On to 2013

2012 was a pretty good year for me. I made a choice to return to school for a final time and delay having children. It was not an easy choice, as I have wanted children since I married my husband 3.5 years ago. BUUUUUUT this was something I had wanted to do for a few years and I figured it was now or never. I applied and was admitted in May 2012. I began in July with one class and took 7 hours in the fall. I will enter as full-time status this spring semester, quit my full-time job in June and graduate in December. I know that the year will fly by and I will enjoy my learning and training. I will miss my current job. I work at an amazing center with even more amazing people but I know I would regret it if I didn’t make this move.

Other highlights in 2012:
• Experienced my first bout of panic while on top of a mountain. Skiing is NOT my friend!!
• Grew in my relationship with my husband. We are stronger than we have ever been. We celebrated our 3rd Wedding Anniversary 🙂
• Got a new car. 2009 Honda Accord with heated seats. Woohoo! My school is 1 hour and 20 minutes away from my home so I will travel in comfort for my last year of school.
• Turned 27 years old. When I turned 25, it was difficult for me but since then I have embraced each year (that may change when I reach 30 haha) by appreciating that I am blessed enough to have the opportunity to get another year older.

Quick shot with good friends on NYE!

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Goals for 2013:
• Most importantly continue to grow in my relationship with my husband. He is the center of my life and provides strength and balance.
• Complete my Ed.S. in School Psychology
• Focus on gardening and enjoying my home
• Keep an open mind and have some new experiences
• Stay healthy and happy!
• Grow in my relationship with God. Start going to church again.

Until later,
Alexis

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Love Story 1.2

I left off at the late night encounter in late June 2005…

I was enjoying the summer night with my friends. We were sitting in the kitchen and this handsome man walked through and said the most ridiculous pick-up line I have ever heard. “I don’t think I like you. You’re mean.” If you know me, you know that I’m extremely friendly and unless you really tick me off, I’m not a mean person. I thought, “Well geez weirdo. Whatever.” I went along with my evening and didn’t think twice about this comment.

I then went outside to enjoy the amazing summer night and BAM, there was the handsome man sitting on the porch swing. I figured, what the hell, I’ll go see what’s wrong with him. It was clear that the comment was his sophisticated way of gaining my attention and it worked. As I mentioned in the previous post, he is a fairly reserved person and picking up chicks wasn’t really his speciality.

We spent the night talking. The home we were at happened to be his that he shared with 4 other guys. We went up to his room and he played a little guitar for me. He told me his stage name is Rusty Mac and I didn’t buy it for a second. We talked about our interests (he made fun of me for liking NASCAR) and flirted into the “wee hours of the morning.” (Those are his words) It was finally time to go home and we exchanged numbers. Oh yeah, we also had our first kiss. He was sitting on the porch and I was standing below. He says he kissed me first but I maintain he was too shy and I initiated. This was almost 8 years ago and since we re-create a majority of memories, who knows. I just know we kissed and that was the beginning.

Now if I’m being completely honest, I was 19 years old and fresh out of a relationship. I wasn’t interested in beginning a new one right at the time. It was summer for goodness sakes!!! I was enjoying being a young lady 🙂

This was on a Saturday and on the next Wednesday, I got a phone call from a number I thought was an ex-boyfriend’s. I answered and it didn’t sound like the ex. I said, “Is this Bryan?” and my husband said his heart sank. He clarified that no it was in fact not Bryan. I was distracted and the conversation was quick. I think we made plans to meet up the next weekend. (He was doing an internship 4 hours away and drove up every weekend that summer in his truck that got 12 miles to the gallon.)

I did in fact meet up with him that next weekend. We spent the 4th of July together until he had to leave to return for his internship. This was when we officially started our relationship and although we have had some challenging times (to say the least), I haven’t looked back.

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To be continued!

Love Story 1.1

I absolutely love reading stories of how couples came together. If I’ve been to your blog and you have your story posted, I’ve read it and probably enjoyed it.

Now my story with my husband isn’t the most interesting. We are both pretty ordinary people but I love our story. We officially met the summer of 2005, June to be exact. I guess I should back up and explain the other unofficial encounters.

Febuary 2005 – I went to the home of some of my high school classmates. We went to college in a small-ish town and my friends were friends with his friends. The party was in full swing. I was refraining from drinking, as I had to drive home. I started playing pool with this handsome man. I can’t play pool to save my life, so I was making up rules as I went to ensure I had my fair share of playing time. This handsome man was a good sport and allowed these “rules”. I remember thinking I was interested in this man and was putting myself out there but he was reserved and did not appear interested. I was a freshman in college so this was not heartbreaking to me but obviously he made an impression as a few years into our relationship, I remembered this encounter and we confirmed that was the first time we met. He said I was a “floozy” and I noted that I would later ask a friend about him and that was that.

Early June 2005 – I was out with friends at an adult establishment. Again many of our friends knew each other. (We are both from small towns that are 10 minutes away from each other.) My friend Lensi had a conversation with a handsome man. It was short and sweet and I minded my own business. Had a good time and went home.

Later June 2005 – I won tickets to a concert and did not return until after midnight. Being the frisky chick I am, I wasn’t ready to go home so I went to a house party with my friends.

This is where the story really begins….

Recommitting

I started this blog close to a year ago and obviously did not follow through with it. For some reason, lately I’ve been thinking about getting it started… for real this time. I was lucky enough to take two weeks off work and have some me time. It’s been amazing but further convinces me that I was meant to be out in the world staying busy. Despite this, there have been times in my life I have glorified my busyness and as a reach the end of my 20’s, I feel the need to focus on fulfilling my obligations and roles but also taking the time to enjoy the here and now and appreciate what I have. I work a full-time job in the mental health field. I am also a full-time graduate student studying school psychology. I am VERY MUCH looking forward to working in the schools and helping children achieve to the best of their abilities.

Other things to know about me:

• I have been married for 3 1/2 years, together for 7 1/2 years. We married on our 4 year anniversary, July 4, 2009. We live with our two dogs, Rosco and Lola, and one cat, Trixie, on a farm.

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• I have a 6-year-old sister, Payton. She is kind of my mini me. So much fun and I love seeing her grow. I also have a 24-year-old brother, Allen, who is studying film at the University of Kansas. I’m excited to see what the future holds for him.

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• My parents divorced when I was 10 years old. My mother lives in Alabama and my father lives 30 minutes away.

• I have the best in-laws you could ask for. No kidding.

• I have been in school for every year of my 20’s. I’m pretty serious that when I graduate in December 2013, that will mark the end of my formal education and I will not return to the university setting as a student. All of my college education was at Pittsburg State University. I love it and would not have changed my education for anything.

• I know NOTHING about… I don’t even know what to call it but I use a template blog format for a reason. I would LOVE to learn more and have a bit more fancy blog in the future.

• I have a Canon T3i that I don’t use nearly enough. My husband was amazing enough to oblige my request for the camera for Christmas in 2011. This is another thing I want to commit to. I do not wish to be a photographer by any means but I would like to know how to properly use my camera.

Until later,
Alexis