Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Hey guys! A couple of my favorite bloggers do a post called "WHAT'S UPWEDNESDAY" the last Wednesday of every month and I thought I would join! It is a specific post for the last Wednesday of each month that answers some fun questions. I am super excited for my first one and hope you enjoy hearing "what's up" in our neck of the woods!

Below is the list of questions we answer each month. I'd love for you to use the comments section and answer some of these questions yourself. I love to read what's going on with everyone else and know more about my readers!
Nothing too exciting for this one. It is the last week of the month and I am making a conscience effort not to go to the grocery store and spend money. Needless to say, we are cleaning out the kitchen, freezer and pantry. We were busy both Monday and Tuesday night, so tonight was our first night to try it out. It went well, but I really enjoy meal planning, so I'm ready for the week to be over. I look forward to getting creative in the kitchen and cooking a meal each night. Tonight was Schwan's frozen fish and lots of fresh roasted veggies. Who knows what tomorrow night will bring!!
I am reminiscing about this time last year. Ben keeps saying that our winter will come in February, and last year we did get snow in February and March, but I feel like we are just going to move on to spring soon. Last year at this time, I was all snuggled up in the house with a brand new baby enjoying a cozy fire in the fireplace. I can't say that I am a huge fan of the cold, but I do like to feel like we at least had a little bit of the season. I really just want some snow or some ice days and then I'll be good!


I can't believe she was ever this small! This was her first snow!
I am absolutely loving my morning space! I love studying at the kitchen table with my coffee. I can look to my left out the dining room windows and see our wonderful backyard or to my right into our cozy living room. Also to my right is my favorite new addition to the dining room, the tea towels that my Mamaw made for me when we got married. I knew I would never use them (because they're so pretty), so I framed them and we just found the perfect spot for them last weekend.


I didn't really take this in the morning...believe me, Ben is not usually up watching tv in the early hours of the morning.
We have mostly been working on the house. Like I said in one of my other posts, I am constantly on the lookout for  the little things that will make our house feel like home. We went shopping on Saturday and found a few things that we have added and love, and then I found a couple of wonderful additions today while out and about with Henley. It is a constant project and whenever we find the time, we hang things and organize.
Loving our new tv console from Home Goods!

I picked up this chalkboard from Hobby Lobby today for half price and used a chalk pen to write on it.

Sorry about the poor lighting, but we got this mirror at Home Goods and it is above our entry table.

I am trying to fill the open shelves in the kitchen with cute things. We got the bowl and lemons at Home Goods this weekend and I got the "C" there too a few weeks ago. The bowls are from a wedding shower and the other pieces with it are from the Pioneer Woman collection.
It is already over, but yesterday I was so dreading taking Henley to the doctor to get her flu booster. She got the first part of the flu shot at her one year appointment and it made me cry. She usually does so well with shots, but you could tell the flu shot threw her for a loop. She definitely felt it and her tears absolutely crushed me. Ben was there for that one, so he kind of took over, but this time I was by myself. Henley actually did great. Again, she definitely felt it, and her tears broke my heart, but they didn't last long at all. Ever since I had marshmallows at her birthday party for the hot chocolate, she has loved them, so I brought a few for her to have after the shot and they were a total hit.
You can't even tell that she just got her shot!

Other than the house, I am working on coming up with blog posts and organizing Henley's closet. We have boxes upon boxes of clothes from my oldest sister and more boxes of things that I have set aside from what she has already grown out of. My goal is to truly go through everything and figure out what I really want to keep in case we have another girl and what we don't need anymore.
I cannot wait for Ben's birthday! He turns 29 next Friday, February 5th, and I can't wait to give him his present. I obviously can't say why, but I think he is going to be so surprised and so excited for what I have up my sleeve. We are also going to this amazing restaurant, Keichi, in Denton on Friday night and that alone is a reason to be excited. Sushi here I come!!
I am finally almost finished with the book I've been reading for forever, Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. I have read a number of her other books and always fall in love with them. This one is also very very good. It took me a little bit longer to get into than her others, but I'm not sure whether it was the plot or just the fact that I couldn't find time to read, so I would always have to figure out where I left off before I could pick it back up. I am also reading For the Love by Jen Hatmaker and cannot say enough good things about it. There will definitely be some future posts dedicated to my favorite things about this book!
Right now, Ben and I have been getting back into Fixer Upper. We have always love love loved this show, but we got too into a few Netflix shows and totally forgot about it for a while. Now that we have finished Making a Murderer, we are back to watching Sons of Anarchy. We are on the last season and I'm not sure whether I'm out or in. I'm just finding it harder and harder to watch. On my own, I am always watching (really more listening to) Friends, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce.

I haven't really been listening to much music lately, but have instead been listeing to The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show when I'm driving. Now that I'm not driving to work in the morning, I don't catch it, so I've been streaming it on the app. I would rather listen to people talk for some reason when I drive for a while and since I drive about 30 minutes or more at least 3 times a week, I have just gotten to where it's always on in my car.

In general, I'm pretty much always in my workout clothes. I go to the gym every morning during the week (sometimes I workout at home on Wednesdays, so Henley isn't in the car all day or I'll run around the neighborhood some days), and unless we have something scheduled in the evening I find it kind of pointless to get ready for the day.
When I am not in my workout clothes, lately I have been loving my leather jackets, boots and booties. I have also been wearing my striped BP tee a heck of a lot.
We went to a STARS game last week and had so much fun!  

This was my outfit to the hockey game. Those are jeans, not black pants.

I wore this to church last week.
My oldest sister and her kids always spend the weekend with my parents when my brother-in-law goes to their church's men's retreat, so they will be at the new place this weekend. We decided to make it a family affair, so e will all be out there on Saturday for a fabulous day of playing and cooking! It is supposed to be an absolutely beautiful day, so I intend on taking my book(s) out there with me and reading on the back porch while Henley takes her nap. When Henley's awake, we will definitely be playing outside with all of her cousins! It should be a blast!
We won't have to bundle up near as much this weekend and can take much longer rides around the land!
Again, Ben's birthday! I am also hoping that it might get a little cold and that we might even get a little snow!
I think I've covered pretty much everything in the other questions. Henley is changing every single day and I just can't get over how much I love her! I catch myself staring at her all the time and just can't wait to see what she does next.

I purchased this high chair a couple weeks ago and so look forward to eating meals these days with her right next to me!

I can't say that anything really sticks out in my mind as a specific Valentine's Day treat. The thing I remember the most about Valentine's Day is making those boxes for school for classmates to put valentines in. I love those! I guess a treat for me on Valentine's Day is a good glass of wine or cocktail. I don't drink very often (I'd rather eat my calories), but when Ben and I have a nice meal I like to treat myself to either a cocktail (pomegranate martini) or a glass of wine. I feel like such a grown up!
Well that's all for this month's "WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY"! I can't wait to answer these questions at the end of next month! Again, please feel free to answer some of these questions in the comments. Happy Wednesday! 






  1. What a cute family you have!!! I love your outfits. You definitely rocked them! STARS as in Dallas? I live in this area too! So cool!

    1. Thanks so much, Molly! I do mean the Dallas STARS. I am actually in Denton, but grew up in Dallas.

  2. Stopping by from the link-up. :) Love those HomeGoods items, especially the mirror!