Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday


I'm linking up for the last Wednesday of the month with 3 of my favorite bloggers, Mel, Shay, and Sheaffer! You should join us!

What we're eating this week...
We tried out a new beef recipe- beef skewers with chimichurri sauce. They were delicious - I'll make sure to share the recipe with you soon!


What I'm reminiscing about...
We didn't do a big trip this summer, but my kids get excited by any walk past an aquarium or fish tank. Last year, we went to the Dallas World Aquarium. If you're planning a visit to the Big D, you HAVE to take your kids. It's pricey, but it is well worth it!



What I'm loving...
Now that summer school is over, I've had time to exercise and then walk the dog twice a day. We've enjoyed hitting up the various playgrounds around our neighborhood and both the dog and I have shed a few pounds - win-win!


What we've been up to...
We've been running back to school errands, enjoying the pool with friends, and reading lots of animal fact books. My kids could not stop laughing while reading this book:


What I'm dreading...
Not dreading, but it's back to the daily grind in less than 2 weeks. It's been nice to sleep in (until 6:30 instead of 4:30!) and have a more relaxed schedule.



What I'm working on...
I like to get a head-start on my year, so I'm planning out my school calendars, so I have more time to work in my classroom when we go back to work. This is my 4th year of teaching the same subject and grade level, so it makes it easier to write lessons when you've been doing it a while.


What I'm excited about...
I saw this a while back online, but it finally premiered on television the other night. It's always been my favorite Disney film and came out just before my 6th birthday. The new one will come out just after Ari's 5th birthday! Watch the trailer for the side by side comparison of Beauty and the Beast!



What I'm watching/reading...
I just finished reading Dead Wake by Erik Larson. It's about the sinking of the Lusitania in World War I. I read it for a social studies book club in my district, and I'm so glad that I did. This is not a fictionalized account, but the details read like a novel. If you're into history and a little bit of mystery, you should definitely check this book out.


What I'm listening to...
So a few weekends ago, Robert and I stopped off at Half Price Books to look for a KISS cd for Ari. She LOVES KISS, and I think we found the perfect first album for her. (Starchild is her favorite!)



What I'm wearing...
Robert and I've been really good about following a workout program in the mornings, so I've been wearing a lot of workout gear from Academy. I love their BCG training line! These shorts make me feel like I'm going to be joining Usain Bolt on the track next month in Rio!



What I'm doing this weekend...
Hopefully we'll just hang around the pool and try out some new recipes. I have a lot of shows to catch up on, so I may just make some time for that, too! Speaking of, when is the Gilmore Girls revival coming out on Netflix? Team Logan, BTW!



What I'm looking forward to next month...
I LOVE the summer Olympics! I'm pumped and ready for some track, swimming, gymnastics, and diving events! Go Team USA and Go Bolt!
What else is new...
On Sunday, we went to Crocodile Encounter, just south of Pearland. It was so much fun! You can bring your own lettuce or purchase some there to feed the African Sulcata tortoises. They were my absolute favorite part. You can purchase little bags of pellets to feed the young alligators. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and did an awesome job letting the kids all get a turn and get in on the action. I did not for one minute feel unsafe or uncomfortable (other than the fact that it was over 100 degrees at 10 a.m.!) The tour took about an hour so wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and your camera for tons of cool photo opportunities!


The guide fed gators and crocs in multiple habitats. They've also taken in the famous white croc from the Houston Zoo to live out his retirement in a bigger, calmer environment. There were also lemurs, pigs, bongos, and kangaroos!
At the end of the tour, the guide showed the kids some reptiles up-close. 
And of course, my favorite were the tortoises! 

Question of the month: What was your favorite part about summer?
This summer has gone by so quickly. Summer school, swim team, art and science camps, doctors appointments, and dance lessons sucked up a lot of our time, but being able to spend more uninterrupted time with my kids and have a couple of date nights with Robert were very enjoyable!


Have a great Wednesday, and I'll see you back here tomorrow when I share a new recipe for chocolate mint balls!

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