Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last 6 months in a nutshell

I have been MIA in the blog world for about 6 months.  I was going to delete it and forget about it completely.  The other day I scrolled through my past entires and it was kind of fun remembering things I blogged about.  So even if I am the only one who reads it, I am going to get back into blogging.  

Since it has been quite a while since my last post, I will fill you in on what has been happening in my life lately!

I started a new nanny job with these adorable kiddos!!
A lot of my future blogs with probably involve how I spend my days at work with these two.

We do a LOT of baking together!

I did a couple really fun races and actually did pretty awesome!
 First place in my age group at Stampede in the Park

Hard core "Gladiator Race" with my gym buddy Allie and her sister Hannah
So FUN! I was sore for like a week after though! Cinder block burpees, tire lunges, rope climb, and jumping through fire were just a couple of the obstacles. Oh, and there was just a little bit of mud!!

Jim and I got to take an awesome trip to California for my sister's wedding! It was amazing! The wedding was in Sonoma Valley.  We spent a whole day wine tasting at three different vineyards, spent a little time in San Francisco, and of course plenty of celebrating with Lori and Conor!
 Beautiful bride!!!!
 Fun Pose!!
 Even though I don't really like wine, the tours were really fun!
 And the weather was gorgeous!!! 
Golden Gate Bridge

Well, other than that not much has been happening! Jim and I are still loving our "new" house. The animals are as cute as ever! I still go to the gym every single day and love baking and trying new recipes.  Although I haven't done nearly as much baking/cooking as I should be...Hopefully I will be blogging a lot more in 2014! Happy New Year everyone!

Christmas Comeback

First of all...Merry Christmas!! I know, I know, I am a little late.  I decided to get back into some blogging.  I will make a post later to catch everyone up on what has been going on lately, but for now I just want to share some Christmas funness!

Jim and I decided to host our first big party this year! The Hoeltje Holiday Hoopla!! I like to think it was a success.  My favorite part was the hot chocolate bar.  Complete with two kinds of cocoa, three flavored vodkas, LOTS of topping, and of course plenty of cookies for dunking!


 Salted Caramel and Double Chocolate Cocoa

 Sooo many cookies and sweets

Marshmallows (three kinds), mini chocolate chips, caramels, peppermint sticks, sprinkles, whipped cream...

Jim and I tried to keep to a budget this year, but like always Jim bought me lots of nice things :)

If you know me, you know I LOVE brightly colored clothing! And comfy clothing.  Jim really nailed it with this super bright (the picture doesn't even come close to showing the true brightness!) and super comfy hoodie.  

Sadie helped me open some yummy sea salt and almond dark chocolate! She did NOT help me eat it.
My parents got us a Keurig! I have always wanted one.  Also, plenty of fun flavors to keep us caffeinated for quite a while.

My sister, Lori, who lives in Texas came home for the Holidays! Sadly her new husband had to stay in Texas :(  But we did have a nice time.  We took a family trip to Falling Water.  A very cool house built into a waterfall! It was very rainy and cold but I highly suggest taking a trip to see this architectureal masterpiece!

Lori, Mom, Me

I was trying to look happy but I was soooo cold!!

Jim and I had a wonderful Christmas and are excited for 2014!!

This towel is so me!!

I hope everyone had a super wonderful Christmas!