The house is ours!

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22 days ago Alex and I closed on a house!

On July 1st we spent an hour signing papers and chatting with the previous owner of the house, he handed us the keys and it was ours!

We moved in the next day with help from my awesome brothers and Al’s cousin. The boys did all the lifting and I supervised, which is my specialty! Suddenly we were adults and living in our own home…alone. It was and still is weird.

Moving is stressful…always. We packed well in advance so that wasn’t the issue, it’s more of the time and the energy it takes to move and to unpack. Where do I put all my stuff? I don’t have enough stuff to fill an entire house! We have to go shopping again? How much money do we have in the bank!!!?

We have lived on our own before, but it was in a small apartment or townhouse that provided a washer and dryer and we didn’t have room for furniture and we were poor college students, so we were fine with small, mismatched, free stuff. Now we are grown ups and the mismatched stuff is still ok, but the junky free stuff we’ve had for five years isn’t so ok anymore. We bought a shelving unit, a TV stand, coffee tables, a new washer and dryer (that was a headache in itself!) and stupid little things that we needed to make the house livable.

I feel  like things have finally started slowing down though. We aren’t hemorrhaging money anymore, we are doing a few DIY projects and really trying to put our own stamp on the house. All in all moving has been a great experience, it is so great to come home to our house and we are really feeling married now (yes it has been two years since we got married, but we only lived alone together for two months of that, this has been a very big change) and we get to work together to make this house our home. We’ve had a few stumbles along the way, but we are now hopefully through the worst of it and can work to make our home pretty, comfortable and feel like ours. Maybe we’ll even have fun doing it together!

Here is our new house!

Here is our new house!

Anniversary 2015!

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It is June 1st 2015 and that means that two years ago I married my best friend…it also means that nine years ago my best friend asked me to be his girlfriend!

I’ve written before about how Alex and I met and started dating (check out this post A happy ending)

So here I thought I would chat a bit about the last two years.

We got married on June 1, 2013 (I am just realizing I never posted a blog about our wedding day….so that will have to happen soon!) We lived in Duluth at the time and had a great summer together! In September Alex moved to the cities to start working at a job that came up unexpectedly, meaning that we lived apart for four months during our first year of marriage, it was awful and very difficult.  Finally I moved to the cities to be with Alex and since then we have been together, going on trips, being with both of our families and working toward building an awesome future together.

I would say that the first year is very much a romantic period. Even with living apart we were head over heels in love and the reality of the “real world” hadn’t hit us yet.

That brings us to year two…we officially got out of the head over heels phase, don’t get me wrong I love Alex so much and I think that my love for him grows every day, however I don’t need to fall apart when we aren’t together, if he has to go out of town for work it isn’t the end of my world (really this phase is so much healthier!) and I LOVE going to work and being my own person with my own things. We were really so co-dependent that is nice to finally be Alex and Jill, two separate people who happen to be madly in love.

I feel like year two was the most challenging year we have faced in all our years of being together. We both had to find ourselves within our marriage, we both were working and trying to decide what do we want to do for the long term (still not sure on this one), we are looking for a house, we are trying to save money for a house and a family, we are always trying to better ourselves and be good people. Being a grown up sure is a lot of work! This past year has been a year of intense discussions (some louder than others), decisions being made, dreams being adjusted and a lot of change both personally and in our relationship.

Alex and I are huge believers in therapy and the process of talking things out, for some people it might be a sign of failure to go to therapy, but for us we have found that therapy has helped us work out issues that if not worked out would have broken us. Marriage is work and for us therapy is an important part of our work schedule.

All of this being said, I could not have asked for a better partner in life. Alex is such a kind, sensitive and caring husband and everyday I see him working hard to give us an amazing life. I am proud of him and so honored to be his wife.

Happy anniversary my love!

Come what may!

xoxoxo

House hunting 1

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Alex and I moved into his parents house in December of 2013…..and as of May 2015 we are still living at his parents house.

We are however finally looking for a house! I can’t believe it is actually happening but it is!

Our house hunting started the first week of May and the first house we saw was incredible. It had the right location, a quiet street, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a great kitchen, a lovely yard, and a spacious deck, even the laundry room was perfect! It had just gone on the market that day and we were in love! Our only hesitation was that it was the first house we had ever looked at with buyer eyes. Would they all be this great? Would we see another house that was better? Is it irresponsible to buy the first house? Luckily for us we didn’t have to make a decision the house sold the next morning, having only been on the market for under 24 hours.

While somewhat disappointing we were totally okay with that. It was only the beginning of our search and we knew that there was a house waiting for us to fall in love with it.

Hopefully we will find it soon, my Pinterest boards are getting ridiculous!

It’s a new year!

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Oy! It’s 2015!

Christmas and New Year celebrations came and went, and suddenly it’s the second week of January. This month is typically filled with resolutions and fitness centers become jam-packed with people trying to better themselves. I am happy/frustrated to say that I am not one of those people. Happy because I know how obnoxious those “resolutions people” can be and frustrated because that means I am not working out! I wish with all my might that I could be hogging a treadmill or obviously misusing a weight lifting machine. My body has decided that the anticipation of the holiday season was too stressful and my immune system surrendered to the cold and all of my pre-k kids at work. My symptoms began the night before Christmas Eve and have been shifting to new parts of my body since. Headaches, sinus pressure, cold, chills, cough, unmentionable bathroom issues and oh so much more have followed me into this glorious new year. However, I do feel that I am slowly approaching the end of this dizzying illness, and will hopefully be stopping at the gym after work, for at least two weeks. I mean let’s not kid ourselves — working out sucks. After a day of WORKING why would I want to go WORKout? Didn’t I just finish my workday? I want nothing to do with the work word after 5pm. I want to put on my husband’s sweats, sit on the couch, eat a hearty meal of mac & cheese and watch everything Netflix has to offer. I know what you’re thinking, “PREACH SISTER!!!” Obviously, I want to be healthy but why is it such a pain in the ass?

That being said, I really took my time with coming up with resolutions that I could live with, that I wouldn’t break and that were realistic for me.

1. I want to be healthier. I will never work out five days a week, yet every year I tell myself to and I never make it through the first week. So this year I want to treat my body better. I want to work out more than I currently do, put better foods into my body and drink more water because, really, it’s not that difficult!

2. I want to be more organized. For the last year, my husband and I have been living in his parent’s basement. While we have been spoiled, (free 2200 square foot apartment!) we have been a bit lax on keeping up with the organization. We have a storage unit for this that we really shouldn’t need right now (kitchen stuff, extra furniture…) but the things in the apartment have grown and our old things have gone untouched and that most likely means we don’t need them anymore!

3. I want to read 12 books this year. I stole this resolution from Essie Button (check her out, she is amazing!) This doesn’t mean that I will read 12 books and then stop, this just means that I want to read at least one book a month. I love to read and I feel like as I’ve gotten older other things become more important than sitting down with a good book. I want to get back into the habit of making time to relax and get lost in another world.

4. I want to take more pictures. I LOVE photography! It brings me so much joy and, again, life has taken over and my time has focused on other things. I will get back at it!

5. I want to commit to blogging/other internet aspects. I really enjoy blogging, not only writing them, but reading them too. I love seeing what other people are up to and how they are handling this crazy thing we call life. I am looking into some other aspects of blogging or vlogging but I’m not 100% sure I can handle all that craziness! We will see 🙂

6. I want to be more creative. This one sort of ties into taking more pictures and committing to blogging, but in addition to those two resolutions I want to scrapbook more, create art, decorate my living space, and just basically spice up some bland areas in my life.

7. I want to spend less money. My husband is so happy about this one! As I have grown up, finished college, got married and am now at the early stages of buying a house (by early I mean we’re at the point where we are saying “hey, we should move someday) I need more money than I currently have. I am going to wear the clothes that I currently own and use up the products that are filling up my bathroom cabinet. This resolution will help my overall goal of spending less money, organizing and will also be helping me have to pack less crap when we do actually move!

So there you go, those are my resolutions! What are some of your resolutions?

Why wait until the New Year to start being better!

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Like 99% of people in the world I want to get in better shape. Every year I make the resolution to be healthy and last year I did really well…for a while…ok two months. It is the end of November 2014 now and I am feeling the itch to eat better, work out and be more active day to day. Usually I would say, “It’s the holiday season, wait until January”, this year I have decided to not wait and start kicking my ass in gear! Do I have a plan, nope. Should I have a plan, yep. Recently I watched a video on youtube (posted below) about having a plan that I know I will actually stick to. I am not going to go to the gym everyday, I am not going to never eat chocolate, it is just NOT going to happen! I need to really find what I am capable of doing. Can I work out three days a week, yes. Can I order more salads and drink more water, yep! I am also excited that my family is on board with me! My mom and my husband both are interested in doing some more and I am so much more motivated when I have a team! I will need to be thinking about my plan and what I think is realistic for me and my life. More to come! Video about being realistic! http://youtu.be/I-6tCDFfLXA

A little update

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The past few months have been so crazy! I got home from Australia and applied for a job, I interviewed for the job a week later and got the job the next week. I have been working as a preschool teacher since August 4th and I LOVE IT!!!! I am so lucky to have found a job where my employers are passionate about their work, my co-workers want the best for the school and the kids are excited to be there. Of course there are times when the kids act out or have melt downs but thats what kids do and for 99% of the time they are well behaved and so sweet.

September came and my sister had a baby! Evan Ryan was born on September 20, 2014. I was there for the entire labor process, I was honored to cut the cord, hold him first and have the first kiss. What a blessing he is! He is seriously beautiful and such a smiley happy baby.

October came and my family celebrated birthdays (four out of my seven siblings have birthdays in October)! My husband spoiled me rotten on my birthday, we went to ikea and The Mall of America and we spent way too much money on me and ate at the delicious Bubba Gump Shrimp. I usually dread birthdays, getting older makes me sad and I feel like I always wish for birthdays to be magical and they are never what I build them up to be. However, this birthday was magical. Alex and I had so much fun together and I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I went trick or treating with my nephews and niece (two ninja’s and Princess Jasmine), we ended up walking around for an hour and their candy buckets were full to the brim. It was such a fun night.

November came and so did the snow, a two day blizzard hit us and gave us our first snow. Typically the first snow melts away and the weather warms up for a while, not this year. The snow is here to stay and while it is beautiful I am hoping that it leaves us sooner rather then later. Yesterday was my cousin Emily’s wedding shower and my moms family all got together afterward. We got to see my Aunt and Uncles new house (Emily’s parents) and we got to just relax and be together, it was really nice.

We are preparing for the holidays now and I cannot believe how quickly they will be here! So much has happened in my day to day life and I am so thankful!

I will be back soon!

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I cannot believe how long it has been since I have written! Life has been going to quickly since my trip to Australia, I got a job and have been keeping so busy with life. I am finally getting into somewhat of a schedule and because of that I will be having some time set aside for being creative. I will be working on my photography, scrapbooking and writing. Even if it’s just a few minutes a day.

So, I will be back!

A trip of a lifetime

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Very soon I will be taking a trip, an amazing, incredible, glorious trip. I am going to Australia!

First off I have a few people to brag about, the people who are the reason for the trip, my favorite brother in-law Maxwell and his fantastic soon to be wife Megan. The trip is only happening because of them and I cannot begin to share my excitement and honor of being included in this wedding trip. Next my MIL, FIL and 2nd MIL…um…you people rock! Alex and I would have to either miss the trip entirely or he would go and I would have to stay home if you people weren’t so awesome. Thank you (I think that will be said a billion times a day from now on), you three are making a dream come true.

I also want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Max for allowing me to steal my husband away from him for some honeymoon time. We are so grateful to be able to sneak away, have some couple time and then join the family again. I promise that Alex will have tons of time to spend with Max, golfing, ping pong playing, picking at each other and getting on each other’s nerves. I just want a little time with him and the rest of the time I will be kicking him in the butt forcing him to be by Max’s side.

We have a bunch of things planned, some events will be spur of the moment and I hope to have some lay around time too. The entire trip will be filled with family and tons of bonding time, a little alone time might need to happen too!

I am going to be writing about everything we do and hopefully I can post on here to keep my people in the US updated (and make my parents a little jealous).

Australia here we come!

The car of my dreams

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My husband and I made our first big purchase this week! We bought a CAR!!!

After months of researching and test driving all different models we went ahead with the process of buying. We started at a dealership that was very helpful and narrowed down all our specific wants and what we were willing to compromise on. After 3 weeks of the dealership not finding the car we wanted and a little insult about me from the salesman to my husband (not a good idea) we switched dealerships and were able to pick up the perfect car that week!

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Friday morning Alex, my mom and I all drove to the dealership (we had three trade ins so we needed three drivers!), the car was so pretty! We went over all the paperwork and the salesman showed us a few tricks about the car and we were off.

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(The car had 42 miles on it!!! It was meant to be!)

My mom and I were able to take the car on a mini road trip that afternoon to visit my best friend in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We celebrated all night and had a great girls day on Saturday. After lunch my mom and I headed out for Mall of America. We had a date planned with our husbands and my parents friends F and MJ. We got to the mall early, did a little shopping then met up for our date. We had such a great time at dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp (currently my favorite restaurant). Alex and I said our goodbyes and headed home. Alex had only driven the new car home from the dealership so he got to check things out a bit more on this drive.

The weather was a little rainy but cleared up as we went on, about 4 miles away from home 4 deer ran across the median into our lane and the last one smashed his shoulder into our car, stumbled a bit and sprinted off into a field. Alex swerved as much as he possibly could have and I believe because of his quick reflexes the damage was better than it could have been. We pulled over and Alex got out to look at the car, there was a significant dent. The light wasn’t broken but it had moved from where it should be. We called 911, my parents (who changed routes to come help) and Al’s parents then we waited. We sat in the car in complete shock and so frustrated. We bought a brand new car and after approximately 30 hours we hit a deer.

The police officer arrived and took our statements and our information, she seemed to understand how frustrated we were (she commented on how we didn’t even have license plates yet because it was so new) and soon after my parents arrived. They hugged us and said they would follow us home. Luckily the car was still driveable so we made the 4 miles trek home and parked our sad new car in the driveway, said goodbye to my parents and headed inside.  All we wanted to do was go to sleep, the rest of the process would have to wait until morning. Did I mention morning would be Easter? Easter came and went, we called our insurance and the process of fixing our car started.

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Finally yesterday, we worked things out, the car is in the shop and I will be picking up a rental car tomorrow morning. I am hoping to get the car back sometime in the near future so I can finally stop borrowing cars from every family member I have!

Moral of the story, being an adult sucks.

My mom and I have been working out just about every day. Even if we just get a quick walk in at least every day we are moving our bodies. Tuesdays and Thursdays we go to yoga, but yesterday we decided to add zumba to our Tuesday workout. Holy crap! Zumba is hard and exhausting. The instructor moves her body so fast, I feel like even if I knew the moves I would have to move at least a beat slower. 

What a fun class though, we got to move around, I felt dorky but we got to laugh at ourselves and we were working out at the same time! 45 mins of constant movin’ and groovin’ and I felt so accomplished afterward. 

Then my husband joined my mom and I for our yoga class and it was such a great way to cool down from the crazy zumba class. Alex had done some yoga with me at home but had never been to a class. My anxiety about having him there was a little high, I wanted him to like it and I really didn’t want him to fall over. Let me just say that I needed to get over myself and it wouldn’t have been a big deal if he had fallen over or farted during class. He made it through the class and when I asked him how he liked it and he said it was ok, this morning however I was getting ready for work and he rolled over in bed, “I’m so sore!”, all I could do was smile and say “but it feels good, doesn’t it?” 

So an hour and a half of working out yesterday was a success and I am so excited to do it again next Tuesday! 

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