Monday, January 31, 2011

Spring, where are you?

My little weather buddy on my desktop says it is 32 degrees outside. It is currently raining. This means, rain will freeze. Additionally, the entire midwest is expecting a "Colossal" winter storm over the next couple days.

Now, riddle me this: How can it be 32 degrees today with expected bad weather conidtions when it was a BEAUTIFUL 62 degrees on Saturday; a meer two days ago?

Well, we took advantage of the warm weather as much as we could by going hiking and exploring areas of the Ozarks that Adam probably thought never existed!

Dillards Mill

Enjoying the beautiful weather!
 The beautiful weather made us start discussing summer plans that consist of float trips, outdoor concerts, and possible vacations!

Please come soon, Spring!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Exploring St. Louis

Last Saturday morning we randomly decided to get out of the house for the day. Since St. Louis is conveniently close, we took a little day trip to the city and asked my 12 year old sister to tag along!

My sister-In all her sass and glory!

The day started off with a stop at Imo's Pizza-A St. Louis staple and then we headed off to the city museum. Adam was a little apprehensive since it was crawling with kids and he thought that he was too old and too big to appreciate the wonders of the museum! He was wrong!

Cammie and I having a little fun!

With all of the cold, nasty weather we have been getting, it was nice to get out for a little bit and experience something new! We literally could have spent hours in that place (10 story slide, caves, tunnels, aquarium) but eventually needed to leave! We hope to go back in the Spring or Summer when we can experiences the outside and rooftop areas of the museum!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So when are you guys having kids?

I feel as though from the time we got back from our Honeymoon until now, that question has been asked AT LEAST twice a month. It was much more frequent when we first got married and has slowed down significantly. Here are the following reasons why that question bothers me so:
1.       Why do people automatically assume that since you are married, you are going to have children? What if we didn’t want kids? Does that make us bad people? Now, my husband and I do want to have children, but not for a long time!
2.       What if we are unable to have kids? I am pretty sure that is no one’s business besides my own, my husband’s, and our family. How awful would you feel if you asked someone when they were going to have children, and the reason they currently don’t isn’t because they don’t WANT to, but they can’t. Since we aren’t ready for children, I don’t know if this would happen to us and, obviously, I hope it doesn’t; but I know that I would be extremely upset if that were the reason we didn’t have children thus far.
3.       IT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. The people who REALLY know us, know what we are planning on. If you don’t already know, don’t ask! And it really is the people who don't know us well, who ask the most!
 So here it is, my husband is going back to school. We want to wait until he is done with school before we have kids, we understand that probably won't be for at least three years and we are fine with that. We also want to own a house before we have kids. We also want to get some of our student loan debt paid down before we have kids. Catch my drift? There are just certain things we want to do and that we want out of life before we have children.
Now, obviously, if I happen to get pregnant before-hand, we will welcome a child with open arms and be thrilled!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Can I just get a break?

I guess you could describe the purpose of this blog is to not only share my experiences with others, but to keep a log for my sake. I think (at least hope) I will always remember major events (vacations, holidays, weddings, etc.) however, I also want to remember smaller events that, when they happen, they made me laugh, smile, provoked some thought, and, maybe, even shed a tear. While bigger events are exciting, I think it is the smaller ones that what make life interesting and worth living.
As many of you know, I already have one blog going to track my running progress. As I started writing in it, I discovered that I wanted to share more than just my running adventures. This too sparked my desire to start a more personal blog.
So a little background about me: I am recently married (hence the title!), living in my hometown (some days I love it, some days, I don’t), working at a job that isn’t quite ideal (welcome to about 90% of mid-twenty year-olds), and my husband is going back to school.
My family means more to me than anything else which is why I am content with our living situation the majority of the time. There are a variety of reasons why we moved here after we got married. After an exhausting job search, I finally landed something at the local university, my husband is going back to school for engineering and there really isn’t a better school to study engineering than where we currently are living.
This past year has definitely had its ups and downs. Between unstable work between my husband and I and unconventional living situations, we are definitely ready for some stability and for some positive movement within our relationship. While we are excited to see what the future holds, I think we are also unsure of it as well, just from our track record! And, in true accordance with the rest of our relationship, there may be something coming up that will rock the boat.
You know how I mentioned my working situation isn’t ideal? Well, I just got back from an interview for a job that would be completely ideal for what I want to do. The catch: The school does not have any type engineering, the town is incredibly small (this wouldn’t be an issue but my husband will want a job), and it is nine hours from my family. The distance won’t be a major factor in the decision (if I am offered the job) but it is definitely on my mind. If this opportunity presented itself back in June when we really didn’t know where we were going to live and I didn’t have a job; then I think the decision would much easier to make. If I wasn’t married, it would be an obvious choice. Making tough decisions like this are what makes being a grown up incredibly difficult. L
So here I am, navigating the first year of marriage and I am excited to share with you, the experiences that I think make marriage fun and exciting!