Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Favorites

I am writing on a huge high this morning! My favorite favorite favorite of this week was last night when we took back our County Championship!! 

Last night was cut throat. The competition just keeps getting tougher & tougher, but these girls were AMAZING! I was so impressed by their performance. I can't wait to see them perform again on Saturday, and then at Sectionals when we take back our brick! Ahh... I'm still buzzing this morning because I'm so proud of them. Tonight is Senior Night, so I'm sure that I'll be a blubbering mess watching my babies cheer their last game. 

Onto my other favorites of the week... Ella's afternoon sitter - Emilie - sent me this Snap on Wednesday of their little coffee date after school. She said the first thing out of Ella's mouth was - "Can we go to Tim Horton's?" and Emilie just couldn't say no to that face! 

On Monday night, Ella started her Tumble Tots class! She was so excited. She decided to wear an outfit just like the cheerleaders do to practice. She looks SO big in this picture. I couldn't help but feel proud as I was watching her. She listened to directions, stood in line patiently, and worked really hard whenever it was her turn. Love my Ella! 

And bedtime has been another favorite this week. Seriously, I'm just so tired! I always feel this way going into Winter Break though, so I'm not shocked. I'm certainly ready for a week off though. Only 7 days to go & I'll be off to Virginia! 

And my last but not least - I got to spend some time with Madigan this week! I adore my niece & just love cuddling her! She's wearing a onesie that I bought her - perfect for Valentine's Day & her coffee drinking mama :) 

Have a Happy Friday Everyone! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Book Review - January 2017

I'm excited to share these books with you because January has been a VERY good reading month for me! I absolutely loved all three of these books - even though they're all quite different from one another. Two were from new to me authors, and one is a book that I've been dying to get my hands on for almost a year. I had such a good time putting this together that I've already made a trip to the library to pick up books for February! 

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale was probably one of the best books I've ever read. I started it after school one rainy afternoon when I didn't have practice & ended up until 12:30 because I just couldn't put it down. I had to find out what happened. The main character, Aimee, has to bury her fiance on what should've been her wedding day. As if that's not tragic enough, a lady approaches her in the parking lot after the funeral telling her that he's still alive. While she knows that it's completely farfetched, it plants a seed of doubt in Aimee's mind that fuels her quest - both for answers and to rebuild her own life - over the next two years. The book reminded me of a cross between Big Little Lies & What Alice Forgot - two of my favorite books, so if you loved those, I'm confident that you'll love this too! And if you don't want to take my word for it, know that I stumbled upon it because it was one of Amazon's Best Books of 2016 :)

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The next book I read this month was also suspenseful, but is definitely a mystery and not a romance. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith centers around the delivery of a severed leg... so yeah, no romance. If you don't know, Robert Galbraith is actually J.K. Rowling's pen name for the Cormoran Strike series. I have read both of the other books - Cuckoo's Calling & The Silkworm - and enjoyed them both, so I was really looking forward to this book. It is LONG - like 500 pages - and there's a lot of information to digest, but the mystery that unfolds is worth it! 

Silver Girl: A Novel by [Hilderbrand, Elin]

The last book I read this month was Silver Girl by Elin Hildebrand. This is the first Hildebrand book that I've read, but I know so many people who adore her novels. I have to say - I'm with them! Silver Girl is about two women - Merideth and Connie - who are both trying to rebuild their lives after catastrophic events. It's set on the adorable island of Nantucket, and I have to say, I'm already planning a little trip to visit just because it sounds so picturesque! 

If you've read any of these books & have thoughts to share - please do! Any suggestions for next month, let me know! I have a whole week off & know that I'll spend a good portion of it snuggled under a blanket while the girls play - so give me all you got! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What's Up Wednesday - January 2017


What We're Eating This Week...

I have zero pictures of the food I've eaten lately, just know it hasn't been healthy. #resolutionsoutthewindow  In fact, Eric made the most delicious wings in our skillet the other night. I have no idea how many I ate, and it's probably better that way. Last night, I ordered pizza. Tonight, we may eat chicken nuggets. #thetruthaintprettypeople 

What I'm Reminiscing About...

This time of year always has me reminiscing about my past teams & all that they accomplished. I just love when our alumni visit us & seeing those girls turn into successful adults is one of the best parts of my job! 

What We've Been Up To...

Between our insane schedules and sickness, we've managed to have a whole lot of fun lately! We visited the Strong Museum of Play - which is one of our favorite winter activities! Olivia is old enough to fully enjoy it now, so it was a lot of fun to see them both running around & exploring. 

Ella also had her Snowflake Tortilla Celebration at school & loved that her daddy could attend! I thought it was so cute that they cute the store bought tortillas into snowflakes, then warmed them & sprinkled powdered sugar on them! Such a cute idea! 

What I'm Dreading...

We still have a full month or more of full fledged winter around here. It hasn't been too bad thus far, but I just have a feeling that some serious snow may be in my future. 

What I'm Working On...

I've been working on a lot of fun collaborations for the blog that I'm really excited to share with you! I'm also starting a trial of The Daily Burn, which I'm excited/nervous about. My sister has been doing it & really likes it, so hopefully I will too. Between the weather & very little free time, I need something that I can do at home after the kids go to bed. Hopefully it'll whip me into shape! 

What I'm Reading...

I'm doing my full January Book Review tomorrow, but I just finished Career of Evil by Robert Gailbrath (who is really JK Rowling) and have a lot to say about it! 

What I'm Watching...

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Scandal is back! That is what I've been most excited about. But Quantico is back & is now right after The Bachelor, so those both make me happy too! Early January was super slow for TV viewing, so I'm happy to have some options again. 

What I'm Wearing...

It's winter in New York, so I've been wearing a lot of boots & cardigans. My classroom is extremely unpredictable too, so I dress in layers every day. #beprepared 

What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Another competition for me this weekend. The girls will be with Eric's mom for the weekend. They're going to see Peter Pan & Ella is very excited about it. Eric will be out of town at Winterfest with his friends too. So it'll just be me & Charlie for the weekend. I'm having dinner with one of my best friends Friday night too, so I can't wait for that! 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...

Winter Break! T-minus 16 days until I'm on the road to Virginia with the girls to see Grammy & Gramps! There is A LOT going on between now & then now... 3 more cheer competitions, a benefit I'm helping serve at, Valentine's Day, a field trip, and multiple gymnastics classes. It's in sight though! 

Bonus Question: Who is Your Favorite Bachelor? 

So this was a hard question for me, because I tend to LOVE people when they're on a season as a contestant, but then they usually disappoint me when they become the actual Bachelor/Bachelorette.  For instance, I really liked Chris Soules when he was on Andi's season, but then thought he was a little too hokey when he was on his own season. I can tell you one thing though, hands down, my favorite Bachelorette is Jillian Harris. I adore her & read her blog daily.  

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