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Howdy, Strangers!

Oh my goodness - I can't believe it's been well over two weeks since I've posted!  Life has been insane lately, and blogging has definitely taken a backseat.  However, things are starting to settle down again so I'm hoping to post a bit more regularly soon!

Here's what I've been up to over in June so far...
...I finished up my first year of school counseling on June 4!  It was a fantastic year, full of learning, growing, laughing, and stressing (ha!).  The last several weeks of the school year were pretty intense, as I worked hard to make sure my seniors were set to graduate.  However, the support of my colleagues, Kevin, and family, we made it through!!  I'm glad to have the summer off to rejuvenate :)
...Kevin and I closed on our new house (which you can see a tiny bit of behind us in this picture) on June 5!  We've been so busy packing and unpacking, fixing up the house, and settling into our new home (omg!).  We live in St. Paul now, which is where we met during college - so fun to be back near our old stompin' grounds!  Plus, we're so close to our families fact, my brother lives only 10 minutes away from us - the closest we've lived since we were in high school together 11 years ago!!  I'm hoping to get some pictures of the new house to share with you once we're settled in.  Kevin and I also celebrated our five year anniversary on June 18th.  It is crazy to think that we've already been married for five years - life has been pretty darn good for us throughout our marriage, and we're so excited to see what will happen in the next five years!
...We have been celebrating the upcoming birth of our first niece (due August 1!).  My mother-in-law (on the right) and I threw a baby shower for my sister-in-law Stephanie (in the coral - she's got the cutest baby bump right now!) last weekend and attended another shower for her the weekend before that.  It has been so much fun to start spoiling Baby B :)  I was even able to feel her kicking around and hiccuping in her mama's belly, which was the coolest thing EVER!  I can't wait to snuggle her for real when she arrives in just a month and a half!
...I went with my parents to see our favorite band, Barenaked Ladies, in concert along with Colin Hay from Men at Work and The Violent Femmes.  We had such a fun night rocking out to BNL, and might I add that the people-watching was fantastic!!  Haha!
...These gorgeous peonies came from our garden at the new house!  They smell so wonderful and have done a wonderful job of brightening up our yard and kitchen!
...I went to the Shout House (dueling pianos!!) with some of my coworkers this past week for 80s Night!  All of the songs they played were from the 80s, which was pretty entertaining.  We had a blast singing along to some of our favorite songs and enjoying each other's company.  I absolutely adore these women!
...I went to the Minnesota Twins game last night with my cousin Katie and her good friend Derek.  It was so much fun to catch up with both of them - and the Twins won, too!  I love that I'm back in the Twin Cities and near my family and friends now so I can do these kinds of things :)  Woo!

I also started nannying for the same girls I nannied last summer, which has been keeping me busy as well.  They've grown so much over the past school year, and it's so fun to be back with them, hanging out and talking about Harry Potter ;)

So, that's what I've been up to over the past several weeks.  Needless to say, it's been a bit of a whirlwind.  We're also still without internet at our new house, so I've been heading to our local library to do a little bit of blogging, emailing, Facebooking, Instagramming, Twittering, etc.  I'm enjoying living so close to the library so that I can spend a little time here in the meantime, but I'm really eager to get our internet set up...mostly so that I can watch the new season of Orange Is the New Black!! ;)

Thanks so much for reading and sticking with me in my accidental blogging hiatus!  More posts will be on their way soon!  Have a great weekend :)


Currently | June

I am currently...

Playing | Old episodes of Breakfast for Dinner, a podcast by one of my all-time favorite blog friends, Nicole!  I spend a lot of time alone right now, so I feel like listening to Nicole and her boyfriend Dago talking about all kinds of things (pop culture, social justice issues, music, etc.) makes me feel like I have friends with me at home, haha.  They are smart, socially conscious people, and they also crack me up!  Just the kinds of people I like to virtually "hang out" with!

Going | A little bit crazy this week.  I finished my school counseling internship last year in early May, before the school year ended, so I really didn't have any idea how intense the end of the school year is when you're trying to get seniors graduated.  Let's just say that I'm so happy that the last day of school is today - can't wait to celebrate all my rockstar seniors who are graduating on Sunday!

Wearing | The weather has been so great this week in southern Minnesota!  75 and sunny?  I'll take it!  I've been wearing dresses and ankle pants a lot lately (my black ankle pants, which somehow have never made it to the blog, are on repeat), and I even busted out my favorite black shorts this past week when I took a day off!  I've also been wearing a lot of lightweight scarves (as I mentioned recently), including a new one my mom bought me (to be featured in an outfit post eventually, I'm sure!).

Sipping | Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss.  Delicious, y'all.  It's exactly what I like to reward myself with on a Friday afternoon/evening after a long-ass week.  I posted about my love for it on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, too (see above).

Reading | I recently started reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clark.  It's a massive book and a bit of a slow read, but I'm finding it interesting.  I'd love to try and finish it in the next couple of weeks so I can keep on plugging away on my reading list!

I am linking up with Anne and Jenna today!


Monthly Goals | June

It's crazy to think we have already made it to June, y'all.  This year has been absolutely flying by, and I'm honestly not 100% sure how I feel about it.  I'm here to recap my May goals and to write out my goals for June as well!

Recap | May Goals
1. Go without candy for a month | I MADE IT!!!  Woo!  I'm so proud of myself!  Honestly, it wasn't even that difficult for me.  There were a few times that candy was made available to me, but I politely turned it down or just walked away from the temptation.  I didn't even miss candy this month.  I am actually going to try to go without candy in June as baby step closer to kicking this sugar addiction!

2. Try out a new lip color | I'm proud to say that I tried wearing different shades of my Burt's Bees tinted lip shimmers this month as well (you can see one of these instances here on my blog).  I'm so happy I picked up a few more shades of it - it's been a great way for me to feel like I'm spicing up my outfits a little bit with a pop of color on my lips!

3. Get back on my bike | Ughhh, I'm so disappointed that I didn't even put air in my bike tires this month!  I hate to bring this up, but I've been completely overwhelmed with life right now and although I know that exercising is a great way to reduce stress, I haven't had physical or emotional energy to do anything lately.  I absolutely will be riding my bike in June, however - there are tons of fantastic bike trails right by our new house, and I can't wait to explore them!

4. Catch up on reading blogs | I finally, finally, finally caught up on reading blogs this past weekend!  It feels so wonderful to have an empty reader - I can't even tell you!  I also took it a step further and cleared out some blogs from my reader, which has reduced the amount of posts to read and comment on.  I'm sure that in the next couple of weeks, I'll be less than great at keeping up with posts again (end of the school year, moving, etc.), but I'm going to give it a shot!

5. Work on Spanish skills | Got this one done as well!  I was able to finish one unit and begin another this month.  I love learning languages, and I'm really hoping to be able to spend some more time this summer working on my Spanish skills.  I'm anticipating sitting on our deck with the dogs frolicking in the backyard, sipping on some iced tea and practicing Spanish.  Doesn't that sound heavenly?  (#nerd)

June Goals
1. Get the new house all settled | Kevin and I are about to become homeowners, which means that we will be moving in the next couple of weeks.  I am so ready to get into the new house and make it our home.  Kevin and I picked out some paint chips this weekend, and I've been looking online at some other things to buy for the house as well (a stand for our TV, a dresser, matching end tables for the living room, a comforter for our bed...all things we don't have right now, haha).  It's going to be so exciting to finally put our things in the house after having dreamed of this for so long!!

2. Have friends over for games | Once we're all settled in our house, I want to have friends over for a game night!  All of our family and closest friends currently live in the Twin Cities/metro area, and our new house is in St. Paul.  We can't wait to be back where all of the people we love the most live, and be able to have them over for an evening of fun!  We haven't lived near our families or friends since we were in college (in St. Paul!)...which was 6 years ago for Kevin and 5 years ago for me.  So exciting!!

3. Look for (and hopefully buy?) a swimsuit | I recently tried on both of my swimsuits from last season and I about panicked.  I just don't feel comfortable or confident in either of the suits - in fact, I feel downright awful in them.  I'm nannying again this summer and the girls like to go swimming at the local pool, and it would be great if I could find a suitable suit (haha, see what I did there?) so that I can get in the water with them.

4. Make a dentist appointment | So...Kevin and I both have a little bit of dentist-phobia.  Between that and the fact that we move around a lot, we haven't been to the dentist in an embarrassingly long amount of time.  However, I know that it's important for me to get back to the dentist and take care of my teeth, so I am determined to make a dentist appointment this summer after we have moved!

5. Buy a Fitbit | My mom and dad gave me money to buy a Fitbit for my birthday, and I haven't actually gone out to buy it yet (yes, my birthday was in December...)!  I just wasn't 100% sure what kind I wanted and so I just never got around to buying it!  However, after doing some research and trying out my mother-in-law's old Fitbit for a week, I've decided that I'm going to buy the Fitbit Charge HR (in purple, obviously).  I can't wait to get it and start tracking my steps and activity!

What are your goals for June?