Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

Since I took an extended Christmas break, I thought I would participate in Sheaffer, Mel and Shay's What's Up Wednesday linkup today, so you could catch up a bit with us....

What We're Eating This Week...

I have been back on the no sugar/low carb (Trim Healthy Mama) way of eating the last few weeks, and I feel so much better.  My menu this week isn't too extravagant, but I'm not going to be home much, so we're keeping it simple.  

Sunday: Chili
Monday: Grilled Porkloin, Sauteed Mushrooms, Baked Sweet Potato
Tuesday: Spaghetti & Meat Sauce (Zoodles for me)
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner (My little kids think I'm a genius when we have this)
Thursday: Grilled Fajitas (Low carb tortillas for me)
Friday: We're going to try our own chicken stir fry...I'll let you know how it turns out...

What I'm Loving...

As I mentioned before, I took an extended Christmas vacation and really considered "retiring" from blogging.  I am so thankful for my blog friends that emailed me, text me, commented on my blog, and really encouraged me to continue in this community.  I am so appreciative of your sweet words and friendships!

What We've Been Up To...

Here's the month of January in a nutshell...

We had a snow day...well, kind of.  That's Texas snow to my northern friends (Johannah, I know you're laughing at our "snow").

Some of us decided to play in the snow...

Some of us opted to hibernate... #teenagers

We celebrated Gigi's birthday with homemade strawberry swirl cheesecake cupcakes from Jentry's new American Girl "Cooking Book"...and Jentry may have decided to blow out Gigi's candles while everyone was preoccupied taking a picture.  

We hung out with Pop at Starbucks...

And, like all good consumers, we took advantage of January Clearance sales at some of our favorite stores!  

What I'm Dreading...

Reading one more political Facebook post.  

What I'm Working On...

My mom bought me a Silhoette Cameo for Christmas, so I am learning how to use it, and looking forward to making some fun Valentine and Easter projects with it.  If you have one, and have some tips or favorite sites, please share!

What I'm Watching/Reading...

My women's Bible Study group just started a new study on Jonah a few weeks ago.  This is an excerpt out of last week's homework that really hit home for me:

I am all around you, hovering over you even as you seek My Face.  I am nearer than you dare believe, closer than the air you breathe.  If My children could only recognize My Presence, they would never feel lonely again.  I know every thought before you think it, every word before you speak it.  My Presence impinges on your innermost being.  Can you see the absurdity of trying to hide anything from Me?  You can easily deceive other people. and even yourself; but I read you like an open, large-print book.  

God knows us like a book, but not just any book, a large-print book.  He sees everything and "gets" us.  I find so much comfort in knowing that he is always there for me as a great Counselor.  I am really enjoying diving into Jonah (no pun intended) a little more and trying to discover if there's a Nineveh in my life that I need to arise and go to.  

What I'm Wearing...

I finally jumped on the "blardigan" (part blanket, part cardigan) wagon, and boy am I glad I did.  I would say that in the past month that I have been a "blardigan" owner, I have probably worn it at least 20 times.  I've worn it around the house, preschool drop off, to dinner my my husband, preschool drop off, to church, and did I mention it's the perfect thing to throw on for preschool drop's really one of the most comfortable things I own.  I'm pretty sure by March I am going to be known as the lady in the black sweater.  I have yet to take a picture of myself in it, but here's what it looks like in case you're curious...

I know many of you are still skeptical of QVC even after reading my QVC Favorites post, but yes, QVC has "blardigans," too.  

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

My favorite teenager is turning seventeen next month!  Oh my goodness!  Where did the time go.  It seems like yesterday we were picking out High School Musical backpacks and playing with Polly Pockets, and now we're prom dress shopping and talking about college visits.  I can't wait to celebrate another year of my beautiful girl's life!

That's What's Up with us this Wednesday?  What's up with you?



  1. Agreed on the one more political facebook post. OVER IT. I'm hoping "cupid" brings me a blardigan for valentines because santa sure forgot! ha Have a great day!

    1. My Santa had to have a in I sent him the link and size and said order it now!

  2. I started hiding friends on Facebook because was I tired of seeing their political post. So excited that you got a Cameo for Christmas!! I love mine and I have a few things that I am planning to make for Valentine's day. Have a great day!

    1. I totally forgot you had a Cameo. I may need to come over for lessons!!

  3. Ohh your snow!!! Did the town close down because of it?? Haha I wish that was all the snow we would get =)
    I'm jealous of your silohette cameo! Let us know how you like it.
    And don't give up blogging! I for one would miss you!

    1. It didn't completely shut down, but I signed Kendall out of school early. This was her first time to drive in "snow" so I was a little nervous. We're such wimps when it comes to weather in the south.

  4. Hey love!!! I cannot wait to see your stir fry come to life! You guys had a great January!

    1. Friday night is either pizza night or Chinese around here, so we're try to "healthify" it. We'll see how it goes...

  5. I'm glad you didn't retire! Dallas at least got a dusting of snow...we got nothin'! Have a happy Wednesday!

    1. Thank you, Tanya! It was fun to watch the snow come down, even if it didn't stick around.

  6. EMILY! I have MISSED you! I am so glad that you are back. I check here all the time :) Also, I am so over all the political stuff on Facebook. #overit That sweater is sooooo cute. Glad you are back, and that you didn't retire!

  7. Seventeen?! No way! Beautiful girl!

  8. I have missed you!!! You got more "snow" then we did here in GA!!!
    Love that sweater!!!
    I love my Cricut!!! I don't know much about the silhouette!! Can't wait to see what you make.

  9. You snow, lololol! That is hilarious. I don't think we have had much more than y'all have either. I REALLY want it to snow like an entire foot, SOON!

  10. I love the name "blardigan." I never heard of it before. I have a few in my closet and love them because they hide a multitude of sins. Darling pic of your soon to be 17 year old. Have a great weekend!

  11. I think I need to get on the Blardigan wagon, but I need to find one in a store that I can try on. The blanket scarf trend was not made for my 5 ft frame so I fear I will run into similar problems with the blardigan.

  12. The political posts are plentiful, that's for sure! Glad you're back!

  13. The political posts are AWFUL. I can't take it anymore!
    I hope you don't retire completely from blogging. XOXO I cut back drastically on my blogging this month, but only because my kids' schedules are killing me. It was either blogging or sleep, and sleep, even though it's only 4 hours a night, won!

  14. So sorry I missed this on Wednesday, you been up to so much goodness girlie! That's the prettiest soon to be 17-year-old on the planet! You're the best mama! I bet you look darling in your blardigan! I hope your weekend is all being sweet and cozy!


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