8.17.2014

home

In less than a week, I'll be headed back to Phoenix after three amazing months here in Montana with my man. Everyone is asking me if I'm excited to come home. Sure, I'm excited to get back and see my friends and finish my last semester of school, but I don't feel like I'm coming home.

When I graduated high school, I left home to go to college. Even when I was in school a few hours away, I always considered Phoenix to be home. If I was going up for a weekend, I was going home. If I was coming to visit DJ, I was going on vacation. If I was headed back to Tucson, I was going to school. But I have to say, my idea of home has changed.

I no longer consider Phoenix home. At least not right now. Once DJ is out of the military and we move back to Phoenix, it will be our home. But for now, I'm finding that I consider Montana to be home. Maybe not Montana necessarily, but DJ is home to me. We've moved into this little house together and little by little it began to feel more like a home. We're making memories here, we're going to start our life together here. It wont be our forever home, but for now it is.

As my trip comes to an end, I keep finding myself thinking about the next four months. I'll be at school, with my friends, and back at work. But I'm leaving my heart in Montana and I can't help but feel like I'm going to miss this home. I already know that as soon as I land in Phoenix I'll start the countdown until DJ comes to Phoenix for leave and then we can go home together.

I'm finding that home has such a different meaning to me nowadays. I'm finding that, as cheesy as it sounds, home really is wherever he is. We're so excited to move back to Phoenix together, to our forever home, and start our lives there. But for now, I'm so excited to come back here in four short months and experience my new life living with the man of my dreams in Montana. I really love it here, and this home will always have a special place in my heart.

Where do you consider home?
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8.16.2014

what we've been up to (again)

I know that all of my posts lately have been about what we've been up to, so sorry. But I'm not that sorry. Right now I'm taking a break from most things blog-related, but I still want to use this space as a way to document the things we're doing because I know I'll love looking back on these posts and reliving these memories.

DJ had to work on my birthday (boo) but I'm thankful for Jordyn being there to spend time with me. If you guys haven't checked out her blog, you need to. She's such a sweet girl with a big heart and she's so much fun! And she has the cutest little family, so go say hi! Anyway, Jordyn took me downtown for my birthday and it was so fun! DJ and I have driven downtown and gone to our favorite coffee shop down there, but that's it. Jordyn showed me so many cute shops and I even got some cute stuff for our in-progress gallery wall! We also found a Before I Die wall which I love. My art class at UofA last year built one on campus, and they're all over the world, so I was very excited to find one in Great Falls!
I'm obsessed with this antique store find. It's an old oven door that is now a chalkboard and it fits perfectly on a wall in our dining area!

The other day DJ and I went to Ryan Dam. We've seen the dam in the middle of Great Falls, but we didn't know that there was another one just outside of the city. I really wish we had found it sooner because wow, it was beautiful! When you get there you cross a bridge. Its just hanging over the water and can only hold 6 people at a time. It was swaying everywhere and was so sketchy and I thought I might die, but I loved it. It was such a cool spot to just take in the beauty of the river.
Once we got on the little island, there was a little park. I can't wait to go back for a picnic someday soon! Then you walked up some stairs to the viewing area for the dam. It was breathtaking!
We're good at taking selfies.

Yesterday we decided to go to the lake. We saw that there were some thunderstorm warnings, but we're smarter than all of those weather apps so we went anyway. On the way there I even said, "Well at least it doesn't look like it's going to storm!" We packed lunches and our inner tubes and headed to the lake with the hopes of floating around in the water and getting our tan on. As soon as we got there, we knew that wasn't going to happen. It was so cold outside and the water was freezing. There was thunder and lightning all around us. But all we could do was laugh. Things didn't go the way we planned, but we made the best of it and honestly, I think we had more fun than we would've if it was the perfect sunny day we imagined. We ended up just having a picnic by the lake and heading home. It was truly a beautiful day though, and I love that when things don't go as planned we can just go with it and make the best of it. He's such a good sport and I know that he would do anything to make me happy and I just feel so blessed and so lucky. It was a perfect day with the perfect man and I can't wait until we can start our lives together in just a few months!!
Oh, and on the way home our inner tubes almost flew out of the truck so I had to get out on the side of the highway in the rain and 20 mph winds to deflate them and get them back in the truck. So basically it was a fun day and I'm sad I didn't get a picture of that part.

So, that's what we've been up to! I leave a week from today and I'm sad about it. But this is our last goodbye and I keep telling myself that! Four months from now I will get to see his smiling face at the airport and know that we'll never have to spend months apart ever again! I can't wait for him to see me graduate and I can't wait to spend the holidays with our families together!
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8.08.2014

its finally here!

Hi! Look who decided to show up! Yep, me. Fun things have been going on around here as always. But this week is special! Tomorrow is my birthday! That's right, I'm officially in my twenties, guys. Which sounds weird because almost all of my friends are already at least 20 and I feel like I'm a lot older than that. But yolo. I'm not the only one with a birthday around here...my blog turns ONE YEAR on Monday! It's so crazy to me that I've been blogging for a year. I never thought that I would've stuck to it this long. Sure, it's been on the back burner lately, but I'm still here! So anyway, happy birthday to this little blog of mine! I don't have anything special planned around here for the bday, but I wanted to share what we've been up to!

DJ and I went golfing. Yes, golfing. Well we went to the driving range, and we both expected me to suck. DJ has been before a few times, but I've never hit a golf ball in my life. (Mini golf doesn't count) Well, it turns out I'm pretty good so you can look for me at the next Phoenix Open. Also, DJ got a Tiger Woods golf game for the Xbox and its so funny because he gets so mad at it. Like 1. its golf and 2. its a game. He's cute
That same break we finally headed to the lake we've been wanting to check out. The day didn't go exactly as planned, but once we got there it was so fun. We wanted to rent some inner tubes to bring out there but all of the rentals were taken. So we ended up buying our own but I love them because they hook together. So, you know, I can just kick back while he does all the work and gets us where we need to be. The weather was perfect and the water was so nice! Oh, and I got tan.
Oh, I also got to skype with my two favorite ladies Kailey and Carissa which was so fun. I miss them.
They're cute.

D and I went to a friends house for a BBQ and that was so fun too. It's crazy because one of his good friends at work is married, and his wife and I have become friends! Ok so for the crazy part..she has a blog too! You should go say hi because she's the best.

YOU GUYS. As I was just typing up this post the doorbell rang.
DJ can't be here for my birthday because he has to work. So he sent me flowers. Ugh I love him.

Anyway, we've just been relaxing and celebrating around here. We made chocolate covered strawberries, had pie for breakfast, got a fire pit for smores, and went out to dinner. It was such a good birthday week. I'm so glad I got to spend it with him. It's so crazy to me that I leave here in two weeks. This summer flew by SO fast. I cannot wait to head back in December and start our life together. And get a puppy. :)

The best part is now I can start the countdown until my 21st, right?
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