Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What's Up Wednesday: September Edition

I am officially in love with today - and it isn't even 8 a.m yet. The weather is cooling down, the school is buzzing with spirit, I got to wear PJs to work & I'm linking up with two of my favorites - Shaeffer & Shay - for What's Up Wednesday! 

1. What we're eating...

Since we went apple picking last weekend, I've been making all things apple at our house! I love these Apple Oat Bars & homemade Apple Fritter Bread is on repeat. 


2. What I'm reminiscing about...




Last Halloween was so much fun for our family! 



We went to ZooBoo, carved pumpkins, and did some Trick or Treating. I have that picture of our family on my desk at school & every time I look at it I think about what a great season last fall was for us! 



3. What I'm loving...


I'm loving these cooler evenings & crisp mornings. I get to throw on a jacket in the morning & can wear boots without sweating all day in my classroom! I'm not looking forward to putting all of my sandals away, but right now, I have options & I love it!

4. What we've been up to...





Ella has been loving dance classes.



We've been hanging out at football games. 


The whole family is all about fall activities!

5. What I'm dreading...


This is going to sound really bah-humbug, but the prospect of Christmas shopping has me cringing already. We're on a pretty tight budget with two kids in daycare right now & I'm afraid that we'll be disappointing people.

6. What I'm working on...


My main project right now is cheerleading. We compete in two weeks, so I'm really focused on fine tuning the routine & getting the girls where they need to be. 


When I do have a little free time though, I'm working on cleaning out our closets & getting things switched over for fall. I've listed a ton of items on Poshmark, Tradesy, and Totspot - so be sure to check them out for some deals! 


7. What I'm excited about...


We're only 10 days away from our first competition of the year! I absolutely love cheerleading competitions & my girls have been working so hard. I'm so hopeful that their efforts will be rewarded!

8. What I'm watching/reading...


This month I've read two of Liane Moriarty books - What Alice Forgot & Big Little Lies. I loved them both! I'd have to go back & check, but I think Shay has recommened them both in the past too. I loved that they were suspenseful, but still focused on the realities of every day "mom life." I definitely recommend both if you haven't already read them! 

And as far as TV goes...
  • I finished Parenthood & I'm really going to miss the Braverman's. 
  • Dancing with the Stars is back! 
  • I started Scandal. #OMG

9. What I'm listening to...

Ugh... we're going through a phase where every time Ella gets into the car she wants to listen to her Sofia the First album. At first, I thought it was cute. I'm so over it now though. Some days I'll hide my auxiliary cord. Other days, I try to bargain with her & either let her listen to it on the way to school or on the way home from school. I usually don't win & end up singing along... #thejoysofparenthood 

10. What I'm wearing...


This week is Spirit Week at school, so on Monday, I twinned with my BFF Kristine. 



On Tuesday, I looked ridiculous in one of Eric's Hawaiian shirts for Luau Day. 



And today I'm rocking my PJs! #cantbeatthat

11. What I'm doing this weekend...



It's Homecoming! We have our pep rally on Friday afternoon, then Saturday is the parade & football game! Go Rangers! 



12. What I'm looking forward to next month...


All things Halloween! Ella came up with the most adorable idea ever for their costumes that I cannot wait to share with you all. We also have plans to go to Stokke Farms with Eric's mom & sisters on Columbus Day, which will be tons of fun! 


13. What else is new...



I'm coming to the end of my breastfeeding journey. My goal was to get Olivia to 3 months & that's only about two weeks away. I'd keep it going, but pumping is taking a serious toll on my productivity at work, so the time has come. I have mixed emotions about the whole thing - part of me is like yay! I can start dieting & finally get rid of this spare tire. The other part of me is like ugh! I have to pay for formula & remember to pack bottles whenever we go anywhere. 

14. What is your favorite Halloween tradition? 



Easy. Zoo Boo! It's a fundraiser that our local zoo runs every year to raise money for endangered animals. The kids wear their costumes to the zoo & get to trick or treat at stations set up throughout the zoo. Ella absolutely loved it last year

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