Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dishing It- Summer Style


One of my favorite bloggers, Amanda @ Serenity Now, is hosting her monthly "Dishing It" Party. This month her questions focus on this summer. If you'd like to play along, head on over to her blog.

I can't believe that it's all ready August! The summer is winding down, although the heat here in Houston is starting to wind up. There have been heat advisories for the last 7 days in a row. It's unbearably hot, so Aidan and I have been staying indoors. I'm hoping it'll cool off next month so that we can go on our daily walks outside, instead of only going once a week inside at a local mall!

Now, onto the questions....

~Best activity you participated in this summer.
Going to Cedar Point. (Voted best amusement park in the world for the past 14 years... thankyouverymuch!) I haven't been to the park in 3 years, so it was great to go with some family while I was home! Even my Dad tagged along, although he chose to ride amusements that were a bit easier on the body! It was just as awesome as ever and I hope to go again next year! I love amusement parks and really miss the smaller ones that I grew up with. They are definitely more plentiful up North than down here in Texas.
~Did your family go on any trips this summer? Which was your favorite?
Why yes we did. Aidan and I were lucky enough to get back to Ohio twice this summer. Jason was able to come with us the second time around. I love visiting our family and friends back home, but next summer I am crossing my fingers that we can go on a REAL vacation. My family is talking about renting a big beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in June, so hopefully that'll pan out. If not, Jason and I may take Aidan somewhere for a little family vacation of our own.
~Best new recipe you tried.
Oooh... I try new recipes ALL of the time. But, one of my favorites was from The Pioneer Woman. Who else? I am obsessed with her and DESPERATELY want to purchase her cookbook! One of these days when we have a little extra cash flow I'll probably have to treat myself to a coffee at Barnes and Noble and go pick up that book. Oh yea.. the recipe that I wanted to share was The Pioneer Woman's Spicy Mac and Cheese. I wanted to eat the WHOLE thing by myself. Darn Jason and wanting to eat dinner... Ha ha! Perhaps I'll whip up a batch for myself one day while he's traveling... Muah ha ha!
~Most exciting thing you've done this summer.
Watching Aidan grow. Perhaps not exciting to everybody, but to a new Mother it's amazing! At the beginning of May he was only 3 months old. Now he's 6 months. Those three little months make a world of difference. He went from laying on his back to rolling over, to sitting up on his own! I'm gonna cheat and list another thing. We have joined a Mommy and Me group that is awesome! I really love the women and children we have met and am excited to get to know them better throughout the coming year!
~Coolest crafty thing you made or home decor thing you tried.
I rearranged my living room and have bought some super cute things from Home Goods!
~Best book or magazine issue you read.
Oooh.. I am always looking forward to getting my monthly Family Circle, Coastal Living and Southern Living magazines in the mail. I love trying the recipes in them! The best book I've read, and probably one of the only I've read this summer (actually I reread it), was "Have a Little Faith" by Mitch Albom. Phenomenal. I've been meaning to write a post on it, but I haven't had the time to sit down and really think about how I want to tackle it.
~Coolest new (to you) blog you've found.
Hands down, The Nester. How did I never know about this wonderful woman? I love her style and hope to one day be as good a thrifter as she is. Teach me, oh Nester!
~Favorite bargain or shopping find of the summer. In general, discovering Home Goods! I am also checking out a HUGE consignment sale at the end of this month which I am really excited about. I'm not looking for anything particular, but I'm interested to see what good bargains I can find!
~Your best post of the summer was...?

Probably this one. I really need to stay true to it and continue to balance out my life some more!
~What's left on your summer to-do list?
Decorate my home. (Ha ha, more like a year to-do list!) Read a book. Any book. Well, not a children's book! I read those everyday... Get a massage. Start attending workout classes regularly at the gym. I think that's all..

Okay, well thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed reading about my summer thus far!


  1. Hi Emily. So nice to "meet" you. I've never even heard of Cedar Point, but you got my curious so I checked out the website. It looks AMAZING! How fun!

    I've never tried that Pioneer Woman recipe, but it sounds good. Love mac and cheese. I'll have to try it and I'm dying for her cookbook too!

    You treasure that baby. They grow up too fast!

    I read your favorite post. I didn't read that book, but I looooved that movie! AWESOME!

  2. Emily! Nice to meet you! I also am a transplant to big ol' hot Texas. It was nice to read about a new mommy and remember how it felt back then when I just had one and everything was something new. Bless your little man!

    I was so happy to read that you joined a Mommy and me group. I was in a Mom's Club, and it was the best thing ever for me and the kids. I hope you enjoy your group as much as I enjoyed mine!

  3. Hi, Emily! Sounds like you've had a good summer. :) Mom groups are so great--I joined a local MOPS group when my oldest was around 10 months old and never looked back. Such a great outlet! I bet you could find a lot of Pioneer Woman's recipes online. ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up with me. I hope you have fun visiting around! :)

  4. I'm visiting from Amanda's party. I love your family picture on your blog's header. You three are so cute!

    My friend talks about Pioneer Woman recipes all of the time. You should treat yourself to that book! I'm going to check out the mac and cheese recipe that you recommend.

  5. Hi! I realized that our sons are almost the same age- mine's 5 months now. He's rolling from back to tummy, but not sitting unassisted yet. It's so fun to watch them grow:) How'd you find your mommy and me group? I'd love to join too now that I'm a SAHM. -vising from Serenity Now:)

  6. Hi Emily! I'm stopping by from Amanda's Dishing It Party...I love her blog too! And I feel ya on that extreme heat issue...just get on I-10 and head east and you will get to me in coastal MS!

    PS - Homegoods is one of my FAVORITE stores too!

  7. Spicy mac and cheese! That sounds like heaven on earth! Your little boy is so precious. I have a little one to and it is just so amazing how fast she is growing. I will have to check out your redecorating of your living room! I'm always up for design tips :) Great reading your blog!

  8. Wow it looks like you had a great summer. I have never been to cedar point. But my kids have and they loved it.
    I am going to check out Nester! Sounds so cool!

  9. Hi Emily! It's so nice to meet you!

    You have a beautiful family. What fun I know you're having with your precious little Aidan!

    Take care of yourself there in hot, hot Texas. I'll bet you miss Ohio in the summertime!


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