Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: April 2017

Happy Wednesday! Thanks for joining me today as I link-up with Mel, Sheaffer, and Shay to wrap-up April! Can you believe it's almost May?! Make sure you link-up and share what's been going on in your world!


What we're eating this week...
Last weekend, Robert and I tried out Hello Fresh for free. You can read my review HERE. We've got a packed week of practices and performances, so on Sunday, I made a chicken and rice/noodle casserole to make Monday night easier. Robert requested meat and cheese roll-ups for his school lunches. I made some pretty similar to THIS recipe and have had no complaints.


What I'm reminiscing about...
Last week marked one year since the terrible flood that hit Houston. It demolished our pool system, and we basically had a swamp in our backyard until our system could be repaired. I'm not fondly reminiscing about this time, but these pictures make me laugh because it's not very often that you can get a family photo from inside your swimming pool!



What I'm loving...
I try to write emails each Friday to parents about students who have done a great job that week in class. I make a list and try to get to each kid during the semester. Last week, I wrote an email about a student who doesn't always seem that interested in class but had been doing a better job participating. His mom wrote me back to tell me that he went home and told her the story verbatim of how my Popo proposed to my Nana while stationed in Alaska during the Korean War and some other stories I had shared with the class. I was floored that this kid was A) paying attention and B) cared enough to share the story with his parents! I love when I get to make good calls instead of the sad calls about lunch detention!


What we've been up to...
This shirt sums up my life. Baseball on Mondays and Saturdays, swim practice Tuesday-Friday, swim meets on Saturdays, birthday parties, wedding showers, teacher appreciation days, etc. Nothing super exciting around here. If they installed a camera in my house for a live feed like the giraffe, you'd see me watching reality television, cooking, cleaning, and chauffeuring children to various activities!


What I'm dreading...
Swim meet season! I know I'm supposed to be a good mom and support my kids in their endeavors, but I also am not so secretly hoping that they decide that this is the year they don't want to swim again! Ugh- why can't swim team be like it was when I was a kid? Sure we had practice 4 times a week, but our practices and meets were actually during THE SUMMER! The meets were also in the evening and only lasted a few hours. My kids have to check-in at 6:45 a.m. and it goes well into the afternoon. Top it off with dance class and baseball, and I'm DONE! Can we go ahead and skip to mid-June when all activities are over please?


What I'm working on...
I'm working on getting back into shape. I did really well and lost 17 pounds from October to February. After I stopped running and relaxed my diet for spring break and Ari's birthday coupled with going back on steroids, I gained 7 pounds back. No bueno! I'm off of my steroids now and am trying to be good. I've started running again in hopes of shedding the pounds a little faster. If you want to work out with me, check out my most recent Tuesday Training post and follow my Tuesday Training Pinterest board.


What I'm excited about...
Depending on Robert's summer work schedule, we are planning on road-tripping to St. Louis to visit my aunts, uncles, and cousins! I can't wait to eat toasted raviolis and go to the zoo! (Ari also is planning to go to the new restaurant owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley!)


What I'm reading...
Ummm magazines from several months ago? I've been bad and haven't stuck with my 20 minutes of reading each night. After I finished Laura Bush's autobiography, I think I needed a brain break. I feel like I'm constantly trying to catch up, and I have a stack of magazines from the past 6 months that need to be read and recycled. My favorites are Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Woman's Day.


What I've been listening to...
Robert and I have been cracking up a lot lately because we'll hear Ari in the next room singing the song, "Belle," from Beauty and the Beast. She doesn't really know how to say, "this provincial life," and kind of makes it up. She also acts out the part where the villager stops her and she tells him she's on her way to the bookstore. It's pretty funny to listen to, but it's also a little maddening as she is stuck on loop!


What I'm wearing...
In the spring and summer, my mom uniform basically consists of the following:






What we're doing this weekend...
Baseball, swim team time trials (mock-meet), and a birthday party! Anybody want to swap lives just for the weekend? :)


What I'm looking forward to...
A friend of mine recommended a travel agent here in Houston that is a superstar Disney concierge. I know people are going to hate on me and tell me to not pay someone to plan my trip, but we're doing Disney and Universal next summer, and the park has changed tremendously since I went in third grade. We've saved up and want to do it big, so I'm going to have Dani plan everything out for us so I don't have to stress about anything. I've gotten to the point in my life where I definitely weigh the DIY vs. saving my sanity options, and for this, I'm going with staying sane! Do you have any Disney recommendations that I need to think about? Please share!


What else is new...
I'm waiting to hear on some big news in the next few weeks- nothing scary or life-threatening but something exciting for me personally. I'm not the most patient person in the world and would love to have everything signed, sealed, and delivered ASAP, but I'm trying my best to calmly wait for an answer. I'm hoping I have exciting (to me) news to share with you in the next few weeks. (And no, I'm not becoming a mom again!)


Question of the month: What's your favorite spring/summer shoe? 
I probably wear THESE sandals from Merona at Target at least 4 times a week in the spring and summer. I own them in black, brown, and silver, and they go on sale often for less than $12!

In case you missed my previous What's Up Wednesday posts:
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017

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24 comments:

  1. Ugh I am not looking forward to the days where kid sports run my life. I know those days are coming but I like feeling spontaneous on the weekends. Right now the boys have swim lessons and track meets on Sundays. Both are fun and short but I hate not being able to go wherever I want, lol. And I'm with you on losing weight. I fell off the wagon with all this Easter candy around.

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    1. I feel like we need to rearrange holidays so that Easter with its brunches and candies isn't so close to swimsuit season! I've been under my calorie goal for a whole 2 days now but am having a hard time staying strong!

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  2. So much goodness here sweet girl! So proud of you for your diligence and Losing those lbs, I know how good that feels. Confession, I was happy when our oldest stopped swimming, the early mornings and running, running, all day needs were killing me. That Liam Neeson reference.... too cute! Love those sandals and so comfy. I hope you have the best day sweetie and I will pray you get the awesome news you're hoping for!! xo

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I wish I could know the answer right now- patience is not my strength! I need to keep myself preoccupied as much as possible so I don't stand in the pantry and eat everything I see!

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  3. Oh my that swim season sounds crazy!! Good luck mama! And those Target sandals are a favorite for sure!

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    1. I think I'd be more into it if the meets weren't so long and the league and parents weren't so intense. I have my kids swim for the fun, sportsmanship building, and exercise. There are a lot of intense families on the team, and it's just not fun when adults act like that during kids' sports.

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  4. Oh the swim mom life lol!! I can't believe your meets are that long, holy cow! Last year was our first year, it's so LOUD!!! We were kind of hoping Alayna didn't want to play softball, that's 3 nights a week ALL summer long, ugh.

    Saying some prayers that whatever you're going for works out!!!

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    1. Thank you, Cara! I want to know the answer now instead of later- ugh! I would love to go to multiple softball games instead of long, dragged out swim meet!

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  5. I hear ya on the sports practices- I also feel that my older daughter misses out on some fun because of her schedule- such a balance! Can't wait for you to share your big news! :)

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    1. I hope I have good news soon- it's not that exciting to others but it will definitely impact me in a good way!

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  6. The girls did swim team for 2 summers a couple years ago. Last year was the first year we didnt do it.... FREEDOM!!!! LOL!
    Thanks for linking up with us for What's Up Wednesday! :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting! I'm hoping we get to drop a sport or two next year!

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  7. Well I can totally relate to the whole swim team thing. Both of our kids did it. Our summer meets were on Wednesday nights. We'd check in at 4:30 in the blistering heat and humidity (VA) and then get home about midnight. And heaven forbid a thunderstorm reared its ugly head. Waiting in the cars for hours to restart the meet. HELP ME!!! It was like packing for a dern vacation. Enough food, towels, and games to last all night. Benny swam competitively all through high school so we'd have meets that were 3 days IN A ROW!!!! Hang in there!!! As for Disney...our favorite character meals were the Castle and princesses and then the Crystal Palace with Pooh and friends (that was my personal fav). Let your travel person build in a rest day to hang by the pool. I didn't and really regretted it! We were there for Katie's 6th birthday🎉

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    1. I'm hoping Trip switches his interest over to rifle team in the next few years- not as many people to compete against, so more money up for grabs for college! (That would be a super boring meet to go to also, but maybe not as long!) I can't wait to ride the Aerosmith rollercoaster at Hollywood Studios and Jurassic Park at Universal! We're for sure doing dinner at Belle's Castle one night!

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  8. This time of year is CRAZY with activities for us. We don't have a free weekend until June 3rd and that is the last until August! Great job on the weight loss...I am feeling so much better and every time I say I'm never going to let that happen again...blah. I really just want a bag of cheetos today! haha

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    1. I want to eat everything I see and I have a giant sweet tooth! I need to get back to making desserts that have ingredients that I hate so I won't be tempted! I'd like to clone myself so the clone can either take the kids to their practices or stay home and clean!

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  9. I'm from St. Louis, and the zoo is my favorite! Toasted raviolis are a must. Get them from Imo's with their famous pizza. :)

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    1. You know, I've never been an Imo's fan, but I do plan to hit up Steak n Shake a few times! We used to always go to Hodak's too for chicken and ravioli. Robert wants to do White Castle a million and a half times, too!

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  10. How fun to start planning a Disney trip! And trying to keep up with kid sports schedules... it's madness! Good luck! :)

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    1. Have y'all been to Disney yet? I'm so excited to take the kids but also a little overwhelmed by all of the options!

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  11. I can't wait to hear your big news. That pool picture is fun, but hate remembering all that flooding last year. We are in Houston, and didn't have any damage. But we were house bound for a few days with flooded roads. We went to Disney over spring break, and I wrote about some tips here: https://txtanya.blogspot.com/2017/04/travel-tuesday-disney-tips.html

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your tips! Lucky you with no damage! I live in a different district than where I teach, and my usual one hour drive to work turned into 90 minutes-2 hours each way after the flooding! It was awful!

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  12. I love how some students completely surprise us when we think they are never paying attention! How awesome to try to write to each student's parents throughout the year/semester! Hoping and praying for good news for you!! Patience is definitely a hard virtue!

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    1. You know what? That kid came in with his homework completed this week after that email home- it's usually incomplete, so I'm glad that he appreciated the acknowledgement enough to work harder too!

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