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Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Morning

Man, did that weekend fly by!  I must admit that I am thankful this morning for a two-hour delay, courtesy of a crazy freezing rain/ice storm we got yesterday.  If only all Mondays could begin with a few extra hours to sleep in.


After school, I hit happy hour with some of my best friends from work.  It is so therapeutic to sit in a big booth, glass of wine in hand, and gab about our lives.  We were there for almost four hours!  So worth it, though.

Walker had a men's conference at church this weekend and my parents live less than five minutes away, so we slept over.  My sister Kelley was home from college, so we had a little girls night, ate dinner, baked brownies, and chatted until the boys came home.

S A T U R D A Y 

One of my favorite parts about living in New Jersey is its geographical location.  Philadelphia is only a quick 35-40 minute drive!  My mom has been getting her hair cut in the city for more than 20 years and offered to make me an appointment so that we could make a day out of it.  Kelley came too and got a manicure.

We had lunch at Reading Terminal Market, which is one of the coolest places I've ever eaten.  There are tons of booths and stands and a seemingly endless supply of food.  Anything you can imagine, they have it!

The salon is in a building called the Bellevue, which is actually where my dad used to work.  It's beautiful!  As we walked over, I snapped some pictures of the famous sites along the way - City Hall, Macy's, and the Union League.

Our haircuts turned out fabulously.  It was so much fun to have a girl's day!


We were hit with a kind of unexpected snow/freezing rain/ice storm that made the roads pretty horrific.  Walker and I decided not to go to ballet in the evening because we'd heard how treacherous they were.  I think it was a good decision.  We stayed in our PJ's, watched a couple episodes of Castle, and cleaned up the apartment.  Perfect lazy Sunday.

Happy Monday, friends!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five on Friday

It's Friiiiiday!  Weekend, here we come!  

1 // I kicked off Monday morning with my blanket scarf and a free latte from Starbucks (who in the WORLD is running early on a Monday -- clearly I was nuts!)  I felt SO basic.

2 // That evening, we had high school youth group.  The freshman girls I lead wanted to take a selfie, so we did!  Not the most flattering picture of anyone, but oh well.  I also became Snapchat friends with most of them, which means my feed is inundated with snaps of high schoolers.  Ahh I love them!

3 // My principal always writes little comments on our lesson plans and adds seasonally appropriate stickers.  Gotta love that!

4 // I will officially be finished with my first graduate school course once I submit my last paper (hopefully today if I can get my act together!)  Three credits down...twenty seven to go!

5 // It's going to be a great weekend - happy hour with my coworkers this afternoon, then a sleepover at my parents' house, followed by a haircut in Philly tomorrow!  Let's do this!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Unconventional Lent Challenge

Well, I'm a little late to the game on this one, seeing as Lent was actually a week ago today.  I saw something on facebook recently, though, and I thought it was good enough to share.  I've never actually practiced Lent before, mostly because I found it kind of arbitrary.  I saw my friends giving up chocolate or wine and it just seemed so superficial.  

But what if practicing Lent is so much more than giving up junky food in an effort to jump start summer weight loss?  What if we gave up things that were damaging our souls?  

When I look at this list, I am instantly convicted of all the negative habits in my life.  I have struggled with so many of the above items, and the truth of the matter is, NONE of them are pleasing to God!  

What bad habit will you remove from your life for the next 40 days?