Wednesday, December 12, 2012

a little camera love!

I am the proud new owner of one of these beauties! I did a ton of research on what kind of camera i wanted and this one, won out on some of the others! I am excited to get the wireless adapter, hopefully Santa will bring that to me  :)

The Nikon 3200
I am hoping to get some of the following for Christmas, or use some of my Santa money for them after the Holidays!

The Nikon Wireless Adapter I am looking forward to using this when we are taking pictures of our nieces, because we can send them right to them without having to wait and load the pictures on the computer.
I am also wanting a cute strap cover from Etsy, I really like this one!


I am looking forward to messing around with all the settings over the Holidays! I am sure my nieces are going to be mad at me for saying smile for the camera haha! I know my little model Macy is tired of me already!

What DSLR camera do you have? Any suggestions on accessories or other lenses to get?

I am happy today is Wednesday! i am looking forward to Thursday and then on Friday we have our Staff Retreat- Holiday Party! We have a fun day planned with Secret Santa's being revealed and we are also having a Cookie exchange, i am making these cookies! Hopefully they turn out! :)
I will end this blog post with a sweet picture of one of our nieces!


P.S. I am wanting a blog redesign, any suggestions on sites that do great work, or any suggestions on things i can do myself :) Thanks! You can email me here or leave a comment!

Until next time!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Ornament Swap 2012




I was paired up with Kristin at Happily After All I forgot to take a picture of the stuff i sent her, so i guess we will have to wait till she links up!

I was looking forward to this swap because i think it is so fun to see what other people like and to also receive a gift were you didn't really make a list and give to someone. Kristin and I emailed a list of some favorite things and we were off to shop. It is always fun to meet new people!

I received my gift and here is what i got :) Love it all

I got this really cool start ornament that is full of glitter :) we have a second tree we put up in our basement and i think this will be perfect for that tree!

This glass red ornament is going to be perfect for my wreath i have in our entry way, i have been trying to find a red ornament to finish it, sorry i didn't have time to place all my stuff before the link up!


My favorite some almond bark covered pretzels!

You can never go wrong with some yummy hot cocoa!

A Christmas Cookie candle, just screams Christmas in my house :)


Everything together! I want to thank Kristin for my lovely gifts! And i also want to thank the lovely ladies for hosting this swap and a BIG Thank you to Laura for hosting the link up!

Happy Holidays!

Until next time!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2


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So yes, i went to the "midnight" premiere of Breaking Dawn Part 2, we were lucky enough to get tickets to the 10:00p.m. showing in our theatre here in Iowa and i was looking forward to the movie the entire week! I headed to the theatre right after work on Thursday and got in line so we could all sit together and get good seats :)

Let me tell you! it was hands down THE BEST ONE YET! I loved it and i want to go back and see it again! I am not going to right anything about the movie because i do not want to spoil it for anyone, but i will say they have a twist in the movie that was not in the book! :) I am sad that is it is over, but i am hopeful the Hunger Games movies will be just as good, but they had a "teaser" of the Catching Fire symbol but no preview because that movie will not be out until next November! Man i have to wait another year haha!

Did you go? If so, did you love it?

I will be dragging at work on Friday, but i am a trooper and heading it to the office in the mornig!

Happy Friday everyone!

Until next time!

Monday, November 5, 2012

My 30th Birthday!

I can't believe I just celebrated my 30th Birthday, it is crazy how fast the time goes! Joe and I were doing some thinking about all the memories we have had together in the last 10 years! I celebrated my 20th birthday with him 10 years ago!

I couldn't ask for a better husband, he really is the sweetest man! He made reservations at a small plate restaurant and had flowers waiting on the table when we were seated! I Just love fresh flowers and the Stargazer Lillie's are my favorite!
We ordered dessert and this is how my plate came out! I just love Zin's they it is a great restaurant and the food is excellent!







Earlier that day i worked until noon and then when i got home, he said i have some place i want to go, and he took me to the jewelers to have me look at  a second wedding band, he said it is a perfect time to get it we just celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary and i am turning 30! How sweet is he, it has to be made to match my other diamonds, so i am hoping to get it before Christmas!

I had a wonderful day and weekend, i had dinner with my in laws and my parents, sister and her boyfriend! I guess being 30 is not so bad right? Can't wait to see what my 30's are all about :)

I put my flowers on our buffet at home and just love how great they look with my white pumpkins!


Happy Monday!

Until next time,

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween_ What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Halloween! I am linking up with Jamie today for What I'm Loving Wednesday!
I'm Loving:  That today is Halloween and i looking forward to seeing all the kids dressed up and the adults! We also have quite a few pets in our neighborhood that go to!


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 I'm Loving:  The second book to Bared to You, Reflected by you by Sylvia Day. This series is very similar to 50 Shades, but slightly different!

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 I'm Loving:  That tomorrow is my Birthday, well i am not sure i should be loving it since i am going to be the BIG 3-0...... but they say your thirties are the best time of your life, so bring it on! So i am going to enjoy the last day of my 20's today....... :)
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I'm Loving:  My Hello Kitty pumpkin, Hello Kitty and I share the same birthday, so i just had to carve my pumpkin as that :)
I'm loving: My sweet nieces, Emma is so cute in her Halloween costume and Lily just cracks me up in the video!

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I'm Loving:  Of course my sweet fur baby Macy and my wonderful Hubby!!
Have a great Halloween and a wonderful Wednesday!

Until next time!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Macy is paying the bills! and other fun stuff!

I feel like this month has gone by so quick... not sure i am ready for October to be over my big 3- cough 0 birthday is in 2 days!!! Hard to believe!

Also, today on October 30th 17 years ago i was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, i can't believe it has been 17 years since that day, i remember getting on the scale of the Doctors office and them telling me i weighed 64.4 pounds and measured 5'7" can you imagine how terribly skinny i looked! Here i am today, 5'9"
 and not 64.4 pounds but i am healthy and happy and couldn't ask for much more!

This weekend we decided it was time to carve our pumpkins or as our niece use to call them "Poke-ins" :) I had no idea what i wanted to do, but since i was feeling childish we went with characters or symbols, so i knew instantly what i wanted to do Hello Kitty, since we share the same birthday and everything :) I thought it was perfect!! So here are our pumpkins for 2012!

Joe decided on the Batman symbol, i wanted him to do Ghost busters! But he thought it might be too hard!
I just love how Hello Kitty turned out! The neighbor kids are going to love her :)

 We decided to do Scooby Doo for Macy! She loved it! :)

Our master pieces for Halloween 2012! I am very excited to hand out candy for Trick or Treaters on Wednesday night! What candy are you handing out? I have Reese's, kit kats, Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids!

While we were busy cleaning the pumpkins and carving them, Macy was busy at our house as well, as i was paying the bills and petting her while she was laying in the sun, she decided she wanted to pay the bills instead!
After paying the bills, she decided it is exhausting! So i don't think she will be paying them again anytime soon :) How can you not love this week little girl :)

Happy Tuesday everyone! I can't wait to see every one's Halloween pictures! I will post Macy in her costume tomorrow! She has not decided yet, if she is going to be a super hero, pumpkin or wear her Halloween dress, too many choices i guess :)

Also, all those that have been affected by and will be affected by Hurricane Sandy are in my thoughts and prayers!

Until next time!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Colored at the Color Run

On October 3rd my sister, myself and some friends of hers went to the Color Run in Des Moines, we had such a great time, we received an email last week saying that the Color Run in Des Moines had the highest registration and largest crowd so far. It was a bit chilly the day of the run, but such a great time. They had over 50,000 people do the run in Des Moines.

We made sure we took our time at each color so we could get some pictures and just enjoy the "Happiest 5k on the Plant"
Here i am all ready to go, we had to wait in the long line of white to get started :) My sister and I bought these cool sunglasses to wear, i am saving them for next year!

All clean and white and ready to hit the road running!
Here we are after the first color orange, how it works is after so long they have a "color station" and you get blasted with color, if you run on the outside of the road you get more color than on the inside of the road, we opted to run on the outside to get the whole experience!

Next up was blue and this is my favorite picture of my sister and I, i just love how the blue looks on the road!
After we did the blue, it was time for my favorite which was the pink color, as i was running through this color i was saying I LOVE PINK haha, so they threw a little extra on me :)
The last color was yellow, all the colors were so pretty, but i was the most excited about the end, when we threw our color packs!!
Here is us at the finale of the color run! Best part and so much fun!



Have you participated in the color run in your area? If so did you love it? We will be doing it again that is for sure! I have preserved my shirt and am hoping it stays for a long time!

After this on Saturday, my mom, sister and I participated in the Especially for you Breast Cancer Walk in our area, it was so cold that morning, just barely above freezing, so we had to break out some winter wear under our lime green shirts! It was us a 15,000 other people we were a sea of green! So neat to see everyone come together for Breast Cancer Awareness.

My sister, myself and my mom

 




All 3 of us again, i am not sure i am ready for chilly weather yet!

My sister and me! Isn't her headband cute?

My mom and me!
 


I just love spending time with these 2 special ladies! It makes me smile! I hope everyone is having a great week, sorry for the picture overload! More to come this week, hopefully i will have an update on our basement and some pictures from Joe's birthday!

Until next time,


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Today i am sending a special Happy Birthday wish to that special guy in my life, i call my husband! I couldn't ask for a more caring, hardworking and loving husband, he really is the best guy around ( i might be a little biased though :)) He is going to school and working full time, plus cranking out all these DIY projects at our house! What a guy huh? :)

Macy is so very lucky to have a such a great daddy! She really does love you and she knows you are going to rub her little belly all day if you had time! She says you are lucky to have a such a sweet fur baby :)

We are so lucky to have a great guy in our lives! We love you!!!







I also have to wish my  best friend Emily a Happy Birthday too! Her and my hubby share the same day! Happy Birthday Emily! Hope you get to relax a little tonight after work!!
Until next time!