Jan 9, 2017

Snow Day!

On Friday we got about 2" of snow! For us, in the Memphis, TN area this is pretty rare, so when it happens it stops the whole city and we make it a big deal.

Since Bryan works from home, I don't work, and Charlie isn't in school it didn't really effect us. But we did get dressed and go out for a little while late morning. We were anxious to see how Charlie would take to the snow as he really hasn't seen any before. 

Looking out the window. 

Charlie did not like it. 

But it was oh so pretty. 

Charlie did not like being out in the snow and insisted that we carry him most of the time. Since 35 lbs of toddler isn't so much fun to tote around, we didn't spend too much time out. Bryan kept a fire going all day and on Saturday too. We still have some on the ground, but as tomorrow will be 60 degrees I doubt it will be around much longer. 

Jan 3, 2017

I fell in love with a pillow, also titled Memphis got an IKEA

On Bryan's birthday we received a very large gift, a new IKEA! Only 20 minutes away. Previously we had to go to Atlanta or Cincinnati, a 6 to 7 hour distance. I've only managed to go once before for a quick pitstop on a long road trip. It was less than ideal. 

I had been holding off going the first few weeks it opened because I didn't want to deal with crowds and I loathe the part of town it's in. Also, with Christmas and our birthdays I've been trying my best not to spend money on extra things. But the other day Bryan was busy with work and I wanted to get Charlie and I out of the house. We mostly try to stay out of his way when he's at home working, but he had a big deadline and I knew he could use some extra quiet time. Plus, we really needed some distraction. 

So off Charlie and I went early on a Friday morning. We arrived at 10:15 and they opened at 10. I guess everyone had the same idea I had because it was super crowded and no carts left. The idea of chasing an almost two year old all over a crowded Ikea did NOT sound like fun to me.  Charlie actually did fairly well staying close or holding my hand. By the middle we found a cart that I hoped was abandoned. I stood around for a few minutes watching and asking anyone super close if it was theirs before taking it. 

Since I didn't have a cart half the time it really helped in my not-buying-anything goal. All I had a picked up was a set of 4 dish towels. I had purchased a set on my initial visit and they have been a well loved and worn treasure. And for $3.99 you can't beat the price. Anyways, as we were walking I spotted a pillow that I loved. I decided to follow what Katie Bower does with her boys and takes a picture of the toy pillow for later. I snapped a quick photo with my phone and moved on. 

Further along, in the bedding area I spotted it again with coordinating sheets and duvet. I snapped another photo, wondering if maybe it would look good as Charlie's big boy bedding. Although it was a little bit more flowery than Bryan would like for a boy's bed. 

Charlie got in on the picture taking too. This is obviously pre-cart and I was starting to get tired. More adorable pillows. 

Later, after finding a cart and tossing a few organizers and some bathroom accessories in, but successfully avoiding the plants (a big feat if you know me well), I saw the pillow one final time. Between my previous sighting and this one it had dawned on me the colors would be perfect in my bedroom. I had thought for half a second about going back, but decided to wait. Knowing that I'll probably make another trip to Ikea just for fun with either Bryan and/or my mom. But low and behold, there was the pillow again! I snatched it up quicker than Charlie could look and proceeded to check out. 

It does look fantastic on our bed. I love that it brings a little more action to the room. Bryan is convinced it has tribal faces on it, even though I've told him numerous times its flowers. 

What are your favorite Ikea finds?  I'm looking forward to going again and really exploring. 

Jan 2, 2017

Books I Read 2016

Overall I ended up reading over 55 books. I say "over" because this is the count from Goodreads and I read many children's books and also the entire Harry Potter series without counting it on Goodreads. Below I'll list a few of my favorites:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron
When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
Let Them Eat Dirt
Dirty Chick by Antonia Murphy

It's All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow
Alton Brown Every Day Cook

Favorite from the year: ugh I just can't pick. It was a great year of reading. Nothing absolutely jumps out as my favorite. Any of those listed above are worthy of a read.

Least Favorite from the year: Eligible by Curtis Littenfeld - I made a valient effort to finish, but ultimately wanted to throw the book against the wall, so I called it quits before I destroyed a library book not worth the cost of replacing.

So what was your favorite book of the year?

Dec 31, 2016

December Life Lately

December was a weird month for us. It was marked by disparate swings from busy fun stuff to at home with out Bryan for days at a time.  We enjoyed our Disney trip at the beginning of the month and then Bryan was gone pretty much Monday through Friday until Christmas. 

Below are a few pictures that I probably haven't already shared in our Christmas posts. 

Charlie was greatly amused to find Christmas trees on his plates and bowls after I pulled out the Christmas china. 

The first two weeks of having the tree Charlie was utterly fascinated and we had to tell him not to touch the tree so many times. By the end of the month it wasn't such an issue. There is hope for you mamas of little ones. 

Charlie and I attempted to rake one day. He was not such a good helper at this task. 

Mom remembered she had this coat in storage. It was my brothers and its the perfect size for Charlie right now! 

Charlie and his Bubba. 

Well that wraps up 2016. It's been a crazy year. Ultimately it treated us pretty good, but I'm excited to see what comes in 2017. 

Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2016

Grubbs/Mitchum/Mickler Christmas

This year the Mickler's were with us from Florida.  We enjoyed brunch at my parents house before opening presents.

Baddorf Christmas

Before the New Year I want to get in our family Christmas posts.  These are mostly pictures for the respective family members and to immortalize the events.

We enjoyed a brunch potluck at our house before reading Luke 2 and The Gift of the Maggi. 

Charlie really understood presents this year. It was precious seeing him look at his presents before opening and arranging and then rearranging them. 

Dec 29, 2016

2017 Goals, and a recap of 2016

I love making goals! The only thing I look forward to at new years time is goal setting. I'm a bit of a dork.

Let's first look back at my 2016 goals:

Reading: I failed spectacularly at this one depending on how you look at it. I wanted to read around 50 books, but the real goal was to get my to-read list to dwindle down. That did not happen. To-Read count is close to 90 now.  That's not really a problem though. My Goodreads profile if you want to follow along.

Food: Last year I wanted to up my breakfast game. Eh, I did okay. I started trying more breakfast casseroles for a little while. This was nice, especially since I would try to make them for Saturday morning. But I sort of fell off the bandwagon. Charlie's breakfasts are pathetic.

Marriage: I wanted to do 12 date nights during the year. I didn't keep a close watch on this, but I'm pretty sure I succeeded. Keeping this one the same.

Exercise: I didn't have a plan for the year, other than do more and participate in a 30 day yoga challenge in January. I did really well at the beginning of the month, but by the middle I got hit with a bad cold and then a sinus infection and had to take some time off.  I am proud to say that I've been doing better at exercising regularly. I try to do a walk/run or yoga two to three times a week, with the goal of exercising in some form four to five times a week. I'm not perfect and this week has been a total lapse as I'm struggling with another cold.

For 2017:

Reading: Setting my Goodreads challenge at 52 again. Not working about to-read counts. I've come across several great reading challenges, but I don't think I'm going to commit to one. If I get stuck in a rut they will be my fall back. I do love the idea of challenging yourself to read broader and smartly. (If you are looking for a reading challenge: Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge, a Christian Reading Challenge)

Food: I've really enjoyed reading and cooking through cookbooks. So this year I'd like to cook through at least 6 cookbooks. Trying at least 10 recipes from each book. I'll report back here.

Marriage: 12 Date nights, at least once a month.

Exercise: Continue on trying to exercise in some capacity 4-5 times a week. Yoga with Adriene is doing another 30 day challenge that I might take.

House: With the new house there is so much I want to do. For the first part of the year I've got several goals:

  • Master bathroom phase 1: paint the room and replace avocado green fixtures (toilet roll holder, tooth brush holder, and sink dish). 
  • Paint guest bedroom, install crown molding
  • Make and install two raised beds in the backyard
  • Make and install a countertop for the laundry area.
Religious: our Sunday school is reading through the whole Bible this year and Bryan and I will be participating again. I'm looking forward to what the Lord is going to show us this year. 

So there you go. It's out there in the world now. 

I hope you have a very happy New Year!