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I have two kids - a girl and a boy - and live in north-central Minnesota, land of snow and ice. Well, for 9 months of the year, that is. I work full-time for a local government, and on my "free time" I enjoy cooking, baking, hanging out with my kiddos, and RELAXING.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm thankful for...

...Darren. He's changed my whole life and I can't imagine it without him.

...my brother and sister. They can always make me laugh, and I could learn something from their laid-back attitude.

...my mom. She's always taking care of us.

...good health. Every day I can get out of bed in the morning is a gift from God.

...Tina and Alli. My best friends.

...pumpkin pie. Or food in general. There are so many people starving in the world, and we have more than enough.

...a past that's taught me to value the present. You never know what tomorrow will bring, so cherish the moments of today.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Thanksgiving break started today. Well, not officially, but for me it did. I'm skipping school next Monday and Tuesday (Mom has surgery Tuesday) so I have all this weekend, all next week, and the following weekend to hang out and relax. AND work on wedding invites! :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

another wedding weekend

Things I accomplished this weekend:

-finished my favors (YAY.)
-bought gifts for the bridesmaids
-made a trial hair updo appointment
-bought an aisle runner
-ordered a cake topper
-finished my part of the guest list
-wrote the ceremony program
-bought candles for the ceremony
-filled out the application for a wedding license (a little premature, but I printed it and it was right there)
-emailed my future mother-in-law about the rehearsal dinner and got that mostly figured out

So it was a good weekend for that. :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

wedding makeup

Okay, so I've been trying to figure out how to wear my makeup for the weddding, and prety much decided to wear it the same way I wear it every day, only with a little more liner and another coat of mascara. So, what do you think? Ignore the red nose...I was sick. Oh, and I'll have a tan so I won't be so pasty. :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Why I love...

...Vanilla Bean Noel. It reminds me of snowy days and cookies. B&BW only sells it at Christmas, so it's like a special yearly treat. I stock up every year. Somehow it doesn't smell the same as Warm Vanilla Sugar.

...my $12 pair of jeans. Used and broken in, they're already a perfect fit. Great length, no baggy butt, and CHEAP!

...dark chocolate. A different taste than milk chocolate, and a little bit out-of-the-ordinary. Need I mention it's better for you? Plus, with everyone else eating the milk chocolate first, there's more dark left for me!

...chick flicks. Because even though they're incredibly predictable and have happy endings, they make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

...the movie theater. So much better seeing a movie on the big screen in the dark with popcorn and Raisinettes than in your living room. It's the experience of it.

...fall. It's the prettiest season, by far. Even though I love spring because it means winter is over, it doesn't compare to the gorgeous colors of the trees in the fall.

...Google. It's the answer to everything.

...January 24th. It's my wedding day! And the coldest day of the year, as an added bonus...didn't know that when I picked it.

...rice pudding. Sugary soft rice with cinnamon and whole milk. What's not to love?

...my big red hoop earrings. A little unexpected (they're HUGE) but go well with my Red Friday attire.

...102.9 LITE FM. 24/7 Christmas music. I countdown to Christmas from about the first of October, so I've been listening to Christmas music for a while already, and I'm tired of listening to my meager collection. It's nice to hear new songs on the radio.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Happy Veteran's Day! This day means so much more to me now that I actually know some veterans. Before it was a day that the banks and post offices were closed, but now it's special. Since Darren came into my life I've realized really how much sacrifice is required to call yourself a veteran. He's so proud of everything he's done, and I'm so proud of him. He has given years of his life to the military, and to the citizens of this country by extension. I'm so thankful for everything he and all of our veterans have done. I'm beyond proud to call myself a citizen of the United States of America. God bless our veterans and God bless America!

Monday, November 10, 2008

64 down, 200 to go

Well I worked on the favors tonight for a while. Today I was pleasantly suprised to see Hershey Kisses on sale at Target so I bought 19 bags of them. I'll need more, but it's a good start. Plus I was stupid and didn't look at the nutritional value to figure out how many were in a package, so I was just guessing on how many bags I'd need. Oh well. They're on sale all week so I'll go back. Also the jingle bells were on sale at Michael's so that was good. I assembled 64 of them...still a lot to go. It's probably actually a little less than 200. I think I'll do 250 and I have stuff for more that I can do closer to the wedding if needed. Oh man, they take forever to put together. I watched Beauty and the Beast while I was doing it. Gotta love Disney movies. I also started gathering up addresses. Most of the one's I need are from Darren and his family and they're working on those, so I just need to get a couple. I facebook messaged a lot of people tonight and hopefully they respond. I don't need them until Thanksgiving break but I always think it's better to be early than late.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Deer Season

Deer season is on my top five list of my favorite times of the year. Christmas, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Easter, and deer season. It's fun when all my family comes up and everyone is loud and laughing. We went over to my grandparents yesterday for lunch and it was fun. No one got any monsters yet, but there still a lot of time left! :) The down side is I hardly saw Darren yesterday with all the hunting. At least there's still one day left of my weekend.

I've been busy lately. School has been picking up again and I've already spent an hour this morning working on a paper that's due Tuesday. Thursday I have an exam and all my final projects are starting to take shape. I have one in every class, which I hate because I don't like group work. It always seems to take so much longer that if I had just done it myself, but oh well. What can ya do? At least everything is comign to an end. There are two weeks until I'm going home for Thanksgiving, and then two weeks after that until finals. So really only four weeks left of school. I can probably handle it. Hopefully...this year has gone by pretty quickly.

Yesterday Tina and I went down to Brainerd to have Chinese and shop at Target. I got some cute new tops and black pants, which I desperately needed. It's so hard to have to buy new clothes all the time. I mean, it's fun, don't get me wrong, but it's so frustrating because I don't have any money OR any clothes that fit. Ugh... I gave Tina two big rubbermaids and a garbage bag full of clothes to see if they'll fit her since she's preggers. I told her to give them back, though, because hopefully they'll fit me when I'm pregnant someday! :) I am excited about my new clothes, though. I think I'll wear one of the shirts today to church.