I did a CURRENTLY post almost one year ago today, so I decided it was time to do it again.  These are things I’m doing, crazy thoughts in my head, etc.  🙂

Making:   A big ole cup of coffee…I’m working on this post Sunday morning long before anyone else is up.  A quiet house is my favorite time to work on this little blog of mine.  I’m making a big cup of coffee with #allthecreamer.  ha!

Cooking:   I hope I can remember to throw chicken in the slow cooker right before we leave for church.  I’m not sure WHAT I’m gonna do with that chicken later…I’m thinking maybe chicken caesar wraps or maybe just chicken caesar salads?

Drinking:  Coffee, Iced Tea, and Water on repeat.  I’ve also added La Croix’s to the mix.  Are you guys fans of those?  If so, what’s your favorite flavor?  So far, my favorite is lemon.

Eating:  Tab was out of town all last week and let me tell you a little secret….I tend to not cook at all when he’s gone.  Tab was doing dishes for me a couple weeks ago and he said the words I’ve thought my entire adult life…”It’s almost worth eating out just so you don’t have to clean up”.  And all the mamas doing dishes said, “Amen”.  Right?  Needless to say, even though it’s January-I haven’t been eating my best at the moment.  I blame it on Tab being out of town.  This week I’ve meal planned and we’re set!

Reading:  I just started reading Redemption, the first book in the series.  When we announced Britt’s name, a reader reached out to me and told me I needed to read these books because there’s a Britt Bradford in this series.  So I ordered the first one and will work my way through them.  I’m not sure what has happened to me, but I’ve been blowing my way through some books.  (I think it goes back to Tab being out of town and it was SO cold.  We were stuck inside.)  I’ve read some great ones!  My new plan is to share my recent reads every Friday on Friday Favorites.  I know there will come a Friday when I’ve got no books to share, but for now…I’m ahead!   

Wanting:  To have my entire house decluttered.  I started reading Emily Ley’s Simplified Life book (and think I’m gonna love it).  The first chapter was about decluttering, and that’s where I got stuck.  haha!  I WANT someone else to come in and tell me how to organize things in a better way.  Every six to nine months, I do a big declutter overhaul-which maybe is normal with four kids bringing things inside the house?  I’m just getting the feeling I’m not organizing my house-closets, cabinets, and such in the best way or I wouldn’t be doing it so frequently.  What do you think?  Is this normal?  Do you guys do this to your house every so often?  I started in the boys’ room.  Who am I kidding-I’m still in the boys’ room but have already taken out four bags of old toys, clothes that don’t fit, trash, etc. AND IT FEELS SO GOOD!

Looking:  Tab recently gave Nixon all his old baseball and football cards he had growing up.  But now there are a ton of cards!  I have no doubts Emily Ley would NOT approve of all the sport cards in the boy room right now.  I told Tab we need to do something with them.  And Tab insisted they were worth so much money.  (Insert the eye roll emoji here.) I was immediately teleport-ed back to the sixth grade when boys in my class would discuss cards and how much they were worth.  I didn’t believe them then and am not so sure about this now.  So I’m looking for a baseball card dealer who’s gonna write us a check for four kiddos’ college tuition AND he’s gonna take all these cards off my hands.  Win-win.  Right?  hahaha!  

Playing:  We’re in the midst of our first volleyball season and our record isn’t so good.  My whole mission when I signed up to coach was just to introduce them to the sport and to make sure they have fun.  But let me tell you…even in third grade it’s hard to ensure the fun will happen if the team is losing.  I don’t mention the score, the time left on the clock, etc…but they’re telling me,”Mrs. Erika, we’re losing”.  This week in practice I’m gonna do my best to work on our regular drills but incorporate a few that are simply just for fun.

Wasting:  I’m sorry to keep discussing that book (and I’ve only read the FIRST chapter).  But something Emily tells you to do is to NOT purchase a THING before you declutter your house.  If you’re like me, before I’ve even stepped foot in the room I want to have all the right organizational tools from The Container Store ready.  Like AS I was reading the chapter I thought, well I’ll go to The Container Store today and then I read the line about DO NOT purchase anything for organization.  All this to say, I am NOT wasting any organizational bins or buckets at the moment.  If it can be used, I’m using it!

Buying:  All the workout clothes.  I might have eaten junk every night last week, BUT the cute outfit motivates me to either make it to the gym OR at least get a home workout in.

Sewing:  HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  NOT a THING I can do anymore.  🙁

Wishing:   For a SNOW DAY!

Loving:  The Greatest Showman soundtrack…to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of a musical so I didn’t fully understand the hype.  But I watched the movie over the weekend and am now applying to be the President of The Greatest Showman Fan Club.  The music was outstanding!  Have you guys seen it?  What’d you think?  I didn’t love the “other woman” part they incorporated into the story line, but that’s the only part I would have left out.  Just my two little cents, but please share your thoughts!

Hoping:  You’re still reading at this point.  🙂

Marvelling:  Over how much these kiddos have grown.  It happens so quickly.

Needing:  “Some sort of organization company to come look at all our closets and then tell me where to put things.  I don’t think I have the ability to organize closets well.  I’m lacking in this department.” –You guys, this was my answer to this question almost a year ago.  Ha!  What can I say?  I know my strengths and weaknesses.

Smelling:  A delicious candle burning in the kitchen…Winter Candy Apple by Bath and Body Works

Wearing:  My favorite pajamas at the moment. 🙂

Praying:  For a sweet family from McKinney to arrive safely home from China with their new baby girl.  Adoption is amazing and getting to observe sweet babies find their forever family makes my heart so happy.

Noticing:  When I took down all the Christmas decorations, I replaced some things with my normal decor and left others tucked away.  I think it’s nice to have a blank slate for a bit.  It looks a little bare, but I kind of like it.

Knowing:  That wherever you are, whatever you’re doing God is using you for his purpose.  I got a couple e-mails this week that touched my heart in big ways and were so encouraging.  I hope you know the same thing.  If you’re a teacher, you’re touching lives.  If you’re working in a cubicle with no one around you, the people you meet in the hallway are noticing your smile and your positive outlook.  If you’re a stay-at-home mom taking care of babies all day, God is using you!  

Thinking:  About all the Disney World vacations we’re working on for the fall of this year.  We have a ton of families already planning their fall break to Disney.  If you’ve been thinking about a fall 2018 Disney World trip with possibly a visit to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, please reach out to us at  We’d love to help you plan a magical vacation!

Opening:  You guys are gonna laugh at me.  I’m a broken record!  I’ve clearly gone over the top with my organizational literature.  😉  I just opened this workbook, Cluttered Mess to Organized Success for two reasons…1. I’m working on decluttering our house and need all the help.  2. I LOVE a workbook.

Giggling:  About The Bachelor last week…I joked around to Sheaffer about that dog scene being one of my biggest fears!  Seeing a big pack of dogs running at me is not my idea of a good time.  Like Sheaffer says, under the “fear” category on your application…WHY DON’T YOU SAY TACOS AND DIAMONDS?!  haha!  

Feeling:  Excited about the new week and all it has in store.  Hope you make it a great one!  

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