Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekend Rewind and Magic Bars!

Sean and I had a lovely weekend! I am a little sad it is over and went so fast! Now I just got to focus on getting through another week of school....7 more weeks!!

Friday night Sean and I got some take out, and watched my favorite wedding shows! Afterwards we laid around and talked till was so nice to have that time to just BE and TALK...I definitely embraced it!

Saturday we had another cake tasting which we were much more impressed with than the first! It was so delicious and moist! We have one more place to check out before making a decision. Afterwards we ran some errands then went home for the night. Sean was sweet enough to let me pick the movie for the night, so I chose Letters to Juliet. It was really cute, kind of predictable but good overall! 

Sunday we went to church! Last weekend we missed since we had family in town, so it felt so nice to be there! Our Pastor is SO wise and inspiring. He is constantly challenging me to be a better person, which I am so grateful for. Later in the day I decided I wanted to bake. My co worker had made these delicious bars, magic bars, for our pot luck last week, so I wanted to try out the recipe. I wanted to share it with you, I highly recommend them and they are SO easy.

You will need:

1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk  
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips 

First you melt the butter and mix it with the graham cracker crumbs. Press into the bottom of a 13x9 pan

Next you pour and spread the sweetened condensed milk over the top

Then you add the coconut and chips. Press down.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Enjoy! 

Jamie Leigh

Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Friday Friends!

The beautiful weekend is finally here, and I couldn't be happier. I feel like I say this every Friday, but when the weekend is here I am filled with excitement and happiness! AND not only is it Friday, but it is pay day, which means pay day treats! Today it was my jobs turn to host! It turned out great! My amazing Sean made the dish I brought for me...his famous 7 layer taco dip! It is to die for! 

First off, I want to thank everyone who shared their advice and sweet comments with me yesterday! I am so grateful for all the support! Keep any wedding advice coming my way, it is very much appreciated!

Speaking of weddings, I am so excited for tonight to watch my 2 favorite wedding shows...Say Yes to the Dress, and Four Weddings! Sean is so sweet and watches them with me lol! I can't believe some of these brides...they definitely forget what marriage is truly about. They are so worried about all the small details, and having the most expensive everything instead of focusing on what really matters, making vows to your best friend. I have promised myself to NEVER forget the true meaning of this wedding! Its about Sean and me starting our lives together, not the decorations, food, and money. 

Saturday morning we have another cake tasting...yummy! Afterwards we have some errands to run! I hear Target has some great sales going on for household stuff, so I want to check that out! I just LOVE Target! 

The rest of our weekend we will be relaxing and just hanging out, my favorite! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Much Love!

Jamie Leigh

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thankful on a Thursday!

McGlothin Family Nest

I am SO happy the weekend is almost here! This week surprisingly went by pretty quickly, which is always good :-) Here is what I am thankful for this week!

71. A relaxing weekend ahead! Sean and I have few plans this weekend, which I am very excited about!

72. The small warm up we are having! Today and tomorrow are suppose to be in the low 30's! This is going to feel warm compared to the freeze we have been in lately! Even though it will be short lived, I am going to enjoy it!

73. Cheap wedding invites!! My mom and I found an INCREDIBLE deal on invites this week!! I am so excited, and can't wait to get started assembling them!

74. Being done with homework for the week! I actually finished all my homework early! Wahoo!

75. My sweet, caring fiancĂ© Sean....I don't know what I would do without him...he is definitely my other half. Each week he amazes me more and more!

Now I am looking for some advice from all my blogging friends.....

So now that we are a little over 7 months away from the wedding, Sean and I need to start forming our official wedding party. I have seen people make mistakes in the past regarding who they choose, and some really negative things happen. I don't want any of this to happen to me, but at the same time I want to include everyone....How many people do you think is the perfect size bridal party? How do you choose who to have and who not to have? ANY advice will be great!!!

Happy Thursday!

Jamie Leigh

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Did you know?

Today I thought it would be fun to share some facts about myself with you! I thank each and everyone of you for reading my blog and being faithful followers, so I want you to get to know me better! Some of this stuff you may already know, other things I have only shared with a few people in my life! Soooooo DID YOU KNOW?

I absolutely LOVE candy! I am like a little kid when it comes to it
- I am deathly afraid of snakes
-Sean was my first kiss
-I am always cold! I swear I have bad circulation
-I am HORRIBLE at do I motivate myself?
-I am freakishly organized. I have lists everywhere and would die without my planner
-I desperately want to be able to cook like Rachel Ray
-I have a phobia of dead animals that are stuffed, aka taxidermy. I have hard time going into any sporting goods stores because of this
-My favorite food is anything pasta
-I am lactose intolerant, hypoglycemic, have horrible heart burn almost every day, claustrophobic, and get terrible motion sickness.....needless to say my purse is basically a medicine cabinet
-I am in LOVE with Fall
-I CRY  every time I see an ASPCA commercial....and I CANNOT watch animal cops!

I will post more next week about myself......Ask me something you want to know as well!!!!! 

Jamie Leigh 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How did I get so lucky?

So yesterday I was working on my computer and I hear a knock at the door....I go down to get it and its Sean! I was so excited to see him, he normally heads to work around the time I am getting off so this was a treat! Even better, he surprised me with lunch, my all time favorite soup that I have been craving the past couple days chicken wild rice soup! As I have said many times, Mondays are NOT my favorite...He definitely made my Monday 100 times better! It is crazy how the little things are often the ones that make the biggest difference! I sometimes wonder how I got so lucky to be blessed with such an incredible persons love, commitment, and devotion. I can't even express how thankful I am! 

I have a little update on our house hunt! Our Realtor got a call yesterday from the sellers agent saying she hoped we were hanging in there. The bank is moving slowly but surely on our its looking good! Hopefully our patience pays off! In the mean time we have been collecting and collecting stuff for when we finally move out! Sean specifically has been gathering things for his garage lol. My good friend and coworker just gave him something he was SO excited about....can't you just see how happy he is?

Well I hope everyone has a wonderful day!! 

Jamie Leigh

Monday, January 24, 2011

Recap of a GREAT weekend!

Hello blogging friends! I am not so happy it is Monday, but I can say I had an amazing weekend! While listening to the radio on the way to work this morning a wonderful quote was shared that reminded me to be optimistic for this busy week ahead...."Monday's are the start of new adventures, and new blessings from God."

Friday we had a holiday party for Sean's work! They had some super nice gifts including flat screen TV's, Ipod, Wii, and some outdoors-men stuff Sean would have loved. We ended up winning a wine cooler, which is a nice gift minus the fact we aren't really wine drinkers. Oh well, it will at least look nice and be good for entertaining! 

Saturday my aunt and cousin from Duluth came down. We went shopping, and then the whole family went out to dinner! It was so much fun! We played trivia, ate some delicious food, and caught up! It is so nice getting the whole family together like that! 

Sunday we went to a cake tasting! We tried a lot of different flavors of cake and favorite was red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and white cake with almond flavored frosting! I am going to do a tasting at one more bakery before making a decision!

Afterwards it was time for football! Sean and I got Chinese take out, then tried out our new popcorn maker for Sean's future bar in his garage! It is so cool! Popcorn went flying everywhere!

What did you do this weekend?! Happy Monday everyone!

Jamie Leigh

Friday, January 21, 2011

FAB Friday!

YAY for Friday! I am sure everyone is just as exctied I am for the wonderful weekend to finally be here! What a cold COLD Friday it is, I was really hoping the schools would be cancelled so I didn't have to wake up and brave the cold at 6 AM! YUCK! The thermostate at my house this morning said -22, not even including the wind chill.

 Today  my mom, my sisters and I ran some errands to get snacks and what not for my sweet aunt and cousin who are coming to visit from up north! I am very excited to see them!!

Tonight I have the evening off work to go with my sweetheart to his work party! They have some awesome prizes up for grabs, including 2 flat screen TV's that we have our eye on! Wish us luck!!!

Saturday we will definitley be sleeping in! I don't think I have been able to sleep in for over a month! It will be the relaxing day of the weekend for us which I am very much looking forward to! There is nothing better than laying around watching movies and just hanging out!

Sunday we get to do our cake tasting which I am SOOO excited for! I am leaning towards a smaller cake for pictures and cutting, then cupcakes for the guests. We'll see what flavors I like best!

I hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend!! Stay warm if your living in the artic like me!!

Jamie Leigh

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What are you Thankful for?

Happy Happy Thursday friends! I am so happy the weekend is almost here! Even though it was only a 3 day work week for me, it has been a long one!! Here is what I am thankful for this week.
66. Family visiting this weekend! My sweet Aunt Cindy is coming down from up north to visit this weekend! Prayers for a safe trip for her!
67. Cake Tasting! This Sunday we are going cake tasting! I am very excited to hopefully get one more thing crossed of my LONG list of wedding tasks!
68. Inspiration! I have been very inspired lately by friends, blogging buddies, family, and especially the ladies conference last weekend {em-pou-er}. I have been inspired to be a better person,  to continue to grow in my faith, and to let God guide my way,  use me, and mold me.
69. 9 more weeks of school EVER! Do I need to say more? :-)
70.  My family! They continue to be be supportive in every possible way through this time of changes and milestones in my life! I love them very much!

Now I want to know what YOU are thankful for today??
Jamie Leigh

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Back to Reality

Hey friends! My long weekend is now over and today I went back to reality! It was SO great to have a little extra time off! 

Do you ever have one of those days where you just don't want to do anything but lay in bed....well thats me today. I have so much homework and I work tonight, but I just don't want to do any of it! 

I keep telling myself all this hard work will pay off, but I am really starting to get worried about finding a job. I have high hopes for my future career, but it seems so impossible to come by a decent job now a are lucky just to have one let alone have a GOOD one you enjoy! I am struggling with the fact that I can't control the future, I just have to leave it up to God and let him guide my way. He has a plan for me. 

I have been listening to this song a lot lately, it has been very uplifting!

"I love the way the stars shine for you, and every single mountain bows down.
I love the way the universe is singing your song, so I'll try to sing along"

I hope you all have a wonderful day!!

Jamie Leigh

Monday, January 17, 2011

8 Year Anniversary!

Today is Sean and my 8 year anniversary!! The past 8 years have been the best years of my life. I feel so blessed to have found the love of my life at the young age of 14...We have grown up together, made so many memories, and I know there are many more to come!

He is my best friend, my soul mate, and everything I could ever ask for.....he is amazing.....There is not one dull moment together, we always have so much fun! I am SOOO lucky!

I cannot wait to marry him and spend the rest of our lives together!!I LOVE YOU SEAN, Happy anniversary! 

" I love you with all my heart, body, and soul. You complete me, you make my life worth living. To have known you and loved you has been the most beautiful dream. I can only hope to never wake up."

Friday, January 14, 2011

SUCH a Fabulous FRIDAY!

Happy Friday blogging friends!! This Friday is EXTRA fabulous for a couple of reasons! 

#1: This is the start of a 4 day weekend...this is practically unheard of for me!!! YAY

#2: Sean has family coming from South Dakota who are bringing the car we are buying! We feel so lucky and blessed that they had this car available, and that they are able to bring it here for us as well!! 

#3: Tomorrow I get to see some sweet friends of mine at the ladies church conference {em-pour-er}!

On top of all these FABULOUS things, we also get time to relax together, and hopefully get some stuff crossed off our to do list for the wedding! Any suggestions for the cake? I'm thinking cupcakes would be fun, and easy! 

Our minds have also been racing thinking about moving out! A little update on the short sale we put an offer on....Last week our Realtor told us the bank was negotiating with the seller to decide which loans of his will get how much  money. I guess he has 2 loans out on the house. We are excited to hear that our file has been opened and the bank is at least working on it! I can't wait to get my hands on it and decorate! It is so perfect for us, so perfect! 

Along with moving out comes getting a  puppy. We both have been waiting and waiting for the time that we are able to adopt a pup! It makes me so sad to see how many animals don't have loving homes. Here is one that we have looked at online:

One more thing! My dad flies home tonight from California, please send out your prayers for a safe flight for him! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!

Jamie Leigh

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thankful on a Thursday

McGlothin Family Nest

Happy Thursday! Once again it is snowing like crazy here in MN...I am so ready for this winter to be over!! Too bad it is only January, we still have a ways to go! I have a lot to be thankful for this week so lets get started!

61. The extra time I have had to spend with my sweetie this week! It was very much enjoyed! I am going to miss our lunch dates when this week is over! I love him :-)

This pic isn't even very old, and Sean has changed so much!
62. Our new car! We will be getting a new car this weekend! Well, new to us at least! We are both very excited to start getting good gas mileage. Having two trucks before horrible when gas is now over $3 bucks! It will look like this!

63. {em-pour-er}! My sweet friend Steph over at Sharing the Pages of Life, and Ria over at Life as a Wife! have invited me to a ladies only mini conference at their church this Saturday! It will be a time of renewal, healing, and refreshment! I can't wait!!

64. 8 months and 4 days until I do! Whewww it's coming fast! We got our hotel blocks for our guests finished, now I need to get on the cake, invites, meeting with the church wedding coordinator, and thinking of a honeymoon...any ideas!?

65. A 4 day weekend! My work is closed Monday for MLK day and Tuesday for a staff development workshop! YAY!

There are always so many things to be thankful for, I just love blogging on Thursday! Share with me what you are thankful for today!

Jamie Leigh

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Little Things

Hey blogging buddies! I feel like it has been a while now since I actually blogged, I have been so crazy busy!! I am super happy we are half way through the week, it has been a long one already! 

As you know Sean and I sold our truck recently, and since then we have been living with only one vehicle. Thankfully we have very different work schedules, and my family has been very helpful if we need rides anywhere. It has been hectic to say the least! Today I had to drive Sean to work. We stopped for lunch, and got to talking. Even though it has been crazy, difficult, and sometimes inconvenient to only have one vehicle that little extra time we have been able to spend together in the car has made SUCH a difference! 

We both have really enjoyed being able to spend a little more time together this past week that we normally don't have. The little things such as this really make a difference. I remind myself everyday how lucky I am and even though I may complain about school, work, and just being busy in general, not to ever take anything for granted!

This weekend Sean's cousin is coming in to town from South Dakota, and is actually bringing the car we are buying from him! God sure had this planned out for us, it couldn't have happened any better! We were both nervous about buying a car from craigslist, so being able to get one from a family member has made everything SO much easier! It seems it all fell into place so nicely! 

I hope everyone has had a great week so far! I have some catching up to do with all of you :-)

Jamie Leigh

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

Sorry I have been MIA in blog world....this is why....

My new classes are more work than ever! I am SO tired of homework already and it is only week 2 out of 12...I definitely need to find some motivation! I will hopefully be back blogging tomorrow!! 

Jamie Leigh

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fabulous Friday!

Yay for Fridays! They are the best, and this weekend is well needed!! Sean and I don't have much planned, so it will be nice to have time to relax and just hang out!

While looking at my blog today something really hit me hard.....8 months, 1 week, 3 days until I DO!  Oh goodness, this has sure snuck up on me fast! I am SO SO excited for this, but have so much to do still! If you have read Our Story you know Sean and I were suppose to get married this past September...when we found out I wasn't graduating when expected we decided to postpone the wedding a year for financial reasons. At the time I thought it seemed so far away....well I was wrong!!

This weekend we plan on going to look at hotels to get blocks at for our guests, it still amazes me how early you have to book and plan stuff for a wedding! After that, the next couple things on my list include the cake, meeting with the wedding director at the church, once we have that info we can do the invites, and Feb or March we will be doing the dresses! These things will keep me busy the next few months.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Share with me your plans :-)

Jamie Leigh

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thankful on a Thursday!

McGlothin Family Nest

Yay for Thursday! I am going to keep my post today short and sweet....Here is what I am thankful for this week!

56. Selling the Truck! Even though it was sad, this has helped us financially so much! Decreasing our debt feels amazing!

57. Lunch today with my amazing fiancĂ©! I love dates!

58. Mint hot chocolate! This is the best when its cold out, and here in MN is has been FREEZING!

59. A raise at work! 

60. Starting my last quarter of school....11 more weeks until graduation! 

What are you thankful for this week?

Jamie Leigh

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Bitter Sweet Day

Today is definitely bitter sweet...Sean and I just sold our truck! We decided it would be better for us financially to only have one truck payment, and to get a car that gets good mpg for when we move out. Getting into this house is number one on our list right now! We know it was the right thing to do, but it is still kind of sad.

This was a huge sacrifice that Sean made for us...This truck was his pride and joy and he worked so hard to get it! We even included it in some of our engagement pictures.

Isn't it funny how you get attached to your vehicle? Now we are on the hunt for a cheap gas mileage car, it will be interesting to see what we find!

Happy Wednesday friends!

Jamie Leigh

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Back to Reality...

Yesterday I started my final quarter of school...I was so excited until I saw the workload I will have the next 3 life will consist of school and work! It is really hard to get back into this routine, and I am finding myself feeling lazy towards homework now that the end is in sight.....the countdown begins...12 weeks!

For Christmas my Grandma gave me a Pier One gift card. I absolutely LOVE this store, it has the coolest things!  She knows Sean and I have been collecting stuff for when we move out, and that I have began to put a color scheme/design together in my head, I have so much fun designing and decorating! My mom, sisters, and I went shopping there over the weekend, we spent a long time wondering around looking at all the options I had! 

I ended up deciding I wanted to get a centerpiece for either the table or the island in the kitchen. Remember the rug my mom bought us for the upstairs living room?

Well I found the perfect centerpiece, and then my little sister Jodell had the idea of pulling colors from the rug for the candles....what do you think?

I just love all the color, it is so fun! Earth tones are my favorite! 

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Jamie Leigh

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 is FINALLY here!

I am soooo happy that 2011 is here! 2010 was a great year, however this year is going to be the best, I can just feel it!! It is the year of our wedding, buying our home, graduation...need I say more??!?!? I cannot wait to see everything that unfolds with this new year!

What did you do to celebrate the new year? We went out to dinner with our good friends Jessie and Justin! We ate, had some drinks, listened to some live music... AND won $100 dollars on pull tabs!! WAHOO!! This was so exciting for us, none of us have ever won that much on pull tabs before! Here are some pics of our night!


Well now that my wonderful break is over, I am a little sad! It was so great, and I am thankful I was blessed with such a great mini vacation! Now today I am back to school and work....which is very overwhelming. I really dislike the first day of new classes, especially online ones. You go into it not knowing what to expect, it is just very stressful!

 I have a planner next to my computer, and as I sat at my computer this morning I see there is something written on sweet Sean left me some nice words of encouragement and love...he is THE ABSOLUTE BEST! I don't know what I would do without him! It is amazing how just a few words can give you the motivation and strength to face something that is so difficult! 

Happy Monday everyone, make the best of this dreary day back to reality!!

Jamie Leigh