Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thanksgiving was great, and it was followed by a party the next weekend at Laura's where she asked me to be her Matron of Honor! Wow, how amazing! I can't wait for Wedfest 2010! I am calling myself the Matron, like Patron, of honor! hehe
I have seen my grandpa a few times this fall and winter which has been nice. Prior to this it had been a few years, even though he only lives 45 minutes away. He let Chaz and I borrow his truck to bring furniture back from Milwaukee this Christmas!
Chaz and I spent Christmas with Terri, Laine, and Denis in Wisconsin. Since they are moving to China, we wanted to spend some good quality time with them! We had a blast! Christmas was as normal as possible, even with all the packing going on around us. We had fondue, decorated Christmas cookies and played games.
Saturday we got our u-haul and started loading up the furniture we brought back to the MN. Denis and Terri gave us their coach, queen size bed, and some other decorative items! Our living room had a makeover!!
And we came back to the MN on Sunday. It was hard leaving the Durgins! Both Chaz and I were a bit teary eyed pulling away but it is such an exciting time for Denis and Terri that we can't help but be excited. Plus, we hope to get a visit in!!!
Thursday night will bring on the New year, and Friday we will celebrate Christmas with my family! So much to look forward to! And maybe a surprise for 2010! I will keep you posted!!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Me, I am looking forward to a night of hot cocoa, wrapping Christmas gifts, and enjoying the chili I put in the crock pot this morning! Bring on the snow! But keep everyone safe!
Monday, December 7, 2009
So we hit the road on Wednesday, dealt with some crazy holiday traffic, and some even crazier weather, but arrived safe and sound somewhere around midnight. Shortly after we hit the sack and slept in till 11 am! It was a great start to our holiday break!
We had a lazy morning on Thanksgiving Day but soon everyone was up and all the girls helped put together a great holiday meal, lead by master chef Terri! It was delicious! We followed it up with a family game night and a few adult beverages. It was such a nice, relaxing day.
Then on Friday Terri, Laine, and I headed out around 8 am to get in on some holiday deals. We found some great presents and made it home in enough time to enjoy some afternoon turkey left overs. Then we all got dolled up and went to see Rent! Amazing! There were two original cast members so that made it even better. And of course the night on the town that followed was the cherry on top! I may have stumbled home that night!
Saturday was pretty similar. We got up, ate, and then headed out for some fresh air and a game of disc golf! Then back to the mall for more shopping! Pretty common the weekend after Thanksgiving! We finished the night with supper at a Korean Barbeque place. It was my first time eating Korean barbeque and I actually liked a good portion of it. I could have done without the crispy pieces of seaweed however! Chaz at them right up though! No kisses for him! We all went home smelling pretty funky!
Sunday we got up, had a wonderful skillet breakfast made by Terri and proceeded to find treasures around the townhouse to take home with us. We got a beautiful patio set, a cute ceramic elephant (love that guy!), some planters, pillows, and other nic nacs. Over Christmas we will be bringing home a bed and a couch! Woot woot!
It was a great first Thanksgiving for us! We enjoyed spending it together and spending it with family! We are Thankful for everyone and especially thankful we got to spend Thanksgiving with Chaz’s parents before they head over the big pond!
There are a few tips I like to use when embarking on a weight loss adventure and I figured I could share a few!
•The first is water intake. The past year I have lost about 20 pounds and I think that is for sure due to the “water culture” at Target (take your moment to laugh and then come back when you can be serious!). We have these giant, gas station size plastic mugs that everyone carries around and we fill them with water. People take water breaks here to go down to the big water and ice machines in the café! It is crazy, but you drink a lot! I do a mug every hour or two and I feel pretty refreshed at work! For sure well hydrated!
•Second is to eat breakfast! Since I took up eating breakfast, I have felt a lot better and it really does curb your appetite. Sometimes I eat cereal but I have this fun trick for taking breakfast to work. I do one of two things the night before. I cut up an apple, sprinkle with lemon juice and grab some peanut butter, or, and this is my favorite, I fill a little plastic container with yogurt the night before. I add frozen fruit (my favorite being raspberries!). At Target you can get this big bag of fruit for $7! Lasts a long time! I stick it in my lunch bag and when I get to work the next morning, the raspberries are thawed and I am eating a delicious, healthy yogurt parfait for breakfast! So good!
•I am also a big ice cream fan. I like to have a bowl almost every night after supper. When I was in high school I use to eat fat free ice cream and it really did not do the trick. Plus, I have learned from my research that fat, in moderation, is actually better for you then these fat free foods. So I have started eating light ice cream and there are two brands that really make some great light ice cream. Edy’s double churned ice cream and Breyers. And if you live by a super target, they have a generic of the Edy’s double churned. A great way to have the ice cream, and the flavor, but not sacrifice all your hard work in the gym.
That’s about it for my tricks and tips. I don’t have many but I wanted to share the ones I do have because I have found them to be very helpful!
Cheers to the holiday season!
Monday, November 16, 2009
This past weekend I went to Madison with Alyssa to visit Amy who is out there in graduate school. It was a blast. It was a dreary weekend but we enjoyed some great restaurants, spent a night on the town, and I experienced the best nap ever! thanks for letting me use your bed Amy! Just the break i think both Alyssa and I needed! We treated it as a vacation! And next week, Chaz and I will head back that direction to go spend Thanksgiving with the Durgins. Not before we get to experience a little turkey pre-gaming with the Bonnell's! Next week will include a lot of turkey! Mmmmm....more naps in my future?!?!
This week is busy but soon it will be the true beginning of the holiday season! Work will keep me busy, and tomorrow I am heading out with Laura to look at a Wedding reception site, and before we know it, the next weekend will be here! Bring on the turkey!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Fu, Chaz’s parents’ dog, has decided he would like to move to Shanghai and he has convinced his owners to take him. That’s right folks, the Durgin’s are off to China again! What a great adventure. Chaz and I will be spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with them in the chance it is a while before we can spend a holiday with them. They will be making the trip over the pond on January 5th! Wish them luck!
I am going to embark on purchasing a new car…at least a car that is new to me! My truck is requiring mucho maintenance and I do not want to be putting all this money into a truck that will not be useful for long. I would like a sedan, or a small SUV. Here’s the catch though. Since this will be my first car purchase, I have no freaking idea how to go about it! Insert….YOU! I will take any and all advice you can give me! That’s right…YOU! Leave a comment, send me an e-mail. Know a good dealership, let me know! I can take all the help I can right now!
Other then that, it is work and school here in the “New Durgin” household! That and continued unpacking! We are getting there! I promise. And I will update with photos soon. We are for sure taking our time though. Like I said, Thanksgiving is the goal! If I can get it done by then, I will be happy. Just so I can decorate for Christmas! Yeah!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We have two bedrooms. A small kitchen but it has been updated! So many closets we may not fill them all (that's a lie). We are so excited.
Before heading to the laundromat tonight, we stopped by the new place to sign our lease. The super nice, young, clean, friendly care taker had a cat so I was sold. Chaz listened to the logistics of the lease; I played with the overly large fury beast at my feat. The caretaker said, "He loves being held too." While be my guest Mr. cat. I grabbed that little bugger and hugged the meow mix out of him! May need to consider a cat to take up residency in our second bedroom.
Then, with the high of just signing the lease on a great place, we headed off to do our laundry and eat some bomb pizza- shout out to the Leaning Tower of Pizza. Definitely have had the realization cross my mind multiply times since getting married that I need to get me butt back to the gym. I took a break after the wedding but no more excuses. Oh man! Just feeling sluggish and bulky and that is no fun.
So, here's to a new apartment, and a new love for the gym? May have to work on the later of the two!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
We enjoyed hot dogs, and beer, and fries, and cheese bread, and pop, and brats, and...needless to say, we need to get on a post wedding diet!
And after three periods of hockey and one overtime, a shoot out ensued and BAM! The Wild win! Something very uncommon recently!
It was a great night as a married couple! In fact, our first Wild game as a married couple.
So, any Wild players, if you are reading this, the Durgin's are a good luck charm and we gladly will except club seating!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Monday: Shopping with mom
Tuesday: Meeting with venue
Wednesday: Cake with dad/help Chaz find gifts
Thursday: Alterations and flower reading
Friday: Maybe a break?
What a crazy busy time. What will I do with myself once this wedding is over? I have no clue...maybe actually focus on my homework instead of just punching it out. Maybe finishing a novel and not taking 6 months to read 100 pages. Maybe updating my blog on a regular basis. For now though, those things can wait. I don't wish this wonderful busy time away. I am lovin every minute of this once in a life time journey! Woot woot!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
And since moving to Mpls., we have been able to share some great experiences. This is a picture of our picnic in the back of his car. We took our clothes to the laundromat, walked across the street to order a pizza while they were washing, and ate in the back of the truck with the hatch up while it rained. We had such a good time. It has become our laundry night ritual as often as we can.
So that was last month! Stay tune for what happens this month...I am sure it will be full of wedding adventures!
Friday, July 31, 2009
I did want to pop on to make a quick note. I have learned in my short life that you have to have cofidence. You have to stand your ground and be true to yourself. And sometimes people make promises, or suggest ideas that seem too big, but honestly, you can't get caught up in those. That is when you lose yourself. People are great, and it is so wonderful to have trust, but make sure to always be true to yourself and be thankful for what you have without wishing for too much! One of life's many lessons!
Thank you Lord for my many wonderful blessings!
Loads of love!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
If you can help her at all, it would be fantastic! It's for a great cause!
I know I have probably already bothered you about the Relay this year, but I am once again captain of a team in the Long Prairie Relay for Life and would like to personally urge you to consider donating to a great cause! My team consists of approximately 10 people, as well as multiple others who will be walking all night with us for fun. We are counting down the days to the relay... less than 20... and are putting in our last efforts for receiving donations for the American Cancer Society. Any contributions make a difference! Thank you so much!
Our team website is: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY09MW?team_id=498381&pg=team&fr_id=16032 Checks are also completely acceptable and I can then decorate a Luminary for the person of your choice. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society. Also, make sure you are sure to include a note about what you would like written on your luminary. You can send them to me at:
28415 State Hwy. 27
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Thanks again,Littia Swift
The American Cancer Society:
Monday, July 6, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
My mom and I have budgeted and planned. This last weekend we started printing invites. My mom is so wise on computers! She rocks!
My dad and I have picked over the guest list and now we will venture into picking out music. He has strong opinions on what constitutes as good music so of course we let him grace us with his knowledge. What a guy!
The future in-laws have been amazing too! What great people! Terri is planning the coolest groom's dinner ever. Seriously, it will be a blast.
And of course there's the number one guy in my life! Chaz has been so supportive and of course he has shared his grand opinions! Sometimes, he shares them even when they are not necessarily wanted! He truly is amazing.
And my close girlfriends and sister have been great at giving advice. I know I will for sure have a cool wedding, since I have all these trendy ladies to help me out! And my bro Mikey is there to bring in comedic relief when things do get stressful!
And my grandmas have been great. I have one who e-mails me websites all the time, and the other who helped me pick out my dress! It is great to have them both in my life!
These are just a few from the large support network we have. I am so thankful for everyone who is helping during this big time in our lives!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
So here's some life updates (bullet form!):
- 4.0 for first grad class (teacher must be off her rocker. She must of forgot about those posts I forgot to do)
- Wedding Ceremony is almost planned!
- Wedding party gifts are in! Love playing with that stuff!
- My dress is in so I will get to put in on with in the next week!
- Chaz will be starting school on Monday for Graphic Design!
- We have taken our first dance class! Super fun!
- Terri came out for a visit and to plan some groom dinner details!
- Father's day was a blast. A super day for a super dad!
- Enjoying the Minnesota weather!
So it has been busy but a lot of fun. We are loving living in the city, and I am so happy to be so close to work. My commute is like 3 minutes. Crazy. Down from 60 minutes when I lived at home!
Next on the agenda: Doing wedding invites! We'll have to do some time management to get this all completed!
I will update again very soon!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
First, laid off.
Than, asked back.
I started, in a new department, new floor, new people.
I can't wait for the routine to kick.
It was for sure great seeing old people.
But now I have to get used to the new.
I am so thankful to have a job, and at a great place.
Like I said, it has been crazy, but a good experience.
Hopefully one that will last.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
P.S. A big Thanks to all my friends and family for all their support! Big key in my success!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Girl wants to jump on dad!
I bought some cherries! Look at my bling!
I play with my food!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
It sure has been a busy week though. Monday Chaz came home and what a good treat! I missed him so much and not being able to talk to him for like five days was simply crazy! Especially since we have talked almost everyday since we started dating. It was so weird. But he is back now and we are acting like little teenagers. Tonya would say, "Ew, I just threw up in mouth a little!"
And as far as wedding details, this has been the week. I don't think I have ever been on the phone or computer with my mom so much! But we got tons figured out! We have made a budget, picked out amazing decoration ideas, and we have confirmed a ceremony site! And as I write, the back of my car is full of bridesmaid dresses that have already come in! And all are ordered so we are almost ready to go!
On Tuesday Chaz and I even went to pick out the tuxes and what colors everyone will be wearing. Of course they don't have to order theirs till closer to the date but it was fun to go and get that taken care of! And the colors should look great!
It really is all coming together!
I also had an interview last Friday that was so positive and amazing! I made it in to the top 4 out of 600 applicants! Even if I don't get it (knock on wood I do!), I feel super honored to have made it that far on the companies list! And they were so awesome and great! It really would be a fantastic company with good morals to work for.
Also on my list of news, Kory comes home tomorrow from Norway. She has been gone for almost a month! We will all enjoy having her back but I bet she will miss the heck out of it! Everybody pray for a safe trip for her!
I think that is about all! Boy, what a post full!
Have a safe Thursday! I am off to Bar Bingo with my BFF from 7th grade!