Tuesday, October 29, 2019

DiTL: October 24, 2019

I had ever intention of getting back onto a quarterly DiTL schedule...and that didn't happen ha. I have been intending to do this since July and I always forget to start taking pictures when I wake up. I thought about doing this on Friday when the kids were eating breakfast, so I went with it!

***************Friday, October 24, 2019***************

Brent is 39 {almost 39 1/2}
Allena is 39
Trent is 10
Drew is 6 3/4
Paige is 2 3/4

1:30 AM - Paige comes into our room, but it's easy to direct her back to her room since Trent is sleeping in there for the first time EVER!

6:30 AM - Alarm goes off! Paige is NOT on our floor because Trent slept in her room last night - she has ended up on a pallet on our floor every night since coming out of her crib. I fondly remember these days with Drew. I get ready for the day - exercise clothes since I'm going to jazzercise - and head to the kitchen.

6:40 AM - Make breakfast for the kids and pack lunches. I try to do at least some of the lunch packing the night before which is a big help. 3 lunches is no joke!

6:50 AM - Wake the children! Drew and Paige are always much easier to get up than Trent.

Trent is starting some new vitamins but they haven't come yet - we met with his MTHFR specialist on Thursday - so we just upped his normal meds and added more Omega-3.

7:05 AM - Time to get dressed. Paige's room is a disaster with us adding couch cushions for Trent to sleep on and her crib half apart. I can't wait to change rooms now!

7:25 AM - Everyone was relatively easy to get dressed this morning! Start loading children into the car.

7:30 AM - We're off!

It was super dark and cloudy this morning, so it felt like we left super early!

We play the song game on the way to school - they call out to claim the first song. It's always either Trent or Drew since Paige gets whatever she wants on the way to her school, but Paige always calls out 'I've got second!' no matter what is going on.

7:40 AM - Get to Trent and Drew's school and drop them off.

7:55 AM - Arrive at Paige's school and wait in the line, which opens at 8:00 AM.

8:05 AM - I'm on my way to Jazzercise! About half of the time, neighbor/friend Susie calls after dropping her boys off, and today was one of those days! We mindlessly chat while I drive to Jazz.

8:15 AM - Arrive at Jazzercise and get my groove on. I'm able to finish the 8:00 AM class and do half of the 9:00 AM class before I need to head home for conference calls. Learn in class I'm at 100 classes! Think I can do 50 in 2 months to get the tank top??? I'm going to try ha!

*Picture taken at night when I realize my morning picture was blurry.*

9:40 AM - Get on the phone. Stay on it for a LONG time.

11:30 AM - Finally off the phone, I make a cup of Nespresso and move to the couch to work for a little while. More work and phone calls.

1:15 PM - Decide to splurge on a Chipotle salad, so I listen to my audiobook {relistening to the Game of Thrones series since I still have 1 book to read}.

1:25 PM - Heading back home with a yummy salad!

1:40 PM - Continue working, eat, continue working.

2:45 PM - Time to get the kiddos! I didn't finish a report I needed to get out, but I'm going to go to my parents' house - they are keeping my sister's kids - so I load up my laptop knowing I can finish it there. I also take Trent's medicine - we had briefly talked about me keeping the girls and my mom keeping the boys, so I figure it's better to be safe than sorry. I started listening to the Office Ladies podcast, and it's a delight!

*Not sure why these screen shots are blurry but too lazy to care.*

3:05 PM - Waiting to get Miss P! The line looks long but it goes fast. I do need to be back on the road by 3:15 to make sure I'm at T&D's school on time. I haven't been late yet this year, but it's a stressor for me!

3:25 PM - Make it to T&D's school. P was taking WAY TOO LONG to get in the car, so I let her ride in Drew's seat on the way, so now I spend the time in the line getting her actually into her own seat.

3:35 PM - Got my 2 big ones and we're off to Babs and Pops' house!

4:05 PM - Arrive! Cousins are all very happy to see each other. I bust out my laptop to finish working, and my mom makes me a delightful drink of peach vodka and Fresca.

5:00 PM - Lots of playing! And my mom and I do agree on a kid swap. Drew has her tap lesson at 6:30, so we need to leave before 5:45 so we can grab her clothes.

5:45 PM - I leave with Blair, Drew, and Paige. Traffic is heavy and we barely get home to get her dance clothes and up to dance by 6:30.

6:35 PM - Class starts! Blair wants to watch so we get the okay from the owner to sit in on class. Drew's normal teacher is at a function for her son, so the owner is teaching.

My tiny tapper!

7:00 PM - Paige is being a distraction, so I leave with Blair and Paige. We end up in Paige's classroom and play with some of the goodies.

7:45 PM - We get back home, and Brent has picked up some food.

7:55 PM - Tell Paige it's almost her bedtime. That doesn't go over well.

8:00 PM - The girls start watching The Princess and the Frog. I get Paige ready for bed, and the big girls are anxious for me to put her to bed so they can watch something cooler.

8:40 PM - Negotiating to get some Skittles from Dad.

Everyone in their pajamas and about to put P to bed.

8:50 PM - Reading time with Paige. This is super late for her, but having a cousin here is extra special, so I let her stay up.

9:35 PM - The upside is we read books, sing songs, and she's asleep by 9:30. With her coming out of the crib, I've been staying in her room until she falls asleep. I keep reminding myself this is a season, and it was really traumatic for her to come out of the crib - don't understand why but it was. Sometimes it takes a longer time than others with me in the room.

10:00 PM - I let the big girls stay up a little longer and then we get them situated. They play musical rooms for a little while but finally end up with Blair in Drew's bed and Drew in a sleeping bag on the floor.

10:30 PM - I'm reading in bed and am super exhausted! I can't remember when I fell asleep, maybe around 11:30?

And yes, without Trent there to sleep in her room, we got a little middle-of-the-night visitor.

My view the next morning!

Another fun edition of a Day in the Life! Here's hoping I can get a little more consistent in 2020.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Currently: We've Had a Cool Front!

Current Book

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins ~
This is cheesy...even for me!

Current Song

Memories by Maroon 5 - Trent and Drew love this one too!

Current TV Show

You can bet the farm that I watched this!

I'm really enjoying this!
And about LOST MY MIND when I realized the dad is ZACH MORRIS...
and he looks OLD!

Current Podcast

Y'all. This was SO INSANE. Might be one of the best podcasts I've ever listened to.
It's true crime but kind of different because it's not unsolved - 
you know right away who the 'bad guy' is and what happened but the getting there...
so so so so so so so crazy.

Current Drink

I tried Keto Coffee from It Works and it's really good!
I tried the salted caramel flavor and don't put any sweetener in it.
That's huge for me!

Current Food

I don't think I ate an actual meal today - 
lots of snacking because Trent had therapy and I took the kids to the library
and solo parented tonight.
The last thing I ate was some cheese and crackers, ha!

Current Shame-Inducing Pleasure

That Current Book is pretty embarrassing haha.
  1. Luckily I've got some other ones to redeem myself.

Current Outfit

Current Celebrity Crush

Rob Lowe and his sons are Instagram are so funny!

Current Mood

Tired AF. 
Paige is putting us through our paces in the night right now.

Current Anticipation

It's that time of year where I get SUPER GIDDY about all the fun coming up!
We have a fall fest at the clubhouse on Sunday that I'm super excited about.
And Drew is starting horseback riding lessons on Saturday!
Lots of fun stuff coming up!!

Current Wishlist

I've started my Christmas shopping already.
I've finished both my nephews, my father-in-law, my mother-in-law,
have something for my mom, and have a good list for the kids!
So that's what is consuming my 'shopping' brain right now.

Current Film

Gah, I got nothing!
Allison, what is going on with us?!?!

Current Picture

This sums up pretty well how our new sleeping situation is going...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Things I'd Like to Learn

Do you ever see people {usually online} who DO all these great things? Like they seem to have 27 hours in a day and lots of time to create or be interesting? When I describe myself, which I have to do a lot at work when I talk to new people in the group I support, I always say 'I workout because it's good for me and not because I like it, I love to read, and I love to go to the movies.' That's it! LAME.

I have a lot of things I'd like to learn how to do...someday. I know part of the problem is the season of life we're in. It isn't super easy to be gone for lessons for various things with 3 children at home. We're also spending a lot of our disposable money on activities for those said 3 children. Add in a full-time job, a husband, a home...etc. and it's tough! 

Nevertheless, here are the activities I'd love to learn!


My mother-in-law sews all kinds of amazing stuff. She makes pillows {OMG she's making these ADORABLE Santa pillows for her church craft fir this year and I am SO buying some!}, clothes for herself, dresses for the girls...you name it, she can sew it. She even gave me a sewing machine YEARS ago...and we've used it for ONE project. Womp, womp. I have a few friends who have said they are interested too, and I've gone so far as to look for sewing classes nearby but I haven't had much luck...


My granny was a knitter when I was a little girl. It always seemed like an old lady activity but now it's cool to knit, ha. Drew learned to finger knit in her kindergarten class, and I have my eye on some finger knitting books/supplies for her for Christmas. I thought it would be fun if she and I took an actual knitting class and learned together?? There's a local place that looks to have classes, so I just need to figure out if Drew is old enough and get us some supplies.


I've always wanted to learn to play the guitar and the fiddle. I took piano lessons for about 9 years and flute lessons through school for 7. I'm never going to be a star at any instrument, but I enjoy music so much! For some reason, this one makes me nervous? I actually made one of my college roommates call a place in college - that's how long I've wanted to learn! - and ask questions about taking lessons - why does this embarrass me??


I can do a few fun things with my hair, but I don't think it ever looks great. I can french braid - including my bangs, and I can curl my hair using a curling iron. I see girls who do all kinds of funky braids that I'm very jealous of because mine are pretty sloppy. And I have tried numerous times to curl my hair with my straight iron and FAIL miserably. It would be nice just to have a few more tricks up my sleeve - especially if some of those tricks involved when my hair is super dirty, ha!


This is super lame, but I don't know how to do a smoky eye! I have some basic ways I put on eye makeup, but I want to know how to do a really dramatic look. I just need to spend some time with YouTube I'm sure! I actually bought some new mineral colors, and I'd like to be able to do something by Brent's work holiday party, so this one I can hopefully accomplish sooner rather than later.

I'm thinking at least one of these needs to be on my Goals for 2020??

Friday, October 18, 2019

Let's Talk About: My FAVORITE Books Part 2!

From the comments I received you guys seemed a little surprised/disappointed in my favorite books #10-6, ha. My favorite comment was from Erika who said some of them seemed like 'run-of-the-mill grocery store paperbacks'. Thanks a lot! {grin} Our favorites are what they are and sometimes it doesn't always make sense, I guess! I do think #5-1 will make a little more sense though.


DescriptionIn 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams–which are nothing compared to what life actually has in store for him. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the power of one.

Why I Love It: One of my high school English classes watched this movie, and I enjoyed it so much that I immediately read the book and LOVED it. It was such a fascinating story of a world I knew so little about. Years later, I re-read the book wondering if I'd still like it as much, and I did. It really is a powerful read with a great message.

DescriptionScottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord ...1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

Why I Love It: Yes, I'm cheating and putting a whole series in 1 slot. It's my list, ha. [Now to be clear, that description is just for book 1.] I first read Outlander for book club. I don't know that I would have picked this up on my own otherwise - to me, the descriptions read like a super cheesy romance novel with time travel thrown in. And I'm sure most of you would think that sounds right up my alley but it sounded a little too cheesy, even for me. Well, I'm glad it was chosen for book club because it was PHENOMENAL, and I devoured the other 7 books in the series - I think the shortest story is over 600 pages and the longest over 1,100. Diana Gabaldon is a brilliant author {brilliant overall, she has a Ph.D. and you can tell how much she researches to make these books historically accurate}. She has created a rich, intricate world with characters you want to know so badly! Jennife {who picked the book} and I agree that Jamie is the best male character in fiction we've ever read! Book #9 should be out later this year, and I can't wait to get it!

DescriptionThe timeless, bestselling four-part epic that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove takes readers into the lives of Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call, two tough-as-nails Texas Rangers in the heyday of the Old West. [The link gives you the summary of all 4 books if interested.]

Lonesome Dove description: Augustus 'Gus' McCrae and Woodrow Call are retired from the Texas Rangers and settled in the border town of Lonesome Dove running the Hat Creek Cattle Company. They are visited by their old friend Jake Spoon, who convinces Gus and Call to gather a herd of cattle and drive them north to Montana in order to start a cattle ranch in untouched territory. Gus is further motivated by a desire to see the love of his life, Clara Allen (nee Forsythe), who now lives with her children and comatose horse-trader husband in Ogallala, Nebraska. On the way to Montana they travel through wild country full of thieves, murderers, and a lifetime's worth of unforgettable adventure.

Why I Love It: Growing up, I remember my dad watching the Lonesome Dove miniseries on TV every year. I thought I hated Westerns so I always rolled my eyes at him, but early on in my dating years with Brent, he made me watch it, and I LOVED it. {The miniseries is also on my Top 10 movies list.} I read all 4 books my Freshman year in college, and it's another set of long books ranging from 500-750 pages, and I fell in love with Gus and Call. The stories of their lives during and after their years as Texas Rangers in the 1800s were fascinating - I mean Lonesome Dove won a Pulitzer Prize, so I'm not the only one who thought so - and the characters had such personality. I've always been proud to be a Texan but this series just amplified that pride so much ha. Sidenote: if you decide you want to read these, the order they were written in - and I think best read it - is not chronological. So you read it Lonesome Dove [written 1st, 3rd chronologically], Streets of Laredo [2nd, 4th], Dead Man's Walk [3rd, 1st], and Commanche Moon [4th, 2nd]. Of the 4, Commanche Moon was my favorite. I think these would be so great to read OR to watch the miniseries which is on Netflix! I love the music so much, it gives me chills every time I hear it. Brent even watched it with Trent last summer, and he loved it too. The miniseries also has a lot of big names in the cast - Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Angelica Huston, Robert Urich, Rick Schroder, Chris Cooper, and Steve Buscemi - talk about a cast!

DescriptionHarry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny. [Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone]

Why I Love It: Okay so everyone knew these had to be on here, right? I had never heard of Harry Potter until a Young Adolescent Literature class at A&M that I took as an elective - another thing that should surprise absolutely NO ONE. At that point, the first 3 books were out, and I found out my mom had all 3! She bought them because so many of her elementary students were raving about the series. I ate them up and read them numerous times over the years. I remember when the last book in the series came out - such a bittersweet moment - I couldn't wait to finally find out how Harry would defeat Lord Voldermort, but I was so sad to see almost 10 years of my reading life come to a close. Brent called me during a really critical part and I was bawling my head off and wouldn't talk to him, and he was so annoyed at me. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND HARRY IS IN MORTAL PERIL??? I've now had the pleasure of deep-diving into the books through the Binge Mode podcast, which is PHENOMENAL, and reading the series with Trent. My love for these books grows year-over-year and I am so excited to read them again with both Drew and Paige.

Starting book 7 with Trent last month!
*second highest # of likes on IG this year ha*


DescriptionThis is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.

Why I Love It: My second Pulitzer prize winning book! A sweeping story is definitely the perfect way to describe GWTW. I read this in high school and can distinctly remember being about halfway through and thinking I really needed to savor this book because I had found something truly special. I never wanted to finish it! After I finished, I had an entire wall in my room decorated with movie memorabilia - which honestly I don't like anywhere near how much I love the book. Janet and I even went to a display at a museum in Austin called The Making of Gone with the Wind a few years ago, which was so cool to see. This was the first truly epic book I ever read - where the history, descriptions, characters, plot, everything were so deep and rich, and I fell in love with a fictional world. I can't even imagine what would have to happen in a book for it to take over the #1 spot!

So what do you think of my Top 5? Do I redeem myself from #10-6? Do you have all-time favorite book?? I might have to do 1 more post for some honorable mentions for some books that could have almost made the list! I hope I've inspired you to read one of these books that I love so much - my top 10 list that is actually 25 books. {grin}