Monday, September 24, 2018

Fall Bucket List 2018

//Trip to the pumpkin patch//
What's fall without a trip to the pumpkin patch?

//Give apple picking another try//
We did this two years ago and didn't have much fun. It was hot, there were lots of bees swarming near the fallen apples, and it was a long walk to where we actually picked the apples. The orchard has a new owner this year and I've heard good things so I want to give it another try.

//Make homemade apple sauce//
Using our fresh hand-picked apples. Now I just need to narrow down which recipe I want to use. 

//Participate in Homecoming activities//
Homecoming is pretty big in our town. Besides the actual game there are House Decks, the parade, and lots of tailgating. 

//Attend Crush Fest//
During last year's festival it was so hot and there were SO many bees that we didn't even get to stomp the grapes. Hopefully this year will redeem itself. 

//Kids cook dinner//
This was on our Summer Bucket List but we didn't get around to doing it. 

//Purchase a few new fall pieces and complete 30 Outfits in 30 Days//
I started this one this Summer and even took pictures but never finished the challenge. Fall seems like the perfect time to try this one again.

//Decorate our house with some new fall DIY's//
My Pinterest board is exploding with tons of ideas and I want to do them all.

//Visit as many festivals as possible//
Cool weather, fall outfits, and festival food equals perfection.

//Trick or Treat//
I'm sure the kids will change their minds about what they want to be 14 times between now and Halloween. 

//Carve pumpkins//
I'm going to try to talk the boys into doing a common theme amongst all our pumpkins. Avengers? Hocus Pocus? The possibilities are endless.

//Find our way through a corn maze//
I'm not super fond of corn mazes but the kids love them.

//Take family photos//
I say this every fall but I've officially got them scheduled with our photographer. 

//Go on a fall scavenger hunt with the boys//
Different colored leaves, sticks, and anything else they might find in nature.

//Watch Hocus Pocus//
No explanation needed. 

//Create a thankful wreath//
We have a lot to be thankful for this year and I want to make sure we're taking the time to reflect on that.

Friday, September 21, 2018

5 on Friday

Thank goodness for Friday! I was out of town for work Sunday and Monday so my days have been all mixed up. 


We have had record high temperatures lately so our neighborhood decided to keep the pool open through the end of the month. Last weekend our HOA hosted a poolside tailgate and Jack's friend Jo (and his momma) joined us at the pool. They both loved the cotton candy and we loved that they shared with us :)


While in Joplin for work, we stopped by the Eagle Drive-In for dinner. It's definitely a hole in the wall but the food is delicious. If you go make sure you smother everything in their special Eagle Sauce.


The sunsets this week have been spectacular. J's grandma said it perfectly, "These sunsets remind us just how amazing God is."  


Have any of you listened to this podcast? It just might be my favorite one yet. The story is captivating and I'm SHOCKED at what this doctor did his patients. I can't wait for the final episode to come out next week. 


I bought all the ingredients to make these sheet pan steak fajitas for dinner tonight. I don't know if it was the picture or the fact that it requires one pan that really sold me on this dish. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Summer Bucket List 2018 {Update}

Now that Summer's over, I always like to look back and see how many things we ending up doing on our Summer Bucket List.

//Explore 3 new (to us) parks//
We didn't make it to any state parks, but we did try out several (new to us) city parks. 

//Pizza by the Pool//
Labor Day weekend provided the perfect time for pizza by the pool. Friday night so quick and easy frozen pizza beforehand 

 //Camp in our living room//

//Try as many flavors of snow cones as possible//

//Go one day without technology//
All of us. I may have lost my mind. 

//Create the perfect S'Mores bar and make them with friends//

//Go Berry Picking//

//Visit the farmer's market//

//Enroll in the Summer reading program at our library//

//Grill the perfect steak//
After an unfortunate incident involving a frog in the grill I cooked our steaks on the stovetop. They definitely weren't as good but I'm scared from grilling for a while. 

//Watch a movie at the Drive In//
We passed on this one since there was never anything playing that the whole family could watch.

//Have a night-time swim party//
I had the 27 mosquitos bites to prove we were there at night :) 

//Visit the state fair//
Not this year. 

//Kids cook dinner//
The kids were super excited about this one but we never got around to it. I will be adding this to our fall bucket list though. 

//30 Outfits in 30 Days//
I started this one and even took pictures but never finished the challenge. 

//Make homemade ice cream//
Not only did we make ice cream, but it was so delicious I posted the recipe.

I'd love to hear how many things you did on your Summer Bucket List!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Weekend Recap

It was cloudy and cool the entire weekend which made it feel like the first few days of fall. I'm sure it will be back in the 90's next week, but we're soaking up the cooler temperatures while we can. 

It rained Friday night and all day Saturday so we just hung around the house. I finished reading Sharp Objects and started the HBO series. I loved the book but think the show is a little slow. Here's to hoping it gets better. 

Rainy Saturday morning donut run. 

By lunchtime the kids were going stir crazy so we headed off to Chick-fil-a. Thank God for indoor play places. When we got home the boys played with Legos and I painted my nails one of my favorite fall colors, I Cannoli Wear OPI. Don't mind my paint job.

The rain moved out by Sunday morning so we headed to breakfast in one of our favorite little towns. It felt so good to sit outside in sweatshirts. I didn't realize how much I was ready for fall :)

We needed to work off all that food so we explored the area and took a walk on the nearby trail.

Our weekend ended with the usual cleaning, laundry, and preparation for the week ahead. 

Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

2018 Goals Update: August

Summer's over, fall is almost here, and I'm determined to finish this year just as strong as I started it. Here's my goal update for August.

//Write down ten things that I am grateful for at the end of every single day//
I'm still reflecting on the previous day as part of my morning routine. Instead of noting things in my phone, I bought a little notebook and have been using that as a gratitude journal. 

//Complete at least 3 devotionals or bible studies//
Almost finished with Awaken by Priscilla Shirer. I've wanted to give up on this devotional several times now but I'm sticking with it to the end. I'm trying to gain as much from it as possible, but I am more than ready to move on to something else!

//Workout at least 4 times per week for at least 30 minutes//
I'm back on track with this one and it feels so freaking good. 

//Lose 20 pounds//
I’ve lost 14 pounds since January but have definitely stalled and know most of it has to do with what I'm eating. 

//Give up soda for at least 30 days//
Completed this one at the end of January and I'm doing really well with limiting how many I drink. I've also tried to cut down on the number of Red Bull's I've been drinking because those are just as bad.

//Wake up an hour earlier on weekdays in order to have the best start to my day//
Most days I'm up at 5:00am and I'm trying to do better about going to bed earlier. I LOVE having quiet time in the morning and feeling rushed as I start my day. 

//Drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day//
Rockin this one. 

//Read 12 books throughout the year//
I've read 16 books so I've officially met this goal. I set a new reading goal of 24 books which I should hit if I stay at the same reading pace. 

//Declare our house a yelling free zone and create a plan on how we'll do this//
I think everyone in our house is doing much better at this. Are we perfect? Heck no. But I've really been making an effort to speak positive words over my kids especially in the mornings while we eat breakfast and in the car on the way to school. 

//Have bi-weekly date nights with my husband. Whether we go out or do something at home, a time carved out for just the two of us to strengthen our marriage//
We haven't had as many out of the house dates, but we've still managed to make time for just the two of us. We both did the Ennegram test which was a fun activity and freakishly accurate. 

//Continue to create a budget each month and update the budget at least weekly//
Still creating a monthly budget, tracking our spending, and trying to set money aside for upcoming house projects we want to do. 

//Create a house where stuff does not cause chaos. Each room will only have things we love and all of those things will have a place//
I'm still purging things at least monthly and we've hardly brought anything new into the house. For awhile the boys wanted all the toys but that seems to have subsided, at least for now. 

//Carve out a time each week to devote to all things Cortney & Co including publishing posts 4 times per week// 
Still trying to figure out the best way to fit everything in. Between my actual job, keeping little humans alive, and this blog, things can get pretty busy. 

August Feelings: Content, loved, anxious, proud