It’s What’s Up Wednesday !
Once a month, my friends Mel, Sheaffer and I host this link up where we share some random and fun stuff that’s up with us today. If you blogged WUW too (even if you posted it last week!), make sure you link up at the bottom of the post! Every month, we answer these questions…
…in our What’s Up Wednesday posts!
It’s been a big week around here! The little two girls headed off to preschool and Pre-K yesterday and this mama celebrated with a Pumpkin Spice Latte 🙂 .
We’re having a great start to our (short) week.
Okay, here’s what’s up today…
Things that are putting us back into the school mood. My MEAL PLANNING MONDAY was up earlier this week and it includes five simple suppers, a yummy little fall dessert and even a breakfast recipe. You can see it all HERE.
And then did you see this post yesterday…
One year ago, on September 8, the Shull five headed out to become the Shull SIX!! In some ways, it’s so hard to believe it’s almost been a year…but then in other ways, it feels like we’ve had Madeley FOREVER. We’ve been thinking so much about that time period lately. We received our travel approval so quickly and were out the door in about six days…it was crazy fast but so much FUN!
3: WHAT I’M LOVING:
They are sooooooo soft! I loved my owl ones so much that I bought them in a second print…
…I really love these! They would make excellent Christmas gifts by the way. I’ve washed and dried them so many times already and they hold up perfectly. So comfy and cute!!
4: WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
…new classes, new teachers, new extracurricular activities, new schedules, new routines, new, new, new…everything is new for back to school.
Well, I was kind of dreading my kids going back to school last week, so now that that’s behind me, I guess I’m not dreading anything at the moment.
6: WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
Keeping my sanity this fall and holiday season.
I’m really trying to do less. I have really trimmed my calendar this season so that I’m not overwhelmed/too busy/frazzled. There were certain things that I just knew needed to be cut this fall and so, I cut them. I’m sure there is more I can/should/will eliminate, but for now, I feel really good. One thing I didn’t cut? Helping people plan their vacations.
Look at this sweet couple! They just came home from their honeymoon 🙂 . How sweet are they?! We loved working with them to plan it!
Plus…friends, NOW IS THE TIME TO BOOK YOUR SPRING BREAK VACATION! Whoa! We book a gazillion spring break trips this time of year because…come March or April, you’ll be so happy you already have plans! Remember how much fun we had last year during spring break…
…Disney Cruise for the WIN over spring break!! Best. Vacation. Ever. You can look back at my recaps here: PART ONE, PART TWO, PART THREE, PART FOUR. Yeah, there were four parts because it was so darn fun 😉 !
I just love talking to customers about traveling…that is a JOY in my day! Right now, we are sending new clients departing after November 1st to Walt Disney World, Mexican all-inclusives and cruises. If you want us to help you with your next vacation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂 .
7: WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
ALL THINGS FALL!
Ah! This picture is from last October 1. I just love all things fall, and we have lots to be excited about! Oktoberfest, pumpkin patches, pumpkin carving, The State Fair of Texas and two little fall birthdays (Kensington and Madeley). It’s going to be a great season!
My August Book Review was up on Friday!! I read five really good books last month…
After my kids watched Uncle Sean on the first episode of Worst Cooks in America…
…they asked if we could watch more cooking shows like that, so I turned on this…
…and we’ve been watching it every night since. I’ve had so many of you tell me to watch this over the years, and I’m so glad because it’s PERFECT family TV! All of my kids love it (and Andrew and I do too!). It’s been a fun show to turn on in the evenings before they head to bed.
9: WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
I LOVE THIS MOVIE! I bet that I’ve watched it (or listened to it in the background) five times this week. NO LIE! The music in the background is my absolute favorite, and I just love the banter/dialogue between Meg and Billy. It just plays on repeat in my office. Love, love, love this movie.
Well, it’s in the low 80s here right now, so I’m still wearing warmer weather clothes. That being said, I have had the opportunity to sneak in some fall-ish things lately. Like…
…this top (it comes in 5 prints/colors) with my booties (in 3 colors) and favorite jeans. I haven’t worn the scarf out of the house yet, but I wanted you to see how cute it is for fall!! I bought the mustard color but it comes in five other colors too! So soft and cute! In fact, I threw it on with this top on Monday before I went to run errands to see how it looked with it and it was so cute…
And speaking of scarves…
And then this pic is from last year, but I noticed that the ruffle dress is back in stock in four colors. I wore this dress a lot during fall and winter to church and whatnot. The little ruffle detail was just too cute!
11: WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
It’s my mama’s birthday! We’re celebrating on Saturday!
Um, did I mention that I love all of this fall stuff? Because I do.
13: WHAT ELSE IS NEW:
I think that’s all for right now! This time last year, we were gearing up to get Miss Madeley! It’s hard to believe it’s almost been one year!
Last year, I discovered Yumboxes thanks to my friend Andrea…and they’ve been making lunchtime more fun ever since! So, I guess I have two tips: First, I really love these boxes because they encourage me to be a little more creative. Instead of wasting a million baggies on little bits of things, I can just add them to the box. I fill their boxes, pop them in their lunch boxes and off to school they go!
My second tip is that I try to prep and/or make as much as I can on Sunday afternoons so that during the week, I don’t have to make lunches. This has shaved so much time from my already hectic afternoons. After school, we just clean out their lunch box and pop in new stuff that is already waiting and ready. I either pre-fill extra Yumboxes or I grab things that I’ve already prepped in baggies out of a big 9×13 casserole dish that I keep in our garage fridge. (The casserole dish just corrals everything together during the week.) I have bags of chips, trail mix, grapes and such in there along with individual yogurts (with the spoons right next to them!). I also have anything that’s larger that I’ve pre-made but didn’t fit in their boxes (or they opted out of a Yumbox that day) like wraps and sandwiches. My kids help me on Sundays and are honestly so proud during the week to run out there and grab their stuff for the following day. Sunday prepping has totally changed our afternoons. Isn’t that weird? Something so simple made such a big difference! I cannot wait to read your tips too!
Okay! That’s What’s Up Wednesday today! If you blogged too, make sure you link up below.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!