Friday, July 23, 2021

Friday Favorites ~ July 23, 2021

I am always so glad for the weekend.  Today I am sharing favorites from the last 2 weeks.

I was gifted a starter box from Fab Fit Fun.  With this, you only receive 4 small gifts.  Honestly, I wasn't super impressed, but am wondering if this gets better with the regular boxes.  Has anyone tried this beyond the starter box?
We have started watching the new season of Virgin River.  I have mixed thoughts going so far, but overall, I do really like this show.
I had a sweet day date with this young lady from church this week.  I always love getting a hug from her at church & it was fun to have some one-on-one time.
I ordered just two items from the Nordstrom sale this year.  The first thing arrived this Stila eyeliner.  This is my strongest loyalty when it comes to make-up & I stock up every year at this sale.  If you need an eyeliner, this is my favorite.  It is a liquid eyeliner, but goes on smooth, doesn't smudge and stays all day.  Side note, my other item is a pair of jeans that I am waiting to arrive.
This is a favorite from last week, but we hosted a MLB All-Star father/son party with some guys from our church.  I always love a reason to decorate.
We had a great array of snacks and filled this platter with bratwurst and hot dogs.
It was fun having my oldest home for a few days too!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Life Lately ~ July 20, 2021


Today's post is a random assortment of pictures from this summer.  

Back in May, we had some teammates we worked with in Bogota' come stay with us.  Of course, coffee was served in our Colombian mugs.  This couple lives in Dallas now, but it was great to have time to re-connect.
Speaking of Colombia, today is Colombia's Independence Day.  We also were able to see some other friends who still live in Bogota'.  They were in the states visiting and it was fun to catch up with them at a gathering.
This picture is a throwback to my childhood.  The lady in this picture taught me elementary school in 5th & 6th grade!!  Another one of my classmates joined us for lunch.  He and I went to elementary, junior high and high school together.  This was such a fun lunch of reminiscing!
On the house front, we had this huge fan installed on our back porch.  It keeps it so cool out there, even in the summertime. Thankfully, most of our summer has been pretty mild.
A few weeks ago, we got dressed up and went to a wedding.
Afterwards, the 4 of us went out to dinner.  It was fun to be with our girls and see them be silly with one another.
Brook spent a week at church camp and we practiced being empty nesters. We started the day with lunch at the Piccadilly :)
We also spent time with friends at their pool, had dinner and watched a movie.

I will be back later in the week.  Enjoy your day and thanks for reading!

Monday, July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021 ~ Weekend Away

 Happy Monday!  Our daughters are visiting grandparents, so we had the opportunity to have a weekend away. It was much needed and we stayed at a cabin with no wi-fi.  We barely had a phone signal and just had a little bit of connectivity as we would drive to restaurants.

We took several easy hikes.

We stayed in this log cabin originally built in Virginia at the end of War World II and then it was re-built on this property in Tennessee.

We found this restaurant tucked away across a creek Friday night.  We won the 80's trivia contest!

Saturday morning, we went to this throwback store from the past and had breakfast here.  
Among the random things they were selling, there was a bible that was free, which was awesome to see.

We explored a little bit of this Recreation Area, a place my husband has always wanted to visit.

We went to a wine tasting at the oldest winery in Tennessee.

Then we ate a late lunch/early dinner at a diner in the back of this store, which was also a blast from the past.  I love going in old general stores!
I also indulged in this dessert.  

Back at the cabin, I did some reading on the front porch and we enjoyed the scenery.

So thankful for time away, now back to the week at home, which I am also thankful to have!

Linking up with Tanya today.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Currently ~ July 2021

 Good morning!  I am linking up with Anne for the July Currently series. Today we are talking about what we are eating, feeling, going, ordering, and realizing.

Eating ~  I told someone the other day I had eaten good, but that doesn't mean healthy :).  By eating good the past few days, I mean I have had pizza, steak and BBQ.  Along with that, I have enjoyed some desserts.  They have been a mix of "healthy" desserts.  This is my favorite brownie mix and it comes from Costco. This is really a good tasting brownie, but even better when you add red, white and blue M&M's to make it festive...which is of course how I have had some lately.

I also made some frozen yogurt bark and added strawberries and my festive M&M's.  At least the base of this dessert is yogurt and not chocolate though.  This taste so good and is such an easy treat that you can add anything you like.

Feeling ~ I am a mixed bag of emotions, trying to not react with emotions and respond better to situations.  Physically, I am feeling tired at night and in the mornings and it is rare I sleep through the night anymore these days.  Thankfully, I am not too tired during the day, but mornings are slower and I am ready for bed early most nights.

Going ~ I've been going this summer a little more and it has felt great.  I went to the beach with my family and then to Philadelphia with a friend.  This month, I have a weekend trip with my husband. In the day-to-day, I am running errands, meeting with friends and still enjoying downtime at home.

Ordering ~ I have been ordering on Amazon, which I will catch up on in another post. That service and just ordering online in general has me spoiled.  I have also ordered a few things lately online for store pick-up.  

Realizing ~ I am realizing more and more how short life is.  I am trying to re-connect with friends this year, especially after 2020.  I am trying to let some things go quicker that truly do bother me, but just tr to take a deep breath and get some perspective.  

Hope you all are currently having a great week!

Monday, July 5, 2021

Philadelphia Freedom

 I hope you all had a good 4th of July celebrating the USA's Independence Day!  And hopefully today is a day off from the regular routine as well.  

It seemed like a good time to re-cap a little more of my trip to Philadelphia last weekend.  While living in Bogota', Colombia in South America for 3 years, I got to know my sweet friend Sarah.  She is in the states visiting family in Pennsylvania, so I flew to Philly and she met me there to spend the weekend catching up and seeing the sights. I promise you, the airports are so crowded and you would never know we had a pandemic last year, except that we are still wearing masks at airports and on the airplanes.

This was a beautiful sight of a river with a bridge across it as I was in flight.
We ate dinner from a food truck from an area near the water.  It was such a fun area of people hanging out and they had a wall of locks.
This was our hotel, which was in a great location, right on the water.

The first full day there we set out to see some historic sights.
The famous Liberty Bell
This room below is the Old City Hall of Philadelphia and where the Supreme Court met from 1791-1800. This is also the room where George Washington was inaugurated for his second term as President and where John Adams was inaugurated as our second President.
We then went next door to Independence Hall.
This signing of the Declaration of Independence happened in this building in the room pictured below.  Our tour guide told us we were standing in the most historic room of all our country.  The chair in the middle is the same one George Washington used, but the other items are re-productions.
This is Benjamin Franklin's grave.
Of course, a trip to Philly is not complete without a Philly Cheesesteak.  These restaurants are not hard to find up there!
Speaking of food, my friend brought me lots of my favorite Colombian goodies, including this candy bar.  It did not make it back south with me :).
The next day, we did my bucket list item of running the Rocky steps, which are located outside the Philadelphia Art Museum.  Next to the steps is the Rocky Statue.
We also walked by Love Park and saw the current city hall building, which is beautiful.

After a stressful morning at the airport, I had these Platano chips from Colombia for breakfast on my flight out of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia was a great weekend city and I was so thankful to have time away with a friend I don't see very often with us living in different countries.  

Happy Monday friends!

Friday Favorites ~ July 23, 2021

I am always so glad for the weekend.  Today I am sharing favorites from the last 2 weeks. I was gifted a starter box from Fab Fit Fun.  With...