Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Ladies!
Today I am linking up with Andrea , Erika, and Narci and sharing my Friday Favorites.  Be sure to grab the graphic and link up too!

I ordered these booties right before we moved and I absolutely love them!  They are so comfy!
I also ordered these earlier this week, and they are scheduled to be delivered today!  I snagged them while they were being price matched!  I've ready great reviews on them so I am super excited to get them!

One of my favorites for sure this week is definitely the gorgeous views from our backyard.  I still can't believe we get to wake up to this every single day! 
Ice cream on the water with my kiddos is definitely a favorite of mine!
My new dishes from Pioneer Woman are definitely a favorite of mine!

Watching these 3 catch fish all week has definitely been a favorite of mine!
So there are my favorites for this week!  Hope everyone has a great weekend and a great Halloween.  Be sure to check back Monday to see what we were up to this weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Life Lately

Happy Thursday Ladies!
Hope you are all having a great week so far.  I cannot believe we are in the last week of October, the time is FLYING by!
Life lately has been crazy busy for us.  We are just about settled into our new home, and the kids are super excited to start school next week ( they are not near as excited as me though)!
This picture I found online pretty much sums up our life lately...unpacking box after box after box...I am so over it!
We hired a moving company, but our cars pretty much looked like this...we had so much last minute crap to bring! 
It hasn't been all work though over here, in between unpacking and setting up house, we have definitely been enjoying our new home!
Life lately has consisted of sipping morning coffee with amazing views, drinking wine at night with amazing views....
My view from my porch....gorgeous

View from our doesn't get much better than this

Life lately has been me spending a lot of time at my little table just taking in my new backyard!
Life lately has been watching this girl go in and out about a million times a day....

and of course doing some fishing.....

Jack has been KILLING it with fishing..he has caught the most so far!
And life lately for AJ has been fishing filled also!
Life lately has consisted of dessert at the local ice cream shop...
And Olivia has been putting a mug and a coffee pod by my coffee pot each night to have it ready for me each morning!
So life lately has been fishing, eating lots of ice cream, and unpacking a ridiculous amount of boxes! 
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Ladies!
Today I am linking up with Mix and Match Mama , Pinterest Told Me To , and The Larson Lingo for "What's Up Wednesday", hope you are all linking up today too!

What We're Eating This Week:
We are still in the process of unpacking and getting settled in, so I haven't a clue what the heck we will be eating this week!
What I'm Reminiscing About:
With being so far from family now, I am definitely reminiscing about all the fun times I have spent with family lately!
What I'm Loving:
I am LOVING my new dishes from Pioneer Woman!
What We've Been Up To:
Packing and unpacking...I am OVER it!
What I'm Dreading:
I am definitely dreading not being able to spend the holidays this year with my mom!
What I'm Working On:
Just getting our house all set up!
What I'm Excited About:
I am super excited that the holidays are right around the corner!
What I'm Watching/Reading:
With all that I have had going on I haven't been able to read lately...but I am definitely getting in my favorite shows....Criminal Minds, NCIS and of course a whole lot of NFL football!
What I'm Listening To:
Right now everyone in my house is still asleep and I am listening to absolutely NOTHING and it's glorious!
What I'm Wearing:
Lately I have been wearing nothing but leggings, yoga pants and tshirts...the perfect moving outfit!
What I'm Doing This Weekend:
It's Halloween Saturday so we will be Trick-or-Treating and doing lots of candy eating this weekend for sure!
What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:
Next month my sweet AJ turns 12...I am not even sure how that is possible, but it is happening and I am definitely looking forward to celebrating my little guy!
What Else Is New:
Everything is pretty "new" for us right house, new state...I will be blogging about it soon!
Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe:
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake:
1 Ready Crust Chocolate Pie Crust
6 oz. cream cheese softened
1 can 14 oz., eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
1 gg
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup frozen raspberries
Chocolate glaze**
1.  Preheat oven to 350.  With mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy, gradually beat in the milk until smooth.  Add egg, lemon juice and vanilla, mix well.
2.  Arrange raspberries on bottom of the crust.  Slowly pour cheese mixture over the fruit.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool.
3.  Top cheesecake with the chocolate glaze, chill!
**Chocolcate glaze:  in small saucepan over low heat, melt 2 (1 oz each) squares of semi sweet baking chocolate with 1/4 cup whipping cream.  Cook and stir until thickened and smooth.  Remove from heat!
This is one of my favorite things to make and has been a staple on our Thanksgiving table for the past 15 years!
Hope you all have a great day today!  See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Saying Goodbye Sucks....

Happy Tuesday Ladies!
I first want to thank everyone who has sent me emails and messages checking in on me!  I have loved reading all your kind words!  I mentioned just about a month ago that my husband may be taking a new job ot of state..and well he was offered the position and took it!  We literally had 3 weeks to pack up, find a new home and move 690 miles away!  It has been a whirlwind to say the least! 
We are still unpacking boxes and getting situated in our new home before my husband starts work next week, so once we are all settled in I will tell you all about it!
If you follow me on social media than you know that my oldest son Harrison decided not to come with us.  He will be 20 in December and loves his job, his friends, and his life in as much as my mama heart didn't want him to stay, I knew how much he wanted to spread his wings and fly.  He was planning on moving in with some friends in May, so for now he is staying with a close family friend of a mom this has given so much peace of mind! 
I have spent most of the past two weeks crying, bawling my eyes out crying!  I know he is ready to be on his own, and I know he will do just fine, but seriously it still totally sucks him not living with us!  I brag about my kids A LOT...and I know it annoys many people, but Harrison is truly a wonderful young man, and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to raise a child, and have them be your friend.  Harrison and I have such an incredible bond, I cannot even put into words the love I have for this child.  I enjoy hanging out with him...he is so great. 
We left NC early Thursday morning, so Wednesday night our little family all camped out together, on the floor with lots of blankets and pillows, and it just made me so incredibly happy having all my babies together one last time...I know we will all be together again, but like I said, it still sucks!
My 3 sons....Harrison will never ever realize how much he is missed by not only me, but his little brothers! 
Thursday morning we were all up early, and then the time came, the time that I have been dreading since the day I became a mother 23 years ago....having a child leave the nest!  It was a major cry fest in the driveway at 6am as everyone took turns hugging Harrison and saying goodbye...I was a mess as I watched all my kids crying....and then I had to say goodbye...I fell to pieces....I don't think I have ever in my life hugged so tight as I did that morning.  My first born son, all grown up, ready to be on his proud as I am of him, my heart was shattered into a million pieces...even as i sit here typing this I am sobbing.  I miss him....I just miss him!
I'm so blessed he is such an amazing son...he texts me numerous times through the day, and I am so thankful, but seriously I cannot wait for his first visit, (I am hoping he loves it here and decides to stay with us)!
In addition to having to say goodbye to Harrison, I also had to say goodbye to my mom...another rough one for me!  You see 10 years ago when I moved to NC my mom swore up and down she wasn't moving until she was ready to retire, but I knew she would be down there in no time...I had all the grandkids, and my brother and sister in law were already 9 months after we moved there, my mom arrived...and all was right in the world...I had my whole family right there with me.  The sucky part here is that I know that isn't going to happen this mom is truly my best friend, saying goodbye sucked!  It makes me so incredibly sad knowing that the holidays are right around the corner and I won't be spending them with her...oh it's gonna be a teary filled few months for me. 
I pulled this picture out of a box this weekend and it just made me smile...I love my so so much!
The weekend before we left was my niece's birthday, so we were all able to get together one last was so nice to be with my family and have the cousins all together.  I found myself just staring at them all throughout the day, getting teary eyed, just knowing how much I am going to miss them all!
My brother and all the kiddos!  There is nothing better than family!
In addition to saying goodbye to family, it was hard and sad saying goodbye to wonderful friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and of course AJ's sports family! 
AJ's last football game was the Saturday before we left, and the coach had contacted me a few days before and asked if Mark, Harrison and myself would be team captains for that game with AJ...I cannot tell you what it meant to me to walk out there with my boy!

To say I was emotional to start the game that night would be a huge understatement!  All the stars were defintiely aligned that night,  because not only AJ, but the ENTIRE team played the best game they have played all season.  AJ was on point, perfect from start to finish.  He made plays that were amazing, and the team won 13-7...and guess what...AJ scored ALL 13 of those points.  Storybook ending for his last game in NC!
After each game, the team and parents gather round, and the coaches give their little speeches.  All the coaches spoke and when they got to Harrison, he couldn't speak...he was crying, the last time he would be coahing his little brother...girls, I totally lost it!  I cannot tell you how proud I am to be his mother! 
The team had balloons and a card for AJ...and everyone said such nice things about was such an amazing night!
AJ and his head coach (you can see AJ biting his lip, fighting back tears as a few of his buddies were crying because he was leaving)!

Coach Harrison and his two favorite players!

Let's totally overlook how awful I look after crying, but I couldn't love this picture anymore...all my guys right here with me!
So it's been pretty much a full two weeks of crying, saying goodbye just other way to put just sucks!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for "What's Up Wednesday"
Have a great day!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Favorite Things Party

Happy Monday Ladies!
Before I start my post for today, I want to wish my hubby a happy birthday!
Today I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their "Favorite Things" ! 
Here is the list for the upcoming topics!

Today we are sharing our favorite fall finds under $50!  I love everything fall, and I love a good deal! 
I'm sure I am not alone when I say I LOVE candles, and I especially love the fall scents, they are my favorite!
This candle is definitely my favorite fall find.....and it is WELL under $50...only $16!!!  I stock up every fall, I burn them straight through the winter...I just love them!
Candles, especially in the fall are just a favorite for me!  This apple strudel candle is a MUST have for fall!  Again, it is well under $50....and it should probably be renamed to "The Perfect Fall Scent" is amazing!

 I love a vest!  It's such a great way to spruce up a long sleeve tee and some jeans...throw on some great booties and you've got a fabulous little outfit.  This vest from Old Navy is so awesome...and super inexpensive...well under $50!  I picked up the red/black one in my local Old Navy a few weeks back and I love it!
Another great fall find is a great plaid or flannel shirt!  Old Navy has some really adorable ones at some great prices.  You can check them all out here !
I can't wait to see what everyone's favorite fall finds are!
Be sure to check back tomorrow, I've got lots of catching up to do!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday ladies!  

To say I have been inconsistent with blogging this month would be a HUGE understatement!  I've decided to not blog anymore this month, as we have so much going on in our lives right now, and my focus needs to be with my family!  I will be back in November, so be sure to check back November 2 to see what we have been up to! 

Have a great weekend!!! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Show And Tell Tuesday

Today I am linking up with Andrea for "Show And Tell Tuesday".  Be sure you grab the graphic and link up too!

Today we are talking about our first jobs!  I always find it so interesting to hear people tell about the jobs they had...especially their first ones!
Like many, I guess my first job was babysitting!  I have always loved kids, and I started babysitting for neighbors when I was probably 12 years old!  When I started high school I started babysitting pretty consistently for a family with one little boy.  I loved babysitting for them!  They paid me really well, and I got to tag along on a few of their vacations to watch their little guy! 
My first real "paycheck" job was when I was 16 years old and I was a bus girl at a local restaurant in glamorous I know!  Funny thing...I really loved that job!  I remember feeling so independent and I looked forward to the weekends and going to work!  I did that until I was 17 years old then I started working at the Children's Place in the mall! 
Really nothing super exciting, but I do totally remember feeling like a "big shot" having a job and a paycheck each week!
Can't wait to read about everyone else's first jobs today!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday girls!  

This has been a crazy week of getting back into town, having internet issues and just life, so blogging took a back seat!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and I'll be back Monday for a week recap!!!