Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New News

Yesterday was my very first day working in Bismarck, ND.  I am working at Zorell's Jewelry and absolutely LOVE it so far!
Come see me at Zorell's in Bismarck!
Nice staff, beautiful scenery (diamonds, pearls, flowers, etc), and a fun atmosphere since everyone coming in is excited to make a purchase for someone they love. 

I am so thankful for this job as it works with my graduate studies schedule and gives me a chance to save some extra money for when Paul comes home. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Reminiscing - Vbos Berries

Valentines Day marks our half year anniversary, since we were married on August 14, and is a fun day to remember those loved ones in our lives.  Last year Paul and I were in Idaho visiting our families for a couple weeks. 

He was trying to figure out what to do about Valentines Day and heard an ad about Shari's Berries.  Have you heard of them?  No doubt they are amazing but for a dozen sweet strawberries dipped in chocolate, they are $29.99.  Paul and I are somewhat frugal (in some things anyways) and he was not going to pay $30 for 12 strawberries!  So Paul and his Dad went to the store and began crafting their very own Vbos Berries!
The berry makers at work.

Look at the multi chocolate swirls!

Way to be thrifty and provide a wonderful Valentines Day memory!

This is their marketing image for their Vbos Berries.
  Sweet memories! :)  I am so thankful for my husband and know I am loved by him even across the miles. Happy Valentines Day, honey!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Prince Charming

I got a picture from Paul yesterday.  
This is what a modern day Prince Charming looks like.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oh Deer!

On Christmas Day I arrived at my parent's new home in Bismarck, ND.  I have never even visited North Dakota so when people asked if I was going home when Paul was deployed I didn't know what to say other than "kinda".  But that is another story for a different day.

My parents have this giant hay field just beyond their yard and Dad has been setting out sunflowers (ND is the number 1 producer of sunflowers) and corn for the deer to eat since September.  Because of this, they have over twenty different deer that come and "feast" in the backyard.  It is quite fun to watch them from the bedroom windows as they are only 30 yards from the patio.

My Dad has a trail picture taker that snaps when something moves by it and he got some of these photos in November.  There were literally thousands of pictures on the trail timer so Dad knew exactly what deer were coming in and eating even at night.

 SASQUATCH!!!!  Oh, just Dad adding more corn. :)

 I don't know if this deer is looking at an airplane or the stars but either way it was funny.

One fateful day in January Dad snuck out of the back sliding glass door with his bow and arrows in hand.  Meanwhile Mom and I were watching upstairs from the windows.  Dad was able to successfully harvest this nice North Dakota buck from our backyard while we watched on.  I just wish I could pull back Dad's bow - but it is strung way to tight for my weak little arms.

Last week we had deer roast and some sausages and boy were they delicious! This deer had been practically corn and hay fed so his taste was so much better than the high desert Mule Deer in Idaho.  It would be safe to say that those of you who have never feasted on deer would think you were eating a beef steer - it was that good!

We laugh about how many people pay thousands of dollars to hunt a nice whitetail like this and Mom and Dad have them in their backyard.  I think North Dakota is growing on me...