What's Up Wednesday: January 2017...

It's What's Up Wednesday and I am linking up with Larson Lingo, Shay and Sheaffer today!

It's a link-up where I dish on everything we have been doing this month so buckle up - let's get this party started...

What We're Eating This Week...

Well we are all recovering from vacation and thankfully my mom left my fridge full - bless her!

Monday -- Bruschetta Chicken Pasta (Pampered Chef Recipe)
Tuesday -- Chicken Quesadillas with guacamole and refried beans
Wednesday -- Zatarains Jambalya (I add in a can of red beans and kielbasa sausage) and corn bread
Thursday -- Make your own pizzas
Friday -- grilled cheese and tomato soup
Saturday -- Raclette and steak
Sunday - Daddy's famous sourdough pancakes and sausage (I hope he reads this and gets the memo)

What I'm Reminiscing About...

Oh man! If it weren't for the kids, we might have stayed permanently.  They cooked, cleaned, brought margaritas, and fresh towels and took us to beautiful beaches.  We had a blast on our cruise!  Sigh...I am certainly smiling remembering all the fun and SUN we had (it's not sunny here!).

Margarita in the sun - yes please!


We took this cruise.

What I'm Loving...

Time away with my guy!  We haven't been away together for this long since our son was born.  We were gone for 9 days! 9 days!  Do we even have 9 days worth of stuff to talk about?  We had so much fun just relaxing and hanging out together.  We need to go away more often.  The kids had a BLAST with both sets of grandparents and our hearts came home full!

What We've Been Up To...

I think we covered it but just one more to dig it in ;) I never go away without kids so I have to milk it!

What I'm Dreading...

Spending a whole lot of time here - post vacation laundry #enoughsaid However both grandparents took care of all the at-home laundry so I seriously should have given them a bonus!

What I'm Working On...

Sorting pictures, preparing vacation blog posts (come back next week!), preparing for Valentine's parties, organizing teacher conference meals and filling out paperwork for kindergarten registration....I need a kleenex stat!

This one thinks she is headed for kindergarten.  I am going to miss her so much...okay we better move on before tears start!

What I'm Excited About...

Watching this guy (in glasses) play some basketball...

....and visiting Scott's grandma next month with our cousins for a fun getaway in February.  Scott's grandma was diagnosed with cancer in duodenum and is 96 years old.  We are off to spend some special time with this sweet lady.

What I'm Watching/Reading...

If you haven't been swayed by the awards - take my advice and watch The Crown on Netflix...:)

Another goodie on the Hallmark Channel and there's time to binge watch the first 3 seasons on Netflix before the premier Mid-February.  It's so so good!

Oh and I am kind of sort of shamefully watching the Bachelor but meh...:/ :( :0 read Sheaffer's recaps for a laugh and truth on the situation ;).

I read 3 books on vacation...yippee!

I got a GREAT recommendation from my friend Rochelle and loved the series (working on #3 in the series right now).  If you like historical fiction (gold rush era) with romance and a Christian influence you need to check out Kristen Heitzmann.    I am reading the Diamond of the Rockies Series.

The Rose Legacy

Sweet Boundless

Tender Vine 
(reading it right now and not getting through it as fast with little people ;)

I also read Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury - it was a sweet, fast read about a foster boy and an NFL football star.  

What I'm Listening to...

So I am loving this song (Cheap Thrills by Sia) right now, we dance to it at night and its a great workout song!  I like this one too This is What you Came For.  I also have been listening to the radio station with things like Ace of Base, Backstreet Boys and classics from my youth ;).  I am an eclectic mess but if it has a good dance beat, I am in.  The cruise ship had the BEST playlist.

What I'm Wearing...

Pre-Cruise ;)

Cruise Attire --

Swimsuit life :)

Fancy Attire :)

Bon Voyage vibes...

What I'm Doing This Weekend...

and Squished couch movie night :) watching Trolls

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...

We just have the usual in February with a little road trip with cousins thrown in for good measure!  Valentine's Day and all the valentines prep, basketball, dance starts back up, having friends for dinner and keeping warm! 

What Else is New...

On Monday, I am starting a new series Welcome Home Come On In and inviting you all on a tour of my home to start.  I am so excited to visit other homes and their beautiful families all year long as we share why our homes are our havens :)!

I'll also be back next week dishing on the cruise, what I wore, what you need to think about when you leave your kids behind, and more!  See you Friday for Friday Favorites!  Now I need to go reapply the sunless tanner and some vitamin D tablets because the sun has disappeared...and I miss it :).

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Until then, keep on keeping on!
xoxo, ERIN

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