Weekly Wins: School's Out For Summer!

I did it!!! I made it through my first school year as a working mom!! Some days were easier than others, and some were incredibly challenging, but I did it!
Kids get dismissed early today and then it's end of the year wrap up stuff, "checking out" next week and then sweet sweet Summer!!!

If that wasn't enough of a win, my week had several others:

~I survived my 6+ meetings this week and managed to avoid getting dragged into another contentious one (for now...I have a feeling I will be next year).

~Our condo's appraisal went well, and we only have a couple of minor things to fix up ourselves before we go to settlement on the 2nd of July!

~Sweet notes (and gift cards/certificates) from parents and students I teach. This one was super sweet and when I emailed the parents to thank them for the gift and let them know how proud I was of their son for all of his progress this year, the mom wrote back and said "{His} great progress is because of you!"
~We have plans to go see our friends' new baby this weekend who was born on Tuesday night! She's the cutest little peanut and I can't wait to see them all!!

~Massage scheduled this weekend! Get out all of those end of the year stress knots!

~And, of course, these two are always a win for me every week. MG gets to celebrate his second Father's Day on Sunday and we have plans to spoil him :)

Hoping your Friday is quick, and your weekend is fun-filled! 

{WHW}: Currently...

Hey friends--so sorry for my absence from here, but like I said a week ago, it has just been super crazy trying to wrap up everything for the end of the school year. 

I figured I'd do a currently post to get all caught up on what's been going on:
Slowly but surely I'm reading On the Jellicoe Road--so far it's starting off a little slow and I'm kind of confused, but I'm hoping it starts to come together soon since the reviews on it are so high.
She finished her last swim lesson on Saturday and did really well being dunked under water. Hoping we have a water baby in the making.
She's also taken to walking around saying "naw" all the time, which I think is "no". Sometimes she wags her finger while doing it which is beyond cute.
She moved up in shoe sizes too, so we've finally made it to 6-9 month sizes...at 13.5 months lol.
She also spent the day with my friend and her baby the other week when our normal daycare person was out of town and the girls had a blast together! I couldn't have asked for the day to go better, and the pictures of them together were the sweetest!
I've been on the hunt for a particular console table for our entryway. I  dont like the brown one we have anymore, and the drawer isn't functional. Pier 1 had had one that I loved, and was waiting for it to go on sale again, only to find out it was discontinued so I went on the hunt for what I had envisioned and you'd think it wouldn't be that hard to find a white console table, but SO MANY of them are cream, and not a bright white color.
Well, my mom is the most amazing person in the world, and she called Pier1 and found one of 2 of these tables left in the country and it's supposed to be arriving today. Seriously, rockstar mom! 

In non-fun buying, we had to get a new faucet for our kitchen sink because the handle on ours fell off last weekend. I was shocked that these things cost around $100! Not fun, at all.

Outlander. We are obsesssssssed with this show. And somehow we have breezed through almost all of the current seasons with only a few episodes left of the most recent one. This one took the place of Poldark and I'm going to be sad when we don't have anymore left.

Beyond that, the standard Bravo line-up is always up. Super excited for Million Dollar Listing NY to be back, and always loving my Southern Charm. On that front, who else thinks Ashley is awful???

I went to my friend Stacy's bridal shower this weekend in DelRay--we won't be able to go to her wedding in NY since we'll be at the beach with family for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary, but I was glad I could come to the pre-celebrations.
We also planned a bachelorette night out for her at the end of the month which I'm looking forward to, also!

My good friend at work had her last day last Friday and it's super sad. It's nice having that person you can always stop by and hang for a minute, or just vent to. Plus, she always had the inside info about a ton of stuff happening at work. We text every day and it's just sad that she's not here this week, and won't be next year :(

I'm trying out a new recipe this week that someone posted last week (sorry I can't remember who it was, but if you see this and it was you, remind me!): Cheeseburger gnocchi! Bring on the calories!!
It seems like this time of year is when the intense, craziness starts happening. Meetings with lawyers and advocates, parents start demanding tons of stuff...it's just a lot mixed in with all of the normal end of the year stuff. You might think the end of the school year is a breeze, but it's probably one of the busiest, especially in special education.
I also feel like I'm losing total track of what day it is. Last week I woke up on Tuesday and thought it was Saturday...so that tells you where I'm at!

Link up with Jessi and I to let us know what's hap-"pinning" with you!

{WHW}: Swamped

You guys, there's a week and a half left of work and I'm DROWNING!
For all of my preparation and planning on my part, I'm still somehow in SIX meetings between Monday and Wednesday next week. Sometimes I don't have 6 meetings in a month let alone 3 days!!!

So, needless to say, I'm swamped. 

I don't have an update for you other than I'm treading to keep my head above water between preparing for these meetings, doing a HUGE last minute evaluation and report in half the time I normally have to get it done, sitting in meetings to prepare for parent meetings (no I'm not joking)...I can't.

So, that's what's hap-"pinning" over here. SWAMPED!!!!

I'll try and get back here with some more happy and pleasant stuff but in the meantime, I'll be over here treading water and counting down until June 15th!

TBB Asks: Summer Lovin'

1. Walk or Bike Ride? Walking especially family walks--one of my favorites. It's also been so long since I rode a bike, I'm pretty sure it would be a comical experience

2. Favorite Picnic Food? Cheese....and fruit--especially the liquid variety! haha

3. Pool or Lake? I like the lake, as long as it's warm. But I'll also take the pool.
Deep Creek, MD 2016
Lake Anna, VA 2017
4. Favorite Flavor of ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip, hands down.

5. Ice Cream Cone or in a Dish? Cone!

6. Flip Flops or Slides? Flip Flops

7. Jean Shorts or Jean Capris? Jean shorts; I hate the feeling of being hot/sweaty and wearing jeans

8. Favorite summer Fruit? Watermelon

9. Corn on the Cob or Cut Off the Cob? I prefer off the cob so I don't have to pick everything out of my teeth afterwards, but really, if it's grilled, I'll eat it either way.

10. Favorite summertime song? Going Back to Cali by Notorious B.I.G.--it reminds me of driving around with my friend Bree, with the windows down, rapping at the top of our lungs, totally carefree and laughing at our own silliness

11. Favorite summertime activity? Not going to work haha; I love our annual beach vacay to the shore also.

12. Favorite Berry? Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry or Blackberry? Blueberries

13. Bikini’s, tankini’s or one pieces? Bikinis still

14. Dresses or Skirts? Dresses
15. One Word to describe Summer? Relaxation

Dear Thursday....

Dear humidity, I'd appreciate it if you slowed your roll and stopped showing up all the time. My hair would greatly appreciate not being frizzy/wavy within 3.5 seconds of stepping outside most days Mmmkay!
Dear Blogger, why did you stop allowing comments to arrive via email? Now I can't respond to people who comment on the blog. Apparently I'm not the only one dealing with this but there was a bit there on Friday that I literally thought no one was commenting until I logged in and saw the ones awaiting approval. Anyone know of a fix for this??

Dear parents who want services for their kids at school (speech, ot, sped, etc), please do NOT wait until 2 weeks before the end of the school year to request services. This is a SUPER busy time of year and testing can take weeks to complete, not including the number of meetings needed to get through this process from start to completion. Also, if you email me, asking me about this, don't wait SIX WEEKS to respond to me, and then expect me to get everything done in the last two weeks of school. UGH!

Dear Day Date, I heart you. On Tuesday I had a meeting in the afternoon with my supervisor that put me about 5 minutes from home. MG happened to be home that day so we met up for coffee afterwards before I went to pick up Ella from daycare (20+ minutes back in the opposite direction). It was nice to have 30 minutes to just chat, uninterrupted,  and sip on some iced coffee. Not something we really ever get to do during the work week so it was a nice treat.
Dear Bachelorette, I feel like the number of DUDS on this season of Bachelorette was record setting. So many of them seemed super awkward or just bizarre. The guy she gave the first impression rose to (Garrett I think) was my top pick. I have a feeling this season is going to be super blah unfortunately. I also feel like every season has gotten more and more blah.
Dear Goodreads, I love seeing my friends' recommendations and thoughts on books, and I particularly love your Deals for books that I've been waiting to read. $2 instead of $10 is a-okay with me! Yesterday was a Diane Chamberlain book that I've wanted to get for a while (on sale through today)! My TBR list keeps getting longer and longer!
Dear Home Inspection (on the condo), you went so so well and we are SO glad that nothing major came up to negate us selling the condo. Next up: Closing in a month and good-bye renter!

Dear Passwords, I seriously CAN NOT keep track of my passwords for different accounts, etc. I try and keep it the same to remember, and then I get locked out of one, and end up changing it, then not remembering what I changed it to because of all the requirements. I'm over it! I think they have some apps that do this stuff for you and I may look into it, because I'm tired of not being able to get into my stuff!!

Dear Ella-bear, I can't believe another month has gone by and you're 13 months old now! Time continues to fly, and you continue to grow and make life more fun. You're super snuggly lately (when you're not getting into stuff haha) and I love it!

{WHW}: MDW recap

Once again I was MIA at the start of this week coming off of the long weekend, so I'm recapping our trip to PA today instead!

~waking up Friday morning to no alarm and no traffic to fight because we drove up to PA the night before
~Ran out for a little over an hour with MG while Ella napped, knowing she was in good hands with my MIL

~Surprised our youngest niece at school during her recess by showing up with Ella in tow! She was a little disappointed to not be leaving with us though 

~Went over to my SIL's house in the afternoon to hang for a while. MG took Ella into the pool, and I got to spend some time with my MIL, SIL and our friend, drinking wine on the deck and watching the kids play.
~Saturday turned insanely humid, but the thunderstorms stayed at bay thankfully, allowing us to get in some nice outdoor time on the deck during the day with baby who ended up having a nakie water time outside playing with a bowl of water and measuring cups. Literally for over an hour she was so entertained and we were dying at the cuteness.
~We actually went to an open house for new construction houses up near my in-laws house. We've toyed with the idea of moving up to PA in the future...and we kind of wanted to tease ourselves into seeing what we could get up there. I will say, it was motivating, and it's sparked more moving conversations for us.

~We went out to dinner that night with my MIL and FIL and Ella was acting like a crazy person. She barely ate much other than sweet potato fries (not that I can blame her) and she was super fussy. I managed to snap a moment of happiness from her before we left though.
~Because of her crankiness and my FIL's jet lag from getting back from Greece at midnight the night before, we decided to just go back to my in-law's house instead of going to my sister's house to hang for a bit.
Ella was SO hard to put down that night. Her cough had gotten worse, and she was just super clingy, crying...not like her.

~Sunday morning we woke up to a coughing baby and took her to urgent care during an insane storm/downpour, just to make sure nothing was in her chest. Turns out she had her first ear infection. Luckily we were able to get antibiotics right there.

~The weather was crummy all day so we pretty much stayed in until after Ella's afternoon nap (which I had to hold her for), and then headed to my niece's graduation party. Luckily it wasn't raining anymore, just humid and misting, and the party went off without a hitch. The girls there loved Ella and played with her so I could get some adult time in before heading home around 8 for bedtime.
Center of Attention
Ella and her uncle--she looks SO tiny in his arms because he's a BIG guy!
~We'd planned to go back to the party once my in-laws came home but Ella was struggling to sleep again, and coughed so hard she threw up, so we decided to just call it a night and stay in.

~Monday we woke up, ate breakfast, MG helped his dad move some furniture at his office, I packed up our stuff and the car, and we hit the road home around 9:30 and got home a little after noon.

~We tried out a new InstantPot recipe (taco pasta--could also be called Chili Mac) which was delicious, and MG found a copycat version of the Chuy's jalapeno ranch dip so he made that as well, which was amazing!

We also took some time to reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to our country so that we can have the freedoms that we have today. Memorial day weekend is more than just cookouts and time off of work, and our family is so thankful for the service members currently serving, those in the past, and especially those who are no longer with us.

Weekly Wins: MDW

Happy Friday, before a long weekend, friends! How it's already Memorial Day Weekend, I have NO idea, but I'm welcoming the long weekend with open arms!

This week was really busy at work, and likely will be until the end of the school year (3 weeks!) due to all of the last minute things that pop up, etc. I just got signed off to test a student that I'm supposed to have 30 days to test, and I have 10 so there's that...

Despite that and the busy-ness, there are some wins this week:

~Old navy sales/cute clothes, which I talked about on Wednesday
~MG and I both took off work today and headed up to PA last night since our daycare person couldn't watch Ella today. We figured we'd just get in some extra time with the family since we were coming up for our niece's graduation party (which is looking like it may get rained out--huuuuuge bummer!)
Extra long weekend for us, with some added family time, and I'm not sad about it in the slightest.

~Gorgeous temps, with no or very low humidity days/evenings, allowing for after dinner walks this week. Not a bad way to spend family time, and working off the dinner calories

~Lots of compliments on my haircut this week--always a nice feeling :)
Also, this girl also loves seeing herself on a phone screen--which likely means trouble in the future but it's cute now!
~Our home inspection of the condo came back and there were only some minor things that they requested, so hopefully we are past that potential hurdle in this whole selling process

Before I go, I wanted to send out a happy birthday wish to my friend Bree AND to her son who turns one today (yes, he was born ON her birthday last year). Hoping you both have a special day and weekend to celebrate together!! Love you!
A throwback to my favorite photo of us from our single days many many moons ago! :)
Happy MDW, everyone! Enjoy your hotdogs/hamburgers and patriotism!!