Today I’m linking up with Shay, Mel & Sheaffer for this months What’s Up Wednesday! The questions are in green so check it out and join the fun. Also joining Jessi and Jenn for What’s Hap- “Pinning” Wednesday.
What we’re eating this week….
We finally have winter in Texas which means soup is on the menu. I cooked a double batch of Paula Dean’s potato soup on Sunday and we have had enough to have for a few nights and some to share with friends. My family really loves this one. I have everything ready to go for Taco Soup tonight and hopefully the house will smell yummy after it cooks all day in the crockpot.
We also made chicken noodle soup and not a noodle was wasted. I do not use a recipe but this is so super easy. I grab a rotisserie chicken and bring the meat to a boil with a 32oz package of chicken broth, a package of lipton onion soup mix, some celery and onion. I let that simmer a bit and then throw in egg noodles. So yummy!
What I’m Reminiscing About….
Love seeing pictures of years past with Santa pop up on my timehop. This one always makes me laugh! Carly Jo was NOT impressed with Santa that year in the least.
I shared a sweet Christmas memory of a year when things were a little broken but joy was still to be found.
What I’m loving….
Still loving my Holly Jolly Home! The twinkling lights and cozy flannel sheets just make it my favorite place to be right now.
What we’ve been up to….
Lots and lots of baking and delivering sweet treats to our friends and family. I shared a few recipes yesterday as part of Show & Tell Tuesday!
We love serving in the community and when our besties come along it’s even sweeter. This is probably the 6th or possibly even 7th year we have volunteered with the McBerty’s to ring the salvation army bell.
The kids of course make it a competition to see who collects more during their “shift” and the girls typically are singing and dancing and I would venture to bet bringing in the $$. Typically a shift is 2 hours which makes it perfect to split between the kids so no one gets bored.
What I’m dreading….
Honestly, absolutely nothing right now! I’ve felt so peaceful this holiday season.
What I’m working on….
A new blog design! I’m hoping over the holidays I will be able to narrow down all the changes and have it up and running on a new platform early in the new year. Katy & I are also working on putting together a new linkup calendar for 2017! What kind of topics would you guys like to see included?
What I’m excited about….
Christmas break! One of the highlights of working in higher education is being off an extended time during the holidays. I’m adding a few extra days of vacation as well so today is my last day of work until January 5th! onight I also have a date night with my oldest daughter, Jordan, and I am super excited for some one on one time!
What I’m watching/reading….
All my favorite Christmas movies! So far I’ve watched Elf and Love Actually and lots of really cheesy Netflix Christmas movies with terrible acting but still happy ending story lines!
Currently I’m reading Winter Street and am hoping to finish the other two books in this series over the break. I’m loving it but just not finding much time to read currently!
What I’m listening to….
All the Christmas music of course! I love it all but have been listening iHeartRadio at work and through Alexa at home and my favorite station has been Christmas Country.
What I’m wearing….
Trying to look Christmasy in this bipolar Texas weather is sometimes a challenge! Last Saturday it was 80 and on Sunday 39! Crazy.
More layers and adding some green for what could be another holiday look!
Swing dresses and tall boots have also been heavy in the rotation. They are an easy piece to layer nd dress up or down.
This may have been my favorite of the week! I wore this yesterday and it was warm enough for the cold weather but still worked for the office. This scarf is just hard to beat.
What I’m doing this weekend….
Celebrating Christmas! All my babies will be home and we will celebrate with the Janacs on Saturday, our house Christmas morning and then head to my moms to continue the Christmas celebration with my brother and his family. It’s probably my favorite 3 days of the year!
What I’m looking forward to next month….
A quick trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico! We have not been skiing since 2003 so my two youngest have never been and really never seen snow. Hoping there will be enough snow for them to ski by then.
And this boy will turn 15 on the 15th of January!
What else is new….
PJ’s! Everyone needs new pajamas at Christmas right? Last year I grabbed the PJ Salvage pajamas and they are super soft and cozy but this year I went back to an old fave.
Victoria Secret pajamas just work the best for me! The biggest complaint I always have is the pants getting too short after washing (or one too many Christmas treats if I’m 100% honest). Most of the pj’s at VS come in tall sizes!
And while long pajamas are cozy when it’s cold, let’s be honest, I’m 47 and sometimes nightime is no time for cozy! I love Victoria Secret sleep shirts too and I couldn’t resist this one while they are currently 2 for $40.
BONUS: My favorite memory of 2016
Impossible to pick one favorite memory for 2016! My best memories, however, are always ones when I have all 5 of these people with me. It doesn’t happen often enough anymore and I so treasure the time when it does.
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