Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Goodbye Chandler (& Wedding Dress)

So in the past two weeks a lot has been changing and going on.

First off, I sold my wedding dress! Some might think that's sad, but I think it's good. I only had it up for a couple hours when I got someone that wanted it. I got everything back that I paid for it so I'm pretty dang happy about that. It was totally weird seeing it on this other girl. (I think Josh thought so too because he came and looked at her in it and said "Hmmm........... well it's a pretty dress...." and walked away) After the girl actually took it and left I felt a little bit sad. Was I supposed to have a special 'good bye ceremony' with my wedding dress? Because I didn't. Oh well, it will get used again instead of sitting in my closet for years and years, and it'll be nice to spend that money on some excursions on our cruise thats in about 11 days! Woohoo!

Another change going on is Josh and I are looking at moving out to Maricopa. It's a little bit farther of a drive to work for both us from where we are now, but the other benefits outweigh the drive. Plus it'll only add about a 10 minutes to our drive, that's not to bad.

We love where our house now is, there's anything and everything you could want just around the corner. All the shopping, movie theatres and malls 5 minuntes in each direction. Maricopa will be a lot different because they don't even have a Walmart out there yet. But we will be able to get a nicer, newer and bigger house and be paying almost half of what we are paying now.

We have looked at some houses already and are going to continue doing so until we find a winner. I actually really enjoy looking at houses, it just REALLY sucks when I get my heart set on one and then it's already taken! LAME! Wish us luck!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Post Wedding Thoughts

Well it's all done now. All of our wedding planning, preparing, stressing, spending and receptioning is all done. We had our Arizona open house last Saturday and that was our last wedding event. I'm actually feeling really relieved that it's all done now. We can finally just sit back, relax and enjoy being married.

I am so happy that I have my Joshua! I love him so much and I really am so happy that he is stuck with me! We are each others best friends and we are happy just being with each other and we can talk about anything. I really am so lucky to have him with me forever, I'll never have to be lonely.

Through this whole wedding planning process I've realized how great my family is! I love my parents and I wouldn't have made it through everything we had to go through without them there. They stood with me and Josh and were extremely supportive through some of the hardest things I've had to go through. My mom was there to calm me down when I would call her about to lose control of my emotions. Not very many people know the crap Josh and I had to go through in the process of trying to get married, but my parents did and they were amazing through it. They were not just a great help emotionally, but they were also there physically to support us. My mom made the drive down to my bridal shower. My family made the 12 hour drive up to Utah for my wedding. My younger sister Kirstie drove up to Utah, by herself, one day after my family because her work finally told her she was allowed to have the time off. And Melanie and her boyfriend got plane tickets to come up there too. Then only a couple of days after them getting home they all drove down to my house in Chandler to be with me for our open house.

I seriously have the best family there is! There's no arguing the point, I win.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tinkerbell's Run

We've been taking it easy and just relaxing this week. (Other than work) Not much has been going on in our lives. The most eventful thing was yesterday when Tinkerbell, my dog that is my baby, tried to run away.

Josh was home doing some cleaning or something and when he opened the front door she ran out and took off, not looking back. Poor Josh chased her for over an hour in the over 105 degree heat. He called me at work and told me she was gone and he couldn't find her. I hurried home as fast as I could to help because even if Josh DID find her, she probably wouldn't let him catch her. I got in the neighborhood and Josh was running down the street still looking for her. He was drenched in sweat and not very happy. I took off in my car to search, trying not to freak out. I went out on the busy street that is close to our house and couldn't see her anywhere. I drove up and back and then flipped around again, calling her name the whole time. I was almost on the sidewalk with my car looking down in the side landscaping when I glanced back to the oppsite side of the road where I had just been and I saw my tiny little dog jogging on the sidewalk. I must've driven right past her and not seen her. I was SO happy I had found her, I really didn't think I would find her because she is so small and there are so many bushes to hide her. When I got to her and jumped out of my car she gave me a wary look, then realised it was me and came running over. As soon as I picked her up she went limp, completely exhausted.

When I got back on our street I saw Josh at the end of it talking to a man. I drove down to pick him up, but when I got to him I saw he wasn't just talking to this homeless looking guy, he was giving him an alcohol test. LOL. The guy was standing on one leg shaking and looking scared. It was kind of a funny sight since Josh had shed his shirt sometime in his hunt for my dog and he was dripping sweat, with this drunk guy trying to convince him he hadn't drank THAT much beer.

Anyways...... it was a long afternoon for Josh. He was really sweet and chased after a dog he doesn't like that much right now, and that he knows doesn't like him sometimes either. We all calmed down and relaxed the rest of the evening. Tink was wiped out the whole night from her little adventure. I was grateful we had even found her, and Josh was annoyed that the whole thing even happened.

The Married Life

So it's almost been a week since Josh and I got married, crazy! I don't feel much different, it's still weird saying my last name is Roper and having Josh call me his wife. I think it'll take me some time to get used to.
It's been very nice not having to worry about roommates at my house anymore. Sure I have a new permanant roomie named Joshua, but he's better than the girls I've been living with for years!
Our house is looking great! We took care of a lot of things before the wedding so when we got back the place would be nice and comfy. It looks totally different from when I moved into it almost 2 years ago. In fact it looks totally different from 6 months ago! Josh has been convincing me of all the things we could do to make it look nicer and be worth more, and we've been working hard to get them done. I'm excited to have my family come down on Saturday and see the place!
Our Open House is this weekend. I'm looking forward to that, but it'll be nice to not have to worry about buying anything else, or figuring out food etc. The past several months have been very busy, financially heavy and pretty stressful too. It turned out to be worth it in the end and our wedding and reception up in Utah went great! It was better than I could have hoped for and I had a really good time and am so thankful for everyone that helped with setting up, food, cleaning etc and for everyone that came, thanks so much!