Monday, December 31, 2012

The New Year!


These past couple of weeks, I've been enjoying having my sister and dad home with me.  We've been hanging out, and doing all our favorite things. Now that my dad left to go back to Afghanistan, I'm thinking about getting more of schedule with my blogging. I had great intentions of blogging, but I had more important things to do in the meantime. :)

I'm planning on writting about our first Christmas as a Mr. and Mrs. soon! We had a great time! So, I will see you all next year! I hope you have a great New Years Eve!!


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hope




Saturday Night Live Tribute 

I felt so disturbed by the shooting last week... Felt so bad for the little kids and their families. I still can't  believe it happened.  It is so sad that their lives were cut way too short. I find it comforting that they are  with the Lord now.

These tragedies remind me never to take another day for granted. I want to hangout with Bill, my family, and friends more. I want to soak up every moment with them and give them more hugs.

I'm hoping that the families affected by the shooting feel loved and comforted this Christmas...



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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

6 Days Left to Christmas


 One of the cookies we made during a cookie decorating party at the farm.

I can hardly believe that Christmas is next Monday! How are your holiday plans coming along? I have almost all of my gifts bought and wrapped besides a few important ones. I kind of wish I could have the day off and buy those last few things that are driving me crazy! haha That won't be the case this year though. I will have to plan out my lunch break really well so I can get at least a few things done with my hour lunch.

Last night, I went with my brother to the airport to pick up our sister Megan! I'm really glad she's home. It was a bittersweet night though, since I knew I would have to say goodbye to Bill for a couple of nights this week. Can't wait till he's back from his business trip. The man hasn't started his Christmas shopping! I hope he doesn't get too stressed with only a few days left to get what he needs. ;)

I'm looking forward to doing some holiday baking tonight and catching up on a couple of holiday projects that I left to the last minute. Of course, I'll watch a Christmas movie as well. I can't help but be in a great mood when watching one of those, especially if it's The Grinch.


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thoughts from this week

Sweet labradoodle lounging on the beach...I want to be her!


* Having my dad back home makes very reminiscent for when my whole family was living at home.

* I married a wonderful man. We have so much fun together, and we can talk through pretty much anything. He's my best friend. So thankful!

* Yoga helps me feel revived. It's my favorite form of exercise besides running. Sometimes I like it more than running though.

* I discovered I'm a little allergic to down pillows. I hate how the feathers smell and how hard they feel under my head. I get instant headaches from them. Yuck.  I'm in love with my memory foam pillow.

*  I'm halfway through The Hobbit. I NEED to finish it before I see the movie...

* I've been listening to Mumford & Sons. They're my new favorite besides The Lumineers.

* Sometimes, I feel like there is so much build up to Christmas it makes me nervous. Does anyone else feel that way? All my presents I'm giving away are wrapped except my dad's. What do you buy for your dad who has EVERYTHING?? I might do something with the photos I have from our wedding.

* Peppermint tea is delicious! I feel healthy when I drink it.

* Bill and I finally found a cookie that we both love. This could be dangerous, but it is a miracle. We never have the same taste in cookies! The one we both agree on is Spritz cookies.

* I was all too excited when I found out that the Ree posted her thoughts on Nashville! I love Ree and Nashville! Yes, I did just refer to The Pioneer Woman by her first name. ;)

* Sometimes, I like to feel like I'm still as awesome when I was in college and could stay up late and go to classes and workout the next day, but I'm not like that anymore. Yawn... Night everyone!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

FINALLY Home





My brother and I picked up my dad on Monday from the airport! I was so excited to see him. I've mentioned on my blog before that he's been in Afghanistan working as a contractor this past year. I hadn't seen him since June when me and Bill had our reception. I'm so happy he's going to be here for Christmas and have lots of time to visit with us. I love having him here and enjoying all the regular stuff we do together like going out to eat, hanging out at his house, or watching a movie.

It's pretty normal stuff, but I sure do miss hanging out when he's gone! Tonight, we went out to the restaurant that is down the street from his home. We all had pasta tonight and me and my brother shared dessert, turtle cheesecake. It was delicious!

These next two weeks that he is here, I am hoping to have some great times together as I'm sure we will. I can't wait to make the most out of our time together!



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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Feeling Merry


Bill and I put our Christmas tree up the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We decided to get an early start since, we didn't have a tree last year. I think we were both too preoccupied with planning our wedding and having everything set, since we got married a little under a month from Christmas this past January.

This year, our tree was up and all decorated before it was even December! We can't wait to celebrate our first Christmas together as a married couple! I almost have all my shopping done for Christmas, and I'm trying to wrap the presents as I get them. I figured it would be less stressful to have them all ready weeks before Christmas.

On another note, my dad is coming home this Monday! My brother, Phil and I are going to the airport to pick him up. It's been 6 months since I've seen him! I'm looking forward to seeing him soon! Also, I'm going to be spending more time at the airport than I ever do, since the Monday after that, we are picking up my sister, Megan from airport. We are so excited she is going to be home for Christmas! I have a feeling it's going to be a great Christmas.

 P.S. I update my about page titled, The Author. I added a lot more. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Not Even The MINT

The lights at Brookfield Zoo.
 
Last Saturday, I had a special night planned for me and Bill. We were going to go to the Brookfield Zoo for their Christmas lights. I was SO excited for that night. We both love going to the zoo together. Love lazily walking through the buildings and enjoying the time outdoors as well.

Our night really didn't turn out as I had hoped. We waited at one of the stoplights to turn into the zoo for FORTY-FIVE minutes! Apparently, a few other people thought it would be a nice night to go to the zoo too. Ha! After forty-five minutes passed, we heard the cop who was helping with traffic yell, "Close the gates!" We both felt like throwing in the towel at that point, but we went to the other entrance where we waited for a short while to get into the zoo.

We barely found a parking spot, and I was getting frustrated that my night I had planned was turning out horribly. Bill and I ended up spending more time waiting in line to get into the zoo than the amount of time we actually spent inside the zoo. It was way too crowded for our taste.

I should have known it would be filled to the brim with people and small children. We decided to leave after an hour and chalked it up for bad luck. lol We decided to go to Luigi's House, a place that we usually like a lot. Our meals were slightly off.... Nothing tasted especially good. When we were in the car about to leave for home, we tried opening our mints from the restaurant and found out that we couldn't even enjoy our mint! The plastic was melted to the candy. I couldn't help but laugh at that! How could that be that even our mints were bad?

We went home a little puzzled for sure. I don't think we have EVER had a night like that. Next time, I'll make sure we can enjoy our time at the zoo! I love when we are the only people there. :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Last Weekend






Last weekend, Bill and I went to see his cousin's pigs that they are raising and feed them pumpkins. We went twice, because the pigs are so cute. There are thirty-four of them! We loved watching them all run for a pumpkin when we would throw one in their pen. It was hilarious to watch a couple of them run off with a piece of pumpkin. Who would have known that they would love pumpkin so much. :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend


This Thanksgiving, we both enjoyed a lot of quality time with both of our families. We spent Thanksgiving morning with Bill's family by having breakfast with them and playing Scrabble later in the day. I even learned some handy tricks with making pie crust from my mother-in-law. I really did appreciate it! I ended up making my pie crust at her house, and then I rushed home to make the rest of my Dutch Apple pie and bake my homemade rolls. I was a little stressed, since I don't have much experience making/baking pies! I'm much more comfortable with basically anything else!

After I finished my pie and hurried around the kitchen, we went over to my mom's house and had dinner with my brother, my mom, and her boyfriend, John. We all missed my sister, Megan. It wasn't the same without her! After dinner, we continued the holiday traditions by watching a favorite Christmas movie in our house, The Grinch. It was such a nice and relaxing day! The rest of the weekend, I read The Hobbit, worked out, shopped a little with my mom and brother, and me and Bill brought home and decorated our first Christmas tree together as a married couple! I am all too excited for the holidays!





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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!



Today, we are hanging out with family and eating way too much! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!






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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

{What I'm making this Thanksgiving}

Dutch Apple Pie

Pumpkin Bread

Buns for dinner

Monster Cookies


This Thanksgiving, we are going to Bill's parents earlier in the day and then over to my mom's house for dinner. For Bill's family breakfast, I am making pumpkin bread, and for dinner at my mom's, I'm baking Dutch Apple pie, rolls for dinner, and monster cookies. I'm also bringing the Pumpkin pie flavored drink that me and mom I taste tested. My mom is cooking the turkey and baking the other things we typically have on Thanksgiving like green bean casserole, strawberry pretzel dessert, and the best stuffing I've ever had among other things.

I started making the dough for the rolls tonight. I'm feeling really festive now. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Check out The Pioneer Woman's favorite side dishes for the holiday here.


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All pictures via my Pinterest page.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The holidays are here!

The peppermint tea that I've been drinking this weekend.

This weekend was pretty busy with family plans and such. Saturday I got to go wine tasting with my mom. I found two new favorites there which were Just Peachy wine and Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur. The Just Peachy wine was a drier white wine that smelled and tasted like fresh peaches! The pumpkin pie was possibly my favorite fall drink. It literally tasted like pumpkin pie! I can't wait to have it at her Thanksgiving dinner. I had so much fun with my mom.

Billy and I decided to get a Wii U this weekend, and I think we both have enjoyed playing it!! We got the Nintendo Land game, and I played a few of the small games including the one where you collected candy and one of the players attacks the two animals that are collecting the candy. My favorite part is how big your character's head grows when you collect a lot of candy and how you can see the head of the player who is attacking the other two players on the TV while you're playing. I was cracking up when Bill's face was in the corner of the screen when he was shouting, "I'm going to get you guys!"

It was a fun and relaxing weekend, and I can't believe that it's finally Thanksgiving week! I can't wait to celebrate with my family!



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Friday, November 16, 2012

It's Friday and this is what's making me happy.

Braiding my niece, Lanie's, hair before we went to the zoo in February.

Megan (my sister) and I have been sending texts and calling on and off for the past couple of weeks to keep in touch since she left for California. I really like updating each other on little things we're doing throughout the day. For example, I told her tonight that I am watching Mean Girls while cleaning my house. I haven't watched this movie in a year, and I felt like I needed to watch it tonight. I used to watch it 5 to 7 times a month during my senior year of high school. That movie cracked me up, made me smile, and feel content all within two hours. ha If I had a bad day, I watched. If I had a good day, I watched it. You get the point.

Anyways, after I told her about my night, I mentioned to her that when she called me today during work, I had forgotten to put my phone on silent so it was on full volume when I was sitting at my cube. Also, I have my phone set to announce who is calling me. OH MY. I never thought how amused I would be when my phone announced, "Call from Megan Chip." I couldn't stop laughing. I always forget that not everyone has as many nick names for the people they love. Fortunately, no one said anything or even seemed to notice. It was the highlight of my afternoon.

The other highlight? I got to paint my nails the same color as in the photo above. That may or may not sound really lame. In my defense though, it was a Thursday evening, and there wasn't much going on in our house. I was watching Antiques Roadshow with Bill. A show that keeps growing on me but doesn't quite have as much of my attention as American Pickers (another show that we also watch together.) so I entertained myself by painting my nails with my favorite shade, Ate Berries in the Canaries, from OPI. It was a good night.

This weekend, we are making pizzas with Bill's family this evening, going to a baby shower on Saturday, and we have a Turkey raffle to go to on Sunday. Bill looks forward to the raffle each year. :) What are you up to this weekend?


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Working out makes me happy




I've been following Workout Healthy on facebook, and I can't believe how many inspiring things they post. The picture above is from their page. This one is inspiring me to get up early to get some yoga time in or run before work. :) I will probably be a little wobbly in the morning, but I can't think of a better way to start my day.




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my last financial class






I was surprised by how fast my class went. Last night was by far the best meeting we had together. We all sat around a few different tables in a circle, and after the movie, we discussed a lot. I could have said more in the discussion, but I found that the experiences that the other group members were talking about I couldn't relate to. I was the only person in their 20's and the rest were in their 40's and 50's. I didn't mind though. They talked about budgeting for a family and some talked about how they are educating their own kids to live within their means. My favorite couple their had been married for 30 years, and I loved their honesty about the struggles they are currently facing. It was obvious to see how in love they were and how they were a team. Loved it. :)

As a couple that just got married this past January, I really think this is one of the best classes that I could take right now. I know that living without debt is the best way, and I am lucky enough to be debt free. I don't have any kind of loan and that is one of the most freeing things to be financially free! I started out the class debt free, but I still had that tendency to spend my money without thinking. I can admit to not thinking about spending my hard earned money just so I could have something that I don't really need like extra clothes. All of that money spent would add up and I would end up feeling very discouraged. I haven't done that in several weeks, and I'm even finding myself wanting to save more of my money. Bill and I have a budget, and we record what we spend each month. This is one of the most beneficial things we've done so far! We actually know what we are spending each month, and we know where our money is going. I'm looking forward to finding out how much better we do in the next few months.


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Cozy Weekend








Bill and I ate at Houlihans after going to church today. We had disco fries that have gravey,  mozarella, and garnish on them. It was kind of ironic that we had them today, since we saw them on First Look last night. We both thought they were really good!

After we got home, we both took a nap. I love taking naps during the weekend. I also got all of the laundry finally folded and put away! Yay. How was your weekend?


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Friday, November 9, 2012

This Weekend



This weekend, I'm looking forward to:

* Hanging out with my family. Phil is coming home TODAY! Yay.
*Going to see Skyfall with Bill
*Reading Game of Thrones
*Running/Not having much to do



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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Little Things


This week, I'm finding that some of the littlest things are making me happy like the texts from my brother, the Target Christmas commercials that played on TV, watching Up All Night on NBC, remembering the beautiful sunset that I saw last week while walking Kittle in my mom's neighborhood, the burning smell of my Cashmere candle, wearing my winter scarfs, an idea for what will be my favorite holiday project this year, and the Christmas music that I have already listened to for hours this past weekend. All of these small things are helping me feel more positive throughout the week. I am thrilled that my brother, Phil, is coming back home on Friday, and my Dad is coming back home from Afghanistan in December! Wow, this week truly is bittersweet! On Friday, I am going to hang out with my family and catch up on pretty much everything. Only two more days. Yayyy!


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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Transitioning

Yesterday, Megs left for California. I was really sad for a good part of the day, and then, I tried to snap out of it. I'm hoping she has a great time and meets a lot of good people. Meg is pretty lucky that she's in California and the house she is living in has an inside pool! Awesome. :) That doesn't mean that I won't miss my sister a lot though!! I definitely will. 


This Friday, Phil is coming home from Boston where he had his 7 week training for his new job. I'm glad he will be living at home for a little bit. I can't wait to see him on Friday! On Saturday, I'm going to watch the new James Bond movie in theaters with Bill. I can't wait for the weekend. Do you have any plans?

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

our trip to the wilderness.


Earlier this week, we went to the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells. I love going there in the Fall/Winter, because there are no lines for any of the rides! I think we only had to wait behind two groups of people maybe once or twice. That was awesome. :)
We went to the Wave Pool a bunch of times. I learned that wearing your contacts in the pool is completely unnecessary. I was having to clean them every time I got out of the pool, and since my vision isn't that bad, I decided to forgo them all together at least while I was swimming. Fortunately, Bill didn't have the same problem as me which is good since his vision is much worse!
I always take a picture of my feet when I'm watching the waves. It never gets old. haha
Bill's brother Tom and his girlfriend Colleen came up for one of the days that we were there and hung out with us. We had a great time swimming in the wave pool and going on the rides together.
We went to Moose Jaw the second night there, and Bill got the 50 ounce sampler of beer. Some of them were actually pretty good. I liked the honey beer the best.
I don't know why I ordered the white wine again. It was way too sweet for my taste. I think that was the second time I ordered it and hardly drank any of it. Our pizza was really good though. We always like it there!
We got ice cream on our last night at the Wilderness. Bill got Dark chocolate fudge with cookie dough, and I got mint chocolate chip. They have amazingly good ice cream. Love it! I think my favorite part of vacation was spending 6 hours a day in the pool. We would go in the morning and night. I couldn't get enough of the water rides and having that time with Bill. I love when we can get away together. Now, we are back to work tomorrow, and I'm working off all the calories I had by running and doing yoga. Yay. :)

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