Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday (February 22, 2017)

I can't believe this month is already winding down!  Time flies when you are campaigning having fun!
As always, I am linking up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer HERE

Here is what we've been up to......

What We're Eating This Week

Monday- Ground Beef, Cauliflower Rice and Onion Saute (Daddy cooked so there is no set recipe)

Tuesday- Zesty Lime, Shrimp and Avocado Salads 
 with Grain Free Crackers- Find the Recipe HERE

Wednesday- Lemon Chicken Piccata- Find the Recipe HERE

Thursday- Crockpot Creamy Chicken and Tomato Soup- Find the Recipe HERE

Friday- TBD

What I'm Reminiscing About

Election Season 3 Years Ago
When Rob was running for school board the first time
I have been reminded how wonderful people can be and at the same time, how stressful the process can be as well.  We are, however, focusing on the positive and enjoying what could be his very last time running for office!

 and now....

What I'm Loving

My Starbucks/Lilly Pulitzer Swell Bottle
I am using it...literally...every day!!!  It makes me smile :)

What We've Been Up To

 We enjoyed watching Diana compete in the school spelling bee
Mama had a blast at the NH Winter Wine Festival with some of her besties

Mama and Daddy enjoyed an overnight in Boston with some besties- highly recommend Hotel Commonwealth, Cask N Flagon Bar and Citizens Pub and Oyster Bar.  All great takes in our favorite city- Boston! 

We have been doing lots of campaigning and LOVING our volunteers who are such great friends- makes this process so fun and exciting

Even when Daddy is away, the campaign does not take a rest! :)

Mama and Daddy enjoyed the Soccer Association Casino Night with Friends

We are in the midst of our kitchen makeover.  Rob finished painting the cabinets and installing the hardware.  The curtains are done and now we are having a back splash installed in a few weeks!

The week Daddy was away, the kids had 2 days of no school and 2 days with 2 hour delays.  We made do!  The kiddos enjoyed coming to Friday morning mass and "coffee" afterwards :)

We are encouraged to get out and about in town during campaign season.  As a result, we have enjoyed breakfast at Mary Ann's Diner the last few weekends- we rarely do that.  This was right before Daddy came home though- we all had had enough by this point ;)

and this past loves...

Mama and Daddy enjoyed a "Junior High Valentine Dance" at our friends' home- The Mullens

During our most recent Snow Day, the girls went outside to play with Daddy and had so much fun

We  took our little Valentine Cherubs out for our Valentines Date and they had a blast...we did too :)

Mama enjoyed Wine Club at Cass's house last week- it was an incredible night of wine, food and friendship

Mama enjoyed shopping and lunch with Mimi over the weekend! If you are ever in the area, check out Copper Door in Bedford- amazing!

Diana's cheer practice was a Beach/Luau theme so we had to go all out of course ;)

Thankful for friends who organize such fun times- who stay after me and make me put dates on the calendar- without them, right now, I would be sitting in- no joke!
Beth Ann insisted that we go out to dinner with Lea and Brenda and all of our hubbies- so glad she did- we had such a great time AND the restaurant was amazing.  It was Mint in Manchester.  The guys got entrees but the ladies shared some tapas and sushi and we were so glad we did!  Everything was delicious
Our favorite, by far, was the lobster we got another order- ha ha!!

Sunday night, Lea was going to host a campaign party for Rob for her neighborhood- unfortunately she got hit by the stomach bug so we postponed.  We actually agreed that it will be better to do it closer to election day anyway!   We used the time to get the first round of signs up around town.  We made it a family affair- listened to Bruce Springsteen to get Daddy all pumped up and had a ball!

What I'm Dreading

Taxes?  Not much else!

What I'm Working On
My health, always, and my hubby's campaign
It is a lot of work in addition to my full time job...but it is fun work so I don't mind :)

What I'm Excited About

Diana's Cheer Competition Season
Can't wait to see all of her work on the mat and can't wait to have some fun in some different cities like Providence and Hartford- it will be a real adventure this year! 

What I'm Watching/Reading

I'm watching....
The Affair- over for the season but did enjoy it- pretty dark season- hope next season is more uplifting...well as uplifting as an affair can be ;)

 Friends....I am still devastated here.  This is a definite SPOILER ALERT if you are not caught up on
Jane The Virgin....

just devastated.  Michael was my FAVORITE on Jane...I LOVED their relationship and I can't believe he is is going to take me awhile to get over this one :(

 American Housewife- Need a laugh?  Watch it...NOW!

This Is Us- BEST new show on I right?

Guilty pleasure is still
Dance Moms

and for more laughs....

and Life...In Pieces

and for some drama.....


and Scandal..... 

 Younger is over for the season too...I hate that!

and a new show I just started watching and really enjoying is Riverdale.  It is based on the Acrhie comics and the author is from Haverhill MA.  Riverdale was the old name of a section of Haverhill as well as their high school.  SO COOL to have a local connection!  I feel that this show is my new Pretty Little Liars- I love the murder mystery and the love triangles already!

 and I am reading..... is so good!  It is my February book... I have kept up with my goal so far this book per month.  January it was The Couple Next Door, February is The Husband's Secret and March will be Sisterland...stay tuned!

What I'm Listening To

Lots of Kidz Bop, whatever is on Kiss 108 and my "Workout Mix" on my phone!

What I'm Wearing

It has been lots of business attire lately and also.....
The Lilly Pulitzer Luxletic Weekender Legging in
"Tiki Pink Space Dye"
BONUS- I scored these on Ebay for $35- for the win!

and this beautiful Michael Kors top that I scored on

A little springy...a little pick me up to beat the winter blues! :)
(I paired it with my kick crop jeans from Loft, and a navy blue cotton jacket I got years ago from J Crew)

What I'm Doing This Weekend

Well...we are kicking off February vacation with a visit from my best friend from high school and her family....we are so excited to meet her boyfriend and kids...the adults are going to head to Rob's gig on Saturday night with some friends from town too...should be a ball! :) 
Daddy will also be campaigning all weekend long too!
(This was the last time I saw Dawn- she surprised me by showing up at my 40th Birthday Party)

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

Several things....cheer comps and associated trips to different cities with some friends.....My Mom's Birthday...excited to make her dinner....Spring weather...The Daddy Daughter Dance....oh yeah and Election Day!

What Else Is New?
Ummm.....not much?  and Oh so much at the same time...that is what makes life so interesting!

Bonus Question For The Month:
 What Is My Can't Live Without Beauty Product?
Well, I covered that in one of last week's posts....
It is the Glide On Eye Crayon by Urban Decay in 
"Delinquent"....have stocked up and should be covered for the next few years ;)

So...what have you been up to?


A Gal Named Al said...

I live for an eye crayon! Love the MK top- super cute, and I'm going to have to try that soup- looks delish!

Tara Usher @ Mommy in a Nutshell said...

You've been busy!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those leggings. They are so fresh and bright for spring.

Laura Darling said...

I love to read these posts because I get so many good recipe ideas! I have cauliflower rice in the freezer right now and don't know what to do with it so maybe I'll try to saute it with some ground meat an onions!

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