Tuesday, September 19, 2017


This weekend was so perfect. Michael's taken a new job where he works Monday-Friday, no holidays or weekends so now we've got every other weekend together. It's the best. 

Lincoln has been asking to put up Halloween decorations this year so we took him to our new favorite home store and let him pick them out.

My one rule was no clowns, and you can see how well that worked out for me.

Friday after school we let him decorate.

That afternoon our tickets for our Jags game came and we were so excited we had to send a picture to MikeHodges.

Although the temps are still in the 90s during the day, the mornings and evenings are cooler, and we've been taking full advantage of that. 

Friday night we played in the yard, blowing bubbles.

This week we've been watching Michael's cousins dog so she joined in on the fun. 

Lincoln played soccer last year and around the end of the season he really started to get into it. This year has been a slow start but he absolutely LIT UP Saturday morning when he got to play.

My boy is the one in red in the middle of the field.

Playing defense with his arms crossed because sass.

I sure do love #10!

I think Saturdays are going to be the highlight of our Fall. Watching Linc man play soccer is my very favorite!

After the game we ate lunch with my parents at Panera.

While the dogs snoozed I made chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. They were a hit, as usual.

After dinner we headed outside for some more soccer because he is LOVING it. 

Sunday we went to the early service at church. I had Michael take this picture because this day is so special to me.

September 17th, 2010 I found out I was pregnant. I was 17, a senior in high school, and very shortly would become a single mom.

That was seven years ago. 

This anniversary reminds me of so much. It reminds me of the faithfulness of God. The unconditional love of God. It reminds me that Jesus used Lincoln to remind me of His goodness. 

I love this boy with everything I have in me. This world and my life is so much better with him in it. So Sunday was a special day for me.

Also, can we just agree that he is HUGE?! He sat down on my lap and I about fell over. 

After church we stopped for lunch before heading to the Jags game.

This one was SO excited! 

This was his first NFL football game, so even though they were terrible, it was neat for him to see all the pregame stuff.

We lost. It was ugly. I got really sunburnt. But these two are so much fun.

We stopped on the way home to get ingredients to make butterbeer and it was DELICIOUS.

Michael grilled and then we headed outside for some more soccer. Of course.

It was the best family weekend and I can't wait for the next one! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

These posts are usually the last Wednesday of the month, but because of the Hurricane Harvey relief, it was pushed back a week. Here's what the Hodges are up to this week/month!

What we're eating this week: Freezer meals that can be eaten with paper plates, plastic utensils, and styrofoam/solo cups. We're working with half a kitchen because of mold and I am OVER. IT.

The bane of my existence.

What I'm reminiscing about: Our trip to Universal. Can we go back now??

What I'm loving: Being off every Tuesday! I recently went PRN at work and it's allowing me to be home with Lincoln more which is so huge. Also, football. Go Gators! 

What we've been up to: We went to Adventure Landing last week, Ripley's, and the bounce house. We also painted our master bathroom. Yay, color! 

Michael also took me to Olive Garden a couple weekends ago after I had an awful day at work. (Yesterday we celebrated a year and a half of marriage. Woohoo!)

What I'm dreading: Working all weekend. 

What I'm working on: Passports! Were going on a cruise next Summer and all three of us need passports. Because Linc and I have never had one I'm trying to space them out and make sure they're all done early. 

What I'm excited about: Our upcoming trip to the mountains, and all the fun things we have planned for the fall.

What I'm watching/reading: Hart of Dixie! Please someone tell me you love this show too?! I'm obsessed. 

You can see what I've been reading here!

What I'm listening to: Celebration Worship

What I'm wearing: Scrubs. It's a work day. Boo. 

What I'm doing this weekend: Working and praying this hurricane doesn't impact us much because the last thing I want to do is sleep at the hospital. Again.

What I'm looking forward to next month: M's birthday. Gator game. Halloween with our boy. 

What else is new: Lincoln started soccer last month and this month games start. I'm super excited to watch my boy play again this year.

Bonus question: What is your favorite thing about Summer? Waking up and having no where to go. We don't really sleep in because of that whole six year old waking up at 7 am, but being lazy in the mornings is the best! 

And hanging out with this kid all day.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Summer Vacation 2017: Day One

Last month we took Lincoln to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure and we had THE BEST time! Saturday we went to Downtown Disney, Sunday was Universal Studios, and Monday was Islands of Adventure. I'm going to break this post into three to keep them from being super long.

The week before was one of the worst weeks we've had in a LONG time. In one week, Michael's car battery died, our dishwasher leaked/broke, we discovered mold from said dishwasher in our home, our garage door broke, Lincoln and I both got sick, Michael's tooth shattered, and then my car battery died. Y'all. It was SO BAD. We decided we deserved a vacation and we were going to laugh about it and have an awesome attitude.

We were planning on driving down Sunday and coming back late Monday night and I'm so glad we added an extra day. Saturday my awesome parents drove us to Michael's work to cut down on some of our time/driving. We headed to Orlando and checked into the hotel late in the afternoon. We got an awesome deal on our hotel and like the awesome dad/husband he is, Michael got us a room almost at the very top. #priorities

We checked out our room and took part in our favorite hotel tradition.. jumping from bed to bed.

Our view from the pool was stunning.

We went swimming and then headed to Downtown Disney (no, I can't move on and call it Disney Springs). 

We were all so hungry and the wait for Rainforest Cafe was two hours. No thank you. We were quiet, grumpy, and hungry so we ate at the first place we found. 

Lincoln complained that he might die if he didn't eat in the next however many minutes and for once we didn't get onto him.. because we felt the same way.

As soon as we scarfed down dinner like we hadn't eaten in six days, our moods were better and we headed to get some sugar at our favorite place.. Goofy's Candy Co. 

Mikehodges and Linc man loaded up on sugar and all was right in the world.

We walked around some stores (namely the toy stores) and enjoyed being together with no real place to go before we headed back to the hotel for some sleep.

Look how sweet they are. 

Monkey see, monkey do.

Lincoln asked Michael if he would have some chocolate milk with him when we got back to the room so they did that while I attempted to keep my eyes open.

After that we all headed to sleep super excited to experience Universal the next day! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

What I Read: June + July

My reading slowed down a lot these last couple months. Linc man was out of school and free time was a lot less, and I just can't justify spending a lot of time reading while he's home. I've also been watching Hart of Dixie and when I'm tired after work, I'd rather just watch that instead of read. 

With Lincoln going back to school next week I'll be reading a lot more in the pick up line. But for now, here's what I read this Summer. I didn't read a lot, but what I did read gave me some new favorites!

Truly Madly Guilty - Liane Moriarty 

I read one of her books a couple months ago and loved it so I tried this one. Here's the thing.. I waited and waited and waited for some exciting turn and just never got there. I ended up reading to page 200, and then didn't finish the book. So not one I would recommend. 

Confess - Colleen Hoover

Easily one of my new favorite books and new favorite authors. Sadly, our library doesn't have many of her books, so I'll have to buy some (husband, did you read that?? I think I need a monthly book allowance). The main character desperately needs to land a job, so she walks into an art studio and is immediately hired. She falls for the owner of the studio, but finds out he has a lot in his past he isn't telling her. What comes next is perfectly put together, and extremely captivating. 

The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware

Laura Blalock goes on a cruise, stepping in for her boss at the magazine she works for. One night she is sure she hears a body being thrown overboard, and the rest of the story is a thrill of her trying to find out who was thrown over. She finds out there are a lot of secrets on this boat, and the ending I did not see coming.

This book is SO good. The plot is all over the place, but in a good way. I couldn't guess what was coming and I read it fast because I just couldn't put it down. A must read for sure.

The Life We Bury - Allen Eskens

College student Joe Talbert has to do a project for his English class. He decides to do an interview on Carl, a resident at a nursing home, who happens to be a convicted murderer. Joe believes Carl is innocent, and he sets out to prove it. 

This book is another book that I would absolutely recommend (and is on my list to buy for home). 

The Giver - Lois Lowry

I've read this book several times, with the first being in elementary school. I'm not sure what lead me to read it again, but I loved it just as much this time as the last. Jonas is given an assignment as 'Receiver of Memory' and it changes everything about what he believes in his community. An easy read, and if you haven't read it you should.

So that's what I read this Summer. I'm currently working on Jodi Picoult's "Second Glance" and I have Ruth Ware's "In a Dark, Dark Wood" on hold at the library so those will be next month! 

What are you reading right now?