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. :)