A belated life update …

Where to start …

Its been about 11 months since I last posted here.

Lots of life changes in the last 11 months. Lots …

I had intentions of posting a mid-year update a few months back, but life got in the way of doing so. In fact, it has taken me several days to get this post written and prepped to share. So here’s a month by month summary of what I’ve been up to …

L-R: Balloons at ABQ Balloon Fiesta, ABQ from 10k+ feet up, Milky Way from the Marfa Lights Viewing Center

October 2016 …

Traveled to New Mexico and southwestern Texas with my brother for a week (ABQ, White Sands, Guadalupe Mountains NP, the Davis Mountains, the Marfa Lights Viewing Center, and Balmorhea State Park were a few of our major stops). Started talking to and went out on a few dates with this really cute guy …

Putt Putt date, a hike around a local lake

November 2016 …

Busy with work. Went out on more dates with this really cute guy. Ate way too much pizza. Thanksgiving — spent most of my long weekend off work with the parentals and brother.

My travel themed holiday decor, Downtown Square lit up at night, one of many Pie Dates at Oxbow Pies in Palestine, me and one of my favorite little people!

December 2016 …

Tried to get healthy again — fyi, December is not the month to cut out the good stuff, it is a major pain explaining to everyone that, no, you don’t want a particular item. Even more dates with the really cute guy – who was one of two supportive people during the few weeks leading up to Christmas (he tried to eat healthy with me — for the most part). By the second week of the month, he was spending most evenings at my place for dinner and tv/movie binge watching before heading to his place for the night. He introduced me to a work acquaintance as his girlfriend for the first time the second week of December. He met my parents for the first time the third week. Spent Christmas apart —  he went home to his parents, me to mine. Then I spent a few days in Little Rock with the BFF and her family. Returned home to spend New Year’s weekend in DFW with the really cute guy.

NYE in Downtown Dallas – the first photo of me and the mister, the mister on his first visit to Arkansas, me in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, seeing Pat Green at Billy Bob’s 

January 2017 …

Finally shared a photo of the two of us on IG/FB on New Year’s Day. Met his middle brother and sister in law. First full weekend we made a day trip to Little Rock for the BFF’s daughter’s first birthday party (nothing like 12+ hours in a car in one day to test a relationship, we survived). Following weekend (MLK weekend) we went to Beavers Bend area in Oklahoma. Next weekend we went to Fort Worth to see a concert in the FW Stockyards, then I met his parents the next day. Dad ended up in the hospital that same weekend.

Me with the Dallas Cowboys mascot at Walmart, river view from Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas, the mister on a lunch date

February 2017 …

We decided to move in together (things were very serious by then). President’s Day weekend trip to Little Rock (to see the BFF) and Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. Turned in my keys to my place at month’s end.

Trotting along in a local 5k (not my photo), Tulips from Pilot Point, me and a Don’s Bug Barn VW Bus at the Dallas Arboretum during Dallas Blooms

March 2017 …

Finished a 5k the first Saturday of the month, then drove three hours to a Dutch family owned tulip place north of DFW. Spent a weekend later in the month in DFW visiting the Bush Library and the Dallas Arboretum, met up with his family that weekend (including his youngest brother). Got sick, he took (very good) care of me.

Sundance Square alleyway, I said YES!, the mister at Heritage Creamery in Waco, a magnolia bloom at Magnolia Silos in Waco

April 2017 …

Split Easter weekend between our families. He proposed – I said YES! Weekend trip to Waco. Received 10 year service award at work.

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Bricktown at night in OKC

May 2017 …

Began wedding planning. Split Mother’s Day weekend between our families. Engagement portraits. Spent Memorial Day weekend in OKC with a day trip to Pawhuska to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile + the Drummond Ranch.

Me and the mister – a cellphone snap by the engagement photographer at the end of the session, one of many pie dates at Oxbow

June 2017 …

The Mister’s birthday. Introduced our parents to each other. Trip planning for our upcoming big trip. Started house shopping. Wedding planning throughout the month.

Met one of the Navajo Codetalkers in ABQ, Taos Pueblo, Balloon above Pagosa Springs, Colorado

July 2017 …

10 day trip to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado (we survived without a single fight!). Met his aunt and uncle while in ABQ. Gave serious thought to eloping atop a mountain while in Colorado. Celebrated his youngest brother’s birthday with his family. Work got crazy. More house shopping. Put an offer in on a house after a week of debate — long story short, the sellers wouldn’t budge enough to get below our (self imposed) max limit. Indulged in froyo to console not getting the house. House shopped some more, found another one that we loved enough that we decided to put an offer in while standing in the front yard before we left. Seller countered a few days later and we accepted — we kinda got a house! Celebrated dad’s birthday. More wedding planning. Gave notice to the apartment complex.

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in Alto, Texas (an impromptu daytrip), house shopping research, me working on refinishing a dresser to put the mister’s fishtank on

August 2017 …

House passed inspection and we proceeded with the house buying process. More wedding planning. My birthday. Added another project to my already too long list. Work became crazier (no end in sight still).

We bought a house!

September 2017 (so far) …

House closing. Moving. Painting a couple rooms in the new house.

What’s to come in the next few months …

Finishing wedding planning

The wedding

Mini honeymoon — we’ll take a much bigger “honeymoon” trip next year

House projects (aside from painting)

Family birthdays and the holidays

Begin planning next year’s vacation/honeymoon

I’d like to say I’m back, but life is so busy right now that I’m hoping that I can resume blogging regularly sometime early next year. This blog will still remain a travel blog, and hopefully, the Mister will be making some appearances on here and/or helping me with behind the scenes stuff. While we have some home improvement projects — nothing super major, we lucked into a great house that we’re making minor cosmetic changes + a few additional things to come (mainly adding extra electrical outlets inside and out in places we realize they’re necessary, redesigning the patio area for now), I don’t know that I’ll blog about that here. I might share them on IG …

Meanwhile, to answer what seems to be the popular questions I’m getting IRL and through FB: No, we’re not moving that fast. Yes, I’m excited about it all, but stop asking me already (and so often). Asking me makes me think about all the to-do’s on my multiple lists plus all my work stuff going on and then I start stressing. Then I want froyo. And because I have a dress to fit into that I don’t want to pay to alter since it fit perfectly off the rack, I’m trying really hard to avoid anything that’s not a real food item to start with (which means no froyo, other sweets, or processed carbs). No, I’m not pregnant. Yes, we want kids, no they won’t be the first thing we’ll start on after the wedding (besides the fact I have PCOS and that may cause some issues).

Happy Fall Y’all (or Spring for those in the southern hemisphere)!

  • Olya @ The Siberian American - September 11, 2017 - 2:38 pm

    Lady, I’m SO excited for you! Congrats on all the exciting things that have happened over the last year. Also, I don’t think you’re going too fast (and how rude that people have said that to you!). I’m a big believer in when you know, you know. 🙂ReplyCancel

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