Friday, May 13, 2022

Friday Favorites/Life Lately ~ May 13, 2022

 Hi!  I am catching up on some life lately and a few favorites from the week.


Our family lived in Bogota', Colombia in South America for 3 years and one of my favorite drinks there was Lulo.  Juices are very poplular there and you can get them at any restaurant, probably even easier than ordering a soda from a restaurant in the US. Lulo is a fruit, however, it is used for making juices and is not eaten.  I was so excited to find this mix in my local grocery store!  I also purchased Mora, which is a berry.  My daughter always liked that flavor so we tried it too.  It was delicious!


I am still enjoying getting my nails done and this was the last color I chose.  I will go back next week for a new color to have for upcoming graduation and cruise.


We have a park here that is one of the 20 largest urban parks in the US and it is 5 times bigger than Central Park.  There is a Buffalo Range in the park as well.  I went on a walk here last week and passed by the buffalo on my trail.


Well, no pictures of this one, but I went to get frozen yogurt, one of my favorites, with my best friend who is in town.  We talked about our families and what the Lord is teaching us.


I got to spend some time with some of my greats one evening this week while waiting on my daughter who was having her senior pictures taken.  I was able to hold my newest one, who is just a month old.  This one here below will be 2 next week and she is such a joy to be around.  

This weekend will be a graduation party and going to an art exhibit.  This Maycember is busier for me than any December on record, but I am enjoying all the things, but it takes me behind here in blogging for a little while.  I am trying to record some family moments when I can so I can look back at these days.  

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Monday, May 9, 2022

Hello Monday ~ May 9, 2022/Mother's Day

This Monday morning blog is a quick recap of Mother's Day 2022.  I hope it was a good one for all of you.  Our tradition is to go to my sister's house for a crawfish boil.  It is always a lot of fun and ususally the inaguaration of  her swimming pool open for the summer, however, the water is still quite cold.  

I like crawfish, but am not too good at the peeling part, but got some practice yesterday.
The greats learning  to eat crawfish :)
It was a joy to see all my greats, including this little guy.
My college girl arrived at midnight Saturday and is leaving this morning, but loved having both my girls for the day. So thankful to be their mom. We spent the evening sitting by a fire outside back home.  The weather was great this weekend.

Enjoy your Monday!
Liking up with Hello Monday

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Currently ~ May 2022

 Currently..........I am currently behind on most things this week, but am joining in on this link-up today with Anne.


Most days I consume a Built Bar.  They are my favorite type of protein bar and I usually have one in the mornings.


I am feeling so many things these days.  Feeling busy of all the things I need to do with little motivation.  I am feeling discouraged with a lot of things in life, yet excited for some things to come.  Clearly, I have a mix of feelings these days!


I am finding joy with my daughters.  I was able to visit my college girl last weekend and it was such a sweet time to have one on one time with her.  In 3 years, this was my first time to visit her on my own.  She is about 5 hours away from home.


I am following some encouraaging accounts on Instagram....


karen ehman






After a trip away last weekend and all the high school graduation/college prep, there is a lot of spending.  My daughter moved into a new house last weekend, so there were lots of things for mom to buy.  It is all a joy to help in any way we can though.  Maybe June will be a slower purchasing month than the last few though!

Have a good day and I will try to catch up on life again soon here!

Friday, April 29, 2022

Friday Favorites ~ April 29, 2022/Senior Art Show

Happy Friday!

 This week for Friday Favorites, I am concentrating on my favorite thing from the week which was going to my daughter's Senior Art Show.  As an art student, there are not many opportunities to showcase your talent like you get with a musical or sport event.  Below are some highlights from her display of work.

Proud parents
My parents came
And my sister
And her youth directors and friends from church

What a great way to honor Brook and all her hard work.  This girls spends every night and most of her weekends working on art.  She is so talented, particularly in portrait art.  For her AP Art Portfolio, she has concentrated on self portraits drawn of her in different eras.  We are excited to see how art talents develop at SCAD this fall.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Monthly Musings ~ April 2022


Hi.  I am linking up with Patty and Holly for April's Monthly Musings all about Vacation!

1. What trips do you have planned for this year?

Oh my, so many trips!  We have a cruise booked for May, which will be my daughter's senior trip and our family vacation.  This fall, we will be going to Savannah twice.  We also are planning a road trip to Virginia for an expo and then a weekend to Dallas to meet up with a friend from San Antonio.  

2.  Best packing tips?

I always like to carry backpack to have a hands free way to carry some of my basic items, like wallet, keys, phone, medicine, water and snacks.  

3.  Packing cubes....yes or no?

So this is my other packing tip....Yes to packing cubes!  I bought my first set back in 2015, so before they were so readily available and popular.  I bought my first few sets through Ebags.  They offer so many different sizes, colors and coupons.  I love using these to pack my clothes and then use them as a dirty laundry bag towards the end of a trip.  Even if I am going somewhere for 2 nights, I use my packing cubes.  They can be packed for entire outfits for the day or can be packed for specific items, like shirts, pants, or pajamas.

4.  Favorite travel outfit?

I don't have one particular outfit, however, my two parameters are to be comfortable and modest.  I typically always wear pants and often bring a lightweight sweater along as well.

5.  Favorite vacation destination?

My goodness, this is a loaded question because of so many favorite places!  As I've mentioned here before, I spent most of my professional career as a travel agent.   I specialized in corporate travel, but often got some travel benefits, even though I spent most of my day booking for other people.  

When I read this question, the first place that came into my mind is New York City.  I have always loved NYC.  Speaking of which, I am also working on planning a trip to NYC this December so my girls can see it at Christmas time.  

Some other trips that stand out to me as favorites are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Montana, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Antonio, Washington, DC and Orlando. Other countries I have been to that are favorites are Colombia, Peru, Singapore, Beligum (this is probably my favorite European country), Germany, Switzerland, England and France.  Small town USA favorite trips have been Pawhuska, Oklahoma (home of Pioneer Woman) and lots of towns in western North Carolina, like Boone and Blowing Rock.
My husband and I in Paris
My dad and I in NYC
Standing in the lodge of Pioneer Woman

6.  Have you flown since March 2020?

I have flown twice.....once to Richmond, Virginia and then to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I am looking forward to flying again next month.

7.  Beach or mountains?

I like them both, but if I had to choose, I am going mountains.  I do like a mountain stream though too, so that offers some water :).

8.  Do you prefer to sightsee or relax on vacation?

A little bit of both sightseeing and relaxing on vacation is good with me.  I do like to explore a new area, but do it with time allowed to relax.  This is what I hope to do on the cruise....sightsee at ports and relax on the ship!

9.  Hotel, camping or AirBNB?

I have done all 3 of these lodging options.  Most trips, we do stay at a hotel, however, more and more hotels allow pets in the rooms.  I prefer to stay at a hotel that is not pet-friendly.  I know a lot of people may not agree, but I would rather not stay where a pet may have spent the night prior in my bed.  For several years, we had a travel trailer when the girls were younger and we would camp.  I loved this option as well.  We have also stayed at AirBNB's a few times.  We tend to do these when we travel with other people.

10.  Overpacker?  Underpacker?

I am a slight overpacker.  I say slight because I usually just have 1 or 2 items I may not use on a trip.  We will see how it goes on a cruise ship though....I feel like I will be overpacking for that trip.  I have been on several cruises before, but it has been a while.

Such a fun post!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

What's Up Wednesday ~ April 2022

Greetings!  I am back at blogging this week.  Life has been busy with work and all the things listed below, so sometimes, I just can't get around to blogging, but know I will always be back and still try to keep up with reading when I don't post.
What we're eating this week........

There is not much cooking going on around here this week.

Monday - taco night,
However, for lunch, I ate at a Chick-fil-A and it was the first time to sit inside a restaurant in 2 1/2 years!
Tuesday - My husband went to the Grizzlies game, so I had a bar and Brook had ramen.  This is real life. 
Wednesday - Maybe some veggies and whatever leftover meat I have on hand
Thursday - I am going out, so probably pizza for the other 2 at home
Friday - date night
Saturday - out 

What I'm reminiscing about.........
Last week, I was able to go by the driveway of where my grandparents lived when I was a little girl.  My goodness, I miss them and treasure all of the memories I had up on this hill.

Also, last Sunday was 8 years ago our family moved to Bogota, Colombia.  We lived there for 3 years.  I put on my Colombia hat and my husband and I went out on a little boat ride on our neighborhood lake.

What I'm loving............
We had 5 people over last weekend from church to eat dinner.  None of these people had ever been here before and it was nice to get to know some people better.  I made chicken spaghetti, veggie appetizer plate and stuffed mini peppers for appetizers too.  Friends brought bread, salad and dessert.  

What we've been up to.........
Last Sunday, we spent the day celebrating our daughter.  Our church recognized the seniors during the service & they had a lunch afterwards.  
Afterwards, she had her senior art show.  Her work was exceptional and it was so nice to see friends and family come support her and hear her teacher just raving about her work. I will post more on this later this week.

What I'm dreading.........
I am happy to say that my taxes were finally filed!  This has been my dreaded event so far in 2022.  So thankful to have that behind me.  Granted, I finished taxes with snacks to get me through!

What I'm working on............
With an upcoming high school graduation, I am planning a graduation party.  We just received some party supplies we ordered, so now to decide on where to put decorations.

What I'm excited about..........
I am so excited about our cruise next month! We have been planning this since last fall.  Now just to get negative Covid tests and flights to go smoothly.

What I'm watching/reading..........
I am watching the Grizzlies game in the play-offs, hoping they win!

I'm reading the same books.......Gentle and Lowly and The Hard Good.  Both great books, I just don't read as much as I should. 

What I'm listening to.........
I am listening to podcasts and the sounds of nature as we are sitting outside more.

What I'm wearing.........
As the weather warms up, I am wearing more dresses with a denim jacket or lightweight cardigan.  

What I'm doing this weekend..........
I am looking forward to visiting my oldest college girl.  She is moving this week and I am going to help get some furniture, do some cleaning and eat some good food as well!

What I'm looking forward to next month.......
It seems like a lot of fun stuff.  First, I have a retreat away for a night to myself.  I have been wanting a night to go reflect, journal and pray without distractions.  
Mother's Day is always a fun day with family at a crawfish boil.
My youngest graduates from high school!
Our family is going on a cruise!

What else is new.......
One of my great nieces came to my house for the first time a few weeks ago for a short visit while her mom had an appointment out this way. She is such a cutie.
Speaking of my greats, I also had some facetime with 3 of my others last week. I just smile the whole time. Little sister seemed to like holding the phone most of the time, ha! This is what you truly call Facetime!

It's good to be back with a blog post!  Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Recipe Tuesday

 Hi everyone.  I am sharing a random recipe for this Tuesday.  I saw this inspiration for this dinner on a video, so I don't know what the "official" recipe name is, but I made a few adjustments and called this Naan Chicken Pesto.  This was an easy, quick meal we had for dinner last night since it was the only night the 3 of us will all be home probably any night this week.


Naan bread (found in the deli section of your grocery store)

Olive oil (not pictured)

 A small jar of your favorite pesto

Grilled diced chicken ( I had some pre-cooked chicken from a previous meal in my freezer)

Fresh mozzarella (I used the pearls, but you could also use slices)

Preheat oven to 425.  

Drizzle olive oil on Naan bread.

Mix diced chicken in a bowl with pesto.

Spread the chicken mixture on top of the bread.

Top with mozzarella pearls (or slices).

Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese melts and bread is crisp to your liking.

Cut and enjoy!

Hope this gives a quick meal inspiration and would be easy to pick up and prepare for dinner one night!

Friday Favorites/Life Lately ~ May 13, 2022

 Hi!  I am catching up on some life lately and a few favorites from the week. ONE Our family lived in Bogota', Colombia in South America...