Currently-a Wednesday Edition

What is CURRENTLY on my mind...

Making:  I'm working on my grocery list right this second.  Well, errrr....if I'm being completely honest thanks to grocery pick up I skip the grocery list step and just add things to my cart instantly.  I'm working on my grocery ORDER, I should say.  Tab's been out of town for the past week and leaves again really soon so my grocery bill and my cooking have both gone really down.  When Tab isn't here for dinner, the kids and I eat super simple things.  Do you guys do this?  What's your favorite thing to make when hubbies are gone?

Cooking:  Tonight, I'm making white chicken chili.  I haven't made a soup for dinner in a while, because Texas hasn't been getting the winter memo.  URG...I'm a little envious of all that snow some of you are getting!  However, let me add-it's cold today!

Drinking:  WAY too much coffee!  We were praying before bed a few nights ago and talking about prayer requests for each other.  Bowen said, "For mom, I think we should pray that she gets enough coffee".  Should I be offended?

Eating:  A lot of simple things...when my mom was here last week we had kid favorites...spaghetti, burgers, and tacos.  Have you ever had salmon patties?  I'm not talking a salmon burger.  I'm meaning like salmon, mixed with crackers, and egg?  Then you saute it.  We had these growing up and they're one of my very favorites!  Right now you're either reading this and fist bumping the air because you know what these are OR you're gagging because you're so grossed out.  :)  Am I right?  My mom made those for us last week and YUM!   I wish I could invite you all over for dinner.  They're GOOD!  #mycountryrootsareshowing #isthisacountrything?

Reading:  I just started reading, The Flatshare.  I'm only on chapter two so no thoughts quite yet.

Wanting:  A few more hours in my day, to completely redo my entire house because now that Christmas is down it looks empty and blah, and the week to speed up so we can get to Britt's post-op appointment.  #lethereatfood

Looking:  At all the responses about school Valentine's Day party ideas...I will be sharing those in a big post tomorrow.  If you're in charge of planning, please come back tomorrow to check out tons of ideas!

Playing:  How long can I wait to start getting ready but still have enough time?  Does anyone else ever play that game?  I have a couple appointments today and I'm dropping Britt off at my mother-in-law's for a bit.  I need to go shower, but I'm still long can I wait?

Wasting:  Lettuce...always lettuce.

Buying:  A few things lately.  This is what happens when I'm in the house with a recovering kiddo...
I popped into Athleta and left with a big bag of top and leggings.

This was pretty much my outfit last {I couldn't find it online} and leggings.

Kristin {who I've mentioned before} has shared these shoes time and time again.  I finally took the plunge. 

Wishing:  We'd get a SNOW DAY!  I love a teeny, tiny bit of snow that happens to cancel everything or basically shut down the metroplex for two days.  That's my wish!

Loving:  These SHOES!  I ordered these for Britty and she loves them!  Aren't they CUTE for spring?  Basically, if I'm not gonna get my snow day, then hurry up spring!

Hoping:  I'm not crazy sore tomorrow.  I went back to the gym after being off for a week and a half.  I love the feeling of being sore but I hate feeling like I'm so sore I might be getting the flu OR I might have just taken too long of a gym break.

Marveling:  At Britt's sweet preschool teacher who asked if I minded if she stopped by to visit Britt!  HOW SWEET IS THAT?!  I mean.  So STINKIN' SWEET...right?  Britty can't do any running-and-jumping type of play for a month so I'm keeping her at home for a while.  To know her teacher wants to stop by, just warmed my heart.

Needing:  To refresh the front porch.  When I took down the Christmas wreath, that place looks BARE!  I'm searching for cute wreaths and a new mat.

Smelling:  A new candle I just started burning.  New year, new candle.  It's mint and eucalyptus which smells super fresh. 

Wearing:  Britty and I are going all in on our Valentine's Day attire.  I'm wearing this heart sweater on repeat.  As well as...

Praying:  More in 2020 is one of my goals.  I have a note section in my phone so when someone mentions a prayer request in the middle of whatever, I can add it so I don't forget.  If you're like me and need that reminder, it's working so far!

Noticing:  This post has gotten really wordy.  Sorry, friends!

Knowing:  I need to add a few finishing touches to the backyard so I can show you the new patio!  I can't wait to share it all with you!

Thinking:  I'm still thinking about the last book I read, 102 Minutes:  The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers.  I've been to the memorial in New York City twice, watched movies, watched documentaries, and more but I still learned so much after reading. 

Opening:  A message about that quote above and the woman said that she left to go get a toothbrush.  When she got home her husband asked, "How did you spend $175 if you went to grab a toothbrush?".  We all get it.  Don't we?

Giggling:  At Tab...he's been out of town for a week and you know how it is when you're out of town, it's like BAAAMMM back to real, parent life when you return.  Well, he got home yesterday and he knew Nixon had baseball practice at a certain time, but I was leaving to meet some friends for dinner.  When he realized he'd have to take Bowen and Britt to baseball as well, he decided he'd prefer to have someone else take Nixon but he didn't set that up.  Basically, I just let him deal with it and it was a quick entrance back into parent life, carpool duties, and his dad role.  He probably would have preferred to slowly make his way back to reality but he went cold turkey and I giggled about it for a solid hour.  #itwasnicetabbutitsover

Feeling:  Super THANKFUL for a sweet friendship I've made through Instagram.  I've told you guys before about Erin at Simple Purposeful Living.  She's super sweet and a fellow adoptive mama.  The two of us have a fun giveaway going on now over on Instagram.  You need to head to Erin's Instagram and my Instagram now to enter!

Now I'm off to sit at my desk and work, work, work!  Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday Talk-We're Chatting 2020

Hey Hey!

It's time for TUESDAY TALK!

On the third Tuesday of every month, Fancy Ashley and I team up for Tuesday Talk.  We invite you to join us.  It's a time to chit chat about anything and everything.

Today, let's talk 2020!  You know why I like the New Year?  It's a blank slate that allows me to ditch any old bad habits and really start afresh.  I'm not one for making big New Year's resolutions but I do tend to take a look back at the previous year and work on stepping up my "A" game.  What can I do better?  How can I make more of an impact?  Those types of questions drive a little mental checklist of new habits I hope to make for 2020.

Here are some things on my list...
*Less downtime
*Drink more water
*MOVE more
*More intentional but simple family things {I'm thinking game nights, movie nights, etc.}
*Give more grace
*Keep closets more organized

And I'm sure I could add fifty more things to my list, but I won't bore you with all those.

I saw this quote on Pinterest and loved it!  I just want to send a little reminder to us all to be encouraged to work hard for those new goals we've set for 2020.  Maybe your goal is to finish your degree this year?  Maybe you're saving this year as much as possible to go on a killer vacation in 2021?  Maybe you have a goal of reading through the entire Bible this year?  Maybe your goal is to read to your kids every night?  Whatever your goal, friends, here's a little encouragement today.

What goal do you have for 2020?  It can be big or small, but we'd love to hear something you're working on this year.  Please know I'm cheering you on!

Okay, friends...Let's do this!
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Rose Bowl Trip-Part Five

Hey There, Friends!

Thank you again for all the sweet messages, comments, texts, calls, e-mails and more about Britty.  Our weekend was spent blending anything we could possibly liquify, watching Frozen and Olaf's Summer Adventure on Disney Plus on REPEAT {you know it's been on way too long when everyone in the house can pretty much choose a part and reenact an entire movie}, and taking turns eating real food.  We've been spelling ALL THE THINGS, "Your turn to E-A-T".  But today is ONE WEEK and I'm so thankful we have an entire week behind us.

I'm bringing you another Rose Bowl Trip recap and am apparently doing my best to showcase this trip until 2021.  ;)  We're picking up where we left off...December 31st. 
On New Year's Eve, the Slaughter Six had tickets to tour Dodgers Stadium.

Stamps are on and we're tour ready.

My grandpa has always been a Dodgers fan, but other than that connection-I had no ties to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  That is until this tour...

The weather could NOT have been more perfect.  The setting at the stadium was gorgeous.  And our tour guide could not have been better.  I left there telling Tab that starting now I was a Dodgers fan.  Who knew I'd get sucked into all the Dodger history?  

And let's be real-if they'd have been selling Dodger Dogs during this tour, that would have helped too.

This guy in blue.  If you show up for a tour and he's not the one doing it, leave and go back another day.  He was phenomenal and had so much energy we all left ready for baseball season!

Another stadium tour, another press box.

My, oh my this girl is cute!

We checked out the field and dugout.

This one with a sassy little pose.

In the seat pictured above is where Magic Johnson likes to sit and watch his team.

A little known fact...I wrote a research paper on Jackie Robinson in high school so I might have schooled Nixon in all the #42 facts.

Seriously...such a great tour!  We recommend it if you have sports fans with you in LA!

Then it was back to the resort to drop off Tab.  This was the gingerbread version of our resort.

The kiddos and I ubered back to the L.A. Live area for lunch at Yard House.  Why have a chain lunch on vacation?  Two reasons...1. There were lots of games on Nixon was politely asking to see and Yard House delivers on the screens.  2.  I've only eaten at Yard House {ironically} in Hawaii so this chain holds a little nostalgia for me.

Our side of the table.  :)

The main reason we were there...the chips and queso were reasons #3 and #4.

Meanwhile, Tab and Brandon {the referee you might have seen on tv} were meeting with the Grand Marshals of the Rose Bowl parade and all the others who were set to be a part of the coin toss.  Did you know they practiced that big moment before performing?  Ebby Lee had remembered watching Laurie Hernandez in the Olympics and had been talking about seeing her at the parade.  Little did we know, Tab was taking a selfie while we were lunching.

Then to run off a little steam, I took the kids to Nerf Challenge.  Tab and his crew had an afternoon full of meetings to prepare for the big game!  The way I understand Nerf Challenge-it was a traveling exhibit that began it's tour in L.A.  There were obstacle courses and lots of games we played Nerf-style to keep us entertained for several hours.

I tried to find the locations but it looks like Nerf is having fans vote on where to go next so the cities haven't been listed quite yet.  In case it's in your area I have a few tips...

*Britt was the absolute youngest I'd recommend.  She and I both participated but there were moments when I was shooting my gun, throwing my purse over my shoulder, and holding Britt.  Don't recommend that.
*One of the employees told me if I bought us all general admission tickets and upgraded just one to the "Fast Pass" version then we'd all have access.  I don't fully understand how that makes sense for them, but it worked!  It saved us a lot of wait time and money!
*I wasn't expecting to have as much fun with this as I did!  It was great for ages four, all the way up!

Waiting in line for our first capture the flag game.

We were all on the same team and that cutie on the right captured the other team's flag resulting in a WIN for us!  Anytime someone would get close to me, I'd SCREAM which is the exact opposite of what I'm supposed to be doing.  It was a blast!

I don't think Ebby Lee was expecting to have as much fun as she did either.

Imagine loading my gun, cocking, and trying to shoot while Britt is handing me her gun to cock so she can shoot.  Basically, we were easy targets.

There were several of those types of activities...where they broke us up into two teams and it was like last man standing or a capture the flag thing.

Outside housed other activities...throwing football arrows.

This might have been my FAVORITE...human foosball.  Girls against boys and we TIED!  Please note-I was SWEATING when our time was up.

Nixon was ignoring me because I kept winning and he wasn't happy about it!

Basically, I'd recommend the Nerf Challenge if it's in your area as well!

On New Year's Eve, we wear sequins.  Well, least the girls do.

We walked to a nice, casual early dinner.

We party hard on NYE.  Can you tell?

And we ended our 2019 just a bit early because the next day my alarm was going off at 4:30 a.m.!!!

If you've missed any recaps, you can read them here...

On the blog tomorrow, it's our first Tuesday Talk of the year!  Blogger friends, I hope you join us!

Hope your week is off to a great start!