Wednesday, October 31, 2018

What's Up Wednesday (October 2018)



It's time for my favorite post AND linkup of the month- wahoo!!  I love sharing "What's Up" with us and then hearing "What's Up" with you....linking up HERE


Here it goes.....

What We're Eating This Week

Monday- Healthy Harvest Casserole
Find the Recipe HERE 



Tuesday- Weekend Leftovers meant
Pork Chops, Roasted Veggies and Pumpkin Risotto

Wednesday- "Mike's Chicken Soup" 



Thursday- Sheet Pan Supper (Chicken, Broccoli and Cauliflower)
Find the Recipe HERE 

Friday- "Dinner and a Show"- Going to watch a friend's son perform and then grabbing dinner out



What I'm Reminiscing About

Last year...at this time....stressed about possibly going to Florida for the Cheer Nationals...it ended up happening...we made it happen...not sure how.. 3 weeks before Christmas but God always provides...and it ended up being a very special time with my girl


Nevertheless, so relieved that we are not in this world anymore and VERY EXCITED for the Nutcracker this year :)



What I'm Loving

I am scared to say it as I am very excited for Halloween and Trick-Or-Treating tonight but I can't help myself.....Hallmark....ahhhhhh



What We've Been Up To



Mama enjoyed her Work Summer Outing with "Team Will"
 


Diana started Nutcracker Rehearsals
 

Eva started her first season of soccer!
 

and Diana and a bestie enjoyed Ghosts In the Graveyard....
 








We decorated for Fall.....

 


and we went Apple Picking!
 

Eva is loving dance class...especially in her new tutu from Mimi :)
 

We were proud of Diana when she was chosen as the student at her school to talk about how she used GRIT at the school board meeting
 

We celebrated Daddy' Birthday at Tuckaway Tavern...


and Mama and Cass enjoyed the Annual Risotto Night
 



Team OPIS had another epic reunion- can't believe we worked together 15 years ago- feels like yesterday- this is truly the "Dream Team"
 

There have been many more Nutcracker rehearsals and some costume fittings...
 

and we had a ball at The Milford Pumpkin Festival
 


We got the perfect day for our Family Christmas Card photos...at the beach...pure bliss!
 

We enjoyed Jack-O-Lantern Journey at The Franklin Park Zoo in Boston



Eva LOVED The Bruins Academy Hockey Program!


and Mama is loving "Finding Her Fire" at the MOPS meetings



Mama had one last volunteer duty for the Wolverines....


While Pidge had soccer and soccer pictures.... 


and we were all rewarded with an amazing dinner at Beth Ann's


We had our best time yet at Screemfest at Canobie Lake Park with some Besties
 


and someone has been working hard at pointe class!


We loved watching Ichabod Crane and The Headless Horseman- Annual Tradition!


and Mama had a blast at Book Club!


Mama is making her faithful time her top priority and is so grateful to be part of this group too.....



and grateful for this group too...my work peeps...and second family.....


We all enjoyed a Fun Fall Dinner at Lea and Mike's 


and some Halloween parties around town...



and Mama helped her PTA pals put up their Sponge Bob Scarecrow.... 


Watching Hocus Pocus on a Sunday Night....Priceless....


The girls LOVED their Witches Brews from Starbucks...


and Eva had a blast dressing up as Wonder Woman for gymnastics


Eva and Mama loved spending time with the Fourniers at Ghosts On The Banke in Portsmouth...




 Eva wrapped up an amazing First Soccer Season!


 Her team was undefeated!


 Ghosts In The Graveyard made another appearance this past weekend when The Batsons came over....




and the girls LOVED their Halloween baskets from Mimi and Papa...especially the vampire teeth ;) 



Lastly...we have celebrated our beloved Red Sox as they captured the title of the 
2018 World Series Champs!



What I'm Dreading


Nothing really....striving to live in the present every day





What I'm Working On


Besides Recruiting which takes up 40-50 hours of my week.....I am working on meal planning for our regular weeks and upcoming guests for dinner.....holiday planning....and my overall health



What I'm Excited About

Halloween...Diana's Class Party....Trick-Or-Treating....can't wait to zip around in the golf cart and have many laughs and live the fun through my kids' eyes...yeah!! 




What I'm Watching/Reading

Friends? I am VERY PASSIONATE about this next subject....if you haven't watched it yet...you NEED TO.....watch it from the beginning....it is my NEW and I hope FOREVER favorite show...it has me asking "This Is Us Who?" Seriously....I am obsessed AND Robby B is just as obsessed....as are some of my besties...please DVR it and WATCH IT.....

A Million Little Things on ABC


In addition to that one...the BEST one....I am back to watching my regular faves American Housewife, Greys Anatomy, This Is Us (yes it hasn't it lost me...it just can't compare to my fave now).....







and another new fave in the comedy category is
I Feel Bad on NBC...hysterical....watch it...you will thank me :)



and as  you already know....I started the Hallmark Romance Christmas Movies...here to help you out....is the schedule for the new premiers this year......you're welcome ;)



and in October, I read two books.....

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones 
(will definitely be in my Top 5 of 2018)

So many twists...so dramatic...at times heart wrenching and stressful...so very good....




and...

Confessions Of A Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan 
 (another one which will most likely be in my Top 5 for 2018)

SO SO funny...so many things I beat myself up about being a mom...all of my failures...were put into words in this hysterical book...and it reminded me of how silly we can be sometimes as moms...



What I'm Listening To


If you can believe it....I still listen to our Fort Lauderdale Playlist regularly...in fact my girls often request it in the car :)


The last few days, we have been listening to the Sirius XM Halloween SCREAM channel (145) but sometimes they make me change it especially when it gets a little too scary!



and...I can't wait for Thursday...that is the first day that all of the Sirius XM Holiday Stations start playing the seasonal faves...so many channels to choose from this year!  Sirius XM will have 16 Commercial-Free Holiday Music Channels....I will be tuning into the following ones....


Holly (4)




Holiday Traditions (3)



Hallmark Channel Radio (70)



Holiday Pops (76)


and
Jazz Holidays (784)




What I'm Wearing

I haven't been very good about taking pictures BUT I can tag some recent purchases that you may like.

Nordstrom Rack came through for Fall Tops...got a few and I am LOVING them

Socialite Scalloped V-Neck Tank
Find it HERE 

(I got it in Navy but that color is sold out)




Pleated Lace Cap Sleeve Blouse in Blush
Find it HERE




Long Sleeve Ruffle Trim Tee in Burgundy Rouge
Find it HERE

LOVE this with my Navy Kendra Scott Rayne Pendant



and my favorite of the lot...the same tee as above...BUT in black...



and a few Zappos finds....

For work...this Nine West Bell Sleeve Sweater Dress
Find it HERE



and this Michael Kors Waist Length Black Lace Top...To Die For


Find it HERE

and then for the most part, I have been incorporating the Nordstrom Sale Items to my Fall Wardrobe...black puffer vest...leopoard scarf...black suede booties...you know the drill...lots of black with a pop of color!




and that Santuary Camo Sweater of Course :)




What I'm Doing This Weekend


Going to see Caden in his show on Friday night...the girls can't wait...he is in Bye Bye Birdie at a local theater!



Saturday will mean Hockey for Eva, Nutcracker rehearsals for Diana (including hair and makeup lessons for Mama) and then a sleepover adventure at Mimi and Papa's...that means Mama and Daddy have a free night so we are going to try and have a date night...fingers crossed!  Sunday will be mass and groceries and organization and I may be able to start decorating for Christmas!


BIG changes coming to this room though and I can't wait!



What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

Thanksgiving Weekend- ALL OF IT...

Our Thanksgiving Eve Party with Family and Friends
Breakfast and The Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Morning with all of the Kids
Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner
Black Friday with Cass
THE NUTCRACKER all weekend....ahhhhh so very excited for it all!


What Else Is New?

I loved watching Diana's Contemporary Class at LDA on Monday night- they performed a Halloween Dance again- so fun!



Bonus Question Of The Month:
Favorite Halloween Costumes?

For me, growing up, it was probably one of those Good Ole Plastic Numbers with the Mask where you couldn't breathe?  One year I was Lulu The Doll and another year I was Lemon Meringue from Strawberry Shortcake

(Exhibit A)


 For my girls, it would have to be when we dressed Diana has a "Fairy" for her 1st Halloween BUT everybody thought she was an Eggplant...sigh



and Eva's 1st Halloween when we dressed her up as a lobster....priceless!


That's a wrap!  What have you been up to?
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