We Married Young V.3

While I know that I’ve posted the first two “We Married Young” features on the last two Mondays- we’re switching it up this week! Today is most everyone’s Monday anyway due to the holiday- so roll with me. ;] I am very lucky to share an interview with you from a very strong and wonderful woman - Giprincess.com! She and her Husband just made their way back to the states after a long deployment overseas, and I’m super happy that she took the time to answer these questions! Enjoy! =D

1. First of all, tell us how long have you been married and how old were the two of you when you tied the knot?
We have been married two years, two months, and one day. :] I was 22 when we got married and he was 28.

2. Tell us a little backstory! How did you and Josh meet and how long did you date before getting married?
We met through a mutual friend, Jenna, and I thought he was cute and he thought I was cute, but he was going through a messy divorce and I was focused on school, so neither of us made a move. We ended up deploying a few months later to Baghdad, Iraq, where we had our first official date at a Green Beans Coffee Shop. We dated for a year and a half before getting married and would have waited a bit longer, but we were afraid we would get separated due to the Army, so we rushed it a bit.

3. Some people might say you got married a little too young (it’s been said to Nate & I!)- did you receive any negative feedback on your choice to get married at a younger age or were you surrounded by support?

We got a lot of negative feedback on getting married so fast more so than being young. But the majority of our friends and family were extremely supportive.

4. This is the time in our lives when most of us twenty-somethings are truly finding ourselves and our purpose, through education or by other means. Have you found it harder or easier to work toward your goals as a married woman?
I think it’s easier because we can support each other. He supports me while I’m attending school full-time and work full-time, while I support him in advancing his Army career because he is getting up there in the ranks, so it consumes a lot of your life. The only thing we have had issues with is stopping and making time for ourselves as a couple. It’s easy to get wrapped up in school and work and while they are priorities, we HAVE to make our marriage a priority as well, which takes time and work.

5. Life is fast paced when you’re trying to accomplish so many things and maintain a vibrant and fulfilling marriage at the same time! Do you have any tips on staying connected to your significant other with so much going on?
Make time for each other EVERY day. Whether it’s watching a TV show cuddled on the couch, eating a meal together, or sharing a ride to work, it’s important to have time for yourselves as a couple daily. Since Josh works weird hours due to being a cook, sometimes he isn’t home for dinner, so right before bed is our time to sit in bed and chat and watch TV while cuddling. We make sure we do this EVERY DAY.

6. What are your favorite things to do as a married couple? Have those things changed a lot or stayed the same since the dating days?
We love to go on long motorcycle rides, scuba dive, go out to dance, and go out for drinks. Our most favorite thing to do though is TRAVEL and we do a lot of it. We try to do a large vacation at least once a year. :)

7. Did getting married change anything (relationships, lifestyle, etc.) in your life that surprised you at all?
It didn’t really change a lot except neither or us were used to keeping other people informed about our whereabouts, so that was difficult at first. Communication was a huge thing we lacked in the beginning.

8. Are the first few years really the hardest?
The first year was extremely difficult, but it made us so much stronger. I think things have gotten better each year by far.

9. And while I’m aware that you have two beautiful Step-Children- do you think there will be any babies in the near future?
We want to adopt a baby girl after I go to Physician’s Assistant School. :) So maybe 5-6 years.

10. Lastly, if you could give one piece of advice to a young couple who were thinking of getting hitched, what would it be?
Communicate with each other, respect each other, and make time for each other daily. Also, if you can wait a couple years before getting married, do it! And if your religion allows it, try living together first for sure. There are so many new things to learn about another person by living with them.

Guys, Guys, Guys!

I’ve managed to get our backed up 365 photos all uploaded and caught up! Hooray! You might not be as excited as I am- but I let it get pretty out of hand so this is a big accomplishment. Here are a few, but make sure to click over to the last page of the set if you want to see them all!

Day 139 of 365 Days of Marriage

Booking our hotel for this weekend’s concert/one year anniversary get away- there is a pool IN our room!

Day 141 of 365 Days of Marriage

Day 142 of 365 Days of Marriage

Day 145 of 365 Days of Marriage

Nate’s phone died- again! Switched to Verizon and got the phones we REALLY wanted!

Day 147 of 365 Days of Marriage

Some playground fun with friends!

Day 148 of 365 Days of Marriage

Walking around the pond behind our house. Love our neighborhood!

Day 149 of 365 Days of Marriage

Enjoying this glorious Memorial Day! Relaxing after a fun day with family!

I hope you have all had/are still having a great Memorial Day. Nate and I spent the day with his family outside in the 90 degree heat eating and splashing in the pool. And I mean that literally. The entire day was devoted to eating grilled hamburgs/hot dogs, watermelon, and home made ice cream. The pool I’m speaking of is a small blow up pool that the kids played in, but we would run and stand in it for a while just to feel better about the heat. At one point all of the kids were out and most of the adults were standing in the pool talking, hah!

After we left there in the late afternoon we went and did a little bit of “thrifting” (which is apparently not a word according to my MacBook). I actually went out with the girls of the family earlier to Target and a few other places (I BOUGHT HOT ROLLERS FOR MY HAIR! YAY!) so I was pretty tired by the time we left and went back out. Nate was exhausted too.. so we looked around a bit, played with some old cameras, looked at a vintage Coach purse, and came home. I left empty handed.. because I just didn’t need those things like I needed hot rollers. ;]

Today is typically the day I would have posted the third edition of “We Married Young” - but you all will just have to wait until 9AM tomorrow, and you wont want to miss my guest because I’m pretty sure a lot of you know and love her! =D

The Oasis Room

Otherwise known as our office in progress! I’ve been talking about this “progress” for a while, I know, but it’s coming along. We finally managed to find the key piece to the room while thrifting a few days ago! Hello all wood and beautiful little white desk for $75! We also purchased a lovely little wood bedside table for.. wait for it.. FIVE DOLLARS. We’ve literally hit a thrifting gold mine that’s been right under our noses for quite some time. I have a feeling that Nate and I will be spending a lot of weekends digging around for more awesome stuff! I actually have my eye on a vintage Dooney & Bourke bag and old camera, so we’ll see if I go back for those.

Here are a few pictures I took earlier. The walls are more of a turquoise color than what I feel is shown in the pictures.

I absolutely can’t wait until we get everything all put together! We’ve still got quite a bit to do and purchase. Can’t wait, can’t wait! I may change the drawer pulls on the desk- what do you think? Or I may just paint them! Futon, rug, bookshelf- pretty little details! <3 I wish I was an interior designer with no budget. Actually, I wish I was just me with no budget. ;]

Am I Not Doing It?

This. This is how I feel. And it’s kind of how my morning went when I tried to convince myself that I felt much better and getting ready would be a breeze! I then dozed off for a moment and had a dream that I was happily getting ready and just as I was about to complete the last step; getting dressed - I WOKE UP. Laying there. With a tissue in my hand and my alarm going off. …Getting ready, am I not doing it?

The lack of outfit posts lately can be attributed to the fact that it never stops raining here. And of course now that it actually has for a day, I’m not exactly looking photogenic. I know this because when I went back to work today I received a ton of sympathetic “you look terrible” comments. Thank you, everyone! ;] Things will be back to normal here soon. I’ve still got quite a few new outfits to share thanks to the fabulous shopping in Chicago. Stay tuned, and hopefully I’ll be able to breathe out of my nose again tomorrow!

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