Posted in Adventure, Travel

The Honeymoon

Hello Everyone!

The honeymoon that Mike and I went on was not a traditional “go to Hawaii for two weeks” honeymoon.

I don’t know if there is anyone else like me, but when I go on vacation I sort of like to lay around recuperating from the stresses of everyday life. As you can imagine Mike is the exact opposite. While he loves an adventure packed full of excitement, I love to sleep in a little and casually enjoy the rest of the day. Our honeymoon turned out to be a mixture of both.

First of all, it was more of a road-trip from our wedding venue in New Mexico to the house that Mike had rented for us in Montana.

For some reason we thought that driving across the country in five days would be a relaxing and reasonable goal.

I’m sure you can imagine what our car looked like. It was packed to the brim with wedding gifts, luggage and everything I owned because we decided not to move in together until after the wedding.

Each day was like a completely separate mini-vacation. We would get up at 5am to drink coffee and get ready for a day of tourism and maniac driving because we seemed to be almost lost nearly all the time with GPS yelling directions at us at every stop sign and light.

To Mike, this was the perfect vacation. To me it was a fun but exhausting experience. Because we were constantly on the move, I had to take an additional small stay-cation when we arrived in Montana so I could recover from the wedding and the honeymoon. Getting to sleep in until 8am for one day was the most relaxing part of the honeymoon.

All in all we did end up seeing some really neat things. We spent the night at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in New Mexico before driving to Colorado where we went to a hot-spring. Mike and I also decided to stop at the last minute in Wyoming to see some of Yellowstone National Park.

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Posted in Adventure, Weddings

The Wedding

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I met my husband in my second year of college. I was 19 years old and we both were taking the same history class. He proposed about a year and a half later and we got married on the 3rd anniversary of our 1st date.

Since we were pretty broke from graduating college, we decided to save some money by planning the wedding ourselves. When I plan things, I don’t usually tend to have a lot of structure. Usually I pick an idea and stick to it until I get bored. Then I forget about it and move on to something else. This is exactly how planning our wedding went.

To get some inspiration, Mike and I went on Pinterest. We both ended up going down a wedding planning rabbit hole which resulted in way too many possible ideas. For example, we decided the venue would probably be outside, in a church, on the beach, or in a barn. Maybe even all four places at once. Because we couldn’t decide on anything from Pinterest, we scrapped the idea and moved on to using a wedding planning app.

Having an app to help us plan the wedding saved me! The one we used had all the wedding checklists needed. It even had a countdown to the day of our wedding so I knew exactly how much time we had left to procrastinate before I needed to start panicking that nothing was getting done.

Somehow, we managed to stay on top of the wedding planning process, but the week of before our wedding the inevitable happened. Everything started to go wrong at once and getting married turned into a character building experience.

Things started to go wrong when the out of town guests didn’t arrive on time. Things went down hill from there when I had a breakdown the night before the wedding because nothing was going according to the plan. Things continued to get worse when Mike, the best man, a bridesmaid, and my makeup artist got food poisoning the morning of the wedding. Despite all of this, Mike and I ended up having an amazing wedding!

As in all stories, there is a moral here. First, it is incredibly stressful to plan a wedding. I would recommend to anyone who is getting married to hire a wedding planner so you and your groom can enjoy your wedding without worrying about making sure everything goes off without a hitch. Second, it is a good idea to be able to go with the flow because even with a perfect plan sometimes things go awry.

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Posted in Adventure, Moving, Travel

Character Building Experiences

Hello everyone!

This is my very first blog. If anyone has any comments, please feel free to say hi!

I would like to give an example definition of the term “character building experience”. In only a few short months as a newlywed, I have had many different character building experiences. This is the story of one of my very first experiences.

In the picture above is the very first house that my husband and I lived in together as a married couple. Just so you have a little background information, I was raised in a home with very traditional values. Because of this, my husband and I didn’t live together before we got married. Instead he moved to Montana after college for a job opportunity and got a house. I finished my degree, then we got married and I moved in.

Since I had not seen the house before I arrived, I thought we would be living in an apartment. Perhaps this thought was brought on by a sense of false newlywed optimism. Anyway, you can imagine my surprise when Mike drove up after the honeymoon, parked the car and cheerfully said “Honey! We’re home!”

Once I got over the shock of the outside appearance, I found that I was able to enjoy living in it. It’s in a pretty great neighborhood where everyone is friendly and welcoming. Plus there are two bedrooms, and a pretty decent sized living room.

One night after we had settled in a little, Mike and I were watching the news. There was a pretty big winter storm warning and I jokingly told my dear husband that since we lived underground we probably had the safest house in the whole town. The next day as I helped Mike shovel his way out of the house to the car I thought to myself if this had been a tornado, we would have been totally safe.

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