A Spontaneous Crab Feast

How many of you out there JUST. FREAKING. LOVE. your family?! I surely do (insert girl raising hand emoji here)! I love them for many reasons, but one reason is that we (the cousins) all get along really well. We’ve all been really close our entire lives.  And, when it means hanging out together, some fly in randomly from out of town or some drive four hours on a whim to share the fruits of their crabbing trip with you by putting on a full on crab boil.  And, that’s exactly what happened this weekend!

I got two calls within five minutes of each other on Friday that my cousin Ikey Boy and his girlfriend Shantal were flying in from Hawaii for a quick trip to Portland.  Just after that I got another call from my cousin Chelsea that she and her wife Angela wanted to come down and have a crab boil this weekend. They had gone crabbing the weekend prior in Washington and had a ton left.  Of course this sounded like fun (and did I mention my cousin Chelsea is an awesome cook?!)! Of course we said HECK YES!

We planned for a late Saturday lunch so we all could get together.  As you can imagine, it was stormy this weekend.  It was cold and windy, but that didn’t stop us!  We set up shop in the garage and eagerly waited for everything to finish up cooking.  We had the entire spread– corn on the cob, shrimp, Dungeness crab, potatoes, and biscuits made from scratch. It felt like we were at Bubba Gump’s or down in the bayou or something.

We laid it out over the table and indulged ourselves to the max. It was incredibly delicious.  You can’t beat good food, good beer and awesome company.  It was a necessary reminder for me that even though I had planned to get some things done this weekend, there’s nothing better than taking in the spontaneous opportunities as they come– especially when they involve the fam!  This weekend the laundry could wait, I could meal plan another day and spending time with my sister, nephews and cousins was most important.

What do you love about your family? Do you ever have spontaneous get togethers?

New Year, New Me

It’s 2018, and the year has started off with a bang! How did YOUR New Year start? We spent NYE at a low key celebration this year with some dear friends of ours. It involved hours of champagne and Cards Against Humanity- haha! I don’t know about you, but the older we get, the quieter our NYE celebrations get 😂 Well, I guess it wasn’t THAT quiet because there was a ton a laughter had by all!

With it being the new year, I’m thinking it’s time for a new me! It’s been a really long time since I’ve written a new year resolution. Like, really long time. It’s been probably since I was a kid, when it was a school assignment to write down a resolution– that long ago. So, I spent New Year’s Day jotting several goals and resolutions down for 2018. It really made me think about what and how I want this year to be and go like.

So far, I’ve been doing pretty good… except for my “consume less fancy coffee” drinks resolution. If you know me, you likely know I failed with that resolution already on Jan. 3rd- hah! Oops!

When I wrote my resolutions down I split them into categories- health, financial, relationships, mind, and spiritual. I’ll spare you all the details of what my resolutions were, but I will tell ya, there are some good ones!

One of the things I’ve been doing to ensure I keep up with my resolutions is to carry my little resolution notebook in my purse. That makes it easy for me to refer back to them and remind myself in the event I need a little nudge. I also purchased a little magnetic calendar to put on our refrigerator to keep myself a bit more organized at home and schedule in where I need to some of my resolutions. It was obviously made by a Mom, because it is SUPER CUTE.

Aside from that, the normal reminders in my phone and just mentally trying to remind myself is how I’ve been trying to keep myself on track with my resolutions. If I make it past January, that’ll be a win for me! But trust me, I’m really trying to make it to the next new year! If I’m being honest, I’m human just like everyone else, though. So even a 75% success rate on my resolutions will still be a win in my book.

Next week will be a busy one for me with lots of travel. So it’ll be a true test to keep up with my new goals. With a positive mindset, I know I can do it.

I hope your year is off to a great start so far. What were some of your resolutions?Did you write any down? You still can if you haven’t! How do you hold yourself accountable to them?

Here’s to hoping you all have a great weekend, get to enjoy this Oregon sunshine and welcoming the first weekend of the new year! Cheers friends!