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J&J's Annual Shopping Trip - 5th edition


Sunday was the fifth annual "Christmas Outfit Shopping Trip" that Jana and I look forward to every year. Because mama's gotta look her best on Christmas.

At first we planned to leave right after church and head straight to lunch before beginning our shopping, but then we decided... let's skip out a wee bit early! We coordinated to indiscreetly slip out of the service at the same time, and it worked fabulously... until we met up in the church foyer and Jana realized she'd left her coat on her chair. Thus, she had to take the walk of shame back into the service.

Her walk of shame was not as bad as my walk of futility though... at our first stop at Costco to pick up my Christmas cards. Jana dropped me off at the entrance and I told her I'd call her to drive back up to the door as soon as I had them. A plan that would have worked better if I didn't then leave my cell phone in her car. 

"How hard can it be to find a car in the Costco parking lot?" I thought as I ventured out to find her. HA. Oh hahahaha. 

Ten minutes later, after wandering aimlessly and feeling like an idiot, I walked back into Costco and borrowed a cell phone. And then realized I don't have Jana's phone number memorized because, hello speed dial. 

Eventually we found each other. 

And drove straight to Sweet Tomatoes. 

So what if both those plates of salad are mine?! IT'S SALAD. Reason #23 to go to Sweet Tomatoes :)

Further stops included the mall, TJ Maxx, Ross, and last but not least, Red Robin for a late shared dinner, because we shopped ourselves to the point of famishment. Shopping is hard, guys! 

I'm kidding. Shopping is fun. Especially on J&J day. 

(Even if we spend an hour in Barnes and Nobles and walk out with zero purchases.)

What I Wore Wednesday


It's short and sweet this week! Life is busy, busy, BUSY this time of year and I haven't even been stopping to take outfit pics, let alone sit down and blog. 

BUT... Christmas break starts tomorrow, and both of my boys' basketball seasons just wrapped up, and I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel! At least temporarily :)

No. 1
(shopping trip)
Dress Barn shirt, American Eagle jeans, DSW boots, Aldo purse, gifted scarf

No. 2
(cookie exchange party)
Maurice's shirt, H&M scarf, Big Star jeans
(Awkward photobomb courtesy of my brother-in-law's rear end.)

No. 3
(bible study and work)
Old Navy tunic, Ross sweater, Costco leggings, DSW boots

Looking forward to catching my breath the rest of this week. Happy Wednesday!
pleated poppy

Friday Night Thoughts


1. When your husband offers to fix dinner, accept gladly, but be prepared for him to make 17 hamburger patties.

2. Peanut butter and bananas on toast NEVER loses its appeal. 

3. Christmastime makes my living room look 80% better than it does the whole rest of the year. 

4. And honestly, the same goes for the Christmas cards displayed on my kitchen cabinets. 
Bring on the cards, friends. 

5. When your daughter tries to talk you out of going to the doctor for her sore throat and has you convinced that you're wasting your time as she sings along to the radio the entire way there, keep reminding yourself that three of her cousins just had strep and it's better to check with a nurse on Friday than have to visit urgent care over the weekend. 
Because YES. It's strep alright. 
Dang it.  

What I Wore Wednesday


Guess who has her memory card back?!
Russ has sworn to never steal it for his trail camera again and all is right with the world ;)
(I also got the kitchen cleaned for me out of the deal, not too shabby, I'd say!)

No. 1
Tommy Hilfiger shirt, American Eagle jeans, Old Navy scarf, Target flats 

No. 2
Maurice's blouse, American Eagle jeans, Ross scarf, DSW boots

No. 3
Old Navy jacket, thrifted Nordstrom tee, American Eagle jeans, Converse sneakers, scarf finger-knitted by myself

No. 4
Maurice's cardigan, Old Navy blouse, Kenneth Cole pants (that photograph terribly), Target wedge booties

No outdoor shots this week due to torrential downpours. Maybe next week! 
Happy Wednesday (night), you guys :)

pleated poppy

It's Russell's fault

Our regularly scheduled programming will return shortly (ie: What I Wore Wednesday).

It appears that somebody stole his wife's SD card out of her camera and used it to put in a trail camera at his secret hunting spot.

This same somebody is currently in the dog house and has promised the return of the missing card with all the outfit pictures on it poste haste.