to neverland and back

Y’all, it seems like it has been forever since I last posted. Let me tell you, it sure has been a whirlwind these past few months! As you know, we found a condo in Ohio and moved the majority of our stuff over back in July. But, Josh and I didn’t actually move over because we were both still working at our previous jobs. Let me tell you, it’s loads of fun moving back in with your parents after being independent for so many years! Real talk- it was stressful at times because everyone has their own quirks and routines and ways of living, but we both felt really thankful that we had a stable, safe, and rent-free place to stay while transitioning through everything. I started applying for jobs as soon as we had our condo in hopes of getting hired somewhere in Ohio before Josh started school. Weeelllll, fast forward to the middle of August, to having applied for at least 50+ jobs at as many places as I could think of and I still don’t have a job and Josh is moving away so he can start classes. You guys, that was SO hard for me. Josh and I have done everything together since we started dating- working together, working out together, eating all our meals together, you name it, we were together. It had already been a huge transition for me commuting to my job in Louisville, but at least we spent our mornings and evenings together. I cried. A lot. Even when I would come stay with him at our condo every weekend, I cried when I had to leave to go back to my parents. I thought it would get easier, but it really didn’t. I know some couples have it way harder and have to live apart for way longer. My heart goes out to them, now I understand how difficult it is! Thank God, we only had to live apart for a month before I finally received a job offer at another pharmaceutical company! I’ve been working there for almost two weeks now and I really like it! The people are all amazing and I’m slowly but surely learning my way around and working through my training. Mostly, I’m just really happy that Josh and I are living together again!!!

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Through all this new and unknown, I was super excited to be a part of throwing a baby shower for my sister-in-law this past weekend! My sister worked so hard on coming up with a theme and making all the decorations, while my mom and I bring her vision to life. The baby shower turned out so cute and makes me even more excited to be a boy auntie again soon!

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Tell me that isn’t one of the most adorable Peter Pan themed baby showers you’ve ever seen!!! Hurry up and get here, baby boy! 

the big move

Well, guys, the time has begun for our big move! Or at least the start of it! Josh and I sold our first house (so bittersweet!) the end of May. We didn’t even have time to officially put our house on the market when we got an offer on it only 2-3 hours after meeting with our realtor about listing it. Since then, we have hit the ground running on the hunt for a condo or apartment in Columbus, OH. We hooked up with a realtor over there because it is near impossible to condo hunt when working full time and living about 3.5 hours away. Our realtor has been great and searched out several suburbs and areas all around Columbus to find us one that will work for the immediate future. We went over two weekends ago to drive around a lot of neighborhoods. We found a condo that can work for us and we went ahead with signing a rental agreement. It’s definitely going to be an adjustment, moving from our own home with a huge yard and lots of space into a second story condo with a little less space and shared outdoor areas. It’s not forever though and I keep reminding myself that as long as Josh and I have each other (and Rocko, of course!) that it’ll be a fun new adventure for us! We have to be out of our house by the end of June, so this past weekend, Josh’s dad helped us load up part of our stuff to move over to Ohio. We still have quite a bit to move (it’s seriously insane the amount of stuff you accumulate over a few years), but getting part of it out of the house makes me feel a little better.

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After we got everything unloaded, we headed to a really cute little Mexican restaurant called Local Cantina.

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The restaurant was decorated with lots of bright colors and decor hanging all over the walls and from the ceiling. One of my favorite parts was the little cart of “serve yourself” chips and salsa. And it was good salsa. We shared an order of fresh guacamole (topped with queso fresco and pico) that was yumm-o! I had two tacos- a roasted carnitas with pineapple mango salsa and a carne asada with chimichurri, queso fresco, and pickled onions. I liked both, but the carne asada was especially good with the chimichurri sauce and pickled onions. Josh had two tacos also- the crispy pork belly with pickled onions, pico, candied jalapeños, and guajillo crema and the Tinga chicken with cabbage, pico, avocado crema, queso fresco, and cilantro. I think the Tinga chicken was the best taco we had there. There was just something about the crunch of the cabbage with the juicy chicken and the smooth crema that made it amazing. Local Cantina is definitely going to be a spot we frequent and a great place to bring our visitors to!

We were super excited to find that there is an AMC theater just a few miles from our condo. After all the moving activities, Josh and I just wanted to relax and enjoy a movie, so we went to see Incredibles 2. We loved it! I laughed, I teared up, I gasped, I was entertained the whole time! Y’all have to do yourselves a favor and see it soon! Another perk of our condo’s location is that there is a Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt nearby as well. I’m sure you can see where this is leading to…a stop for dessert after the movie! I always peruse the menu and think to myself that I’ll try something new, but I couldn’t help myself and I went with my tried and true favorite- a waffle bowl with Oree-dough (Oreo + chocolate chip cookie dough). Yes, please!

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Josh had a really delicious looking sundae with their Monkey Business ice cream (banana cake batter with swirls of caramel and brownie bits), caramel sauce, whipped cream, crushed peanuts, and a cherry.

Since we live close enough, we took our treats back with us to spend time with Rocko. And Handel’s is the best because they have pup cups, so Rocko was able to have dessert with us. He absolutely loved it! I didn’t want him to get sick from eating too much, so I took it away from him after it was about half gone…that little monster dug in and didn’t want to give it up for anything! It’s a good thing he’s so cute.

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As scared as I am of all the upcoming changes, I’m equally as excited to find new places to eat, drink, have fun, and explore! The next few years will be full of lots of faith and prayers and I know God will provide exactly what we need…so, bring on the new adventures, Columbus!!!