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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekending - Liam Had a Birthday!

Hello!  Monday sure came quick this week.  I didn't go into the weekend having a lot planned.  Our one big thing was to celebrate our nephew's first birthday.  Liam turned one!


But let me rewind the weekend and start my recap with Friday.  After work, Eric and I headed to the movie theater to see Sully.  Both of us gave it a thumbs up!  I can see some award nominations coming for this flick.

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Saturday we woke to cloudy skies.  We had a few errands to run and got them checked off without any major rainfall.  Breakfast was in order so we went to Blondies to satisfy our craving for some good breakfast grub.


 Their Rosemary Eggs Benedict are to die for!  Great way to start the day.


We had just enough time before Eric had to go to work to take in another movie - Bridget Jones's Baby.  I liked it more than Eric, but he didn't hate it.  It made me chuckle numerous times and even belly laugh a time or two.  In case you had any doubt that Renee Zellweger had something done to her face, doubt no more.  She looks so different than the first two movies!

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Sunday was the big birthday party for Liam.  We traveled back to my home town to help him celebrate turning 1.  My sister-in-law did an amazing job pulling off the mustache theme.  From the mustache shaped sandwiches to the backdrop behind Liam's high chair, every detail was covered.  Now for the phone dump ~








It was a great day!  Happy first birthday, Liam!  We sure love you.


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Friday, September 16, 2016

Five on Friday - September 16, 2016

Hey guys!  Welcome to Five on Friday.  I'm so looking forward to having a few days off work.  This was my first week back after vacation and you know how those can be.  A few days off is just what I need to try to get things back in order.

We celebrated some exciting news this week ~ our son, Ian, got word that he passed the bar exam!!  Woo Hoo!  We are so proud of him we are busting at the seams.  Way to go Ian!  Now he's officially an attorney.


So here's my five for this Friday ~

1.  Christmas is Coming....
We are officially less than 100 days away from Christmas.  Today marks 99 more days until we are sitting around the tree and opening presents on Christmas morning.  Wanting to get away this year?  Well, here's a deal for you.  Friendly Planet Travel is arranging a trip to Highclere Castle (the castle where the Masterpiece series of Downton Abbey was filmed) for a gala in December.  The five-day package costs $2,799 and features not only a ticket to the party, which will include a three-course dinner, champagne, and carols around the Christmas tree, but also roundtrip flights from the U.S., four nights in London, and the option to add a day trip to Paris.  The dates are December 14-19 so you will even be home in time for Christmas!  Let me know if you go -- I want to hear all about it!



2.  National Play-Doh Day
Sit the kids down and whip out the play-doh today -- it's National Play-Doh Day!  I always had a love/hate relationship with this stuff when Ian was small.  Love that you could create and play for hours.  Hate picking it out of the carpet.  There are tons of easy recipes for making your own dough, which is a fun thing to do with the kids too.  Fun fact - Joe McVicker invented the stuff and actually sold it originally as a wallpaper cleaner.  Happy squishing and shaping today!

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3.  Bridget Jones's Baby
Opens today!  Eric and I rented the original Bridget Jones's Diary just this week so we would be ready for this movie's release.  Renee Zellweger has always just cracked me up playing Bridget Jones and I can't wait to see what shenanigans she gets herself into in this new movie.

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4.  Crispin Cider
Fall is approaching and it's time to bust out the Crispin Cider.  There's not many things better than sitting around the fire pit on a cool evening enjoying a cocktail.  I hope this is in my future very soon!  I've had the Crispin Apple Cider before, but I'm going on the hunt for the pear.  Anyone tried it?

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5.  Just a thought....


Have a great weekend!  We are headed to my nephew's first birthday party on Sunday.  Boy, it sure doesn't seem like a year since we added him to our family!  Hope you have fun plans.  See you back on Monday.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Friday Favorites

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday - September 15, 2016

Happy Thursday!  It's been a bit since I sat down long enough to put a post together.  I'm blaming it on post vacation reality.  Work and home life had some catching up that needed to be done.  Hopefully that will be under control shortly and I can get back to posting more regularly again.

Thanks for stopping in today and glad you could join me and Vanessa from X-tremely V for this week's version of Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Speaking of vacation, that's what I'm thinking out loud about today.  My friend, Debbie, and I headed to Hong Kong on September 2 and for a week submerged ourselves into their culture.  Heck, by the end of the week I was really beginning to feel like a true Hongkonger!  Debbie's daughter, Julie, has lived in Hong Kong for the last four years and her finance, Jeremy, for many more years than that.  Pair their knowledge of the area with Debbie's past visits to Hong Kong and I had the best team of tour guides a girl could ask for.

Now, let me just say up front that I'm by no means a world traveler.  This was my first trip to Asia and the longest time I had ever sat on an airplane.  We first flew to Dallas, then had a direct flight from there to Hong Kong.  From Dallas to Hong Kong was approximately 16 hours on the plane, back from there around 15 hours.  Long flights!  Honestly, the flights weren't as bad as I had envisioned them being.  In a separate post I'll share my thoughts on how to survive on long plane trips.

Even though it rained most of the days we were there, we made the decision to not let that get in our way of having fun and seeing the sites on our lists.  Best decision ever!  Luckily Debbie is the type of travelling partner that wasn't going to let the rain slow us down.


Hong Kong has the most efficient mass transit system I've seen in my life.  We were able to buzz around via train or bus with ease on their MTRs.  In some ways it reminded me of the system in Washington, DC.  Even though at times it could be quite crowded, the trains were clean and well labeled.  They were even so smooth we could take selfies while buzzing from station to station!


We stayed in a hotel in Sai Ying Pun that was just a hop, skip and a jump to an MTR station. Although our room was small in size, it was very clean.  Our beds were twin size - hadn't slept on one of those since childhood.  It really made me realize (and appreciate) the space I have in my own home.  Here's a view from our window.


For now, I'm going to leave you with a few snapshots from the trip.  There will be more posts about the things we did and the food we enjoyed hopefully soon!







There was the most beautiful sunset on our way home from Dallas to St. Louis.  Perfect ending to the trip!


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

On Vacation

Hi everyone! I'm on vacation this week in Hong Kong!! I'll be back on Monday and will start sharing my adventure with you. Until then, hope you're having a wonderful week. Can't wait to fill you in on my trip!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Favorites

Welcome to Friday Favorites!  Today I'm flying to Hong Kong for a fun trip with my friend, Debbie.  Hope you enjoy everyone's picks from this week and I'll be back when I return to tell you all about my trip.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekending - August 26, 2016

Happy Monday!  Did everyone enjoy their last weekend in August?  It was HOT here in the St. Louis region with isolated pop up showers. We didn't let it slow us down (too much).

On Friday night we were headed to an outdoor art show.  By the time I got home, this was looming overhead.

As we were looking out the back door pondering what to do, it started pouring!  We decided to make it a pizza date night in our family room instead of trying to fight the weather.

Saturday we woke to much brighter skies and headed to the art show.  The Midwest Salute to the Arts is held each year in Fairview Heights, Illinois and hosts 100 artists from all over the country in a beautiful park setting.  For years I volunteered at this event, but stepped away from it about 8 years ago.  It's always fun going back to see people I worked with and artists I know.  It's also a great place to pick up a few Christmas gifts!  This year it seemed the clay artists captured my eye more than some of the others.  This is a picture of Laura Hohn's work.


After perusing the artists' tents and visiting with friends, we headed to Augusta to check out a winery where I'll be helping with a wedding in October.  The bride and groom live in Hong Kong and I'll actually be seeing them on my trip there, so I wanted to check out the venue before leaving on Friday. They chose a wonderful site - Noboleis Vineyards and Winery.  As if I wasn't excited to be helping before, after seeing the location I'm dying to work on this wedding!  It will be so beautiful this fall!


While we were there, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a wine tasting.  They have a wonderful outdoor area to sit and enjoy their live music.  Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!


On the way home, we stopped at a little place we saw in Defiance, Missouri call Trail Smokehouse.  Very casual.  They, too, had live music playing.  The BBQ Nachos sounded good so we gave them a try.


There was a "scenic overlook" we couldn't drive past without stopping.  I'm so thankful that Eric is always willing to oblige me taking a couple selfies!


We did a little retail therapy at the outlet malls on the way back home and called it a day.  Pretty perfect way to spend a Saturday if you ask me!

After a nice morning walk and church on Sunday, my friend Tracy and I decided run by the art show in the afternoon in addition to checking out some Halloween decor at various stores in town.  The rest of the day was spent getting ready for the week and my upcoming trip.  I leave on Friday for Hong Kong.  Yes, I'm a bit excited!!

Hope your weekend was everything you had hoped it would be.  Please do pop back in on Thursday and link up at our Thinking Out Loud Thursday party.  See you soon!

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