Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Cheer

I cannot believe another year, not to mention a decade is about to end. When I think about the decade it cannot believe how much has happened, and how quickly time pasts. I went from middle school, to high school, and on to college. During those years I got my license, my first car, my first boyfriend, my older brother and sister married their spouses, an adorable niece and nephew, and met the love of my life. During these years things were also lost. There were plenty of heartaches and times when life just seemed totally and completely unfair. It's true to say though, that I could not be anymore lucky or blessed to have such a great family and friends.

2009-- What a great year. I graduated from the University of Iowa. It is still hard to believe that I am a U of I alumni. I got a job working for an amazing person. I really do not think I could have found a better person to work for while Nate and I are here in Davenport. She is helping me learn so much, that will help benefit Nate and I after he graduates from Palmer. I got ENGAGED! And might I mention to the most amazing man I have ever met. I truly believe we were meant for each other, and we have had a lot of fun this past year planning our wedding and talking about where we would like to end up.

I know everything in life is not easy and care free. I probably worry more than anyone could think is humnaly possible. But, when I think about all the great things that have happened in the last year, and even the last decade I get really excited for the next ten years ahead of us. We will start Nate's business, hopefully buy a house, and start our family. I am truly grateful for all of our family and friends, and look foward to another new year with all of you!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Disney on Ice

This past Wednesday Nate and I took my niece Meagen, who is also my God Daughter, to Disney on Ice. We had a lot of fun, and I love being able to do these things with her while we are still in the Quad Cities. After Nate finishes school, I know we will not be able to see her as often. She was absolutely adorable, and she really made my day.

We drove out to pick her up from her Grandma's house, and already the fun began. As I was helping her into her car seat she told me, "Julie, I LOVE ice skating, and I LOVE princesses!" I am just amazed with the things she comes up with these days. Three is definitely a fun age. On the car ride she continued to talk with Nate and I about princesses and ice skating. She also informed me that clouds can make pictures-too cute.

This is a picture of her on the car ride to the show. She was pretty excited to finally leave for the show. When we arrived at the show we let Meagen pick out a gift. She choose a Cinderella doll that we held onto throughout the entire show. Sitting on the edge of her seat she would hug the doll, look at me, and give me that biggest smile.

The show was a lot of fun and Meagen and I really enjoyed it. However, I did get a little concerned that they weren't going to show Cinderella. The other 6 princesses did there "skits", and Meagen kept asking me "where is Cinderella?" It started to look like the end of the show, and still the was no sight of Cinderella. Luckily it was only time for intermission, and they let us know that the next store would involve a glass slipper. Thanks goodness, because I don't know what I would have done if the didn't have Cinderella.

During the break I took Meagen to the bathroom, and on the way she turned to me and said, "my favorite was Little Mermaid." I love that she can tell me these things now, and it made me happy that she was enjoying it so much.

Cinderella was hit, and the show lasted about 2 hours all in all. Meagen did fall in the sleep in the car only 5 minutes after we got in. She kept telling me that whole show "I'm not going to fall asleep!" She was right.

We had a great time taking her to the show and getting some quality time with her. Nate told me after the show he couldn't tell Meagen or I was more excited about it, but I remember going when I was a kid and it made me so excited that I could give her the same experience.

Here are some pictures of Meagen on the edge of her seat...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Great Long Weekend

Nate and I just made it back to the QC, about an hour ago, and I thought this would be a great chance to blog about our Thanksgiving. We had a lot of fun being able to spend time with both families and friends.

When we got home on Wednesday we headed to the bowling alley to help celebrate Nate's cousin Jermey's Birthday. It was only my second time in the bowling alley, and I have to say I loved it. It has the great small town atmosphere. It was great to see everyone and have some time to catch up. We also made it out the Five Mile House, which was nice because I was able to meet up with a few highschool friends as well. As hard as it is we always like try and get as much time to see both family and friends while we are home. The weekends there just go way to fast.

On Thursday we had lunch at Nate's Aunt Shelley's house. The food was GREAT, and afterwards we stuck around to play a game with his cousins. After that we headed to my house for the evening to see my Mom, Dad, Sister Lisa, her husband Jake, and my little brother Andrew. We had a fun time playing card games with them.

Friday Nate headed back to his house to help out with Christmas lights while I headed to town to visit my Grandma. She has been wanting me to stop by since Nate and I got engaged to pick out what quilt Nate and I would like for our wedding. My Grandma has cross-stiched a quilt for every grand child when we were born, and a large one when we get married. Grandma sure did give Lisa and I some laughs as she made Andrew go up and down the stairs to bring down about 15 different quilts, and had Lisa and I put them all on the bed so I could see how they would look on a bed. I found that I really like, and I cannot wait to recieve it!

That night we had game night at Nate's families house. It started out with the boys playing poker so Christina and I played Yahtzee for while. Nate's nephew Jase had a great time rolling the dice and telling us how many points he got as well. We had a good night of games and lots of laughing.

Saturday was Thanksgiving at my house. My brother Steven, his wife Amber, and two kids Meagen and Zander came home. We spent most of the day playing games yesterday too. Meagen just cracks me up. She is three years old now and I cannot believe how much she knows. Zander is now walking and getting into trouble himself.

We had a great Thanksgiving, and we are very thankful for all of the great family and friends that we have. Now on to Christmas!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Busy Days

Nate cannot believe how long it has taken me write this second blog. I was so happy about starting it that I think he thought for sure I would be a daily blogger. The truth is, we have been incredibly busy. Where to begin?

Last Saturday, we made a trip to Iowa City to have a friend of mine here in Davenport take some pictures of us around Iowa's campus. Nate and I had a blast, and we cannot wait to see the pictures. It was a lot of fun to walk around and see a lot of the landmarks that we experienced together four years ago when we first met. We even took some pictures in front of the building that we first met. Not to mention Kinnick stadium, perhaps one of our most favorite places. I am sure that we will love them!

That evening we went to see Dane Cook. Our tickets were for the 23rd row on the floor. When we arrived it was packed! There line was out the door. When it comes to knowing directions, I definitely am I the one who has a better sense of it. So after Nate "took the scenic way" to the iwireless center, I was definitely ready to get inside and get settled. After finally making it to the front of the line, the lady told us that we had to go talk to the ticket office. Our seats had been relocated! We ended up only being 11 rows from the stage. It was a lot of fun, and Nate and I always enjoy a good laugh.

The week is usually busy for both Nate and I. Nate is finally in the Clinic, so he has appointments and I work until 6pm. My work is currently relocating to join another clinic, so my boss and I have been busy making arrangements for that.

This Thursday Nate and I made it out to meet up with my boss, her husband, and a couple from Palmer that are graduating and moving away. Then Friday night, we had tickets to see another comedian here in town, Jon Lajoie. We went with another couple from Palmer, and we absolutely loved him. I think we laughed more for him than Dane Cook. Jon Lajoie does a lot youtube videos if you would like to check out some of him work.

Saturday, we helped Becky move out of our apartment. She came here 5 months ago for an internship, and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. We really enjoyed having her live with us for the last 3 weeks, and already feel like our apartment is more empty without her. After that we spent a lot of our day rearranging our apartment, and I got the Christmas tree up!

We are both really ready to head home and see our families this weekend! I love Thanksgiving, and I cannot wait to share it with everyone I care about the most!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Kickoff

Welcome! I have never ever really thought of blogging before, but after reading some friend's blogs I decided I wanted to start one myself. I think this will be a great way for everyone to experience Nate and my life since we are so far away from home. Also, it will be fun to look back on and remember these busy months before our wedding.

So to start off, I would like to tell a little story about my luck. I have never really considered myself a lucky person, but for some reason this last week I have been feeling like some luck might be coming my way. Usually when they offer free tickets on the radio to caller ten, I just listen in and wait to see who wins. It started about a week ago now that I decided I was going to make a call. My first attempt was for Taylor Swift tickets (and I do not even listen to her music), but no such luck there. After that it was a gift certificate to a restaurant here in town, followed by Mallard's tickets (hockey team), and then Dane Cook tickets.

Nate and I had really wanted to go an see Dane Cook, but unfortunately it just wasn't in our budget with planning a wedding and him in school. So when I called yesterday and they were looking for caller ten, and I was called number 2 and then caller number 6, I decided that maybe I should just give up on my luck. This morning as I was leaving for work however I heard the cue to call again and gave it one last shot. The phone rang... and rang.... and rang...........and rang for 2 and 1/2 minutes. Just as I was about to give up I heard someone answer the line. They said hello and my response was "Please lie to me and tell me I'm called number ten!" After they drug it on for about a minute or so they informed me that sure enough I was called number ten! I couldn't believe it. Anyways Nate and I are really excited to go see Dane Cook this Saturday night, and we even have floor seats!

I think that this experience was exactly what I needed. Just a little reminder that when you think and act positively good things will come to you! I am not so sure it was luck as much as persitance and the inability to give up.

I am not sure how that went for a first blog, but I promise that they will get better as I go! :)