Thursday, February 12, 2015

Where have I been?

Hello little blog.

I haven't even tried to blog since Tom got back into town.
What can I say, we've been busy doing nothing and it's been so amazing!!

I'm still a part time nanny so when I'm at work
Tom is at home hanging out with Winston.

They go for walks and watch netflix
and basically live the dreeaam ;)

Also...look at Winsty!! Ha!


When I'm off work Tom and I try to go out and do
some cheap/free stuff to keep us busy.

We play a lot of tennis, we're getting pretty good too.


We have also started running, not for fun but you know, for hot bods.
If we want to pay to have fun we like to go bowling.
Our bowling alley has a special on where you can bowl
for 2 hours for $8.95 per person.
It's a steal and it's so much fun!


We are trying our best to save money
so most of our dinners are at home.

We go out once or twice a week max.

It's nice though because we get the chance to
do some cooking at home which is always nice.

I love learning new recipes and it's fun
cooking with Tom because he likes to be right
in there with me so it's something we can do together.

After dinner we usually head upstairs
for our nightly netflix party featuring
Parks and Recreation.

We started watching it the second day Tom was here
and we're now on season 5. Ha!
It's so hilarious, Ron and April are my faves!!

It's then around 10:30 that I start
falling asleep on the couch because i'm
such a lame-oh-lady.

So that's basically what's been happening here lately.

It's been nice to take a little blog break,
I've even been slacking over on instagram which
has been equally as nice.

We are seriously enjoying this downtime right now
but there will be more exciting things to come in the near future
like a spring break trip around Texas!! ;)

OH and I've got three sales on Jane.com coming up
over the next three weeks!!!

These pencils will be on Jane at the end of this month.


I hope you're all having a great February.
I say that in case I'm MIA for the next too weeks ;)

Oh and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!
Yay for lovin the peoples you love 365 days a year ;)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tom is here!!

Tom is here, he's actually been here...for a few days now!
So I thought it was time I properly announced his arrival ;)

He got here Thursday afternoon.
I'm happy to say that the airport was boring,
nothing crazy happened at all!

Tom got through customs like a champ.
That visa line is much shorter than the other lines.

After we had our little airport moment
we headed back home to drop off his bags
and give each other Christmas presents.

I got him a watch and a few silly things
like socks and a t-shirt with a cat face on 
a burrito with 'Purrrito' written underneath. ;)

Tom got me an amazing leather bound journal
with the quote 'not all who wander are lost'!
He even got my name put on it!! :)

He also brought me my cherries.
They're my favorite candy in the whole
wide world and they only have them in the UK!

Then I got some goodies from his parents his
sister, brother in law and niece. 
It was so nice, felt just like Christmas morning!!

Our first outing was that night,
we went to ihop..because it's comfort food to the max
and their chocolate milk is like...exceptional.

Tom is settling in like a pro!
I mean he's been here before so it's not
all that crazy.

He's even becoming fast friends with
our little pup Winston! :)



We're so happy to be back together
and for six whole months!!

It's really, really, really great!

:) :)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Goodwill lamps DIY

I'm a bit of a DIY addict.
I think it's good though becuase it means
I don't pay full price for stuff.

Saving money is the name of the game.

Actually DIY'ing can sometimes be more
expensive than just buying new.

If that's the case I think you're doing it wrong ;)

This DIY project definitely saved me money.

I have been looking for some bed side table lamps
for about a month or so.

I've been stalking goodwills and thrift shops
hoping that a pair will pop out at me.

Last week I was in a goodwill and I 
stumbled upon these pretties.


They were in need of some serious TLC.
I know they don't match but I like their differences.
I also think they look very good together.

While at goodwill I also found a few trinkets
that I wanted to paint up and put next to the lamps.


I decided to spray paint the lamps gray.
They look brand new now that they've been painted all pretty!


Buying lamps from goodwill is great
but I'm a little grossed out when it comes to the shade.
I don't know why but buying a used shade just freaks me out.
So I stopped by target and bought white round shades.
The shades ended up costing the most but
I'm glad i decided to get new ones.

I'm so happy with how these lamps turned out!



The little elephant turned out SO cute!!!


 That vase ^^^ is beyond gorgeous!!
One of my favorite finds ever!!!

I'm so glad I gave these lamps new life.
They are just the perfect addition to my space!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tom is coming in 6 DAYS!!!!!!!!!

Oh snap!

It's been close to decade since my last post.

So let's catch up a bit.

Literally nothing has happened.

Just kidding, actually i'm not kidding, at all.

It's been a real snooze fest around these parts,
hence the no blogging. ;)

The excitement is on it's way though,
in the form of my 6foot4inch British boyfriend!!

Tom will be here in 6 days!!!!
Yes, this time next week he will be here.

&&& He's staying until JU-FREAKING-LY!!!
I'm so so so so so excited for him to get here!

He's a little hesitant about the flight though.
Our flight home from the dominican
free fell while taking off and we've both
been a bit anxious about flying ever since.


Do you have any trusty ways to stay calm
and relaxed on a flight?

Please share your ideas in the comment section
so I can pass them along to Tom ;)

It's been four months since we've last seen each other.

I've been asked a couple of times if
I get nervous every time I see him after
a long time apart.

Truth is, I don't get nervous.
If anything I've just got a butterfly problem.
They are going crazy because I'm just
so ready to have him back!!

You know what's weird?
We've been together two years +
but we've only met up 4 times.

I'm not counting all of the days we're spending together.
I'm just counting the actual times we've met up.

I can remember them all very well!!

The first time was when we were meeting
face to face for the very first time!!
I almost fainted.

I was so nervous!
But things obviously worked out and
it turned out to be an amazing three weeks!


The second time was way easier.
I met him at Manchester Airport.
I've never been to MAN before
so when I got out and got my bag
I looked all over for him and didn't see him.
Thought he forgot about me ;)
I just needed to go through some doors and
there he was waiting for me!!

We had an amazing time during our short week together.


The third time was back in Manchester again.
This time I was going to be staying for five months.

I felt really nervous this time,
not because of Tom but because of Customs.
Asking a country to let you stay with them
for five months without a visa is a little crazy.
But it worked ;)

5 months later I looked back at an amazing trip!


This last time Tom came to Texas.
 I picked him up at the Houston airport.
Usually he fly's into Dallas but the ticket
was cheaper going to Houston!

This pickup was terrible.
Tom's flight got sent to Canada
because of a sick passenger.
So his flight landed 4 hours after
it was meant to land and I was 
a mess because I thought it had already
landed and he was being detained or something.

He wasn't, he got here safe and sound
and we had a blast spending a month and a half together.


Let's hope this time is a bit easier
with the flights ;)

Oh and please share your ideas about
how to stay relaxed on a long plane journey!!

6 days people, 6 days!!!!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Let's chat about two thousand fifteeeeen

Hello 2015!!

We're 3 days in and this year seems
pretty normal so far.

I've got major sniffles though which is no bueno
but I'm hearing that loads of people have the same sniffs
so i'm thinking something is going around and
hopefully it's gone soon because it's lame!

Tom is going to be here in 20 days!!
20 DAAAYYYYS Y'ALL!!!


We're so pumped!

I can't believe he will be here till JULY!!
It's going to be so weird to unpack his stuff and
leave it unpacked and not have to worry
about him leaving to go back to England.

Texas and Tom will be one for 6 months.

Ah it's so exciting!!

We've already got lots planned.
For expample we're hitting up the
good old Grand Canyon while he's here.

There's a star gazing party in June which
is kind of when we're looking at going because......I mean.....


Yes!!!!

We were also gifted Six Flags Over Texas / Hurricane Harbor 
season passes for christmas so we'll be at those places..a lot!!!

Free fun is even funner than payed for fun, ya know what I'm sayin?
Unlimited coasters and water parkage is going to be awesome!!
PLUS we got the parking passes TOO!!!!
We're basically just paying for gas to get there..
and the occasional funnel cake...
(Probably more than just occasional)

Annnd No I won't be riding this death trap...

                         

We are also planning lots of fun Texas road trips.
I need to take Tom to Austin, San Antonio, the Hill Country
and down to the gulf to see Galveston and Corpus!!!

There's so much to see in Texas and I can't wait to show Tom.


It's going to be so great to have Tom here for so long.
You might not be thinking as far as July and August but we
are already planning what our next step will be.

First half of the year in Texas.
Second half of the year in England.
Next year...big plans, big big plans ;)

I hope you are all enjoying the first week of 2015!!

:)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HAPPY (almost) NEW YEAR!!!


Happy New Years Eve!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time with
family and friends and I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year!

I've decided that I have a love/hate relationship with blogging.
I love to blog most of the time but sometimes it seems like a big chore.
It's complicated and I know my fellow bloggers feel me!

But then the end of the year rolls around and I'm
so so thankful for this space and for the memories i've
been able to store up in such a unique way.

It sure does make my end of the year post easier.

I like to go back in time and grab 12 pictures that
fit the 12 months gone by.

Here they are from left to right.


January - I had just moved over to Liverpool, everything was new
and exciting and a bit terrifying at times, but it has proved to be
one of the best decisions I have ever made. The image is of Tom and myself
in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our first UK trip together.

February - In February we went to London. I had already been to London
but Tom had not been so it was a really fun trip. We went to museums as
you can see in the picture, we saw STOMP, we ate really yummy food and
we just lived it up. February was a gem!

March - I remember March because it was the month I settled in.
I was no longer nervous where I was, I felt at home.
The picture is of Tom, myself and Holly, Tom's sister, at Blackpools amusement park.

April - April was very somber. It's the month my grandfather passed away.
It was extremely hard to be away from family during that time but
I remember getting so much love from Tom and his family that
It made being away a little easier. I did get to lay in bed and listen
to his funeral via facetime thanks to my sister. I wish it had never
happened, I wish he was still here but I know he is much much
happier now and he's smiling down on all of us.

May - In May Tom and I went on a little trip to Italy.
We stayed in Florence and took a day trip to Cinque Terre.
It was so magical, I absolutely loved it and can't wait to go back one day.
May is also the month I was detained at the airport when I was trying to get
back into the UK after our Italy trip...good times.

June - June was Tom's 24th Birthday!! I surprised him with
donuts for breakfast and a fun day together. I also left
England in June and came back to Texas. My trip was over 
but there was still a lot to look forward to.

July - July was emotional because I missed Tom so much.
When I get emotional I redecorate, hence the bedroom picture.

August - August was a GREAT month because Tom was back in Texas.
He spent a month in Texas and we spent two weeks in the Dominican.
I love when Tom is here and the weather is good and we just
get to go outside and play tennis and have picnics and just have fun together.

September - We spent the first week and a half of September in the DR.
We stayed at a resort in Puerto Plata with Tom's whole family.
This trip had been in the works for over a year. We first heard about it
when Tom and I were in a Denny's in the Mojave Dessert last summer.
So when the time finally came to go it was so exciting!!!
We had an absolute blast...don't let that picture fool you though...
Coconut water is gross!

October - In October we put our plans into actions and
Tom applied for a B-2 visa so that he could come to Texas
for 6 months. He had to go to London to interview for the visa
and it was really crazy and stressful because they don't
just hand these visa's out. But Tom got one and he's coming
to Texas in 3 WEEKS!!!!!

November - In November Tom and I celebrated our Two Year Anniversary.
We celebrated from afar via skype but it was still so special.
We always reminisce on how we got where we are and it just
reminds us that even though it's hard being apart
we have done so well making long distance work for us!
I can't wait till next year when we get to be together on our Anniversary!!

December - In December Tom and I adopted a dog together.
Tom wasn't physically here but I did it for the both of us.
Little Winston has been an amazing little pup and
he's already part of the family!!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who's followed
our story over the past two years.

I can't wait to start blogging more about 
our plans for this next year.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Eve
and I hope your New Year is full of happiness and love!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

We got a dog!!!!

So over the past two weeks or so I've been perusing
the web like a crazy lady for a little pupster.

This all started when Tom thought I was getting
him a puppy for Christmas...

Tom has unfulfilled puppy for Christmas wishes ;)

I wasn't getting him a puppy, I was actually going to get him a turtle.

Tom has ALWAYS wanted a turtle.
So I was going to get one for him...

Well the turtle plan was squished the instant
I thought about actually getting a dog.

Then I went online and started looking
for pups that needed adopting.

Seeing all of those sweet sweeeeeet faces
just confirmed that this was indeed happening.

So I'm allergic to sheddy dogs so
I was looking at a small group of breeds
that were light to no shedding pups.

Which FIRST of all led me to George.
I'm going to tell you a little about George just
in case there is someone out there that could
adopt this little bundle of love!!!

George was born paralyzed so he can't
use his back two legs.

He has a little doggy wheel chair
that helps him get around.

Even though he's paralyzed his little tail
still wags when he see's you because he's happy.

It's a doggy miracle!!

Just look at him!!!




I.CANT.EVEN!!!

We fell IN LOVE with George.
& I cried when I found out we couldn't get him.

He's in Arizona and it's just too far
for us to travel to get him.

And as much as I lovveeee him
I don't think we're equipped to handle
this beautiful pup and his specialness.

If you live in Arizona and you
want a sweet pup to love on you should
look up George.

You can use Tom's idea and put
racing stripes on his chair ;)


So the dog hunt continued.

I emailed many shelters 
and sent out a ton of adoption applications
but I always seemed to be a day late for the pup.

Then Winston came into view
and that instant love connection returned.

Winston was left at the shelter by his previous
family because they didn't have time for him.

I have time, give him to meeee!!

I sent the application in and we were
contacted soon after about coming to pick him up.

Winston is a Morkie.
That's a Maltese/Yorkie
but he's definitely more Yorkie
than anything else.




We found out last night that he's CANADIAN!!!
How fun is that??

Tom is British and Winston is Canadian ;)
We're so diverse over here.

He's a healthy little pup, he's on the skinny side
so we're going to be working on slowly getting
some meat on his bones.

He's the sweetest pup!!!
He loves to be cuddled and take naps.
He's quiet but I think that's because this is all new.
He should liven up a bit as time goes on.

He loves people, he goes up to everyone.

He can walk on his hind legs for like...a long time!!
I foresee Tom teaching him some tricks as
soon as he get's here in January.

Tom and I both decided on making this dog our dog.
So we can't wait for Tom to get here so we can be
a little doggy family ;)

The mush comes out when something so
cute is sleeping at your feet ;)