What's Up Wednesday: April 2024

It's the last Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for What's Up Wednesday. We had a wonderful month despite our dreary weather. 



What I've Been Eating this Month: 

Chia "pudding" in almond milk with fresh fruits

Roasted veggies over farro with sourdough rolls

Fruit and granola

tomatoes, cucumber, and an almond butter sandwich

Salad, acorn squash, and roasted potatoes

Pesto pasta with broccoli, roasted veggies and salad

chicken fajita & beef brisket taco

Lots of ice cream from Jeni's! 

Quiche and salad

Salmon and pasta with veggies in a lemon/wine sauce

A Greek/rice bowl from Cava

Salad with feta and a veggie burger

Coconut shrimp with veggies

Homemade croissants that Alec made while on April vacation

Stuffed shrimp, roasted potatoes, and veggies

peanut butter cheesecake

Vegetable quiche with veggies

Sweet potatoes, veggies and salad

PB & J on a homemade croissant with butternut squash fries 



What I'm Reminiscing About: Well, we officially have one boy that is no longer in his teens! Man those years flew by..

Ian age 13

Around age 14

Age 15

Age 16

Age 18


What I'm Loving: I've only managed it two or perhaps 3 times this week but I have been loving getting to sit on the deck once again to read and soak up some sun. 





What We've Been Up To:

watching sunsets


lots of hiking


we went to our local casino to play Bingo as part of a school fundraiser 



more hiking

we watched the eclipse



I went to Nashville for a long weekend to meet up with fellow bloggers Tanya, Jennifer, and Marilyn





Alec's last track season started.. 


Some more hiking.. 



What I'm Dreading: Nothing right now.

What I'm Working On: I'm working on cleaning the whole house, making a cake/dessert for Ian's birthday, making up graduation invites for Alec's party and pulling together a menu. 

Make up of Alec's invitations


What I'm Excited About: It feels like these next few weeks/months until graduation are going to fly right by and I am excited for all the end of year things and "lasts" we'll be experiencing with Alec as well as all the exciting new firsts. 

What I'm Watching/Reading: We Were the Lucky Ones (Netflix), Tracker (Paramount+), Resident Alien (Netflix)-- a show I thought I'd hate but ended up enjoying once my husband started watching it.  One True Loves (Hulu), Mediterranean Life, P.S. I Love You (how did I miss this movie coming out in 2007? I LOVED it!), Ghostbusters Frozen Empire (at the movies!)




I managed to read 14 books this month! I'll have a review up next Thursday at our very first Share Your Shelf Link up (which I'll talk about more at the end of this post).   



What I'm Listening to: Evan played this song in the car yesterday and I just can not get it out of my head. 




What I'm Wearing: Still lots of pants and long sleeves with the occasional pair of flip flops thrown in (though you can tell I spent a long weekend in Tennessee mid-month with short sleeves, capri pants, and sundresses thrown in!).

























What I'm Doing This Weekend: Celebrating Ian's 20th birthday with the family. 

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month: Alec's senior prom! My husband and I are also celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary but it will be pretty low key this year as we just can not find a good weekend to get away. 

What Else is New: Jennifer from Overflowing with Thankfulness, Tanya from The Other Side of the Road, Marilyn from Memphis Bridges, and I are all starting a new monthly book link up. The first Thursday of each month we'll start a new link party dedicated to books and book reviews. I hope you'll join us!

You can use our graphic if you'd like to help spread the word about it. 



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Comments

  1. So much goodness going on here! Those crosssaints that Alex made look delicious so glad you are back to your gorgeous hikes. That navy striped sweater is fabulous!

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  2. Your meals look amazing and so colorful as always! PS I Love You is one of my all time FAVES :)

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    1. I couldn't believe I had never heard of it! I loved the movie.

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  3. Happy birthday to Ian, and all the senior moments...so many fun things to celebrate! I loved all the senior things and tried to soak them all up while they lasted. I love all of your food and the outfits...you're so great at documenting things. I need to learn to be better about this. I hope you have a great day, my friend and that you get to pull your flip flops out again and read in the sun!

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    1. Thank you! Ian didn't really do anything all for his senior year so I didn't have any of those moments to enjoy and it sounds like Evan will be the same way so I'm taking full advantage of all these fun things with Alec. It's looking like my flip flops will stay packed away until next week.

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  4. Oh, I'm totally going to try and link up with Share Your Shelf. It will encourage me to get my "end of month" book posts up in a timely fashion! And what a fun trip to Nashville!!! And yes, "dreary" is an excellent word to describe our April weather -- as they're calling for SNOW tonight. Ugh.

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    1. I hope you do! We are supposed to get some frost and below freezing temps tonight but it looks like it warm up by next week.

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  5. The first Thursday of each month? Oh man, that may be difficult but I will try! (Seeing as how I got my March book review out YESTERDAY, it is understandable how this will be a change for me (assuming I can do it for which I will make every effort!)). All the senior activities are exciting- how neat that you are making your own invitations!

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    1. Yep, but you are more than welcome to share your March book review! I just finished up the invitations this morning (well, making them anyway. I do still need to actually go through and fill all the information in now).

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  6. I mixed up my days and thought next Wednesday was the last Wednesday of the month, but it'll be may haha. You've had quite the month! Good luck with all the grad party prep! Also looking forward to the book reviews :)

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  7. Happy birthday to Ian and happy anniversary to you! Graduation definitely brings a whole season of change. I'm excited about Share Your Shelf!

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    1. Thank you! I had to search long and hard to find even just those few photos of Ian.

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  8. Joanne, you had a busy month and I love all of that healthy food you've been eating. As always you look nice in all of your outfits. How exciting that you all will be hosting the book link-up and I'm looking forward to that.

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  9. So much goodness in one post. Love it.
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  10. Oh my goodness - I so want to eat at your house!! So much good food. Looks good even in the pictures! And lots of cute outfits too!! Hard to believe it is prom season!

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  11. Happy birthday to your son! Enjoy the celebration. I love having adult 'kids'! Your book posting sounds interesting. I will try to link up, going to put it on my calendar. We have porch sitting temperatures but the pollen here is something else and we cover our furniture and roll up the rugs outdoors for the month of April to make the cleanup easier. We're almost ready for morning coffee out there though and I can't wait!

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    1. Thank you! We don't have any pollen... yet! The trees are budded like they want to bloom but it just hasn't warmed up enough.

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  12. As always, all the food looks delicious! I am looking forward to the link up and hope y'all have good weather to celebrate the birthday this weekend!

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  13. I hope you're still able to celebrate your anniversary because it's definitely a good one,
    XOOX
    Jodie

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  14. This was such a lovely post! And it feels amazing to have a child out of their teens doesn't it?

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  15. Happy birthday to Alec! It's so strange when your children age, and you don't, right? You always have the cutest outfits and the best photos, Joanne!

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  16. Hi Joanne, loving the look of the meals you've been eating - yum! Happy belated birthday to your son! That deck where you recline to read looks awesome - lucky you! What an outlook! I really love that first sunset photo - it's fabulous! Looks like you've had a fun time in Nashville (I'd love to visit there). Lots of good stuff in this post. Thanks for linking up with #WWWhimsy and hope you enjoy the rest of your week! xo

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  17. That purple sunset is so pretty. I will have to join your book link up...obviously.

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to see all your fabulous book reviews!

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  18. All of your food looks so good, especially those roasted veggies and the chicken fajita!
    Here's to more sunny days sitting outside! It's gorgeous here now which is a shame because it's been chilly for most of today.
    The invitations look fab and happy birthday to Ian!
    It sounds like you had a great month!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was only 45 (F) today so it's still quite cold here.

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  19. Plenty to celebrate coming up so happy birthday to Ian and happy anniversary to you. Love the bloggers real life link up - I love meeting bloggers in real life ... it's always like catching up with old friends.

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  20. What a great month, Jo, with extremely mouth-watering, healthy meals. I am so glad that you read One for Sorrow. I absolutely love that book!

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  21. What a fun month, Jo. Your meals look delicious and many are the same as what is on our menu at home. I always enjoy photos of the nature surrounding where you live. Isn't it wonderful catching up with blogging friends IRL? Thanks so much for participating in #WBOYC? and have a lovely May. x

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  22. What a wonderful month. As always your food pics look so delicious and healthy. Happy birthday to Ian and good luck with all your plans for Alec's graduation! I clicked on the song and even though I have never heard it before I totally get why it sticks to your head! Hahaha!
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  23. Thanks for joining us Joanne and happy birthday celebrations for your son!

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  24. How fun that you met up with fellow bloggers!

    Those croissants look amazing. And that sunset!! Enjoy your week, the birthday party, sunsets, and books!

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  25. Oh that first sunset is absolutely stunning!! All of the shades of purple!

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    1. I could not believe it' we rarely get sunrises or sunsets that are so vibrant. It reminded me of something I'd see in Florida!

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  26. Wow, you've certainly been reading a lot! I look forward to participating in your book linky. Happy belated 20th birthday to Ian! #WWWhimsy

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  27. What a fun month and so deliciously busy! Those homemade croissants look fabulous and how cool were your pictures of the eclipse?! Yay for meeting blogging buddies - I bet that was a lot of fun.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I both love and hate when he makes croissants; I love it because they are incredible but I hate it because I just cannot resist eating them.

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  28. It sounds as if you have a lot going on, Joanne. I must say I especially enjoyed what you do not have going on right now: anything you are dreading. Yea!

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