Monday, May 11, 2015


April was – dare I say it – uneventful?  Except it was full of good stuff all at the same time.  I had a conference out of town for work, a bridal shower, a wedding, and a weekend trip to KC which included my first IKEA experience.  And I was a pretty instant fan.

Here are a few snapshots from the month:


Coffee ice cream – baby and I cannot get enough of this stuff.


We have been having “nacho night” fairly often lately and these were Paul’s BBQ chicken nachos.  Last night we had pulled pork tacos for dinner and I definitely see some pulled pork nachos in our future.


I finished The Girl On The Train.  This one had been on my list for a while.  The story line of this book was a solid one, but it was slow to start for me. I had a tough time figuring out what was really going on with the main character, and then when I did figure it out, she stressed me out! After the story started to develop I really loved how the characters seemed to be so intertwined, and their personalities seemed to mirror each other. Their struggles were real and the emotions were portrayed very well. The part of this book that I liked the most was that it kept me guessing until about the last 20 pages and I loved that I didn’t know what was going on right away.

One more note: I often saw this book compared to Gone Girl, and I loved Gone Girl. And I can see some similar themes like crazy, train-wreck women and a murder mystery, but I wouldn’t compare the two. With that said, I did really enjoy this book.


Our trip to KC included, of course, some BBQ from my favorite, Joe’s KC (formerly Oklahoma Joe’s) and the burnt ends were indescribable…I’m still drooling, actually.


Spring in Central Mo.  Everything is so green and blooming beautiful!


I haven’t had any weird cravings so far, but I can’t seem to get enough cherry limeade slushes from Sonic…


And cinnamon rolls have been super hard to pass up.  This shot doesn’t give this cinnamon roll justice.  It took Paul and I three days to be able to eat the whole thing!


For sure the best part of April has been watching my belly grow. I keep finding myself surprised when I look at my body and barely recognize it.  More pregnancy updates soon!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

My thoughts on pregnancy: 3 months in


In case you missed something along the way…Paul and I are expecting our first baby in October and we couldn’t be more excited! When we first started trying I had no idea what to expect but I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was hoping that we...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


March in Photos

March started out with snow but ended with the most beautiful spring days imaginable. And a new book, by one of my favorite authors: Of course, there was some food:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review: All The Bright Places

All The Bright Places Review

February was a good book month for me!  I read Eleanor & Park and this one: All The Bright Places.  All The Bright Places started out a little slow for me.  The book alternates characters and between chapters: the main characters Theodore Finch and Violet Markey.  Both are incredibly...

Thursday, March 5, 2015



It’s March!  You wouldn’t guess so by the temperature here in central Missouri, but I’m just waiting on pins and needles for this weekend.  It’s sunshine & 50’s and 60’s for days.  And I can’t even begin to describe how much I need some sunshine. But not before looking back...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park.  Where do I even start with this book?  Let me first say that it’s been a very, very long time since I finished a book in less than 24 hours.  This one hooked me.  Like a fish! It was my first by Rainbow Rowell, and I only...