February 27, 2009
They get to stay at my house in our newly finished guest room. They were the first guests in that room, and now the first after the re model!
Also, tonight my friend Becky who was my college roomie for all 4 years (who can say that they lived with the same person that long?) anyway it's her Birthday today! Orion and I are hosting a birthday party at our house for her!
Am I crazy? Nope. Just really love my friends!
Pictures to come after the weekend.
February 24, 2009
The girls with GM Frank, and IHOP Guest of the Day, Luke!
February 23, 2009
February 19, 2009
February 17, 2009
during the process.
After:Isn't it pretty?!?
February 16, 2009
A few questions still looming:
1. What is the dramatic "intimate" moment that they are saving?
2. What does DeAnna have to say? And when will we see her?
3. What makes this the MOST dramatic season yet? Don't they say that every time?
Next week is the "Women tell All" show. I for one am not looking forward to Megan and her mouth coming back. But we'll see what all the ladies have to offer when they see Jason one more time. I hope Jillian is back.
Till next week....
February 15, 2009
out for our Valentine's Day Lunch!
Later that evening on Valentine's Day was the Miss West Metro/Miss City of the Lakes Pageants.... Orion was going to go, but then decided not to. Which was ok, I met up with the ladies to head to the pageant. It was a great night, Tricia did awesome! And it was nice to see Judy, Kathy and Sara. Afterwards Dr. Glenn took us all out for dessert. Plus, during the pageant I won the raffle for Lakers vs. T-wolves tickets for Hubby!! Can't wait to go next weekend!! It's going to be so much fun. He loves the Lakers...and I was so happy I won them for him!!!
Now, on to the proposal......
This Valentine's Day my little brother Sam got engaged!! Yes, that's right!! I can't hardly believe it myself..but it's very exciting and we're all so happy for them. He called me a week ago and told me about it, so all this week I've been helping him plan a perfect engagement. He took his girlfriend Jessie out for dinner, and then had my parents and her Mom hang up a sign on a bridge that read, "Will you marry me." After dinner they took a walk around this park and he led her to where the sign was hung, got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife!! So cute, and so clever! I'm so happy for them, and proud of my little brother. Sam will leave for AIT training for the Airforce this summer, and won't be back till November 2009, they are planning a 2010 Summer wedding!!
Aren't they adorable!!! Congrats Sam & Jessie! Welcome to the family Jessie!! We love you!!!
February 14, 2009
February 13, 2009
articles from The Nest
Happy Valentines Day Friends!
Andrea & Orion
The snow is starting to melt here in Minneapolis, I for one am enjoying seeing the grass underneath all of it. Even, if it is nasty. That gives me hope that Spring is not to far off for us here. What makes you think of Spring? What does it look like in your neck of the woods?
February 12, 2009
I took Bentley in for his first grooming. It was a suggestion made by the vet to help stop his ear infections. And since I'd been wanting to get him groomed for a while against Orion's wishes, this was a perfect reason to tell Orion why he needed the grooming. But I didn't know I would feel so sad leaving him there, when they asked me to leave......
I took my car in for an oil change, and came out with 10 other problems. Why is that?
I went to 4 different stores trying to find Orion's valentines gift....after the 4th I found it......
I payed bills, something I hate doing......
I gushed over new lenses, and flashes at Best Buy.......
February 10, 2009
February 9, 2009
Molly- What's with the golf before?! It reminded me of how awkward it was the first time she met him when she asked him to practice his swing! Seriously!?! They just don't seem like they connect. I think they have a ton of fun and that they really love to goof around together, but I don't think there's much substance to their relationship.
Naomi- Poor girl, her Mom is so interesting..she's quirky that's for sure. They just didn't seem to mesh well. Jason, he looked scared half the time he was with her family.
And finally Melissa- I felt for her tonight, and not because she used the word "publicness" in a sentence. But because, her family didn't so much come through for her tonight like she hoped. I hope Jason isn't to hung up on this. Yes, it's important for people to meet each other's families but it's not a deal breaker if for whatever circumstances that person's friends' are more of their family to them than their parents.
One thing that is throwing me completely off is how different this season has been with all the eliminations. Like, last week 2 should have gone home instead of just 1. And, then next week they are all going to the same place for their "exotic" dates. Granted New Zealand is a BIG place, but don't they all usually go to different locations? Maybe I am wrong...chime in if you know different!
At any rate, next week is sure to be surprising.... as FINALLY DeAnna is returning! Ahh....dun, dun, dun! I can hardly wait. I wonder what she'll say? And I wonder what kinks it will throw into it all???
Here's what we're working with for next week:
My predictions (it's my blog, they matter)
I think it will come down to Jillian & Melissa for the final rose and proposal!
And I hope he tells DeAnna to take a hike next week when she drops by for a visit! (but maybe in not those words)
Till next week ladies!
February 8, 2009
Bentley's hair is as long as mine!
Puttin' on the Red!
Next up, tomorrow night we're going to start the other side of the hallway and paint it a nice accenting color. Then, we're off to do the beloved "Ship Room" a wonderful blue! It will feel like the beach once we're done with it. Stay tuned!
February 7, 2009
Sara with the newly crowned Miss Coon Rapids 2009, Heather Erickson. Finally someone taller than Sara!! :)
Sara with Miss Coon Rapids 2008, Stacy Mandelkow.
Sara with Angie, our Miss Minnesota 2009
Me with Angie!
I had a great time with Sara this evening, she's an amazing young woman and I am excited to see where she goes in this next year!
Next up, Miss West Metro and Miss St. Louis Park pageants! Then local pageant season will be over, and we start seriously prepping for Miss MN! It will be here before we know it!
February 6, 2009
February 3, 2009
I've sent out thirty some resumes in the last 3 months, and had 1 interview.... and as each day passes by I am reminded that this is sooo... not the time to be trying to find a job. But alas, I am! So it's 11:15 PM, and I am up job hunting and printing off more resumes and sending them out tomorrow.... I am saying a BIG prayer over this stack before it goes in the mail tomorrow. I think you all should pray with me too!
February 2, 2009
Tonight I was surprised when I thought only 3 ladies would be getting hometown dates, then to find out he was keep 4 and only letting 1 go. Well, it threw all my predictions off. I sat on the edge of my bed wondering who he was going to keep. In the end he sent Stephanie home. Sweet, Steph! As my friend Jessie said tonight; "she's like a walking Hallmark card." Yes, folks that's Stephanie! Even though I was sad to see her go, she just seemed like a truly genuine lady, and she proved that when she didn't get into the limo and let her mouth overflow with the f bomb, or other choice words. Nicely done.
Some other thoughts about this episode;
How emotional was it? I swear, is episode is more emotional and crazier than the last. You can tell (well, as much as you can from t.v.) that all the ladies are pretty invested at this point.
My next question is; when do the ladies get to meet Ty? I'm so glad crazy Shannon isn't still here, I'm pretty sure Ty would cry if he had to meet crazy Shannon.
And, my last question is; When does DeAnna come back to shake things up? I can't wait, ooohhh that's gonna be good ladies.
Goodness, she's great. Huh? Love her! She's my front runner from the get go. I really like her, I can't wait to see what Grandma pulls out of her sleeve on Jillian's hometown date with J.
Melissa, seems wise beyond her years. She just seems very mature, and in a good place in life. (at least that's what she told me last week when we met for coffee) ;)
Molly, is the girl next door that you just want to be friends with. And guys want to date. And Jillian is her hot BFF. Did anyone else notice them holding hands tonight?! (I'm just sayin')
February 1, 2009
The Papia's- thanks for hosting guys!
The Norman Family
A few things I'm excited for in February:
- It's Valentine's Day, and I've got a great surprise cooked up for Orion. More about that later....
- The last 3 local pageants of the year!
- Baby shower I'm helping throw for two girlfriends.
- Girls Night at Becky's house & her birthday.
** a side note, Orion and I have been super blessed we feel in these last few months to have really great friends who have supported us in what we're facing right now. It hasn't really been anything BIG that has made the difference, but just knowing that we have a support system and people praying for us means the world to us. And that's all we can ask for right now is lots of prayer, and good friends.