Wednesday, July 26, 2017

what's up wednesday

Linking up with MelSheaffer, and Shay!

What we're eating this week:

I made a roast in the slow cooker yesterday with red onions, carrots, and potatoes. Both girls had that for dinner (color me surprised!) while Elden ate potato bacon soup. Jon made himself broccoli and potatoes.

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Tonight we are making these chickpea gyros.

We will likely have leftovers tomorrow and homemade pizza on Friday! 

What I'm reminiscing about:

Two years ago today was our first full day in our house. Jon had just had hernia surgery so he couldn't help with the move. As such, by the time we got beds set up and some of the necessities unpacked the night before, I didn't have the energy to get groceries. Edith and I went for an early morning drive to bring back breakfast. Since we were in a new town, I had no idea where the closest breakfast place was. We just drove around and stopped at a Get Go gas station with cafe. We had our first breakfast on the deck. It was wonderful.

What I'm loving:

Finding more unexpected selfies on my phone.

Sleepy babes who are so tired they need to take a rest during dinner.

What we've been up to:

Haircuts. Cleaning/party planning for Elden's 5th (!!) birthday.

What I'm dreading:

The end of summer! Elden starts school at the end of August and I can't even believe summer is almost over. I love fall as much as the next girl, but it has been pretty mild this summer so the season just feels short. Fall in Ohio means winter is coming and I am not looking forward to that.

What I'm working on:
Elden wanted a pet for his birthday this year. Deciding what to get him has been a struggle of ridiculous proportions. We've cycled through fish, shrimp, hermit crabs, hamsters and then threw in Power Wheels because I was having a mental breakdown about having to sustain the life of another creature. Especially after this conversation we had with Elden in the car one day:

D: Elden, you know you can't hold a fish, right?
E: Why not?
D: Because they can't be out of the water; they'll die.
E: That's ok! I'll just pet it in the water.
J: No, we can't stick our hands in the water either.
E: That's ok! I'll just put it in a jar and take it places with me.
D&J: No, the fish will have to stay in the fish tank.

In any case, we pretty much told him the only pet he will be receiving from us are shrimp because they are the easiest to care for (and we all know who will actually be doing the caring in this situation). We've been working on getting the tank established and Jon is going to pick the shrimp up this weekend.

What I'm excited about:

Elden's birthday is going to be so fun. We are having his party with his friends at our house in the morning--he requested a PJ party so I am going to have donuts, fruit, and some sort of an egg casserole. In the evening is his family party. We're doing it in our neighborhood pavilion so I won't have to clean up my house after! He's going to have such a good day surrounded by family and friends and there's no greater joy than seeing it on your child's face.

What I'm watching/reading:
I actually started to read a book last month! I admittedly haven't picked it up in a few weeks, but I'm a handful of chapters in and I really do like it. It's a great book that talks about embracing your leadership qualities in the church and how you shouldn't be ashamed of God-given talents in areas that the church often views as masculine. If you've ever struggled with feeling marginalized in the church because you are an outspoken woman, this is the book for you.

As for watching, Jon and I have been binge-watching Friends on Netflix. He never really watched the show and I watched episodes here or there, but we are watching from the beginning. We're somewhere in the 4th season (I think) and loving it. I also want to watch the movie Storks with the kids sometime soon!

What I'm listening to:

I actually haven't really been listening to anything lately. That being said, I totally dig this song:

What I'm wearing:

Skinny jeans, Toms or Chucks, and t-shirts. I've also been eyeing some Rent the Runway dresses for the wedding we are attending in October.

What I'm doing:

Cracking up. Edith has been so funny lately. We were at Target last night and she was hugging every mannequin she encountered. Etta was raging, so I finally urged Edith that we had to leave.
E: But I want to hug those Americans!

This morning she insisted on wearing lip gloss. However, it was just gloss and no pigment so she got upset. I wiped it off and replaced it with lipstick and she was a happy camper. Not long after, she realized I was getting ready for work. She looks at me with a sheepish grin and says, "I LOVE work!" - the kids always ask to come to work with me but I tell them no because it's boring so Edith figured if she could convince me she loved it I would take her. Can't blame a girl for trying!

What I'm looking forward to next month:

There is a pretty big change coming to my life that has been a year and a half or so in the making. Nothing is official yet, but it should be within the next week or so. Look for info on that soon :) (No, I am not pregnant)


  1. Our winters in IL are very similar. Fall is my favorite season, but I can't even fathom the thought of winter right now. Nooooo... Does Elden have another year of preschool or will he be starting kindergarten?

    1. He's going to preschool again! He misses the cutoff in our district by 3 days so he is ineligible (which is fine because we were talking about keeping him anyway...they just changed the cutoff this year so last year he would have been eligible). :)

    2. My guy misses the cutoff by a couple months and I'm definitely fine with that!! Not in a hurry for him to grow up. :)

  2. We make thos chickpea gyros! they are really tasty.