What’s Up May 2017

It’s What’s Up Wednesday where I dish on everything from what we are eating, watching, reading, listening to, wearing and doing!  I love to peak into everyone else’s lives and get lots of great ideas.  #hellogilmoregirls  So let’s grab our caffeine of choice and get to it.  It’s the last day of school around here so we are all doing a little dance party and singing this ;)!
{What We’re Eating}
My girls love to bake so we did whip up this fun pie coming to the blog soon!  Here’s a look at what’s for dinner this week —
Monday – grilled cheese sandwiches (when we got home from the lake)
Tuesday – walking tacos (kids request 😉
Wednesday – Italian Chicken with Potatoes
Thursday – Daddy’s sourdough pancakes & bacon
Friday – Dad’s on duty because V and I are in TX
We also made this yummy dish as a side — one of my favorite summer dishes!
{What I’m Reminiscing About}
The first day of school pics.  How can they change so much in a year?  WOW!  Today is the LAST day of school!
Solon 1st Day of 1st Grade
Vera 1st Day of Pre-Kindergarten

{What I’m Loving}
We love the lazy, fun, memory-filled days of summer! #enoughsaid
{What We’ve Been Up To}
In mid-May we took a little road trip to MN to see my Mom for Mother’s Day and to see my niece as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty!  It was a fun, very fast trip.  We even squeezed in a trip to the Como Zoo (which we highly recommend).

Memorial Day weekend we headed to the lake and my sister and brother-in-law from Seattle SURPRISED us.  We had no clue they were coming.  It was so fun to see them since we hadn’t since Christmas.  What a fun way to kick off lake season with the whole family together again :).

My cousins (who are like brothers) were there with my Aunt Chris too!  The weather was a little windy and chilly at times but we snuck in a big, competitive game of baseball, several boat rides, fires, lots of eating, board games, hot tubbing, and fun!

{What I’m Dreading}
Leilani ran into her Savior’s arms on Monday.  Although, we knew it was coming, nothing prepares you for the death of someone you care about, especially when they are just 10 years old.  Unfortunately,  her funeral is this weekend and I will be in Texas at my cousin’s graduation.  I am really bummed I cannot be two places at once.  We are still having our Leilani’s Lemonade Stand on Thursday.  Her wish was for everyone to know Jesus as Savior and have assurance that they will be in heaven forever.  So although we weep now, it’s not without hope.  We will see her again!
{What I’m Working On}
We are working on our summer bucket list.  If you missed my Facebook Live talking you through why and how we do our bucket list, be sure to go check it out!  I will be sharing more of our actual bucket list on Friday!
I am doing a giveaway and partnership with Jord watches tomorrow and Friday on Instagram so make sure to follow me there.  I am in love with my new watch.  
{What I’m Excited About}

SUMMER — pool, lake, no school, no schedules, filling up our love tanks, you name it, we love summer!
{What I’m Watching/Reading}
So I am trying out Audible this month because I love listening to podcasts in the car but we have lots of summer road trips and I thought it would be a great way to get in some more fiction reading.  Have you tried it?  My thrifty self says it might be too pricy when my trial runs out but with your trial you can pick 2 free books, so that’s awesome!   Give me your thoughts!

I downloaded Never Unfriended by Lisa Jo Baker.  I like it, lots of great wisdom.  I won’t lie, non-fiction can often lose my interest. I have to read it in chunks so I am halfway through.  I have struggled with friendships, I don’t think I am alone.  This is a good read to work through some of those emotions, how to be a better friend and how to move past some of that hurt with great practical application!  Have you read it?

I also downloaded The Tender Years by Janette Oke.  It was a fast “read” at just over 3 hours meaning I got through the whole book one way on our recent MN trip ;).  Janette Oke is the author of the When Calls the Heart book series which has been turned into one of my favorite shows, When Calls The Heart. I have not read that series BUT I have been told after book 1, they are different.  I like her style of writing, this book was a bit too fast if that makes sense.  I would have liked more character development, etc. BUT it’s a series so I do want to keep reading.  
Next up on my kindle shelf is…
I love this author, so I can’t wait to kick off summer with this book!  It’s a series so you know I am extra excited about that ;).
I also have this book and am SLOWLY working my way thorough it – mostly because there is so much good advice.  I need to stop and take it in.  She also wrote this book everyone is talking about!
Of course I am still working my way through Gilmore Girls but now that I am in Season 2, I am HOOKED.  I thought it was a little slow to get me hooked but I am all in now!  If you are just starting, keep on keeping on ;).    
We are also watching the Stanley Cup Finals.  #pittsburghproud #gopens 
{What I’m Listening To}
I am loving this song, this song, this song, and this song right now! 
#ecleticmuch #schoolsout #summer
{What I’m Wearing}
The weather has been all over the board in May so I am still wearing all the things.  This is the time of year, looking at the weather is important.  I love my weather app!  Anyone else love looking at the weather?  #tellmenotjustme
Sweater (Nordstrom this winter) // Tassel Necklace (gift) // Jeans // Shoes (similar)

Pretty much my go to summer lounge outfit 😉 #beinghonest
Jacket (Lu Lu Lemon) // Shorts (similar) // Tank (similar) // Flip Flops (similar)
{What I’m Doing This Weekend}
This beauty is graduating from high school!  Her momma would be so proud of her.  She died when Madelynne was just a young toddler.  Her mom went to ISU and guess where Madelynne is going too? ISU, which means she will be much closer than Texas (where she currently lives).  I told her the bedroom in the basement was all hers anytime she needed a “home” away from home!

For my other cousin’s graduation, Solon got to go alone (since I was 2 weeks from giving birth to Lucy).  So this time Vera and I are going and leaving Scott, Solon and Lucy home.  Vera can’t wait for her special trip by herself :).  
{What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month}
This gal is turning TWO.  #Holdmenow
{What Else is New}
We have had some highs and lows this month but I think I covered it all for now 😉 I will do our Perfectly Port in Pictures post next week so check back then ;).  
{Bonus: Favorite Vacation}
We took young children and headed down under, mate!  Scott’s sister lived there for 3 years with her family so we thought it was the perfect time to go visit.  We had the best 2 week vacation and fell in LOVE with Australia!  I may have over-blogged the trip ;).  
You can read ALL about it 😉
Travel // Day 1 // Day 2 // Day 3 // Day 4 // Day 5 // Day 6  // Day 8 // Day 9 // Day 10 // Day 11 // Day 12 // Day 13 // Day 14
So there you have it for What’s Up Wednesday!  What are you up to these days?  Any good recommendations for me?  I love these posts and hope you do too!  See you on Friday to talk all about Summer Bucket Lists, we are making ours tonight to kick off summer ! #yippee
Until next time, keep on keeping on!  #TRIBEKOKO

Linking up with Sheaffer and Shay for What’s Up Wednesday, check out their blogs for more fun!

The Jord watch was given to me but all opinions are my own.  Affiliate links used.

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