Friday, July 19, 2013

Coffee Date Friday: From the Back Porch

Hi! You're back! So glad we can enjoy a cup o' Joe together again this morning for Coffee Date Friday (linking up with Rags to Stitches). 

Today, I'm opting for an extra large cup of some homemade Dunkin Donuts coffee along with the same.exact.breakfast. I eat every single morning: two slices of peanut butter toast with honey. So, pull up a chair and sit alongside me on my back porch as we enjoy a little catching up before the kiddos wake up. What I would tell you as we took in the view would be...

...This whole back porch coffee thing is becoming a regular morning routine for me. I've been getting up a few minutes earlier than my typical 6:00 am alarm so that I can get ready for the day and still have 10 or 15 minutes of alone time on the back porch before anyone else in my house stirs. It's just me, my thoughts, and my coffee. And it's quite peaceful. Although, I am also proud to say that twice this week, I used my early morning wake-up time to go for a me-only jog around the neighborhood. Although it's hard to motivate myself to run 2.5+ miles first thing in the morning, I always feel great afterwards. And what else can beat a sunrise view?!

...The Bachelorette weekend has arrived!! While I will not spill the secrets of all that lies ahead for my baby sister as all her sisters and best friends spoil her rotten, I will tell you it is going to be a weekend of epic proportions. 

...Yesterday afternoon, we met with a very, VERY reasonably priced (!) interior decorator to help us try to figure out how the heck to make our grown-up home (when did that happen?) not look like something a fresh-out-of-college-newlywed couple threw together. Need evidence that I need a little help in the home decor department? There is a crooked floor lamp, from Target, that serves as the sole lamp in our family room. It is almost 10 years old. And this is just one example. There are many more. Yep-it's time for some updating and growing-up-ing. Of course, I have hundreds of Pinterest pins taunting me. I am just scared to pull the trigger. So, hopefully, Frances isn't gun shy. 

...My little boy, my baby boy, is turning FOUR in just over two months. Say whaaa??? Pure craziness, I tell ya. I am doing something a little different for his birthday this year and am excited to watch it slowly come together over the next couple of months. 

...I had three glorious weeks, back-to-back, that my hub didn't have to travel over night. Pure bliss. But, this week, he was back to his travels, and was gone Monday through Wednesday. Whew! I'm glad he's back home...just in time for me to take off for my girl's weekend...ha!

...But also? I am excited for what this weekend holds for my hub and my kiddos. My trio is headed to my in-law's, where my son will go on his first ever fishing trip with my hub and his Pop. If you know my father-in-law, you know that, aside from family, fishing is his passion. So, bright and early tomorrow morning, three of my favorite guys will be hitting the lake on Pop's boat in search of some fresh catch. Meanwhile, my little lady will be soaking up lots of one-on-one time with our Nana. And right about that time, I'll be wine-tasting. Sounds like a win-win for all! 

...I am spending the next three weekends out-of-town. And that will take us in to August. What the what? Where in the heck did the summer go?

So, after also hearing about all the comings and goings and plans and non-plans (which are, often, the best plans!) for you this weekend, I would bid you adieu as the first of my early risers made his way to top of the stairs to await his Momma's morning hug and kiss. 

See you back for more coffee soon! Have a great weekend. :)


  1. I'm horrible when it comes to decorating. As in, our house is an eclectic mix of different things. It can drive me crazy sometimes. Hope y'all get some awesome feedback from your interior decorator (then of course you must share them ;)
    Have fun this weekend!

    1. Thanks so much, Misty! Our initial consult was awesome but also overwhelming! There is just so much to do! But baby steps, baby steps. :) I love seeing photos of others' homes to get ideas. That could be an interesting future link up...

  2. Matt and I have also consulted with a decorator....she was very helpful. We are going to hire another one to help with the dining and living rooms. My problem has always been that I know what I like, just cant put it all together.

    1. Awesome! I just don't have the natural "eye" for that type of thing like so many do, ya know? Of course, my Pinterest boards would suggest otherwise, but like you, it's the actual putting it all together that I struggle with. Ugh!