Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Framily Vacay: SSI 2017

Our 2nd Annual Framily Beach Vacation is in the books!
Last year, we had so much fun beaching it with the Hutcheson's, we decided we needed to do it again this year. 
Our Stipulations:
We must stay on Oceanfront property.
We must have fun.
Check! Check!

Though we were living in closer quarters than what we were used to, (6 of us in one condo!) it was fun. The babies really enjoyed each other and kept each other entertained. Only a few hits and snatches thrown in over our 5 day stay. 

I can't write pages about our trip, because we pretty much did the same thing everyday.
Eat. Play. Beach. Pool. Sleep. Eat. Sleep.
We may have changed up that routine a bit, but not much! 
So for the most part, this post is pictures.
Unfortunately we only had 1 super sunny day, the other 4 contained rain at some point. Only one of those days was the rain an inconvenience. To be expected when the weather guys are calling for the busiest Hurricane season in years! 
A rainy day at the beach is still a day at the beach, however. :)
Ella B & Bo loaded up for the beach haul!

Ella B showing off her selfie taking skills. 
Girlfriend even posted to her mama's snapchat story.

Bo has become enamored with dinosaurs this summer. In an effort to introduce him to something besides Mickey Mouse, I played Jurassic World for him one day. He LOVES it. Now, we watch that  435,634,545 a day. We'll be watching and he'll say, "Something is going to happen!" And we are working on a dinosaur collection as we speak. We had like 3 on this trip and that's he and Colby playing with some. 

Being a stinker when Courtney told him to smile at her! He'd smile but would not look at her.

"Love Ella, Bo."
He goes for it and she rejects him.

"See ya later, guys!" 
Literally what Bo says everytime he says bye now. 

Our one and only out to eat night. Also, our one and only family pictures.

The Hutcheson's.

One of my most favorite outfits. I bought this for him when he was 4 months old and I was afraid he was going to outgrow it before he ever got to wear it. It fits, but not for long.

Love our Ellabees!

He wants to be moving and she's content to ride. #whateverworks

Vacations always pass too quickly for me. We've been planning this trip for 6 months and now it's done. No worries, there's always next year. (Or next month. :))

Monday, June 5, 2017

Books & Books

So, I've just finished my 2nd batch of books for this year!
I've read more in the last 2 months than I have in the last 2 years.
Summer is the perfect time for reading for me because I can use nap time & I don't have any shows going on.
I'd love to have a set day for when I'll be posting about the books I've read but I can't promise I'll be done reading by this day or that. So we're just going with it for now.
On to the books....
(Girl is getting her life together in Texas and has no time for love, until she literally walks into it. He knows her, but she doesn't no him. Some confessions are for keeping. :))
Well, I've yet to be let down by Colleen Hoover.
Confess was so good & in true Hoover form, I didn't call some of the curveballs she threw. Courtney said she had more of an idea of what was to come, but I must confess, I did not. :)  
I like how she can twist up a love story with a little tragedy and suspense. I'll be reading one from Hoover every month until I finish them all, I believe.
(Mystery surrounds the deaths of several women who have died in the 'swimming pool,' in this town. All but one of the deaths have been ruled suicide, so it seems like the perfect place to commit a murder and cover it up.)
This was the first dark & twisty book I've read since Girl on the Train. I loved that one, so I thought it appropriate to read Into the Water as my inaugural dark & twisty book this year. While it was good, and I was into it and needed to know what happened, it was my least favorite this month. For one, I felt there were too many characters to keep up with. I like hearing the story from different view points, but not from what felt like 20. I couldn't keep up with who was who and had to go back and re-read sometimes. It got confusing. Also, I had a *pretty* good idea about the ending a good while before I got there. But, I still recommend reading it. 
 (The perfect couple living the perfect life in the perfect house. Life must be perfect for them, right? That's why she's never alone and she doesn't answer the phone and she doesn't work.)
Behind Closed Doors was one of those I had to hear 100 times that I needed to read, but couldn't commit. I kept going back and forth because some people said they couldn't finish it because it was so dark. It was definitely creepy. It was definitely dark. And it was definitely twisty. But I DID like it! It didn't feel as dark & twisty to me as some others, and I guess because you KNEW the who the pyscho was the entire time. He wasn't hiding in plain sight. I get more creeped out wondering who did what and knowing it can be anyone around than knowing who the creeper is. (If that makes sense.) Anyway, if anyone is on the fence about this one like I was, give in & get it! I can't wait for Courtney to finish it so we can talk about it. 
(Hannah has lived in almost every city in the continental U.S. but hasn't found home. So, she decides to return to the one place, or person, who is home; her best friend, Gabby. She has to make a decision leave with Gabby one night at a bar, or stay behind with Ethan, her former, first, and only love. Whatever decision she makes will change her forever.)
Another win! Maybe in Another Life was different in that it gave you the chance to see the 'What if,' that you can't in real life. I LOVED it! I still don't know what decision I wanted Hannah to make, I fell in love with both lives she could've had. 
That's it for now! If you have any recommendations on what I should be reading, please share! 



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: May 2017

{What We're Eating This Week}
I used Mix & Match Mama's Memorial Day Menu for a couple of things this week.
The  Tortellini Pasta Salad is super good & just as Shay said, the perfect summer lunch. I made it Sunday night and have eaten it for lunch since. 
I also made her Mama's Corn Salad for our Memorial Day cook out & it was a hit! 
Tonight, I'm making Chicken Chili Tacos and I've got high hopes for that as well. :)
{What I'm Reminiscing About}
A few things actually...
 Courtney and I had the best time during our Weekend Away.
It's amazing what 2 nights of good sleep and a few meals with no interruptions can do for a Mama's brain!
 Also, SSI 2016 trip is on my mind because...
VACAY in 9 days!!! 

{What We've Been Up To & I'm Loving It}
Swimming, swimming, and more swimming. This little dude is a fish and just loves it! We are already loving what summer is all about; sunshine, a little extra sleep, and lots of swimming!

{What I'm Dreading}
Not a doggone thing!

{What I'm Working On}

I mentioned last week that I got a new job, which means new classroom! I'm working on ideas for the new decor and my first purchase was that teacher life sign from That Inspired Chick! I'm 99.9% I'm going to be ordering a sign or two more before school starts in August. :)

{What I'm Excited About}
Umm..Vacay. In 9 days!!

{What I'm Watching/Reading}
Now that all my TGIT have ended until fall it's time for...
 And I just finished this goodness. Aaagghh! 
Love. Love. Love. It'll be in my next book post.

{What I'm Listening To}
Yep. Still this. 
I finished Serial, and while it was definitely good, UAV is my #1. 
This case is crazy!!
{What I'm Wearing}
It's a toss up between Nike shorts and my bathing suit. 
{What I'm Doing This Weekend}
It's our sissy girl's 2nd birthday celebration! 
She's not mine (but she kind of is) and I honestly have no idea where the time went.
I mean, this just happened. 
{What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month}
Beach. Beach. Beach.
{What Else Is New}
Nothing comes to mind! 

{Favorite Vacay Spot}
Obviously, we love SSI. I've only blogged about it twice now, and we are headed there at least twice more this year. It's the perfect home away from home; it's not a long drive, it's a small town feel, and plenty to keep the babies happy. 
However, I do miss the white sand and crystal clear waters of Destin, Florida! Growing up, our family's vacation destination varied from Destin to Panama City. Not a huge difference in beach, but a difference in atmosphere. I would say Destin has a more family friendly atmosphere. Anyway, our plan is to *hopefully* visit Destin again next year; it's a long haul & tackling that drive with Bo just doesn't seem fun quite yet.

Happy Last Day of May!
(Where IS the year going?!?!)

This post is part of a link-up done with Shay, Sheaffer, and Mel.