALL THE EXCITEMENT THE HOLIDAYS BRING!  :)


What I'm Watching/Reading...

I shared My Fall Reads list earlier this week.  This book above snagged an award-go check out that post to see which one!

I'm finishing up Before We Were Yours and then I'm moving on to Christmas books.  Because 'tis the season!  :)

I'm still binge watching Drop Dead Diva on Netflix.

And of course, watching all the Real Housewives.
#ijustcantstop


What I'm Listening To...

We've been listening to ALL THE HALLOWEEN music and this song ALWAYS makes the cut!


What I'm Wearing...

A sweatshirt {similar}, leggings, and a hat happen a lot around here lately.


Striped tee {similar}, poncho {mine is from last year but the same brand has a new one this season and it's on sale!}, jeans {old so super distressed but these are similar}, and rain boots were my mom-uniform this week.


What I'm Doing This Weekend...

I'm heading out on a little getaway with the girls!


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

I'm looking forward to having all of this crew around our Thanksgiving Day table.  :)


What Else is New...

THESE booties are on sale now!  I wear mine ALL THE TIME!

This sweatshirt is on sale in grey...perfect for the weather right now!


Favorite Halloween Costume?

Gotta be honest...this trio of costumes is gonna be hard to top.  But we'll try.  ;)

Hope you guys have the Happiest Halloween!
XO

What a Weekend

First up, if you missed my post yesterday please go read about the books I've been reading.  I have a list of recaps, book awards, and more.  Sorry, the post was up late because I had it set to post in the PM instead of the AM.  You can read it here!

This past weekend we got the festivities started early with a birthday party for Britt's friend, Hadley .    Hadley had a sweet little party at The Yard around lunch time. Britt had the yummiest grilled cheese and I had the club sandwich {highly recommend it!}. 


Then Britty enjoyed her cupcake.  :)


Can you tell?


This was my girl after I carried her in from the car...so tired!  We'd had speech already that morning, run a couple errands, and then partied hard.  She was exhausted!  


Right after picking up the kids from school, we headed to our church's Trunk or Treat.  Several of the ladies from our Bible Fellowship Group met up to get our trunks all ready.  What do you think about our pirate theme?  I cannot take an ounce of credit.  Some of my girlfriends are super talented.  Me?  I brought candy.  hahaha!


I thought they turned out GREAT!


Pirate Erika was ready for it.  :)

Thankful for this girl who found something at the last minute so I wasn't the only pirate in attendance. 

Some of us really got into the pirate spirit.


We had the cutest little helpers passing out candy for us.

This girl hung all night long!


At the end of the night, I looked around and all our big kid helpers were gone...just these four littles were still going strong.  Libby, Brooke, Ashby, Madeley, and Britt :)


 Sweet little friends that had the best time hanging out.

Saturday morning, we were up early for baseball tournament #1 of the weekend.

The area was a bit muddy.  ;)

In the middle of the games, I can find myself thinking why'd they drop that, not catch it, overthrow, etc....and in between games I caught all these eight-year-old boys huddled around a phone-being JUST that...EIGHT!  :)  

In between Nixon's games, we hopped over to watch Bowen's flag football game.  Thankfully, the tournament was in McKinney so it was possible to catch a peek for a few minutes.  And super shout out to my in-laws who took Bowen to flag football for me.

Thankful for grandparents who come out to watch!

This little Tiger team is CUTE!

The tournament ended a bit early for us {boo!}, but we had just enough time to get home, shower, and head to a fun little Halloween party.  I forgot to take any pictures, but all four of my kiddos had so much fun!

 Sunday...it was baseball tournament #2.  Nixon's team played in a town about an hour away.  Tab arrived and we all watched until about 3:00.  Then I brought the other three kiddos back to McKinney for another Halloween party.  :)

Every year we attend and my kids love it!  Decorating pumpkins, hay ride, bobbing for apples, bounce houses...it's a FUN night!


The sign of a good night is bobbing for apples and somehow leaving the party with wet shorts...right?  #howdoesthathappen


Nixon's team made it to the championship and snagged second place.

All in all, a GREAT Halloween weekend!
XO

My Fall Reads 2018

Hey Hey Everyone!

I shared MY SUMMER READS at the end of the summer and you guys seemed to be fans!  I decided that day to begin highlighting my books by seasons.  Now that fall is coming to end {not really, but I'm gonna move on to winter books and odds are put up my Christmas decorations way too early}, I have another round-up for you.

This was me ALL FALL LONG.  :)

Preferably with a cup of coffee AND a straw.  ;)

This book was the last one I was reading as I finished my summer list.  If you're a fan of Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer, then this book is your jam.  In this one, Carley loses her husband and is left to figure out how she'll provide for herself and her two daughters.  The book is set in Nantucket and it's a charming girly read you'll love.


I wasn't sure about this one, but you guys...it hooked me early on and I loved it.  The overall story line was about a well to do family in the town with four children...three are more "typical" teenagers and one is a mess.  A single mom and teenage daughter move into this family's rental and their lives begin to intermingle.  There are many twists and turns in this book.  I wouldn't call it a "thriller", but I would say new problems arose throughout the story that I never saw coming.  I'd recommend this one, friends!


I've mentioned before I started the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury so I'm slowly making my way through all those books.  I recently realized this series leads to another series, which leads to another so twenty-five books later I should be finished!  ha!  I will say the Baxter family has captured my heart!

I thought this was the final book in the Baxter series {and it is-to an extent}, but there's another series of five that can be read right after this one about the same characters.  I'm guessing it's because everyone who read just fell in love with this family and wanted to read more.  I'm right there with them!

I've gotta be honest.  It's one thing to have an accidental book theme like, "brave women", but it's another for your word of the year to be "plane crashes".  EEK!  I've been reading a lot of books that begin with a crash.  Not my favorite theme.  In this one, a random assortment of people loosely connected set off on a private plane and just minutes later the plane crashes into the sea.  There are survivors {don't want to give too much away} and there's a big investigation to see if it was completely accidental or planned.  I was sucked into this one early and really liked it.  If you're nervous to make "plane crash" your theme this year too, then read this one first in 2019.  haha!

"It's close to midnight.  Something evil's lurking in the dark...." {Do you recognize those lyrics?!}  This book is JUST that...a THRILLER!  This book involves a car wreck, memory loss, and lots of secrets.  If you're a fan of a suspense novel, I highly recommend this one!  The author did the BEST job of story-telling without any added fluff.  Sometimes I finish a book and think-they could have made this one hundred pages less and still told a great story.  Not this one!  Thriller fans...go get this one today!

Taking a complete right turn...this was a cute, chick-lit kind of read.  An English professor is on her way to the tenure track at a California college when the new president named at her university is none other than her ex-fiance.  This was cute, quirky, and all the things a girly book should be.

I'm a fan of those dark, thriller type books and this one fit into that category perfectly.  It's by the author of Girl on the Train, so if you liked that one, then you should read this one.  In this book, a single mom is found in the bottom of the river that runs through the middle of town.  Sadly, she's not the first woman this has happened to.  Throughout the story, we're trying to figure out the details leading to her death.  And just like every thriller I read {I should be able to start figuring these out sooner}, I was surprised at the end!

I loved this one!  It was a GIRL POWER type read that left me thinking about how women joining forces can accomplish so very much!  It was cute, charming, and I'd highly recommend it.  :)

Another suspenseful thriller, this one fell a little short for me.  I loved The Woman in Cabin 10, but I didn't enjoy this one as much...when Hal, who's struggling to make ends meet, learns her grandmother has included her in her will she realizes there's been a mistake.  The letter's been sent to the wrong person, but she goes along with it and the story unfolds...if you LOVE thrillers, give it a shot, but this isn't a must-read, in my opinion.

I really liked this one!  I think it's Heather Young's first novel and she did WELL!  This book goes back and forth between Justine, modern-day single mom with two girls, who's escaped her live-in boyfriend and moved to her family's lake house and her great aunt Lucy, who's documented her life growing up with two sisters when one disappears.  I didn't see the ending coming and was guessing throughout the story!

You guys are probably gonna disagree with me, but I felt like this one read like a Hallmark movie.  Cute story, but I could predict what would happen by chapter three.  And it totally happened approximately three hundred pages later.  haha!  Anyone else feel this way?

It's a single mom raising two kiddos {and who are really down on their luck} who happens to befriend a rich, single guy.  They meet because she cleans his house weekly.  One thing leads to another and I should stop....

Growing up in the midst of the political scene, these two sisters had some amazing stories!  I really enjoyed this one!  It was nice to see a little peek into their everyday lives and learn a little more about how it was to grow up with your grandfather as President and then later your father!

This one was a little outside of the norm of what I usually read.  I'm gonna do my best to explain it...Jane's four-year-old son is convinced he lived another life.  He's an eccentric little boy, who's been seen by a ton of doctors.  Jane is finally introduced to a man who thinks he can help.  Again, I don't want to give too much away.  I began this one and really didn't think I'd get into it because it's a little out there, but I liked it!

Oh my!  This one was GOOD!  The book begins with two little girls becoming orphaned as a tsunami sweeps through their home.  They struggle to get help and are offered a ride that  quickly becomes a nightmare.  I've never seen the movie, Taken, but I'm pretty sure this is a similar plot.  I was thinking about this book weeks after I read this one.

Beartown is a less-than thriving community.  Some would say the only thing holding their little community together is the promise of an amazing hockey season.  When someone on the team is accused of something horrific, the entire town is turned upside down.

A Man Called Ove wasn't my favorite book, but I definitely enjoyed this one more.

Somehow I missed the memo this was a "Young Adult" book.  Until I started reading and I was all...hmmmm?!  Audrey pretty much never leaves her home, wears glasses 24/7, and only communicates with her family.  Her brother brings home a friend, Linus, and they begin a friendship.

This book is full blown chick-lit at it's finest.  I must tell you-definitely rated "R".  A couple super graphic scenes, so be warned.  This is book one in a three part series and this first one definitely set the tone.  It was hard not to fall for those characters.  I'm looking forward to reading the next two.

Okay, in no particular order...

BEST CHICK-LIT BOOK award goes to-When Life Gives you Lululemons

BEST BOOK THAT WILL STAY WITH ME FOR YEARS award goes to-A Walk Across the Sun

BEST THRILLER award goes to-A Stranger in the House

BEST OVERALL BOOK award goes to-Little Fires Everywhere


The book I'm reading now...

I'm off now to go knock a couple of books off my must-read list, but first...do you have any fall book awards YOU'D like to give out?!  If so, please share!  I'd love to hear about your favorites!

Thanks for reading today, friends!
XO