That’s seriously the only word that comes to mind when describing the last few days.  So. Much. Going. On.  In the past week, we’ve sent countless paperwork back and forth, waited for things out of our control, stressed about said things out of our control, and changed our closing date twice – all in addition to our normal busy days.  It’s been exhausting and stressful, and to be honest, I can’t wait for it to be over.

That said, we did have some fun this weekend hanging out with our little bug, doing some packing, and just being a family.  Weekends are my favorite.  Here’s a peek at ours…

Abbie sandals

Always trying to put on Mommy’s shoes


Abbie Menu

Why look at the menu when you can just have mac and cheese?


Silver Diner Huevos Rancheros

OMG, this was delicious. Veggie Huevos Rancheros from Silver Diner. Now I need a recipe so I can make it myself!


Abbie Bus

Such a trooper, playing at her eye doctor appointment – I’ll be talking about that soon!

That’s all I’ve got in me today.  Thanks for all the good vibes you all have been sending… fingers crossed for tomorrow… our closing date!

Oh, Hey Friday {8.22.14} + A Giveaway!

That roller coaster I’ve been on lately – it just continues.  As excited as I am about our house, I will be so excited when we’re completely through the buying process.  People always say it’s a lot of work and stressful… and they are NOT kidding.  Anyway, let’s get to the fun Friday things, shall we?


Yesterday Abbie turned 20 months old, and I didn’t even realize it until we were in the car on the way home from daycare, so I didn’t take any official pictures.  She moves so much now, it’s nearly impossible anyway!  I’m hoping when we have family pictures taken in November, she’ll sit still enough for us to get a few of her actually smiling at the camera!  So hard to catch nowadays.

Abbie 20 months


Our closing is now a week from today, assuming everything goes well… we may have finally gotten most everything done, paperwork wise, and are just waiting on a few more things.  Hopefully next Friday I’ll have good news to share!


Today officially marks 2 months to my 31st birthday!  Now, who wants my wishlist?  #totallykidding


I forgot the milk for my coffee this morning…so it looks like a trip to Starbucks is in the cards for me this morning.  Not sad about it.  Not even a little bit.  Also, I know everyone is going crazy over Pumpkin Spice coming back early…. but I’ll be much more excited to see that salted caramel mocha when it shows up.  Way better.


I’m part of this fun little giveaway today – enter below to win some money!  (And then maybe buy me a housewarming present.  No?  Okay, I guess.)


Logan : Logan Can  // Jess : The Fly Away American  //  Kelly : Six One Six
 Becca : Becoming Adorrable  //  Jess : Being Mrs. Beer  // Jackie : Our Nashville Life

Weight Loss Update and Fall Goals

It’s been a while since I talked about my weight loss.  Honestly?  It’s because it really stalled this summer.  It’s just one of those things, I guess – a lot of things tend to fall away during the summer, and for me, that just happened to be what it was.

That and those pesky delicious white chocolate M&Ms I had to stop buying.  Seriously, addicting.

Now that fall is on it’s way (thank goodness), I really want to get my momentum back.  I got a good start on Saturday at my most recent weigh in, weighing in at 192.2, down a full pound from the previous week.  I have a long, long way to go, and some big events on the horizon – we move in September, then in October we start my family’s holiday/birthday/anniversary season…we have 9 birthdays, our anniversary, and the holidays all crammed in from October to February.  It’s a bit nuts.

Anyway, I’m really committing myself – I don’t want these upcoming events and stresses to hinder my progress.  With that naturally comes some goals.

Fall Goals

  1. Continue to hit my step goal each day.  I’ve said it before and I’m sure this won’t be the last time I say it – my Fitbit really has changed my life, activity wise.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  It really helps me fit activity into my day, rather than thinking of activity as something outside my day that I have to work at.  This is so much easier for me, and there are so many other people who are just as obsessed as me, which helps.  Side note: I had to have my Fitbit replaced under warranty because the battery was going bad…so I bought a new one to use until my replacement came, then returned the new one when it arrived. #obsessed
  2. Continue tracking my food.  I’ve been double-tracking my food for a while now (both WW and MFP), and it’s really helped me a lot.  Both programs give such different information, and it really helps me get a clear picture of what I’m doing.
  3. No Soda.  We’re in the middle of a no soda challenge at work, and I’ve really realized how much I don’t miss it!  I did have a few sips of soda this past Sunday, but other than that I haven’t had any this month!  Water, water, water!
  4. Do something active every day.  Walks, workout videos, dancing around the room, using the Wii…anything.  Until the move, I’m concentrating on my walking and going to the gym at work on my lunch break, but once we move and get everything settled, I’ll start looking for other ways to get it in.
  5. Aim for consistent losses.  Every time I’ve put a number here, I haven’t made it, so it’s time to try without a number goal.  As long as I consistently lose throughout the fall, I’ll be a happy camper.

What are your health and fitness goals?  Will you be doing anything differently this fall?

Weekend Quick Takes {8.18.14}

This weekend went by way too fast, and I’m sure that’s going to be the norm until we move.  Seriously, all we can think about around here is our impending move, the house, packing…it’s hectic.  On top of that, this strong-willed toddler of ours continues to be, well, strong-willed.  I’ve said it before, but we are really in for it when she’s a teenager.  Girlfriend likes to do things her OWN way.

Saturday morning after Weight Watchers (I was down a pound!), we headed over to Costco… nothing too eventful, except for me resisting the frozen yogurt.  I LOVE swirled frozen yogurt, so score one for me.  Abbie loves stores, so she had a blast looking around at everything.  We took a walk in the afternoon and Abbie was fascinated by the fountains in the shopping plaza across the street.

Abbie Chris Fountain

Sunday we headed down to my parents for the day, and Abbie was naturally spoiled with attention by my parents and sisters.  Some of my favorite memories are of my grandparents, so I love seeing my family play with Abbie.  Even though she won’t remember these times yet, it’s so important to me that she knows them and they are a big part of her life.

Mel and Abbie

Abbie Plays

Abbie & Pop

With that, this is our last “normal” week before the move.  We’re still on track to close next Wednesday (in only 9 days!  Ah!), and we’ve been packing away every night once Abbie’s in bed.  Next week I’ve got a few appointments plus that weekend is Labor Day already, and then we move the week after!  It is absolutely insane to me how fast all of this is happening!  We’re currently waiting to hear back from the seller on our inspection list, so fingers crossed he gets everything done we asked for.

How was your weekend?  Have any packing and moving tips for me?