Hi. I’m the WORST blogger ever!

Hey y’all.  Sooo….sorry I suck at keeping you updated on my life (I know y’all have been dying to see what I’ve been up to since January).  The last time I posted, B wasn’t even back from his deployment yet!  Well, he made it home safe and sound, it was so amazing to actually be there for the homecoming instead of in another state!  The next few months was mostly filled with working, relaxing, and hanging out with friends.  Then….

I GOT ENGAGED!   EEEEEEK!  Brandon proposed to me on my birthday (April 12)!  I will save the giant long story, but the basic gist of it was that he had been kind of sneaky the week or so before my birthday so I was thinking he was planning some kind of birthday surprise.  We were supposed to do something for my birthday that Saturday because he was supposed to work Friday night, the actual night of my birthday.  So he ended up not having to work that night, so we went out for a nice dinner in the town next to Clovis.  He was still being super sneaky and texting throughout dinner (which we never do).  So after dinner, he was still being sketchy and drove me around to “kill time” (which I later found out).  Finally, we made it back to the house, where I walked in and found rose petals and candles EVERYWHERE in the living room.  My jaw dropped and I turned around and B was on his knee and proposed.  Our roommate at the time (who was the person he was texting all night) was there and got it all on camera 🙂  Ok, sorry that was kind of a long story, but yay to us!  We have planned our wedding for November in Ohio.  Which brings me to our next big news….

{no, we aren’t pregnant, don’t even go there! LOL}

Early May, we found out that we have military orders to Mildenhall, England!  We always kind of knew this was a possibility with the job he does in the Air Force, but we were thinking we’d be in New Mexico for at least another year or two.  Originally, his no-later-than date for England was May 30th.  Yes, 2013.  So we were beyond excited but also beyond stunned that we had less than a month to get prepared to move overseas!  May was pretty much spent freaking out and packing, haha.  Oh, and getting married!  We had to do a courthouse marriage so that I could be put on the orders to make sure I could join him in England.  On May 10, during my lunch period, we headed “downtown” and got hitched.  It was nothing crazy, but our friend Courtney was there and took some pictures.  So we are offisshhhhh!  But the wedding is still on in November, what’s a wedding without a party?!?!  School ended May 23, which was definitely bittersweet.  While I wasn’t the biggest fan of teaching ninth grade students, I will miss the school atmosphere and the wonderful people I worked with.  While I was finishing up school, B was trying to get his paperwork and stuff done to move.  Well, if anyone knows the military, it’s not always the most efficient and organized thing in the world.  Our paperwork got screwed up several times, so B didn’t actually get to England until mid-July.  June was another month of craziness, getting paperwork finished, packing stuff, etc.  I also joined my sis and some friends for our annual CMAfest weekend in Nashville.  My friend Samantha and I drove {16 hours, bleh!} from Clovis to Tennessee for the weekend.  Because we decided that we were only going to bring one dog with us, so we have re-homed two of our dogs to one of Brandon’s friends and my sister, so we took Roxie to my sis that weekend.  Our pups are very happy in their new homes, and we are forever grateful, because just our one dog is costing us an arm and leg to get to England!  Anyway, CMAfest was absolutely fabulous as usual, and not nearly as sweltering hot as usual, which was perfect!  

At the end of June, I headed “home” to Ohio (which is where I currently still am).  My sister threw me a fantastic, beautiful, fun bridal shower June 30.  Two of my Atlanta ladies came up for the long weekend and we had a TON of fun reuniting!  I was able to catch up with lots of family and family friends, so that was awesome!  {Not to mention I got lots of great gifts!}  The following weekend was another exciting weekend of being reunited with some of my favorite people!  One of my college roommates was getting married July 6, so I had quite the Fourth Of July weekend.  Wednesday I went up to Lake Erie to stay with my parents at their cottage.  Got in some wave-running and boat time, then headed to Akron for the wedding weekend on Thursday.  Almost all of my college roommates were there the whole weekend, which was amazing!  We got to do lots of catching up, and I got to meet the cutest lil man (my roommate Jacquelyn’s 9-month-old).  Rebecca’s wedding was perfect and beautiful and so much fun!  

The rest of July was mostly filled with wedding planning and preparations, trips up to the Lake with my parents, and getting back into a workout routine.  This past weekend was my bachelorette weekend, once again planned by my sister.  She is the BEST!  Friday night we did dinner with some of my cousins who I don’t get to see nearly enough.  Then we headed out on the town for a bit.  Quite a few of my college friends came in town again for the party, which was super exciting.  Because we are all over the map, we rarely get to actually see each other!  Saturday my sis and I watched a few of the softball games for the firefighters tournament my dad was running and playing in.  Then the big party started 🙂 🙂  My sis did an awesome job planning–we had lots of fun games, great drinks and snacks, a delicious dinner, and a hell of a night out in the Arena District!!  Like I said, my college friends were there, and one of my Atlanta friends actually came and surprised me!  It was more than I could EVER ask for and I am SO thankful for everyone and everything!

Whew. So while I feel like I have been “living” with my parents forever, the 6 weeks actually flew by and I am finally coming up on my departure date!  I have a few last minute things to do early this week, then my dad and I head to New Jersey Wednesday, which is where I will be leaving from.  Thursday I have to drop my car off at the port to get shipped to England, then get to the airport a few hours early to get my pup all ready to fly.  My dad and I both leave around the same time Thursday evening, so I am seeing some airport drinks in our future!  I leave 6:10pm Thursday, and get into London Heathrow around 6:45am Friday (7.5 hour flight, plus a 5 hour time difference).  I am hoping to sleep for most of the flight to get on a somewhat normal schedule once I get there.  Nyjah (our pup) will be on the same flight as me, but once we get in, it could take up to 4 hours to get paperwork and such checked and processed, so Friday will probably be a loooong day.  I *CANNOT* wait to be with B again, and to start an exciting new adventure!  

Hope this post wasn’t too ridiculously long for y’all!  Wish me luck hopping across the pond! 🙂  I plan on updating much more once I am over there, especially since I will be so far from all of my friends and family!

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