Category Archives: weekends

weekend recovery :: part xv

Spring just happened. Just like that. Saturday, I was out on a photography shoot rolling around in the snow in 60 degree weather and I realized instantaneously when I walked out the door for the first time that winter was really over. Now, we may get a cold snap or two or three over the next few months, because it is the Midwest and because the Midwest is so unpredictable, but it is officially spring for me.

This is spring for us is full of weddings. And not your typical, “I have a lot of weddings to go to this year,” but like “I have almost too many weddings to go to this year!” Now of course, there is not such a thing as too many weddings. They are a great time of joy, laughter, and friendship; however, our season of weddings has have to last for ten years… each year I think it is the last, and then I quickly realize how many of our friends are just finding that special one in their lives as engagements pop up throughout the course of the year.

Weddings. Weddings. Weddings… It made me start thinking of all the things I have done for weddings. Crafts. Invitations. Showers. Parties. And so, with the introduction of spring, I give you — Wedding Week!

There are actually a lot of do-it-yourselfers that I have from a previous, old blog domain that I have never shared with you and would love to spend the week doing so. Yes? Awesome.

Until then, have a wonderful weekend.

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weekend recovery :: part xiv

weekend recovery cardinals

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training this week. Do you know what this means? Winter is almost over. Summer is near. Baseball is near. Those sunny days on the back porch with country music playing while your friends are grilling and playing corn hole. Perfection.

Baseball = Summer.

Duston and I are starting summer early this year by heading to spring training in a couple of weeks. Of course, we will be staying on Disney property and seeing them play the Braves at Wide World of Sports. Does anybody have any spring training tips or tricks?! Please send them my way.

Until then, have a wonderful weekend.

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weekend recovery :: part xiii

When you live in St. Louis, Mardi Gras is an important date. An important month. For those that like the festivities, our “New Orleanian” sector of the city, Soulard, has the second largest Mardi Gras parade in the States. But really the festivities last for over a month! Taste of Soulard. Pet Parade. 5K. Dog Derby. Mayor’s Ball. Grand Parade. Party Tents. Block Party. Fat Tuesday Parade…

For us, we have done Mardi Gras. The parade. The festivities. We attended last year in the chilly weather with friends who had came to town. Within about 30 seconds, I instantly decided that we were too old to be there. Too many children drinking, climbing, being rowdy. I may sound like a grandma, but it was the end of my years exploring the Mardi Gras parade. Since Mardi Gas is a month-long event in St. Louis, it can be a family/friend affair. The pet parade is super kid-friendly, and the Taste of Soulard is a relaxing walking exploration through the French creole cuisine of the area. Seafood. Cajun…anything. I have heard it is delightful.

So in the spirit of Mardi Gras, my weekend recovery is completely New Orleans style!

mardi gras

1) Have you ever hear of beignets? They are super delightful and one of my favorite pastries! Here is a recipe to make them at home.

2) I may be bias, but one of my favorite resorts on Walt Disney World property is Port Orleans – French Quarter! I worked there during college in the fall of 2005 (crazy long ago!) for the Disney College Program internship. They even have their own mini-Mardi Gras parade each year.

3) Ever been to New Orleans? I was quite hesitant about my work trip last fall. I had just heard of crime and remaining disarray from Hurricane Katrina… but it is beautiful beyond measure. And the cultural and nooks and communities — breath taking.

Hope you enjoy it and your weekend.

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weekend recovery :: part xii

Photo Credit Fleece Traveler

We are moved. We are moved. We are moved. That does not by any means mean that we are settled. We are restless and unsettled. We are very grateful that we have parents that let us move in during a time of transition (we are awaiting the short sale process on buying a house), but that does not make it anymore comfortable. Day by day we are getting more of a routine and realizing how dependent we are on those routines and American things that shouldn’t really matter. And it is pushing us and it is hard. But it is good, so very good, to have that push to be grounded again to what really matters.

In the meantime, here are some links that I found throughout my week that caught my eye. Happy reading.

Hope you enjoy it and your weekend.

photo credit :: lysa terkeurst

weekend recovery :: part xi

happy holidays

Who said moving the week of Christmas was any fun? Top that with the flu attacking our house and we are a sad, sad bunch. With that being said, we have had many blessing this week through all of the muck. Also, our Christmas week has to be better than the last. Hope you all have a very, Merry Christmas week.

Here are some links that I found throughout my week that caught my eye. Happy reading.

Hope you enjoy it and your weekend.

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weekend recovery :: part x

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In between holiday functions and packing up for a move, we are busy, busy, busy. Scheduling our “must-dos” this holiday season have been super helpful not to miss anything. This weekend was filled with a full day of packing and photo editing, followed by a lights tour at the Budweiser Brewery. Today we already have a 5k behind us and plan on spending our evening at another holiday affair.

Here are some links that I found throughout my week that caught my eye. Happy reading.

Hope you enjoy it and your weekend.

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weekend recovery :: part ix

Coffee and a good book. ✿ ♣ ❀ ♡ enjoyjourlife.tumblr.com

This week absolutely flew by! Work is slowing down in anticipation of the holiday season but it seems as if the rest of the world is speeding up. Only one of our clocks has been switched to the new time from daylight savings, but that’s okay. I am absolutely loving the early mornings with a bit of light before work again. And even though it may be a bit depressing how early the sun disappears in the evening, I have gotten to see one magical sunset after another on my commutes home. With a “friendsgiving” less than a week away, I have managed to break out the Christmas music and started a shopping list. This weekend, we get to have some awesome family time with my family — I’m so excited!!

I have also spent a lot of time this week catching up on my dear friends’ new church plant. Their new sermon series, Rhythms, is amazing. If you wish to check it out, just click here.

Here are some links that I found throughout my week that caught my eye. Happy reading.

Hope you enjoy it and your weekend.

photo credit :: enjoy your life tumblr

weekend recovery :: part viii

Halloween Pumpkin Punch // HonestlyYUM

After posting my goals yesterday, I have been so motivated to get my week started. I believe full heartedly that starting the week off right is the key to ensuring to keep onward toward your goals. A Sunday of rest and weekly preparation is key. So it is off to church, then the grocery store for food preparation and the gym! One more 5k fun run at the end of the week… so if I make it to the gym more than three times, I think it would be beneficial!

Here are some links that I found throughout my week that caught my eye. Happy reading.

Hope you enjoy it and your weekend.

photo credit :: honestly yum

weekend recovery :: part vii

Thank you so much for all the support this week on one of my previous blogs. I almost did not post it — thinking it was a silly topic to discuss how hard my October has been; however, the uplifting comments and texts afterwards made me realize how much God was really in it all.

Here are some links that I found throughout my week that caught my eye. Happy reading.

Hope you enjoy it and your weekend.

photo credit :: rikki snyder photography

weekend recovery :: part vi

Here are some links that I found throughout my week that caught my eye. Happy reading.

Hope you enjoy it and your weekend.

photo credit :: wee westchester