Wednesday, October 28, 2020

What's Up Wednesday (October 2020)


It's my favorite linkup of the month!  It is the post that helps us all to catch up with each other!  Linking up with Sheaffer and Shay HERE and sharing what's up with us....

What We're Eating This Week

Monday- Lemon Pepper Chicken on the Grill, Steamed Broccoli and Rice

Tuesday- Chicken, Corn and Broccoli Quesadillas

Wednesday- Pasta with Healthy Meat Sauce (Chicken and Spinach)

Thursday- Broccoli, Cheese and Ham Stratas

Find the recipe HERE

Friday Night- Pizza Night for the Fam- Mama is out with friends

Saturday- Halloween!  A Spooky Dinner at the Batson's and Trick Or Treating!  I am bringing THIS appetizer


What I'm Reminiscing About

 Past Halloweens...oh the fun we have had....and how fast my girls have grown...love looking back and hate it all at once :/
















What I'm Loving

Two Things This Month....My Saturday Morning "Date Walks" With My Hubby :)

and my early morning coffee in my Fall Leopard Swig Cup

What We've Been Up To

Eva was practicing hockey for several weeks and was getting ready to play in her very first game of her "career" and then our governor shut hockey down for two weeks due to several cases of COVID-19 coming out of hockey rinks...when they re-open next week, they are going to make everyone get tested...deciding if it is worth it to subject a child to unnecessary testing and may just start back up next year or when we have a vaccine...sorry for this long caption...we are just a little sad...more loss

Soccer continues...wish Eva was a bit more serious..watching her and her bestie on the field is like a comedy routine right now...they put on a show for all of the parents...embarrassing and funny at the same time ;)

Our Date Walks on Saturday Mornings are my favorite part of the week!



Diana continues to love all of her dance classes

This Hybrid Schedule isn't as bad as it seems...especially when we can share lunchtime together

If you can't play in the rink, then driveway hockey will have to do!

We went apple picking with our dance pals...

and celebrated Daddy's Birthday!


We decorated for Halloween!

Mama started another year of PTA!

We boo'd some neighborhood friends and had a blast doing it!

and Diana said goodbye to Sterling Baca- one of the BEST Ballet Instructors she ever had...

We enjoyed Harvestfest at Canobie Lake Park...it wasn't the same...but we made the most of it...

Mama and Cass enjoyed their Annual Risotto Night!

We practiced Diana's party curls for Nutcracker and she enjoyed a fun photo shoot


Eva is becoming a reading champ AND loving her CCD
lessons with Mama :)


Mimi and Papa came to watch Diana in one of her field hockey games!


We celebrated our "Captain Tom" turning 50...

and Eva enjoyed her "Halloween Play Date" with some besties!

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Jess and Joe's and sang to Joe for his 50th- his celebration has been pushed out for obvious reasons- Austin 2021!

We practiced Diana's Hairstyle for Russian in the Nutcracker

and we loved doing our Annual Apple Picking and Lunch with the Fournier Girls!

Lastly, Diana and her Field Hockey team are headed to the State Championship Game tonight! 

I got to witness a special tradition after their game on Monday...the 8th grade players each presented a 7th grader with an award and said some special words about each one..it was so heart-warming and I have never seen a group of Middle Schoolers more inclusive...warmed my heart and gave me hope!


What I'm Dreading

Trying not to think about dread....praying...keeping the faith...thinking positive thoughts...we have enough dread right now in this world


What I'm Working On

My job...my overall health.....keeping my family organized and trying to live in the present....grateful for the freedoms we have right now

What I'm Excited About

Halloween....grateful our kids can Trick Or Treat....Thanksgiving Traditions...and decorating for Christmas!!

What I'm Watching/Reading

I finished the first two seasons of Cobra Kai...can't wait for Season 3 in January... Yup I was bitten by the bug!

Emily in Paris

Such a cute chick series....think Sex And The City only in Paris!

We finally watched our favorite family Halloween movie

Disney's Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

and I may have started my ever-favorite Hallmark Christmas movies...because we could use ALL THE JOY we can get this year!

and reading has been a challenge this month...work is so busy for me that when I go to bed at night I am almost instantly asleep!  Usually I will read for a bit to get sleepy SO I will still finish my two books to meet my monthly goal BUT it is a struggle to finish this second one this month!

My First one was

Murder At The PTA by Lee Hollis

Awesome little suburban thriller/mystery and it was for my Book Club...we enjoyed meeting up at Bethany's for a "Halloweeny" get together ...perfect book for this time of year and I flew through it!

and my 2nd book this month is Elin Hilderbrand's third and final installment of her "Paradise" series called


Troubles In Paradise

Just like the first two...I am fumbling through it...not my favorite series by her but still a big fan

What I'm Listening To

This week, when we have been in the car, we have tuned into Sirius XM SCREAM radio....it is only available two weeks leading up to Halloween each year and we love the spooky songs and scary sounds!



What I'm Wearing

My Fall Sweatshirt :) and other comfy gym attire

Check out Old Navy- snagged some great workout gear here because they are having HUGE sales!


My favorite piece this fall thus far....This fur cuffed sweater from Boston Proper.

I am a sucker for all things fur especially fur cuffs and accents (insert heart eyes emoji here)



What I'm Doing This Weekend

Don't laugh...we are Trick Or Treating on Saturday and doing all things Halloween AND THEN on Sunday, I start decorating for Christmas...give me all of the plush white fur and white lights this year...ahhhh....so excited!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month


ALL of the Thanksgiving Weekend traditions...well minus the Nutcracker...hopefully I will be writing to tell you that the filming in mid November went well....please say a prayer for us!

What Else Is New?

I think I covered it...what have YOU been up to????


Natasha said...

It was so fun to walk down Hallowe'en memory lane with you! What great costumes your kids have had. And I'm sorry to hear about the hockey season -- all the loss for the kids has been one of the hardest things this year :(

Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy said...

My goodness! Such a busy month! This year has been so overwhelming for sure. If my hubby would allow it I would totally decorate for Christmas on the 1st. We usually hold off until the day after Thanksgiving.

Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy said...

Man you had a busy month! It's crazy how different things are now. I hoping for some normalcy soon... but I fear it may not come. I wish my hubby would be on board with decorate for Christmas November 1st. We usually wait until the day after Thanksgiving.

Lisa's Two Cents said...

Oh my gosh we were bitten by the Cobra Kai bug too! We binged the show in two days and I cannot wait for Season 3!!!

Good Better Best Food said...

Crossing fingers for field hockey tonight. I am really sorry about ice hockey. We have all kinds of restrictions in place and they are supposed to start letting two parents into the game soon for our league.

Can't wait for our Thanksgiving Preview Monthly Musings link up tomorrow!


Bri Runde said...

Love seeing all the pictures of the girls in there past Halloween costumes!!!! SO cute! Do you always decorate for Christmas right after Halloween??? I want to do that this year, but I know Joe will not be on board, LOL!

Rechelle said...

YES bring on Christmas after all the Halloween on Saturday! ;)

Joanne said...

I just finished the third book in Elin's series too; I actually liked this series but maybe because reading about St John reminds me of our honeymoon? I too would have a hard time getting my kid tested for Covid just to play sports; especially if it wasn't a sport they really loved and were dying to play. I'm not sure how easy it is to get kids tested in your state but here it's a process and I am dreading the day the school requires/asks for it (which I really do think is just a matter of time because what kid can go the entire school year without showing any symptoms that might be related to covid-- ALL symptoms are related to covid!).

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