What's Up, April?

It is time for the April recap -- it seems like we just did What's Up, March and now we are less than a month from the end of school! 

What I'm reminiscing about: Someone's fourteenth anniversary is today! (It's us.) We celebrated a few weeks ago at Old Black Bear, so today it is just your usual day of kid activities and work. But I did want to send a shout out to that special guy out there. Happy anniversary, Marco.

My friend asked me on Facebook if I had two dresses and confession: I did. It was my one Bridezilla moment in a wedding that was pretty chill. It was more out of a practical need but I won't lie, having two gowns was fun (and I liked my second better). Our reception was in an inn full of antiques and I would have a difficult time walking around in a full skirt. So I changed to a slip dress that I found for a steal at a formalwear store going out of business. 

Yes, my eyes are closed but it is such a good picture of our cake.

 Ceremony gown -- it was poofier than it looks.

It is also the fifth anniversary of the devastating tornados that ravaged the Southeast. To read my account of that day: April 27, 2011.

What we're eating: The weather is nicer so we are grilling out a lot. Oh who am I kidding, we grill in the snow. The Engineer is trying to be heart healthy and eat less red meat so we grilled lemon pepper chicken and pork chops this weekend. I have the easiest and tastiest pork chop marinade for you courtesy of my sister-in-law:

1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Boom. Use it as a marinade or dipping sauce and I promise you won't regret it.

What I'm loving: Our fresh mulch and that everything is green again.

I am not a big fan of my house and my grass being the same beige color scheme.

This was AFTER we mulched all the beds. We might have over-estimated. We ended up giving mulch to three different neighbors.

The first bloom for the double knockouts is always the prettiest.

We had to pull down our climbing vine that covered this entire wall. It was overgrown and too long on the top and completely sparse on the bottom. 

I have to go back to the drawing board on this bed. It was beautiful when the vines covered the whole wall but it should not take long for them to grow back again -- the growth above? I planted them one year ago this month and they were two feet tall.

Fletcher decided that the vines were a tasty snack. He is so weird.

What we've been up to:  Baseball and birthdays. The birthday party Sunday was a skating party for our neighbor and I admit, those are my favorite. I love to skate and I was rolling with the second grade homies Sunday, and then woke up the next day barely able to move. I was so sore. Turns out I am not eleven anymore.

Big had a double header this weekend, playing for his team and then playing up for his basketball coach's baseball team. We have had challenges with this season that I have talked about before -- Big getting a handle on his frustration and his temper, and his working on being a leader and a team player. He is a natural leader and the other boys look up to him but that bears some responsibility and sometimes when he strikes out and is so frustrated, he loses sight of the big picture. And he loses his temper. He is so hard on himself, but we are lucky to have awesome coaches who are helping us work through this.

Trampoline party, Team Skelley on Instagram

What I'm working on: I interviewed the local chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders yesterday. They give escorts for military funerals, returning service members and patriotic events -- I am sure you have seen them on the news. They provide a valuable and meaningful service and I am honored to write about them. 

What I'm dreading: I am expecting bad news at my next dentist appointment. It has been a year since my last crown and I have an aching tooth so I am probably due.

What I'm excited about: Two words: Civil War. I think our whole family is excited that Captain America: Civil War is out May 6.

What I'm watching: You know the answer to this. Game of Thrones is back! These hilarious (and heavy on the spoilers) Memes from Sunday's ep made me laugh.

What I'm reading: I just finished Mhairi McFarlane's newest book, Who's That Girl?  and it was everything I wanted it to be. Her books are such that you cannot sit and read one while longing on the couch watching TV with kids running to and fro. You have to concentrate or you will miss one of her turns of phrase, or a gem hidden in dialogue, which is the very epitome of droll. What I would give to be as witty as a McFarlane character, in my writing or just life in general. McFarlane's books dance along the line of glib, but then deliver a gut-punch which elevates them above chick lit, which honestly is not always a positive category. More tart than sweet but with a heart big enough to make you care about the characters.

Synopsis: What’s the one thing you DON’T do at a wedding?

When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, her boss suggests an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?

Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgey, layabout sister.

When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.

My verdict: five out of five basset hounds:
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Check out my  Goodreads page for more reviews.

What I'm listening to: The answer to this is always Steely Dan. I am never not listening to Steely Dan.

What I'm wearing: I had a Dorothy Spornak look going yesterday because I have had an upset stomach for the past few days and I could not bear to wear anything tight fitting to work. So it was very caftan-esque.

Since today is the first day in two weeks that I have have had no events or interviews, I am blessedly not in dress clothes today. It's a writing day and I am tackling my assignments for our Memorial Day special issue. 

I cannot say enough good things about Zella Knee Fit shorts. They are comfy and figure-flattering, win-win.

I am still rolling on with my goal to paint my finger nails, even when typing and yard work make them a hot mess. Today: 

I received my first shoe fix from Stitch Fix this month and they hit it out of the park!

Excuse the dog hair. #lifewithabassethound

These Franco Sarto are so comfortable. I wore them Monday to work, a parent volunteer meeting and then to the trampoline birthday party and my feet never hurt. Loving the new offerings. If you are interested in Stitch Fix: My Review.

What I'm doing this weekend: Another roller skating birthday party! I need to start stretching now. We are also feeding the youth group at church so I have to figure something out. I am leaning toward Costco croissant sandwiches. Also, I am going out to interview a vintage baseball team, The Redcaps. It's going to be a lot of fun.

What I'm looking forward to next month: May is going to be huge. Mother's Day, Big's twelfth birthday paintball party -- and his last day of elementary school. I feel like that is momentous. He brought home his last set of school pictures yesterday. I know I am the epitome of biased but I think they are both cuties.

These two.

What else is new? Well, my MacBook is burning the top of my legs right now so I think I might have an overheating sitch again. Last time this happened Apple told me that it was stuffed with dog hair. O_o

Bonus question for April: What is your favorite Mother's Day gift to give or receive?

That's a good one! Mother's Day is one of two days of the year that I put up my feet and do jack. No laundry, no dinner, nada. I might go see a girlie movie that no one wants to see except me. It's glorious. The gift that I like to give is that I always take my mom out to lunch, just the girls. I am already planning this year's excursion.

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  1. Happy Anniversary! Your house and yard look amazing! :)

    1. Thank you! If I can keep Fletcher from eating my plants then hopefully the beds will stay that way! :D

  2. Happy Happy Anniversary, you two❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️!!!!!!

  3. Happy Anniversary to a great couple! :)


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