Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Visa Interview!!

We started the Visa process last September. We filled out the information, we paid the money, we shipped off our relationship binder and waited. We thought the wait would be a few months but it only took a month to get the letter, the letter that said our case was moving forward!!

The next steps would happen in England. Tom went for his Medical appointment and then we waited for his interview appointment to be scheduled. Then we found out we missed a step and would have to send off some paperwork in order for Tom to get his interview appointment...So he did that and we waited and waited and waited annnnnnd waited....

Approximately 4 weeks after you fill out the paperwork you should get a letter from the Embassy with an interview date...4 weeks came and went, then 8 weeks, 12 weeks...no news.

We were freaking out. We called so many government phone numbers hoping someone could give us some info. There are SO many visa message boards and they were very helpful! We spoke to some helpful people but no one could tell us why it was taking so long.

I've followed along with some other couples cases and none of there's took this long. In fact a girl and her English Fiance filed for the visa after us and he's already moved to the USA...so something held ours up..not sure what it was but it was definitely something and it was driving us both a bit crazy!

Since we hadn't heard anything Tom decided to email the Embassy and ask about the status of the Interview Date. Well we heard back today and we have a date! An actual date!!! It seems all we needed to do was ask and poof we got a date!!



It feels like a weight has been lifted off us both. We thought for the longest time that we'd done something wrong and would have to start the process over again. But we don't, we got it, finally!!

Tom has his interview in London in two weeks!! Soon after that we can pick a date for him and his family to fly over for the wedding. We're thinking maybe mid to late June.

This is the best news. It's all finally happening. We've been waiting for this for so long!!

I took a trip back in time last week, by back in time I mean I clicked on one of my first blog posts...the one where i introduced Tom to all of you. How crazy is all of this. Two young kids meet online, fall in love, travel the world, get married. It's kind of a fairytale ;)

We are both so excited!! I can't wait to share everything that's coming in the next few weeks!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We're Engaged!!!

I got home last night after a wonderful, amazing, life changing week in Jamaica.
The trip itself was to celebrate Tom's Sister and new Brother in law, they got married last wednesday in a stunning wedding overlooking our incredible resort in Negril.


The wedding wasn't the only super romantic occasion that went down in Jamaica. I mean it's the perfect setting for a proposal as well. That's right, a proposal!! On Saturday night April 16th Tom decided to pop THE question!

I kind of thought it might happen while we were in Jamaica but I wasn't sure. Tom has been pretty secretive and mum on the whole thing...So I wasn't expecting it at all and it was incredible. 

He left the ring with his parents so apparently he had to do a little running around to get his hands on it. I was at his side most of the day so he struggled to get away from me long enough to grab it. After escaping me for about 10 minutes after dinner he finally got it. I however wasn't aware that he was going after the ring and was a teeny bit upset that he left me awkwardly standing by a staircase for so long. When he walked off it felt like he was gone for an eternity...we've been apart for 8 months...I was a little clingy...I'm not even sorry about it! ;)

I remember asking him what he was doing up there? Did he sit down and have dinner with his family without me? It was like 10 minutes, where were yoouuu??? As I was saying this he was walking me down to the beach where he whipped out a little box and said he was sorry but he was getting something important...then he said Will You Marry Me...and I jumped around and hugged him and kissed him and didn't say anything...and he asked well will you?? And I think i shouted yes ;) and i bounced around the beach for a few minutes after he slid the pretty ring on my finger.

My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. It was perfect, It was a surprise, it was a dream come true...


I called my mom and dad first and told them, then I was able to facetime my sister and brother in law, then I called my brother and my pawpaw, tish and my granny! I texted a few people then posted it all over social media!! I'm so happy that we're finally here, finishing up this long distance business!! 

Oh and the ring, she's a beauty!!!


The ring is beautiful, it fits me to a T! I love every part of it and i'm so excited to wear it forever!!!

So now we're officially engaged by cultural standards ;) We've been "engaged" for a while now. We knew we were getting married we knew Tom was moving to Texas...We just hadn't really had a good chance to do the whole ring thing! But now we have and it feels great! 

Now it's time to plan a wedding!!

So many wonderful things are happening right now and i know more exciting times are ahead!!! 

Eep! It's all happening!!

Now lets get this freaking visa finished up!! If anyone has a direct line to the interviewers office hand it over because this wait for an interview appointment has been the worst!!

Crossing our fingers it happens soon so we can get him over here!!! 

Now...which pizzeria is going to cater our wedding??? ;)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Promotion and a Visa Update

HEY! It's been a while ;)

It's about time for an update, it's past time actually...So little has happened in the past 4 months that there's not really been anything to update.

Tom still hasn't been contacted for an interview date...should we be concerned...maybe?? Our Visa Application period ended about a month ago. Tom looked into it and it looks like we're still ok he just has to submit an extra form at his interview. It is taking longer than we thought which has been good and bad. It's good because we didn't want Tom to have his interview during our trip to Jamaica. It's bad because we're tired of waiting...we've been apart for almost 8 months now... So hopefully we'll hear something soon about his interview and then we can really get things moving.

These kids need to be back together...it's time!!!!!!!!!


So something really exciting has happened and it's a big step in getting Tom over here. I've had my Part-Time job with the Container Store for almost 5 months now and It's been great. My job is basically in a call center doing customer service and design work. Well...that was my job!!!!! About a week ago my boss asked if i'd be interested in working with the B2B department, designing closets for other companies. At the beginning of the project my boss told me that they picked me for a reason and that this could lead to something else depending on how I did on the project. WELL...yesterday I found out that that they want me to move to the TCS Closet department, training will take place when I get back from Jamaica and the best part...IT'S FULL TIME!!!!! The best best part is I get to design closets all day everyday!! I'll mostly be working with the stores and organizers so the direct customer contact will probably come to a halt but I'm so excited to get to design pretty spaces like this all day long!!




So yea, looks like full time is happening in a matter of days and as soon as Tom gets this interview done we'll finally get to make plans to bring him over here!! 

Things are finally starting to align and we are so excited!! 

In other news...I SEE TOM NEXT WEEK...IN JAMAICA!!!!!!!! 
It's only for a week so it's bitter sweet but i don't even care, i get to see him, i'm so happy!! 
So I haven't posted much lately on here or instagram but there will probably be quite the spike in posts this time next week!

In other other news I got to see my absolute FAVORITE band in concert on Monday night. A few months ago I bought Mumford and Sons concert tickets for Tom and I because we thought he'd be here to go see them....Obviously that didn't happen so I got to take my wonderful cousin with me instead and it was THE BEST THING EVER! I have loved Mumford for years and to see them live in concert was so surreal. I had all the feels...I couldn't handle it...it was amazing!!!


That's all for now! Keep an eye out for a ton of pictures from Jamaica next week when Tomily will be reunited!!!! It's about time! Ahhh!!

Until next time ...

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Humble brag

Today I graduated from Elfa Closet Design School. Yes, that's a thing and I did indeed graduate from it. For the past month I've been designing closets at work but I've had to have someone look it over before I showed it to a customer. It's called second set of eyes, just to make sure I haven't made any mistakes. Well as of today I'm off the second set of eyes list, they trust my knowledge and skills and believe that I can design the perfect closet solution for people all over the country...and world. I did some spaces for  a couple in Guam a few weeks ago ;). 

I can't get over how far i've come in the last 8 weeks. First of all I went into this job with ZERO prior experience in the corporate world or sales or closet design. After a few weeks of training and lots of practice I feel like I really know what I'm doing and it's such a fun job. I always hear people talk about their jobs and their peers and their bosses and it's never really positive and it really freaked me out when I started looking for a job. I thought all offices were like that, where people are awful to each other. I thought that everyone hated their boss and that work was just going to be awful no matter where you ended up. But that's just not true, at all!! This company has changed my whole outlook on the corporate world and working in an office. I have the best team, they are seriously incredible, so kind, funny and passionate. I'm just feeling extra grateful to have been given a chance to work for this company. I mean I get to design pretty spaces all day, it's a dream. ;)


 I've already got my sights set on my next goal with the company, and that's built-ins!! ;)


Speaking of dreams...this closet is THE dream!!
I'm sold, if only my store discount went towards this baby!!

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In other news, Tom went to London yesterday and got his medical done! He spent the night in Westminster, had his early morning appointment and then hopped on the bus back home.
Now we just have to wait for his interview!!
We're both so happy things are finally starting to come together!
April can't get here soon enough, I can't wait to see him again
and not have to let him go this time! ;)

Hope you're all having a great week!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Visa chit chat

It's a well known fact that this little blog has suffered some over the last year. I was doing so well in blog land for around 2 years and then I guess the 3 year slump hit me, hit me real hard. So here I am, starting again, hoping I can do better this year. I'll be honest, blogging started to become a chore when I didn't have as many exciting things to discuss. So I kind of disappeared because I just didn't know where to take this space. But now it's 2016, a new year, a BIG year and I feel like I have some pretty big things to share with blog land. So let's hop to it!

I'll start with a little thing called a Fiancé Visa. So back in September, i think, Tom and I started a little journey. A journey I sort of talked about via this blog but I honestly didn't go into much detail. I had my reasons for holding back but now I feel like it's a good time to really share what's all been going on with the visa situation. I explained that a few visa options failed us so we swiftly moved onto the most basic visa for getting your significant other to America, The Fiancé Visa. If you've ever watched 90 day Fiancé on TLC then you'll know where I'm going with this. The Fiancé visa is used for couples who plan to marry within 90 days of the significant other arriving in the USA. That's where Tom comes in, he's the significant other, obviously. So once we'd locked down which visa we were going to go after we jumped on it as fast as we could. These visa's are not known for being quick when it comes to processing so we wanted to get started straight away. The first step was to fill out some forms, pay some money...around $400...and gather evidence of our relationship. It took me about a week to get everything pulled together. I put a nice binder together and mailed it off to the USCIS...super official government office somewhere that handles these cases.


Thankfully we had quite a lot of evidence supporting our relationship. This blog was a big chunk of that since I've basically blogged about our relationship from the beginning. We also used instagram posts, texts, emails, flight itineraries and more. I sent the binder off knowing that it would take a while before it was accepted. The timeline for this portion was well over 3 months...longer if it stayed in Texas. Luckily our case was transferred to California. California had a shorter wait time but we still thought it would take a few months to hear anything. One month after I sent the binder off
I got a letter in the mail from the USCIS. I wasn't expecting anything so soon so I was terrified I'd filled out a form wrong and I'd have to do it over again. But that was not the case, I opened the letter and it was a Notice of Action 2 document. This is the document we thought we'd be waiting months for. But instead it only took ONE MONTH!! How amazing is that!!! The NOA2 meant that the US government was happy with what I gave them so they would now send the case overseas to the American Embassy in London which is where Tom will go to have his interview when the time comes.

So let me break it down a little...what was meant to take 3-5 months only took 1. Our case began it's trek overseas in November and now we're at the stage where we're just waiting on Tom to get his medical done as well as the Interview. As soon as those things get done he will have his visa and be able to come over and we can get married and start this next phase of life. Crazy right?? 

It's possible that Tom will have the Visa locked down by February, but that doesn't mean that
Tom will be headed here straight after he get's the visa. There are a few things that have to happen before Tom comes over. I need to be working full time at my job (hopefully that happens soon..) I also need to get an apartment.. That's not all though..Tom's sister is getting married in Jamaica in April. Tom is only allowed to Enter the USA on his visa once. So we're going to wait until after the Jamaica wedding for him to fly over here. He'll probably fly straight over from Jamaica and from there we'll have our wedding and just go for it!!

On January 21st we will have been apart for 6 months. This is the longest that we've been apart and thinking about staying apart until April is so hard. We have around 3 more months to be apart before things really start rolling. I wish we didn't have to wait but we both know that we need to get some things pulled together before he gets here so I'll definitely use this time wisely. I mean there's a wedding to plan as well as an apartment to get and lots of other things. And I have around 3 months to do it all.

It's laughable but also very possible to get all of that done in such a short amount of time ;)

Ok that's all for now, hope everyone is having a wonderful new year!!
Can't wait to share all of the wonderful things to come.

Monday, December 7, 2015

My first BIG job & a new car!!

So by now you know that I started
working for The Container Store a few weeks ago.

If you didn't know...now you do ;)

So up until now the only jobs i've held have
been part time filler jobs.

I worked while i was in school at my
University as well as a local Bakery here in Fort Worth.
Both jobs were so fantastic for me at the time
and I'm so glad i had those opportunities.

I also nannied quite a bit over the last year and a half.

So I've held a few jobs here and there
over the past couple of years but none of my
past job experiences have been like my new job...

Which makes sense..I've had a pretty natural progression
to my first professional gig.

Granted I probably would have been in my professional job
sooner but I found love first...you know ;)

#noregrets 
#lovetrumpsjobs

Anyways...so here I am in my new job and
it's been so great!

I've made some great friends, I have the nicest co-workers ever
and my office building is pretty incredible if I do say so myself.

I could do without the rush-hour traffic but
that's unfortunately a part of life.

This week I'm in "Design School"
I'm learning the ins and outs of closet design.
Closet design as well as other types of designs,
office, craft room, pantry...all sorts of fun things.

I've never been that much of an organizer but
this job has really changed me for the better.
I'm now obsessed with all things organization.
It also helps that there is a pretty sweeeeeeet discount involved ;)

I also have some fun news other than the new job...
I got a new car!!!


This was my first grand purchase of my adult life.
I'm pretty proud of him and proud of myself for
getting him all by myself ;)

His name is Chuck, Chuck Boris Jr.

My old car was called Boris so we had to pay respect to him in the new car.

I'm so adult and so not adult all at the same time.

So new job, new car, working on a Visa for Tom
& looking at future new apartments!

Things are looking pretty great around here!!

We'll see how great I feel at the end of this week
after 40+ hours of design school training!! ;)

Hope you're all having a great week!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My new job

So tonight I drove home from my new job.
It was day 6 of training.

According to the world wide web
most jobs give about 8 hours or less of
training before releasing you to the actual job.

Well at The Container Store that is not the case.
In fact I've just finished up my 54th hour of training...
and I still have about 110 hours to go throughout my first year.
Oh yea, I got a job at The Container Store's corporate offices!
I was so so happy when hired, they are such a fabulous company to work for!

I know I said I'd like to nanny more and teach
but when opportunity calls you answer.
I answered!

Anyways back to training...
So after completing 50+ hours of training
my brain is mush, like the mushiest mush ever!
I'm exhausted because we've been working
9 or 10 hours most days and getting up and doing
it all over again the next day.

We've had SO MUCH information to digest
in the last week that it's just kind of overwhelming.
Not kind of, it just is!

While driving home tonight I called Tom to talk about my day.
We've not been able to skype since I've been working non stop.
We're having serious withdrawals.

So I called him and I broke down a bit, totally cried.
Mushy brain + so much info + my first time on the phones
and I got a nasty call straight away... = Tears!!!

Luckily we have great customers so most people
are so nice which is great but I did have one nasty caller
and I'm just not used to people talking to me like that.
I'm really nice and super emotional when people
aren't nice back...I need to get a backbone and
this job is going to help me get that.

The last day of training is tomorrow and
then I'll work for three weeks before I have another
week of training where I learn closet design.
Which is really exciting but it's just more info
So I need to find a way to open up my brain
for even more information!

Let me also say that I love how much training I'm getting!
I love working for a company that wants it's employees to be prepared.
I also just love working for this company in general.
I never wanted to work in a corporate setting because
I've just not been interested in that kind of atmosphere.
But The Container Store just has such a wonderful atmosphere
and so now I understand why people love working for them.

Have I mentioned I'm exhausted ;)

This is what happens when you start a big girl job after 
having around 2 years of a super relaxed nanny job.
I'm not used to the workload or the hours or any of it.
I'll get there though, I'm already starting to feel
more comfortable and confident with the job
so hopefully I'll keep feeling that way!

But for now I just need Thanksgiving to be here so I can 
unwind and eat my emotions!!

I'm pretty sure I've lost about 10 pounds over the last week
because I've forgotten to eat...so it's nice to know
I'll be gaining that all back plus some on Thursday!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!