Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's day came early in our house this year.

I came home from a long day at work on Friday to find this little Valentine's surprise waiting for me.
There is only one flower shop on base, and the hubs was afraid that if he waited until Valentine's day there wouldn't be much left.
Now is that thinking ahead or what?
Not only did he get me beautiful flowers, but I also got a Kindle!

I have been desperately wanting one of these bad boys for the past couple of months! I was crushed when I discovered that Amazon won't ship them to APO addresses, but the hubs conspired with my mother and I have been enjoying my new Kindle ever since :)
Speaking of my parents, yesterday we received this sweet Valentine's day package from my mom and dad.

Are they awesome or what?
You are never too old for your parents to be your Valentine.

What do I have planned for my Valentine today?
Well, we'll just have to wait and see....
Happy Valentine's Day! 

Just a Regular Weekend

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Living in Italy is pretty fantastic. 
There is so much traveling to be done, it's unbelievable. You would think that we are off doing something new and exciting every weekend, right?
Yes, we may live in another country, but live is the keyword. 
It isn't always a vacation, and sometimes a girl just needs a weekend to relax.
On Friday Jacob had a promotion ceremony, and luckily I was able to leave work for a bit to attend it. He actually put his new rank on Wednesday, but it was fun to go to the ceremony. I never realized what a long road it is between testing for a rank and actually putting that rank on. Between testing, ALS, and the ceremony I feel like this promotion has gone on forever! 
I know there were a few pictures taken of me "punching" on Jacob's rank, but I haven't been able to track them down yet... Hopefully soon!
This particular weekend was a perfect one to spend at home because it was so dang cold! Friday night was so windy that our windows kept shaking! The only time we left the house on Saturday was to venture out to base to pick up a few things. As luck would have it we ran into a few girl scouts and scored some yummy cookies! It's the small things that really make your day sometimes. 
On Sunday we went to Mass and enjoyed coffee (well, tea in my case) and conversation with friends after. The rest of the day was spent cleaning and preparing for the upcoming week. 
A pretty normal, uneventful weekend.
Yes, we even have those sometimes here in Italy. No complaints from me though, sometimes thats exactly what you need. 
And no, we did not stay up all night in order to enjoy the Superbowl. I don't think the game even started over here until midnight. Pro-football has never interested me, and I'm a gal who needs her sleep. 
So here's to the start of another week, hopefully it will be productive! 

New Years Project: February

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's already February! 
If you re-call my post about New Years resolutions last month, you'll remember that I decided to make small monthly goals or resolutions instead of a few huge ones for the entire year. 
How did I do in January?
Well, I didn't meet all of my goals. But that's ok, at least I was actively thinking about them, right? 
I didn't expect to achieve everything, and the ones I struggled with I plan on rolling over to my February goals. 
Let's see how I did....
Read 2 Books
Definitely achieved this one. Last month I read The Help (which was amazing!), Bossypants by Tina Fey, Baby Proof (my least favorite Emily Giffin book to date, I hated the main character), and I'm in the middle of my fourth book now! 
Run a 5k
I wish. In order to make this one happen I was planning on jogging 3-4 times a week, but with my schedule being all over the place last month and the freezing cold weather, I didn't make it happen. I really want to achieve this so I am going to stop making excuses and stick to the schedule I set for myself at the beginning of each week! 
Attend Mass Once a Week
I failed. This one is really important, especially since I am going through RCIA right now. There were 5 Sundays in January and I think we only attended Mass on 1 of them. Major fail. 
Travel to 2 new places
A couple of weeks ago we went to Verona for the first time, which we loved! We also took a day trip this past weekend to a couple different areas in Italy that we had never been to before. We definitely want to see as much as we can while we are living out here! 
Do Yoga Once a Week
Another fail! I only did yoga once in the entire month of January! Which is ridiculous because when I did it I felt amazing afterwards! What the heck Nicole? 

I definitely have some work to do, but no one is perfect and that's why I am doing these month by month resolutions! 
So now it's February, and my list will be longer because I am going to roll-over the goals I didn't accomplish last month, as well as add five new ones. I better start knocking some of these out otherwise my list is going to be a mile long! 
So here's to February, and hopes that I accomplish more than I did last month! 

Read 2-3 classic books
Send out Valentine's 
Make one new recipe a week
Finally get my house put completely together! Decor and all! 
Learn how to do a Rosary and complete an entire one
Run a 5k
Attend Mass once a week
Do yoga once a week

Anyone else setting monthly goals for themselves? Did you achieve yours last month?