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To be honest, I had planned on linking up and writing a Working It post for today.  The topic is balancing work and home life, but when I actually sat down to write I just wanted to laugh.  Isn’t balancing work and home life what all working moms strive for?  And don’t we all feel (at least at times) as if we are still trying to figure it all out?  So while there are many things I have found that help our family run smoothly, let’s be honest.  There is only one key to any success I have at being a working mom…I have amazing support.  Without Shane and my mom, this family would fall apart.  For eleven years I worked night shift, seven days in a row, then seven days off.  Without Shane to pick up more that his fair share on those weeks, we would not have survived.  Last June I was fortunate enough to leave my night shift days behind and start working part time.  While I am home more, I still cannot do this alone.  We have been so blessed to have Mimi watch the kids while I work and all of those other times i need to run people to various appointments and practices.  Thank you, Mom!  So there is my secret to how I Work It 🙂

Since I don’t have any earth shattering secrets to balancing work-family life, let’s get on with #everydayelsbury

A peek at life this week…

After work this evening I made the trek to the parking garage and up to the second floor for my car. Only my van wasn’t there. Hmm. So I went down to the first level. No van. Up to the third level. No van. Then back down to two where I swear I parked. Nope. Then back to one where FINALLY I find my van on the far end of the aisle. I hope the security guys watching the cameras got a good laugh out of that one. #dudewheresmycar

Brackets are done! Ready for some March Madness (P.S. I don’t think the Elsbury fellas will be winning the bracket pool) #godawgs

This morning we finished up The Armor of God at women’s bible study. Not only did I win The Prince Warriors for having not showered before study but I also got wrapped in a suit of armor made out of Reynolds wrap.

Working on their first duet.

We’ve got the snacks covered.

What do 8 women do when they leave 30 (and counting!) kids home with the husbands for the weekend? Absolutely nothing. And it was glorious. #chinamamas #thatsalotofkids

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Friday Favorites

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I hope everyone is wearing their green and enjoying a green treat today.  After school this afternoon we will be kicking off two full weeks of spring break.  Woohoo!!!  We have a lot of fun planned for these two weeks.  But first a few of my favorite happenings lately…

{ONE}

The night of my birthday I dressed as usual in my pj’s and headed over to a girlfriend’s house to watch the Bachelor.  I was shocked to show up and see that she had planned a little birthday surprise for me.

I was so incredibly touched.  (I should note that she cleared it with Shane first because she knows how I feel about surprises thanks to my Owning It post.  Ha!)

They had all of my favorites: purple, popcorn…

Katie’s brownies (also known as the Betty Crocker mix they sell at Sam’s club ;), tasty beverages…

Yummy treats and girlfriends.  Thank you girls for making this birthday girl feel special!  It meant more to me than you will ever know.

{TWO}

On Sunday after church we decided to hit up the Maple Syrup Festival.

What do you do at a maple syrup festival?  Why eat pancakes and waffles of course!  It was freezing cold so we were happy to sit by the hot fire to eat our food.

Trying to climb across the ladder.  It was much harder than it looks.

Apparently grinding corn is fun because she stood there working forever.

Owen chose the huge mortar and pestle to work in.  Maybe I have a future pharmacist on my hands?

The highlight of the festival was the tomahawk throw.  Placing an axe in the hands of my children made me terrified, but this guy was a natural.  Check out his tomahawk perfectly in the bullseye.

{THREE}

While at work one evening this week, every time I walked into the IV room a great song was playing.  I’m talking old school favorites that I knew every word to.  When I asked what they were listening to they told me it was the Songs to Sing in the Shower playlist on Spotify.  It is now on heavy rotation for me during the day.  Any other good playlists I should be checking out?

{FOUR}

I’m not a giant sports fan but I like college basketball (especially my Butler Bulldogs).  March Madness is a fun time of year when everyone is rooting on their team.

The brackets have been filled out.

Supporting my team for their win on Thursday.  Go Dawgs!

That’s it for this week.  This weekend I will be enjoying some time with my fellow adoptive mama friends then we are headed to San Antonio for spring break fun.  If you have any family friendly recommendations for San Antonio fun, let me know!  In case you missed it, make sure you check out my February reads and most embarrassing moment  posts from earlier in the week.  Until next week.

As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

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What’s On My Bookshelf: February

I’m finally getting around to sharing what I read in February.  Overall it was a great book month.  I read 4 books, listened to 1 book on audible and abandoned one audio book I just couldn’t get into.  Now on to the books!


Someday, Someday, Maybe

This book was written by Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.  I love her so I was excited to pick up her debut novel.  It follows an aspiring actress as she pursues an acting career in New York City.  I really enjoyed this book.  There were a few times throughout that I could feel this was her first book and she was still finding her voice and style, but overall I would definitely recommend.  I have her other book Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) on my list to read soon.


Party Girl

This is book 1 in the Girl’s Series by Rachel Hollis.  I wasn’t familiar with Rachel Hollis and I’m not sure how I picked up this book, but it was just delightful.  A fluffy, happy story which is my favorite thing to escape into.  My friend, Anna, also picked this one up and texted me her love for the entire series and our conversation started like this:

Well, if that isn’t a ringing endorsement, then I don’t know what is.  So I promptly jumped on over to her site and Anna was right.  With just a quick glance I could tell she is my soul sister.  Plus she just adopted a precious baby girl.  So, of course I then read…


Party Girl’s First Date

This is not a novel, but a short story.  It is a quick read that only takes a very short amount of time, but it was a fun extension of what happens after the first book.  Spoiler alert: you will be hearing all about the 2nd novel in the series, Sweet Girl, on my March reading list 😉


Small Great Things

This book was a bit of a departure from my typical chic lit, but I have read several other Jodi Picoult novels and loved them all.  I chose this one after hearing that it featured a baby with MCADD, which is the metabolic disorder that Owen has.  MCADD is fairly rare and most people, including the majority of medical professionals, have never heard of it.  So I was excited to find out that a well known author like Picoult was including it in her story.  I’m going to be honest, this was a difficult book to read.  It deals with the hard topic of racism.  Some of the hate spewed by the characters is hard to stomach, but the author does a great job of writing from different perspectives.  In the end I thought it was an excellent book.  I would recommend it, not only to spread the word and education about MCADD, but because I think it could make for some great  discussion.


One True Loves

I heard about this author while listening to the podcast What Should I Read Next (yay for great Louisville bloggers!).  I believe she described her as chic lit with more meat (or something like that).  I loved this book.  Can a person have more than one true love for their life?  What if you were faced with having to chose?  I want someone I know to read this so I can discuss!  I’m adding her other works to my list.  I can’t wait to read more.


Scrappy Little Nobody

I am sad to say that this is the audio book that I abandoned part way through.  I like Anna Kendrick as an actress, but the book just wasn’t doing it for me.  I think it may have been her voice.  I typically like when an author narrates their own audiobook.  But while I like her unique voice on the screen, when listening to it in my earbuds I found it annoying.  I may try to pick up the book at the library some time and give it an actual words on paper read, but the audio version I just had to put down.

So there you have it.  Six books for February.  We are already half way through March (sorry about the late Feb. post) and I already have three books on my finished list.  I can’t wait to share!

Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

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Show and Tell Tuesday: Embarrassing Moments

When I looked on my calendar to see that Andrea had picked embarrassing moments as this week’s Show and Tell Tuesday topic, a specific story immediately came to mind.  It is the story I always tell when asked for my most embarrassing moment.  While it happened over twenty years ago, for some reason it is still emblazoned in my memory.  I was initially hesitant to share it here today.  Why?  Because it’s a story about tampons.  Not exactly a topic I usually like to write about for the entire internet to see.  But I’m putting on my big girl britches and here we go…

Picture this.  I was a shy sophomore girl playing on the high school golf team.  One afternoon we were playing a match against the local Catholic high school.  I was paired up with a gal from the opposing team that I knew a little bit as we had similar social circles.  Super nice gal but she was a significantly better golfer than I was.  Her father also just so happened to be a pro golfer that has played on the PGA tour and we were currently playing said match on his golf course.  It was a lot of pressure.

So here we are playing our round when I have the sudden realization that my monthly visitor had just paid an unexpected visit.  (We all know that feeling, don’t we girls?)  After digging through my golf bag for the necessary supplies I came up empty handed.  So I casually asked the other girl if she happened to have anything in her bag.  Right at that exact moment her dad pulled up in a golf cart and she yelled ACROSS THE FAIRWAY “Hey Dad!  Megan just started her period can you go get her a tampon?”.  Cue my embarrassment.

Oh, but it gets better.

A few minutes later he comes racing across the course in his golf cart, tampon held aloft in the air like a talisman.  He hands it to me, takes one look at my beet red face and says “Sh#% happens sweetheart”.  I died a little inside and ran off to the restroom.

When I returned, still embarrassed, I proceeded to knock not one, but two shots into the water that runs along the right side of the fairway.  All with the tampon wielding pro golfer looking on.

And that folks, is how to embarrass a teenage girl.

Well, that was a fun trip down memory lane.  Ha!  See you back tomorrow for What’s on My Bookshelf with what I read in February.

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#everydayelsbury2017

A little bit of our life this week…

These girls💜💜💜 I show up in my jammies for a typical Monday night Bachelor evening and they surprise me with my favorite gals and a birthday celebration. What a great way to spend my birthday evening. Happy March 6th!

Tween Day: the day beTWEEN our birthdays.
Tween day is an officially recognized holiday in the Elsbury household. Since we worked opposite schedules today we celebrated with milkshakes at 11:45pm when I got home from work. Happy Tween Day everyone!

Today we celebrate my other half. Happy birthday, Hubby!

My favorite workout buddy.

Just letting the six year old do a little tomahawk throwing at the Maple Syrup Festival. (Talk about a sentence I never thought I would type.). He was a natural. #watchout #prayinghedidntchophisheadoff

I’m finally back to the blogging world this week (fingers crossed).  Until tomorrow!

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Things have been a bit crazy with being out of town and picking up extra at work.  And guess what???  Today is my birthday!!  I’m hoping to be back in the blogging groove later this week including a recap of our Vegas weekend and what I read in February.

Until then here is a bit of our life this past week…

When all you want to do is swing but your sister just wants to sing the abc’s and hang on for the ride. #bigbrotherproblems

My handsome fella representing yesterday’s World Rare Disease Day. #mcadd #rarediseaseday

🎶Happy birthday dear Yanni🎶…side note: Wren’s little mouth is just the cutest trying to blow out the candles.

My handsome date to the theater tonight.

Celebrating my last day of 36 with eating dinner with the fam outside on the patio at Chuy’s then sneaking away to finally see Hidden Figures.#today36tomorrow37 #moviepopcornismyfavorite#eatingdinneroutsideisalsomyfavorite

Until next time!

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A bit of life this week…

Cuteness overload.

Kids eat free and a brotherly headlock.

We made it! #vegasbaby

Walk like an Egyptian.

Nighttime on the strip.

Getting away is fun, but it’s good to come home to these three faces. #homesweethome

Today it’s work, laundry, grocery and back to the real world.

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Friday Favorites

Today’s favorites are short and sweet because we are off enjoying a kid free weekend with friends. Woohoo!

{One}

Butler weekend


Last weekend we headed up to Indy to spend the weekend with some of our favorite friends from college and to cheer on our Butler Bulldogs.


A huge thank you to Jen and Scott for hosting all thirteen of our crazy crew.


We had stop for a quick photo on the sign before heading into the game.


Future Bulldogs.


After the game they allow kids onto the floor to shoot around.  What other university allows your six year old onto the court to shoot baskets?


We also got to meet Butler’s mascot, Trip, after the game.


Nana and Aunt Abby met us for the game then we headed to Broadripple for our favorite Thai food.  Yum!

{Two}

Basketball

This week Anderson wrapped up his final basketball game of the season.  What a great surprise to have one of his teachers show up to cheer him on.


They ended up losing the final game in double overtime.  They played so hard and it was fun to watch.  Great job, boys!



{Three}

Packing


For our getaway I made it my personal goal to pack everything I need into a bag that will fit under the airplane seat. Mission accomplished! Four days, three nights into this tiny bag.  I borrowed this carry-on suitcase that fits under the seat from my mom and it holds a surprising amount.  I was also able to make good use of the small bag by packing clothes in my beloved packing cubes .  I love those things!

{Four}

Self tanner


Before heading off for the weekend I had to break out my favorite self tanner to take the glare off of my pasty winter skin.  I always have the best results with this product.  Tip: the applicator mitt is a must.

{Five}

Blog love

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for all of the positive feedback and support of my What’s in a Name and Owning It posts this week.  I was shocked by the number of comments, messages and emails I received with name suggestions and encouragement.  As for choosing a name for Peanut, the suggestions were overwhelming and fantastic!  It is clear that you gals are as passionate about names as I am.  I think we have paired down the list to just a few and are excited to pick the perfect one.

That’s it for this weekend.  I’m going to enjoy every second of it and try to release the guilt of planning a getaway months before we knew we would be facing funding an adoption.  It is important to get away. Right?

Happy weekend!

As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

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Owning it

Hello friends!  Today I am guest posting over on Erika’s blog where I am Owning It.  If you know me, you know there are a multitude of quirks and crazy that make me who I am, and today I’m owning it.  It was super fun to write and I hope just as fun to read.  Head on over and check it out here.

If you are hopping over from Erika’s blog…Hello and welcome to my little corner of the world!  Feel free to stay a while and look around.  I have loved reading all of the feedback and suggestions from my What’s in a Name post earlier this week.  Make sure you check it out and leave your suggestion for the perfect name for our new Peanut.

One last note.  If you are interested in helping us bring Peanut home, feel free to do your Amazon shopping through our blog affiliate link.  It costs you no additional charge and we will earn a small portion of your purchase in commission.  All earnings will go into our adoption fund to bring Peanut home.  Thank you for supporting our family!

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What’s Up Wednesday


Today I’m doing another What’s Up Wednesday.  So without further ado…

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What we’re eating this week…

This week we are keeping things super simple and enjoying the warm temps with a little grill time: grilled bbq chicken, McAlister’s (kids eat free-woot! woot!), grilled pizzas, and brats and hotdogs (the kids’ choice while I work that evening)

What I’m reminiscing about…

College days.

We spent the weekend with college friends and got to enjoy a Butler Basketball win.  Oh, how things have changed.

What I’m loving…

Being outside in February in shorts!!!!!

A little run/walk around the neighborhood was a perfect after work treat.

What we’ve been up to…

In addition to meeting up with our Butler peeps this weekend, we were thankful to get to watch the game with Nana and Aunt Abby (and take pics staring directly into the sun).

What I’m dreading…

Packing.  We are headed on a little kid-free getaway with friends this weekend.  Packing is always stressful.

What I’m working on…

Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork.  Adoption is filled with paperwork.  Thankfully our home study is undergoing the final changes and then we are on to the next step…and more paperwork!

What I’m excited about…

Vegas, baby!

What I’m watching/reading…

Since Shane was amazing enough to bring me my favorite movie theater popcorn as a surprise, we decided to sit down and watch Keeping Up with the Joneses.

As for reading, I am currently devouring Jodi Piccoult’s new book, Small Great Things.  I picked it up because it involves a baby that dies of MCADD (the metabolic disease that Owen has).  While that part of it is obviously difficult to digest, I am really enjoying it.

On audible I am listening to One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I heard about this author recently on a podcast and decided to try one of her books out.  So far, so good.

What I’m listening to…

Trying to brush up on my J Lo music because I may or may not be headed to her concert.  Ha!

What I’m wearing…

I’ve been working some extra lately so I’ve been wearing a whole lot of scrubs with few real clothes thrown in.

sweater (old banana republic)/ tank/jeans/boots

top (similar)/jeans/flats

top (old from stitch fix)/jeans/flats

giant men’s xl tee from the Butler white out game.  Men’s xl is apparently the universal size/jeans/boots

What I’m doing this weekend…

See what I’m excited about 🙂

What I’m looking forward to next month…

My birthday month!

Bonus question: What is my “can’t live without” beauty product…

I’m going to cheat and give two answers.  Lip balm and mascara.  Both are absolute musts.

My favorite lip balm is Jack Black lip balm

As for mascara, I’m not super picky.  Currently I’m using L’Oreal Paris Voluminous mascara

That’s it for What’s Up Wednesdays in 2016.  Tomorrow I will be guest posting and owning my crazy over on Erika’s blog.  You don’t want to miss it!

Linking up with Mix and Match Mama, Sheaffer Told Me To and The Larson Lingo for What’s up Wednesday and What I Wore.

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