Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  Thanksgiving 2017 is in the books!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We had a busy but great day.

And just like every Friday, I am linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci to share our FAVORITES for the week.

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We’ve had a great week off with the kiddos.  Now, I’m not going lie, Monday was rough.  It started off great.  The girls sat by the fire and played while I read.  I thought, maybe this will be the break when they all get along. Ha!  Yeah, Monday was rough.  I am not sure what was wrong with my kids, but evil monsters they were!

I did snap this picture before the horns came out LOL!!!

So peaceful right?  Yeah…didn’t last long!

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Tuesday, Jojo had a hair appointment.  While he was getting his hair cut, one of his best buddies came in to get his cut as well.  So of course, scheming began and Jojo ended up hanging with him the rest of the day.  I love those boys!

Since it was just me and the girls, we enjoyed lunch at Chick-Fil-A!

THREE

I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather.  I hate being cold so the rower has been my best friend.  Y’all, I prefer a rower to a treadmill!  If you are looking for something to have at home, I definitely recommend one!  I try to get a couple of 5Ks each week if I can.

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One year ago, we had our island installed in our kitchen.  We moved into our house two years ago and have loved making it our own.  We’ve made a lot of changes and still have a couple more to go, but the kitchen is by far my favorite room in our house.  We still need to replace the light fixtures above the island and our appliances.  We are also debating changing out the black granite to more of a white.  Here’s our progress so far…

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Our cabinets are Divine White and our walls are Revere Pewter.  Perfect color combo!

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A couple of weeks ago, we had Friendsgiving with our small group and my friend brought a blueberry dump cake.  It was delicious.  I’ve made it three times since then and it’s been a hit every time.  If you are looking for something yummy and easy, try this!

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As always, love our CrossFit 30549 family!  Enjoyed working out with our crew Thanksgiving morning.

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We had a great Thanksgiving Day!  Lunch at Joseph’s Nana’s and then back to our house for dinner with my family.  So thankful for this crazy crew I get to call mine.

I am known to be a little OCD.  Ok, maybe not a little ha!  I always want the kiddos dressed nice and sometimes even coordinate outfits.  But this year, I let them dress themselves.  I took a more laid back approach to the holiday. I am trying my best to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy all moments, big and small.

And that wraps up this week’s Friday Favorites.  I am off to pack and clean the house.  Joseph and I leave for our anniversary trip in the morning.  Please say a prayer for us and our kiddos.  Pray for my sister who will stay with our kids while we are gone.

I get super anxious when I fly.  This message has definitely been a timely message for me.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and week!  I will see you all soon!

-Maggie

Weekend Recap with Some Monday Musings

Mornin’!

It has poured all morning long.  I’m not going to lie.  The couch is calling my name and all I want to do is take a nap as I listen to the rain fall.  But.  Laundry.

If you follow me on social media, you saw my post about my laundry.  I have laundry coming out of everywhere.  I am so bad about getting behind.  I can stay on top of it for a couple of weeks and then an out-of-town trip comes up and I get behind.  When I get behind it takes me weeks to catch up.  Am I the only one that this happens to?

I did choose though, to not stress about it.  A clean house and caught up laundry doesn’t define who I am.  Life is busy and crazy and sometimes the laundry piles up and the dirty dishes stay in the sink for a couple of days.

So today, I am planning on finishing it all up.  We just got a text letting us know that softball games are cancelled and this is our first week without football practice.  So that means a night in for the Eternos.  We will be working on laundry if you need us!

Speaking of football.  We finished up our season this Saturday.  It’s always bittersweet to see it end, but we are ready for some basketball around here.  Jojo has been taking lessons during the off-season and this year we are playing with our tournament team in a local league.  It’s our first year that we won’t play with the rec dept.  I’m going to miss watching all of our local boys play this year, but I’m excited to see Jojo continue to grow on the court.  He improved so much last tournament season and I can’t wait to see how he does this year.

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Our CrossFit gym celebrated our ONE year anniversary with an awesome scavenger hunt.  I think we ended up running five miles total after it was over.  My team came in first woohoo!  We are so thankful for our community.  They have made this an amazing first year.  I am also thankful for our friends Rob and Staci.  Going into business with friends can be a bit scary, but we’ve said it from the beginning that our friendship is number one.  We’ve had a great time and have grown closer.  We love you guys!

Saturday night we finally spent some time with our friends who we have missed so much this year.  The boys had a blast and even the girls got in on the fun by coming to “boo” the boys.  I am so thankful for this group of boys and their parents.  I didn’t have this growing up and I am so blessed that my kids do.  I love that their friends’ parents are our friends.  I can’t wait to see them grow up and go through all of the milestones together.  Before we know it, we will be watching them play high school ball, going to homecoming and prom….ahhh I better just stop talking now because I’m going to have a breakdown if I don’t.

On Sunday we went to church.  We started a new series called Unlearning Religion.  So so good.  I also wore my new shirt I bought from one of our local clothing boutiques, Polished Chic.  The material is soft and you can dress it up or down.  I wore it with my jeans and new leopard shoes from Old Navy.  Isn’t it so fun!?  #ilovefall

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After lunch we went to the gym to make up workouts because it’s competition month and we need those points ha!

We ended our night with all of us sitting at the table eating dinner.  This doesn’t happen very often because we are so busy.

We started our Virtual Bible Study yesterday.  Make sure to go to my Facebook page to see the video and join in on the discussion.  You can also read my post from yesterday here.  Y’all it’s so good.  You don’t want to miss out.

This album has been on repeat this weekend.  The worship team sang the song Grateful from it and it spoke such truth to my heart.  Since dad passed, worship has been hard.  For a long time I couldn’t sing along during worship.  I couldn’t even mouth the words because everything inside me was trying not to lose it.  Each week it gets better.  This Sunday I really did feel like I was finally able to worship in a way that I had not since dad passed.  I just keep thinking to myself that as I stand and worship, that is what my dad is doing at that moment.  He is worshipping too!  Face to face with Jesus.  Ahhh….chills!!!

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And last but not least, today 17 years ago, my hubby asked me to be his girlfriend.  I can’t believe we’ve spent that many years together.  I am so thankful that God chose Joseph for me.  He is my best friend.  He is my person.  My constant in this crazy life.  We’ve had highs and gosh we’ve had some lows, but through it all we have stayed together.  He has taught me how to love selflessly.  He makes me brave and encourages me to shoot for the stars.  Thank you babe for loving me and all of my crazy.

 

And that wraps up this Monday blog post.  It was a little bit of everything.  I hope you have a wonderful rainy Monday.

 

-Maggie

 

Show and Tell Tuesday: A Day in the Life

Hey Y’all!  Today I am linking up with Andrea for her fun Show and Tell Link Up.  Twice a month she does a show and tell post about certain topics.  Today it is about a day in the life.  This is one of my favorites.  I love reading about people’s days and their routines.  It’s interesting to see how different and/or similar they are to mine.

If you want to link up for the next Show and Tell Tuesday, I’ve included the topics at the very end of this post.

So…here we go!  For this Day in the Life I chose yesterday as my day to document.

I am trying my best to be an early riser.  Before the kids were in school, I would wake up around 6 am, run at 6:30 and then get them up around 7:30.  This worked great with our schedules.  I loved being up before everyone because it gave me some quiet time to get a couple of things done around the house.

Now that the kids are in elementary school, our day begins much earlier.  This means that I have to wake up a lot earlier.  I am happier when I am up before the crew because it gives me a moment to breathe, have my coffee (a must) and get ready for the day.

My goal is to wake up between 4:30 and 4:45 am.  I am slowly working up to that so I have been setting my alarm a little earlier each day.  Today I woke up at 5:15.  I wasn’t scheduled to coach so I had all morning to get a couple of things done.

img_6765I am trying to be a little better about taking some time each morning to do my quiet time.  I normally pull up She Reads Truth and read the devotion of the day.  I talk a little bit about that here.img_6853I LOVE essential oils.  I have a couple of staple oils that I always keep on hand.  This morning I diffused a joy blend.  img_6854We had a packed day and after being on fall break I wanted to make sure I knew where we needed to be and at what time.  Our evening included softball practice for Mackenzie, a double-header for Mary and football practice for Jojo. img_6856I try to eat within 30 minutes of waking up.  My friend and coach at our box suggested I do this to get my metabolism going.  I have a packet of Quaker original oatmeal every morning.  During my cut this summer I ate it plain because I didn’t want to use my macros ha!  So now I’ve gotten used to the taste and flavor.  Sometimes I’ll change it up, but this is my go to.img_6863Coffee pot let me know coffee was done-hallelujah!  So I fixed my coffee and went ahead and poured Joseph’s as well.img_6857I  packed lunches and filled water bottles.  Joseph wakes the kids up every morning and they get dressed before heading downstairs for breakfast.  I set out their clothes each night to make our mornings go easier.img_6858Here are my munchkins.  Good morning kiddos!  Pancakes for the girls and muffins for Jojo.img_6859After breakfast the kiddos brush their teeth and I brush their hair.  They had some time to hang out so they played with their remote control cars.

At 6:55 am they were off to school.  Joseph does drop off in the mornings.  It’s his time with the kiddos and he loves taking them to school.  Love this sweet girl who made sure she gave me an extra “I wuv you mommy.”

And story of my life…coffee gets cold so in the microwave it goes.  Anyone else do this?  I took a couple of sips and got ready to go to the box.img_6861I didn’t coach this morning so I made sure to get my workout in.  We are celebrating our anniversary month with a fun competition.  We are divided into teams and get points for posting on social media.  I made sure to check in to get my points.  Go Team Juan!img_6798Joseph and I came home after our workout and I made us breakfast.  We have the same breakfast every day.  Egg whites for me and whole eggs for him on a tortilla with turkey bacon and more coffee because coffee is life ha!img_6862And off to work on this pile of laundry…  Being out-of-town always puts me behind.  img_6864Years ago I hated making my bed.  I always thought it was a waste of time.  As I got older I started to enjoy making my bed. It just make the bedroom look put together and clean.  I use this time to think about my kiddos and pray for them.  I know it may seem weird, but there’s just something about going around their room, cleaning up their pjs and thanking God for their little lives.  I also pray favor for each of my kids.  My dad prayed for us every single morning and I want to continue doing that for my kids.img_6865I am not a dog person.  I know I know…I have a dog.  Yes, I know this.  But we finally gave in and bought the kiddos a dog.  Harley is our goldendoodle and he loves to follow you around.  He does not sit.  He roams all day.  So it drives me bonkers.  But he’s been extra calm since we picked him up from the boarding place.  I kinda missed him while we were gone…maybe there is hope that I’ll finally become a dog person ha!  This morning he was extra sweet so I let him come upstairs and hang out with me while I did laundry, made beds and cleaned up.img_6866I needed to run a couple of errands in Athens.  I normally just pick something up for lunch but I am trying to be better about eating leftovers.  We had spaghetti squash for dinner last night so I heated it up and ate it before I left.img_6867I went to my favorite place….Target ha!  Mary is going on an out-of-town field trip and is a little nervous about going without me.  I went and bought her a couple of fun things to take with her on her trip.img_6868I picked up Mackenzie from school and met the big kids at home.  Mary found her goody bag and was so excited! img_6869Jojo tried to tell me he didn’t have homework but yeah he totally did.  That kid! I swear! img_6870Joseph came home and sat with the kiddos so that I could go grab a couple of things.  My normal grocery day is Tuesday but I needed a few things for dinner.img_6871I was excited to try a new recipe.  Joseph and I are trying to eat healthy while keeping a good variety in our meals.  I think this was pretty healthy!  It was easy too.img_6872Here’s the recipe.  You should totally try it.  It was really good.  I got it out of my Food Network Magazine.  You could probably leave off the cheese for a “cleaner” meal.  I also used white meat from two rotisserie chickens. Mary loves to eat the dark meat so I always save that for her.  Oh, and I added the juice of a whole lime while it was cooking.img_6873

I love music playing while I cook.  We all had a dance party since practice and games were cancelled.

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I emptied out the dishwasher in between making dinner.  I got a text and email saying Mary’s games and Mackenzie’s practice were cancelled due to weather.  Yay!  I love a rainy night in.  Poor Jojo still had practice.img_6874Chili is done!  I added avocados and a little bit of greek yogurt.  It’s a great substitute for sour cream.  We all had dinner and then the boys were off to football practice.img_6875I tried out my new nail polish by Essie.  This color is called Caviar Bar.  It’s their gel combo.  I love going to get my nails done.  I’ve had SNS on my nails since earlier this year.  Lately I’m feeling like my nails need a bit of a break so I bought Essie gel polish in hopes that it can be a good option.  I love having my nails painted.  img_6876I sat down with Mackenzie while she did her homework and Mary took a shower.img_6877I tucked them in and unloaded the dryer.  Now…I tucked them in, but Mackenzie came in my room about 1,000,948,798 times.  Y’all.  I am not even kidding.  She has nights where she can not go to sleep.  And then she has nights when she is out by 8 pm.  I don’t get it. img_6878-1The boys got back from football around 9:20 pm.  Jojo was making sure I knew about spirit week and what he needed to wear each day.img_6879-1I sent him to shower and then I got in the shower.  I normally go to bed once I’m done with my shower, but I was hungry. img_6880-1Around 10 pm I went to bed and watched a little bit of Monday Night Football.  After Joseph fell asleep I turned it to something else! img_6889-1And then tried to close my eyes and fall asleep at about 10:30 pm.img_6890-1So…there you have it!  Our days are normally not this chill.  We go non stop but the cancelled games and practice made for a nice slow day at the Eterno house.

Oh!  If you want to link up to the next Show and Tell Tuesday, I added the schedule with the topics below.

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-Maggie