Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! Today and tomorrow we have parent/teacher conferences until 8 p.m. at the school so it’s going to be a long couple of days.

After Travis’ grandpa passed away last weekend, we rearranged schedules so we could make it back for the visitation on Thursday night. We left right after I got out of school (I literally had to kick a kid out of my classroom at 3:15 p.m. so I could leave on time- ha!) and then we drove straight back to Sabetha.

We spent the next couple of hours that night at their church, greeting friends and family and sharing stories. I love small towns where everyone is connected and knows one another. 🙂

On Friday, we were up nice and early for the funeral. It was a beautiful service and evident to see how much of an impact Richard had on many people. He was a teacher and family man with such a big heart. He even worked at K-State for a few years as a professor, and it was cool to see that Pat Bosco sent flowers to the church (Love that K-State pride!). Travis’ work also sent the most beautiful and HUGE arrangement to the church. (I’ve moved this around in my house so many times trying to find a place where they look right).


We ate lunch at the church and then went back to Travis’ parents’ house to hang out for a few hours. We napped, played games with the kids, and played with his parents’ new kittens before we decided to drive back home to Manhattan.

We made it home Friday night around suppertime and Travis’s little brother, Trae, drove up from Washburn to spend the night. He was up for the football game and decided to make a full weekend of it.

On Saturday, the dreary rain and overcast weather led me to a quick decision that I wasn’t going to the game. Travis went and tailgated. He attempted to watch the game, but after the first rain delay of two hours, he called it quits and came home to finish watching on the comfort of our couch.

What a long, drawn-out game with several other rain delays. Trae stayed for the whole game with friends (rain ponchos and all). That is dedication!

I had a true lazy day on Saturday, doing laundry, reading, and watching a movie. With weather like that, I didn’t even feel bad about it!

Travis and I both regrouped that evening to meet up with my parents in Aggieville. Their group of friends had The Lou locked down, and it was a blast talking to everyone and being in that fun environment. (My parents and their friends always go to The Lou, and Travis and I only go when they are in town. It’s definitely an older type of bar- to us at least 😉 ).


When my parents and their group left for food, we met up with Zach and Emily at Auntie Maes. We talked and drank with them for a few hours there, and then moved our party over to Fats. Neither Travis or I had ever gotten a fishbowl from Fats (They are “famous” for their fishbowls) so Emily ordered one for all four of us to share. It was super sweet, and I was glad we had decided to split one. We met up with Coleman and some of his friends there before going home around 12:30 p.m.

The next morning, Travis decided to clean our cars and do some house work outside while I finished laundry, cleaned, and blogged.

That night was our last softball game of the fall season. It’s been so much being with this new group of friends, but it will be nice to have our Sunday evenings back, especially as it gets chillier.

Hope you had a good weekend! Enjoy the week ahead!

Question of the DayWhat are you looking forward to this week?


Weekend Recap

Wheh, this weekend was a whirlwind and took a different spin than we anticipated.

I was hoping to have my weekend recap typed up in time but we got home too late on Sunday and my energy was zapped.

On Friday, we left in the afternoon to drive back home.

I feel like I breathe deeper once we get out in the country. Storm clouds were rolling in on our drive home, and it was the prettiest view.


Travis’s grandpa hadn’t been doing well so we stopped in at the hospice home around 6 p.m. to see him and talk to Travis’ grandma. At this point, his grandpa was not doing well and looked significantly worse than the last time we had visited. We stayed about an hour and then drove on to my parent’s house.

Mom had taco soup and wine ready to go when we got there and we talked throughout the evening. After a couple glasses of wine and a couple White Russians (My weakness! Dad makes them the best!), I had forgotten about any stresses of the work week. It felt so good to be home.

We had all somehow gotten on the subject of donuts the night before so the next morning, dad ran to Casey’s and picked up around a dozen and half assorted donuts. One of those had me in a sugar coma already- so tasty!

Mom and I ran into town later and I got to catch up with grandma. Her energy level never ceases to amaze me. She is a super woman!

That afternoon, the guys (dad, Travis, Matt) had been shooting blue rock and made the girls (mom, Marcia, and I) come try it. None of us get too pepped up to shoot a gun so we agreed… halfheartedly.

We each only shot about 3-5 rounds, and somehow I actually hit my first one!


While we didn’t desire to shoot many more, we stayed around and watched the guys.


Mom and I had more fun going around and picking up the empty shotgun shells-ha!


Travis got a text as we were shooting that his grandpa had passed away that afternoon. Though I didn’t know his grandpa for too long, I will always remember his interest in our lives. He never complained about his aches and pains from cancer and he was always so inquisitive into how and what we were doing. He made us feel very wanted and important.

We laid low that evening and ordered pizza to enjoy as we watched the K-State game. It felt like such a long game (especially with the double overtime) and it wasn’t the outcome we hoped for, but we looked like we played a little better at least.

On Sunday morning (after another donut), I was a hurting unit. Between the little sleep, alcohol, and junk food, I felt like crud. I’m not saying I eat perfectly healthy by any means, but my body was craving fruits and veggies after all of that junk.

We went to church with Travis’ family, had an early lunch, and then hung out at their house.

Mid-afternoon, we headed to Travis’s grandma’s house, along with Shayna and her family.

I love catching up with that side! We stayed and talked for longer than planned, but it was hard to leave amidst all of the good memory sharing.

We got home, exhausted, a little after 8 p.m. and scrambled to get everything unpacked and ready for another work week!

After having yesterday to recoup, I’m feeling a little more with it. I got groceries, did the laundry, and made sure we had lots of veggies with our dinner. My body is thanking me. 🙂

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Question of the Day: Have you ever shot blue rock?


Weekend Recap

Hello there! While this weekend was still a little warm, I made sure to have a mug of tea in my hands at all times and a sweatshirt by my side too. If I act like it’s fall, maybe the weather will follow suit, no?!

On Friday, Travis got home early from work since his company had their annual “company meeting” the night before. Basically they golfed all day Thursday, had a short meeting Thursday night, and then gambled later that night too. They got up on Friday for another short meeting and then drove home. Sounds pretty rough, huh?

Travis’ company always give them around $50-100 to gamble with, and last year, Travis had been up a couple hundred dollars, feeling pretty confident, and then lost most of it. He said he needed me there to make him stop and just cash out.

Well, this year, he did stop when he was ahead so he was feeling pretty proud of himself when he got home. 🙂

Friday night, we had a few errands to run; Travis got a new pair of tennis shoes with his gambling winnings, which was long overdue. The last nice pair of tennis shoes that Travis has bought was back in high school when we were dating. I remember going to the St. Joe Mall with him and helping him pick them out. 🙂

I had a return to take to Marshall’s (the “rag doll” sweater) and of course, I found a couple things to exchange it with instead of just returning the sweater and leaving. I feel like I need a sign in my house that says, “I got it at Marshall’s” because 90% of the time, that’s the case!

We got home from errands, ate dinner, and then I set out to tackle the mother of all tasks: cleaning my filthy oven (crazy Friday night, I know!). I used a few different people’s tips, which I’ll recap later this week.

We watched a movie (typical) and I fell asleep near the end of it (also typical).

On Saturday, we were up bright and early. I had high cleaning goals to accomplish and Travis made a trip to Menard’s for a few things.

I did “part 2” of my oven cleaning and it ended up taking me forever. Turns out the baked on grime takes a while to get off if your oven hasn’t been cleaned in…years. (I’m embarrassed to admit that, but it’s true!).

We were planning on going to tailgate at the K-State game around 11 a.m., but I was still in the middle of my oven cleaning by then (It seriously took me ages!), so I opted to stay home and get all of my “chores” done since we had friends coming over later.

Cleaning my oven then led to me cleaning our bathrooms, cleaning the rest of the kitchen, and doing all of our laundry. Talk about a productive morning!

After the K-State game, our friends Aaron and Renee came over with their little girl Norah. Travis lived with both of them during college, and it’s rare for us to see them now, so we were excited to catch up.

Everytime we have little kids over, we realize how not kid-friendly our house is. Norah kept trying to go for all of the breakable things. 🙂

On Sunday, we were up nice and early to go get some pumpkins…at Menards. Menards doesn’t quite have the same feel as going to a pumpkin patch, but we picked up a couple other things there too so it was convenient!

We got groceries and then I baked that afternoon while Travis went fishing. Sunday felt like a true fall day. Between the cool weather, my baking, and the pumpkin scented candle I had going, I was in heaven. 😉

That night, we had another softball game. Our season is starting to wrap up. We only have two more weeks left. Softball honestly just feels like our new weekend routine…especially when you consider that we have been playing almost every weekend since May. It’s been a long haul! I can’t say that I have really improved in my game, but we have made some good friends!

That’s it for our weekend!

Enjoy your Monday!

Question of the Day: What is the last movie that you watched?




Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! I just saw that Thursday’s post was my 100th post on this little blog! Woohoo! Time flies when I’m doing what I love (writing!).

Here’s our weekend recap!

On Friday night, we made a run to Marshalls to pick up a wedding gift and to look for some frames for our new nightstands (They’re HUGE and we need to fill the space). I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t looking forward to going to Marshalls all day. It may have been my motivation to get through teaching my last two hours of the day- shhhhh. 😉

We got home and made a quick dinner before settling in to watch Fracture, a mystery/crime movie that we’ve been wanting to watch. It was intense!

I had bought two long-sleeve shirts at Marshall’s, and couldn’t decide if one of them was worth keeping. After I showed it to Travis, he said that I looked like a rag doll. Then, I texted a picture of it to my mom who wasn’t feeling it either so I decided it needed to go back. I wasn’t too sad about it though because that just meant another trip to Marshall’s was in my immediate future. 😉

I’m a sucker for anything buffalo check print, but the more I look at this picture, I “get” the rag doll thing- ha!


On Saturday, Travis did some garage tinkering and yard work for most of the morning and afternoon while I organized, cleaned, did laundry, etc. I got my shipment from Grove Collaborative on Friday so that prompted me to completely reorganize my entire laundry room to fit in the new products. 🙂

That afternoon, we headed to one of my coworker, Erin’s, wedding at the new Upp Farm in Manhattan. The lady who owns it also has a cute store down in Aggieville called Straight Upp where you can go paint pottery or do other craft events.

The location was absolutely breathtaking! It is on Deep Creek Road, which is a pretty, windy road just outside of Manhattan (as you head to Pillsbury Crossing). There are other houses around it, but it felt so secluded and peaceful. Travis and I kept saying, “Ahh, imagine if THIS was our backyard!”

The ceremony was outside, tucked back behind a barn with a beautiful timber background. The reception was also outside, and it looked straight out of Pinterest. There were long wooden tables with simple candles, flowers, and greenery as the decor. The best part though was the lights that were strung all over to provide a dim ambience.

The whole wedding felt like a mini-co worker reunion. There were quite a few of us from WMS there, and to top it off, two co workers who moved away this summer were able to make it back and catch up. Both of the two who moved were on my 6th grade team for the past two years, and they have definitely been missed this year. It was a blast to catch up with everyone outside of the school environment!


It was a little warm outside but felt more like fall once the sun went down. The wine and beer were flowing, and it was such a fun time! My coworkers are a big part of why I love my job so much. I always say this, but they keep me sane on days when the kids are crazy (so…most days 🙂 ).

wms wed

The Upp Farm owner even had a photo booth set up at the reception. She had converted an old van into her “traveling” photo booth. It was such a cute idea, but it made us laugh because Erin is terrified of white, creeper vans. A little irony there, right?!

I’m dying in the first picture because if you look reallllllly closely between Erin (the bride) and Katie, you can see my co worker Adam peering in the van from the back window. He’s a creeper. 🙂


We sat around talking and drinking until around 10 p.m. when the wedding party was starting to pick stuff up. The group of us who were left decided we wanted to keep the party going so we headed down to Aggieville.

We started at Tanners and talked for awhile before Katie and I decided that we were too cold and needed to be outside to warm up. We ventured over to Yard Bar (Forever, Rusty’s to me!). At this point, it was Travis, myself, my co worker Katie and her husband TJ, my co workers Scott and Adam, and one of Scott’s friends from college.

The average age of our group was around 30 (give or take three years each way) so we definitely felt old as we saw all the college kids living it up. Scott said at one point, “Look at them all- so carefree. They don’t know what the real world is like yet.” I had to laugh because I feel like I said the same thing the last time I was in Aggieville and looked around.

We stayed at Yard Bar for awhile longer and then headed home around 1 p.m.

Travis and I both were feeling rough the next morning (a little too much living it up!) and had the laziest morning ever. I’m talking, we were still in pajamas at noon. I hate wasting days like that, but this one was much needed.

I had to laugh because Travis’s original plan this weekend was to go into work on Sunday morning to prep for his bid on Tuesday, but when I looked over at him around 9 a.m., I could tell he wasn’t going to make it. 😉

We spent Sunday having a true lazy day. We were supposed to have a softball game at 6 p.m., but we got a text a few hours before the game that the other team had cancelled. With how we were feeling, it was a blessing to have the night off!

On Wednesday of this week, I have to go with four co workers to a conference to hear Randy Sprick talk. As boring as it sounds, I’m kind of looking forward to that as a mid-week break!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Question of the Day: If you had to redo your wedding, what would you change?

I’ve always thought outdoor weddings are so dreamy, and after Erin’s this weekend, that idea was solidified in my mind. Nature can be the prettiest setting and decor!



Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! Hope this finds you after a fun-filled weekend!

Before I recap our weekend, I have to tell you what happened at school on Friday. In the span of our thirty minute lunch, apparently one student passed out (from low blood sugar), one student intentionally peed their pants and another student intentionally pooped their pants.

I can’t make this up.

The teacher who was on lunch duty was in a state of shock after lunch was over.

I am still  in disbelief that any of these events happened, much less the last two. What is society coming to? I have lunch duty again in a few weeks, and I guess now I need to be prepared for students having accidents…on purpose. Geesh.

So, anyway, after the whole lunch incident, the rest of Friday was pretty uneventful. We had a rager of a Friday night and hit up the newly remodeled Aldi’s in town. We always go a little out of control in there and get so much snack food. We kept the party going by coming home and watching Trolls. #WeAreWild,IKnow

We started Saturday nice and early by going to hike the Konza. We got there a little after 8 am and didn’t see anyone else on the trail until the very end. I love when we have it to ourselves!

We completed our favorite route, the 4 mile loop, and then came home to clean up the house a little.

That afternoon, I got some food ready for the game that evening while we waiting for our friends, Zach, Emily, and Coleman to arrive.


Travis made a large batch of his favorite appetizer in the world: Jalapeno Popper Dip. It’s the kind of dip that tastes delicious and that you know is clogging up your arteries with each bite. 😉

We cheered for the Cats and talked throughout the night. It was a tough game to watch; I’ll leave it at that.

On Sunday, we were up and productive, which is rare (for me at least). I went through almost every room in our house trying to declutter and made a pile of junk get-rid-of stuff in our basement. Looks like I might need to have that garage sale after all!

Travis got the final coat of paint on our nightstands and started coating them with poly to make them shine. They’re so close to being done- eek!

We had another softball game at 8 p.m. and we left early for it to make some stops along the way.

That’s our weekend!

Question of the Day: Did you watch the K-State game on Saturday?


Weekend Recap

Hi there! Hope you had a great weekend!

On Friday, we ended up staying home and relaxing. We watched a movie called “The Zodiac” about the serial killer “Zodiac” and it seriously creeped me out! It has been so long since I’ve watched a scary movie that my tolerance is very low nowadays. I told Travis that he can’t leave on a business trip for at least a month now because I need time to clear the scary thoughts from my mind. 😉

Saturday, we were up bright and early to go tailgating. We got to the stadium around 9 a.m. and hung out at my parents’ and their friends’ tailgate. We had a couple friends stop by to talk and Travis’ sister and her family stopped by as well! Have I mentioned how I love that K-State games feel like mini-reunions?! 🙂

We were lucky enough to get Travis’ boss’s tickets again for this game. I feel spoiled with those tickets. They even make a non-football fanatic like me really get into the game!

The game was at 11 a.m. and it was going to be a blowout so we stayed until halftime and then went back to the parking lot. We talked to some people for a little while and then drove home to regroup. It was another hot day so after we ate lunch at home, we both crashed for a few hours!

That night, Emily texted us to go eat dinner at The Little Grill for Zach’s birthday. We had a late dinner and enjoyed talking. Their jerk chicken at The Little Grill is incredible and no matter how many times I go there, it’s all I’ve ever ordered. Yum!

After dinner, we all decided we weren’t ready to go home yet so we hit up the Tallgrass Taphouse rooftop bar for drinks. I had been there earlier this summer and sampled some beers with my mom. I remembered that I liked the Key Lime Pie beer so I got a glass of that to enjoy! It hit the spot!

I love the view up on the roof!


Coleman eventually joined us at the bar too and we talked for a few hours. It was the perfect night- not too hot, not cold at all, and no wind!


Our topic of conversation at one point led to us each sharing what we would do if we won the lottery. Oh to dream about that! 😉 (Eventually, we started talking about the BTK killer as well. Not sure how that topic came up!).

We got home a little before midnight and called it a night.

On Sunday, we did the normal church/grocery morning thing and then spent the afternoon cleaning and starting to prime our new nightstands! I’m so excited to have matching nightstands that I can hardly stand it! It’s the little things, right?!

Here there are in “before” form. We will paint them white to match the dresser in our room!


That night, we had a softball game at 8 p.m.

And, that’s our weekend!

Have a good day!

Question of the Day: Who is your favorite team to cheer on?


Labor Day Weekend Recap

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I think all of my weeks would go infinitely better if they included a three-day weekend! 😉

What we thought was going to be a relaxing weekend turned into a busy, tiring one but still lots of fun!

On Friday night, we decided to lay low and hang out at home. The next morning, my parents, brother, and his girlfriend came down to our house before the game. We talked for a couple of hours before heading over to tailgate!

We tried to get Duchess to run out some of her energy at our house since she was going to be alone all afternoon, and in the process, Travis got her frisbee caught in a tree (see the orange object at the top of the below picture). I bet he couldn’t do that again if he tried. Duchess was so cute as she acted confused of where it could have possibly gone. 😉


We got to Bill Snyder Family Stadium (ahh- good to be back with Grandpa Bill 🙂 ) around 2 p.m. and spent the next few hours tailgating with friends. We started at my parents’ and their friends’ tailgate and wandered around to several other tailgates (college friends, Theta Xi guys, etc.). I love that game days bring everyone back to Manhappiness and feel like a big reunion!

I love my K-State family! 🙂


We greatly underestimated how hot it was going to be on Saturday. I had put tanning lotion on my legs and between that and all of the sweat I had going on, I felt like a sticky, gross mess! I was sweating so much that my tanning lotion ran a little bit. (Attractive, right?! 🙂 ).

Norah, Aaron and Renee’s daughter, kept us entertained as she poked all of the bottle caps melted into the ground- ha!


When we finally went into the game around 6 p.m., we were thankfully in the shade. There wasn’t any air moving, so it was still hot, but it felt so great to just be sitting.

We had snagged Travis’ boss’s tickets and they are prime location. We were basically at the fifty yard line, fourteen rows up! His boss said that he wasn’t going to make it to many games this year so we are excited to get these a few more times this season!

The game was a blow-out, as expected, but it was a fun one to watch. There were some impressive touchdown runs (…and that’s as technical as I can get talking about football plays 😉 ).

We met back up with my parents and Matt and Marcia at the end of the third quarter and drove home to let Duchess out.

That night we sat in our screened-in porch and talked before going to bed.

The next morning, I had planned to make a breakfast casserole for everyone, so I set my alarm to get up and whip it together. You never realize how loud something is until you are trying to be so quiet. Our squeaky stairs made me cringe as I tiptoed down them, but luckily I didn’t wake anyone up!

That morning, we sat around and talked some more as we ate. My family left late that morning and Travis and I crashed hard. The combination of too much sun, not enough water, and little sleep got to us!

That afternoon, we finally rallied ourselves together and ran a few errands. We found some good clothing deals for both of us at my favorite two places: Target and Marshalls.

As we were driving home, we had planned to have a lazy movie night and stay in when I got a text from my friend Courtney that she was back home from Kentucky and coming down to Manhattan for the night! I did a quick clean of our house again and got myself ready to go out.

We met Courtney, Jessica, and Tyler (Jessica’s friend) at Tanner’s for drinks that night.

I may only see Courtney a few times a year down since she lives so far away, but we always pick right where we left off (I guess that’s what happens when you have been close friends since Kindergarten?! 🙂 ).

We eventually got the boot from Tanner’s and were told to get out within five minutes (kind of rudely too, I might say) so we headed over to Yard Bar, which used to be Rusty’s (Yard Bar is still not as good as Rusty’s, in my opinion!).

We felt so old at Yard Bar. Everyone looked like babies to us, and it made us want to be back in college. 😉 We didn’t know how good we had it in college- ha!


We got home from the bars around 1:30 a.m. and called it a night.

A few days before, we had received some upsetting news about Travis’ grandpa’s cancer prognosis. So, the next morning, we met up with Travis’ sister and her kids at the hospital in Topeka to visit Grandpa Scoby. We got to see his uncle, aunt, and cousins from Nashville who had been up for the weekend and were just leaving as we arrived. Then we spent the next few hours talking to his grandpa, grandma and Aunt Heather. It was an emotional morning, but everyone tried to keep their spirits up.

The kids were good entertainment too! They each brought a fidget spinner with them (The addiction to them starts young!) and they got a kick out of showing Grandma Char how to use them.

Tenley was so cute and kept saying that she was going to talk to someone about getting grandpa his food because lunch was running late. She was very concerned that he was going to miss a meal. 😉

When his lunch finally came, we said goodbye and headed to Steak-n-Shake for lunch.

After not sleeping much again the night before, I was pretty much comatose after I had a greasy burger and fries in my stomach. 😉

We got home late afternoon from Topeka and crashed again for a few hours.

The rest of our night was spent cooking and getting ready for the week ahead.

It sure was nice to have this extra day to regroup! We got to catch up with a lot of people!

Hope you have a great day!

Question of the Day: What was the highlight of your Labor Day weekend?