Happy Holidays and an Update on My Crazy Life

Soooooooooo……about a million and one things happened since the last time I wrote a blog post (which also seems like a million years ago), and I wanted to take this opportunity to fill you all in before we roll into 2016.  PS, does anyone else feel like the past year went at warp speed? It’s scary how quickly time passes.

About three months ago my boyfriend (who we’ll just refer to as T from now on…) and I started looking for a house.  We were tired of paying rent that was basically the same as a mortgage payment, and living in a steadily declining apartment complex.  Plus, I’ve been dreaming about owning my first house since I was about 12 years old.  I was that nerdy little ginger kid that asked for a set of hand painted wine glasses for my birthday before I was even old enough to drive and then carefully stowed them away in my parents attic until I finally had a place of my own to display and use them.  Lucky for me, my mom is an awesome realtor and helped me and T find a house within about a month of looking.  Just before Thanksgiving we settled on our brand new (but actually old) house.  It’s a split level (which I love), has gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, and has the most amazing backyard. Like seriously, I am absolutely in love with the backyard.  It has a giant pergola, a nice slate back deck, tons of plants (both edible and non-edible), and even a pond (which will at some point be turned in to a fire pit :-) ).  Since we moved in a few weeks ago, we’ve been painting and unpacking like crazy.  There was a solid two weeks there where I was having nightmares dreams about painting my house.  We did manage to get a lot done but we still have sooooo much left to do.  I can’t wait to get some before and after pictures up, but right now all I have is a whole lotta before and not much after.  I have at least been having a great time using my new giant kitchen (okay it’s not really giant but compared to the 2×4 kitchen I was living with, this one is amazing and feels like it’s the size of a stadium).

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Look at my fancy little dining area!  Can you see all my pretty wine glasses in the top of that china hutch?  I’m like a real adult!!!

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We hosted our first ever get-together and I got to use some of my fun dishes!  I can’t wait to host dinner parties!!!!  Geez, I am truly my mother’s daughter…..I’ll take it!  Love you Mom! Not sure if she’s even reading this…..

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And then our friends came over and just about broke the world record for tallest Jenga tower – it was pretty epic.

Okay. So obviously buying a house was huge.  But then also……

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I got admitted into Arizona State University’s online Masters in Nutrition program! I’ll be starting in January and I’m both excited and terrified, hahaha.  Any advice on balancing life when you’re working full time and going to grad school?  Please, seriously, hit me up in the comments.

Oh, and so then as if that wasn’t enough crazy going on all at once……….

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WE GOT ENGAGED!!!!!  Can you believe it?!?!?! Because honestly I sort of can’t.  It’s a lot to wrap your head around, lol.  Even though it’s something we’ve been talking about for a few months, it’s still crazy to me that it actually happened.  T proposed last Wednesday (the 23rd) and I wish that I could replay it again and again because it all happened so fast and was so wonderful.  PS, if you like that mug, I made it myself and it was super easy.  Oil based sharpies are super awesome.  Just pick up a few up at your local craft store, write on your mug, let it dry for a few days, then bake it at 425 for an hour (put the mug into a cold oven) and leave it in the closed oven overnight so that it cools down really slowly.  For detailed instructions, see this blog post from Something Turquoise.

It was so amazing that he proposed right before Christmas because then we were able to share the excitement with the whole family.  And for all your ladies out there wanting a better picture of the ring…..

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Isn’t is be-you-ti-ful????!?!?!?!!!!

I’ve been a little distracted lately just staring at my finger. Did anyone else go through this phase after their engagement? It’s just so freakin’ sparkly!!!

And of course Christmas is such a wonderful time anyway.  My absolute favorite part of Christmas is the stockings.  I just love them.

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And of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without the presence of my furry friends…..

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Isn’t Toby just the most handsome?  He’s so sweet.

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And Nelson was loving his new toy…..

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And so did Penny.

Luna actually stayed upstairs and slept through Christmas morning, lol.  She’s my lazy little girl.

How was your Christmas?

Mine was pretty epic.

There are so many things going on in my life right now it’s definitely a little crazy. But I’m glad I’ve got the best friends, family, and fiancé (still can’t get used to that…) that a girl could ask for 😉

Time to get ready to ring in the New Year.  2016 is going to be pretty busy…


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