What's Up Wednesday--September 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Can you believe that today is already the last day of September??  It feels like September just started and now October starts tomorrow--crazy!  
I'm linking up with Shay for this month's What's Up Wednesday!

What we're eating this week...
Lots of leftovers and random meals!  I didn't get to go grocery shopping this past weekend since I was gone to Indianapolis, so this week I've just been pulling random things together. Sunday I experimented with a new cake recipe that I'm going to redo and add to the blog.  The other night I made these Pumpkin Muffins and Dustin is still eating on them!

What I'm reminiscing about...
In October of last year, I spent my birthday weekend standing beside my best friend on her wedding day!  I can't believe it's already been a year--such a fun wedding with absolute perfect weather!

What I'm loving...
The new scarf and leggings that I'm talking about below in the "What I'm wearing" section.  Seriously, I'm obsessed with them!

What we've been up to...
We took some walks on days that the weather was really nice.

We spent opening day of dove season together.

We did some cleaning outside.

We got a selfie stick and played around with it.

I went to the Revive '15 conference on women teaching women the Bible.  

What I'm dreading...
My finals for this term are next week and my cataloging class has been the hardest class out of all of my classes for library media.  I'll take that final next Tuesday and I'm hoping for an A--if I get an A, it will be the hardest A I've ever had to earn!

What I'm working on...
My masters degree.....still.

What I'm excited about...
I'm excited about multiple things--the weather cooling off, a day trip we've got planned, and MY BIRTHDAY!!!!  October is my birthday month and I can't wait!

What I'm watching/reading...
I'm about to start A Week in Winter for my October book club book.  I've got last week's episodes of Grey's and Scandal to catch up on.

What I'm listening to...
I might have already started listening to a little bit of Christmas music.....Janie and Rachel will understand haha!  It's not all the time but I love Christmas music so much that I listen to it some mornings as I get ready.

What I'm wearing...
 I love this scarf that I ordered from Nordstrom so much that I'm ordering it in other colors.  I also felt the mid-70s temp on Monday meant a scarf was suitable!

I ordered these leggings from GAP after reading about them on Mix and Match Family.  These are the most perfect material ever!!  They are a soft material and I love the cuff at the feet--they will be perfect with Uggs this winter.  I'm also going to order another pair of these. (I should have at least gotten the oil off of my face, but welcome to the end of the school day Sarah.  Real life right there.)

What I'm doing this weekend...
Catching up on tv??  We don't really have any plans this weekend because Dustin is on days, but I do know Saturday he plans on watching football--looks like I will too.  Oh, I'll definitely study for my finals next week!

What I'm looking forward to next month...
My birthday!!!!!

What else is new...
Nothing is new--I'm still trying to add little pieces to our house little by little.  Next up on my list is to get a runner for the entryway.  I've found a few that I like--now to narrow it down!

Bonus Question:
What is my favorite Halloween tradition...
We haven't had time to carve out our Halloween traditions as a married couple since my sister got married on November 1st last year--we spent Halloween at her rehearsal dinner.  This year since we're in our new house and it's in a subdivision, I'm hoping for trick-or-treaters!  And I may make a few Halloween themed sweets :)

Pumpkin Muffins

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I love fall for a number of reasons--the most important reason being the fact that my birthday is in the fall :)  But more than that, I love fall baking!  The smells are heavenly--pumpkin, cinnamon, spice--they are all great.

Last year was our first married fall.  I baked these Pumpkin Muffins that I found online and Dustin loved them so much he requested them again this fall when we were making a list of things we wanted to do this season.  While I was waiting on him to get home last night from work so we could eat supper, I whipped some of these up to surprise him (and for him to take the rest to work).

Pumpkin Muffins
1 box yellow cake mix
15 oz pumpkin or half can of the big Libby's pumpkin
1 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix all of the ingredients together.  You'll have to work hard to get the little balls of dried cake mix thoroughly mixed in with the batter.
3. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.  Scoop your batter into the liners.  These don't rise much at all so however much you scoop in there will be how big or small your muffins are.
4. Bake for 25 minutes.  Let cool before eating.

Extras:  If you want these to be more of a cupcake, frost these with some vanilla icing with cinnamon.  Or enjoy these with coffee in the morning as breakfast!

Linking up with new mrs. adventures today!

Weekend Recap--Revive '15

Monday, September 28, 2015

This past weekend was AMAZING!  I went to the Revive '15 conference with a group of ladies from my church--and my mom :)  I am so glad I attended this conference.  I learned so much about teaching women the Bible and was able to listen to an awesome pastor preach on two difference passages in the Bible.

We left on Thursday to make the long trek to Indianapolis.  Dustin dropped me off at church that afternoon.  He might not admit it, but I know he missed me being around while I was gone haha!

I started out as navigator and my friend Sarah took the first shift driving.  We ended up stopping in Cool Springs, TN, to eat supper at Panera.  Side note:  I had the new Autumn Squash soup.  It tasted so good!

The conference didn't start until 2:00 on Friday so we had all morning to hang out and do whatever.  My friend Callie and I headed out to go run/walk.  Our hotel was in such a nice area and there were lots of people out an about!  The NCAA office and museum was across from our hotel, so naturally I took this picture for Dustin!

A view of the city on our run.  It was a gorgeous day with perfect weather.

This was the big park area by our hotel.  Indianapolis was a lot nicer than I had expected!

This was our schedule for the weekend.  This is a ministry of Nancy Leigh DeMoss's (one of her books is Lies Women Believe) and so she was a main speaker along with Jen Wilkin and Dr. Eric Mason.  Lauren Chandler led worship--I don't have words to explain how amazing worship was!  Music really helps get your heart ready for the message and I have really missed a more contemporary worship setting.  You could look around and see the sincerity in the worship of each woman--and there were 2200 there!

Lauren Chandler leading us in song.

Dr. Eric Mason teaching us the Word.  He taught Friday on Psalm 51 (which was my favorite message from him--I learned so much about that passage) and on Saturday he taught us Ephesians 4:15-20.  I didn't get any pictures of Jen or Nancy.

On the way back Mom and I accidentally wore a similar outfit.  She's so cute.

Our whole group Saturday morning before walking to the convention center.  These ladies really strive to glorify God in all that they do, and I am so thankful for their friendship and accountability!

Life Lately on a Thursday

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I'm leaving tonight for Indianapolis for the Revive '15 Women's Conference, so I'm going to do a life lately on a Thursday and no Friday Favorites this week.  But I'll be back to normal next week!

Here's a look at what's been going on around the Shaneyfelt home lately:

I've been dealing with stomach issues since I can first remember.  So on Tuesday I had a little outpatient procedure done to see if the doctors could figure out what is causing all of my problems.  So while I was fasting and in misery on Monday, Dustin was napping.  

Please notice the headache pillow on his face.  Dustin makes fun of me for sometimes sleeping with that over my eyes if I have a headache or if it's too bright in our room.  

Guess who won't be making fun of me anymore???

......and while he napped, I watched Dancing With the Stars on the couch.

This was my first meal Tuesday afternoon--which I didn't really finish until that evening.  I'm surprised I was even able to function enough to take a picture since I had just woke up from my anesthesia.  Everything that day is pretty much a blur.

By they way, does anyone else have weird side effects after waking up from anesthesia??  My sister always throws up (which is a legitimate side effect), a girl from work is supper chatty after, and what do I do?  Cry.  That's right.  It doesn't matter if I'm not in pain at all, I wake up crying.  I think I forgot to let Dustin know about my little secret because he was a little alarmed as I woke up crying Tuesday!

Yesterday I got a homemade card from a student from last year to encourage me :)  Notice the smiley face made from little poms that even has eyebrows?  Yes, this was made by a male student haha!  He was very proud of his craftiness!

Next week is my last week of regular school assignments and then I have my finals and my fall one term is O-V-E-R!!!  I'm not going to miss this cataloging class one bit!

Check back with me on Monday for my weekend recap of my conference!  Happy weekend!

Weekend Recap--last one for summer!

Monday, September 21, 2015

This weekend did not start out the way I had planned.  Dustin was on nights this weekend so I had all of my nights planned out.  My original plan for Friday night was having Dustin arrange the hay bales on the porch before he left for work, a round of disc golf with my dad, and then going to get mums to put on the hay bales on the porch.

Well, I woke up Friday morning sick--as in stomach bug sick!  I originally thought it was the stomach virus but every time I've gotten that, I've always thrown up, too.  Maybe TMI, but there was no throwing up ha.  It was hard getting ready for school between having to run to the bathroom.  Then when I got to school, I actually felt fine all of first period.  But once second period started, I got sick again.  It's hard to teach and have the stomach bug at the same time--especially when your classroom isn't near a bathroom.  I had planned on just toughing it out all day but it started getting worse.  I told myself if I could just make it to my planning and get some copies made for Monday (I have a guy from Boston flying in to observe me and another teacher at my school Monday), then I would leave.  I'm glad I left to go home for the rest of the day!  I ended up falling asleep around 2:00 and after I woke up, I felt better.  It must have just been a stomach bug since I was sick from about 5:30 am - 2 pm.
So here's what I did Friday evening:

I didn't think I had the energy to run my scheduled 5 miles on Saturday, so I went to Walmart instead to do our grocery shopping.  It surprised me to see people grocery shopping before 7 am!

My town had its annual Depot Days festival Saturday.  This is part of downtown.  This year they only had vendors lining one side of the road which I think cleared out a lot of congestion.  They lined vendors up all over downtown instead of just on Main Street.  It was HOT out this year! Dustin and I didn't get any pictures together at Depot Days because it was too hot to even think about smiling for a picture.  

Mom and I headed out to Bridge Street Saturday afternoon to do a little shopping.  I was hoping to pick up something for pictures with Dustin, but I just didn't find anything I absolutely loved.  I told my mom that I wasn't really sure what I wanted but I would know it as soon as I saw it.

I wanted this dress from Anthro, but I had just spent a bunch of money earlier so I knew if it wasn't for pictures, then I didn't need it.  (It was really hard for me to walk away from that dress.  Like really hard.  Especially since I could have gotten it for 20% off.)
 Can't you see me wearing this dress with mustard tights and my cognac Frye booties??  

I tried on this top from The Loft because I thought maybe I wanted plaid?  All they had was an XS or L, so I grabbed the large and didn't like how it looked on me.  It was too boxy and a little too short for how baggy it was on me.
I've never worn plaid before but I see how cute everyone looks in it--and I want to look cute, too!  Well, plaid is not for me.  I'll just admire how well everyone looks in their plaid while I wear something not plaid :(

I finally decorated our porch!  I bought yellow and orange mums, so I can't wait for them to bloom.  And those are the ceramic pumpkins from Kroger that I had to have.

And I baked a cake Saturday night.  Remember when I said that my dream would be do write a cookbook someday?  Since I wrote that dream down, I've decided to make it a goal and have started collecting my favorite recipes and changing them up to make them mine!  This will be something I really work on once I finish grad school.
  Look for the recipe for this tomorrow!

I went to church on Sunday and decided to wear my flower jumpsuit since it was the last day of summer.  It's fall now!  Yay!!

Friday Favorites--are back!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

(I'm taking a little break from The Blog-tember Challenge to get back to some of my normal blog content.)

Today is technically the last Friday of summer--isn't that crazy?!  We've already had a few fall temps around here and I always associate September with fall, but it feels crazy knowing that fall won't truly be here until next week.  If only the true fall temperatures would come with it.

As usual, I'm linking up with Andrea today for Friday Favorites!

Opening day of dove season.  
This was my first opening day to experience and it was pretty exciting!  We all sat around in the corn field checking our phones for noon to roll around.  Once it did, there were so many gun shots it was exciting!

A selfie stick.
My dad bought my sister and I a selfie stick and Dustin and I played around with it yesterday after school.  He was loving it!  I can see this being used a lot in the future.

Cleaning up outside.
Evening weather this week has been wonderful.  Even though I had on shorts and a t-shirt, I really could have put on a sweatshirt or leggings.  Dustin got a few shots of me sweeping.  Then I decided to sweep the corners on our porches and in our garages to keep things clean.  I'll be decorating our porch for fall today when I get home from school-can't wait!

What are some of your favorite things right now?

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 17

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Okay, so I love today's prompt!  Yesterday I talked about how the online me is the real me, and so today you get to see my latest obsessions--one of which is kind of embarrassing, but I'm owning it!

Day 17: Just for fun, your latest obsession.  What can you not get enough of these days?

Okay, I said it.  That's so embarrassing to admit that I am obsessed with love reading her blog (and her foodie blog, too--I cook a lot of her stuff).  I'm not going to go into all of the millions many reasons why I love reading her blog, but I will share just a few.
1. She throws awesome birthday parties.
2. She loves decorating her home like I do (or like I finally get to do)
3. Her brother was on The Bachelor (Sean + Catherine) and I love seeing their family get togethers.
I'm thankful to know that my friend Victoria feels the same way :)  So sorry to out you haha!

Decorating for fall.
This weekend I'll be decorating our front porch.  I've got my fall door hanger up, but that's about it.  This picture shows my inspiration--hay bales, mums, and I'll have two ceramic pumpkins with candles inside on either side of our posts.  I plan on doing a post Monday with a weekend recap and so you'll need to check back to see my porch!

I saved this for last because it's the most important and such a serious issue.
I love this article written by Rosaria Butterfield.
I have been so sickened and heartbroken over the recent Planned Parenthood videos.  I'm so glad that the issue is out in the open now so that the American people are now made aware.  As a people, we shouldn't be so much upset that Planned Parenthood is harvesting the body parts of unborn children, but we should be upset that abortion hasn't been a big issue before this in this country.  There are women every single day hurting because they cannot conceive.  Abortion is not the answer--adoption is.

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 16

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We are over halfway through with The 2015 Blog-tember Challenge!  I've enjoyed having prompts given to me, but I will be happy to get back to my normal content!  I missed yesterday's prompt and was so sad because it was one I was looking forward to!  Today's is important with the expansion of the blogging world, and don't forget to check back tomorrow for my next post!

Day 16: The real you vs. the online you.  Are they the same or different?

Everything I post about on this blog is real--none of the content is ever made up.  None of it is ever staged--as in, we don't go do anything just for the sake of me having blog content.  (Well, when I start posting pictures of our house next month, you'll know I made sure everything was clean and in its place beforehand!)  I write about things we go and do or recipes I make or random posts that are on my heart. 

So I definitely think the real Sarah and the online/blog Sarah are the same.  With that being said, I am careful about what I blog about.  I'm not comfortable blogging every single detail of our lives--and I know people don't care ha!  At this point in my life, I'm not comfortable blogging about the hard things that go on--the low blood sugar episodes that Dustin has, our disagreements, or a bad day I had.  And I don't for see that ever happening.

I use this blog as a scrapbook that I'm going to be able to look back on in the years to come and remember our lives the way they were.  I love looking back at my posts from when I first started blogging (a year ago next month!!) and I remember how much I was still obsessed with our wedding.  I love looking back at the posts when we started building our house and seeing how it transitioned from an empty lot to a house I'm sitting in typing this right now :)  I write this blog for me and my memories, but I appreciate the people who read along!  It's so encouraging when I run into someone who tells me they enjoy reading my blog--so thank you!

The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 14 + Weekend Recap!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Before I get to The Blog-tember Challenge prompt, I wanted to share a little weekend recap with you!
This is what I did over the weekend:

I experimented with a new cake recipe.
 I ran 4 miles and am ready to get back into my best running shape.
 And I enjoyed the opening day of dove season.

I love today's prompt!  It speaks to my heart!  I'm an English teacher so a good book is part of my love language.  But this prompt really made me think about the books that have impacted my life.

Day 14:The 5 books that have impacted you.

This living Word showed me my sin problem but also gave me a solution to it--Jesus.  I learn more about God and His unrelentless love for me each time I open my Bible and read from it.

This book showed me empathy.  It showed me injustice and taught me to do the right thing no matter what.  This might be my favorite book ever.

I had to read this book as a 10th grader and I really fell in love with his writing.  I loved the symbolism he used and his themes.  I read a short story by Fitzgerald in college and it made me appreciate him even more.  When I got out of college and took over a friend's maternity leave before getting my job, I read Gatsby with her 11th graders and loved it even more.  I want to read more of his books when I have the time.

My 6th grade English teacher read us The Sorcerer's Stone in class and that's when I fell in love with these books!  After that, I would go wait in line for the midnight releases of the books.  I felt like I grew up with Harry and his friends, and that might have been the first time I really connected with characters in a book.  I reread the series not too long ago and really appreciated Rowling's writing style--she's a genius.

And I could not think of a 5th books that impacted my life like these books have.  Maybe I just haven't read it yet :)

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