Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday! (January 2016)

Linking Up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer HERE it is......

What We're Eating This Week

It's Crock Pot Season!  Once a week, I pull out the crock pot and make us a nice warm dinner
Here are some of the things I have been making lately...great recipes...I usually find them on Pinterest and sometimes Mel's blog!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
(that is one of Mel's Specialties.  You can find it HERE

Creamy Tortellini Soup
You can find that one HERE

Crock Pot Chicken Lemon Soup with Spinach and Orzo
I blogged about this one so you can find that HERE

and Shay's Chicken Margarita Soup became a new fave- Delish!
You can find it HERE

What I'm Reminiscing About?

The Christmas Season....Still...I am never like this but this year was so wonderful, down to every little detail....the traditions....The Hallmark movies...the decorations...the recipes....the music....and watching it all through through the eyes of my little girls...pure magic...I still have a pain in my heart

This was our first "Jammie Christmas" of my favorite nights this past season :)

What I'm Loving
Having My Hubby Home!  
He doesn't travel often but when he does, it is very hard
I miss him so much!
So glad he had safe travels and he is back in action :)

What We've Been Up To

It has been a pretty active January for us.
We usually hibernate all month because of the cold and the snow but the weather hasn't been too bad and we have been keeping busy and doing some fun things.

The month started with our Wolverines Cheer Banquet which was a blast

and that night, we enjoyed celebrating Aaron's graduation from the Art Institute of Boston

This past weekend started with a fundraiser for the Basketball League in town
We had a great night with friends; dualing pianos, dinner and drinks!
Here is a shot of the girls at the end of the night...think we had a blast?

On Saturday, I had a Surprise Sprinkle for my Mama Friend Jill who is Expecting Baby #5!
She makes it look easy!!  It was such a lovely day :)

Saturday Night, Rob was playing with a band from town.
I was so wiped from a long week of having him away and then our other weekend festivities, that I totally bailed.  He actually gave me the out and said, you are wiped, just crash.  So I did- kind of.
Diana had a birthday party at a friend's house so when I went to pick her up, I ended up getting talked into staying for a bit and "socializing."  Did I mention I LOVE our town; have met so many wonderful people and have made great friends!

Yesterday, we got Eva on the ice for the first time.
She is Daddy's only hope for a hockey player and guess what?  She LOVED it....she cried when we were leaving!  It was SO CUTE
Check her out! #futurehockeyplayer

What I'm Dreading?

Snow...Ice....I know it sounds old...we have been lucky so far this Winter
Most of the East Coast got walloped this weekend but the storm stopped south of Boston and we got NOTHING in NH....I am still dreading the big storms...I know we will get at least a few in February

What I'm Working On....

My health...found an AWESOME new App that is helping me with my running
It is called "Running"...too funny right?  It designs a running program based on your level and goals
It helps me get running into my daily exercise routine
It is a Redrock App and it is Running for Weight Loss
This is what the Icon Looks Like

What I'm Excited About?

SPRING...I can't help it...I come alive like all of the buds on the trees....can't wait for fresh air...planting flowers and veggies and spending time outside again!

What I'm Watching/Reading?

Well I couldn't wait for this post this month
I couldn't wait to share with you all of the shows I have been binge watching!
I have found some great ones lately!  Gotta love Netflix!

Have you seen Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?
It's hysterical (Netflix Series-Check It Out!)
Kimmy was kidnapped and kept in a bunker for 15 years with some other girls
She is rescued and decides to move to NYC and the show is about her little adventures and discoveries...sometimes it feels like no time has past!

and on TV Land, two new great shows I binge watched and caught up so now enjoying

Liza finds out that her husband has gambled most of their savings away and was cheating so she finds herself divorced and on her own.  Her daughter is in college and is spending a semester abroad in India. Liza must now find a job for the first time in over 15 years.  She has no luck at first so then decides to pretend she is 26 and lands a job in a flash.  She also finds herself thrown into a relationship with a very hot 20 something too....oh the tales she is much fun!

Oh the words these teachers use...sound just like the teachers I know
The shenanigans
The crushes on some Dads.....
pure belly laughs

My guilty pleasure 
Dance Moms on Lifetime

and my regular shows....of which I am waiting on their return starting this week!

Jane The Virgin

Life...In Pieces


and then The Affair...what an amazing Season Finale...will have to wait until the Fall for this gem to return....sigh....

What I'm Reading 
Emily Griffin's The One & Only

What I'm Listening To
Pretty Much Pop and Then the Sirius XM 90's

What I'm Wearing

My new snow boots!  Love them!  Makes me okay with a little bit of snow anyway

and Old Navy's High Rise Skinny Jeans are PERFECT for me!
I wear them ALL the time!

and of course,  a little Lilly
The Harp Cashmere Wrap is just Gorgeous

What I'm Doing This Weekend
Well...looks like it is going to be a more quiet weekend again...and that is ok!
I have a fun lunch planned with some Wolverine friends on Friday at BWG....Diana has a birthday party on Saturday night, so we may take the opportunity to do a nice date night
Sunday is always mass and groceries and then I am meeting a friend to help him with some job coaching...later on, we are going to my parents for dinner and some more skating on a rink in their town common....nothing too crazy but looking forward to it!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

The School Deliberative Session
Doesn't sound fun to you right?  Well I never knew how fun it could be or how much say we have in voting in our town in NH.  We actually get to participate in the warrant articles that end up on the ballot each month.  We have a say in the school budget, special projects, school board members, and more.  It is such a privilege and I really enjoy the process
The session is on a Friday night so it is fun to have a couple glasses of wine with friends and then head over there

Also looking forward to,  The Soccer Ball...well this year, it is going to be a Casino Night so it sounds like even more fun!

What Else Is New?
Diana is working really hard with her ECE Junior Frost Team- I cannot wait to see her compete in the Spring!
We just got Eva on skates for the first time- I am also looking forward to seeing how she takes to the ice

Bonus Question For The Month:
What is your favorite Valentine Recipe?
Anything Chocolate!
Our wine group in town was at Laurel's this month and her son Caden has a passion for cooking.
He is SO GOOD too.  He made us these delicious seared scallops and for dessert, he made us molten lava cakes that were to die for!
So...I guess if I  had to narrow it down, I would say those :)

Have a great month!  We are 1 month closer to Spring- YEAH!


mel @ the larson lingo said...

So glad you love the chicken tortilla soup! It's one of my favorites!
That tortilini soup looks SO good! I need to make that!
Thanks for linking up with us!

Molly Middleton said...

That dessert looks amazing! Also, the one and only is such a good book. But kind of weird at the same time, ha! I'm glad you're enjoying your husband being home. Love your blog!

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