Friday Five 8/16/19

We have had a GREAT week around here! With Bryant sick last week, I was going absolutely stir crazy so I was excited to have a few days to get out of the house and get back to normal.

  1. Ginnie’s New House

My grandmother decided this year it was time to downsize. She got the cutest little apartment and my aunt and mom have spent the last few weeks working hard to fix it up. It’s so weird to think she’s not in the house I grew up with her in, but I know she will love her new place just as much as it becomes home!

2. Baby Led Weaning Update

We set a goal for Bryant to try 100 foods before he turns 1 and this week we hit 50 foods! He is doing so good, and loves to eat. There really hasn’t been a food he hasn’t liked so far (which I know won’t last, but don’t rain on my parade) and I love watching him try new foods and textures. This past week we tried quinoa which was a MESS but he really seemed to like it once he got past the texture.

3. Back to School Fusion

We initiated the 6th graders into the youth group this week and it was just pitiful. Taylor always thinks of something gross to dump on their heads or make them eat! It’s hilarious but it makes them stronger in the end : )

Getting Back in the Kitchen

After Bryant was born, and trying to adjust to our new life and routine, we kind of stopped cooking for a while. We ate out a lot or would cook really basic stuff. This month I challenged myself to start cooking again, and I have loved it! This week we tried some new recipes, some tried and true recipes and B even made biscuits last weekend! I’m gonna do a post soon about some of the recipes we’ve tried, so be on the lookout for that.

New Additions to Our Home

With Ginnie moving, she wasn’t able to take all her furniture, so I got her China cabinet. I don’t have one of my own, so I was excited to get something like this from her. I love to entertain, so I have a lot of plates and serving pieces, and I’m happy they all have a home now.

Another addition at the house is our baby gate! We went as long as we could, but we couldn’t avoid it any longer. Bryant wasn’t a fan when we first got it but he is used to it now! And I like that this one is a neutral color and kind of blends in with our current decor. Highly recommend!

Saturdays are Sacred

Since I started work full time, my Saturdays are worth a million bucks. Sleeping late, spending time with B and just laying around are my favorite ways to spend them, but sometimes we have other plans.

This morning our church had a work day to clean the children's hall. It was much needed, especially since a pipe burst in that building not too long ago. B and I mainly stayed in the fellowship hall to help set up for a reception our church is hosting tomorrow afternoon, but I really enjoyed hanging out with my mom and my church pals.

B had a bad migraine, so when we got home, he took some medicine and got in the bed for a nap. I wasn’t in the mood to sleep. so I deep cleaned the refrigerator including the outside. It was part of my Declutter Mission and it look so much better! I wish I had taken a before and after picture. 

Tonight we made beef stew for dinner and it was bomb for real. I used Paula Deen’s recipe and served it over mashed potatoes.  

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I put B in charge of dessert and thankfully he’s always willing to help in the kitchen. I have been craving a chocolate pie for a week, and he really came through!

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Dream come true. 

Fall Cleaning, Surviving Irma & a Hurricane Slumber Party!

In my last blog, I mentioned that we were doing Fall Cleaning this weekend, and I wasn't kidding! We spent almost the entire day cleaning and getting things ready for the change of seasons.

I washed and ironed (whut) all the curtains in our house, cleaned the oven, dusted all the fans and light fixtures, cleaned all the baseboards and crown molding and flipped our mattress.

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B literally cleaned every window in our entire house (22 in all), as well as the window sills and the screens. He was my hero! It was a lot of work, but the windows are so clean and clear now! They look so good.

We were worn slap out after all that work. I slept like a baby until Sunday morning.

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Sunday after church, we had lunch with my parents. B grilled steaks and my mom pan roasted asparagus, mushrooms and onions. It was all so good! I made this salad platter, too. This is my favorite way to set up salads when serving them at parties/get togethers. I had romaine, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion and green bell pepper from my garden! I made a creamy Italian dressing to go on the side. Easy and delicious!

We knew Irma was scheduled to hit Sunday night, so B went to Walmart to get some snacks, water bottles and some other things we needed around the house.

Josh, Erika & Trey came over to wait out the storm. We watched Irma coverage and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers before we decided to watch some movies.

First we watched Signs. I don't know why, but we discussed this movie when we hung out a few weeks ago and we've been saying we were going to watch it ever since. I remember being really scared of this movie when I was a kid, but it really wasn't that scary this go around. After Signs, we watched an 80's "horror" movie called "The Wraith". It was really bad. LOL But it was funny to watch it with our pals. I do not recommend.

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Monday we woke up and nothing was going on yet. It was rainy, but not much else was happening. B made me a latte and we watched more Weather Channel. I'm telling you, I was glued.

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Once everyone else was awake, I decided to make breakfast. Pumpkin and regular buttermilk pancakes with bacon. Easy and delish. After we ate, we settled in for a Harry Potter movie marathon.

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We took a break for a brief intermission in between the movies to check out what was going on outside. The wind was really picking up around 1PM. We had a few branches and a couple of limbs fall, but nothing too crazy. We were very lucky. Our neighbor had a tree fall on her house. I can't even imagine.

And then... The lights went out. We moved out from the den to the dining room and started playing games. We played Uno... Katie was the dark horse and dominated us.

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And then, Taboo -- My personal fave! The girls won!

Maxx really doesn't freak out during bad weather, but he was seemingly nervous yesterday. I think he just knew something was going on, but he didn't understand. I pulled a chair up to the table and put his bed on it, so he could be close to us. He was very happy! : )

To finish our game marathon, we played Monopoly for 4 1/2 hours... I have so many memories of playing this game with my family, but it's not my fave. Josh dominated the game, and I had terrible luck and kept rolling to the corners and drawing crap cards. Ha!

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It was really fun having everyone over for basically 24-hours. I have a dream that one day we will all live on a commune together and that's what this felt like. LOL Thankfully, we got power back, right around 10:30PM. I was so happy to have it back, but I know a lot of people in town are still without. Props to GA Power! They even texted us to let us know power had been restored to our area. So nice!