Working It Wednesdays- A Weekend In Our Lives.

Hey, friends! Sorry I went MIA yesterday. Our little guy has cut not one but TWO molars this week! He needed all of momma’s lovings in the a.m. We bravely went to story time at the library. It went better than I expected. Then during Mason’s nap time, I worked on my crazy large amount of workout this week. Amazon Prime sale was also a distraction…..not even gonna lie. I ordered this yogurt-ice cream maker as a happy birthday present to me! I am pumped!

Today I am linking up for a Working It Wednesday post. I pretty much love the weekends no matter what season it is but the summer is especially fun! This year is even more special with Mason! I love seeing his BIG personality coming through his 15-month-old self. So here are what our weekends have been looking like as of late…..


We love the outdoors. Back home we spend time at the lake and on hunting trips a lot. Here in Japan, we are a bit more limited on our outdoor adventures so it has been a lot of hiking. It works out well to see and experience the different culture. You can see more of our travels and hiking here.






I will be sharing more from our latest hiking adventure tomorrow.

Grilling and Cookouts

We love to grill in the summer! Not only it is delicious but keeps the house from getting even hotter. Did I mention the heat index has been 100+ here for like a week! It was 110 on our last hiking trip before noon. Needless to say, that is why we had to cut it short. Anyway back to grilling….we also love cookouts and having people over. I mean put the two together and you cannot go wrong.

talking to mawmaw

Grilled salmon and zucchini.

salmon lunch

Then leftovers of course!


Friends are the best!


I would say this is more in my husband’s lane for sure! I don’t mind doing the work but just tell me what to do. Where we live we have a tiny yard, so we had to scale back from the gardening we’ve done in the past (aka read the whole neighborhood and then some style).


Mason helps as well!


Our first tomatoes of the year.


We have so many Japanese cucumbers so they are on the menu most every night. Yes, that is fried squash! Don’t judge me! ……or my thighs =)


This was just one of our two gardens when we lived in Portugal.


I love that Mason has taken well to the water! I really want to teach him how to swim soon. As for now the fact that he will walk in the kiddie pool and put his face in the water, we are calling a win!

baby pool baby pool





Church is a huge part of our weekends throughout the year. It is easy to let the fun of summer activities become a distraction from church. This is something we really try out to let happen. Vacation and trips are likely to cause a few absences, but when we are home we definitely plan our Sundays around morning and evening service.


That is a wrap for today!

I would love to hear what you like to do on the summer weekends?







  1. Christina @

    July 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I am the same way with gardening…it’s not that I mind doing it, but more that I have no idea what to do lol. I really want to figure it out in the next year or so though because I love the idea of my little guy helping in the garden and seeing how food is grown. I love the firt picture of you guys in the pool, so happy!

    1. Bethany

      July 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Exactly….just tell me what to do!

  2. Laura @ Laura Likes Design

    July 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Do Japanese cucumbers taste different than regular ones? I’ve never heard of them before! 🙂

    1. Bethany

      July 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Everyone says that they taste different but I do not really think they do. They are much thinner so maybe a little less watery and more crunchy. The Asian pears do taste a lot different and I LOVE them! They aren’t in season yet.

  3. Laura

    July 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Aww, love the pictures. Looks like you had a great weekend. And I totally get teething issues! Hope your little one is feeling better. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  4. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    July 12, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Mass, Grill, Swim, Repeat! Love this post!

  5. Erinn

    July 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I am all about the grill right now! (Mainly because it’s so hot I can’t bear to turn on the oven.)
    Grilled corn is where it’s at – so good!!
    I love to spend time in the lake during the summer, and there’s something about morning workouts that I just love – I wish we didn’t start school so early 🙁
    Have a great day!

    1. Bethany

      July 12, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      awe man….that is a bummer. Our hometown is on a block schedule now so they start in July. Have a great day!

  6. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    July 12, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Love it, so many fun activities! During the summer, we are all about grilling and swimming. The grill is the hubs specialty, which is also a perk for me. I love cooking, but it is so nice to have someone else cook you a meal.

    1. Bethany

      July 12, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      My hubs grills too BUT I am the one running back and forth the whole time with things and cooking all the sides. I tell him his grilling is very chaotic for me lol

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