Monday, December 30, 2019

December Books

Good morning friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and are getting as excited about the upcoming new year as I am 😀. I always love the beginning of a New Year and the thoughts of everything the next year could bring. Later this week I will post my goals/resolutions for 2020, I hope you'll be doing the same! I love to read other people's resolutions and goals because I might find another great thing to add to my list. Today however, is my monthly book post for the month of December. I only read 2 books this month, and they were both unexpected, but I LOVED them both!
Friday, December 27, 2019

10k Training Program

Hi friends! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! We had a wonderful time relaxing with family and are headed home today and back to normal life!

Hannah and Kathleen, two of my best friends, and I signed up to run a 10k together in April and I CANNOT wait! We are going to be running the Cooper River Bridge Run, in Charleston, SC! 
Monday, December 23, 2019

Merry Christmas from the Darrells!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
I hope you all have a wonderful day today spending time with family. See you back here Friday!
Friday, December 20, 2019

How I Survive a Traveling Husband

Hi there! As you are reading this Devin is on Day 5 of a work trip and I figured it was probably time I write a post about something I frequently get asked about: Surviving a Traveling Husband. 

It's hard, but it's do-able! I can't even imagine how hard it must be to be a military spouse or a single mom all the time. I literally have a countdown app on my phone that tells me how many hours I have left until Devin returns from his trips and I can get a "break" 😂
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Good morning and happy What's Up Wednesday! Today is our sweet girl's Christmas program at school and I am so excited I can hardly wait! It's my first ever Christmas program as a parent rather than a teacher and I am beyond thrilled to be on the other side this time 😊 If you don't already follow me on Instagram, feel free to follow along today @lcdarrell. I will try to post some pictures or videos!
What We're Eating This Week: Devin is out of town this week so we are either eating at my parents house, or eating a bunch of take out! When Devin travels we go into survival mode and the focus is to be as easy as possible!
What I'm Reminiscing About: Our trip to Disney
Last week we were in Disney World and had the time of our lives! That pretty much goes without saying though right? Is it possible to have a bad time in the Happiest Place on Earth? 😉
What I'm Loving: My new IVL leggings
I wrote about them last week and have been so obsessed with them that I bought another pair. These are the BEST leggings I have ever bought. They are so buttery soft but my favorite part is the cut. They are a higher waist cut that helps to keep in the post-baby (or post-lunch 😉) belly pouch. 
If you love leggings, I cannot recommend these enough! You will NOT regret buying them!
What We've Been Up To: I went back to work this week! I originally planned to go back in January but figured it would be easier to go back for a few days before Christmas to get my bearings, and then be in for the long haul come January. I had a wonderful maternity leave and loved being home with my babies, but I am also happy to be back with the other kiddos I love, my students. 
What I'm Dreading: Getting in the car again. 
The kids honestly were great on the road trip to Disney World, but it took us 10 hours on the way there and 12 on the way home (we stopped to have lunch with Devin's grandma on the way home). Their behavior was incredible, but we had to make a lot of stops for diaper changes, feedings, Lily Grace using the potty, etc. I am not looking forward to getting back in the car and driving 4 hours to visit family for Christmas. I wish I could snap my fingers and we would be there instantly 😉
What I'm Working On: I'm not yet, but I WILL be working on lesson plans for when we come back to school in January. Back to the real world and the routine of school again!
What I'm Excited About: We usually go out of town and rent a big house with friends for New Year's but this year we've done so much traveling that we decided to stay at home. I am looking forward to staying put for a few days!!
What I'm Watching/Reading: I'm not sure this counts for what I'm watching, but a coworker of mine was cast in a local play! They did "It's a Wonderful Life" and AnneMarie (my coworker) was incredible!! A big group of us teachers got tickets and went to support her. It was so much fun to see her onstage and we were all so proud of her!
What I'm Listening To: Michael Buble Holiday on Pandora! Non-stop!
What I'm Wearing: I'm back to wearing work clothes again and I have to say... it feels great! I love getting dressed for work! These pictures are from last year (notice the longer hair), but I've worn these two outfits so far this week:
 Black Pants/Shoes/Shirt (old, but similar)/Scarf 
 Jeans/Boots/Shirt/Sweater (this is from a second-hand store-- let's call it "vintage", that sounds better 😉) but here are a few similar ones: herehere, and here
What I'm Doing This Weekend: We have reservations to meet Santa and are planning to see some Christmas lights with friends! 
We will make the short drive to McAdenville, NC... also known as Christmastown, USA (yes, it's a real thing!).
What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month: My girlfriends and I have a "girls getaway" trip planned to south Florida and I am so excited! Is it bad that I'm most excited to sleep in? Mom of a new baby over here...
What Else is New: I am getting back into marathon training and I am pumped! I have a 10k scheduled in April and am planning to do a half marathon in the spring, then either the full or half marathon in Charlotte in November. It feels so good to be back into it!!

Thanks for stopping by today! I can't wait to read what you've been up to 😊
Monday, December 16, 2019

Our Trip to Disney

Good morning! We are back from Disney World and all feeling a little sad that we aren't still waking up in the happiest place on Earth. 
Friday, December 13, 2019

Friday Favorites-- A Random Hodgepodge

Good morning and happy Friday!! Today is a short and sweet post of a few of my random current favorites.
1. A Day in the Life of Us-- Earlier this week I posted an updated "Day in the Life" post and it's our first one with Liam! I love to look back on old "Day in the Life" posts to see how our family has changed, and I know I will especially love to look back on this one.
2. Disney+. Does anyone else who has Disney+ feel like it is the jackpot of all streaming services?! I feel this constant inner war between "too much screen time is bad" and "but they have EVERYTHING from my childhood! I want to watch it ALL!!!"
3. Hot Yoga-- I recently got back into doing hot yoga again and have realized how much I LOVE it. Especially in the winter when you step outside of the studio and its 40ish degrees. It's a quick way to cool down after a very hot and sweaty workout. The only downside is how crazy expensive the classes are at my favorite studio. I would love to go 4-5 times a week, but the classes add up FAST. Even when you buy a multi-class package. That makes it more of a treat when I do get to go though!
4. IVL Leggings-- I have found a new favorite legging and I can't stop raving about them. A blogger I follow, Emily, created her own athletic wear line and I recently ordered my first pair of leggings from her. They are the BEST leggings I have ever worn. They are so incredibly soft, the quality is fantastic, and I love the color options. My favorite part though, hands down, is the cut. They are a higher waist legging and are great for keeping in the troublesome belly pouch. I ordered the "glitter and go" leggings but I've read reviews on the other ones and apparently they're all great. I would say if you are debating between sizes, order up. If you are shopping for someone athletic for Christmas and aren't sure what to get them, I highly recommend these leggings!! 
My plan is to treat myself to another pair before the new year. New workout clothes always help motivate me to get to the gym 😀
Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A Day in the Life of Us

Good morning and welcome to a day in the life of our family! I try to do one summertime "day in the life" post and one in the winter. This is our first "day in the life" with our newest family member (who is already 11 weeks old! How did that happen?). Let's get started 😀
Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas Cards From Years Past... and Christmas Card Deals for 2019

Hi there! I was looking through old Christmas cards and loved seeing how much our family has grown/changed in the past 6 years. I thought it might be fun to share them with you today along with a few little tidbits of the "behind the scenes" to each card. Because we all know the picture on the card is a family's best.. but getting that picture isn't always so pretty 😉
Friday, December 6, 2019

November Books

Good morning from Disney World! Today we are having fun exploring the parks and if you'd like to follow along with us on Instagram my username is lcdarrell. See you there 😉

It's book review day! Last month I read some REALLY great books and I am so excited to share them with you today. My plan was to read 4 books, but some of them were such quick and easy reads that I was able to fly through them in 2-3 days. I ended up reading a total of 5, and I would recommend them ALL! 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Monthly Goals- December

Good morning! Tomorrow we are hitting the road and headed to Disney World! If you'd like to follow along with our family on Instagram, you can follow me @lcdarrell. 

It's time for the last monthly goals post of 2019. Throughout the year I like to look back at my New Year's Resolutions for the year and try to set concrete goals for each month that help towards reaching the bigger, year-long goals. From looking at my post on 2019's New Year's Resolutions, I actually didn't do too bad! I didn't get all of them accomplished, but I'm very happy with the ones I was able to check off my list (especially #5 😍).

Here's a look at what I have planned to do in the month of December:
Monday, December 2, 2019

What I've Been Priming

Good morning and happy December! How are we already at the end of 2019?! I swear the older I get, the quicker the years fly by. I don't like it!! Not. One. Bit. Today I am sharing my Amazon purchases for the month of November.