Happy {late} Birthday to me

November 29. Eight days after my birthday. It was time to head home from a week-long family vacation at the Outer Banks. With our cars packed to the max, we headed out. While I was not looking forward to the 7+ hour drive home, I at least had Justin and my sister, Meleah to talk to the whole way. With only a couple of hours left until we got home, we stopped at a gas station to stretch our legs and grab some snacks. We had not been back on the road for even a half hour and Justin tells me we’re going to stop and look at a car. {Are you kidding me?!} I was not thrilled with this idea because 1 – I was tired of riding, 2 – we had everyone else’s things packed in the truck along with ours, 3 – my sister had to go pick up her dogs from the dog sitter, and 4 – it was getting late. I didn’t want to prolong this ride home any longer.

{Cue the silent treatment the rest of the way.}

We finally pull up to the house and I didn’t see a car for sale in the driveway as I expected. Justin got out and knocked on the front door. He went inside and was gone for a few minutes. I had a ton of things running through my mind at this point…. Why was there no car in the driveway? Why did he go inside the house? What is taking so long? Are we about to get robbed? He finally comes out through the garage and motions for me to get out of the truck. My sister asked if I wanted her to come with me and of course I said yes because I was already freaking out. We slowly walk into the garage and Justin is standing there holding a pug puppy. A. PUG. PUPPY. Here I am thinking he just wanted me to see this person’s cute puppy. Boy was I wrong. He looked at me and said, “We’re not here to look at a car.” Wait…..what did he just say?!?!

Shocked. Stunned. Speechless. And then I cried.

As it turns out, the lady who lived there raises pugs. Justin had been planning the surprise for a few months and EVERYONE knew about it but me. Best. surprise. ever.

Meet Ollie!


This is only the beginning about Ollie. You’ve been warned. 🙂


Getting back to blogging in 2015!

back againI didn’t plan on being on hiatus, it just kind of happened. But there were plenty of good reasons.

Let me explain…

In October, I was on the job hunt. A friend from college suggested I apply for a position at a credit union. I filled out an application and was asked for an interview a few days later. After what seemed to be the longest interview of my life, I received a phone call later the same day with the job offer. I excitedly accepted and began working a few weeks later. This job is definitely challenging because I’m learning a wealth of things in a field I never pictured myself being a part of. I’m really enjoying it so far and I owe it to my friend for throwing out the idea. Thanks Anna! 🙂

November was an exciting month! My new co-workers had a surprise birthday lunch for me on my birthday and I spent a week celebrating at the Outer Banks with my family over Thanksgiving. I also received the best surprise ever from Justin….a pug puppy! He’s known since day one how much I love pugs and he went above and beyond to surprise me (I’ll explain later). Also, while at the beach, Justin got the news that he could close on his house….yay! A new house!

December has been busy with cleaning, unpacking, getting ready for Christmas, celebrating Christmas, packing up Christmas and unpacking more boxes. We’re almost finished with our unpacking and getting ready to move on to buying furniture.

I’ve had lots going on over the past few months and promise to be more faithful with the blog!

Here’s to a new job, new puppy, new house, new year, new blog posts and lots of new happy places! Happy 2015!