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2014 Year in Review

Happy last day of 2014, dearies!

Instead of the usual Work It Out Wednesday post, I’m doing a quick year in review.

Mostly for selfish reasons, as I enjoy taking a look back on some of the events throughout the year.

Thanks for indulging me.

If you’re bored today, you can check 2012 and 2013.

Ready!?

January
Went to Eischens

Eischens

Went bowling

Actually happened

Had a job interview
Before it went down

Bought a new TV

Raked up makeup

Went to a nice dinner with friends.
The mr. & mrs. Getting ready to go

February
Kissed a valentine
Valentines day kiss

Attended If conference

Will Helping out
Assembled my Rake up the Makeup goodie bags and donated them. Be sure to watch for another opportunity in 2015!

Giveaway

Got a job offer!

March
Said goodbye to my most favorite boss ever and left a wonderful company after six years

Going away cake

Got a Vitamix as a parting gift

Started a new job!

First day!

Went out with my parents, sister, and Layla
Family!

Attended a Bachelorette party

Jess's batchelorette dinner

April
Went to a wedding

Beautiful day for a wedding!

Went to the Red and White game

WB red and white game

Had breakfast with Layla

Lu

Turned 31!

31

Got a Dyson DustBuster. Game changer.

My new toy

Celebrated Easter with my family

Resurrection Sunday brunch spread. I'm dying over here.

Painted Will’s man cave. Vowed to never paint again.

Got a (temporary) tattoo

Rocking a Princess Ariel tat courtesy of Layla

May
Made chapstick

Crafting.
Hung stuff in the man cave
Hanging away

Had a lunch date with my girls

Lu
And lots of coffee dates
Celebrated Memorial Day with my family.

Did lots of praying for a big family decision.

June
More lunch
More coffee

Became obsessed with sonic tea

Went to Canada

Untitled

Rode the private jet

Had dinner with my friend Angela

Great food, better company

Shot paintballs with Will

Paintballing

Cheered on Will and his softball league!

Softball

July

Watched fireworks with my family

Snuggled a baby

Saturday snuggles

Celebrated her 2nd birthday

2!!!

Organized

Had Will’s family visit

Weekend with the fam

Had a library date

Library fun

Celebrated Will’s 34th

Happy birthday Will

Ate peaches. Lots of them.

Just peachy

Bought a car!!!!

The one we rest drove and similar to what we bought!

August

Celebrated a special 65th anniversary

Celebrating 65 years. ❤️

Cleaned the garage

During

Got a storm shelter

Bought mint in hopes of having a huge healthy plant… It died.

Took the ice bucket challenge

Ice bucket challenge:After

Went to the fair with my parents and Layla

The county fair!

Will went to Pennsylvania over a single weekend for something big

Kicked off the OU season

September

Had a sleepover party

Girls night

Made fabric softener

Lots of OU games
Oklahoma striped sky and a sooner striped stadium. God is good

Went to the Guitar Center drum off!

The big changes (to be mentioned soon) became official… Sort of. wink

October

Did some dirty work

My husband put me to work (and a Teddy photobomb)

Went to Dallas for the TCU game… And loss

Road tripping to the TCU# game

Went to Dallas again for OU-Texas!

Boomer!

November

Had a family gathering

The birthday girl Watching her birthday movie

Went to another OU game

All smiles before we got completely embarrassed.  OU-Baylor 7 Nov 14

Made pancakes that turned into muffins

The save: delicious pumpkin muffins

Had a nice Thanksgiving with Will’s family and a wonderful one with mine.

Love my mom

December

Went to Layla’s Christmas show

Went to the Nutcracker

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Took Will to the minute clinic

Wee!

Ate lots of cookies

My mom's out of this world cookies

Was surprised with an Aerogarden by my fantastic husband

It's about to get herby

Celebrated Christmas Eve with my family

Merry Christmas!

Saw something important to the B-Love family

Went to dinner with my parents and looked at Christmas lights across OKC

Christmas light fun

Had Christmas with Will’s family

And started a week-long vacation!

It may not show, but this year has been full of changes. Between my new job and a huge change for the B-Love family, there’s never a dull moment.

Ups and downs, and God’s grace and hand through it all.

Thanks for stopping by throughout 2014. I hope you’ll join me for another year of fun as we embark on 2015. ❤️

Christmas Things

Wrapping party and a rocky photobomb

It's about to get real.

Christmas beauty

Christmas things

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Family ❤️

Merry Christmas!

O Christmas tree

Christmas light fun

Something Will instantly regretted.

Please disregard the munchkin box in the background...

I sure hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend.

We did. It was so very peaceful and full of good memories.

We spent most of the day with my family Christmas Eve, and much of Christmas day with Will’s family.

I’m off this week and am so very excited about it.

Check in this week for fun.

Have a good day! ❤️

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas friends!

Hopefully you’re elbow deep in Christmas pancakes while simultaneously putting batteries in all your kid’s toys.

That’s the life.

I worked out today.

I then had a healthy green monster for breakfast… followed by two of my mom’s Christmas cookies.

The breakfast of champions.

Her cookies are killing me.

Every single one of them are delicious.

Delicious!

Every.single.one.

I love that she still makes us a big variety and plates it up all thoughtfully.

Moms are pretty much the best.

And so are their cookies.

Oh, and while we’re on family, Christmas week texts with mine are a hoot

I'm no wrapper

I’m an awful wrapper. Always have been.

We did Christmas with them yesterday.

I also plan on relishing yesterday’s Christmas Eve leftovers when we get home tonight.

Pretty much everything was healthy, so that’s a win...except the dessert part.

Today we’re off to celebrate Christmas with Will’s family.

Every year we do a Christmas brunch and exchange gifts.

There’s an outing later this afternoon, but Will and I have to work tomorrow and decided to pass this year.

Oh yeah, did you see that sentence above?

I’ll be holding down the fort tomorrow. 

Wee!

Anyone else?

I realize working the day after Christmas is a serious drag, but I’m wearing my big girl pants tomorrow and am going to relish each and every painful minute.

I’m probably lying.

Also, my husband is a big stinker.

Very early this month we both agreed we were NOT buying gifts for ourselves this year.

Period.

Later this month it was all like, “We’re not doing gifts this year, right? Because I’m not doing anything, so you better not be either.”

“Agreed. No gifts.”

Only, the conversation was more annoying because I double and quadruple checked with Will.

“Seriously, no gifts right?”

“Really- we’re not getting presents, right?”

And so on and so forth.

Anyway, that guy up and bought me a little something and it touched my heart.

We’re really big time trying to save money right now because of all these recent changes (which will be revealed very soon), so it was a big deal that we absolutely not buy anything for ourselves.

Yet Will spent his fantasy football earnings to buy me the fanciest herb garden EVER, complete with LED lights and all.

It's about to get herby

It’s funny, I’ve tried to have one on my own many, many times but they’ve always died.

And it really bummed me out. I really want to channel my inner Nigella with fresh herbs from my house.

He knew that. smile

It’s never a gift I would have ever have thought to ask for, but sometimes Will, who pays better attention than I realize sometimes, knows me better than I know myself some days.

It was a kind surprise, and a sweet sacrifice.

No pressure on keeping everything alive now.

You know, since I’ve had such good luck…

Let’s think positively, though. It’s Christmas!

Today, this beautiful Christmas Day in which I’m not working, I’m going to soak up the rich love of Christ and celebrate Him.

He is my savior. The innocent baby who came to earth and made a way for me to know him. 

Happy birthday, Jesus. Today I rejoice in you. ❤️

More to come soon. Until then, Merry Christmas friends!

What all are you up to today?

Thursday Things, 18 Dec 14

Hey there sweets!

I can’t believe Christmas is a week away!

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!?

I say the same thing every year, but seriously- how is it already here!?!

Moving along…

As a result of our sickness, Will got pink eye this week.
Wee!!

Nothing like spreading germs and the flu Christmas cheer like a night at the CVS minute clinic.

As an aside, CVS is brilliant. They stick those dang things at the very back of the store so you have to pass everything along the way.

Then they make you wait for your appointment and prescription.

And as if that wasn’t enough, they seat you next to the Ghiradelli chocolate stand.

Dead.dead.dead.

Naturally we came home with a Ped Egg, new shampoo, gummy bears, and vitamins.

Awesome.

Layla has a new thing these days.
Whereby she enjoys FaceTiming me and my parents in the wee hours of the morning.

Real life.

In the morning when my sister gets ready, Layla has learned how to place phone calls based on the picture in P’s phone book.

It makes me laugh every time I get a call at 6:00 in the morning. It actually makes my day that she thinks of me so early. smile

Please tell me you caught the I Love Lucy Christmas special last week?

Man I love that Lucy. I apologize for the annoying reuse of the show’s title, but seriously. I.love.Lucy.

Using a scalding flat iron never felt so right.

Stop what you’re doing and buy this mousse.

Mousse

I acknowledge the plethora of wonderful hair care products on the market, but I must also confess I’m pretty frugal with many things, especially hair products.

I’ve tried the Chi and Big Sexy heat protectors (more on one of these next week!) and think they’re great. However, I’m kind of super excited about this Treseme mouse because it is not only effective at heat protection, but also provides good volume!

Win.

How to annoy me...and my husband.

Soooo I’m still under the weather.

Real life.

In fact, my cough had gotten worse this week. Yay!

That means the last two nights have been spent on the couch.

I love couching it. Except not.

That’s all for today, dears. Any randomness you care to share?

The Nutcracker, the Sickies, & Look Ahead

I wish I had an exciting weekend full of fun events to share today, but I don’t.

Sickness derailed our weekend and all associated plans.

Bah humbug!

Before we get to that, I do have to share a pic of us at the Nutcracker this weekend.

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Yay for a good Christmassy picture of the two of us!

Will and I were both feeling crummy toward the end of the week, but we already had tickets and plans to go with my parents so we pushed though.

Not only that, but neither of us felt sick. We just felt super congested.

While we didn’t know it or feel like it at the time, turns out we were both sick.

Awesome.

I felt bad for the rows before and behind us.

My mom and dad were also getting over a bout of yuck, so we were a row of sickies.

Coughs, sniffles, throat clearing…

We were sharing cough drops and tissues like treasured candy…

I disgust myself.

Interestingly enough, we were in “good” company. I heard a plethora of sniffles and coughs throughout the place.

Yuck!

Seriously, it’s weird. Virtually everyone Will and I both know are battling or have battled this crud.

Strangest thing ever.

Sooo yeah. We pushed through and went to the show.

If you sat in front of us and were heavily annoyed, please forgive me.

Seriously.

As an aside, the show was wonderful! I joked that I was moved to tears while Will was bored to tears. Haha

He was a great sport but bored out of his mind.

With each passing hour, Will and I both felt worse and worse.

When we left that night there was no doubt in our mind we weren’t just congested.

We were straight up sick!

So yeah. This weekend was entirely spent parked on the couch. 

I managed to go to the gym Saturday, trying to convince myself I wasn’t that bad.

Laughable.

After I was humbled by a poor workout, I acknowledged my need to rest and take it easy.

So that’s what we did. I started Christmas cards, I did some online Christmas shopping, watched church online, and rested.

We set up a nice little sickie “build your own tea station” and surrendered to the sickness.

Sickie station: build your own tea

We surfaced to feed dogs, make tea, and go to the bathroon.

Glamourous, ya’ll.

I had plans of getting some serious stuff done this weekend, and am sad most didn’t get done. However, I’d much rather recover some this weekend than start today feeling awful.

It’s a jam packed week, and I can’t afford to be out for the count.

No exciting weekend to share (do I ever?), but one full of rest and hopefully some recovery.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

-A simple soup
-My Christmas game plan
-Thursday things
-Reminders for the rough days

Thanks for checking in today. I’m off to make another cup of tea. Check in tomorrow!

All Things Christmas 2014

Let’s talk Christmas stuff today.

About how I love Christmas and all the trappings. From the commercials, to the stores, to the cookies at my parent’s house, the candlelight services, advent studies, and everything in between.

We all have family traditions and favorites and I would LOVE to hear yours!

Feel free to share below in the “share the love” section.

We’ve had lots of traditions over the years.

Some have stuck, some have changed, and some have only recently been adopted.

I would love to do a Christmas post devoted to aaallll the Christmas things, but today’s post is devoted only to all things Christmas for 2014.

Which will be enough.

We have a few things coming up this month that I’m very much looking forward to, and feel the need to share on the blog.

Sorry. smile

Because of all these changes I keep talking about (and not sharing!), Will and I opted to minimize Christmas stress wherever possible.

That meant we opted not to go to our company Christmas parties. While super fun (I enjoy them way more than Will), our time is valuable and important so I opted to give that one up in favor of more time with family (and taking care of all these changes that I keep talking about but not talking about).

We also opted to do a joint Christmas present early next year.

We’ve always done joint Christmas presents with each other, and I love that we do this instead of buying each other presents.

Will is impossible to buy for.

Even with no Christmas parties, there’s still lots of fun in store.

We are attending The Nutcracker with my parents this year!

Funny side story.

I think I realized just how much Will liked me back in 2002 when he skipped an OU game to take me to The Nutcracker and acted like it was no big deal.

We both know it was a big deal.

That guy bleeds Crimson and cream!

Anyway, we’re going again, 12 years later, and I’m looking forward to it.

We will also enjoy some of the gorgeous lights and decorations downtown OKC.

We also love going to the movies this time of year.

I’m the annoying person that whips out my not-so-quiet carrot sticks and proceeds to eat them at the worst ever time.

During quiet scenes when you need to pay attention.

All of a sudden you hear, “Snap! Crunch. Crunch.Crunch.”

I’m sorry.

I don’t mean to eat at the worst times, but it often happens.

Anyway, Will isn’t a carrot stick smuggler.

He’s all about the movie theater popcorn.

Understandably.

It’s delicious.

Every Christmas, our theatre has deals on refillable drink cups and popcorn buckets you can buy and use for the following year.

It’s a must-do in the B-Love house, so we’ll be making a stop to the theatre at some point so Will can buy his tub.

Speaking of movies, here’s a fun fact.

My sweet Will had never seen It’s a Wonderful Life in its entirety until just a few years ago.

Real life.

Now it’s among his top favorite movies.

Naturally.

That’s on the to do list, too.

Oh, and while we’re at it, if you haven’t seen it, you should! 

Now.

As for Christmas music this year, I typically alternate between Pandora’s Christmas Radio and their Christmas Choral Classic stations.

Something about Christmas makes me adore the choral classics. I can rock around the Christmas tree with the best of them (um, and I totally do), but I can’t beat a beautiful rendition of my favorite Christmas hymns.

My family also had a yearly tradition of going out to eat together sometime the week of Christmas, followed by a huge tour of Christmas lights!

There are some fantastic public displays in OKC, as well as in neighborhoods. We hit them all.

Now that we’re responsible old, P and I opted to simply do a $20 stocking challenge for each other’s gifts this year.

Oddly enough, I had a blast with it! I think this will be a new tradition. You might be surprised at the good stuff you can get with only $20.

My mom kills me with baked goods.

This is a yearly tradition, however this year I hope to take some time while I’m off to help bake.

You know, seeing as how all I usually contribute is my appetite for delicious Christmas cookies.

Layla has been my mom’s helper this week, and I can only hope to live up to her superior stirring (and testing!) skills.

Speaking of Layla, can I please just tell you how much fun she’s been, especially this time of year!?

That is all.

While Will and I are ever-mindful of advent, we’ve never really done anything on our own for it aside from church stuff.

This year I bought candles to light for each week and have been doing an advent study. I have been so very blessed by it.

It’s a story I’ve read a million times, but when I quiet myself and really think on God’s love for humanity and how I need to love others, it reminds me why I even put up my dang decorations in the first place.

To celebrate Him.

If you haven’t done an advent study, I would definitely encourage you to do so. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas (because, let’s face it, it’s kind of wonderful).

However, I cannot express the value of quieting yourself amidst the hustle and bustle to really contemplate the meaning of Christmas and the beauty of its simplicity.

I don’t know about you, but that simplicity can get drowned out by the tissue paper, cookies, movies, and Pandora music.

Oh friends, it probably clear to see I truly do find Christmas to be the most wonderful time of the year!

Thanks for letting me share some of the things I’m looking forward to this year.

I would absolutely love to hear some of the things you’re excited about this year. Share away! ❤️

The One with the Christmas Show & Look Ahead

Here we go again!

This weekend was nice.

I find most weekends this time of the year are nice!

It started with getting to see Layla’s first ever Christmas program.

Christmas show!

Oh man.

Can we be completely honest with each other?

Aside from the fact that we all swoon with glee to see our kid/niece/grandson/etc. on stage for their portion, these things have the potential to be major snoozefests.

Admit it.

This is a safe zone.

I mean, they had teachers hold the teeny babies on stage while they played a Christmas song and gently moved their wrists around, which had little bell bracelets on them.

Adorable, but long.

Anyway, I loved getting to see Layla up there. It’s an interesting thing watching kids in front of a crowd for the first time.

Pretty entertaining.

Friday was full of work and fun. I worked out, but opted to skip my cardio session in favor of some girl time with my mom and Layla!

We made multiple stops, and got some Christmas shopping done.

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I’m also afraid I ruined Layla when it comes to riding in the cart.

Let’s just say we had fun, and I got to work on my sprinting and agility.

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In the safest, most responsible manner, of course. wink

The rest of the day was spent cleaning the house.

I didn’t even miss ditching my morning cardio session. I made up for it with four hours of cleaning!

I also managed to get some Christmas decorations down too

And even get some small candles to light one for each advent week. ❤️

Friday night was quiet and relaxing. In fact, after all my work cart sprinting (kidding… Mostly) and cleaning I didn’t even balk when Will suggested pizza for dinner.

Refeed. Haha

Saturday. Oh Saturday.

No need to address the incredibly frustrating third home loss at bedlam, or the fact that we let OSU re-punt, resulting in a touchdown.

Instead we will talk about how I killed my leg workout.

We’ll also talk about how Will’s parents came to town and we had dinner with them and watched football together.

Brr

Gotta focus on the positive, right?

Yesterday was incredibly lazy and wonderful.

Church, gym, football, food prep, and a ton of nesting.

I made a chocolate pie, my breakfast for the week, a casserole, as well as How Sweets carne asada nachos for our evening football fare ( I make Will’s according to the recipe but ditch the meat and the chips and add veggies for my version).

A relaxing and cozy day at home with my beloveds.

And now, another long week begins!

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Tuesday Things
-WIOW
-All things Christmas
-Preparing our hearts

I hope you’ll check in this week. Until then, here’s to a good Monday!

Lessons in Dumpster Diving

Last Monday wasn’t the best Monday.

I woke in anticipation of the short week ahead and all the Thanksgiving activities.

However, it ended in tears and sorrow in my heart.

Last Monday I accidentally threw something away I shouldn’t have.

It left Will and I digging through our yucky trash bin searching for it amidst wet, smelly, disgustingness.

It wasn’t my best moment.

It also wasn’t my only moment.

Girls, I have an innate knack for screwing things up.

I’ve mentioned it a million times on this blog. I’d probably forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on.

I plow through life, often forgetting important things. As Beth Moore often says- I’m blonder than I pay to be!

I certainly don’t mean to. I truly have good intentions.

Oddly enough, the good Lord blessed me with a husband that pays.attention.to.everything.

He should be an auditor.

With all the recent changes in the B-Love house, Will has a lot on his plate and really needs my help.

I let him down last week, and our dumpster diving was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Once we (thankfully) retrieved the lost items, Will laid into me about his frustration.

“You say you want more responsibility so you can help me out, but you can’t even be trusted with what you have now!”

Along with a few more similar sentiments.

I let him down.

His words stung and made me feel like an awful wife. They didn’t hurt because he was wrong, they hurt because he was right.

I should be better. This isn’t something new for me.  I need to work harder at paying attention.

What’s more, I couldn’t help but also hear the words of Hebrews 5 ring in my ears,

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭5‬:‭12-14‬ NKJV)”

Just as I ask Will for more, I do the same with God.

I can’t help but feel there is a major parallel.

I keep asking for more and more, feeling I’m ready.

Not so fast. 

God has entrusted me with this life and this family. The truth is, I need to focus on perfecting those things before He puts more on my plate.

I need to be better about taking pleasure in my daily tasks and going out of my way to serve Will and be a blessing instead of a burden.

I need to encourage Him in the Lord instead of grumbling under my breath.

I need to have eyes that see ways to help out instead of glazing through everything...and throwing away important stuff.

I keep praying for opportunities for God to use me.

Praying for opportunities to store up treasures in Heaven so I have something to lay at his feet one day.

Praying for a ministry so I can carry out the “good works He’s prepared in advance for me to do.”

The truth is, He’s given me each and every one of these things under my own roof.

At my office.

When I’m grocery shopping.

I knew that already, but I guess I was hoping for more.

What’s funny, is that I’m not sure I’m ready for more. I have a lot to work on right now.

More will come, but I need to focus on what I have right now.

Some of our greatest ministry can come under our own roofs.

As silly as it sounds, I guess I felt like that didn’t count.

However, the Bible is very clear that God searches the intent of our heart. He also commands us to do everything as unto Him.

Even being a wife or pushing paper at work all day.

When we have a heart attitude focused on pleasing Him, it doesn’t go unnoticed.

I’ve started praying more specific prayers about being a better helpmate and paying better attention.

I desire to worship God with what he’s given me today, and pray the added responsibilities will come in due time.

So yeah. Will and I went dumpster diving last week. Thanksgiving togetherness, ya’ll.

If you’re feeling like you’re ready for more but stuck in park, hang on. Be faithful with what He has given and trust Him to multiply.

Thanks for listening today. ❤️

Tuesday Things, 2 Dec 14

My office got a new coffee machine a couple weeks ago and it is killing me.

Seriously.

It’s affecting my life.

I love coffee but rarely drink it (yeah, yeah I realize it makes no sense).

Now that they have this new machine with the most delicious vanilla flavored coffee ever, I’m up to multiple cups a day and it’s killing me, ya’ll.

I had the worst time trying to get to sleep last week, and staying asleep was just as hard.  I knew it was the coffee but I just.couldnt.stop.

So yeah, I rationed down to one cup, first thing in the morning. One and done. No matter how wonderfully vanilla-y it is.

HELP ME.

Yesterday was the first day my macros were finally where they needed to be since Thanksgiving.

I did fairly well navigating through the long weekend, but I spent my fair share of time carb crashing after the large meals.

It feels good to be back to normal eating and feeling more like myself.

Kind of.

I mean, who doesn’t love a plate full of your favorite carbohydrates?

We had a house full of dessert and delicious leftovers.

We finished the last of it Sunday. Now there’s nothing.

Nothing.

No pie. No potatoes.

It’s like complete food drug detox over here ya’ll, and I’m kind of going through withdrawals.

Ugh.

Pass the protein and healthy greens.

Parenthood
Joel and Julia.

It’s about time they reconciled so my life can go back to normal.

I still have so many unanswered questions. Mainly, WHY ARE THEY CANCELING THE SHOW!?

The game changer
Guys.

My culinary horizons have expanded.

Have you ever “hard boiled” your eggs in the oven?

If you have a Pinterest (I don’t), you’ve probably seen this trick a million times.

Someone told me what a difference it made for easier peeling, and they weren’t kidding!

I’ve always battled peeling problems. Pieces of egg completely ripped off when I’ve tried to peel. What a waste!

Just plop your eggs in a muffin tin, and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

Plunge the eggs in an ice bath and let them sit a few minutes before peeling.

Easiest removal ever.

No more Neilsen

Remember how annoyed I was when Will agreed to do the Neilsen rating stuff for a week?
Turns out, it wasn’t too bad.

Um, maybe even a little enjoyable?

(What’s wrong with me!?)

Now it seems strange not having to write down what we’re watching every single time the TV is on.

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That’s it today! Any randomness you care to share? 

Thanksgiving Weekend & Look Ahead

Mondays after holidays are such a major drag.

I wish I could be like some of you, eager to share your stories at the water cooler (haha do people even do that anymore?), but I’m not.

I would love to enjoy the Monday after at home with Will and the pups.

Let the wishful thinking commence.

My Thanksgiving weekend was different than most, but still very nice.

I find these holiday weekends go far too quickly, mainly because half the days are spent traveling and doing family activities, while the other half is reserved for normal weekend duties.

I tried to keep my normal weekend duties to a minimum, though.

Wednesday night was all about food prep. I made my favorite mashed sweet potatoes.
Let the mashed sweet potato eating commence

The carbicide also commenced a day early.
It's got spinach on it, so it's got to be healthy, right?

It had spinach on it. It was healthy pizza, right!?

As you already know, we spent Thursday with Will’s family.

Thursday was sort of a weird day.

Will’s great uncle was diagnosed with lung cancer just three short months ago. He never smoked a day in his life, but after a long spell of coughing and never getting better, doctors made the discovery.

In just three very short months, the cancer spread and he got worse and worse. It’s like we didn’t even get to properly prepare because we were still in shock just how quickly it began to take over.

When we got to Will’s grandparent’s house Thursday, we learned they moved him to hospice and things had taken a grim turn. Will’s grandparents and parents were headed to the hospital right after we ate lunch together.

Will’s family is all about “visiting.” They love to sit and visit hours on end.

Thursday was hectic. We all ate, and as many of us were catching up and “visiting,"Will’s mom and grandma were frantically clearing tables and putting things away. We kind of got kicked out of the house!

We figured they must have gotten news things were even worse.

So we caravaned back up to OKC.

It was a whirlwind day.

Two hours driving to his grandparent’s house, about an hour and a half actually spent there, and then quickly turning back around for the two hour trip to the hospital.

We got there, and the waiting room was full of family. I’m so thankful we were able to go and be with everyone.

We got to see Will’s uncle.

I pray you’ve never had to see the deterioration of cancer. Unfortunately, I have seen it a few times. It’s a wrenching thing to remember the vitality of a loved one and their demeanor the way they were, and then to see cancer take its toll.

He could barely speak, and his eyes remained closed. Will and I held his hand, and amidst tears prayed with him.

I’m thankful for that moment.

We said goodbye to everyone and headed home.

A Thanksgiving far different than our norm.

I did manage to snap a few pics before we got news of Will’s uncle and his worsened condition.

Oh Will.

He hates pictures, as you can see. smile

Will is smiling on the inside.

About two hours after getting home, we got a call to see if Will’s grandparents could stay the night with us.

I’d love to tell you I handled the request with grace and warm hospitality, but I’d be lying.

Will and I frantically went into guest prep mode for the 20 minutes we had before they arrived.

Let’s be honest, after the day they’d had, they probably wouldn’t have even noticed if I had a pile of laundry on the couch or a little dust.  Heck, I could have had spaghetti stuck to the walls and they probably would have been none the wiser.

I’m so thankful we were able to extend our house to them. I’m so happy they were able to stay and be in OKC when we received the news Friday.

Friday was packed with family, too.

We received the news about Will’s uncle passing around 6:00 that morning. Although very sad, there’s such a peace knowing how much he loved and praised Jesus, even until the end.

Will went to breakfast with his grandparents and mom, while I stayed behind to do a little prep for Thanksgiving with my family.

Oh girls, we outsourced Thanksgiving with my family this year, and it was the best decision ever!

I ordered the healthy menu, and it did not disappoint. The menu came with turkey breast with pomegranate au jus, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed white potatoes, made with Greek yogurt instead of cream, fresh green beans, quinoa salad (so good ), and a pumpkin dessert.

So delicious!

I also made rolls, and my mom made a relish tray and another casserole. Aaaaand the most delicious caramel vanilla cheesecake ever.

So much for healthy. smile

Despite the sad morning, it was really nice to be with my family. I’m sure I hugged my mom and dad a little tighter.

Love my mom

The afternoon was a nice break, especially after the rushed and emotional day before.

Layla is such a hoot! I know I tell you all the time, but seriously. She’s a hoot.

We finally had a quiet evening Friday night. In fact, we went to bed before 9!

Saturday was enjoyable. It was a nice break to simply spend time together and appreciate the long weekend. I got up and worked out (for the third time over since Thursday. Woo hoo!).

We caught a movie, and then proceeded to spend almost three hours putting seat covers on our old Honda.

Almost three hours.

Will is the most meticulous man on the planet about some things.

The seat covers

We tucked, and buckled, and pulled, and tucked some more.

The back seat was the worst.

Painful, guys.

The evening was much less annoying. We enjoyed leftovers (and cheesecake) and caught up on shows.

Sunday came way too fast.

We kicked off the Christmas season at church. I also worked out and prepped for the week ahead. It will be nice to eat normal meals again! smile

Now we’re back to Monday. A Monday that feels mountainous. Remember how I accidentally screwed up Thanksgiving for some of our friends to the north? Yeah… What goes around comes around. I have lots waiting for me today.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead this week:

Tuesday Things
The Diet Lately
Things I’m Loving Thursday
A Trashy Realization

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and that today is t too overwhelming. Check in tomorrow! 

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics healthy eating (mostly!), peanut butter, and all things health related. Buckle up and get ready for my constant embarrassing moments, health and fitness tips,and my effort to rely on Christ while living life in the real world. Follow me on Feedly! Sign up for monthly emails at blove@theblovelife.com!


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