2012 roundup ((WOW… that was a busy year))

life2012; you were good to me.  it’s crazy how much can happen in one year; how much things can  seem to remain the same day to day and then you turn around and realize that a lot has changed. change. my word to sum up the year. i had a lot of changes this past year; exciting and challenging. happy and sad. wanted and unwanted. things change whether you like it or not. and when i look back at 2012 i will remember the year that  i started the next chapter in my life. a lot of great memories to look back on and for one of the first time’s in my life, i can truly say that i am happy. 2013, i look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store. bring it.

places traveled:

  • miami, fl
  • las vegas, nv (2)
  • toronto, on (2)
  • boca raton, fl
  • boston, ma
  • chicago, il
  • pebble beach, ca

air miles traveled: 20,510


  • 2 year anniversary of my first blog, tales of a girl ((emma))
  • work photo shoot
  • mom and dad attended their very first hockey game at SCSU


  • attended MAWC2012 (market america world conference) with an amazing group of people in miami


  • attended EXHIBITOR2012 and have an unforgettable experience in las vegas
  • spent a lot of time apartment hunting and finally found one i loved
  • celebrated panda’s 23rd with a bang. and a headache to follow…


  • HUNGER GAMES came out
  • had my 2 year PeopleNet anniversary
  • became an international girl; traveled to the lands of Canada for the first time
  • said goodbye to panda as we both started new adventures
  • moved into my very own apartment


  • my dear cousin graduated from allen school of nursing
  • 23rd birthday celebration
  • officially registered for my first half marathon
  • spent a wonderful long weekend with ALL of my mom’s side family (first time EVER we’ve ALL been together)
  • one year blogiversary of this blog :)


  • 2 of my very best friends ever, brooke and mike, got married
  • my car got broken into
  • celebrated the wedding of a dear friend
  • traveled to the lands of canada for a second time
  • was selected to host my very own half day workshop at EXHIBITOR2013


  • ROCKED my very first half marathon
  • traveled to okoboji for an amazing and relaxing family vacay
  • spent several weekends in the sun watching the little brother play soccer


  • traveled to boca baby for a threepeat success of the UC
  • met joe theismann
  • had the worst 16 hours of traveling of my life
  • celebrated the wedding of my girl and hair dresser of almost 10 years
  • had a lil 07 reunion
  • ate lots of deliciousness at the MN state fair


  • traveled to boston, mass for speakers training
  • met my now boyfriend, brandon
  • had an epic best friend wine night
  • traveled to chi town for the first time


  • turned a new leaf and started attempting  to cook/bake
  • traveled on a 7 day journey with stops in pebble beach and las vegas


  • purchased my very first coach purse
  • got my car towen
  • made trips with mom to roch to visit nana
  • participated in my first thanksgiving visit to the legion
  • thanksgiving with family
  • annual black friday shopping with daddy
  • mom and dad’s 28 year anniversary
  • 5 year high school reunion
  • made kringla all on my very own



  • got a real christmas tree
  • did lots of christmasy things
  • holidazzle parade
  • 4th annual dad and emma day
  • 12.11.12 – nana passed away

rest in peace nana

  • christmas :)
  • new years eve


merry christmas roundup [tis the season]

new years eve already?! uff da. i hope everyone had a wonderful christmas; full of friends, family, food, fun, faith and love. i had what just might be the most wonderful christmas to date. discounting the year i got a barbie camper. christmas seems to change as you get older, and it first i thought it might get less exciting, and it does in a way, but this year christmas was perfect. i got to be with my family and my boyfriend, follow traditions, eat amazing food, laugh a lot, open presents, celebrate the birthday boy, jesus, and become unbelievably aware of how blessed i am. perfection.

pictures say more than i could elaborate on, so here’s the top ones from my holiday season. thank you family, for an amazing holiday season. i love you all bunches. and a very Happy New Year y’all. :)

christmas eve

christmas eve


christmas day


help me, i’m poor


evolution of christmas day (2007-2012)

2007-2012 stocking picture

durby side christmas

durby chrtistmas

full of thanks and oh so blessed

tis the season to be thankful. and i have so many blessings to be thankful for. so many wonderful things and people in my life. and i thank God for them on this Thanksgiving eve, and everyday. and pray that i never take any of them for granted. i wish you all a happy, healthy, full of yummy foodfull day. xoxo

for my friends. who make me smile, laugh, and are always amazing.

for my new coach purse. i feel so grown up and stylin’ and like i’m part of a secret club of cool coach wearing ladies

for starks who i get to pretend sometimes is my dog and makes my smile with a tilt of his head and that damn giraffe

for cute boots and cozy scarves season

for minnesota

for living in a county where i get to have a vote in things

for my blog

for pinterest and the hours of laughter it provides

for the amazing experience i have coming up, speaking at EXHIBITOR2013

for wine

for my family

for brandon

for manicures

for spoonfuls of peanut butter

for insotonix

for mornings that start with holiday drinks

for my bomb.com coworkers and all the ridiculousness that happens here

for my fab apartment

for diet coke