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First Wedded Valentine’s Day

This year was our first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife!  It wasn’t our first Valentine’s together, but it definitely felt different this year celebrating as a married couple.  (And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way!  Marriage is the BEST!)

This year was also different because we are more strapped for money than we were last year, so it took a quite a bit of creativity to have any extra funds for drinks or dinner.  In the end, though, we decided it’s one day, it’s a holiday, and we wanted to splurge a little because we are just going to drive ourselves crazy if we say “no” to every special treat.

The day started off with $3 chocolate hearts we found for each other at Walmart!  We were amazed at the great deal, and the chocolate tastes delicious!

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Unfortunately, both Joshua and I had to work all day, but thanks to the flexibility of our jobs, I was able to spend all day with him at his work (while I worked on my laptop), so we were together as much as possible!

Later that afternoon, we took a ten-minute break to run down the street for a special Valentine’s Starbucks!  They had the Molten Chocolate Trio (a latte, frappe, or hot chocolate) specialty going on for Valentine’s Day that we wanted to take advantage of.  Thankfully, no one seemed to be at Starbucks around 3:30 in the afternoon, so there was no wait for us!

Of course kisses for Valentine's Day <3

Of course kisses for Valentine’s Day ❤

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When we were off work, we ordered take-out sushi for a special dinner!  (Because actually eating in the restaurant on Valentine’s Day is just far too crowded and chaotic for us introverts. 😉 )  Funny story: Before I met my husband, I had never tried good sushi (aka, I’d only had disgusting, fishy, cheap grocery store California rolls).  He introduced me to a local sushi place here in town and needless to say, I’m now OBSESSED and I wish we could get it far more often than our typical every three-four months.  I guess it keeps it special, though. 😉  Oh my yum, so amazingly delicious.

This was actually an awesome deal: three rolls for $30. (And this is more than enough to STUFF the two of us!)

This was actually an awesome deal: three rolls for $30. (And this is more than enough to STUFF the two of us!)

Once we were home, we had a few minutes before sitting down to eat, so I took the time to sneak around the house and hide Harry Potter Valentine cards for my husband to treasure-hunt.  I printed them up weeks ago and I’m pretty sure it was the highlight of my excitement for the day, other than the sushi.  The sushi pretty much tops all. 😉

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img_2234Before long, I told him he had eight treasures to find and he began his search.  He found the first six super easily but the last two proved slightly more difficult. 😉

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After he found them all (which he LOVED by the way!  A good way for him to remember his nerdy wife, haha), we sat down to eat our sushi and watch a movie.  We originally wanted “Grease” as our Valentine’s Day tradition, but then we thought we should try a new movie in the ‘Romantic Favorites’ category on Netflix.  We went with “The Switch” which was definitely a mistake for a romantic evening (to be clear, it did have a romantic element, but that wasn’t the point of the movie, which was what we wanted for Valentine’s Day).  Next year will be “Grease” for sure!

We ended the night with some light drinks that we splurged on for the very purpose of Valentine’s Day.  I’d never had vodka before, and so we decided to give it a shot.  The consensus: I like it!

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Overall, it was such a blessing to be married this Valentine’s Day!  I hope you and yours had a beautiful day as well! ❤

-Tialla

Our Six-Month Anniversary

(Heads up that this will indeed be a mushy post. 😉 )

On Tuesday, January 10th, Joshua and I celebrated our six-month wedding anniversary.  It’s absolutely amazing to me that it has already been half a year since we said, “I do.”  These past six months have simply flown by.  With each month that passes, I’m reminded of the reality of the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  I know without doubt that I’m going to blink and we’ll both be decades down the line, amazed at the time that has sped by.

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I think back on what has happened these past months since our wedding ceremony, and it just blows my mind.  Various aspects of work (both Joshua’s and mine), family, friends, aspirations, hopes, plans, goals, projects, and routines…so much has happened, and so much has changed from the day before our wedding.  What an adventure we’ve had so far, both good and bad, and I wouldn’t want to spend this life with anyone else.

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This was the caption I posted on my social media for our anniversary post:

“How has it possibly already been half a year since we said our vows? These past six months have simply flown by. To think, when we had been dating for six months, you proposed, and now we have been married for six months! As I tell anyone who asks, marriage is the best thing ever. Always having my soulmate, best friend, and lover by my side each and every day, through thick and thin. Knowing that no matter what, he is there for me. Many things may happen during the day, but at the end of the day, we have each other. Since July, our lives have seen many changes. Ebb and flow with both the good and the bad, the exciting and the mundane, but the constant is the fact that we still have each other. I’m so grateful to share this life with you, Joshua, to always have you here to support and encourage me, and to give me the blessing of always being there for you, supporting, and encouraging you. And most importantly, I’m so grateful to the Lord for bringing us together, as well as for giving us the humbling opportunity to mirror Christ and the Church with our marriage. It’s such a blessing to settle in married life with you, Mister, to figure out how to be married together, to be your helper, and to go on this journey together, hand in hand. I’m so excited to see where God takes us. Happy six months! I love you to the moon and back! <3″

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We celebrated our anniversary starting with a meal of homemade biscuits and gravy.  This was my first time making both homemade biscuits and gravy and I have to say, I LOVED how they turned out!  Definitely will be repeating.

If this doesn't look appetizing, I apologize, but it really was DELICIOUS! :)

If this doesn’t look appetizing, I apologize, but it really was DELICIOUS! 🙂

After dinner, we headed to the movies to see Rogue One (thanks to my in-laws for a movie theater Christmas gift card!).  It was a wonderful time out together, especially since we can rarely afford to go to the theater these days.

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Happy halfway anniversary, my love!  I can’t wait to see what these next six months (and beyond) hold for us.

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-Tialla ❤

 

The Coconino County Fair

The county fair rolled into town this past weekend!  My family and I have gone to the fair every year for as long as I can remember.  It’s been a first-weekend-of-September tradition.  However, this year, Joshua and I were able to experience it together as a married couple!  Joshua has lived here in Flagstaff for a couple of years, but he hadn’t gone to the fair until now, so I felt rather honored to be the one to show him around.

The fair lasts four days and though my family and I would typically go on the first day (also known as “School’s Day”–when all the schools took field trips to the fair, including homeschoolers), Joshua and I didn’t end up going until the last day.  We also didn’t go until the afternoon, which unfortunately was fairly close to the end of the fair, so a lot of booths were already packing up.  However, it was still lots of fun.

(I forgot to take pictures other than on Snapchat, so you’ll have to forgive me.) 😉

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Upon entering the fair, we immediately headed for the food, because let’s be honest–that’s the best part of the fair.  We both LOVE funnel cakes, which was actually one of the first things we talked about when we initially began dating, haha!  We requested this funnel cake with powdered sugar, hot fudge, and caramel, which was fantastic! (As a side note, it was a bit of a breezy day, which meant I ended up with powdered sugar all over my shirt, pants, skin, and purse!  Haha!  Ah, the joys of powdered sugar.)

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And of course, what is a county fair without cotton candy and kettle corn?  Cotton candy was really just for the nostalgia, but the caramel kettle corn was delicious!  Sweet and salty!

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All in all, it was a wonderful time!  We walked through the food vendors, then continued onto the booths and exhibits as I pointed out various places I had entered items when I was younger.  We didn’t have a chance to go on rides as they are very expensive, but it was still fun showing them to Joshua!

Do you enjoy attending county fairs?  What is your favorite part of the fair?

-Tialla

Our Honeymoon!

We were blessed to have an absolutely fabulous honeymoon.  Though I must say, Joshua and I are both introverts and huge “home bodies.”  Thus, the more adventurous part of our honeymoon–aka, the parts with out of state/out of country traveling–definitely had us wishing for home, even with how much fun we had.

Anyway, our honeymoon started in Sedona, Arizona.  Sedona is an absolutely beautiful place here in Arizona, so if you ever have a chance to visit, I highly recommend it!  The town is surrounded with beautiful red rocks formations and gorgeous valleys.  However, there are some really weird things about Sedona as well.  Such as the belief in vortexes is huge, the amount of palm readers and mystical shops is surprising, and everything is overpriced because, well, tourists.  We knew about all this before deciding to spend the first few days of our honeymoon in Sedona.  However, Sedona is still beautiful and it’s a really cute town, so we planned on it, and we don’t regret it!  In fact, it was our favorite part of the honeymoon.  But Sedona does have another quirk we discovered: everything, literally EVERYTHING is closed at 9, or maybe 9:30 at the latest.  Even Taco Bell, Burger King, KFC–everything.  So weird, and a little unhelpful when you and your newlywed husband want a late night snack.  The only business we found open was a Bashas’ grocery store, so at least we had that!

We also got a free car wash when we drove up with our “Just married” decorations.  It only helped us love Sedona even more!

Here are some photos from our Sedona adventures….

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We saw Tarzan! Honestly, I don't remember much from it, though.

We saw Tarzan! I don’t remember much from it, though.

 

Dinner at "Golden Goose Grill" which was delicious and service was phenomenal! We had the entire patio to ourselves. :D

Dinner at “Golden Goose Grill” which was delicious and the service was phenomenal! We had the entire patio to ourselves. 😀

 

Starbucks of course. One of my favorite photos of us. <3

Starbucks of course. One of my favorite photos of us. ❤

Our next stop on our honeymoon was the Flagstaff train station!  We took the train from Flag to LA!  It was SO exciting.  We loved it, and are totally planning on taking the train again when we want to travel somewhere out of state.  Way easier than dealing with airports!

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We got a sleeper roomette, which made it so much easier for the overnight trip than sitting upright in coach. ;)

We got a sleeper roomette, which made it so much easier for the overnight trip than sitting upright in coach. 😉

 

Once in LA, we took a cab to the cruise ship port!  As first-time cruisers, we were both very confused about where to go, who to talk to, or what to do, and people seemed very reluctant to help.  That was discouraging, but we finally figured it out!

Also, the Queen Mary was right next to our ship in LA.  If we wanted to do another “cruise,” I think we would just go on the Queen Mary because it is stationary!  We had fun on the cruise (the unlimited food and free room service being the best part), but the motion of the ship got to us (not making us sick, just throwing us “off” all the time), and it was too crowded/too rowdy.  It was a party cruise for sure, haha!  And we are too introverted for that. 😉

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary

First glimpse of our ship!

First glimpse of our ship!

 

The interior of our ship was very much into bronze, gold, and LOTS of colors. A little dated in my opinion, but maybe that's just because it was headed to Mexico!

The interior of our ship was very much into bronze, gold, and LOTS of colors. A little dated in my opinion, but I suppose they were going for a “festive” look since the ship was headed to Mexico!

 

Pano of the very top deck!

Pano of the very top deck!

 

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My favorite part of our room would definitely be the portholes and window seat!

My favorite part of our stateroom would definitely be the portholes and window seat!

 

Pano of Mexico!

Pano of Mexico!

 

We definitely had fun! It was a bit windy so my hubby had to hold my hat. <3

We definitely had fun! It was a bit windy so my hubby had to hold my hat. ❤

 

All dressed up for fancy night!

All dressed up for fancy night!

 

Our waiter was so nice on the last night of our cruise!  He had this small cake made for us!

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We had quite a gap between disembarking from our cruise ship and catching our train back to Flag, so we took a cab to an outlet mall.

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Yep, on our honeymoon, we joined all the little kids and saw The Secret Life of Pets. With all of our luggage still with us, because there was no where to put it. The movie was cute!

Yep, on our honeymoon, we joined all the little kids and saw The Secret Life of Pets. With all of our luggage still with us, because there was nowhere to put it. The movie was cute!

 

After the movie we walked outside for a while, found a Barnes and Noble, and browsed there for a bit.

 

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The view from the cab.

The view from the cab.

 

And the train ride back to Flagstaff!

And the train ride back to Flagstaff!

 

After we got back to Flagstaff, we still had another week set aside for our honeymoon, giving us two weeks total.  Unfortunately, Joshua did have to work half-days that week, and even though we didn’t like being separated for that, it was helpful to have something for a paycheck. 🙂  All in all, it was lots of fun, and a wonderful time to just relax with each other.  We definitely miss those days of spending every moment together without the need to go to work or anything, but we enjoyed it while it lasted!

-Tialla