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    and welcome to the blog! I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with Rusty, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just the two of us - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with your cup of tea and begin reading. Enjoy, friends! (Latest posts on the right!) --->

Another Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament has come and gone. For those of you who do not live in Minnesota or who do live in Minnesota and have never heard of the hockey tournament, I’ll just tell you that it’s a pretty big deal here. When I was younger and in high school and even grade school my parents had “season” tickets. It was the only time we were allowed to skip school without being sick. We would divide up the tickets among us kids and we’d each get to take a friend to the games. Dad took vacation days (when he could) and we all made sure we were around the TV (or at the game depending on who had the tickets) to watch the intense three-day tournament. Three days before the games start, Dad creates a bracket board for each of us. We pick the teams we think are going to win and then for a tie-breaker we add how many total goals we think will be scored during the entire tournament. I used to pick teams based on their team color…it didn’t work out so well.

As we got older we stopped attending the games. However, no matter where we are during the games you can bet that we’re all calling to trash talk each other (mostly Richie, Toni, Paul, and I – we get pretty competitive). My brother somehow has managed to win the majority of the tournaments, even when stationed in Korea and Iraq. We don’t know how he does it. One year he picked the lowest ranked team to win (he says he likes to root for the underdogs now and then) and we all laughed at him. We never should have underestimated him. When Paul joined the family he wasted no time getting on the winning “plaque”. I almost left him. In my defense I haven’t won a tournament for 14 years! However, Mom and Toni have only made it once as well, and my sister-in-law, Kristy, has yet to get her name on the plaque. So this year it was down to Richie or Kristy to win and naturally we were all voting for Kristy. Even though she picked the winning team Richie somehow managed to win (our boards are based on a points system – maybe my mom has rigged it so Richie always wins? Who knows…). It disgusts me sometimes, and yet these are some of my fondest memories with my wonderful family. Enjoy the photos from this year’s hockey tourney! :)

The hockey tournament typically falls on my dad’s birthday so it’s a double celebration! Happy birthday again, Daddy! :)

Where it all happens. The board on the right is the “Master Board” and gets updated after each game is played.

Me and the man friend. :)

Adam was so nice and kept watch over Rusty’s over-sized bone. This was Rusty’s first exhilarating hockey tourney!

The winning “plaque”. Another “Richie” will be added to 2013. Unbelievable.

Have a splendid Monday! :)

  • Ashley BrooksMarch 11, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    I love you guys :) I know you don’t care about class A, but I was SO UPSET that St. Thomas won. They’re moving up to AA next year–you might wanna put your money on them. Just an insider tip ;)ReplyCancel

This is going to be a rather short post because I just got back from Mall of America with my lovely cousin (it’s her birthday – and my wonderful daddy’s birthday – this Friday) and I am EXHAUSTED. We like to get there at 10am (before all the strollers come out), get all of our important stores out of the way, then head to lunch at our favorite spot, the Rainforest Cafe. We do shopping first because we know that once there is food in our bellies we are way too tired to enjoy shopping, even the Disney Store. Anyways, moral of the story is I’m exhausted so I won’t write much today.

This post is basically me showing off my new beautiful packaging that has finally all come together. I decided that the packaging I give to my brides and grooms for their wedding had to be something special, not just the typical envelope and pretty disc in a jewel case. So, I came up with this (at the bottom I’ll list where I got my goodies):

Isn’t it pretty?? Wouldn’t it just be the icing on the cake to come back from your honeymoon to receive this little beauty in the mail? Maybe I’m tooting my own horn a little, but I love them. :)

Customized boxes: HB Photo

Customized “N” tags and Business Cards: WHCC

Customized flash drives: Flashbay

White Ribbon and Diamonds: JoAnn Fabrics

So, now that all of my past brides and grooms have received theirs, I thought I would share them with you.  Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday! I shall be watching my favorite judge, Judge Judy, and then taking a well deserved nap. Arrivederci!

  • AshleyMarch 6, 2013 - 11:04 pm

    I get so much love on your blog :) These turned out so cute–and they look really professional too! The teal and stripes thing is really working out for ya ;)ReplyCancel

It is an official holiday in the Tran house; Rusty turns 1 today!! To clarify, we did not get Rusty a year ago (that would be May 26th…not like I mark it on the calendar or anything – that will be ANOTHER holiday for us). I’m hoping he realizes it is a special day today…perhaps getting 5 carrots before 3pm is a hint? Yes, my little love LOVES carrots. Any time I go into the kitchen he perks his head up and waits to see if I open the fridge. If I do, he will come down the stairs halfway waiting to hear the baggy open. When he hears the first crinkle from the bag he bolts down the stairs and shows me he is fully capable of jumping 5 feet in the air. But, he is still a gentlemen and will calmly sit down when he realizes there is a carrot in my hand and wait for me to give it to him.

So far today Rusty has had an abundance of carrots and has gone on a road trip with me to Subway for lunch (they give dog treats :)). We enjoyed the country drive by having the windows down and the heat on full blast (I understand that this does not make sense but we both love the fresh air and love staying warm) while listening to some Rascal Flatts. When we got home we took a little walk to the mailbox (yes, Paul, I got the mail already) and he decided he wanted to play in the puddles for a little bit. Since lunch he has been enjoying his birthday by chewing on his too-big-of-a-bone, chasing imaginary things in the backyard, and sporadically napping on my lap and laptop. When he wakes up in a little bit, we’ll be going for another walk and then heading to Petco (where the pets go) to mingle with fellow animals and pick out a new toy. :) Perhaps they have dog birthday treats! Momma spoils him…

Anyways, since it’s his birthday, I am obviously going to be sharing photos of him – these ones are from the other day when Daddy decided he needed a bath. Check out the last one – he is just a peanut!

Doesn’t Paul look spiffy in his new glasses??

We let him out of the towel and he turns into a spaz.

 If you look closely you can see all the water spraying everywhere…

I know he looks a little creepy but I love this one! (The white ball on his head is just sun glare…)

When he’s finished tearing up the house he likes to warm up by the heater and then fall asleep. What a rough life.

This was taken only 2 days after we got him! He can’t even fit into that bed anymore! He’s so grown up already…:(

I know I post a lot about Rusty but I can’t help it. If it helps, I’ll probably be ten times worse when we have kids….just kidding! Kind of…

Happy Friday!!

  • DanaMarch 5, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    how funny! i love it! proud daddy paul, wrapping him up! and the one by the heater!!! LOVE IT!ReplyCancel

  • cassieMarch 2, 2013 - 12:08 am

    too freaking cute! aww. I wanna spend my birthday with you, you really know how to throw a party :)ReplyCancel