Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Thanks for joining me today for What's Up Wednesday! I'm linking up with Mel, Shay, and Sheaffer to share some of my favorite moments from this past month. You should join us, and as always, please say hello in the comments below!

What we're eating this week...
We started the week with beef skewers and chimichurri sauce. You can find the recipe HERE. Check out my Pinterest boards HERE. And come back tomorrow for my Try It Thursday, featuring one of my most requested desserts, Sopapilla Cheesecake!

What I'm reminiscing about...
My Facebook app that shows me all of the posts I made on this day are so fun! It was around this time 5 years ago that we found out we were having a healthy baby girl. I remember getting the phone call in my classroom while I was teaching 8th graders. The geneticist told me the good news, and I started crying like a baby. I of course had to share the news with my kids who all started cheering. Kind of funny that 30 teenagers all found out about Ari before Robert did!

What I'm loving...
We were at a new store a few weeks ago, and the cashier asked me if I wanted to sign up for their emails. She asked me to spell my name for her, and as I was doing so, I was interrupted by my now 4 year old who said, "That's not how you spell it. It's M-O-M-M-Y." Not sure if the cashier took that name or my A name!

What we've been up to...
Soccer. Ballet. Homework. Chores. Repeat. Stop by on Mondays to catch my Life With the Lees posts!

What I'm dreading...
Although I love Halloween, I'm dreading this year's makeup requirements. Plus, Halloween is on a Monday this year, so I'm not sure how well we're going to do on getting it to A) stay put and B) come off in time for school the next day. Any suggestions on black eyeliner pencils that will do both? And any makeup remover suggestions? I've heard cold cream is supposed to help a lot.

What I'm working on...
Each spring, my 6th graders and I work on a service project during our study of Africa. Last year, we partnered with Good Steward Global Initiative and collected thousands of books. Good Steward used the books to establish libraries in Africa. They have reported that many people are visiting the libraries and showing an interest in learning to play chess. Well, you can't learn to play chess unless you have a chess set, right? So, my students are busy this fall collecting chess sets to be shipped over to the libraries established by Good Steward. If you are interested in cleaning off your bookshelves or donating a chess set or two, I know Good Steward would be happy to accept your donations!

What I'm excited about...
I'm so excited to get out my Halloween decorations! I need to stop by the Dollar Tree and pick up some more black frames. Each year, I add framed pictures of our Halloween costumes to add to our mantle, along with a caged bat, jars of eyeballs and fingers, and little spooky houses. I hate scary movies, but for some reason, I just love all things Halloween!

Slash, Ozzy, and Sharon

Sulley and Boo

Father Mulcahy, Lilo & Stitch, Wild Kratt, and Hot Lips Houlihan

What I'm watching...
Of course there's lots of reality television on my DVR, including every Real Housewives franchise and Bravo shows like Below Deck.

Robert and I are liking the new Keifer Sutherland drama, Designated Survivor.

And as a family, we enjoy Animal Planet's Tanked

Finally, Wednesday nights are our jam! We love The Goldbergs, Modern Family, and our favorite from last year, Black-ish.

What I'm listening to...
When Ari actually allows me to pick the station, I've been listening to the Today's Adult Hits Radio station on Pandora. One of the songs that keeps playing, and that I'm really enjoying, is "Fresh Eyes" by Andy Grammer.

What I'm wearing...
I'm a terrible fashion blogger, so I'm going to make this one all about cosmetics that I'm wearing.

I love dark blues and blacks for fall nails, so I'm wearing Greased Lightning Insta Dri by Sally Hansen.

And, I've finally found a product that is helping tame my fly-aways: Garnier's Power Putty Surfer Hair.

What I'm doing this weekend...
This weekend will be a repeat of last week- soccer games, chores, and catching up on our DVR!

What I'm looking forward to...
I'm ready for our 3 day weekend coming up in October. I don't have anything special planned, but it'll be nice to just have an extended break after this hectic start to the school year.

What else is new...
Santa is almost done shopping for one child in our house! Target NEVER runs deals on Lego, so when a Cartwheel coupon popped up, I had to jump on the opportunity. I picked up this Lego Nexo Knights set for less than $40.

We stopped at Jacque's Toys and Books in College Station this summer (which sadly is going out of business), and Trip spotted this Melissa and Doug Deluxe Magic Set. Last week, Target ran an online Melissa and Doug deal, so I was able to get this set for less than $20! I think this will be fun for him to learn how to do, and I'm excited for upcoming performances!

Trip still has some money left in his Santa budget, but he hasn't figured out what else he wants. Ari has asked for Lego horse sets. I also want to get her a stuffed kangaroo like this one: 

Question of the month: What is your favorite fall recipe? 
Trip is excited for me to start making my chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, but I've told the kids that I'm not using pumpkin in my recipes until October 1st. My favorite Crockpot soup to make in the fall is Cara at Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour's Potato Soup.

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  1. I love the idea of the framed pictures of previous years' Halloween costumes! What a great idea! And I have to commiserate with you, why of why, are Legos never on sale?!!? Also, I am impressed you have made so much progress on Christmas shopping already! I should probably get started!

    1. No wonder Lego is one of the richest companies- no sales! I can't stand Black Friday- I can get much better deals if I start early and stack coupons.


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