Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 In Review

Although I haven't been good about blogging in 2016 I still wanted to do a 2016 year in review to look back and reflect on 2016.  But I am very excited for 2017 and all that it will bring!  But that's another post :-)

January 2016
I don't have many pictures for this month but a couple exciting things happened.  Rang in the new year with Andrew!  Set wedding date and Andrew started a new job in the same town as me, along with moving here to his first apartment!  Also started my spring semester of class and me and Andrew celebrated a year of being together!!

February 2016
Not many pictures again this month.  Celebrated our second valentines together!  Andrew continued to be busy with work and training and I was with school/classes.

March 2016
My dad, brother, Andrew, and I went on a Caribbean cruise!  That was definitely the highlight of the month/year!  Besides that just the normal things that I have mentioned for January and February too.

April 2016
In April I participated in Relay For Life with my college (My third year).  I also had a movie date with Andrew and saw my best friend after way too long of not seeing each other!  I also asked her to be my maid of honor :)

May 2016
I finished up my junior year in college!  For the start of summer I started working more hours, and also started really wedding planning and doing crafts for the wedding.  An exciting thing that happened at the end of the month was we got our engagement pictures done!!

June 2016
This month wasn't much different then May, but the one exciting thing that happened is that I found a wedding dress and we started looking at bridesmaid dresses!

July 2016
Continued to work lots and prepare for the wedding.  Got to celebrate Fourth of July in Andrew's hometown!  Not many photos this month again.

August 2016
A busy month!!  At the beginning of the month my mom got married.  Spent times with one of my best friends Jenn.  Had my last day at the daycare and then started student teaching in Kindergarten!  At the end of the month Andrew's church threw us an engagement party and we got spoiled!!

September 2016
I was very busy this month with student teaching and being pulled out of the classroom for classes (just a couple weeks).  But I got to have a sister date night with my soon to be sister in law over labor day and also had a bonfire with a family friend of Andrew's family!

October 2016
Student teaching and lesson plans really picked up this month and I started full control in the classroom!  Also got to make some money and sub for my cooperating teacher a handful of days.  Andrew and I went to a Nebraska football game together, Jenn and I made save the dates, and at the end of the month Andrew's aunt threw me a Bridal Shower!

November 2016
Student teaching was keeping me pretty busy, but enjoyed a much needed thanksgiving break. Got to have Thanksgiving with Andrew's family and then go Black Friday Shopping with Andrew's mom, his brothers girlfriend, and his sister!  Also got to see Jenn and go to lunch together!

December 2016
I finished up my semester of student teaching in Kindergarten.
Celebrated Christmas with both my family and Andrew's.  Also went after Christmas clearance shopping with Andrew's mom and sister!  Enjoyed my winter break by getting some appointments in and spending time with family and friends.

Overall 2016 was a pretty decent year with some fun times!  But I am not too sad to see it go, because 2017 is going to be a year full of excitement and lot's of changes.  Tomorrow I will post a post all about my thoughts and feelings toward 2017!  Stay tuned :-)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 15)

Today I am thankful for all the yummy food I eat daily!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 14)

For Day 14 I am thankful that exactly a year ago today I got engaged!  I'm so happy he asked me to marry him and where we are at in life!  Even more excited to marry him in 201 days!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 13)

For Day 13 I am thankful for warm fuzzy blankets to keep me warm on cold chilly days!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 12)


For today's thankful challenge I am Thankful for a car that gets me everywhere I need to go!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 11)

Happy Friday Everyone!!

For today's thankful challenge I am thankful for my dream of becoming a teacher coming true.  This semester I have been student teaching in Kindergarten and have loved it and grown so much.  Today is my last day in full control and I'm so thankful my dream of becoming a teacher is coming true and how much I've been able to grow over the last 3 weeks of being in full control! :)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 10)

Today I am thankful for all the opportunities I have had in life to get me to where I am now!!  So thankful and blessed <3

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 9)

Last day to catch up on! :)

For Day 9 I am thankful for beautiful November weather and hope it continues to stay, I'm not ready for winter!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 8)

Almost done catching up!

For Day 8 I am thankful for shelter over my head and never worrying about staying warm and safe every night :)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 7)

Almost caught up! :)

For Day 7 I am thankful for caffeine (Dr Pepper) to keep me going on these rough Monday's!!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 6)

Still catching up on these!

For Day 6 I am thankful for such a great family that I am marrying into!  I really  have great people in that family and so lucky to have great examples to look up to!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 5)

Catching up still.........

For Day 5 of my Thankful Challenge I am thankful for weekends to relax and catch up from the week.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Thankful Challenge (Day 4)

Catching up on these!!

Day 4....
I am thankful for quotes that sum up life perfectly like this one....

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thankful For Challenge (Day 3)

Welcome to day three of the thankful for challenge!

Today I am thankful for....

There isn't enough words to describe how amazing he is, how much he puts up with, and how great of a guy he is!  I'm so thankful God put him in my life and that he's mine!  And even more thankful that exactly 7 months from today he will be my HUSBAND!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thankful For Challenge (Day 2)

Today I am thankful for

My Health

I'm very blessed to have overall good health that allows me to do everything that I get to do!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thankful Day Challenge (Day 1)

This month I will be doing the thankful for challenge that I've seen on Facebook and other social media!  I think with the business of life and this time of the year, we all forget to be thankful for all we have.  I thought this would be a good day to remember what all I have to be thankful for!

So for my first day............

My freedom! 

I am able to do so many things and do whatever I want due to my freedom.  That's an amazing thing and something to be so thankful for!

See you tomorrow for day 2! :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Busy Season

Looking at my life lately, it seems like I am in a busy season of life!  Which I suppose isn't to surprising since I am student teaching and planning a wedding!!

Back at the end of August we had an engagement party put on by Andrew's church.  We had both of our close families their along with the church family and my maid of honor.  It was a lot of fun, decorated so nicely, and we got spoiled by everyone.  It was also nice for all of our close family to get to meet and for my family to see the venue for the wedding since we live a little ways away from Andrew's side, these things hadn't happened yet!  The theme was a "tool party" so everyone was suppose to bring a tool for the garage for Andrew and a tool for me for the kitchen.  It was a fun time!  Below are some pictures from the party.
Me with one of the bridesmaid and my maid of honor (One Bridesmaid couldn't attend)

Kayleen & I
My maid of honor and best friend

Some pictures of the decorations.  The person who decorated for this also is decorating for our wedding so that makes me excited!

Me, my soon to be mother-in-law, and my fiance

My soon to be sister!  Somehow we almost went 2 years without a single picture together!  That has since changed :) 

Andrew's parents and us 

And of course me and my guy!!!

Since our engagement party I have been so busy with student teaching, classes, lesson plans, and just daily life.  The past 2 weeks I have subbed 3 1/2 days while my cooperating teacher was on vacation, had 21 parent teacher conferences (2 to go!), and a teacher plan day.  Also this past weekend we had a small bridal shower put on by Andrew's aunt!

So life has been so busy, but it's a good thing!  Feels good to update the blog and to document my crazy life lately!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What I've Learned About Relationships

This post is about what I've learned about relationships in the past almost 2 years.  Hopefully this will help some other girl whose position I was in not that long along!
Every girl watches these romantic movies and gets this fake perception of what love and relationship is.  I know going into my relationship that's how I thought relationships were.  But movies don't show the fights and how often they really happen.  They don't show that that is apart of any normal relationship.  And this is something that has taken me a long time to accept and understand, that relationships aren't perfect and you are going to fight.  You are two completely different people, there are going to be things you don't agree about and your going to be stubborn sometimes.  You won't always get along and that's apart of relationships.  What I had to realize is that fighting is going to happen, but what keeps your relationship going is the making up and forgiving the other person and moving on.  It's accepting that neither of us is perfect and your going to fight and mess up sometimes.  But you have to forgive and forget and move on and not hold grudges.  Just understand you will fight, but will get past of it!

Sunday, August 7, 2016


I cannot belief that it is August already!  August is my favorite month because it's my birthday month!  It is also will be a very busy month!

This coming week I start getting into the classroom for student teaching!  I go in twice this week to see how the classroom is put together and also will be attending open house where I'll get to meet my class of kids so i'm super excited for that.  Then on the 15th I will start in the classroom everyday with the kids first day of school!  

This semester I will be in a Kindergarten student teaching placement.  Super excited for that and everything that student teaching will bring.

Also this month we have an engagement party at the end of the month and this past weekend we had my moms wedding!

So super busy and fun month!  I love August and my birthday month :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fourth Of July 2016

Hope everyone had a great & safe fourth of July!!
I know I did!

Sunday morning when Andrew got off work we went to his parents in Iowa.  We made it in time to go to church and then just hanged out and relaxed at the house.  We had pizza for dinner and then we went to a family friends' house to watch fireworks that evening!
We took this picture that night and I think it's my new favorite picture of us :)

We spent most of the fourth of July in the park in town.  Andrew had to work the breakfast at the park with the ambulance that he has worked for and so I joined him later on.  We most just hung out, ate food, talked to people, and walked around.   
We also went to the parade in the afternoon and hung out at the park until about 6pm and then we went back to the house before headed back home late that evening

It was just a relaxing day with great weather :)

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