What’s On My Bookshelf: June

It’s the last Thursday of the month which means it’s time to talk books.  This month I completed only three books.  Apparently I was experiencing a bit of book ADD because I also started but somehow forgot to finish and moved on from two additional books.  They are both really good so far I just somehow forgot I was reading them and started something new.  Just shows how scattered my brain has been lately.

Fly Away Home

This book follows a mother and her two daughters as they navigate major life events including infidelity, pregnancy, losing a career, and many other hardships that bring them together despite their differences.  I’ve been a fan of many of Jennifer Weiner’s novels and I enjoyed this one as well.  To be honest, I’m a bit torn on the ending.  I can’t decide if I was satisfied or dissapointed.  Definitely worth adding to your summer reading list.

Daughters of the Bride

I very rarely purchase actual physical books these days.  Instead leaning toward the ease of the Kindle version or library books.  Before we headed off on our trip to visit friends in New Orleans, I decided to pick up a paperback to read by the pool.  I don’t want to get the iPad wet.  Well it was a good thing I because I laid my book on the side of the pool, climbed onto my raft, misjudged my raft position and promptly fell head first into the pool.  This caused a wave of water to splash out of the pool sweeping my book into the water.  All before I even opened the first page.  So needless to say, I read a very puffed up wrinkled copy of the book after a couple days of drying out.  This book was a great fluffy summer read.  It is about three sisters who are planning their mother’s wedding.  Who doesn’t love a good wedding book?  And as a side note, there is a very very minor character named Collins 🙂

At Home in the World

I’m going to go out on a limb and go ahead and declare this one of my favorite books of 2017.  We actually listened to this on audio on our way to NOLA and Shane and Owen enjoyed it as well.  If you have a love for travel and a severe case of wanderlust, then this book is for you.  This is a memoir of a family that spent a year traveling the globe, including their three kids under age 10!  This book is my dream.  I would love to take my family on an adventure exploring the world.  Tsh does a great job painting a real picture of what their travels looked like.  They are a real family with travel successes and failures.  It was so fun to hear her describe several places we have been;  the Jesuit church in Beijing, the canals of Venice, the beauty of Sydney harbor.  All places I could picture in my minds eye and so many other’s I would love to see one day.  This memoir sucked us in immediately and enraptured an eight year old with a love of travel.  I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed this book.  Listening to the audio version was fun as the author, Tsh, is also the narrator and you can hear the smile in her voice as she describes their adventures.  So so good.

That’s it for the books I finished in June.  The two books I got sidetracked from but hope to return to were:

The Mother’s Promise

Tiny Little Thing

And the first two books I’m making my way thru for July are:

The Bookshop on the Corner

So far this one is adorable.  I can’t wait to finish it.

The Identicals

You know how I love Elin Hilderbrand so her newest release is an obvious choice for me.  This is my current audio selection and it is a great Hilderbrand novel.

That’s it for my current bookshelf.  What have you been reading this summer??  I would love to hear!

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Show and Tell Tuesday: The Struggle Is Real

The struggle is real.  We’ve all said it.  From the little things to the big, we are all struggling with something.  Here are a few of the not so serious (and one serious) thing I’ve found myself struggling with lately.

Funny story, I originally wrote and scheduled this post for last Tuesday.  Apparently I was a complete week off on my dates.  Clearly if I don’t even know what day it is…the struggle is real 🙂

A swimsuit for Q’s teeny tiny toosh

Quinn has a problem I have never struggled with.  She is long and thin.  I’m talking she is almost 4 and can easily wear 24 month shorts.  Her waist is tiny.  Her booty is tiny.  Her legs are toothpicks.  But she also has a fairly long torso.  This has made finding a swimsuit for her this year near impossible.  All of her suits gape obscenely at the leg openings.  She prefers a tankini for ease of using the bathroom but will not tolerate any smidge of belly showing between a too short top and bottoms.  One pieces that are long enough are huge in the rear.  Last week as we were walking back from the pool she walked half way down the block before I looked back and realized her bottoms were around her ankles.  Where do you get a swimsuit for a skinny legged 4 year old?  The struggle is real.

House projects

I constantly have a long list of house projects on my to-do list.  Lately, I just can’t seem to get any of them done.  We need to combine the boys into one room.  Change Anderson’s current room into a room fit for Collins.  Finish a half-completed basement refresh.  The list goes on.  Shane scored this vintage Jenny Lind bed on Craigslist for me to paint for Collins.

Clearly I haven’t even started on it yet.  Before I know it we will be in China and the little gal will need a room to come home to. The struggle is real.

Finger nails

Am I the only mom that will glance down and be horrified to realize her kid’s toenails look like they haven’t been cut in weeks?  Just me?  Between fingers and toes there are a lot of nails to keep up with in this house.  The struggle is real.

TBR pile

My “to be read” list is ever growing.  We are getting ready to head out of town to visit friends and I’m struggling with choosing what to read on the trip.

My current top contenders are:

At Home in the World

The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard

The Mother’s Promise

Daughters of the Bride

The struggle is real.

Vehicle for a family of SIX

It’s no secret that I LOVE my minivan.  I think every family should have one (or two).  When Collins joins our family later this year we will become a family of six and officially will no longer fit in Shane’s beloved little blue car.

As much as it saddens him, I’m pretty sure he considers that car a member of our family, it will be time for it to find a new home.  I vote for getting another van, but Shane has exerted his veto power with a strong NO.  So we we are looking for an SUV with a third row that easily fits the 6 of us and frequently 8 with Mimi and DudDud.  It also must fit in the garage, be easy to access the third row, and satisfy my “car guy” hubby.  The struggle is real.  Suggestions???


Here’s where I get real for a moment.  While over the past two years we have watched Quinn blossom and bloom, parenting a child with a background of loss and trauma is not without difficulties.  Lately we have recognized some struggles with Quinn, her attachment, and how she copes with stress and anxiety.  It has taken me a while to admit it, but I finally acknowledged that it was time to see a therapist well versed in attachment and parenting children from hard places.  We felt this was especially important to do before we add Collins to the mix and turn Q’s world upside down once again.  We have only been once and I will admit that I was very skeptical.  But she made me feel at ease, assured us that the techniques we were currently using to diffuse her tantrums were appropriate, and felt confident that we can get Quinn to a place that is healthy for both her and the rest of our family through theraplay.  I’m a pretty open book so I don’t mind sharing these struggles.  Parenting any child is tough and adding adoption is an extra layer to wade through.  The struggle is real…but worth it.

Linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday.  In case you missed it, make sure you check out the adorable shirts we are selling for our current adoption fundraiser.

BE THE LIGHT and help bring Collins home.  Until next time!


What’s Up Wednesday

I thought it would be a good time to catch up on the happenings around here with a good ‘ole What’s Up Wednesday.  A time to share…

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What we’re eating this week…

The Peach Truck made it’s first stop of the season in our area this week, so we we will be eating all things peaches.  Things like gorgonzola grilled peach burgers, and grilled pound cake with peaches.  We will devour a 25 pound box of peaches in no time.

What I’m reminiscing about…

My babies are officially done with preschool, kindergarten and second grade.  Time, please slow down!

What I’m loving…

It’s officially summer!

What we’ve been up to…

Yard sale, yard sale, yard sale.  It was a smashing success and I am so thankful for all of the support for our adoption of little Peanut, but man was it a lot of work.  I have a couple of yard sale roundup posts coming up if you are interested in learning more.

What I’m dreading…

The giant stack of laundry currently waiting on me.

What I’m working on…

Hopefully later this week we will be launching our final adoption fundraiser.  T-shirts!!  We ordered a few in for our friends and family helping out with the yard sale and I think they turned out super cute.  Be looking for more info on how to order later this week.

What I’m excited about…

Boating season.  We took the boat and jet ski out and spent our first night at the lake on Monday night.  We love boating season!

What I’m watching/reading…

I’m currently reading Fly Away Home

listening to Tiny Little Thing

and watching the newest season of Bachelorette. We are in desperate need of a new Netflix show to watch but everything seems so dark and disturbing. Any recommendations?

What I’m listening to…

I haven’t been listening to much music lately but I have spending all of my time in the car listening to podcasts.

What I’m wearing…

Wow, have I been failing on my what I’ve been wearing posts.  It’s been pretty boring lately with a lot of scrubs and workout clothes.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Hopefully this…

Napping on the boat

What I’m looking forward to next month…

We are packing up and headed to New Orleans to visit our dear friends.  I. can. not. wait!!!

Bonus question: What is my favorite vacation spot…

Hmmmm.  That’s a tough one.  I have loved them all!  Here are some of my top favorites:

Favorite before married with kids: Australia with my college girlfriends

Favorite before kids: Italy or Switzerland

Favorite trip with kids and grandparents: Disney World

Favorite family vacation: Grand Haven, Michigan

Favorite no-kid getaway: Mexico

Honorable mention:  while it wasn’t a vacation, we loved China (and the little gal that came home with us).  I’m looking forward to exploring more of China this fall.

So that’s what’s up for this Wednesday.  Now I’m off to tackle that laundry!

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What’s On My Bookshelf: May (too busy to read edition)

Well, it’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s time to share what I’ve been reading this month.  I hate to disappoint, but there are only two books to share.  As most moms know, May is a crazy month.  With the end of school programs, parties, projects, sports, adoption paper work and running our epic adoption fundraiser yard sale (more on that soon), I have had very little time to read this month.  Hopefully June will find more time for good summer reading.

This month I read one book and listened to one on audible.

The only book I read this month was Truly Madly Guilty. The story is about a neighborhood barbecue that takes an unfortunate turn. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked it. It spent a lot of time teasing about the mysterious events at the barbecue, but in the end I enjoyed it. This was the second Liane Moriarty book I have read. Big Little Lies was excellent and I have been eager to watch the show. I have made it a full ten minutes into the first episode so far. I told you I’ve been busy!

I’m slowly making my way thru Elin Hilderbrand’s novels. This month I listened to The Love Season. This one reminded me a lot of another Hilderbrand novel, The Blue Bistro, which is one of my favorites of hers. There are great discriptions of food and the restaurant business. The book follows the story of a friendship between two women and the impact on one when the other is killed in an accident. While this didn’t end up being one of my favorite Hilderbrand novels, I still enjoyed it and all of her books set on Nantucket make for great summer reads.

Well, that’s it. Short and sweet. I’m currently making my way thru Fly Away Home and so far so good. Hopefully I will have more books to report in June!

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What’s On My Bookshelf: April

It’s the last Thursday of the month.  So that means it’s time to check in on what I’ve been reading this month.

Smart Girl

This was the third and final book in The Girls series.  I loved this one just as much as I loved Party Girl and Sweet Girl.  Such fun and fast reads.  Perfect to throw in your pool bag on vacation.  I was so sad to see this series end.  Rachel Hollis, if you’re reading this: please write more!!

Nine Women, One Dress

If you like movies with ensemble casts, like Love Actually, then this book is for you.  The story revolves around a slew of unrelated characters and how one little black dress ties them all together.

Forever, Interrupted

This is the third novel I have read this year by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  The first one I picked up, One True Loves, I absolutely loved.  Then I read After I Do and was a bit disappointed.  I am so happy that I decided to give the author another go, because Forever, Interrupted  is one of my favorite books I have read this year.  I typically lean toward books that are light and fluffy. I like my entertainment to be just that, entertaining, not depressing.  However this book was a bit more serious than usual for me, all while not being overly depressing.  It follows a gal that loses her husband after being married for less than two weeks.  The chapters alternate between how she deals with his death and flashbacks to their relationship from meeting until marriage.  There was something about this book that just drew me in and I didn’t want to put it down.  I highly recommend it.

The Singles Game

I am a huge fan of The Devil Wears Prada, so I decided to pick up this one by the same author.  The story is about a professional tennis player and her desire to climb to the top of her career.  It was a fun angle for your typical chic-lit novel.

The Best of Us

I have had several people recommend Sarah Pekkanen books to me so on a whim I chose this one.  I have to say this was my least favorite book this month.  I had a difficult time connecting with the characters and the story seemed to drag on a bit.  It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t my favorite.  Maybe I should have started with another Pekkanen book.  Any suggestions?

That’s it for my April books!  I’m currently reading Truly Madly Guilty which I would have sworn I had read, but apparently I haven’t.  What have you been reading?

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What’s On My Bookshelf: March

We are back from our spring break trip to San Antonio (I’ll be sharing all of the details soon) and it’s time for what I’ve read in March.  I read four books this month.  Three I really enjoyed and one that was just eh.  Now on to the books…

 My Not So Perfect Life

I am huge fan of Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic (although the last few books in the series have not been a favorite).  As soon as I saw she had a new book out, I made sure to pick it up.  This was such a fun read.  It is about a gal who is not living the life she has envisioned for herself all while watching her boss live a seemingly perfect existence.  After being laid off from her job she moves home to help her dad start a glamping business.  Expected hi jinx ensues in typical Kinsella style.  If you like Sophie Kinsella, you will like this one.

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

Let me start by saying this is a book aimed at kids ages 10-14.  This book is about five kids that fight Disney villains in Magic Kingdom after the park closes at night.  My Owen LOVES all things Disney World so as soon as I heard about the Kingdom Keepers series I knew it would be something he would be interested in.  I decided to read the first book in the series, Disney After Dark, to make sure it was appropriate for him before he read it.  This book was recommended by a Disney loving friend and she was right, it is perfect for him (and I have to admit after I got into it, I enjoyed it as well).  Owen just started reading it this week, so I will report back on what he thought.

 Sweet Girl

In my February book post I shared my new found love for Rachel Hollis.  This is the second book in her Girls series.  It follows Max and her love of baking.  It was just as fun as the first book, Party Girl.  If you are looking for a fun little series to read on your spring break, I would definitely recommend these.  I’m currently reading the last book and look forward to finishing the trilogy.

 After I Do

Last month I shared the first book I read by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I really loved One True Loves.  So I was excited to read another one of her novels.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed and did not enjoy it nearly as much.  It follows an unhappy couple who decide to take a year long break in their marriage.  I don’t know what it was about this book (maybe my strong belief in marriage), but this book just didn’t draw me in.  I still really like her writing style, so I will likely give another one of her books a try soon.

That’s it for books this month.  What have you been reading????

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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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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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What’s On My Bookshelf

Well, I haven’t done a What’s On My Bookshelf post since, um, May.  Oops.  I have definitely shared the books I have been reading sprinkled throughout Friday Favorites and such but I haven’t done a dedicated post in a while.

I saw a few of my current reads on my nightstand so I decided to snap a quick pic and share.

Choosing to SEE

It is no secret that I like most of my books to be fairly light and fluffy.  So this book was a bit of a departure for me.  A co-worker loaned this to me shortly after Quinn came home from China and it has been sitting in my nightstand ever since (sorry Kelsi).  Mary Beth Chapman (wife to the famous Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman) writes about their family’s journey from their marriage, to having children including adopting three girls from China, to the tragic loss of their youngest daughter in a terrible accident.  The Chapman family is a huge supporter of adoption and their organization, Show Hope, does amazing work in Chinese orphanages and providing grants for families in the adoption process.  I REALLY wanted to read this book, but knowing it was going to be difficult to read about the loss of their daughter, I kept putting it off.  For some reason I finally picked it up last week.  And while it was emotional at times, it was SO GOOD to read about how God has used their story.  It’s an older book, but if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend.

Armor of God

My women’s bible study started this study this week and I have high hopes.  Love Priscilla Shirer.
Someday, Someday, Maybe

I just started this book a couple of days ago, but so far it’s keeping my attention.  It’s written by Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.  I love her shows so I thought I would check out her novel writing skills.  I also have her book Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) on my wish list.

Double Fudge Brownie Murder

This book is part of the Hannah Swensen series.  I have read quite a few books in this series, but this one wasn’t one of my favorites.  These books revolve around the owner of a cookie shop that frequently finds herself trying to solve her small town’s murders.  They are super light reads, but this one was even more slim on plot than others.  A fast read, but I would suggest other’s in the series instead.

Present Over Perfect

I have been making my way through this book for quite a while a few pages at a time.  I love all of the Shauna Niequist books I have read.  Bread and Wine was one of my favorite books from last year.  I’ll try to share my feelings on the book when I finally finish it.

Typically I have a couple of recent books I’ve listened to on Audible as well, but I have been listening to more podcast lately instead.  I just downloaded Anna Kendrick’s book Scrappy Little Nobody and I’m excited to get started.

That’s everything that has been on my bookshelf recently.  What have you been reading lately?  I’m always looking for recommendations!

Linking up with Narci for her first Carpool Book Club.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  We are officially in the throes of the Christmas season and we are enjoying every minute of it.  Here’s a few of our favorite things from this past week.


Last weekend the boys had one last hurrah with their buddies before we sent them off to their new adventures in New Orleans.

Christmas cookies

It only took five days for our Christmas cookies to be devoured.  I’m pretty sure Quinn ate more than her fair share.  I shared more about our simple cookie making tradition here.

Painting the playroom and a jammy day

We really needed to purge some toys before Christmas so while the kids and I were making cookies, Shane stayed home and removed every single toy from the playroom in order to sort and organize.  Since the room was already empty I decided it was the perfect time to paint.

Bye bye hideous yellow trim paint.  I’ve slowly been painting all of the trim and doors in the house a fresh white.  I’ve deemed this awful color “smoker yellow”.

Who knew that ninja turtles loved to paint walls?

Very proud of his work.

While Shane and I spent the whole day painting, everyone else spent the day in their pj’s.  She wasn’t too happy when she found her uneaten piece of pizza in the trash after dinner.

Christmas books

I have enjoyed reading/listening to some Christmas books this week.

I’m about 90% through Winter Stroll.  It’s a perfect Christmas time read and picks right up after Winter Street.

Next up on my list is to finish off the trilogy with Winter Storms.

I love listening to audiobooks on Audible while I drive or do random projects.  Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks here.  This week I listened to Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber.  If you like cheesy Hallmark/ABC Family Christmas movies, then you will enjoy this book.  It’s light and predictable and right up my alley.  It reminds me a bit of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, one of my favorite movies.

After I finished Twelve Days of Christmas I moved on to another one of her Christmas books, Dashing Through the Snow.  So far I’m enjoying it too.

I also discussed The Magnolia Story with a couple of people this week.  If you know anyone that loves Fixer Upper and Chip & Joanna then this would make a fun Christmas present.  Wrap it up with a decorative tray or comfy throw and it would be the perfect Christmas gift for the home decor lover in your life.

School holiday meals

This week we got to attend the school holiday meal with each boy.  First up, kindergarten on Monday.

Then 2nd grade on Wednesday.

We loved eating lunch with them, but would be lying if I said we enjoyed cafeteria turkey and gravy.  I don’t eat turkey under the best of circumstances.  Next year we will try to remember to surprise the boys with bringing lunch instead.  Twice in one week was a lot of stuffing and mashed potatotes.  Ha!

Comfy tops with leggings

My window for legging weather is quickly closing.  Soon it will be too cold for me.  So this week I stuck with comfy  leggings outfits.

A super soft plaid tunic with my favorite leggings and black booties.  Gotta love a good photo bomb.

A festive gold flecked tee, warm vest, leggings and fringe booties

Christmas card helpers

Our family Christmas cards arrived this week and I’m SO happy with how they turned out.  These two little elves were excited to help put them together.

New paints

Quinn is back on a painting kick.  She has been painting every day after lunch and while I make dinner.  That girl can go thru a LOT of paint.  She was running low so I picked her up some new ones this week.  You would have thought it was Christmas morning.  She was so excited.  We love the simple Crayola washable paints.  Washable is key.  This gal is messy!

A huge poinsettia

I got suckered into buying a poinsettia at Sam’s club.  They were huge and gorgeous.  One just had to come home with me.

Framily Christmas dinner

Finally, the Foxes hosted a delicious “framily” dinner this week.  You know they are great friends when they know I will want to take the leftovers to work for lunch and are prepared with plastic to-go containers.

That’s it for this week.  As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci.  Happy weekend!