I nearly forgot, one of the most exciting recent developments...
Maybe we had foresight wise beyond our own dreams, but it seems as thought we chose the perfect place to live.
Yes, the fifth house on the left is a nice place to park our cars and lay our heads to rest each night.
Yes, our dogs are loving the yard and lots & lots of places to lay down and get comfy.
Yes, our neighbors have been nothing but pleasant.
BUT, best of all, these neighbors of ours have voted to acknowledge our civil rights. They have voted to affirm our right to marry in the State of Maryland, and for this we are eternally grateful!
I would like to put out a huge THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to the people of Maryland for their historic vote on Question 6. Also a huge thanks and congrats to the voters in Maine and Washington for doing the same... and to Minnesota voters for voting against the proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the definition of a marriage to one man and one woman.
I don't like to post political things but I think this one gets a pass :)
As Kim mentioned, we've done a lot in the last few months!
We closed on the house (despite the nightmare of the investor who was selling it trying to get the repairs right).
I almost immediately left town for a couple weeks to play Army in the field and graduate grad school (Kim was sweet enough to make it to Texas for that!).
I returned to wonderful Maryland, one of my best friends (Fancy Pants) moved away to Germany, and we dog sat for a few weeks until her dear pup could make the trip across the pond. We need to visit!
Fancy and Samson, our surrogate pup
Of course during all of this craziness I started my new job (still in the Army just elsewhere in DC) and we got engaged. I know! I know! Kim told you all about it, but I'm still excited, so here's the bling for y'er eyes!
"If you liked it then you should'a put a ring on it!"
Swiss family heirloom... am I a lucky girl OR WHAT?!
I can't wait to put the perfect ring on her little, tiny finger (but that is yet to come!).
We also survived Sandy with flying colors. Well, actually, it wasn't very colorful. It was just cold and rainy, but luckily we didn't get any damage this time (we're still thinking about our peeps in NJ & NYC who are without power!)
ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNND through all that, another momentous event, Kimmy came home with me to Idaho to meet the fam. She was quite a trooper :) Kim had already met my parents several times (beginning before we were even dating... they loved her from the beginning), but to make the trip over 2000 miles was quite sweet of her.
We managed to make it the week of my niece and nephew's birthdays (ages 4 and 6 makes Princess and Spiderman gear a must), and of course the two of them loved her. She played way better than Aunt Lacey does, she's amazing with kids!
Not only did Kim survive the hours of plane rides and layovers and the scrupulousness of my niece and nephew, but also a 20-person dinner with my mom, brother, sister-in-law, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins... you get it. Of course they all enjoyed her company, and I think she may have enjoyed them as well. She also willingly committed to meeting more of my cousins, high school friends, and several sorority sisters at a shindig the next night. Less than half the people at this little party had the slightest clue as to the nature of our relationship, so it was kind of fun seeing the shock on their face when I broke the news that we're getting married next year. Oh the sorority squeals :)
Two bad things about the trip:
1. Auburn lost yet another football game. A complete blowout (congrats to Georgia).
2. We didn't take ANY pictures!
We barely arrived home yesterday in time for Kim to head out to Orlando for a week of work, and I am already anxious for her to come home so we can celebrate our first Thanksgiving in our home together next week!