Sunday Seven – 1/18/2015

1) First and most important, our beautiful niece was born Tuesday morning! Her name is Eleanor Jane Ryan 🙂 We now have 4 nieces and 2 nephews (a third nephew due in April!)!

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2) Next plan to see family is in March – we are going to Florida for a week with my side of the family! We are flying into Atlanta then taking a car rental to drive the rest of the way. It will be Chad’s first time seeing Sea Escape, the house my family rents out on the island. 🙂

3) Chad made homemade pico de gallo a few weeks ago and now I’ve started making “homemade” chips.. So we’re definitely a good pair 😉

4) Dance Moms. I am sadly invested in the show Dance Moms. 😛 I’m trying to figure out how to watch season 5, the current season, without cable, for free, haha.

5) We made it a full week without eating out. Naturally I want to reward ourselves by eating out?!?

6) It’s tax season. I got a W2 from Wells Fargo yesterday. I can’t believe I worked there last year! It feels so long ago.

7) Chad and I are very excited for our upcoming trip to Montreal! A French city in Quebec, Canada. We will be there the weekend of our Anniversary!!!



My Parents Visit! Pt.IV – “At Other Ole Places”

Between being at Gordon-Conwell, Boston, & the Atlantis Oceanfront Inn, we went to a few other places. We spent time at Bearskin Neck in Rockport, MA and at a handful of restaurants on the North Shore:


Although my photo edit makes it look rather bleak, Bearskin Neck is a cute, little shopping district with a ton of hole-in-the-wall shops. The road lined with shops eventually becomes a thin peninsula, with water on three sides of it.

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My Weekend in Pictures

Babysitting! It’s blurry because they never sit still 🙂

Beatrice & Evelyn

Beatrice, 3 & Evelyn, 5

I went to a beautiful, local nursery. “Happy Young Lady” was calling my name, but I ended up buying Mums instead. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, I posted a picture of the Mums’ new home; an old coffee can. 🙂

Happy Young Lady

Happy Young Lady



Last but not least, I did some meal planning this week and tried a couple new recipes. This was more of a snack then a meal. Chocolate covered bacon for the win.

Chocolate covered bacon

Chocolate Covered Bacon


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A good book, a good burger, and some winter lust.

I’ve been reading these past couple weeks! I finished “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Greene the other day. Then I got a library card. Now I’m reading “The Next Best Thing” by Jennifer Weiner. It’s about a writer. It’s really good so far, and I’m loving my new hobby! I typically read right before I fall asleep at night and on my lunch break at work. Please send me book suggestions. Continue reading

Sunday Seven 6/29/14

1) It’s surprisingly hard to say, “No, sorry, that’s not in our budget right now.” Whether to friends, family, co-workers, or even your own spouse. Why is it so hard?

I had a refreshing conversation with close friends who are visiting us this August. Basically we decided that we’re all in a “scraping to get by” season of our lives and we need to be honest with each other about what we can/cannot afford while they’re in town visiting.

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