Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Exciting News!!

Hey friends! I hope you all had a wonderful 3 day weekend...I know I did. It was full of family, resting, NO plans, and some very VERY exciting news!


With the wedding coming so quickly, we decided we better start thinking of a plan B, since we still haven't heard anything on the house.....we're thinking it will go into foreclosure. We are coming to terms that renting for a little while may be the best thing right now. It relieves the stress of not knowing where we will be living, and not to mention the townhouse we found is GORGEOUS! It has almost every upgrade you could think of and is almost the same square footage as the house we wanted. Not to mention we know the landlords and they are awesome :-)

We will be moving July 1st!! AND we will be adding a little edition to our family at that time :-) Can't wait!

I am also super excited that we found an incredible deal on furinture! We got a sofa, loveseat, chair, and ottoman all for 750!  It looks similar to this

The new jobs have also been going great for both Sean and I....we are finally adjusting and settling into our new schedules! I miss you all, I am off to read and catch up on your lovely lifes!

Jamie Leigh

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Small Things

I'd like to say I have always appreciated the small things, however I don't know if I truly did until now. 

Last night I had a little break down. I don't want to play the victim because the changes and things I am facing are all GOOD things in the end....they are just a lot to deal with all together. On top of starting a new job that has me waking up at 4:30 in the morning, I am trying to continue being a personal care assistant a couple nights a week. I will adjust, but this week has been more than exhausting....exhausted is an UNDER statement to say the least. 

On top of this Sean and I continue to struggle and be faced with difficult decisions surrounding our house hunt. As you know we put an offer on a short sale in November...and we still.haven't.heard.ANYTHING! With the wedding coming so quickly we need to find a place to live, and I am not feeling so confident anymore with this house. I have a feeling it will go into foreclosure and we may lose it. So plan B....Sean's old boss has a town home he is willing to rent to us on a month to month basis...this way we can leave our offer on the house, but if we don't hear at least we have a place to live by the wedding....hmmm big decision. We are going Sunday to look at it!

To put the cherry on top, we had our last marriage class last night. We finally got to plan the ceremony!! This is very exciting, but I felt so unorganized and super behind on my planning. I wasn't able to answer more than half of the questions they had and that was only for the ceremony! 

Needless to say, I got home and I was mentally, emotionally, and physically drained....I broke down and pretty much cried myself to sleep

Back to my original statement, I don't think I have really appreciated the little things such as 

-being outside
-checking my email
-taking a cat nap
-seeing my family every day
-watching my soap
-talking to my friends every day
-holding my kitty
-having even 5 minutes to just BE home

All these little things I have really missed this week....and I now realize I took them all for granted. Now that I am so busy and my schedule is completely different these little things don't come so easily...and now I have grown great appreciation for them! Making every day, hour, minute, even second count is SO important!!

Sorry for such a sappy post! To brighten it up a bit I had to share a picture of my sweet kitty Oliver. He LOVES to watch the faucet drip, and I finally got a picture of it! Isn't this precious!?

I hope you all are having a fantastic week, only 2 more days until the long holiday weekend! Wahoo!!

Jamie Leigh

Monday, May 23, 2011

Catching up!

Hi Friends! It feels like forever since I have posted, even though it has only been a couple days! I just wanted to swing by quick to catch up on your lovely lives, and update you on my crazy life!

The new job has been going great! I have only worked 3 days now, but so far so good. Everyone has been very nice and welcoming. I am still trying to adjust to waking up at 4:30 in the morning, then working a straight 8 hours... I'm missing the split shift a bit, but I am LOVING being off work at 2:30!! And what makes it even better is my love Sean has the same shift! We are FINALLY able to spend more time together, and I am so happy! 

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN!? I have to get to reading and catching up with all of you! Hopefully soon I will be situated in my schedule and figure out a time for my blogging again! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 
Talk to you soon!

Jamie Leigh

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Some things are Bitter Sweet

Today was my last day at my job. I have worked with this company for the past 6 years, all which were great! In case you didn't know, I worked at an elementary school in a morning and after school program. I am completely overwhelmed with the love and support from both my coworkers and all the kids during this big transition in my life. 

It was definitely hard to say goodbye to the kids...I really got to see how big of a part of their lives I am, and they are in mine. They surprised me with this decorated picture frame, and a lunch box for my new job...haha how cute huh?

I also got some beautiful flowers, a super cute scarf and necklace as well as a gift card from my co-workers. I will miss them very much...they were more than co workers, they are good friends. 

I will miss having a job that I get paid to go to water parks, museums, movies, and amusement parks. However, I know I have to move on.

Starting new chapters in life can be scary. I am excited, nervous, anxious and every other emotion possible about starting my new job tomorrow. I don't know what to expect, but I am sure it will all be just fine. 

I am going to be enjoying my last afternoon off with my friend Molly! My blogging will be a little inconsistent and scarce until I get settled into my new schedule! Happy Wednesday friends!

Jamie Leigh

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

oh no..

I am not feeling to hot today. I have a pounding headache, sore and itchy throat, and I am exhausted! I can't be getting sick now, that would be awful timing! 

I am off to rest ALL day! 

Happy Tuesday friends!

Jamie Leigh

Monday, May 16, 2011

Photo Weekend Recap

This was a incredible weekend. It was just the little weekend getaway we needed before we BOTH start new jobs this week! Saturday bright and early we headed up to Duluth MN, my hometown and such a beautiful city!

When we first got into town we went shopping...EXCITING news, I found and ordered my wedding band! I got an amazing deal as well because we got it at the jeweler my grandma has been going to for forever! We also went and helped my aunt pick out a dress for the wedding!

Saturday night we went to the most delicious restaurant ever, Pickwick! Sean ordered their famous pepper cheeseburger, and I got the walleye....we got the perfect table with a view of Lake Superior! Date nights are the best!

After our dinner settled we HAD to go to the ice cream shop and get my all time favorite flavor black licorice. I know I know, it sounds gross, and I myself HATE black licorice..but this is the best and the only place that has it...what a treat!

Sunday we enjoyed sleeping in and the sun! Sean and my little sister Jodell played some baseball with a broom stick and pinecone...how creative!

Today I will be enjoying one of my final afternoons off before I start my new job on Thursday. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Jamie Leigh

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Thankful on a Thursday and About Me!

Happy Thursday friends! I am SO happy the weekend is here tomorrow! The things I am thankful for this week include

131. Mani's and Pedi's! I will be enjoying these in a couple of hours with a few of my favorite ladies! 

132. My co-workers! They are so wonderful, and we always have the most interesting conversations...I am definitely going to miss them...only 4 more days :(

133. Duluth! I will be spending my weekend in this beautiful city I call home. Can't wait to see my family!

134. The warmer weather, it has been so nice!

135. Laura Story. I heard this song on the radio the other day, and the message really hit home. It is a beautiful song and I could listen to it over and over. I highly recommend you take the time to listen to it!

"We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights 
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise"

Now about me...My sweet friend Laura at Learning to Love gave me this fun award! The directions are to share 7 things about myself that you may not know....here we go!

1. I am the most indecisive person....it can be very frustrating

2. I love junk food...which is NOT a good thing

3. I am scared of change, which I am facing a lot of currently

4. I secretly wish I was an interior designer or a professional dancer

5. Music is an extremely important part of my life

6. I am HORRIBLE at math...even simple math. I have had kids at my work (kindergarten through fifth grade) ask for help on their math homework and I have trouble...how embarrassing!

7. I am extremely organized and like to have everything planned, it can sometimes be a little to much even ;-)

Now I am going to pass this award on to 3 of my blogger friends! 

Have a wonderful day!!

Jamie Leigh

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wedding Update!

I truly can't believe the wedding is only about 4 months away! I am getting more and more excited every single day! I just can't wait to marry my best friend :)

So a little update on our wedding planning progress...it is definitely coming along!! 

We of course got the bridesmaids dresses ordered and just picked them up last week! I was thrilled when I finally got to see the dress in the wedding color..it is so rich and beautiful! 

We also got these super fun flower hair pieces for the girls, aren't they great?

 Next, we crossed off the tuxes from our to do list. The boys of course picked out the most expensive one, but it will definitely be worth it. Here are the colors...the groomsmen will be in the red vest with the black tie, and Sean will be in the black vest with red tie. Everyone will have black collared shirts as well....we weren't feeling the white!

We also got Sean's wedding band ordered. He picked out a tungsten one which we both loved. Because of his job and how he is always working with his hands we needed something that was basically indestructible! Tungsten was the best option....it pretty much looks like this

As for my band, I had a couple ordered in from a catalog for me to view. They should be in this week! 

My friend Nicole also played with my hair and we figured out the way I will be wearing it finally! I can't post a picture of this though ;-)

Next on the to do list:
  • Final marriage class to plan the ceremony
  • Invites and programs
  • Shoe/jewelry shopping
  • Register
  • Plan showers/grooms dinner
  • Finalize centerpieces
  • Party favors
There are still many other little things that need to get done, but these are my top priority as of right now!

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of the planning process so far. My family, friends, and especially my bridesmaids have made it so much fun! 

As always, leave me some advice :) 

Jamie Leigh

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Wonderful Weekend

This weekend was sure wonderful! It was busy, full of fun, and everything I had hoped for! 

Friday was GREAT! After work we met up with some friends to watch the Twins game and let loose a little. We celebrated our new jobs, and talked a lot about the wedding :) Wish I had some pics, but I forgot my camera.

Saturday the weather was unexpectedly beautiful! Sean had to work for part of the day, so my sisters, my mom and one of my bridesmaids worked on the wedding to do list a bit! We found a couple AMAZING hotel suites for the bridal party to stay in the night before the wedding! Can't wait! Saturday night my sisters, my mom, and I went to see a movie. We saw Something Borrowed with Kate Hudson. She is one of my favorites, and the movie was really cute! That night we had a bonfire with some friends! So happy it is finally bonfire weather!

Sunday we spent celebrating our incredible mom! We grilled, hung out, and opened gifts. 

Stop by tomorrow for a wedding update! 

Share with me a highlight from your weekend :)

Jamie Leigh

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday News!

Today is SUCH a fabulous Friday! The sun is shining, the weekend is here, and I have been SO blessed with some great news!

My sweet friend Ria at Life as a Wife! referred me for a postition with the company she was working for, and I was offered the job! I am SOO excited for this opportunity! What a blessing that Sean and me were both offered great job opportunities within a week of each other! And a HUGE thank you too Ria!!! 

This weekend will be fabulous for many reasons!

1. Twins game tonight with some friends...no we don't have tickets, but we will be going out to get some wings and to watch it! 

2. Sleeping in tomorrow, it has been a LONG time since I have been able to sleep in so I can't wait!

3. Mothers day! I have the most amazing mom in the world! She has always been supportive, caring, SO loving, and always worked so hard to provide my sisters and I with anything we needed or wanted! I am so thankful for my mom and can't wait to spend the day celebrating her greatness! I LOVE YOU MOM!

Have a fabulous weekend friends!
Jamie Leigh

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thankful on a Thursday!

McGlothin Family Nest

I was so looking forward to blogging today, I have missed Thankful on a Thursday! 

126. New opportunities that Sean and I have been blessed with recently! More to come :)

127. The Rain...it has been so rainy here in MN, however I have really enjoyed seeing the grass turn green again, and there is nothing better than sleeping to the sound of rain <3

128. Healing! I am SO thankful my mouth is slowly but surely healing. I have been starting to eat a little more and the pain has definitely lessened.

129. Sean! I don't say this nearly enough...I am so incredibly thankful to have found such a wonderful person to spend my life with. He is my best friend, my rock, my everything. He has been so supportive, caring, and offered me the best advice with recent decisions that have had to be make..I love you Sean and cannot wait to become your wife! 

130. This song....It is beautiful and makes me want to dance...I have really been missing dance lately..

The weekend is almost here! Make the  best of today :)

Jamie Leigh

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

4 Months & 2 Weeks

Where does the time go? It feels like yesterday that Sean and I were celebrating our engagement and I was waiting so patiently to get my ring back that needed to be sized.

We have had a long engagement so I of course felt like I had all the time in the world to plan and make our wedding the wedding of our dreams.....well now we are down to 4 months and 2 weeks! No more procrastinating here! I am feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed with things right now. The payments/expenses, and everything that still needs to be done and arranged. On top of it all our lives are so busy and we are in the middle of some big changes and waiting for some big changes to come which complicates everything and adds anxiety to the mix! 

Booking the honeymoon, ordering the wedding bands, booking the videographer, make final payments = a LOT of money! I also recently found out one of my bridesmaids will be moving to Pennsylvania for the summer which makes me sad! Thankfully I have all my other girls to rely on!

Any advice for me during this stressful time....my mind keeps racing about everything that needs to get done and be paid for, I need to take a deep breath and relax!

I hope you all have a happy Tuesday!

Jamie Leigh

Monday, May 2, 2011

Weekend Update and a VERY happy birthday!

Happy Monday friends! It is sure cold here in MN...I am starting to feel like summer will never be here! Tomorrow I hear it is suppose to be warmer and sunny though, hopefully they are right!

I wanted to give a little update about the tough situation Sean and I were put in. He was offered a great job opportunity, but we found out it may affect us qualifying for the house that we love and have waited for for so long. After a lot of talking, and listening to families advice, we made a decision. We decided that there are too many unknowns on the house and that Sean WILL be accepting the new job. We couldn't be more excited! I want him to be happy, and this job will open up many new doors for us.  God wouldn't have given Sean this amazing opportunity if he wasn't suppose to take it.

As for the house, we aren't giving up on it yet. Our Realtor said to just leave our offer on the house, and wait until we hear from the bank. Who knows when that will be anyways...its already been 7 months! When we do hear back we will deal with it at that point. Again, there are many unknowns and what ifs....like if I get a new job I may qualify on my own.... :) Please send us your prayers!

On to this weekend! It was a blast. We made enough money to pay for the wedding flowers, and then still had a TON to donate to the church! Sean and I also looked at wedding bands and both found the ones we want! I am so excited!! We are getting close to 4 months only! Finally I hit the jackpot shopping on Sunday! I got over 500 dollars worth of clothes for 140 bucks! AMAZING!

Last but not least, I wanted to wish one of my best friends a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You should check our her BLOG, it's great!

Jamie Leigh