Married on December 29, 2012.. we run in the new year on our honeymoon in Charleston, South Carolina. It is a beautiful, Southern city that we loved exploring.
I will never forget how good it felt for us to arrive to our home together for the first time. I still can't get over how crazy it is that we share a monogram. Love you, towels!
Something we didn't love was when Ben had to spend two weeks back in College Station, finishing his coursework before starting student teaching. Even though he came home on the weekend in between.. we hated this.. especially so early into marriage! These big smiles were celebrating him coming home after finishing!
Meanwhile... I was trying to figure out how to make a house look good with minimal furniture and miniature money. This random photo was to commemorate hanging curtains (I think?) and it's hilarious how different our house looks now. Notice a few empty frames in the background!
With both of us beginning student teaching just a few days after we got back from our honeymoon.. our nights were often spent with movies on the couch and cups of soup. Looking back, we were constantly so exhausted. During this season, we often crawled in bed sometime between 8:30 and 9!
... Matilda loved it!
We took our first trip back to College Station together, for Ben to run his first half marathon with his old roommate and bestie, Collin.
We loved reuniting with friends and celebrating the race! They crossed the finish line after around an hour and forty five minutes.. and were a lot closer to the front of the pack than we anticipated!
During our Spring Break, I was headed to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to attend Making Things Happen. This photo of my travel supplies makes me remember how nervous I was.. for no good reason at all. Reflecting on this trip truly brings tears to my eyes... it was so clearly God's will for me to go and learn from so many amazing ladies and make such sweet friends.
While I was gone, Ben focused on building some raised beds in my mom's backyard!
Photo courtesy of Makenzie Kern
Making Things Happen was such an encouragement, and exactly what I needed to finish up the final few weeks of student teaching.
I don't know if it was how much MTH pruned my heart or just how much I love Ben and our home, but arriving home was SO STINKING SWEET!
We also hosted a couples shower, for our friends Aaron and Sarita (read about their wedding here). March was a full month!
I finished student teaching and basically loved life!
This month we visited food trucks, golfed, watched the entire series of Downton Abbey (Ben's first ever tv show to follow!) attended Aggie Muster, and had lots of friends over! We also started walking through Financial Peace University.. that triggered a huge change in our lives!
We started the month with our graduation from Texas A&M University. Reaching this milestone was such a celebration!
I also got to have a girls day with my bestie and MOH Lucy, before she moved to Maryland!
I completed my first ever sewing project.. curtains for our living room!
I went with some dear friends to the TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT!!! Such a blast and I would continue seeing her in concert again and again until I'm 80.
I also painted our bedroom from gray to beige.. which you can read about here. :)
We went on family vacation to California. We visited Hollywood, Beverly Hills, a beautiful vineyard, Ben surfed, and I tried In and Out Burger for the first time. (Ps I LOVE it!)
Woah. You're probably sick of hearing about us forever more after that hefty post. Yikes! :) Happy Monday, y'all!