Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Shop Till You Drop

I mentioned yesterday that with the amazing internet sales, Eric and I didn't do our annual shopping on Thanksgiving night. I was a tad bummed out because I just love getting out in all the madness.  It's such a fun kickoff to the season!  I think Eric knew I was a little sad, so he took me on a little day date on Black Friday.

We left the kids with Eric's parents (which we greatly appreciate) and then headed to Paducah to pick of some of our orders.  First we hit up Academy Sports for Eric's present from me and then we had lunch at Texas Road House.  We also made a quick stop in Lowe's, Wal-Mart and Ulta where we left empty-handed. Even though it was a quick trip with a dry to a few stores, it was also super nice just to spend some quality time together before the craziness of the season.  

I had some Kohl's Cash that I needed to spend, so Eric's mom and Ellie joined me for a quick trip to Paducah on Saturday. We decided to do a little shopping them meet up with everyone else for dinner and trip to Patty's for the lights! I ended up taking so long shopping that we only had time for one store plus a trip to Starbucks (for Ellie) before we met everyone for our trip to Patty's, which warrants it's very one post!

At this point, I have all of my gifts but three, and I know what those are going to be! That's not too shabby for the first week of December! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

In order to spend quality time with both of our families during the holidays, Eric and I have developed a little system where we alternate where we celebrate Thanksgiving and New Years.  We always stay home for Christmas. So, this year we were at his parent's house for Thanksgiving and we will visit mine for New Years.  That will reversed next year. It's a sold little process and we have the best memories at both places!

Eric, Ellie and I made it to Marion on Wednesday night.  Eli was already there thanks to strep throat. Even we have a nice, virtual list of Black Friday Ads, there's something so satisfying about thumbing through them in the paper, so I picked up two copies of our local paper before leaving since they come out early in Bowling Green.

Once we made it, we thumbed through them and got our shopping plan together!  Kohl's and Wal-Mart were starting their online specials a little early, so Eric and I stayed up long enough to do that. Then it was off to bed with a lot of the big stuff already behind us. 

We got up on Thanksgiving and headed to the "home place" for lunch with Eric's aunt and uncle and their two children.  The "home place" is what my kids call the farmhouse where the family gathers for big events.  They had such a good time playing with their cousins, and we even got them to eat a little. 

Because we had done so much online shopping, there wasn't really a need for us to go Black Friday Shopping, so for the first time since I can remember, we went home and rested after our Thanksgiving Meal.  I'll be honest.  It kinda bummed me out, but it was also nice to know that the major items were behind us!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Nine To Five

 Last week was interesting around these parts. Eli woke up with a sore throat on Monday and tested positive for strep.  The whole process of going to the doctor, getting medicine, and running by the store for "essentials" took most of the morning, and to top it off, I left my debit card at home and had to run by Eric's work to bum his. The timing ended up working out great, and he was able to take a half day while I went into work to finish a pretty important project.

My wonderful in-laws offered to keep Eli since we would be joining them on Wednesday for the holidays, so Eric met them half way.  I hated shipping off my sickie, but he was thrilled to miss school and had the best doctors around.

We have a little tradition that the kids come to work with me on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  The office is super slow and it's a win-win for me because I make them stuff envelopes for Christmas cards.  And I pay them with Little Caesar's pizza, so it's cheap labor. 

Since Eli was sick, this was Ellie's first year getting to help me all by herself!  She's my easy-going kid and you never really know she's here. She stuffed envelopes, practiced reading, begged for a Sprite and convinced Eric to take us out for lunch. In the spirit of our day, we also listened to Dolly Parton's song Nine to Five. Dolly is a little over the top, so I think Ellie can identify with her a bit.  Ha!

The highlight for her was getting to have "working girl" coffee. A few weekends ago I found a smaller version of the Chip mug that I have at home.  It was only $5 and she was sooo proud to bring it to work. I made her some decaf coffee and we had Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Creamer left over in the fridge.  I loaded her up and topped it off with whipped cream and sprinkles.  Bless her, she's still talking about her "pumpkin spice latte."

As a little kickoff to the holidays, my office closed a early, so she and I headed home to pack and get ready for the weekend.  I enjoyed our time, but I was more than ready to see my boy!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fall Break Camping Trip: Day One

This year for Fall Break, we decided to take it easy and enjoy a nice, little camping trip. The problem is that campgrounds are always packed this time of year.  After weeks of trying, Eric finally secured us a place near Holiday World.  If you remember, we didn't love the touristy campground we visited back in the summer,  so were were thrilled to find a state park less than five minutes away.  It suited our needs and was much more our style.

We had originally planned to leave Thursday after work but I ended up having to work that Friday.  Rather than cancel, we took advantage of the kids being out of school and had some quality one-on-one time with each of them.

Eric and Eli headed up to the night before for some "Guy Time" while Ellie and I stayed behind for a "Girls Night." I left work around noon on Friday (our anniversary), picked up Ellie, and we hit the road.

We got there around mid-afternoon and were more than ready to take a hike. Eric and Eli waited on us for the fun stuff, so once we arrived, we grabbed some water bottles and headed up a trail that took us around and the lake and to a fire watchtower. The hike in and of itself was fairly difficult, but my goodness, the climb to the top of the tower had my legs like jello.

Eli loves the idea of an adventure but he doesn't actually love the risk that sometimes along with it. Once we finally made it to the watchtower, he promptly announced that he would not be joining us. We had to all but drag him up the steps!

In his defense, I got a little nervous myself.  I'm not typically one to be weary of heights but these were TINY, narrow steps that were decades old. One rotten spot and we could have fallen straight through.  Luckily, it was in good condition and we had an amazing view once we reached the top!

After such a difficult climb to the top, we took our time making our way back to camp. The forest and lake were so pretty with their early fall colors and we were in no hurry to make it back.  That's the most wonderful thing about camping, we are on our own time!

We had originally planned to cook dinner but the thought of Mexican sounded so much better! We remembered a great restaurant from our trip this past summer and headed back to the exact location.  It did not disappoint!

After a quick stop to pick up a few things for the next day, we enjoyed family game night back at the camper. That's always a favorite for us, even if we are a little overly competitive. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Lunch Dates

When we decided to change the kids' school, one of the selling points was that I could come have lunch with them since I'm right next door. I haven't upheld my end of the bargain because timing is crucial.  I wanted Ellie to be over the "beginning of the year" jitters so that she wouldn't cry when I left, and I wanted Eli to be acclimated enough with the school to know whether or not it was still "cool" to eat with mom. 

Not only did he give me the green-light, he also realized that he and Ellie matched AND volunteered for a picture.  Can we all agree that I'm rocking this parenting thing? Ha!

My first lunch was with Ellie and she did so great!  I am so, so proud of her for not crying when I had to leave.

The next day it was Eli's turn, and it was another great experience.  He was fun to eat with because he is a great conversationalist and made sure I felt welcomed.  It's such a small thing, but I am so glad I have the opportunity to do this with them.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Happy 11 Years

Today we celebrate 11 years of marriage and it's crazy how much life changes. We woke up in different beds, in different state but with the same amount of love as we had on that beautiful, October day...maybe more.  There are so many things I want to write and say but I just can't seem to put them into words. One day they will come but for now, I just want to wish a very HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the love of my life!!

Thursday, October 3, 2019


Can we talk about oral hygiene for a moment? About a year or so ago, I took the kids to the dentist and they each had several cavities. Ugh! Long story short, it was from gummies that hid themselves between teeth. The good news is that in each of our visits since that awful day, they've both had a clean bill of health.  The bad news is that we still have to fix all the damage, which is what we've been dealing with all week.

To top it all off, we discovered that they are both missing teeth. Eli is missing five permanent teeth and Ellie is missing two of them. Fun Watson is Eric! You would never know this because of amazing dental work in his teen years, so I'm not too worried about out kids.

Anyway, before we could have more work done, we had to go see the orthodontist for a game plan for Eli.  We are very fortunate that he is missing teeth, otherwise he would need several pulled.  Crisis adverted, at least for now.

For anyone, this is not a good thing. For Eli, this is a TERRIBLE thing because he has some major phobias of the dentist. Bless him.  He had a well visit, a cavity filling to correct one from last year and then the trip to the orthodontist. It was a tough time in his life.

Ellie also had to have one cavity filled from last year, but she was champ.  We don't go back to the dentist until our well visit in March, and I think we are all ok with that!!