Friday, September 2, 2016

Casual Fridays

Well, it's September (what?!) and I'd say it's about time for a proper catch-up and what better way than with a Photo-Prompted Post, amiright? Here's what's been going on lately in no particular order:
First of all, this. This is what I'm dealing with over here. Anytime I'm blogging, reading, cleaning, watching TV, or even going to the bathroom (TMI?) I have these two shadows who apparently think my life should just revolve around them 24/7 and what's the problem with us constantly putting our heads in your lap, Hannah? I love it though. I realize that dogs are not for everyone, but really, why aren't they?! Love my two little buddies and this will not be the only picture of them in today's post. Duh.
Look at Auntie Hannah's big girl doing schoolwork. I can't even believe she's old enough, but this is officially her first year of school, and she is so smart. Every time I see her, she is telling me all the new things she's learned. Pre-K ain't got nothin' on this girl--or her awesome homeschoolin' momma!
And speaking of her momma, we had a big Girls Night Out the other night to celebrate her amazing weight-loss accomplishments. She's working that post-baby body into shape (and looking fabulous, by the way), and what better way to keep that motivation up than to splurge on some cheesecake after going at it hard for 30 days straight. Way to go, Lynds, and just know that I will always be available to blow your healthy eating lifestyle with you when you need to. Because sometimes, you really just need to.
The monsters and I braved Lake Hollingsworth this week. It's the first time we've been back since the Major-Dragging-Me Debacle from the beginning of the summer. I still have a pretty ugly scar from that day, but I'm happy to report that we made it all the way around with no major (get it? Major...) incidents. They're finally done with the construction so we didn't even have to brave any scary orange fencing or anything. And on top of that, the weather was beautiful. I can feel Fall coming.
As you may have noticed, I broke my awesome recap-ing streak this week. I mean, obviously I can't keep that pace up. I'm not trying to read 52 books this year, I'm trying to read 20. So that means we don't get a new recap every single week. But that was a pretty great run (6 weeks in a row!), and it was a little disappointing coming to the end of it. This is the book I'm currently reading, and I'm actually hoping to have a recap up Monday, but no promises. I love Elisabeth Elliot, and this book just makes me love her even more.
I mean, just look at these guys. They're my favorite.
A couple weeks ago, Cody had a work party and we totally went because we're totally grown-ups and grown-ups go to "work functions" with their "colleagues" and what-not. I've noticed around the internet that people are calling this kind of thing "adulting" lately, but I personally have decided that if you're using the word "adulting"--you're doing it wrong. Anyway, the party was super-fun, super-ritzy, and Cody works with some super-cool people. As the trophy wife, it's nice being able to finally put faces with names. (And yes, I did just refer to myself as Cody's trophy wife.)
We had a (kindof) beach day recently, and even though we weren't on the actual beach long enough (it was a crazy day), I loved getting to spend some time with my nieces and sisters. And check out this little blonde beach babe. I love this crazy kid to pieces. We snagged this quick shot together post-beach, pre-lunch. (Yes, we were off the beach before I said, crazy day.)
New Rule: when we finish a 1000-pc puzzle, it gets glued and framed immediately. I mentioned in my last puzzle post that when we first tried to put that middle one together, our niece got to it and it had to go back in the box for a while. Well, it happened again. We had some friends over several weeks ago and their little boy got to our State Plates puzzle (which was completed and waiting to be glued) and took it completely apart and put it in the box of the Noah's ark puzzle. Hence, our New Rule. Thankfully, of the three 1000-pc puzzles we've done since we've been married, the State Plates one is the easiest and after a week or two, I got it out, put it back together, and glued that baby pronto. I'm really loving having them actually up on the wall.
My amazing mommy(in-law) started nursing school this week. We are so proud of her. She is one determined, hard-working woman, and I'm so thankful she's my husband's mother. She raised him well, and she still continues to set an excellent example for all of her children and their spouses. We love you, Mommy!
Look at this baby, y'all. Just look at her! I can't even with that smile, and apparently, she started rolling over this week. I'm feeling very conflicted about her hitting these milestones because my reaction waffles between "yay! she's SuperBaby!" and "stop growing up, Auntie Hannah misses you, Japan is too far away!" It's rough. 
This is the piece I've been working on lately, and let me tell you, it's been kicking my butt. It's an arrangement that blends Blessed Assurance with Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. It's beautiful. Not so much when I'm plucking it out, but it's starting to come together. As much as I'd love to be able to sit down at the piano and be able to just flawlessly play anything you set in front of me, I'm not that good. Practice, practice, practice.
Glamor Shot! Isn't he sweet?

The latest with this pup is that he's been chasing his own tail a lot these days. This isn't something that Colonel ever really did much, and I think it's hilarious. He keeps us laughing.
Oh you guys, I am getting fancy with the PhotoGrid app. Cody and I went to our first Orlando City soccer game on Sunday, and it was fantastic. This was one of Cody's birthday presents, and we had so much fun. We're big soccer people to start with, but the OC fans are insane and that just makes it that much better. We got rained on--completely soaked--but WE WON (2-1) and nothing was bringing our spirits down.
I realize that I haven't given you guys a pedicure update lately. (I also realize that you probably don't care that much about my toes.) But rest assured, I've been giving my feet the TLC they deserve and my most recent pedi attempt has been the most successful one in a long time. No smudges!

Are you so done with this post? Have any of you even made it this far? One more photo to wrap it all up:
Have an awesome weekend and fill me in on what's been up in your life lately down in the comments!


  1. I feel so honored that my little family is such a big part of your post! Love you!

    My "going on" is too much to type on my phone, but I'll text you some recent adorable pictures that I've taken! 😘 Love you!

    1. LOVE the pics you sent me! I'm glad I'm finally getting a new one of all three girls to frame. :) Love YOU!

  2. Oh, just chillin' in North Carolina. Enjoyed your post, as always. Love you.

    1. Mom, you always get real flaunty whenever you're up in NC. Just sayin'. ;) Love you too!

  3. You life right now is so excellent & sweet & fun.
    I just wish I was closer to being IN it & not just a part of it...ya feel me??
    Also, GO YOU for mastering that puzzle post-demolition. Props.
    And..just...those sweet sweet dogs. Love them.
    You've created discontent in my heart that I don't own a piano...but I will forgive you when you perform this piece for me. It sounds like it would sound beautiful...does that makes sense?

    1. Uh, YES I feel you and I found the perfect house for you guys to buy. It's about 5 houses down the street from us and they just put it on the market this week so if you guys could go ahead and make an offer on that, that'd be great. I can send you the listing if you want. Seriously.

      Well, I guess I have to completely master that piece by Christmas. You have now given me motivation and a realistic deadline to really hone my performance. I will rise to the occasion. And yes, it does make sense that it sounds like it would be beautiful...because it totally is.


  4. 1) Send me the listing! Not that I'm trying to take anything from Carolina or anything. Lol
    2) My new obsession - "The Undoing" an album by Steffany Herzinger from Bethel Music. It's gorgeous.
    3) Also, this kid named Austin Jones does a capella covers of punk rock - pretty legit.
    4) I've been thinking lately - I need to make some changes in my life, because right now, I feel stressed all the time and I'm not really enjoying life to the fullest, you know? Anyway, I'll keep you posted.

    Love you, best friend!

    1. Ugh, I meant Caroline. Stupid auto correct. Lol

    2. Oh. My. Lanta. That Austin Jones kid is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

  5. #beachingwithkids
    Love you friend! Keep up the posts! I love staying up on your life! ������

    1. Lovey, you commented!! That just made my day. :)