Saturday, August 16, 2014

If you were wondering..

Arkansas has been soo good to us.
Tennessee and Mississippi have also been good to us.
We hit up three states over the weekend.
Tom is basically American now...or at least southern ;)

We've been having a blast
and eating way way way too much.

I'll post more of an update monday
with some great stories from this road trip.

But for now you can follow the fun on instagram.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Let's go on a date

Dates are high up there on my love it list.
I love going on dates with Tom.

I used to hate going on dates.
First dates/worst dates.

I once cried on the way to a date before I picked up the guy...
I was feeling so awkward about it that it literally gave me a pre date panic attack.

But now that i'm with Tom I love dates.
I love going to new places with him and having new experiences together.

When we're apart our dates are limited to skype.
When we're together the skies the limit.

Especially in Texas!
When we were in Liverpool we didn't get quite as many options
because Tom doesn't drive and we always used Public Transport.
PT limits you quite a bit unless you want to spend money on trains and planes...
Which we normally didn't.

But in Texas we've got more ground to cover, literally.
I have a car and can drive so we are all over the place.

Yesterday was a great date day.

We were thinking about going to Six Flags
but that didn't work out so we decided to check out what
the Fort Worth area had to offer.

We decided to go down to the Trinity River and go Kayaking.
If you live in the Fort Worth area and are needing date ideas you
should definitely jump on this one.

We show up at Panther Island and see the area where they rent out the boats.
Renting a Kayak, Canoe or Standing Paddle Board is so easy and inexpensive.

We got a Tandem Kayak for $15 for an hour.
An hour was long enough for us so it ended up being super affordable.

We had so much fun going down the river in the Kayak.
We even saw some turtles and a gator that turned out to be a log ;)

It's definitely something we'll go back and do again.

After the river we headed over to the StockYards.
We had some lunch and did a little souvenir shopping.

We ate at Risky's, the cheaper one ;)
It was so delicious, definitely a pit stop if you're ever in the area.

Tom loves Fried Catfish, and the StockYards doesn't disappoint!

Later in the evening we decided to have a simple picnic for dinner.
Tom bought me the prettiest blanket in the stockyards and I couldn't wait
to use it as a cozy picnic blanket.

We decided to order pizza and take it to the park and have a pizza picnic.
Or as I like to call it a Piznic.

Genius and delicious!!

We have a pretty large park and one of my favorite amenities that it offers
is the fully lit baseball field that is in use pretty much every night of the summer.

We put down our blanket and pizza and plates and drinks and
watched the game that was being played.

Tom wanted to go play with them so bad.
He said stuff like "I've never played baseball but I know I'd be so good at it." ;)

We really just had such a good day yesterday, and every day really :)

Dates don't have to be super expensive or crazy creative to be fun.
Just go down to the river or order a pizza and eat it at the park.

Dates are meant to be fun not money draining.

Hope this gave some of you a few new date ideas.
And if you're in the FW area I would hit up the Trinity River before
they close up shop for the fall and winter months :)

We are taking my little brother up to school today.
Tom get's to see Arkansas and Tennessee, two new states.
So if you need us, that's where we'll be.

ALSO I got a haircut the other day.
Chopped off 6 inches.
I was a bit terrified buuutttt.....

I looovvvvvveeeeeee it!!
Love, love, loovveee it!

My long hair was just getting a bit too long and stringy and gross.
Plus the hair lady told me how damaged it was and hair shamed me
the entire time she was cutting my hair...
Yes it was also very damaged..I get it!!
So chop chop went the hair and it's just so nice!

I hope you're all having a great day and an even better week.
I can't wait to update you all on our adventures in a few new states!!


Monday, August 11, 2014

One week of Texas

This time last week I was in Houston
eagerly awaiting the arrival of my main man.

Tom has now been in Texas for one week.
This actually brings his total time in Texas up to one month.
He's got a ways to go before he catches my 5 months in England ;)

We've been having such a great time, as usual.

Saturday night we went out with my sister and her husband
and we all went Rock Climbing.

Tom wasn't so sure about this because he doesn't mesh well with heights.
But he soared up those walls like a machine.

I mean I have little to no upper arm strength
and I wasn't using my legs like I was meant to 
so my time on the wall was short lived.

I mostly kept flinging myself off the wall when it got too hard
and as a result giving myself major wedgies.

But Tom was doing amazing considering his fear
and well it just made me so proud of him. :)

Then yesterday we went to Church where Tom was loved on by
numerous Church ladies who just love him so much.
It was reaalllyyy cute haha.

Last night we went to dinner at this place called Smash Burger.
I've only been there twice and it's so delicious.

It's like a simple burger place but I loved it and so did Tom.
They had a black bean avocado burger for him and his veggieness ;)

We were meant to be heading home after dinner but
I made a little looooop for Downtown Fort Worth.

Downtown Fort Worth has really grown so much in the past few years.

We strolled through the downtown scene and had some Jamba Juice
and saw a family of raccoons by the water gardens and then called it a night ;)

Our first week back together in Texas has been amazing.
We've already managed to do some much in a short amount
of time and we've got so much more to look forward to.

For example, this week we're driving up to Arkansas 
to drop my brother off at College.

We'll be in Arkansas for a few days but we'll
be doing a few little day trips as well.

Memphis is on this list as well as Heber Springs.
I'm also pretty excited to show Tom around my Alma Mater! :)

Today I think we'll keep things simple.
Tomorrow I'm thinking Six Flags...Maybe.

If you're not already following me on instagram and 
you want to be following me on instagram just go ahead and do it ;)

Instagram - emily_hopefulwandering is the name!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tomily Updates :) Week 1

Having Tom back in Texas and just back in general
has been so so so wonderful!!

I mean I obviously like/love the guy.
I don't hide the feels.
He's the best!!

So We've been busy ever since he got here
which is why it's been a little extra quiet around these parts.

On Tuesday we just decided to hang around the house.
We both needed a little R&R after the Houston trip.
Especially Tom, I mean he had a trip to Canada that we didn't foresee ;)

Tom LOVES the heat.
102 degrees doesn't scare him.
Which is good for him but bad for me.

Listen, A/C is a magical gift that should not be wasted.
While Tom thinks the sun and it's death rays are a magical gift..
So we've been going outside quite a lot, more than i'm used to.

But even though it's hotter than the sun outside
we've been having lots of fun.

We play Tennis, Basketball, soccer/football and we throw the frisbee around.
So we are being quite active which is a shocker to my lazy body.

Wednesday Tom went with me to a dentist appointment.
I was supposed to get a cap for my root canal area but it wasn't ready
and blah blah...I was just happy Tom was there...
I think all of the sweet women who work in the office
were also happy that Tom was there ;)

They know all about him.
I swear, that dentist office is worse than a ladies salon!! :)

After the Dentist and a Target run (obvi)
we went and played some miniature golf.
We capped the day off with a trip to Rosa's.
This was Toms first Rosa's experience and it's
pretty easy to say he loved it!!

The burrito folding concentration is no joke people!! ;)

On Thursday we went to Hurricane Harbor
which is our Six Flags water park in Arlington.

We got there as soon as it opened and we stayed till it closed.
We both got some sun and had a blast!!

I love water parks, i think they're so fun, especially in this heat.

I however am not so fond of those slide rides.
I will ride any roller coaster you want me to get on
but these slides just look straight up dangerous.

We rode almost all of them but you know, i was silently terrified..
Actually no, I wasn't silent, I let the people know how scared 
I was with my screams of pure terror..Ha!

It was so much fun though.
We even saw an identical couple.
The guy had Tom's shorts on and
the girl had my Target Romper.

They looked nice.
They could have been long lost couple friends. 
Oh well..

Ok and finally I have to tell you a funny story from last night.
We went to play Tennis last night around 9:30pm.

We get there and we're just rallying until Tom
starts jumping around randomly with a disgusted look on his face.

I was confused at what he was so visibly upset by so I 
jog over to him to see what's the matter.

Tom starts pointing all over the court and say's
something like "THEY'RE EVERYWHERE!!!!!"
So I look around and I see a few crickets and grasshoppers.

Tom has never encountered this species of bug ;)
And they jumped up and hit him in the leg and flew
at his face one too many times and Tom just cracked.

I mean I went in for a hug to try and calm him
and he jumped away from me telling me that we can't
stand still or they will jump on us, moving around is key!!

At this point i was laughing so hard
because Tom was just jumping and bouncing all over the court
trying to avoid any type of conflict with these bugs.

We decided to end the game early to leave
and Tom ran over to me, asked for my keys and
then straight up abandoned me and went to the car ;)

He now thinks i'm crazy that i'm terrified of spiders
but not terrified of the "Disgusting jumping bugs."

So night tennis may be put on hold for a little while ;)

We're really having such an amazing time.
I'm so happy he's here and he's so happy he's here.
I love how we just pick up where we left off.
He's just the greatest and I can't wait to see what
the next couple of weeks have to offer! :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oh hey, Tom is here!!!

Monday emotions before/during/after picking up tom!!

Starting at 9am


(This is when my flight tracker APP told me he had landed in Houston)
a little sleepy
Oh is that him?? No

where is he?
Hmmm shouldn't he be here by now??
Oh is that him...nope..

Ok something is wrong
this is so weird...
Wait her flight landed at 2??
Toms flight landed before hers, why is she already out??

Does ANYONE work here??
Anyone at all?? HELLOO?????
Where are the information desk people??
My BF is being held hostage behind your gate!
Don't cry Emily, keep it together!!!
I haven't eaten all day...
*Hands start shaking*
*lips start quivering*
Tears almost escape my eyes...

Me "Oh hello do you work here?"
Man "No"
Me "Oh well do you know anyone who works here?"
Man "No, i'm sorry, what's going on maybe i can help?"
Me "Ok my boyfriend landed like 100 hours ago and
he's not out yet and i'm just freaking out a little/a lot"
Man "What airline is he on?"
Me "KLM"
Man "Oh it was diverted to Canada for some reason,
but it landed here about an hour ago so he should be out soon"

Tom finally emerges from the other side!!
I then let him explain what happened.

A man on his flight had a heart attack mid flight :(
They used a defibrillator on him and had to land in Canada
so they could get him some much needed help!
We don't know how he's doing but we hope that he's doing much better! :)

What you need to learn from my experience
is that you should not rely on apps...instead look
at the airport screens with flight info on them.

Had I done that I would have actually sat down
rather than stand on my tiptoes for 4 hours looking through
the sliding doors to see if it was Tom coming or not ;)

So the end to this story is that Tom is here!!!
He's been here for a full day and we've just had a blast!
I'm so happy we're back on the same continent ;)

We also got to see some really good friends of mine from College while we were in Houston.
I was able to stay with them overnight so I could be well rested to see Tom ;)

It was all a bit dramatic picking Tom up but after I collected him all was good :)
I'm so happy he's here, i'll be a smiling fool for the next 6 weeks ;)

Hope you're all having a great week!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The British are coming (Again)

My title really should say...


Tomorrow I'll be heading down to Houston to
retrieve someone very special..and something very special!! :)

Tom will be here Monday afternoon
and i'm just so excited!!!

He's also carting around precious cargo
that is my British sour cherries...It's a sweet
and i'm having serious withdrawals!!

If you want to follow me on instagram
that will probably be the best way to 
keep up with the happenings of tomily
for a few days until I can get it up on the blog ;)

emily_hopefulwandering = Instagram


I'm so so soooo ready!!!

There won't be any Galavanting off in Scotland or Italy
but we will do some adventuring in Galveston which Tom
calls the Venice of Texas ;)

So it's basically going to be a blast!
girly siiiiiggghhhh

:) :) :) :) :)

Be sure to keep up with us on Instagram!!
Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Adventure awaits

Tom will be here in Texas on Monday!!
I feel like i'm holding my breath waiting for him to get here.
I love and miss him and I'm so ready for our next adventure.

It's probably my favorite word.
There's so many things that go through
my head when I think of adventure.

I think of Tom.
He's been such an adventure.
Over the past (almost) two years
I've been on so many adventures with him.

Some of those adventures were when we actually traveled.
Travel adventures are theeeee best!!
Seeing knew places, it's my favorite thing!!

Other adventures were just learning about each other.
Falling for someone is a serious adventure.
A wonderful, magical adventure.

So with Tom in Texas on the horizon
I can't help but think of all of the adventures
that are to come over the next month and a half.

I've actually been thinking of some adventures
that will be happening next year.

About a year ago Tom and I talked about this year
and how we wanted to be able to somehow, someway spend
the entire year together.

Well we did pretty good, 
we are going to have six and a half months
under our belts for this year.

So why not aim higher for next year??
Well I can tell you that we are definitely aiming higher.

I went out with some friends from high school the other day
and we were all able to catch up and it was just the greatest!!
I love friends that stick with you through the years, they're the best!!

Anyways one of my good friends Mariah was telling
me that she really wants to go to Australia.

Weird, so do we!!
Like we really want to go!!

This blog post is coming full circle..

This whole Australia thing has been on my mind non stop lately.

I just think it's such a great opportunity.
I don't like letting opportunity go to waste.

So if money is there and Tom is on board
I say we go to Australia, or NZ.
Final destination hasn't been decided. Ha!

Plus knowing that a friend of mine from
way way back might also be over there
is more than enough for me to be on board!!

I mean does anyone else want in on this
because it would be crazy cool to have
a group going over.

Like a traveling community of people ;)
Would that be weird??? Maybe...
I think I'm trying to make myself a gypsy.
I need to take a little step back. haha

Hope everyone is having a great week!!