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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#everydayelsbury2017

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.

Sleepover

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!

Show and Tell Tuesday: Want, Need, Wear, Read

When I saw that Andrea was doing “want, need, wear, read” for this month’s Show and Tell Tuesday I thought it would be fun to play along.  In case you aren’t familiar there has been a huge movement going around in families in which you give four gifts for Christmas.  Something the person WANTS.  Something the person NEEDS.  Something the person WEARS.  And something the person READS.  While we have not yet adopted this tradition for our family, I think it is a great way to be intentional in your gift giving while reigning in the excess that can easily happen on Christmas morning.

Today I am sharing what would be on my wish list for want/need/wear/read:

Want:

This sounds so old of me, but I really want new flatware.  Our silverware is 12 1/2 years old and not only have several of the forks and spoons gone missing (I’m looking at you Quinn.  Quit throwing them in the trashcan!) but they are starting to get some rust-like spots in some areas.  We are frequently out of clean spoons and small forks by the end of the day.  The problem is that I don’t want to spend money on new silverware and it’s something I feel like is a huge commitment.  I’m picky!  They can’t be too heavy or too light, not too big, but not too cheap feeling.  The struggle is real.  I cant decide if I just want to add more to my current flatware.

Or change to something new.

Need:

New tennis shoes.  I tend to wear the same pair of shoes to not only work out in every day but also to work.  I’m going to be honest with you, my current ones seriously stink.  Like smell so awful I swear I can sometimes smell them when I’m wearing them.  So I just ordered a new pair, but it’s time to admit that I need to own more than one at a time.

I love these and have ordered them over and over

But I have an eye on something like this possibly for my non-workout shoe

Wear:

What I truly want is an apple watch for Christmas.  But that seems entirely too excessive.  I say it would be nice to wear it to receive texts and calls and always be available if there is an emergency with one of the kids because I’m terrible about hearing my phone.  But really I just think it seems like a fun and useful gadget.  Plus look at that fun rose gold face with a lavender band.

Since the apple watch feels to extravagant for a “wear” item, I have also been wanting a nicer/more expensive pair of jeans.  I have been eyeing these but haven’t yet pushed purchase.

Read:

Last year at Christmas I read Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Street.  It was a great holiday season read.  Plus I love all of her books.

This year I would love to read the other two in the Trilogy.  Winter Stroll and Winter Storms.

Well that’s my want/need/wear/read for this year.  I’m not actually expecting any of them under the tree this year.  Shane and I will likely forgo gifts in exchange for a house project.  The basement is next on my list.

For fun here are a couple of items on the kids lists this year:

Want: Hot Wheels A.I. Intelligent Race System Starter Kit.  This seems to be the boys number one request.

And Quinn can’t stop talking about wanting a Peppa Pig toy.  She doesn’t even watch the show!

Need:  Quinn really needs some new jammies.  These are adorable.

Wear: Owen has really been wanting some slides since the spring, but somehow I keep forgetting.

Read: Owen has desperately been in need of a new book series to read.  That boy constantly has a book in his hand and we are having a hard time keeping new titles in the house.  Just today he got the first five Captain Awesome books and is already halfway thru the first one.

We are also considering the I Survived series


Who Was series

and the Kidsboro series along with several others.

Please leave a comment with any other book suggestions you might have!

Friday Favorites

Another Friday means another Friday favorites.  Let’s get right to it…

1.  Women’s Bible Study

This week we wrapped up our women’s bible study at church.  We did Angie Smith’s Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story (Member Book).  It was so good.  I learned something new each week.  I would definitely recommend.

Since it was the last week they had a few prizes.  I won for having a child that pooped all over themselves the day before.  Score!  I won the book for for the next study starting in January, Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God.  I have heard great things about the book and am looking forward to digging in.  I have not excuse now!

2. Fall Family Photos

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As I mentioned in my post yesterday we received our new fall family photos this week.  I was so pleased with how they turned out.  You just never know.  It’s amazing how a photographer can capture any decent images in all of the chaos.  Also, if you are interested in how I choose outfits for styling our family photos, be sure to click over to this post.

3.  A More Comfortable Arm

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On Wednesday we met with the orthopedic surgeon about Owen’s arm.  I plan to update everyone later on that story, but we were so happy to leave the sling and wrap behind and come home with a much more comfortable shoulder immobilizer.  How dirty is this thing going to get over the next couple of months??

4. Christmas Jammies

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I love love love Christmas jammies.  They are just so festive.  I ordered new matching jammies for everyone this year.  Yes, Shane too.  They arrived this week and are so comfy and cute.  I love that Target carried the same buffalo check ones in sizes for everyone in the family.  Look forward to lots of pics in matching pj’s.

5. Stomp

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We took Owen to see Stomp on Saturday and he loved it!  It was our first time as well and it far exceeded my expectations.  I had no idea what to expect.  How can banging on random household items for two hours be entertaining?  Well, it was amazing.  I highly recommend.

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While we were enjoying Stomp, they were enjoying the Trolls movie and Steak ‘n Shake.  Love the hats!

6. Embracing Fall Clothing

While it was almost 80 degrees on Thursday, most days this week were down right chilly.  I was ready to pull out a few of my fall favorites including my favorite trench that I mentioned in my Stranded post.

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similar trench (I’ve had mine for 5+ years)/top/jeans/leopard flats/China necklace (a great gift for any adoptive China mama in your life)/glitter studs (a great price)

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similar jacket (mine is years old from Old Navy)/similar sweater/jeans/fringe booties/China necklace/leather earrings

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

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What’s Up Wednesday, October

Taking a break on my Disney recaps (you can catch up on days one, two and three) to catch up with the current everyday happenings in our world.  What better way to do that than with a What’s Up Wednesday.  Today for What’s Up Wednesday I’m answering these questions…

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What we are eating this week

Monday: Leftovers from our Sunday lunch at Huber’s

Tuesday: Sweet and sour chicken and asian vegetables

Wednesday: Tortellini (I will be working so Shane will be on his own)

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner (working again)

Friday: Spicy vegetable soup

Saturday: Lasagna (Shane makes the best lasagna using this recipe.  He is making a double batch so we can take some to another family in our church)

Sunday: out or leftovers

It is a crazy busy week so we are sticking with mostly super easy dinners.

What I’m reminiscing about

This time of year I am constantly thinking about our Halloween costumes from years past.  You can see some in my post here.

What I’m loving

My new coffee mug.

It’s perfectly me.  The sleep mask.  The robe.  The grumpy morning face.  It couldn’t be more perfect.  The other side says “mornings aren’t magical”.  #truth #notamorningperson

What We’ve been up to

All things fall.

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Apple picking, Halloween at the zoo, the list goes on.  It’s such a fun and festive time of year.

What I’m dreading

Taking Owen to get his annual labs drawn.  I’ve been putting it off because he can be quite the drama king when it comes to getting blood drawn or shots.

What I’m working on

Starting to make Christmas lists.  Yikes!

What I’m excited about

I have a girls weekend at our lake house planned in a couple of weeks with a bunch of my adoptive mom friends.  Yay!

What I’m reading

I’m finishing up Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice


Next up are

The Magnolia Story and

Present Over Perfect

What I’m listening to

This weekend Tim Tebow spoke at our church.  Guys, it was so good.  I want to have a sit down with his mother to discuss how she raised a son that is so bold in his faith.  I need her tips!

He also has a new book out, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms that might be a good gift idea to add to my list for some of the guys in our life.

What I’m doing this weekend

Surprisingly we don’t have a lot planned for this weekend.  We will be hitting up a Trunk or Treat and the school Trick or Treat night.  Plus the usual soccer, but otherwise  low key.

What I’m wearing

Jeans, booties, vests.  You know, all my favorite fall items.

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What I’m looking forward to next month

New Gilmore Girls!!!  I need to host a girls day complete with all things Gilmore Girls…coffee, junk food, take out, etc.  Who’s in???

 Bonus question: What is your favorite Halloween memory/picture?

That’s easy…

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

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