Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Currently: Spring Fever

Current Book(s)

Current Song

I've introduced the kids to ABBA, and we're having so much fun jamming.

Current TV Show

Brent and I are ssslllooowwwlllyyy watching this.
It's really good, I'm just bad at TV. {grin}

Current Audiobook/Podcast

I think I like Parks and Rec more than The Office.
This podcast isn't as good {so far} as Office Ladies, but I'm enjoying it!

Current Drink

I'm so predictable here and had a delicious chai today, yum!

Current Food

Continuing to be obsessed with The Jennifer Aniston Salad!

Current Shame-Inducing Pleasure

The numbers of Craisins I'm putting in said salad, ha!

Current Outfit

I'm wearing my AWESOME Harry Potter t-shirt!
[old pic but it seemed fitting because it's shocking I'm not in workout clothes]

Current Celebrity Crush

How cute are the Crawley sisters at the Downton premiere?!?!

Current Mood

Very eager for summer!

Current Anticipation

The kids have barely 1 month of school left, eek!
I can't wait for the lazy days of no school!!!

Current Wishlist

Speaking of summer, I need new bathing suits...
but am not happy with where I'm at...so that's not fun. Ugh!

Current Movie

Really getting excited for the Downton Abbey movie, it's almost here!
And ready for this to not be the movie I've talked about for months!

Current Picture

Small town fun with friends at our annual Poppy Fest!

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Easter Fun

We had a fun and busy Easter weekend. It's crazy that these are our last days off school before the year is OVER! We have less than 6 weeks left, so wild! Our kids had Friday and Monday off, and we packed in a lot of fun.

Friday, the girls had another horseback riding lesson. They are loving it, and I love that we found a place nearby that is so great. I still can't believe Paige is enjoying this because she is afraid of most animals, ha.

Drew on Phoebe and Paige on Athena

I had a busier day than I thought I would for work, but the kids did a great job staying busy.

Paige created this little set-up for herself, which cracked me up.

Brent's parents asked the kids to spend the night Friday night, which was a big yes from everyone! Brent also spent the night with his uncle, so I had the house all to myself!! So what did I do with myself?! A pedicure {yay!}...more work {boo!}...and our taxes {double boo!}, ha!

Very nice treat!

My companion while I worked on our taxes {grin}

Saturday, we spent the whole day at my parents' house with my mom's side of the family. My parents' house is not very big, so 40 people crammed into a small space can be a little tough, but I loved seeing everyone, and we stayed until 10:00 PM!

I really can't with her. She's just too darn cute.

Always with the bunny ears, ha

Getting ready to hunt!

8/12 cousins, so happy to see my cousins!

Got my baby fix with my cousin's son, Maddox - he is so sweet!

Harper makes Paige look so big!

The original Swope 4 has grown quite a lot!

It's a good party if the girls fall asleep on the way home!

Easter morning goodies for the kiddos!

We had a great church service, the church was overflowing and I was moved several times by the singing and spirit in the church!

After church bluebonnet pictures! 
Probably the last time...they are starting to fade, so sad.

We had a great lunch with Brent's family including champagne and a pinata!

Happy Easter!

Nana and Papa with 5/6 grands

Did I mention champagne? {grin}

The kids ended up spending the night again with the Gurleys, so when Brent and I went home we watched TV {Brent} and read {me} and had a great evening!

Friday, April 15, 2022

The Jennifer Aniston Salad

Have you ever heard of 'The Jennifer Aniston Salad'? I hadn't until my boss shared the recipe with our team and raved about it. Apparently, Jennifer Aniston ate this salad every day on the set of Friends for the entire run of the show! 2 weeks after my boss sent the recipe, 4 of us {out of 6} have tried it and are obsessed with it! I'm going to share the recipe but also tell you my tweaks, ha.

The Jennifer Aniston Salad
3.5 cups cooked bulgur wheat {I subbed for quinoa}
2-3 chopped small cucumbers
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped mint {I used spinach instead of mint/parsley because...lazy}
1/3 cup chopped red onion {I skipped}
1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup EVOO
salt & pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta
*I added craisins for a little sweet kick*

It is SO GOOD. I have eaten it every day this week for lunch {because it makes a lot}!

Having The Jennifer Aniston salad over lunch with my team

If you try this, let me know! I think it's a great vegetarian option and would be easy to make vegan - and I love the thought of having it for Fridays during Lent!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Friday, April 8, 2022

Dell Match Play 2022

It was a big moment last week in the 'normalcy' of 2022 - we got to go back to Dell Match Play!!! It was canceled in 2020 and last year spectators were limited so tickets were exorbitantly priced. It was so wonderful to be able to go again!!

First things first - have to get the new Yeti!

For a chair made out of golf balls, it was pretty comfy. {grin}

Kristen came!!!!! So happy to spend the day with my BFF!

Cramming everyone into the Uber!
And proof that Brent was there since I took zero pics with him, ha!

All dolled up for dinner!

Karin ordered herself and the guys a whiskey shot + Miller High Life.
They were a little nervous about it! I stuck with Sangria. {grin}

Friday we had brunch, shopped, and enjoyed another day with friends and no kids! Can't wait for next year!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Quarter of a Century

25 years ago today, I told this cutie pie boy that he was my boyfriend.
While he was about to go out with another girl, ha.
Luckily he agreed!
It hasn't been perfect, but I'm so happy to have spent the past 25 years with this guy.

He says this anniversary doesn't count
{partially because of our wedding one and 
partially because we broke up in college for 1 month, ha},
but I think this one totally counts and is very special to me!