Wednesday, January 30, 2019

What's Up Wednesday (January 2019)








Yeah for What's Up Wednesday- My Favorite Linkup of the month!  We get to share what we've been up to and such and I love reading all about you too.

Linking up with the lovely ladies HERE


BUT I would remiss if I did not mention that my favorite blogger of all time, Mel Larson, has retired from blogging....I was so sad but completely respect her decision....AND you may have noticed the new graphic at the top of this post...and that is the reason why...so....we can get started now....


Here goes nothing....

What We're Eating This Week

Monday- Baked Cod with Lemon along with Leftover Giambotta
Giambotta is an old Italian tradition- it is how the Italians loved to feed their families-right out of their gardens- whatever they had, they put in- most of the time it included tomatoes, green beans and potatoes at least.  I loosely followed this recipe HERE and then also added potatoes and green beans.  It was delish and I served it on Sunday with Grilled Chicken Breasts when my parents came for dinner.  The leftovers were great and completed our dinner on Monday night too!

 
Tuesday- Chicken Tacos (in Lettuce Wraps for the Adults) and Mediterranean Salad (The Salad consisted of Ice burg lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives and oregano) ....delish!

Wednesday- Mac and Cheese (Mama is out)

Thursday-
Grilled Chicken Breasts and Broccoli (and rice for the kiddos)

Friday- Friday Night Pizza and Salad Night



Some of my favorite "detox" breakfast and lunches have included:

Egg and Avocado Salad - 4 egg whites, 1/2 of an avocado- mash together and add salt and pepper.  I eat it plain or with a few grain free crackers- delish and filling!



and the Cobb Salad at a great little restaurant in town called 33 Hilltop- it has Romaine, Cukes, Tomatoes and Carrots, Avocado, Eggs, Bacon, Red Onion and I get it with Italian dressing on the side- it is so interesting, delicious and filling!



What I'm Reminiscing About

As we get ready for Punta Cana, I have been reminiscing about past vacations.  What we enjoyed...what we would do over....these years go quickly....Diana leaves for college in 7 years....trying to make these memories special while remembering to truly rest and decompress!

 (this was in the Bahamas in April of 2012- beautiful vacation-can't believe how little Diana was AND Pidge wasn't even born yet!)

What I'm Loving

While on the topic of our upcoming vacation, I love planning outfits and having "options"...Rob is not a fan of my options because that will sometimes mean I ask for a corner of his suitcase too- ha ha!!  ;)




What We've Been Up To



We celebrated the holidays with our family and friends and despite Mama being down with the stomach bug on Christmas Eve, we all rallied and truly lived in the spirit throughout.....
 








We had a blast on NYE with some of our pals.....


The Fab Four enjoyed an Annual NYD Lunch at Copper Door

Mama has been enjoying Clean Eating
 

Eva loved seeing her Godmother Alice after the holidays
 

Mama received a special award from the Wolverines upon her "retirement" ;)
 

and the PTA pals said Goodbye to Lisa as she moves to MD
 

Mama got to enjoy seeing Sam dressed up for her first WMS Winter Wonderland Dance
 

Eva has been LOVING Swim Class!
 

 We partook in the Windham Helping Hands Walkathon


Diana has been really enjoying basketball this year!
 

We had a fun night when Papa Bob took us all out to Wasabi
 

Diana loved watching her pal Joey play hockey!
 

Daddy had fun modeling his new clothes that Mama picked out for him...
 

Daddy and Diana had a blast at The Bruins Game
 

Lucy and Diana made the PTA Reflections Finals and placed for their # in the category of "Dance Choreography"
 

Mama and Ally had a blast at the Dancing with the Stars Tour
 


while Miss Thing had fun w/ her besties
 

Someone has been making sure that our new Ice Rink is "just right" ;)
 

We celebrated Mike's 50th!
 

and the girls had fun playing in the first snow of 2019
 

 There has been some skating...


and some saxophone at Diana's band concert :)
 

We registered Pidge for Kindergarten- mixed emotions!
 

Mama had a blast celebrating a successful "Detox" and attending the Annual NH Winter Wine Spectacular
 

Miss Sassy Pants asked to have her hair straightened and that always means...."can you take some pics in portrait mode please?" Oh...this child ;)



We had some friends for dinner and I whipped up this Savory Monkey Bread for an appetizer- it was a BIG hit and got wiped out!  You can find the recipe HERE
 

and Eva has been working hard at hockey!
 


What I'm Dreading

Nothing at the moment!



What I'm Working On

Hitting my 2019 Goals- personally and professionally!
Health wise- always working towards better health and had a great doctor's appointment last week- down 25 pounds since my episode in late July- #s are looking great- feeling great and my doctor is proud- so happy to have this visit!!



What I'm Excited About?

Besides our vacation to Punta Cana?  When we come home we will be that much closer to Spring- yeah!!



What I'm Watching and Reading


Well Rob and I discovered The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime Video and after the holidays we binged both Season 1 and 2- OUTSTANDING!  I want to be Midge :)



Friends From College Season 2 was released on Netflix and I binge watched that one too one weekend!  LOVE that show and so sad I will have to wait another year for the next season!!



My Favorite Show is still A Million Little Things and Thank GOD it started back up last week (insert Praise God hands here)



I'm Sorry just returned too- so excited- I laugh the entire show- if you haven't seen it and you need a laugh, look it up- Andrea is HYSTERICAL!



Also looking forward to catching up on Greys, This Is Us and American Housewife.  I think one of my newer faves, I Feel Bad, has been cancelled- BOO!

Then reading has been on point this month!~

First I started with.....

Not That I Could Tell- By Jessica Strawser



Great Suburban Thriller!



and next I read An Anonymous Girl by 

Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks (same authors as The Wife Between Us)



Oh My!  I could not put this book down- I finished it in two days...well nights really....what a thriller!! 

I already started my first book for February- it is for book club and it is called

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

So far...so fabulous just like her other books!



 What I'm Listening To

Lately it has been all about my Playlists on my phone as I am walking an jogging on the treadmill so I still listen to the Fort Lauderdale Playlist and then I made one for my 45th Birthday and then my friends and I put together a playlist for Newport this past year....these playlists have been on rotation...my favorite songs are from the 90's of course....and well Goodbye Stranger is up there too!!  



 What I'm Wearing

It's been a whole lot of layers during this cold winter and lots of workout clothes!  When my detox plan was over, I celebrated with my besties and put on a Lilly top- Lilly always makes me happy!



 What I'm Doing This Weekend

It is really up in the air right now...no set plans so the possibilities are endless! :)


What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

Do I even have to type these words

In Eva's voice....PUNTAAAAA CANNNNAAAA!!!!



 What Else Is New?

I have some exciting professional news coming soon!




BONUS QUESTION:
What is our Favorite Family Valentine Tradition

I would have to say surprising the girls with Valentine Treats at breakfast on VDay.....love dressing them up in festive Valentine attire for their school parties too :)


So...What Have You Been Up To?








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