My 101 In 1001 Check In #7

Well it’s been a little over 3 months since my last 101 in 1001 update, so I figured that it was time for a little update. While my traveling has definitely been lacking lately, I’ve definitely been able to get a lot of other things done in some of my other categories. So check out below to see how I’ve done!

The Wandering Weekenders- 101 in 1001

Travel

1. Visit 5 countries that I’ve never been to before. (6/5)
After our Europe trip last year I was able to get 4 new countries crossed off my list, including Italy, Germany, Austria, and The Czech Republic. With our Europe trip this year I was able to get two new countries (or three depending on how you look at it) crossed off our list and complete this item on our list! During this trip we visited Scotland, England, and France. Technically Scotland and England are both part of The United Kingdom, so I’m counting them as one country, but it doesn’t matter because I was still able to complete my goal!
The Wandering Weekenders- Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017

House

41. Organize our kitchen better and get rid of things we don’t use.
Chris and I had a huge list of things that we wanted to get done around the house before the babies came, and one of those items was to get our kitchen organized. It really wasn’t functional the way that everything was set up right now, so we were able to reorganize things and also get rid of things that we didn’t use, like all of those freebie wine glasses that we got from wineries that we never use. I’m so happy with how everything turned out!

45. Decorate the game room.
We finally hung up pictures all over the house, including in the game room, and it definitely feels a lot more like home now. We also know that the game room will soon become baby central so we bought some more storage things to hopefully keep a handle on the ever growing toy collection that I’m sure that they’ll have. I’m glad that we got this done early!

49. Buy a china cabinet and decorate.
So it only took us like a year, but after buying our china cabinet last year, I’m very happy to say that we finally put our china in the china cabinet and that it looks so good! The only reason that I can think of for why it took us so long to actually do it was because we were just lazy. I guess when I actually add things to a to do list that means that they actually get done, thankfully!
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52. Donate clothes that I can’t wear anymore to charity.
Before the babies get here I wanted to try and get my closet a little more organized, especially since I had quite a bit of clothes in my closet that I haven’t worn in years. I’m happy to say that about a month ago I spent a good portion of the afternoon going through my closet and got 3 or 4 huge trash bags filled with clothes out of closet and dresser and sent over to Goodwill. Now I just need to reorganize my closet a little bit…

53. Create a gallery wall on the staircase of our photos we’ve taken.
This is probably my favorite project that we’ve worked on over the past few months, and I absolutely love the way that it turned out! Chris did a wonderful job of getting everything put up and organized, and instead of doing pictures that we’ve taken of our trips we decided to pictures of us from our trips along with some family pictures. It was a ton of fun to go back through our trip pictures and to try and pick out our favorites to use on the gallery wall. I know that eventually those pictures will change though because I’m sure that we’ll want to add a ton of pictures of the girls to the gallery as well!
The Wandering Weekenders- My 101 In 1001

Life

56. Get up to date on our family yearbooks. (Up to 2016)
I’m very happy to say that this one is getting closer and closer to actually being complete! Before I started this 101 in 1001 I had only completed our 2013 yearbook and now I’m working on our 2016 yearbook! Hopefully I get done quickly so that I can move on to our vacation books!

57. Get up to date on our vacation photobooks. (Completed through California 2014)
While I definitely haven’t gotten as far as I have on my family yearbooks, I’ve made a little bit of progress on our vacation photobooks. I completed our big Northern California vacation books from 2014, and then I’ll be able to start on all of our weekend trips from 2015 and 2016 along with our 2015 Hawaii trip, and our Europe trips from 2016 and this year. It might not be possible to finish all of these up before my 1001 days are over, but I’m sure going to try!

58. Get updated family photos printed.
This kind of ties in with our gallery wall, but we used not only a family picture that we got taken in March, but we also used some other family pictures that we had taken throughout the years. Especially now that Dart isn’t here anymore, I’m glad that we get to see all of those pictures of us as a family of 3 as we pass them on the stairs.
The Wandering Weekenders- My 101 In 1001 Check In #6

61. Read 100 books. (83/100)
If you’ve been reading my Show Us Your Books updates then you know how I’ve hit a little bit of a rough patch lately as far as reading, but thankfully that’s starting to pick up. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read those 17 books before the babies get here, or by the end of the year because who knows how much reading I’ll get done once they get here!

67. Finish watching the whole series of Friends.
Finally I understand why everybody loves Friends so much, even though I’m probably like 15 years late to the party. The series was so good, and I loved being able to watch the final episodes, especially with everything that’s been going on in our lives lately with the twins! 

75. Start a family.
Technically this one was done last time I did the update, but we hadn’t announced just yet that we were expecting! Chris and I are seriously loving this stage in our lives right now, and we can’t wait until the babies get here!
The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

And there you have it, all the things that I’ve been able to accomplish over the past 3 months in relation to my 101 in 1001. We definitely knew that we needed to get things done around the house and in our life in general before the babies came and I feel like we’ve really been able to do that. Hopefully we’ll get some more things done and checked off the list before the babies get here!

Recap:

In Progress:
Travel- (2/25)
Houston- (1/10)
House- (0/20)
Life- (3/20)
Food- (0/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (3/10)
Blog- (0/6)
Total- (9/101)

Completed:
Travel- (16/25)
Houston- (4/10)
House- (15/20)
Life- (9/20)
Food- (5/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (4/10)
Blog- (5/6)
Total- (58/101)

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A Life Update

Hi everyone, it’s been a long time since I’ve logged on and actually sat down to write and that’s because I’ve been in a little bit of a funk lately. The last time that I wrote was for the SUYB linkup, but also to say that Dart had a relapse of his cancer and we’d had a scary week trying to get him better. We really thought that the new drugs would give us a lot more time, but unfortunately he had another relapse two weeks ago.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Life Update

We knew that there was nothing else that we could do for him, so we decided to make the hard decision to let him go to doggy heaven. Chris and I were both wrecks that weekend, but just being able to focus on the fact that he’s all better now and all of the fun that we had has really helped us to get through everything. There’s still a lot of things around the house that make us think of him, and we miss him like crazy, but each day it gets a little bit easier. I also wanted to thank all of y’all that reached out to me on that last post about Dart, and also when I posted about it on social media. Chris and I really appreciate it so much!

So anyways, I guess that now y’all can see why I needed some time away from this space, but I’m back now, and hoping to get y’all updated on everything and to start writing travel posts again! In honor of that, I thought that I’d do a little currently post.

WATCHING- The Real Housewives of Auckland and pretty much all the Real Housewives series that are on right now. In fact on Thursday Chris and I pretty much had a Real Housewives marathon and watched all the current episodes of Auckland, Dallas, Orange County and New York City. I was pretty happy but Chris was not. The good thing is that Game of Thrones is on tonight, so I know that we’ll both be happy then!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Life Update

READING- I seriously feel so behind on my reading and that’s because I had requested all of these books from the library, not expecting them to come in, and then they all came in all at once. So I got caught up on those, and now I’m scrambling to get caught up on book club books along with my selections for Erin’s Book Challenge. I’m almost done with Beartown by Fredrik Backman and then I’m flipping over to The Camelot Shadow by Sean Gibson for my work book club. Hopefully I’ll get them both done before my book club meetings!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Life Update

EATING- Lots of leftovers! This past weekend we drove to my parents’ house for the weekend so we could help Chris’s cousin move in, and my parents had her family over for dinner. My dad really outdid himself by cooking out ribs, chicken, and sausage, and like always there were a ton of leftovers. I’m happy for all the leftovers though because that means that we don’t have to cook very much this week!

CRAVING- Surprisingly I really haven’t been craving too much during this pregnancy, but I do randomly get some cravings, and right now I could really go for some Fro-yo! I think that because it’s so hot outside, all I’ve been craving has been cold desserts, and I guess that I should soak all of that up while I can, right!

DRINKING- Like I mentioned before, it’s hotter than hot in Texas right now, and this pregnant lady needs to stay hydrated, so I’m drinking nothing fun, just water. And unfortunately, there won’t be any fun drinks until after these little girls get here, but I know that it’ll be all worth it!

PLANNING- It’s kind of weird, but I’m not really planning any trips right now because we just don’t know how things are going to be with the babies. I did decide that we’d take a little trip to Fredericksburg for my birthday next year, but other than that we don’t have much going on. Besides trips though we are planning a lot of baby stuff, including where everything that we got for the nursery is going to go! I seriously can’t wait until it all comes in!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Life Update

FEELING- Like a beached whale. I know that I’m really not that big for how far along I am, especially with twins, but when I’m laying down in bed, it seriously gets so hard to move around! Any other pregnant ladies feel this way?

LOVING- That we got to spend so much time with Dart and created so many memories over these past few months. We got to take some trips, we got our family pictures made, we found some bluebonnets, and we just got as many cuddles and time as we could with him. I have zero regrets about all the things that we did with Dart while he was sick and wouldn’t change a thing.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Life Update

MISSING- Obviously I still miss our sweet boy. It’s tough to come home after work because he would always run up and greet us. We miss his barking at the door when somebody would ring the doorbell, and of course how he’d magically appear right at our side as soon as we’d open up the fridge drawer that had the cheese. But probably the thing that I miss the most is how at night he would snuggle right up next to me and throw his head over my stomach and just fall asleep just like that. Even though it sucks and we miss him so much, I’m just glad that we still have all of these great memories of our sweet boy.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend And A Dart Update

So I guess that’s a little bit of what’s been going on with us over the past couple of weeks. We’ve been trying to keep ourselves busy as much as possible, but have also been mourning our sweet boy while also trying to remember all of the funny stories and memories that we have with him as well. Thanks again to everyone that reached out to us, it really meant so much.

Show Us Your Books- What I Read In July

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February

There’s no chance that I’d ever miss Show Us Your Books Day, so of course I’m linking up with Steph and Jana so I can talk all about books with some fellow book lovers! I felt like this month was better than last month as far as reading is concerned, and it also kicked off Erin’s Reading Challenge 7.0! Another great thing about this month was that besides one book, everything that I read was from the library! Y’all I think that I’m finally hooked, and I also think that it helps me to read faster because I have an actual deadline! Anyways, let’s get on to the books!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In July

The Light We Lost By Jill Santopolo ★ 3 stars

This was a pick for my work book club, and when I initially read the description I thought that it wouldn’t be for me, and after reading the book I still agree with my initial assessment. Although I will say that even though it wasn’t the book for me, it was a really quick book and it kept me interested until the very end.

The whole premise of the story is that two college students meet on September 11th, and they both vow to make a difference in the world. A few years later they meet up and begin to start dating, until one of their careers takes them away. Through it all, they always seem to be drawn to each other, even after marriages and kids, but will their lives ever cross again where they can have a future?

I think that my main problem with this book was the fact that the lead female character pretty much spent the entire book pining after the lead male character. Even after they broke up, she just couldn’t get over the lead male character. Maybe I’m just really coldhearted, but I feel like if you break up with somebody you need to try and get over them and not just put your life on hold. And if you have attempted to move on, you can’t just drop everything and let this person turn your world upside down. Anyways, that was my main problem with this book, but even though it wasn’t my favorite book I still thought that it was a quick read that I still enjoyed.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In July

The Couple Next Door By Shari Lapena ★ 3 stars

When Anne and Marco are invited to a dinner party at their neighbor’s house they agree to go, but then their babysitter falls through. Marco convinces Anne that their few month old baby will be ok all alone, especially since they’re right next door and they’ll check on her every hour. But when they leave the dinner party for the evening, they arrive home to find their baby girl gone! What ensues is the utter chaos of a police investigation and a blame game as they try to figure out who took their baby girl and if they’ll ever get her back.

I picked this book up from the library after hearing everybody rant and rave about it for so long, and I was very glad that I did pick it up, even though it wasn’t my favorite thriller that I’ve read lately. It was interesting to see how everything was woven together and how all the characters were related, and while it was slow at parts, I seriously couldn’t put it down during the last 30-40 pages. I’d say this was more like 3.5 stars instead of 3 stars.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In July

In A Dark, Dark Wood By Ruth Ware ★ 4 stars

We all have friends from certain parts in our lives that we have lost contact with. Nora hasn’t seen her best friend Clare in 10 years, and then out of the blue Nora gets an invitation to Clare’s hen (bachelorette) party, literally in the middle of nowhere. After going back and forth about whether or not she should go, Nora decides that it would be worth it, in order to reconnect. While normally bachelorette parties are filled with a random assortment of people, Clare’s hen seems even more so, and as the weekend drags on, strange things start to happen, including Nora waking up in the hospital. Can Nora piece together exactly what happened during that Clare’s crazy hen party?

After reading The Woman In Cabin 10 last year I didn’t know if I’d want to read anymore Ruth Ware books because I just didn’t love it the way that everybody else seemed to. I’m so glad that I gave In A Dark, Dark Wood a chance! I started off listening to this book and then had to switch to the ebook because the audio version was about to expire from the library. The audio version was great! Overall I really loved this thriller and couldn’t wait to listen/read more of it. I was reading The Couple Next Door at the same time and it was definitely hard to not compare the two. This one definitely wins!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In July

Behind Closed Doors By B.A. Paris ★ 4 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Where do I even begin with this book? Everything is not as it seems for Grace and her husband Jack. While they might live in a huge and beautiful house, go on fabulous vacations, and look like the perfect doting couple, they are in fact not. Grace is actually a prisoner in her own home and tried desperately to escape multiple times. Will she ever be able to escape her sadistic husband?

This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s pretty graphic with the abuse that Grace sustained being married to Jack, which wasn’t terribly violent but terrorizing is the perfect way to describe it. The book went back and forth between the past and present which I liked, although it did get a little confusing at the end.

I think that I was so horrified by everything that was happening that I couldn’t put the book down and read it super fast. Definitely pick this up if you’re in the mood for a psychological thriller!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In July

Heartless by Marissa Meyer ★ 4 stars

The Queen of Hearts is probably one of the most rememberable characters in all of fairytale history, but have you ever wondered how in the world she actually became the Queen of Hearts? Was she always so crazy and mean? Heartless tells exactly that story, how the Queen of Hearts became the Queen of Hearts.

Cath is a young woman that has a passion for baking, but unfortunately, since she’s a woman of noble birth, the likelihood of her being able to follow her dreams is very slim, especially once she learns that the King of Hearts wants to marry her! But on the night of the apparent proposal, her world shifts again when she meets the king’s new court jester. What follows is a love story that takes you all over Wonderland and the Kingdom of Hearts, and shows you exactly how Cath became the notorious Queen of Hearts.

Now I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the biggest Alice in Wonderland fan. I think that I’ve only seen the Disney movie maybe a handful of times, and I’ve never read the book. But I don’t think that there will be a Marissa Meyer book out there that I won’t read, and I’m so glad that I did pick this one up. She does an amazing job of weaving the story of Alice in Wonderland into this prequel, and really made you feel for the future Queen of Hearts as well!

Whew! I feel like this was the longest SUYB post in a while, but that’s a good thing because that means that I’m reading more! I don’t know if it’s because the library books are lighting a fire under my butt to read, or maybe I’ve just been reading some really great books lately, but I finally have my reading mojo back! I hope that it continues into the next few months because I’m finally back on track with my Goodreads reading challenge as well!

Have you read in good thrillers lately? Have you been reading a lot this summer?

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My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Choices:

My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Results:

10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages, 4 stars).
35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages, 4 stars).

PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 45

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