Thursday, December 18, 2014


Of course Mindy Kaling would turn America's Sweetheart into adorable holiday decor!

THANKFUL FOROnline shopping is the best! It makes finding Christmas gifts so much easier— especially when you live in Swell Rio and you'd rather not buy everyone something from Tractor Supply. He He! That being said, it's such a chore to keep up with all of the tracking information. Does anyone else feel this way? I set up a folder with shipment confirmations, and I check them each day to ensure everything arrives on time. I'm getting so excited because there are only a few emails left in my folder. Woo Hoo! It's a huge relief to cross this part of the gift-giving process from your to-do list. 

EATINGThis time of year, I just want to indulge in comfort food and decadent treats. Unfortunately, I still really want to fit into my pre-pregnancy pants (so close!), so I've been roasting veggies, and making a lot of salads and soups. This week, I tried this Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad and this Grilled Tilapia Bowl. Both meals were tasty and satisfying. I really loved Creme de la Crumb's Honey Mustard Dressing. The Greek yogurt gave it a nice tangy flavor.

FEELINGBeesly tore her ACL, and we're a little bit heartbroken around here. You guys, this dog is the heart of our family. Her joy is contagious and she'll come at you like a wrecking (fur) ball. In fact, that's kind of the reason this all went down. Her boisterous and clumsy behavior often gets her into trouble. She isn't aware of her size and despite the fact that she turned six on December 1st, you'd mistake her liveliness for a puppy's. She gets excited about EVERYTHING, and about ten days ago she took an awful spill. It's not the first time this has happened; she usually just walks it out. However, I noticed she wouldn't put any pressure on her hind leg and this went on for about a week. Unfortunately, the vet in Swell Rio couldn't see her until this past Monday. Times like these make us wish we lived closer to "amenities." Instead, we have no choice but to put on our Tim Gunn hat (or "le chapeau") and make it work, people. After two minutes with the doc, he knew it was a torn ligament. Ugh! The vet gave us a referral and Flyboy scheduled an appointment in San Antonio for her surgery the week after Christmas. Thankfully, she doesn't appear to be in any real pain, which makes me grateful. I think the part that kills me the most is the fact that I'll miss our daily walks together. One thing is for sure, when the Best Friends Committee reconvenes next spring, it's going to be an epic reunion! 

LISTENING TO: A couple of Saturdays ago, my dad asked if I'd hold the phone up to Max so he could sing his grandson some Christmas carols. While Gampy streamed 97.1 WASH-FM on his laptop in D.C., we sat in Swell Rio and listened along as he belted holiday favorites. Just thinking about the sweet gesture makes me smile and tear up—it's a memory I won't forget! The holidays can be especially hard when you're not around family, and when a kid comes into the picture, time together feels more precious than ever. This year, we opted to celebrate Christmas in Texas. I can't help but feel somewhat conflicted and question whether this was the best decision. With Flyboy leaving for a five-week training in January, traveling with a baby and making arrangements for the dogs felt like a logistical nightmare (especially with Beesly's impending surgery). As we get closer to December 25th, I wish so badly it was physically possible to be in both Virginia and Missouri and that we could spend time with each side. Thank goodness for FaceTime and 97.1 WASH-FM. Since my dad sang his heart out on that memorable night, Max and I continue to stream Christmas tunes from the same station. Despite the distance, it kind of feels like we're all singing along together.

WATCHING: After I saw last week's episode of The Mindy Project, I just knew I had to create a "Wreath Witherspoon" of my own. Shall I remind you about this post?! Reese and I are kindred spirits; we go WAY back. It only makes sense that Mindy and I would share the same celeb bestie. Duh! And why did it take so long to turn America's Sweetheart into adorable and witty holiday decor?! Pure genius, Mindy!! I understand my wreath is slightly creeptastic, and it's just a matter of time before I get slapped with a restraining order of some sort. In fact, this might be a good time to have a monogrammed gift and a pitcher of sweet tea on hand in case I need to explain myself. In my defense, it's trending!

THINKING ABOUTFlatulence might as well be Maxwell's middle name. Thank goodness I have the sense of humor of a sixth grade boy, and it just makes me laugh at this point. Tripp and Flyboy are probably wondering why they don't get amnesty like the bebe. Sorry boys, not happening! The love nugget's gas pass has an expiration date too, but for now he remains tiny and adorable, so I can let it slide. If I had one request, I'd just ask that our lil' fella work on his timing. It never fails, Max will let one rip while I'm checking out at the store, or I'm trying to record a video of him for family. What gives, son?! Whenever it happens in public, I swear the world (or maybe just Wal-Mart) gets quiet. Of course, that's when the immature tween in me erupts with nervous giggles. Instances like these might be a point of pride for dads, but it makes this mom squirm, turn bright red, and pray no one heard that. Doubtful. 

READINGDo Christmas cards count? I think they should qualify. Then again, it's mostly about the cute photos and designs these days. Oh well, I just know I enjoy receiving them in the mail. Maybe once all of the holiday hubbub is over I'll have time to pick up a book or glossy again?? For the sake of "Thursday's Thoughts", we can only hope so.

LOVING: I finally tried NARS Audacious Lipstick (in Anna), and it definitely lives up to all the beauty blogger hype. Just as promised, the texture is creamy and the formula is long-wearing. It doesn't dry out my lips like my NARS semi-matte lipstick; however, I wish I could find a shade similar to my trusty Catfight. As long as I actively moisturize my lips, I will probably stick with the matte formula because the color is perfect for everyday wear. 

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!

Image Credit: Wreath // Ornaments // Reese
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