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What’s Up Wednesday–August

Wednesday, August 29, 2018



August has come and almost gone…it’s been a long and fun one that started out with a fun road trip and is ending with the kids back at school! Here’s what we’ve been up to this month.

1. What We’re Eating This Month…

Nothing new or exciting. I made tuna patties again. My nephew mailed us bagels from my brother-in-law’s bagel store in NJ, so the kids have been begging to eat them for lunch every day!


2. What I’m Reminiscing About…

One of the reasons I spread my Disney posts out weekly is so that I can continue to reminisce about the trip! I have 2 more recaps planned, and then I’ll start reminiscing about and recapping our road trip to Yellowstone!

Hollywood Studios | Epcot 1 | Epcot 2 | Magic Kingdom 1 | Magic Kingdom 2

3. What I’m Loving…

At the risk of sounding like a bad mom…I’m loving the kids being back at school. It’s the routine that just makes things easier. And all those hours of quiet…

4. What We’ve Been Up To…

The month started with the end of camp, and then it was off to Yellowstone. The trip brought us through / to the states of Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado.


It ended with a visit with our good friends who moved to Florida, but happened to be in Colorado – my friend’s parents live here, but they have a house in CO too, so we stayed with them.


We celebrated Simon’s birthday with a visit to Science City – his choice.


We visited the Toy and Miniature Museum.


The kids went back to school.

5. What I’m Dreading…

Having house guests for the next few days. I’m thankful that my in-laws are coming and are going to be watching the kids while Dave and I head out on a trip to celebrate our 40th birthdays (his passed, mine is coming) but the preparation and company thing is never easy for me!

6. What I’m Working On…

I’m trying to be more productive while the kids are out of the house. My Apple Watch tells me if I’ve been sitting for too long so I always complete another task on my to do list if it reminds me to! I finally started organizing the school papers in our basement – I had a system going for a few years but I slacked on it and I wanted to do a better job consolidating everything. So far I put Simon’s kindergarten-2nd grade papers in one file with room to spare, and Zachary’s 2nd-5th grade papers in one file. His kindergarten and 1st grade papers are in a separate container, but I emptied two containers while combining everything. I still need to work on Gabbie’s papers. I have files that say they are her 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade work, but I don’t know where her kindergarten and 1st grade things are! Luckily, each year they seem to bring home less, but now I’m going to do a better job at getting rid of things as they come home, rather than saving everything till the end of the school year!

I’ve gone back to the gym and I’m trying to drink one bottle full of water each day. I need to drink more than that, but it’s a start, for now!

I’m also working on my photography, of course. I’ve been sharing my latest 52 Frames photos in this monthly post, so here are my most recent:

[the five elements]

[guess what it is + extra credit: nature]


[night photography]


7. What I’m Excited About…

My weekend trip with Dave. We are going to New Orleans. After visiting LA, there will only be 3 states left that I haven’t yet been to – North Dakota, Oregon, and New Mexico!

8. What I’m Watching / Reading…

I’m so excited about this – I’m rewatching Beverly Hills, 90210. I literally grew up with this show – it started when I was in 7th grade and ended my senior year of college. It’s bringing back so many memories! It’s funny how I only have a few strong memories of certain episodes that stand out, but while I’m watching, I think, oh, I remember what happened in this one!

Did you know that the creator of 90210 is also the creator of Younger? I’m so sad that the season is ending, I really like that show!

As usual, you can see my latest book reviews here.

9. What I’m Listening To…

On our trip, we played a lot of the Blend on Sirius radio, and I got annoyed that even though it plays a blend of music, it repeats the same songs over and over!  We also listened to the Greatest Showman Soundtrack a few times. Love it.

10. What I’m Wearing…

Still summer, still shorts and t-shirts. New to my wardrobe is my Apple Watch!

11. What I’m Doing This Weekend…

Hanging out with the family and then heading out on the trip with Dave.

12. What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month…

The fall holidays, more routine as school continues, and maybe some cooler weather.

13. What Else Is New…

In case you missed it, check out my posts about my DNA traits, golden hour at the lake, a hike I took with Zachary, and Goldfish Swim School!

What’s up with you lately?