Closing Out Twenty Seventeen

Whew!! What a year. This was definitely one of our biggest, busiest, and best years yet!



In January, we celebrated my 24th birthday with a Staycation in Stillwater where we drank wine, explored, and stayed in a fancy hotel! We also celebrated with my family. It was the perfect weekend!





In February, Andy and I celebrated Valentine's Day with a vacation to San Francisco! We explored, Napa Valley, Muir Woods, and the city. We toured Alcatraz, watched the sunbathing seals at Fisherman's Wharf, and ate lots and lots of heavenly food and desserts. Despite the continuous rain, it was a blast!




In March, I opened a new life chapter and started a new job that I love! We also took an impulsive trip to Chicago for total of 36 hours and packed our short time with tons of fun activities.





April brought the birth of my best friend's baby girl Harper, and my heart wept tears of joy when I finally met this precious miracle. Prior to her arrival, we also celebrated with a spring themed baby shower!





In May, we traveled down south to Asheville, NC with a bunch of family for my cousins wedding. We stayed in a gorgeous mountain house, ate biscuits and gravy, and explored the entire adorable town.




In June, I went to Atlanta for a work trip and enjoyed a lot of room service. We also put down a security deposit for our new place and bought new furniture - yay for adulting!




In July, we celebrated Fourth of July big with friends and a BBQ. We ate a lot of ice cream, packed up all of our belongings, and moved to Shoreview! We love our new home!







In August, we picked up our sweet new puppy Bosco who has completely stolen our hearts. We had a blast at Country on the River with Kali and Justin. I graduated from my Master's program. I threw a wedding shower. I threw a bachelorette party. It was a busy one!!





In September, we started the month with Chelsea and Michael's wedding! It was probably one of the funnest days of my life. We hosted Justin and Kali for a fun Minneapolis weekend.




In October, we took a short getaway to Denver, CO and the time of our lives! We hiked the Rocky Mountains, drank beer from their breweries, and ate the best Mexican food of our lives. We celebrated Halloween big too! We went back to Fond du Lac to spend time with Andy's family, which is always a blast. We also got in our first car accident - yikes! Thankfully everyone was okay.




In November, I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and Andy worked a lot to prepare for the Christmas season at work. We also cut down our first real tree and decorated for Christmas.

In December, we celebrated Andy's birthday, he got a new car, and we celebrated Christmas with my family!


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I am counting my blessings and ending this year with a very thankful heart. Although our year wasn't always filled with ups, the downs have filled us with gratitude for the good times. On that note, bring on twenty-eighteen! I hope it's just as wonderful as this year!
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Sick Days



This week has been one for the books, that's for sure. As they say, when it rains it pours, and while I might not be going through anything majorly - it's been a rough one! I caught some bug this week and started really feeling it yesterday morning and throughout the day it developed into full blown body aches, 102 degree fever, sneezing, plugged nose and ears - the works. I ended up leaving early from work (something I don't do very often) and parked myself on the couch for the entire night. I still am feeling the effects today but made myself come into work (through a giant blizzard, to add).

On top of this, our humidifier stopped working right and my phone won't hold a charge - so yeah, it's been one of those weeks! Andy is back in Wisconsin with his family and while I wish so much I could be there with all of them, I'm glad I'm not passing my sickness on to them. Since Andy is gone, I'm alone on puppy duty all week which includes taking Bosco out to potty. Oh, and did I mention that our high this week was a whopping 5 degrees?? Thank GOD tomorrow is Friday!

All I want right now is a hot bath, my diffuser filled with eucalyptus, my PJs, a fluffy blanket, and a warm cup of tea, oh and my mommy!!!

Be back tomorrow with a YEAR IN REVIEW! Can you believe 2017 has already come to an end?? Also, a Christmas Recap might have to hold off until next week - ah well!
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Five on Friday | 12.22.2017

Good morning and happy Friday! I am still trying to wrap the idea around my head that the Christmas season is coming to an end. At least we have the big shebang this weekend to enjoy! I am so looking forward to enjoying Christmas with my family, eating lots of delicious food (and cookies - can't forget about those), attending midnight mass to celebrate the birth of our savior, and just soaking in every moment.



ONE // We delivered several Christmas cookie boxes to our friends on Wednesday night. But not without hot chocolate and Christmas tunes playing over the radio. 




TWO // I admit that I've had no less than two hot chocolates per day this week... I just can't resist making a cup for my treat after lunch and then nighttime rolls around and it sounds good again. Hot chocolate and reading has been my favorite combination this week.





THREE // Alright, I've got to share this real-life moment that happened this week. So when I got back on Sunday night from being up north this weekend, I realized that Andy had put my wrapped presents under the tree. Being the person I am, I decided to check them out a little and couldn't help but notice that one of the presents Andy had gotten me was the same exact size and shape of one of the presents I had gotten him.. so I lifted each box - same weight. Moved them around a little - same sounds. My heart practically sank - did Andy and I pick out the same present for each other...?? After some texts back and fourth and some actual laugh-out-louds, we found that we did, in fact, get each other the same exact thing - a SodaStream. We even WRAPPED it the same - out of all of our wrapping paper choices. So to settle this debacle, we decided to return one of them and split the money we get back from the return to buy a different present for each other. Guys, I can't make this stuff up.




FOUR // This sweet boy - he sure gets me up and moving every night. We've been taking our long walks three times a week together, despite the freezing temperatures. 

FIVE // And without further adieu, I leave you with our 2017 Christmas card. Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend! I hope that your Christmas is filled to the top with peace, love, and happiness.


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Happy 25th Birthday Andy!

On Monday we celebrated Andy's 25th birthday! I had some PTO to use up before the end of the year, so I was able to take the entire day off.

We started the morning with some hot mochas and and this delicious Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Casserole that was super easy to whip up the night before. All I had to do was pop it in the oven in the morning at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Easy peasy and so darn delicious!

 

My parents gave me their gift for Andy on Sunday so he could open it on his birthday. He received a pair of Packers Zubaz and some leather luggage tags for our upcoming vacation. I gifted him this book he has been wanting for awhile. We always go the easy route for birthday gifts because we consider our big trip in February our birthday present for each other.

I left it completely up to Andy with what he wanted to do all day, and he mentioned he really wanted to just *go browse* at new cars. Well just browse turned into an appointment and that appointment turned into "let's just look at numbers" and that turned into Andy and myself driving off the lot in a brand new 207 black Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. He was so proud of his big birthday purchase! And the car is gorgeous. And I definitely took in several huge inhales of that delicious new car smell.


We ended his birthday with dinner and drinks with a group of friends at one of our favorite restaurants in Minneapolis, Stanley's NE. This place never fails us!

But no birthday is complete without something sweet - so we ate cupcakes in bed at 10pm. What a perfect way to end his day!



Happy birthday to my comedian, my personal chef, my adventure buddy, my partner in crime, my hardworking, handsome, hero of a man who builds everyone else up around him and makes me a better woman. I would be incomplete without you!
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Cookie Baking 2017

My mom, my grandma, and myself headed up north this weekend for our 10th annual Christmas Cookie Baking weekend with some of the other women in our family. This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. It's always filled with delicious food, drinks, relaxation, good conversations, and funny memories that we carry from year to year. This year we decided to change it up a little and pre-bake all of our cookies at our homes, and then bring them to exchange. I always end up walking out with around 2 dozen of each cookie (and there's always at least 6 different kinds)! 

My aunt always knocks it out of the park with the delicious food she makes. On Friday she had a tomato, white bean, and kale soup waiting for us complete with pesto-basil paninis. It was a relatively early bedtime for us that night after everyone hit their food coma. 



On Saturday we enjoyed egg muffins, hashbrowns, fruit, and toast - and the most amazing cranberry-orange scones (shout out to Costco!!). We got ready and headed out to do some shopping at the fun shops and boutiques around the area. 





We had lunch at a fun little restaurant called Sage, and then did a little more shopping, checked out my cousins adorable new house, and went to see Christmas lights at the Arboretum. They were stunning!




We ended the night with pizzas, margaritas, and lots of laughs. Sunday came early, and we exchanged all of our cookies and sat around in our pajamas until almost noon. Talk about some rest and relaxation :)









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