Some Days Are Harder Than Others

As Beth said… we aren’t dead and I figured it was about time I wrote something to share with you guys. My title sounds a lot more ominous than it actually is but it’s a theme that seems to be recurring in mine and Beth’s lives almost every day. 

When we are kids and growing up, being an adult is such an appealing thing. No more house rules, no bedtime, no being told what to eat, what to do, or anything else. I know as a kid I always wanted to be older than I was… but now that I am going to be turning a quarter of a century old (that’s 25 for those who had to stop and think) I find myself wanting to be young again. To sit at home and not have responsibilities. To play with stuffed animals, color, listen to kids bop  (yeah I know… it’s horrible) and watch Disney movie after Disney movie. 

Those were what the older generation calls “the good old days” for me. When I was able to just be a kid and not have a care in the world. But both Beth and I were forced to somewhat grow up really fast. Beth more so than me. My dad had back surgery when I was in third grade and so I was really asked to step up around the house and help with chores and cleaning and even asked to help with random odd tasks. However, I wanted that. I wanted to help (well when I was young. Teenage me wasn’t as helpful as I should have been) and I wanted to be around to see my dad back to full health. 

Oh goodness that was so many years ago… 15 or so now. But i remember how much my dad tried to push the pain away so that he could do things to support us around the house, to be able to help with homework or sports or anything he could. 

I remember moving to the apartments in St. Cloud and my first few years playing sports at St. John’s. My dad used to lay on the couch in our tiny living room and let me hit headers at him so I could practice aiming (which was funny because I was a goalie so I never needed that skill). And he used to help me with my softball batting skills by making me take practice swings in the still tiny living room. 

But through all of that my dad taught me one very important lesson that I live by even now. Some Days are worse than others… Some Days are more painful, some days don’t make sense, and some days… Some Days will always be worse than others but it is the family and friends we surround ourselves with, the little things that happen and the moments that happen before our eyes that make every single second worth while. 

Thanks for reading, 

Nina ❤

Hey We Aren’t Dead!

Hello! Guess what? We aren’t dead!! At this point our blog pretty much is, but hey! We came back! Anybody who works retail can understand how busy Nina and I are at the store right now; we’ve been drowning in Christmas junk for over a month already, and we are just getting started. We are going to be busy until next year (yes that’s only like a month and a half away, but I love those corny New Year’s jokes).

As for me, I’m FINALLY not sick (for now). I got rid of my nasty sinus infection for maybe a week before I managed to catch another one. That’s how my luck goes! I’m now feeling better and starting to get my life back on track again. My grades are decent, I’m working a ton, and I’m volunteering every Tuesday at the retirement home. I’m busy, but not too busy.

Both Nina and I are trying to keep our heads high as we head into this horribly busy season while still being short-staffed. We’ve started to get some fresh faces in who are doing well (aside from a few hiccups) and our original staff members (those who needed it) are starting to show some improvement 🙂

I’m super excited because we are doing Secret Santa this year! And we are having a holiday party with (almost) all of the staff outside of the store. Hopefully this will help bring our store together as we head into this busy holiday season!

Hopefully we can start posting more, but there’s really not much going on with us besides Christmas right now. Love you!!!

❤ Beth

Home Ownership Pt. 2

Well well well…. yeah it’s been FAR too long! With work and all randomness that life has brought on to Beth and I, we are just now finding time to both post in our blog. We lost some staff at work so both of us have been super busy picking up more hours there and then of course we both got sick too.

I digress:

Home ownership! I had a request for some pictures after my last post and so I figured I could post a couple pictures and oblige our readers!

 

Last post, I wrote about some of our home repairs and one of those was adding a storm/screen door to the front of our house. To the left above is the before picture and the right is the picture after the door was installed (complete with a picture of my goofball husband ❤ ).

 

 

We also fixed our fence that day (which had blown over in a storm 2 weeks after we moved into the house). Low and behold, as above, the left photo (complete with goofball again) is the before picture, and the left side is what it looked like after the repairs. Thankfully we had a coworker who knew how to fix the fence so we didn’t have to go and spend tons of money in order to have someone fix it for us. Plus, now we don’t look like trash for having a broken fence anymore.  😉

My favorite thing that we have done so far though….. is by far the beginning of upgrading our kitchen appliances. We had all white appliances before in our kitchen. They were pretty basic and yes, they all worked. But they were not what we wanted and they were something that we wanted to work on changing. With the help of family (as in the fact that we got married so this was a wedding present), we upgraded 2 out of our 4 kitchen appliances thanks to an extremely good sale. Below are the before and after photos of the kitchen!

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This is the before picture (the best one I have). Lots of white and dark brown. Clean but not my style at all (and I would like to think Kyle hated them too).

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And the after picture (please ignore the mess… I’m still sick and have been in bed the last 2 and a half days).

After a LONG debate and asking for help on facebook for suggestions on whether to go with black, white, or stainless steel…. Kyle and I agreed that stainless was going to be the best in our house for us (plus I got my glass cooktop!!! — I REALLY hate coils and drip pans).

So to finish off the post, I am going to post a random collage of multiple photos of the house, some before paint and some after. There is nothing really in the photos because it was all before we started moving stuff in but you guys can at least get an idea for the inside of our house.

Enjoy!

 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the Frith House!

As always, comment and share our page with your friends and family!

Love you always!

Nina ❤

Life is a Balancing Act

So we are now a couple weeks into the school year, and let me tell you it is not easy balancing school, work, social life and fun! I am a full-time student, but I only have class two days a week because I also have two online classes for a total of five classes. I also have a full-time job where my two days off during the week are Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also volunteer at the local nursing home when I have extra time. Outside of school and work I also have homework to do (and there’s quite a bit since I have online classes). Now assuming I still have energy (which I often don’t) I have friends and family I want to talk to and video games I want to play.

Now I would say that I’m a perfect student and always get my homework done on time and do all of it before I do anything fun, but anybody who knows me would see how big of a lie that is! I eventually get my work done, it can take a while sometimes though.

I’m not going to say working your way through college is easy, nor am I going to say it is for everyone, but it IS doable. If you have the dedication and determination, you can definitely pay your own way through school. Budgeting is the key to balancing life; budgeting your time, budgeting your money, budgeting your focus. It is better to take a few extra minutes to plan out when you are going to do everything rather than just diving right in and figuring it out as you go. Your plan doesn’t have to be set in stone because life is unexpected, but following some sort of plan helps you stay focused and accomplish everything you set out to do.

Well I’ve probably ignored my homework for long enough, but I felt bad that Nina and I haven’t been updating lately! It’s Halloween time in retail meaning we are going to be busy until after Valentine’s Day (Halloween turns into Christmas turns into Valentine’s Day). We both love you guys!!!

❤ Beth

Home Ownership

As I posted three weeks ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already since I posted), I had some fixer-upper type projects that I wanted to accomplish at the house. The good part is that with the help of a friend and coworker, my husband and I have managed to get quite a few projects completed.

Two weeks ago we fixed the fence, added a screen door onto the front of our house and figured out what was wrong with the ceiling fans inside. Oooof I cannot tell you how amazing it is to have a fence that is completely standing again. And the screen door adds a nice touch of character to our house that makes it feel like ours.

This last week, we replaced the broken doorbell, and we fixed both of our ceiling fans in the house. We now have the ability to use both fans on whatever speed we would like without the fear of them falling down on us. We also decided to attempt to fix the dishwasher, however, that still remains to be a project I do believe. We fixed half of the problem which was it backing up into the sink when it would be doing it’s dishwasher thing.

Overall, the house we bought has not been a huge fixer-upper project but we have found ways to make it a fixer-upper house. There are still a lot of things that we would like to accomplish around the house and the yard. These things include:

  1. the yard (fixing the prickly and weed situation)
  2. replacing the AC (we found out it is as old as our house itself)
  3. replacing some light fixtures
  4. installing cabinet handles

So overall, many of those items are as we go and of course as our budget allows. I would also like to get the ceilings repainted by a professional at some point down the road as well.

Thankfully, we have amazing people who surround us who can help us do these projects and who teach us how to do certain things as they come to help us. It’s exciting to watch the progress from the house we bought to the home we’re creating for ourselves.

 

On a compltely random side note:  Beth is now back in school…. and that kinda stinks haha. But more on that later!

Nina ❤

Life

So I, being as young as I am, am relatively new to the world of “adulting” and I just gotta say, this is hard work! I’m currently a week away from starting school again. So this time next week I will have begun my struggle of juggling a full-time job, full-time schooling, volunteer work, exercise, social life, and sleep. 

Last year I wasn’t working full-time so it was easier to manage school and work. But since my promotion to shift lead, I now work 30-40 hours a week. I’m loving the new position (amd the pay raise is pretty nice too 😂) and seeing as how I don’t have much of a social life, my summer has been not much more than simply working. 

This time last year is when I moved to Fargo. When I moved out of my parents’ home. When I moved away from the town I grew up in to start my adult life on my own. And it is scary! I can’t believe it’s been a year, yet at the same time I can’t believe that’s it’s been ONLY a year. So much has happened to me this past year, both good and bad. I’ve met so many people who have had such a huge impact on my life. Looking back I feel like “how did I manage life before I met these weirdos?!?” 

As I sit here on my lunch break at work I’m looking back on my life. I’m trying to imagine the fact that by this point in my life, my grandma was already married and starting a family. I’m trying to realize that only 5 years ago I was getting ready to start my first year of high school. I’m starting to realize that I’ve grown up so much, yet I still have so much growing to do (not physically because obviously I’m gonna be this short for the rest of my life). I’m so thankful to everyone who has helped me in life to grow into the woman I am. If you have to ask me if you’re one of them, you probably aren’t. You guys know who you are and you already know this, but I love you ❤️❤️❤️

Alright that’s about enough of that introspective emotional crap for today! Thanks for reading guys!

❤ Beth

Face Masks

So I’m not usually a face mask kind of gal, but Nina and I were at the mart of walls the other day and we saw a bunch of masks on a sale so we decided, what the hell let’s have a “girl’s night” and do face masks!

Overall, the masks weren’t too bad. They weren’t anything spectacular and I definitely still don’t understand the obsession with them, but it was an ok way to waste half an hour. 

We both got a face sheet mask and a collegean lip mask. We started with the sheet masks. If you’ve never used a sheet mask before, be warned: they feel slimy!! It was very cold and slimy when I put my mask on. I also felt like the mask was going to fall off. (PS it didn’t) the two of us say and watched Law and Order while letting our masks sit. It was kind of difficult to speak with the mask because it felt like you would either get some of the mask juice in your mouth or the mask would slip every time you moved your face. 

The lip one was down right weird!! If you have issues breathing through your nose, do not use this mask!! 

In all, I couldn’t tell a lick of difference after using the masks. Only thing I felt they did was get weird feeling, cold gel stuff all over my face. 

❤ Beth