Wednesday, February 24, 2021

What's Up Wednesday

Hey Friends!  Let's chat about all the things that are going on here these days.  If we were sitting down for coffee - I'd order a caramel latte and fill you in on everything. What would you order?


1. What We're Eating this Week

Homemade Easy Vegetable Soup

French Dip Sandwiches

Breakfast for Dinner

& BIG Salads for lunch every day.

I added this Marketside Super Blend salad mix on a whim to my Walmart grocery pick up order this week.  It's SO good and packed full of goodness - brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohirabi, broccoli, carrots and kale.  It beefs up any salad instantly.  

Kevin's also been on a roll making Butterfinger Blizzards for us for dessert after the kids go to bed.

2. What I'm Reminiscing About

A friend planned the most fun MNO last weekend!  We rented out an entire movie theater just for the 6 of us.  We got movie snacks, wore masks until we were in our seats and spread out in the theater.  It was so fun.  We saw Crazy Rich Asians and we all loved it.  Have you seen it?  I can't wait to do this again!  One of my friends showed up with a special snack for everyone - The Perfect Man - made out of chocolate :)

3. What I'm Loving

SNOW!  We got a foot of snow last week and had the best time playing in snow for a week.  School was moved to elearning and we were home together.  The kids built tunnels, went sledding and we enjoyed the snowy days.  I'm not going to say we're done with snow just yet.  We've been known to get a March or April snow here and there.


4. What We've Been Up To

We headed out of town on Saturday to attend a family funeral.  It was sad and sweet and nice to see family.  I've got a post featuring all the wonderful things about Kevin's Papa later this week.  It was fun to see my parents in the midst of the funeral sadness surrounding the trip.

5. What I'm Dreading

Not that much.  Some days I dread dropping Fletcher off at school.  He gets teary eyed or cries at drop off from time to time and that makes me so sad.  I hate dropping him off that way, but his teachers assure me he is fine once the day starts.  And every time I pick him  up from school, he says I HAD A REALLY GREAT DAY!  He's learning a ton so we just keep going.  One day drop off will be a total breeze - right!?!


 6. What I'm Working On

I'm trying to put some fun outdoor, family friendly, kid friendly activities and events for my local mom's group.  I feel like there are more options of things to do popping up every day now that we are getting closer to Spring.  Yay!

7. What I'm Excited About

I'm excited for Spring.  All of my kids have Spring birthdays - March, April & May.  I can't wait to plan fun birthday parties for each of them.  I'll give you hints - army guys, jungle & cats.  I can't believe the kids will be 8, 5 and 1.

8. What I'm Watching/Reading

I recently wrapped up watching Anne with an E.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  It was sweet, romantic, silly and heart breaking all at the same time.  I'd highly recommend it.  It's one of the first shows that I really missed when it was over.  I wanted more!

I'm currently watching Call the Midwife.  I wasn't so sure about it after the first episode or two, but now I'm hooked.  I just love the characters, the story and the drama.

My kids just watched all the How to Train Your Dragon Movies 1-3 and loved them. My sister recommended them and we had plenty of time to sit and watch movies last week when we had a foot of snow on the ground.  We paid to rent the first one, streamed the 2nd one from Netflix and then rented the 3rd.  Once we knew they liked them all, we bought the DVD set.  We've made the mistake before of buying a new movie only to find out the kids didn't really care for it.  I was okay to spend $20 on all three DVDs since I knew we'd be adding 3 movies to our collection that both kids liked.


9. What I'm Listening To

Kid noise 24/7 :)  I have a Spotify playlist with all my current favorite songs.  I listen to that when I'm working out or when I'm working on my computer.  Otherwise, I've always got my ears open to hear what the kids are up to.  Maybe one day I'll be able to listen to podcasts, but I just can't find that much quiet time without kids to make it happen.

10. What I'm Wearing

I found some REALLY cute things at Walmart lately.  I need to take to the time to actually photograph some outfits for the blog, but really I'm doing good to put together a cute outfit and get out the door.  Stay tuned for a cute outfit post maybe next week - stripes, sweater dresses, zebra stripes and leopard!  Here's a sneak peek.  This striped turtleneck is so warm and cozy.  It was on clearance for $9 at my store and comes in several colors.


11. What I'm Doing This Weekend

The kids are super excited to go to a Magic Show Brunch on Saturday!  I'm excited for the waffle bar :)  We've never been to a magic show before so we're all excited.


12. What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month

Spring break and Fletcher turning 5.  He has requested an army guy party so stay tuned for all the camo/army guy things I can pull off.  We are also starting to talk about our plans for Spring planting - flowers, veggies and more. 

13. What Else is New

My van battery died unexpectedly on Friday night.  I had to call Honda Roadside to come jump my car and then we replaced the battery on Monday.  Everything was covered under our warranty - hooray!!  We shared a car for the weekend and I really missed the conveniences of sliding seats, sliding doors and remote control everything with my van.  I almost hugged her when I got her back.


What's new with YOU??

Linking up with Shay at Mix and Match Mama


  1. There's lots of good stuff in this post! The movie night sounds like so much fun! I miss the excitement of waiting for a good movie to hit theaters. I can't wait to see what you come up with for all the kid parties this spring! :) Your mom's hair is so cute in that picture, and I love how Leo is smiling at her. So precious! Sorry you had to deal with van issues but I'm glad you got her back all safe and sound. When I had my niece and two nephews (all in car seats) in my SUV a couple weeks ago, it only took one load-in for me to see why moms love their vans so much! :) I'm so sorry for the loss in Kevin's family - hugs to you all. <3

  2. I am adding big ole salads to my meal plan next week because of. You always have the prettiest salads

  3. I too loved the way Leo is smiling at your cute mom! I adore that Walmart too! I love Walmart finds, I really need to check them out more often. Looking forward to your outfit post! How fun to rent out the theater!

  4. How fun that you girls rented out the theater! I love Crazy Rich Asians, and that perfect man made me LOL!

  5. I'm so glad all was ok when the van battery died. I remember when Grace was a (fussy) baby. I went to a mom's club for the first time and then left because she was crying so much. When I got in the car, the battery was dead. Not fun! I think I called Michael crying. Now I can laugh! The movie night sounds so fun, and I'm so glad you like Call the Midwife.

  6. My son is 11 now and a total homebody. He used to cry so hard at preschool drop off his first year, his teachers also said he did great after I left but man leaving behind a crying child is hard. I promise it does get better but when you are in the thick of it it is hard, I'm sorry!

  7. I'm sorry you're mourning the loss of a family member -- that's hard.

    That salad looks delicious!!! I love your striped top. And my daughter used to cry at drop off too but now she and my son walk off to school without looking back. You'll get there with your son too.

  8. I am having a caramel latte this evening! Hitherto Coffee Shop in Greenfield has the best.....if you are ever this way! Happy Thursday! :)


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