Thursday, January 27, 2011
As for the cars, for those of you who haven't heard, Ben totaled his truck on the highway :( Yet another car going down for us. So we were down to just the car for a few days and then we got the jeep back for a few minutes before something went wrong with it. So back in again it went. I need to take some pics of the jeep (new, with all the shiny chrome) and Ben's truck (which is parked at his parents, so haven't done it yet) and then I will post some pics and talk about those two in more detail.
Other news, a diamond fell out of my engagement ring! One of the corners. Don't know what happened, at least its not the big one haha. So I am without my big rock for a few weeks sadly. I wanted to get it redipped anyways but couldn't part with it, so at least now I am killing two birds with one stone. So for now I am just wearing the wedding band which feels really weird and naked. I like having something noticeable that said "Hey, I'm Married!". Guess it will come back all shiny and new looking again. Hope its soon!
I will post pics soon! I'm off to bootcamp for now!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Ben and I have had a really rough start to this new year, so I think its time to change that. After all the car issues this past week I have been dealing with insurance and bills and all that good stuff. Not. But everything is getting settled and we are slowly climbing out of our rough patch. It's a new week, a new day and I really like that I can now say "I got married last year!" It feels like it has been a year for sure already. We are coming up on 4 months and I couldn't be happier even with all the rough spots. I couldn't do it with out him. My steady rock.
Hope you join us on our new journey and follow our story of our first year of marriage and many more memories!
As I was writing this blog, this song happened to come on and I teared up a little bit as I was writing about how hard its been lately and how much I love Ben and the constant love and rock he is in my life. The song fits perfectly.
I am just changing the lyrics from they're to "he" :)
Currently Listening to:
Craig Campbell: Family Man
There's dirty shirts to wash, Dishes in the sink to do
And there's how many times, Does 17 go into 52
There's bedtime prayers to pray, Sleep tights and I love you's
And then there's his blue eyes, I get to lose myself into
What keeps me keeping the faith, What makes me believe I can
He's a world my world revolves around
My sacred piece of solid ground
The flesh and bone that gives me strength to stand
He's a fire in my driving on
The drive behind my coming home
The living, breathing, reason that I am
Sunday, January 16, 2011
So today, after we already had car trouble this week, I rear ended someone today. I am totally fine, it was literally like a really slow (I was going like 10mph at the most) bumper hit. I just hit the slushy snow (since we have been getting loads of it) and just kept sliding even when I had it in 4 wheel. It was so slow motion and I barely felt the bump, my seat belt didn't even lock up thats how slow it was. But with our luck this week I just happened to hit a Ford 250 super duty, city department works plow truck. I happened to slowy hit him right in the hitch on the back and place it into my grill in the exact spot my radiator sits and well he broke and bled all over. Instantly there was red fluid pouring out of my jeep. The driver hops out and looks at it and says "wow you can't drive that". I'm like what? It looks totally fine to me, the bumpers not bent or cracked, the grills not broken, its just leaking. So I call Ben immediately, of course and I'm like "Hey this guy says the radiators cracked and its leaking... I can still drive home right? Everything else looks fine!" He answers with "Um, NO... I'm on my way." Oh crap, I think. That's not good, Ben says I can't drive it, he sounds like its bad :(
So yeah it is bad, I guess a broken radiator is like $500+ wow. Not we needed and I can't drive my jeep till its fixed. We had to have it towed, so now it is sitting in the driveway all lonely until we figure out on Monday where it goes to get fixed and how much thats gonna cost us. Not good news.
So anyways as I mentioned we have been getting lots and lots of snow... which caused me to slide. So I figured I would share some pictures of how deep our snow is here and how much Reggie loves playing in the snow and share a pic of the jeep as well.
If you can see the bush in the background is almost buried and the snow is like half way up our tree!
So as I was saying we hit a little rough patch and Ben and I have both been stressed out a little bit. So we went out in the morning and I came back and there was this sign left on our front door. Just hanging there by the little twine holder. A hand painted note (I say a little reminder from God) just when we needed it. Who knew we were being stressed. No one but our families. There was no note left with it, nothing, just the sign. It was just an answer to prayer to remind us that God is in control and he has a plan for everything. I keep going back over and over this week thinking about that sign and our secret messenger. Thank You for lifting our spirits.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Onto our rough patch as I was saying, so on Monday Ben said his car was acting funny with the lights blinking on and off and acting crazy so he took my jeep to school. Then on Tuesday after he got back from school and took his car in and it was the alternator. Which needed replaced. So that was some money. We were already pretty tight since we got back and bills piled up and just some other unexpected issues so it just made this week a little worse.
I know everyone goes through rough patches, especially newlyweds, its hard adjusting and emergencies happen. And it could be a lot worse then just a little tight and stressful.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
We then went back and hung out at the Lucaya Beach Resort by the pools. It was the only day it was actually warm enough to lay out, so we got pink but it faded by the next day and by the time we got back we weren't even tan! We also went to the markets there and bought a lot of souvenirs and that was a cool experience too.
The next morning we were back in port and headed off the ship at 8 a.m.. We then started our trek back home, making a few really neat stops at towns we love along the way.
St. Augustine- beautiful, historic beach town
Savannah, GA - historic, southern charm town
Then arrived back home on Wednesday the 5th. We had a long weekend a head of us!
Bahamas pictures are posted on facebook too!!
By the time we arrived in Florida, Ben refused to have his picture taken at anymore state lines! Surprise, surprise haha. Apparently crossing into new states is not that exciting. So we arrive in Orlando sometime Monday the 29th in the afternoon. We went and took my parents to their resort and checked in and unpacked, then we went to get them groceries and we all went out to dinner. Then Ben and I headed over to Disney just for the evening. Of course we went to Magic Kingdom, if it is anyones first time you must start there. There is something so magical about walking through the gates into the park at night when all the lights are on and its just a different world. The castle was absolutely stunning with all the icicle lights all over it. I have never been to Disney around Christmas and I must tell everyone to go because the castle itself is just breathtaking but all the trees and garlands are beautiful! So Ben got a short tour of Magic Kingdom and we went on some rides and then watched the fireworks over the castle. Which he loved, anyone who knows Ben, knows he loves fireworks! And well Disney never fails to impress. We ended up seeing fireworks every day we were there at every park! It was so awesome!
The next day we got up and went and hung around at our resort for awhile, we stayed at Pop Century, one of Disney's value resorts. It was still quite cold so we bundled up in long sleeves and sweatshirts and headed out to Animal Kingdom. I feel like there was soooo much we didn't do there and I would love to see the Lion King show and Finding Nemo shows someday, so we will have to go back. We waited forever in line for the Safari, which was really cool, it just seemed like a long wait for like a ten minute ride. But it was really cool being out in the open with the animals roaming around you. We saw lions, antelope, giraffe, lots of other deer like animals, rhino, hmm and some other things. Then we went to Mt. Everest but the line was really long, so we got some food since we were starving and omg this food was AMAZING! If anyone goes to animal kingdom you must eat at Yak & Yeti. Maybe it was because we were both super cold and this was hot food but this chinese was so so so good. It was our favorite meal the whole time we were at Disney. We finally got on Mt. Everest and it was awesome. I mean really really awesome. You must ride it at night though it is so much scarier and holy cow I screamed my head off. Scary roller coaster for sure. We rode it twice, it was sweet. Our favorite ride at Disney too!
Wednesday we went to Hollywood Studios and we did a lot there. Tower of terror, Aerosmith roller coaster, stunt show, Indiana Jones show, backlot tour and lots more. Our definite favorite was the Toy Story 4-D ride. Ben had so much fun shooting the gun and he would not stop popping it, constantly. haha. But he killed me both times, it was a really really awesome game/ride though. Better than the Toy Story ride at Magic Kingdom. Also another highlight of the night was Mickey's Fantasmic! Show. It was so awesome, a mixture of water, lights, lasers and fireworks show over a lake. Really the coolest show we saw. I took some pics but they didn't turn out, but the video of it is awesome. We were so lucky cuz we ran in the theater at the last minute and it was jam packed except for the very outside, but we walked up to the middle aisle and the usher said if there's only two of us she can make room. So we sat front and center only a couple rows up. It was totally worth it and really really awesome. Definitely a highlight of the whole trip.
Thursday was Epcot, Soaring was so fun and amazing. How you can literally smell the oranges, the pine trees and the saltwater. It was a really cool ride taking you on a journey like your hang gliding over the United States. I really enjoyed The Land and learning about all the research Disney is doing and that most of the food they serve all over Disney is actually grown there in their own greenhouses! Those were really awesome and so was the Aquarium at Finding Nemo. We found this like really late in the night and I wish we knew earlier, we could of stayed there all day watching everything and we both wanted to see the Turtle Crush show. Knowing me I could of just sat and watched dolphins all day. Their so addicting. Ben loved the sea turtle of course :) There was so much we didn't get to there either like the test track and mission space and a few of the countries we didn't make it to either. We didn't have the best view of the water/fireworks show there either. Definitely need to remember to get a better seat next time.
Friday was back to Magic Kingdom for New Years Eve. We didn't go till late and then we went back to our resort for awhile too. It was definitely very packed. A very busy day for Disney for sure. We managed to get in the rest of the rides we hadn't got to do on Monday. I loved being there on New Years Eve. At about 10:00 p.m. the atmosphere just totally changed and everyone was happy and excited and we weren't tired and we got free hats and the kazoo blowers and it was just really cool. The fireworks were so amazing, it was like 360 degrees. Everywhere you looked they were around you, the side, the back, the front and of course over the castle. A really, really unique experience and it was awesome being there. The park was open until 2am so we stayed around for awhile and did some more rides.
Thats it for our stay at Disney. Ben had an awesome first experience, I think, and we will definitely be going again. It was the first time I had actually stayed at Disney and it was a good choice to have your meals included and not having to worry about parking and you can take time out to go back to your hotel and relax for a little bit. We never had any meal that was bad, every time we ate different things and tried new things and everything was really really good. Ben was happy that he got unlimited pop and coffee too!
Definitely will have many more Disney stories from us!
As for pictures there is a ton posted on facebook of our whole trip!