Welcome Monday Morning

Welcome Monday Morning!

Hello, friends! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Hope you had the best weekend! As always Monday arrives whether or not we’re ready, right?! Ready / Set / Go…. For me it begins with getting out of bed while I stumble to get into my workout clothes and do something that loosely resembles what Autumn tells me to do for the 21 Day Fix workout. I sweat, drink some water until the 30 minutes are over. Then it’s off to the shower and onto the morning routine of getting out the door on time. But wait! There is definitely some coffee involved and on a good morning a devotional and some prayer time with the hubs.

Before I get onto this week, I thought I’d share a few things from real life in the past few days.

1. We watched a movie that we missed when it was in theaters. The Promise was a movie I knew I wanted to see after watching the preview. It is set during WWI in the country of Turkey. As a previous history teacher I remember that I never learned about the Armenian genocide until I had students work on a genealogy project and one the students was of Armenian descent. Her mother told the class the story of their family during these dark days. Because of their family story, I couldn’t wait to see The Promise. It did not disappoint.

 

2. Should this topic interest you, I can also recommend a Newberry Medal book, The Road from Home, that I read several years ago. Same tragic story with different people. I think it’s important to note genocide still is alive and well on our planet. Can we ignore the past and be blind to the present? These are thoughts I wrestle with but nearly as often as I should…

3. On a much lighter note, I have been craving and eating Ants on a Log lately. What’s interesting about that? Well, why have I just discovered this deliciousness and cannot get enough?! What’s not to love? Celery, peanut better and raisins? Sometimes I sub peanut butter for cashew butter. Still yummy! Still satisfies my sweet tooth craving too.

Ants on a Log Recipe 1

image via cindyshopper.com

4. I think I’ve mentioned in a recent post that moving has caused me to look back into my family and heritage. I was reminded of a book that was published a few years ago that had pictures of my dad and his siblings when they were growing up in Iowa. I got on Amazon and found it. Promptly ordered it and received it this past weekend. I had a great time talking with my mom and dad while I discovered which photos included him. How precious to have a copy of Sunday Afternoon on the Porch!

5. The last weekend in July is Nordic Fest in Decorah, Iowa. This was a time when my family would gather together. We would camp and enjoy the festivities in town and celebrate our heritage. This past weekend my parents went and enjoyed Norwegian food and all the festivities but the rest of the family wasn’t there this year. Nordic Fest was even more special this year because RAGBRAI – The Register’s Annual Great Bike Race Across Iowa – went through Decorah. This is what it looks like when thousands of bike riders converge on a small town in Iowa.

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That’s about it today except I have a question for you. Who grocery shops in your family? Typically, it’s me and it’s something I really enjoy doing and usually by myself. Lately, my hubs has been going with me. We have been spending about DOUBLE what I typically spend + I feel we run out of food by Thursday. What’s up with that??? I think I’ve created a monster because he now likes to go with me and we’ve created a Friday after work routine. The checkout girl at Aldi even asks what we’re doing on the weekend and then checks in with us the next week because she remembers. Oh, no! How do I get out of this mess? To be continued….

Have a great day and beautiful week, friends!

~Carrie xoxxo

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  • Haha, I am usually the one that grocery shops on the weekend and then Mr. Picks up random odds and ends throughout the week. But man groceries are getting expensive!!
  • haha I usually try to rope hubby into grocery shopping with me only because he can help witht eh boys who can get cranky sometimes, ha! I hope you have a wonderful week - a workout sounds like a good way to start the day :) Away From The Blue Blog