Brent started working full-time for the Waseca Police Department. He really enjoys his job, which makes me happy since he had to give up his job in Iowa to move here. Currently he is working the day shift (6:30am - 3:00pm) which allows us to spend quite a bit of time together. He is still working a 6 days on, 3 days off schedule, so we don't get a chance to do much on weekends, but try to take advantage when he has one off.
I also celebrated my 30th birthday this month. Can't believe I'm no longer in my 20s!
Sorry, nothing exciting to report on this month! Other than a bunch of Iowa Hawkeye football watching by Brent. :)
We went to our first show at the Orpheum theater in the cities (Grease). We had dinner at Palomino (which we thought was majorly overpriced and the food wasn't that great). The show was amazing. My first professional musical and I was pretty impressed. We are definitely hoping to seeing more in the future.
Brent turned 32 this month. He really wanted to try to go to a Hawkeye football game, but his schedule just didn't allow it this year. But, he spent every weekend rooting for them and they had a pretty decent season.
We celebrated Christmas 3 times with family. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we had to postpone our Christmas Eve celebrations with my family. We also had Brent's family to our house for Christmas. It was the first time I've had to make a big holiday meal and have everyone over at my house. With Brent's mom's help, it all went pretty well. Except for my pumpkin dessert which ended up not getting cooked all the way through. Such a bummer! But, if you know me very well, you know that cooking is not my specialty.
Maggie loves posing in front of the Christmas tree every year!
This was a month of snow, snow and more snow. We really didn't venture out much. Although, with Brent's mom's help, I repainted our bedroom and redecorated with a new bedspread and pictures. I'm so happy with how it turned out.
The best part of our winter...we went to Jamaica!! It was my first time traveling out of the states and to a tropical location. We were definitely looking forward to it with all the cold and snow we'd been through the past few months.
We left Feb 1st and returned on the 8th. We stayed at Couples Tower Island Resort in Ocho Rios. It was all-inclusive, so the food and drinks were amazing! We spent a lot of time relaxing and enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. We also made trips into downtown Ocho Rios to shop (which was a bit of a scary experience, but one I don't think we will forget). We also went horseback riding on a plantation which was very beautiful. We went to Dunns River Falls and climbed up the waterfall. I thought I did pretty good considering I don't like water much and there was water constantly spraying in my face. We took a underwater camera with us hoping to get some decent pics, but for whatever reason, none of the pictures turned out. We were pretty bummed because it was a really amazing experience. We also took a Catamaran cruise, which I did not do well on. Even though I took some dramamine, I still got pretty sea sick. Plus, our boat broke down and we had to be bused back to our resort. But, the scenery was pretty amazing (that of which I could see lying down anyways). It was a great trip and we hope to be able to do it again sometime.
Currently, we are working on some water issues we are having with the basement. This has been an ongoing problem since I moved into the house an I think this is the year it gets fixed. Bye bye tax money! Once we get the water problem solved, we can finish fixing the basement up. So far we have put up new drywall and I have painted the walls, but we still have a long way to go until it's done.
We also have to remodel the bathroom this summer. Water has been leaking from under the tub for quite some time and I'm worried one of these days, the tub is going to crash through the floor. Not really looking forward to this, but something that has to be done.
That's about it for now...seems like we are going to stay pretty busy in the next few months with home repair projects. Hopefully we can fit some fun time in there as well. We are so happy to see the snow melting (even though that is the cause of my water problems in the basement) and the warm weather making an appearance. I'm definitely anxious for spring/summer!