Weekend Recap

Hi there! Today is a PLC Day at school, meaning we don’t have kids there, and I’m looking forward to a little time to plan some lessons and get caught up on grading!

Our weekend was another quiet and uneventful one that went way too fast!

On Friday, we did the normal routine: get home, make a pizza, and watch tv. We’re pretty predictable (and boring) on Friday nights.

Saturday morning, I had some errands to run and was supposed to meet a guy in town to make a Facebook sale. After we sat there a few minutes, waiting on him to show up, we realized he wasn’t coming, so we headed to the library, got groceries, and came back home. A few hours later he texted and said he had an “urgent meeting” come up and couldn’t make it that morning (duh- we figured that out, dude!) and wanted me to come back into town to make the sale (no thanks!).ย I like making the money selling my junk stuff to people, but there are some strange people I’ve encountered while doing so. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I honestly don’t know what I spent my time doing Saturday afternoon. I read some, did some work on my computer, and did some cooking/cleaning, but I feel like it was noon and then all of a sudden, I saw that the clock said 6 p.m. I hate when the weekend days go by that quickly!

Travis finished making me a sign for the front door, based on a design I saw on Pinterest. I love it, and the white ties in great with our glass door trim and windows! (Don’t you love my robe and pajamas in the reflection! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).


We ate dinner and then headed over to Zach and Emily’s house to hang out. Zach and Coleman had gone and bought a ping-pong table for the house, and the guys spent a while putting it together while Emily and I talked.

I had the perfect set-up with two dogs to snuggle (Zach and Emily’s dog, Boone, and Coleman’s dog, Nellie). I was more than okay with this situation. ๐Ÿ˜‰


When the table was finally together, the guys decided to play “War Pong” where whoever loses a point during the game has to lift their shirt and the other player hits a ping pong ball at their back. I have no clue why they thought that would be fun, but each of the guys ended up with several welts on their back! Ouch!

Emily made us her family’s famous “Duck Fart” shots (Crown, Bailey’s, and Kahlua), and we’re already planning several float trips for this summer! (Come on summer; get here fast!).

We ended up staying pretty late talking with the whole crew, but it’s not so bad driving home when it only takes about two minutes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday morning, we went to church, and then came home to read and have a quiet rest of the morning.

We were going to walk in the afternoon, but the wind was out of controll so we just laid low!

Have a great week!

Question of the Day:ย What was a highlight of your weekend?


Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!

I’m shocked it’s only the 12th day of February. This month seems to dragย on and on to me.

Our friends didn’t end up coming to Manhattan this weekend after all and are planning to come up in a month or so now. So…we switched gears for our weekend plans and it ended up being a fun one!

On Friday night, Travis and I were bothย beat. I’m talking so tired that we both considered going straight to bed right away. We rallied (barely) and watched a movie with our pizza. A few weeks ago, I had seen a trailer for a new, promising Netflix movie called “When We First Met” and it came out on Friday actually. It stars Adam Devine, who is always so ridiculous and hilarious. It’s about a guy named Noah who royally screwed things up with his dream girl Avery and was friend zoned early on in their relationship. He finds a time machine and gets the chance to recreate that night they first met (hence the title) over and over again to try to get things right. The movie was a little slow at times, but I really enjoyed it! It was a perfect mix of funny and cute!

After our movie was over, we decided that we might as well go to bed since neither one of us had slept well all week. I had to laugh when I crawled in bed and saw it was 9:15 p.m. We don’t even get in bedย that early during the week!

I do have to say, though, that waking up after getting almost nine hours of sleep felt like a kind of glorious that I can’t even describe. Sleep is a beautiful thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday morning can we described in two words: book coma. I started a new book the night before, and woke up dying to read more (Yes, I’m fully aware that I should be adding book nerd to my resume). The book in question is called ““If You Only Knew” by Kristan Higgins, and wow was it good. I’ll do a full recap on it later this month in my February Books post. The plot was nothing earth-shattering, but the characters were so likeable and relatable that it was hard to put down (and so, I didn’t until after lunch when I finally finished it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

After spending half of my day reading (only stopping for drinks, bathroom breaks, and to make lunch), we made some evening plans with friends and decided we better clean up our house before they came over (our whole Friday night lazy fest meant that we didn’t lift a finger in the kitchen, and it was a total disaster).

We ran to get groceries in the afternoon, and as we were in the Dillon’s parking lot getting gas, a guy drove by our carย real slow, looking at it and petting his weiner (dog, that is),ย and called out to Travis, “That’s a nice looking car.” I was staying warm inside while Travis pumped the gas so I thought Trav was getting hit on- ha! Apparently the guy is just thinking about getting an Equinox and wanted to know how we like ours. (I like my story version better though about Travis getting picked up.)ย ๐Ÿ˜‰


That night, we met up with some friends at Coco Bolos. Emily and I were risky getting mojitos in the middle of winter, and our worst fears were confirmed when they came out with only about three sad looking mint leaves in them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Still good, but not the same!

We hung out at the restaurant awhile, talking and watching the K-State game. Then, we decided to have a game night back at our house. We stopped for drinks and drove over.

At our house, neither Travis or I use a house key. We just rely on the keypad on our garage door. Well, we were just telling our friends about how one time, we got dinner with my parents, and came back to our house to find that the keypad wasn’t working, and there was no way to get into our house. It was cold out, and so finally after about five minutes of trying it warmed up and worked again.

And…what do you know. The same thing happened for the second time on Saturday night. We had the seven of us standing outside freezing while the darn thing kept blinking at us, not working. The guys decided to pop open their beers, and the girls crawled back into the car to stay warm.ย Finally, after what felt like ten minutes, it worked again, thank goodness. Getting some house keys made is top of the list for us this week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We were going to play Pitch, but some of us wanted to play something that didn’t require much thinking, so Presidents and Assholes it was. After a few rounds of that, we switched to Spoons, which I haven’t played since middle school probably. It surprisingly gets your heart pumping, and there was more than one time that I thought our table and/or glass door were going to get broken when people dove for a spoon. ๐Ÿ™‚


At about 12:30, we decided that our game could take forever, so we moved to single-elimination to finish it off and said goodnight to everyone.

On Sunday, we slept in and had another lazy morning. We had cleaned and done laundry/groceries the day before so it was nice to have a day to just chill.

Have a wonderful day!

Question of the Day:ย What card games do you enjoy playing with friends?



Weekend Recap

Good morning! Anyone else out there feeling extra tired and unmotivated at work after a late night Super Bowl party?

Our weekend included time with my brother-in-law, lounging, and a party with friends. Here’s a recap of it!

On Friday, Travis’ little brother, Trae, got into town around dinnertime. The boys went in to Aggieville to grab dinner and I gladly stayed home, ate leftovers, and caught up on all my “girlie” shows (TLC, This is Us, etc.). I was beyond tired after a long week, so after having some big glasses of wine and talking with the guys, I went to bed early.

On Saturday, Trae had some homework to do for college, and we started preparing food for dinner that night. We all ran some errands together, and we had a lazy afternoon. I read a lot, and the guys talked and watching sports.

I looked down at one point and realized that my mug matched my sweatshirt. (Surely, that’s a sign for a good day or something, right?! ๐Ÿ™‚ ).


That evening, we had the yummiest meal. Travis made a new rib recipe: honey garlic ribs, and they were fall-off-the-bone good. I made roasted sweet potatoes, corn, and a copycat recipe of the Texas Roadhouse honey rolls. They were good, but they weren’t as buttery and sweet tasting as the actual restaurant’s version.


I hadn’t made homemade rolls in a long time. It’s almost therapeutic to me to make homemade bread and takes me back to baking days with my grandma. ๐Ÿ™‚

After dinner, Trae drove back to Washburn to hang out with some friends. I told Travis that Trae probably thought we were old fogies. We didn’t do much on Saturday and were very low-key. ๐Ÿ˜‰

That night, Travis and I watched a documentary called “The Summit” on Netflix about the 2008 K2 expedition that went wrong. For whatever reason, both Travis and I areย beyond fascinated with watching or reading about extreme mountain climbing. (I think part of it is that we’re shocked some people are so crazy to risk their life and health doing it.)

Of course, after watching it, I had to do my own extra “research” and read more about the people and the mountain. I crave knowing “the full story” and always like to get as much information as a I can. I get that from my dad who researches every little thing on Earth it seems like, and knows more details about random things than I can even wrap my brain around.

While I have no desire to go climb one of these mountains, I canย kind of see how the thrill of accomplishing it would become addictive.ย Beyond the fact that it costs upwards of fiftyย thousand dollars to climb, K2 is already one of the most dangerous mountains to climb. It blows my mind that people would spend that much money, knowing there is a high chance of them dying while doing so (The documentary said that of four people who attempt to summit K2, one of them will perish. I’m not liking those odds- especially considering you pay an arm and a leg to do so!).

On Sunday, we woke up to snow coming down heavily. We read and had breakfast (while I prayed for the snow to keep coming and give us a snow day Monday!). We made our Super Bowl food, and I prepared some breakfast cookies for the week, and then we finished some little projects around the house.


We went over to our friend Zach and Emily’s new house that afternoon for the Super Bowl. I’m loving the commute to their new house (under five minutes!) and we met up with Jessica and Coleman there as well (plus the two crazy dogs!). We brought Jalapeno Popper Dip (Travis’ ultimate favorite), a veggie tray, and pumpkin spice caramel popcorn.

It’s hard to get back in the work routine after a late and fun Sunday night. Hope you enjoyed some funny commercials (though it didn’t seem like there were many this year)ย and yummy appetizers this weekend as well!

Have a wonderful day!

Question of the Day:ย What was your favorite commercial from the Super Bowl this year?


Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of January. With weather like this, it makes these winter months pretty bearable though!

Here’s a little recap of our (very uneventful) weekend.

On Friday night, Trav and I were both so exhausted that we made a pizza and just vegged out in front of the couch all night. We’re pretty worthless on Fridays. ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday, I woke up feeling kind of crummy: headache and sore. I was pretty lazy most of the day, only accomplishing laundry, some cleaning, and errands. Travis and I decided to do a whole-house clean. He tackled the floors (sweeping and mopping) while I cleaned the oven, our stainless steel appliances (They look brand new- it’s glorious!), and dusted. We hadn’t done a deep clean like that in awhile, and it was long overdue. (Sidenote: I’m so thankful that my husband appreciates a clean house like I do and is willing to help me all the time. Bless him!).

We had breakfast for dinner (my favorite) and finished laundry and dishes that night before watching a little more tv.

On Sunday, we were determined to be more productive. I started the morning by making these smoothies for us, and that set the day off on a good foot. (Random fact: I always feel so healthy and productive when I start my day with a smoothie.ย ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I got a new Ninja blender from my grandma for Christmas, and that thing works like a dream. I’m amazed at how much nicer it is to have a good blender. I had just been using my little Ninja Bullet for the past couple of years, and it was so small that it was hard to make more than a single-serving smoothie in it. The Ninja is incredible!

I had started a new book the night before, and it was gettingย intense so I spent most of the morning reading.

I made a new cleaner from Pinterest to use on my oven, and I finished deep-cleaning my oven later that morning. The cleaner was so simple to make and seriously workedย so well. I’ll share it later this week; stay tuned!

After lunch, I read a little more to finish my book. I’ve missed having good books on hand. It seems like I took a little break from reading the last month or so. I’ll have a January book recap in a few days as well!

The afternoon flew by as I made dinner, prepared our crockpot meal for tonight’s dinner, and ran on the treadmill.

It was quiet and lowkey, but that’s just what I needed to gear up for another full week.

Have a super day!

Question of the Day:ย What is your favorite type of smoothie to make?


Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! I have a full week of work and I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My students are working on a big research project over the Japanese American Internment Camps and this week is a full week of research. I found lots of books at the Manhattan library for them to use as print sources and they’ll use electronic sources for the rest. We spent most of last week in my class talking about paraphrasing and plagiarizing so I’m hoping that sticks as we research this week and they find their facts.

It was a lowkey weekend here, which was actually really nice. With no plans or big items on my to-do list, it was so relaxing!

On Friday, Travis and I were both dead tired. I had planned to make a nice chicken dish, but after sitting on the couch a little while, I defaulted to our Friday night norm, frozen pizza. It was always a tradition in my house growing up to have pizza on Friday night, and it’s just something that’s stuck with me. Having warm, gooey, cheesy carbs and watching tv is all I can accomplish on a Friday night most weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚ We watched a few episodes of Shameless and called it a night.

On Saturday morning, it felt like a spring day so we got in a long walk around our neighborhood. Travis had plans to go back to Sabetha and hunt/camp with a friend so I made that chicken dish for lunch and then he headed off.

That afternoon, I got some laundry done, some lounging ( ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and ran some errands. I needed to get books for my students’ research and spent way too long at the library trying to find as many as possible.

I also ran to Marshall’s to look at their lamp options. Earlier this week, I moved the lamp we had in our tv room up to my office to see what a gray option would look like in there, and I ended up liking it much more than the nautical rope one. I actually found a lamp at Marshall’s almost identical to our tv room lamp (just a little lighter) and snatched it up!


It looks so much more modern and “clean” looking in there, and now I need to return the Hobby Lobby one. Can you tell I’m an indecisive person? I want everything to beย just perfect. I also found the cutest copper pineapple and faux fur rug as accents for my office. I swear that home decor is an addiction for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m playing around with adding some color into this room, and stocked the basket with books from one of my favorite series as a kid. It might be a little too bright for me, but it’s staying for now until I think of something else. ๐Ÿ™‚


I also ran by Hobby Lobby to pick up a picture that we had matted and framed.


We had bought this map of Maine from our trip this summer and wanted it professionally matted to look a little better and to match the map we bought on our honeymoon at Turks and Caicos! (We used the same frames and matting for both maps. Maybe one day we will have a wall of maps of places we have been?!)

On Sunday, I had a lazy morning, did some reading, and finished laundry, and then Travis was home by mid-afternoon.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and doing some little house projects. My friend Jessica came by to talk a little while too.

Have a great week!

Question of the Day:ย What tv show are you loving right now?


Weekend Recap

Hello! Happy Monday!

For being so cold, surprisingly we had a productive and busy weekend!

On Friday night, I couldn’t wait any longer to spend my Christmas money and we headed off to Target (It had been too long!). I was on the hunt for a couple decorative baskets for my office and some more storage tubs for our basement. As our cart was loaded up to the brim, we ran into Zach, Emily, and Coleman. (Good friends think alike, right?!). We talked to them for awhile in Target, made plans to get together the next night, and then ran and got groceries over with for the next week. By the time we got home, we were tired and ready to conk out with some pizza and Netflix.

On Saturday morning, we were both up early, ready to hit that organizing train (Well…I was. Travis was being drug along for the ride. ๐Ÿ™‚ ). My goal was to completely go through our basement storage room and clean and organize every single thing. With some more storage tubs in hand, I was feeling more motivated than ever to tackle it!

We started by taking everything out of the storage room and putting it in our extra bedroom and treadmill room that are in our “second basement.” Our house’s layout is kind of strange and we have a normal basement where we watch tv and have a pool table, and then you go down a half set of stairs again and come to the “second basement” with the storage room, extra bedroom, and our treadmill.

I was shocked with how fast those two rooms filled up. How did we get that much stuff so quickly?!

As we were going through everything, we found two pictures of our house when it was a green blob. What do you think of that house color?!


Yikes! I had seen old pictures of our house when it was barn red, but this green is even worse!


We rearranged, swept, and got most things put into tubs, and then we called it good. A whole basement refresh all done before lunch; I’d say that’s pretty good!


Below is my “get-rid-of/junk” pile. Travis and I have an ongoing debate about keeping that basketball game. So far, I’m winning and it’s staying. ๐Ÿ™‚


It’s the best feeling walking down into the storage room and seeing it so clean and open. The room seriously looks twice the size that it did before because we got so many items up off the floor.


Does anyone else’s heart go pitter-patter for things organized and labeled in matching tubs?! As much as I hate spending money on the containers, it does look infinitely better! I could use a few more still; guess I need to head back to Target. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I made a new soup recipe from Skinnytaste for lunch: a slow cooker Butternut Squash soup. It was pretty good (though, truth be told, I like having more chunks of stuff in my soup, rather than just a puree, which is boring to me). The top was drizzled with coconut milk which did add a good sweet flavor though.


We had plans to have the “crew” (Zach, Emily, Coleman, and Jessica) over for a game night that evening so we did some more cleaning, laundry, and a little baking that afternoon to prepare. (I love, love, love hosting people at our house! I’m glad we have good friends here AND the space to have them over!).

We spent the evening talking, playing Speak Out, Phase 10, and pool. We all thought it was only like 9:30 p.m. and were shocked to see it was after 12:30 a.m. already. Time flies when you’re drinking and laughing (or when you’re the girls and it takes us forever and a day to finish a game of pool ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

We slept in the next morning and enjoyed a pretty lazy day for the most part. By about 2 p.m., when neither one of us had gotten much done, Travis said, “Well, I’m calling it. This day is already shot so I’m just going to be a bum for the rest of the day too.” That was fine by me! I love a good lazy day and we deserved one after getting so much done the day before, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m feeling a little jealous of both Emily and Jessica today as they have MLK Day off from school. I have a full day of PLC Inservice at my school. It’s nice to have a break from the kids, but those meetings can be like a slow death. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Question of the Day:ย How do you feel about organizing? Are you like me and get a high from it? Or are you like Travis and dread it?



Weekend Recap (Belated Family Christmas)

Happy Tuesday!

After getting home kind of late on Sunday night, I felt out of routine on Monday (which made it go fast though, so that’s a positive. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

We had a wonderful weekend back in Sabetha for the Snyder family Christmas. Travis’ brother Trent and his wife Cristina made it back in town from Wisconsin mid-afternoon Saturday so we went back around the same time too to catch up.

We spent Saturday night talking, eating, and unwrapping presents.

Tenley was like my personal shadow this weekend, which I never mind (love that girl!). She wanted to either be on me, playing with me, or showing me something at all times. She spent a while giving me a stylish hairdo, and after all of the tugging, yanking, and twisting, I was a little worried about what she would come up with. Actually, it turned out pretty good (see picture below). She must watch her mom do messy buns a lot because she gave me a cute high bun that just might be better than I can do myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Iย love, love having people do my hair so having a niece that enjoys doing it is perfection!


After the “fancy” new hair, Tenley insisted I get dressed for my “wedding” to Travis (a vow renewal perhaps?! ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and she was a little too optimistic about me fitting into the dress up clothes- ha! See the “sash” across my shoulder? That was aย teeny-tiny dress that she justย swore I would fit into, but after it got stuck on one arm, she decided a sash would be alright. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think she was going for a Little House on the Prairie wedding look. Yikes! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Then, as a “professional photographer” does (her words, not mine), she set up a background (gray blanket) to make the picture pop. Aren’t the two pillows on the side a nice touch? Haha.


There’s a lot of personality packed into her little body!


We unwrapped gifts later that night, and Travis had beenย bursting with excitement for Bentley to open his gift from us. We bought him an automatic nerf gun so you can pelt people with like ten rounds in a row: Every kid (and Travis’) dream!

The kids enjoyed acting like they were “deer” and Travis was the hunter trying to get them. Bentley would even go to a box (his “deer feeder”) to be spotted easier and Bennett made lots of deer sounds (aka screeches). Tenley proclaimed that she was the “prancing doe” and that a true “prancing doe never gets shot.” That gun made for lots of entertainment all around!

Here’s Travis with the first “deer” he got.


And his trophy three “deer.”


He’s definitely the fun uncle with lots of energy!

We woke up the next morning and hung out before church. After church, we had some extended family come visit and chat, and then we ate a late lunch of prime rib. Yum!

We played some games in the afternoon, and then just as everyone was ready to conk out and nap, we decided that we had better head home to prepare for the work week!

Having a belated Christmas was such a fun change this year. We didn’t feel as rushed as we did last Christmas, and it’s been fun to drag it out. My goal is to have my Christmas decorations taken down by this weekend, but honestly, I’m feeling no rush. I love the extra coziness that winter decorations bring!

Hope your week is off to a good start!

Question of the Day:ย What was your favorite memory from this past weekend?