Friday, May 11, 2018

H54F || May Happenings

Happy Friday, friends!
I have had such a hard time finding motivation to blog lately.  May has been extremely hectic & busy... has it been that way for you guys?  End of school year, so much to prepare for on the weekends & during the workdays.  I'm so ready for things to slow down a bit.  Maybe June will bring slower days for this little family of mine. 
I KNOW this... I'll be ready & looking forward to it!
So much to share this week!
One.  I'm hired! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
Remember that interview I went to back on my birthday at the beginning of March? 
Well, last week I f I n a l l y heard back from them once they got their schedule together for the next school year & learned that I am officially a speech language pathologist for the Speech Pathology Services of East Tennessee!
Can I just praise Jesus for a second, because this has been such a focus in my prayer life since the beginning of the year.  Specifically, not just to have a job, but to have one I love as much as the one I have now, (and to maybe get to stay in Preschool though that didn't sound possible at all from everyone I had talked to)
But you know what.  NOTHING is impossible with God.  I was told that the current plan is for me to be at a setting (the SAME school) PRESCHOOL five days a week.  This is something that typically doesn't happen in contracted SLP work.  I am beside myself excited in a bittersweet way (I will miss my Rville Pre-k friends so much), & I'm nervous all at the same time.  I pray God can use me to be a help to the kids I see everywhere I go!  It is a blessing to be in an occupation that allows me to do that!
I officially "start" in August!
We went to Dollywood  (yes, again) with our hometown church last weekend & I used it as an opportunity to drive by my (projected) new workplace on the way!  I will be (should the plan work out & I get to work at this placement) be like 4 miles from the Woods of Dolly.
Two.  Magnolia cooking
If you haven't got the Magnolia Table cookbook yet, run don't walk!
And it irks me to be a fanatic about something that everybody in the nation is a fanatic about, but Joanna rightfully earns it.
I will lightheartedly take a stand against the farmhouse craze, though.  As much as I love aspects of farmhouse, I will never be a gung ho farmhouse girl, simply because it is becoming every house in America-& I do not live on a farm.
I tried the sour cream chicken enchiladas & chocolate chip cookies for dessert last night, & in the words of my husband during the prayer:
"Lord, thank you for Joanna Gaines enchiladas."

I kid.  But, he really did say that.  He's a goofball.
Saturday night, were going to try the beef tenderloin.  I'll keep you posted...
three.  DATE NIGHT
An actual date night. 
First one in probably two years. 
We went to Chesapeake's & Walgreens๐Ÿคช
(I had to get my picture taken for my TN Speech Licensure).
So romantic, y'all.  But it's a start!

summer date night bucket list๐Ÿ˜›
four.  May the fourth
We did may the fourth up right this year. 
Cam ordered Star Wars pancakes & I tried to deliver.
five.  Happy mail days
Need I say more? 
I think I'm gonna wear that necklace for Mothers Day!  I am gravitating toward tassels.  I tend to gravitate toward the things I’ll regret in the years to come๐Ÿค—
I'm excited about our date night tonight, visiting the flower truck, & mothers day gathering this weekend.
What are you guys looking forward to?
Happy Mothers Day, sweet mamas!
Linking up today with the girls of Friday favorites & high five for Friday!

Monday, April 30, 2018

weekending + meal planning monday

happy monday!
Is it just me, or if I can just make it through Monday & getting back in my routine, the rest of the week just falls into place.  I'm so glad I finished strong today!

First things first.
If you could sum me up as a mom in one incident, it would be the fact that I was doing so many things at one time this weekend-I almost poured Gatorade on top of Cam's cereal๐Ÿคช
I've been in somewhat of a blogging hiatus since spring break...
life happened & the thought of blogging on top of my other responsibilities overwhelmed me & those are the times where it is put on the back burner:)
But now I'm back to tell y'all what's been going on in the Adams bode these last couple of weeks...
i know you all have been patiently waiting on the edge of your seats for my return
SO the weekend.
Lot's of playgrounds + food.
I also spent the majority of it in the trenches of trying to figure out how to gradually get the boys out of our bed SO I CAN FINALLY SLEEP AGAIN after five years (don'
t feel sorry for me-totally my fault) & to research how to potty training tips for a stubborn two year old.
I'm all ears.

We had a free friend pass to Dollywood that had to be used before June for Cade, so since he's working Saturdays right now, we decided to leave after Sunday school & head to the land of Dolly!  The boys were so excited Conley even made up a song about it...
"Dollywood, you are so beautiful!"
 It was such a great time, but Cade DID actually make Cam an emotional wreck most of the time by convincing him that if he rode a thrill ride/rollercoaster, he could get "an x wing star wars Lego type thing" that he seen in claw machine.
Way to go, dad.
We stood in line for at least two rollercoasters in which we waited in line up until it was time to board & he then bailed.  If anyone in the park passed us Sunday more than once, I'm sure they wondered why our little boy was crying + petrified every time we went by them.  We're talking he cried ALL day.
Somehow, he finally decided to ride the Barnstormer.  Which... not sure if any of you are familiar with it... but naturally, it's basically the scariest ride in Dollywood.  And big brother rode it like a man.  Screaming "WERE GONNA DIEEEEEE" at the top of his lungs the entire time.

 If I could only bottle up this smile & keep it forever.

Now on to meal planning Monday!
*if your new we are only home Wed-Sun= the shorter meal plan!
This is a L7 weenie week... but I still thought I'd share!
Monday:  X
Tuesday:  X
Wednesday: Lately it's always Bojangles b/c I miss their tea + chicken sandwiches & we are traveling that evening!
Thursday:  Baked Spaghetti
Friday:  Homemade pizza night
Saturday: Leftovers (b/c MAN our refrigerator get's toooooo full after three straight nights of cooking!)
Sunday: Eat Out!
I wanted to kind of explain my method of madness with my recipe board & box.
It's very simple & help's me plan & stay organize for the upcoming week
+ I love having a recipe box in the kitchen.  It's one of my favorite things to admire & add to when we find something we love:)
 If the recipe makes the cut with my picky boys... I place the name of it on the front of my recipe card & then squeeze (AND I MEAN SQUEEZE) all the how to's on the back of the card.  I always come to my box-unless of course, as in this week's case, I have a new recipe book or magazine I'd like to try...& then I pick out all the meals for the upcoming week.  All I have to do is flip the card over for the ingredients, make my list, then hang the cards up on the board in the order I'd like to cook them.
I try at least one new recipe every week...
I can't help myself-so much food, so little time lol
This week we tried this crock pot orange chicken with cream cheese wontons, rice, & sesame noodles.  It was a hit with the hubs--- not the boys.
Prob not gonna be a regular dish at the Adams Abode.
Orange Crock Pot Chicken, recipe here.
It keeps me straight with a visual plan of what's to come & nobody has to ask what's for dinner:). How do you meal plan for the week?  Or, how do you miraculously wing it-my mom does that, & I am always ever so impressed.
 Have a great week, sweet friends.
Friday, April 13, 2018

H54F + friday favorites || Springtime Fun

after an entire week off of work, i have determined that there aren't enough hours in the day to do all one needs to do!
e v e n with time off, everyday has been a mad rush to attempt to conquer my never ending to do's.  
in all my hustle, from the piles of never ending laundry, the messes in the kitchen, things to be organized, & applications to be filled out, i found this reminder:

"and the world passeth away , and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of GOd abideth for ever."
1 John 2:17
a little nugget of wisdom + sweet verse for us all to live by!

per cam's request, our little entryway is all ready for spring now!
& so is my belly for some chick-fil-a...

one. first trip to dollywood 
my sweet nana & papa always get cam + i, season passes to dollywood.  
before i was even married with kids... they did it then, too.  
we headed out for the first trip of the season yesterday, & friends...
i haven't laughed so hard in a long, long time.
conley scout (he's the tiny one).

he wouldn't think of riding the ducks, because i couldn't ride with him.
but buddy, he hopped on the scrambler in a hot minute.
let me just set the stage.  
we've been watching andy griffith where 
the closest things to profanity are "shazaam" & golly." 
 well, i'm pretty sure conley attempted to express his emotions of the scrambler with that wordage, but that little guy... 
just as the ride started, as we started swarping through the air,
 in all his seriousness, quietly said, "go-lly damn."
Cam chimed in-in super sonic loudness to make sure all the guests at the tram stop could hear, (annnnnd as if i hadn't heard)
"MOM!  Conley said GO-LLY DAMN!"
i  lost it.  but it quickly became con's favorite ride of the day.
we rode twice.

they know conley will feed them or die trying.

he requested to ride by himself "like a big boy" most of the day...
๐Ÿ˜ฏ (best attempt at puppy dog eyes)
then after getting an ice cream, & routinely dropping it in the floor.
he said, "i hate that."
we wiped it off for him & he went on to hopping off of ledges & causing pedestrians in the street (i say this jokingly) to veer from preferred dollywood traffic patterns.

a few minutes later after the ice cream had practically melted in my hands, 
he said, "it fell, i better get another one."
sure con, that ice cream has way more germs on it than that train post you licked thirty minutes ago or the toilet seat you petted earlier this morning.๐Ÿคจ
two. a post about toast
is this a dork mom post or what?  
cade + I just stare at it sometimes in admiration.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍♀️  
if you're thinking about buying a reasonably priced, large toaster.  pick me!
it makes a mean peanut butter & banana toast.
also, please stay...
i can't promise i won't always give you photo dumps & stories about my kids, 
but i promise i don't always post about lame things like toasters.๐Ÿ˜ฌ

three.  superhero live here
twenty four hours.
iron man + batman on the job.
but these guys take lunch + supper breaks. 
 they ain't skipping that to rid the world of bad guys.  
and their mom may or may not make them still have naptime.
conley slept with his costume in his arms & cam wore his to the playground.
iron man would have worn his to the playground as well, had he ate his supper.
he had to stay behind.
as cam marched proudly to the playground in full costume, in his best batman voice:
"Mom, what if those people think i'm really batman??  then they'll run up and want to hug me like in those disney commercials.
(disney cruise commercials? anyone?)
over & over, i tell myself: these are the days.
never forget these moments.๐Ÿ’™

four. 50 ways to take a break
it being spring break, i thought this was appropriate...

five. spring time closet

anybody else in a bit of confusion in how to dress for this springy weather?  
it's hot. then cold. then chilly. then hot.  then cold!
this gave me a little pinspiration of how to layer & stay warm/cool but still not look like it's the dead of winter.

happy friday, friends!
linking up today with the girls of friday favorites and H54F!