Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites - Birthday Week!

Birthday week is always the best!  I mean it's the only time of year when you are able to celebrate you and not feel guilty right?  I started the week feeling super duper anxious with no real reason why. It seems like the anticipation of my birthday always just leaves me feeling a bit unsettled. Who knows why I become so crazy but thankfully I have had an amazing week blessed by more sweet words than I deserve, precious time with friends, gifts I love and time with all my babies together.  It really was pretty darn perfect!  Here were a few faves from my week!   

I had such a great laugh with my friends Holly and Kelli after seeing this on Monday.  I literally had just gotten off the phone with Kelli spilling my guts about how I had been so blah on Sunday and just had no motivation to do a thing which was making Monday feel overwhelming.  After seeing this I texted her back because when I was feeling blah on Sunday I had washed/folded all the laundry, decorated my house for fall, made lunch, dinner and dessert, completed two blog posts and took pictures for another.  Sadly I had not gotten around to cleaning out the junk drawer which is evidently where I stuff all the junk AND my feelings!  Ha!  
I am fairly confident Holly and I were just so stinkin' excited to have time alone together and be out of the house that it never even crossed our minds to document our night with a picture!  We had the best dinner and girl talk at one of my very favorite restaurants and guess what?  No more anxiety! Plus she set the bar high by giving me my first gift which I am in love with!!  Seriously I am now planning outfits around this camo cuff!  It is so much cuter in me!  Plus even when a girl is sitting in a deer stand she deserves to look cute right?
And speaking of gifts, these are the kind of fun gifts you can look forward to when you have adult children.  My girl grabbed this cute cup towel along with these Kendra Scott Tessa earrings!!  They are the perfect color and so dainty.   Can't wait to show them off!

Lush Top
We celebrated October (6th, 18th, 19th, 20th) birthdays at one of my fave restaurants with my fave peeps and my fave dessert!  Don't we look like a perfectly balanced group of Libras?  So happy to have all my kids together for my birthday. Lush Top is on sale and it is still available in most sizes and several colors.  I tried the Lush tunic type top multiple times last year and it just didn't work for me but this top is cut shorter and I love it.  
Happy mail, text, phone calls and good gracious what in the world did we ever do before social media??!!  I would lie if I said I didn't feel special seeing how many people took a minute from their day to post on my Facebook and Instagram.  Getting "real" mail is one of my favorite things and I'm always blessed by those sweet friends who know this about me! We also had a really great laugh when we realized my mom bought me the exact same card two years in a row!  Her cards are always a favorite to look back on as she always writes something special and I know I will treasure her words always.  
My birthday is definitely one of my favorite days of the year!  A time to be loved on and a time to reflect where I've been and where I see myself headed.  I shared a few thoughts and this outfit on my birthday.  This is 47!  

I almost felt like everyone was celebrating my birthday with me and was super excited to be featured by Jennie at A Pocketful of Polka Dots for her Fabulous Friday linkup!  Jennie is a stylish midlife momma too and she is so fun and definitely willing to step outside the box of fashion.  Then I hopped over and saw I was also in the spotlight for Jacqueline and Larissa for the Spotlight Weekly Linkup. So exciting!  Thanks so much to all of you for choosing the White Jeans for Fall look.  

Well we finally have a little bit of fall here in Texas and I'm going to soak it up this weekend!  I hope you are feeling all cozy wherever you are this weekend.  Make it worth remembering!  

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This is 47!

Today I hit that milestone when I may have to change boxes.  You know the one on the survey when you have to identify your age bracket?  I am officially one year closer to 50 which has never seemed to bother me before but for some reason 47 just sounded a lot older!  I love to reflect a little each year on my birthday so here goes...this is 47!
Fall Style
So much of my life I spent measuring myself against others.  At 47 it is easy to see my sunny days are my own.  The storms I've experienced in life have not been the same either.
Fall Style
I'd be lying if I said there were not things in my past that I would like to throw a coat over.  If I could go back with the knowledge I have now I know I would make better decisions but I'm not sure I would want to.  All of those mistakes and successes along the way have made me stronger and more able to weather future storms.  
Fall Style
Plus, you know what usually comes from the glorious rainstorms? Growth!  I hope to keep growing and blooming into the person I strive to be.  No regrets. 
Fall Style
Whether it be a raging storm or a long bout of sunny days, I hope I always stop to reflect.  Where have I been, what have I learned and how can I use it to become a better wife, mom, daughter, friend, servant.  

So many things I still want to accomplish in this lifetime! 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Happy 23rd Riley

Man, time sure does know how to hit you when your down doesn't it? Not only did my first born turn 26 earlier this month, now my second born is turning 23!  It really just doesn't seem possible to this momma.  Thankfully this one still needs me often; or maybe he doesn't really need me but he definitely makes me feel like he does.  I like to gripe about it but I know I'd be sad if he didn't!  
Honestly, on some days his personality is such that it can make me feel physically tired.  From day one he busted into this world overly sensitive to light, touch, fabrics.  I really never knew for sure what his reaction was going to be to anything, even just a normal every day occurrence.  He was incredibly stubborn and would dig in and it was impossible (sometimes even physically) to make him do anything he didn't want to do.  There were days when this momma seriously just felt like throwing in the towel.  It seems like every time I would be just about to lose my mind he would mature a little and be able to handle himself a little better.  

When I look back now it's so easy to see all of the stages along the way were preparing him for the life to come.  Being sensitive to touch would definitely make him feel the seams of a baseball in a different way. Learning how to have self-control when things are not necessarily going his way would prove critical for his career as a pitcher.  Having a stubborn streak would help him to continue to fight for his dream no matter the obstacles.   

Year 23 has once again been full of hard work, exciting achievements but also some drama.  We watched him work so hard physically to meet specific goals before arriving at spring training.  The minor league season started off so, so well and we were all just patiently waiting hoping he would be moved up a level so he would be closer to home.  The call we received instead was full of questions and concerns and a little fear and we were miles and miles away.  Instead of coming closer to home to pitch he would come closer to home to have surgery to address an aneurysm in his bicep.  Once again, his sensitivity to his body caused him to push doctors to test for something that was not right and we were super thankful.  

While I know I'm not necessarily a quitter, I do give up fairly easily when I fear failure.  It's an awful trait and one I'm super happy to say I didn't pass on to this one.  I was so worried about his mental state and how he would respond to having a season ending injury but I should not have been. Riley wants to be a professional baseball player and he's not letting a set back change his end goal.  Instead he developed a plan and as soon as he could he was back in Florida working on his come back. Being the mom and remembering the little boy he once was, I'm always trying to give him a reality check and make sure he's being realistic to prevent him from an outburst.  I keep forgetting he's a man now and all that he has achieved and fought for in his 23 years has prepared him to handle whatever the future holds.   

Riley Cole, I am super proud of you.  You still drive me completely nuts some days, make me laugh until I snort on others and scare me just a little with your political incorrectness.  You don't take life too seriously but know how to work hard.  I think sometimes we forget this since you are lucky enough to have a job that is also something you love to do.  This year you also found a second love in hunting and I'm loving this has brought you and your little brother even closer together.  He is really going to need your advice the next few years and even when he acts as if he's not listening he's totally soaking up everything you say.  Be a good role model!!  For me year 24 was the year I was pregnant with you!  

I love you to the moon and back you nut.  So thankful for the relationship we have, for your love of family and your sense of humor.  You have definitely made me a better mom.   

Monday, October 17, 2016

Crockpot Pork Chops

Crockpot Meals
It's been awhile since I've shared a favorite recipe but this is actually in our crockpot today so I decided it was time!  This seriously is one of Keith's favorite meals I make and it is so incredible simple.

4-6 Pork Chops
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can of chicken broth
1 package lipton onion soup mix
1 package brown gravy mix

Mix all ingredients together in a crockpot and add pork chops.  Cook on low for 6-7 hours. 

I have used both bone in and boneless pork chops and I will say I think the bone in always come out more tender.  I always worry about the bones, however, because literally the meat just begins falling off the bone.  Boneless pork chops, at least the thicker ones I've used, tend to be very dry when cooked this way so I'm thinking next go round I may have to grab the thinner boneless chops.  

I almost always serve with brown rice and a green veggie but obviously that is not mandatory. Mashed potatoes run a very close second and would also be delish!

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