What's Up Wednesday Link Up...

It's the last Wednesday of the month and so I am linking up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday!  So let's dive in, shall we?  If you missed it and want a great way to share the gospel with your kid while carving pumpkins, check out yesterday's post!  

What We're Eating This Week:

SUNDAY:  Bacon cheeseburgers, tator tots and fresh green beans (in said bacon fat grease)
MONDAY:  Jambalaya with kielbasa sausage, red beans and corn bread My mother in law brought dinner since she was babysitting after school - I got the night off.
TUESDAY:  Crock-pot Taco Soup with toppings
WEDNESDAY:  Thai Chicken Noodle Bowl (shredded chicken and buttered noodles for the kids)
THURSDAY:  Jambalaya with red beans and kielbasa sausage and cornbread
FRIDAY:  Grandma and Grandpa are coming to town so maybe out or pizza
SATURDAY: Tailgating (7 layer taco dip, pumpkin bars and reuben dip are my contributions)
SUNDAY: Breakfast stuffing muffins (my mom's recipe - yum!)

What I'm Reminiscing About:

Halloween's of years gone by...it's crazy how much our kids have grown up over the years.  Oh my heart!

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2014 
(I was morning sick and apparently didn't blog about it ;)

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2012

Halloween 2011

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2009

What I'm Loving:

That Scott and I have a show to watch.  We both love sitting down and watching This Is Us together. Everyone and their triplets is watching it BUT it is good.

I'm Dreading...

Next month is our routine dental exams and kids well child appointments.  I despise the dentist and despite brushing don't have the best teeth and guess who got my teeth, yes my kids.  I always want to crawl in a hole when my kid gets a cavity.  Sigh...anyway wish me luck and send a margarita stat!

I'm working on...

I'm starting to formulate Christmas lists, budgets for said lists and getting ready for our trip to Florida and the holiday season (woot woot).  I love this time of year!!!!

The last time we were in Florida...why are my sunglasses crooked? Who knows!

I'm Excited that...

We booked a cruise for our 10th wedding anniversary (belated since  I was nursing a baby).  LIKE WE ARE GOING BY OURSELVES - Just Scott and I.  Cheering, lots of cheering over here.  We are headed off to the southern caribbean mid-January to places like St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Aruba and Curacao. We haven't been away from our kids for this long since our first was born, so ever ;).  The only down side is swimsuit t-15 days after Christmas vacation - yikes!

I'm watching... 

I already mentioned This is Us.  I am also working my way through Gilmore Girls on Netflix because there is not a lot on tv right now but Fixer Upper is coming back on so Scott and I will watch that together too.  I am also counting down the days until the Hallmark Christmas movies start :).

I'm reading...

I just finished this and liked it but I love Karen Kingsbury books.  This one seemed to start off slow for me but I liked it and love that its a series again.  I missed her series' after I concluded with the Baxters.  If you haven't read those, that will keep you busy for a while.  I loved them.  Start with this book.  If you need a new series read this one but I warn you each book doesn't "end", which makes you want to start the next book stat.  I am already on book 3 (and I may have checked out the large print because that was all that was available).
Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

 I loved Francine River's Redeeming Love (I would list it as my all time favorite book EVER, if you haven't read it -- you should finish reading this and then go get it!).  I loved the time period of that book so someone recommended A Bride for Keeps on a blog so I thought I would give it a try.  So far I like it, I just started...
A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears

Next up on my bedside table is Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld 
(It's supposed to be a modern take on Pride and Prejudice and heard it might be closer to R-rated for full disclosure!)

Also on my long list:
 Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist.
The Magnolia Story
Giddy Up Eunice
The Broken Way
A Baxter Family Christmas

In full disclose I go through cycles of reading, since there isn't much on TV, I am reading more.  I do take breaks from reading because when I get into a book, I may neglect sleep and other duties to read so I have to catch up on those things before starting another book!  Anyone else like that?

I'm Listening To.... 

I love podcasts in the car.  I subscribe to Young House Love Has a Podcast on iTunes and love listening to it as I drive my kids to their activities.  It's that random purple app you have on your phone...yep I didn't know what it was either forever.  Otherwise, we listen to a lot of christian music around here.  Throw in the occasional Carrie Underwood, Adele, Meghan Trainor, 5th Harmony, Jock Jams and Flo Rida too...eclectic, right?  Soon it will be Christmas 24-7!

I'm wearing...

FALL CLOTHES and they make me happy.  Give me all the layers I can possibly put on my body!  It's my favorite time of year to dress - no winter coat to cover up said cute outfit and again - layers.

I am not gonna lie the bottom right one is my preference all day long.  Leggings, shoreline converse, sweatshirt tunic (to cover the lady bits) and basically it's the day version of Pj's!

This weekend....

It's HALLOWEEN Weekend :) our college's homecoming game so we will tailgate, hang with family and see friends on Saturday.  On Sunday, we will play games and assemble a coveted halloween gingerbread house because Vera loves to craft with Grandma.  Mom and I are Christmas shopping on Friday (because that's when it works...).

Next month, we are Looking Forward to....

Hanging out with family in Florida 

And having Scott's entire family in town for Thanksgiving...

It' been a whole year since his whole family was together last Christmas.
Scott's Grandma Olive with a tiny Lucy!
Scott and his brother Paul with their girls
Big cousin Grace with our girls
What Else is New...

Aldi, TJ Maxx and 10 on the 10th...

I am wrapping up my first full month of blogging for more than my mom and the faithful few who read.  I have had fun adding in new posts of what I am learning from the bible to what I'm finding at my favorite stores.  You should join me next month for my link up 10 on the 10th.  We are sharing our 10 favorite toys around our house, just in time to start formulating those Santa lists.   

Bonus Question -- What is your favorite Halloween picture/tradition/memory?

Notice my dad's face? He is a funny guy, my dad!  One of my favorite traditions is that my mom selects my kids costumes with them.  Then she always comes for Halloween (my dad too if it falls on a weekend).  She doesn't get kids at her house and LOVES to hand out the candy and see my kids all dressed up.  We have the same meal every year - lasagna and garlic bread.  It normally wafts out of the house and just feels warm and cozy after trick or treating.  

We always trick or treat around here on the 30th (yes random I know) and kids must might tell a joke to get their candy!  

My kids joke this year is this --

Why did skeleton not cross the road?  He didn't have the guts to do it!

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