blog, meet Oakley

Well hello again, Blogland. Long time no talk as usual. I finally have a minute to sit down and blog, so I'm taking advantage of it. I'm currently sitting at my dining room table using my computer. This is exciting for two reasons. 1) I finally have a dining room table and 2) I finally have my computer back. I've been here in Montana for three months now, and this is the first time I've been able to use my computer because, well, I left my charger in Arizona and I was too cheap to order a new one. So lucky for me, my best friend Carlin from Sunshine and Squats came to visit and brought my charger. She doesn't know that that's the only reason I invited her, but that can be our little secret. Kidding.

So, since the last time I came around here, lots of things have happened. Most importantly, we have two new additions to the family. One's a little more exciting (and a little more work) than the other, but I'll let you guess which one's which. So, blog, let me introduce you to.....

My new car. Yep, I bought my very first brand new car! My first big girl purchase. Look at me, being an adult and stuff. So I bought a 2015 Jeep Patriot. I like it, it's an affordable SUV with everything I wanted in it. Heated seats (a must in Montana), leather, a touch screen, and plenty of room for the second new member in the back seat.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know who I'm talking about. But if not, meet Oakley.

Yes, we have matching sweaters.

 Her boyfriend Conan

Whoops, sorry for the photo dump. But that's our sweet, crazy little girl Oakley. She's almost five months now, and we love her to death! Having a puppy is definitely a lot of work, but she's the sweetest little thing in the world. She loves to play fetch and chew on bones. She loooves the snow. She likes to eat socks and bras and shoes which is super fun. She was potty trained right from the beginning and is pretty well trained now as far as things like sit, lay, and come are concerned. She's basically the bomb.com. She's our little baby and our family is so perfect! I couldn't be happier.

Man, I'm glad you guys finally get to meet (and by meet I mean look at a bunch of cute pictures of) her! So anyway, things in Montana are going really well. DJ and I both work a lot, but when we're home together we have so much fun. It's finally starting to warm up so our days are consisting of taking Oakley to the park, going out shooting, hanging out with friends by the fire, and all that fun stuff. Next weekend we're going to find some hiking spots and I'm super excited about that! I really love life here in Montana. We have some great friends. I love my job. The weather is beautiful. I get to spend (almost) every day with the man of my dreams! We've waited so long for this and it feels so surreal to finally have it.

I've been super MIA, so leave me a comment letting me know what you've been up to!! Love you guys! XOXO
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oh hey, it's been awhile..

Well hello friends! Long, long time no talk! I've been super MIA for like, ever, and sooo much has happened since the last time I blogged. I honestly didn't think I was going to come back to it. I didn't really have the slightest bit of motivation to log in here and post an update, but I think I've finally been away long enough that I miss Blogland. But let's get right to it, yeah? We have a lot of catching up to do!!

Last time I blogged, I wrote about the upcoming months and all of the changes that were nearing. I was full of emotions- anxious, excited, nervous. I'm so glad that all of the craziness is over with now, and I'm finally settled in my new life.

So, I graduated.
DJ was home on leave, so he was able to be there That meant the world to me. My family and friends were there, and we sat through the dreadfully long ceremony together. Oh and guess what? I didn't trip on the stage. So yeah, I'm pretty impressive. 

That same day, I moved out of my apartment. Driving away knowing I will not have to go back to Tucson was a pretty good feeling. I miss my friends, but Tucson itself is just not a place I want to be. So anyway, graduation calls for celebration, right? We had a little graduation party back home in Phoenix a few days later to celebrate. We had way too much food and not enough space for all of the people, but it was fun. I got to see all of my friends and family who I probably wouldn't see for awhile, and everyone finally got to meet DJ! Poor guy, he was being pulled in every direction because everyone was so excited to meet this guy. 

Then came the worst part of this whole moving away thing. The goodbyes. I cried a lot and it was no fun. I went to breakfast with Carlin Carissa and Kailey which was so fun, but those girls are my best friends and it was definitely hard walking away knowing that I might not see them for a whole year. We're working on getting them out here to visit!

Next was Christmas, which we got to spend with our families. It was DJ's first time being home in Arizona for Christmas in years, so it was really special for him to get to spend it with his family. We all went to church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we went to his mom's house. My parents came too and we opened presents and had yummy food and all of that fun stuff! DJ got me a Fitbit and some other small stuff, and I got him his favorite cologne and a new jacket for the lovely winters in Montana! 

Then, two days after Christmas, we packed up and headed to the airport!

And now here we are! We've been back in Montana for almost a month, and so much has happened! I think I'll save the rest for the next blog post because . you know, I'm just getting back into this thing so I gotta take it slow. I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and are starting the new year off as happy as I am! I'm loving every minute of my life here with DJ (and a new member of the family) but we'll get to that later in the week! I'd love to hear from you all and hear what you've been up to!
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in the next few months...

Big things are happening around here, friends! I'm finally halfway through the semester, and as December approaches, I'm getting more and more excited for the things to come.

Of course I'm so incredibly excited for DJ to get home. He'll be here the beginning of December and I am counting down the days! He hasn't been home in over a year, so it'll be so nice to have him here. There are so many places I want to take him and show him, and I'm really happy that he'll get to spend a lot of time with his family and friends since he won't see them for awhile once we leave. We get to spend the holidays together with our families, and I know it'll be an amazing second Christmas together. :)

Then, of course, I'll graduate. When I came to college, I never imagined I would get my degree in only two years. It's been a lot of hard work, but I'm so ready to graduate. I know I'll miss it, but I'm so ready to start my life with my man in a new state and make new friends and start working. Speaking of which, I already have a job secured in Montana which is a HUGE relief. I'm a planner, and not knowing where or if I would find a job there was stressing me out! So now that I have one, I feel much less stressed. I'm so ready to get there and have a little extra money so we can get all of the things we still need and want for our house! I have tons of DIY's in mind, and I'm excited to finish decorating that little place of ours.

Okay, are you ready for the exciting part? WE'RE GETTING A PUPPY! You guys. We have been talking about this forever. Not only do we finally get to have a normal (aka not long distance) relationship, but we finally get to add a member to our little family. We will be getting a chocolate lab, and (he…she?) will be born in about 10 days. We've already found the lady we will be buying him (her) from, so now we're just waiting to see what her dog has and then we'll know for sure if we're getting a boy or girl. I'll keep you updated! We have names picked out, but I'm saving those for another post ;)

So basically nothing exciting is happening at the moment, but I have so much to look forward to, so you can expect lots of exciting updates soon! And just a warning, I'm already obsessed with this puppy that isn't even born yet, so when I actually have him…prepare for puppy overload!
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blogger men tell all!

Okay so if you remember, I used to link up every month with Stephanie and Mal for the Boy's Behind the Blog link up. Any excuse to talk about my man, right? Well, they don't do it anymore, and that makes me sad. So when I saw Samantha's post about her new linkup, I knew that I had to do it. It's basically the same deal- DJ will answer five questions for you guys. He gets so excited for me about the blogging stuff, and he knows that I've missed blogging a lot so of course he's excited to participate! ;)

PS I get to see him in just about nine weeks and I'm so incredibly excited! I cant wait to start my forever with this handsome guy.

Becoming Adorrable

If you had a blog what would you call it and what would it be about?
It would be about all of the stuff I have to deal with in the military and all of the stuff we have to do at the MAF. I would call it "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" haha

Can you tell he's really excited to be done? hehe

If you could live inside any video game, which would it be?
I would live in the game Ninja Gaiden because it would be sweet to be a ninja!

Who is your best player on your fantasy football team this season?
The best player on my team is either Jay Cutler or Jordy Nelson

If you could play for any professional sports team, which would it be?
I would love to play on any pro football team.

What do you typically do with an hour of free time?
Right now with an hour of my free time I'm trying to finish the last season of Breaking Bad!

And there you have it people, my ninja boyfriend.
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I'm back! & fall favorites

Well hello loves, long time no talk huh? It's been over a month since I've blogged, but let's skip all of the excuses here and just get to the good stuff, shall we? Everything is good around here, and there hasn't been a reason for my absence other than the fact that I was just too burnt out on blogging. But I'm still here, and I don't plan on staying away forever. Today was really the first day I've been motivated to come back and get things started on the blog again, so let's hope I keep it up ;) I wanted to give you a quick update on things happening, but since that's the only thing I've been doing around here since the beginning of the summer, I figured I would throw in some fall favorites too.

So you may already know, but this is my last semester of school. I'm graduating in December and I honestly could not be more excited. This last semester is the best so far, as far as classes go. I'm in four psychology classes, one business class, and one final gen ed, so they're all really interesting to me. I only have classes two days a week which is nice, and I've been working and interviewing for a research position as well. In less than 70 days, DJ will be coming home to spend a the month with friends and family before we head back to Montana together. This is the longest we've been apart in a long time, but I'm glad its going by fast. It still hasn't hit me that in a little over two months we will no longer be a long-distance couple. I don't think it will hit me until we head to the airport and I don't have to say goodbye. I'm honestly so excited! We've been waiting for this and dreaming about it for two years now, and it's finally here! We're both so excited and so ready for this next adventure together!

Okay so obviously nothing that exciting has happened, so let's get on with it.

We're quickly approaching what is, in my opinion, the best time of the year. Pumpkins, cooler weather, spicy drinks, and all of the best holidays that we get to celebrate in the next few months. October-December is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year, so I thought I would share some of my favorites right now.

One of the best parts about fall for me is that I can wear dark nail polish again. If you're new around here, let me just tell you, I'm obsessed with nail polish. I have 90+ colors and it's definitely a problem. But anyway, I have favorite fall colors to share with you.
The Essie shade is called Striking the Issue, and it's this beautiful deep red color. It's perfect for fall and especially around Christmastime.

I have two really deep purples from OPI that I can't stop wearing. Black Cherry Chutney has a slight shimmer to it, and Lincoln Park After Dark doesn't, but other than that they're basically the same color. I've also been seeing one at Target that I love but I haven't bought it yet. It's called In the cable car pool lane, and its a beautiful purple. I've in a love affair with deep purples right now. Obsessed.

I have three shades from Sinful Colors that I really love for fall right now too. Rain storm is a lighter shade than I usually like for this time of year, but its a pretty blue-gray. I also have black on black because I love me a simple black nail color. And then I also have last chance which is a deep forest green and it looks so good (I have it on right now).

Okay so other than nail polish, I've also developed a slight obsession with candles. I've had one burning 24/7 for about a month now. What says "fall" better than the smell of pumpkin candles, right? Bath and Body Works 2 for 22 sale? Why can't that be a year-round thing?
The first candle I got was the one on the far left, and it's from Target. It has three scents: pumpkin spice, caramel pumpkin, and cinnamon sticks. I'm right in the middle now and the caramel pumpkin smells so yummy. Then I went to a small candle shop in town that makes candles in the store. There was so much to choose from but I obviously migrated toward the fall candles. The one I got (on the far right) was a cinnamon plum candle and I also got that cute little plate to set it on. It smells amazing. Then I of course went to Bath and Body and had to limit myself to only two candles. Which was really hard because they all smell so amazing. But I ended up going with vanilla chai and sweet cinnamon pumpkin. These candles smell the best but they also burn through really quickly.

The last thing I wanted to share were my favorite fall lip colors. I never really shared anything about beauty on the blog before, but I think that might be something I start to incorporate. I am by no means trying to become a beauty blogger, but I might share some of my favorites here and there.
I love dark lipstick. Seriously, love. I'm also really pale right now, so it makes me look super vampy, which I love. Not all women like the dark lip look, but I could wear it every day. These are my faves right now.
The far left shade is a Rimmel Lipstick by Kate color called Rossetto. Its a deep red and its absolutely beautiful. It also goes on really well and lasts forever on me.

The second color is Maybelline Party Pink. I just got this yesterday, but I love it. It's a darker pink, but its also not so dark. I love it because its much less intense than some of the others here, so I can wear it more casually.

The third shade I've had for awhile, and it's L'Oreal Raisin Rapture. This one's super dark and its a plum color, and it's so pretty.

The last color I'm really loving is another Maybelline shade. It's called Blissful Berry and it's pretty similar to the L'Oreal shade. It's a little more pink than the L'Oreal, but you can barely tell a difference on me.

Alrighty, so those are my favorites as of now. I'm looking forward to the cooler weather here in AZ so it can actually start to feel like fall. I'm sorry I've been so MIA but I hope to be back much more often. Let me know if there's anything that you would like me to write about or if you have any favorites of your own, please let me know in the comments! Love you guys!! XOXO
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In less than a week, I'll be headed back to Phoenix after three amazing months here in Montana with my man. Everyone is asking me if I'm excited to come home. Sure, I'm excited to get back and see my friends and finish my last semester of school, but I don't feel like I'm coming home.

When I graduated high school, I left home to go to college. Even when I was in school a few hours away, I always considered Phoenix to be home. If I was going up for a weekend, I was going home. If I was coming to visit DJ, I was going on vacation. If I was headed back to Tucson, I was going to school. But I have to say, my idea of home has changed.

I no longer consider Phoenix home. At least not right now. Once DJ is out of the military and we move back to Phoenix, it will be our home. But for now, I'm finding that I consider Montana to be home. Maybe not Montana necessarily, but DJ is home to me. We've moved into this little house together and little by little it began to feel more like a home. We're making memories here, we're going to start our life together here. It wont be our forever home, but for now it is.

As my trip comes to an end, I keep finding myself thinking about the next four months. I'll be at school, with my friends, and back at work. But I'm leaving my heart in Montana and I can't help but feel like I'm going to miss this home. I already know that as soon as I land in Phoenix I'll start the countdown until DJ comes to Phoenix for leave and then we can go home together.

I'm finding that home has such a different meaning to me nowadays. I'm finding that, as cheesy as it sounds, home really is wherever he is. We're so excited to move back to Phoenix together, to our forever home, and start our lives there. But for now, I'm so excited to come back here in four short months and experience my new life living with the man of my dreams in Montana. I really love it here, and this home will always have a special place in my heart.

Where do you consider home?
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what we've been up to (again)

I know that all of my posts lately have been about what we've been up to, so sorry. But I'm not that sorry. Right now I'm taking a break from most things blog-related, but I still want to use this space as a way to document the things we're doing because I know I'll love looking back on these posts and reliving these memories.

DJ had to work on my birthday (boo) but I'm thankful for Jordyn being there to spend time with me. If you guys haven't checked out her blog, you need to. She's such a sweet girl with a big heart and she's so much fun! And she has the cutest little family, so go say hi! Anyway, Jordyn took me downtown for my birthday and it was so fun! DJ and I have driven downtown and gone to our favorite coffee shop down there, but that's it. Jordyn showed me so many cute shops and I even got some cute stuff for our in-progress gallery wall! We also found a Before I Die wall which I love. My art class at UofA last year built one on campus, and they're all over the world, so I was very excited to find one in Great Falls!
I'm obsessed with this antique store find. It's an old oven door that is now a chalkboard and it fits perfectly on a wall in our dining area!

The other day DJ and I went to Ryan Dam. We've seen the dam in the middle of Great Falls, but we didn't know that there was another one just outside of the city. I really wish we had found it sooner because wow, it was beautiful! When you get there you cross a bridge. Its just hanging over the water and can only hold 6 people at a time. It was swaying everywhere and was so sketchy and I thought I might die, but I loved it. It was such a cool spot to just take in the beauty of the river.
Once we got on the little island, there was a little park. I can't wait to go back for a picnic someday soon! Then you walked up some stairs to the viewing area for the dam. It was breathtaking!
We're good at taking selfies.

Yesterday we decided to go to the lake. We saw that there were some thunderstorm warnings, but we're smarter than all of those weather apps so we went anyway. On the way there I even said, "Well at least it doesn't look like it's going to storm!" We packed lunches and our inner tubes and headed to the lake with the hopes of floating around in the water and getting our tan on. As soon as we got there, we knew that wasn't going to happen. It was so cold outside and the water was freezing. There was thunder and lightning all around us. But all we could do was laugh. Things didn't go the way we planned, but we made the best of it and honestly, I think we had more fun than we would've if it was the perfect sunny day we imagined. We ended up just having a picnic by the lake and heading home. It was truly a beautiful day though, and I love that when things don't go as planned we can just go with it and make the best of it. He's such a good sport and I know that he would do anything to make me happy and I just feel so blessed and so lucky. It was a perfect day with the perfect man and I can't wait until we can start our lives together in just a few months!!
Oh, and on the way home our inner tubes almost flew out of the truck so I had to get out on the side of the highway in the rain and 20 mph winds to deflate them and get them back in the truck. So basically it was a fun day and I'm sad I didn't get a picture of that part.

So, that's what we've been up to! I leave a week from today and I'm sad about it. But this is our last goodbye and I keep telling myself that! Four months from now I will get to see his smiling face at the airport and know that we'll never have to spend months apart ever again! I can't wait for him to see me graduate and I can't wait to spend the holidays with our families together!
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