I’m not sure where the entire month of March went, but I’m sure we were packing or unpacking a box during it.  What an adventure this time has been — from learning of our fast approaching move-out date, to finding somewhere to live, to being excited to leave Savannah, to being sad to leave Savannah, to losing a beloved member of the family, to making the six hour move back to my old stomping grounds.  Throw in our One Year Anniversary and my head is basically spinning.  What a roller coaster life can be at times.  Fortunately, with the right person beside you, each passing second is more brilliant than the last.  One of the best parts about moving back home to NC would have to be that we are finally a family of three with my sweet Riley Bear back at home with us.  He hasn’t lived with me since 2009 but my parents have been great enough to keep him for me at his “country home.” He is a rescue puppy from the  animal shelter and when I got him in 2005 the vet estimated him to be 3-5 years old.  So now he is an elderly puppy and has some special needs and is a greeeat reminder of how long we have to wait before we welcome more “puppies” to our home. Side note: The second morning Riley was with us he got sick and threw up in the kitchen, probably from the stress of moving (which I can understand).  My loving, wonderful husband woke up early and when he saw the throw up, he decided to cover it with a towel and went back to bed.       I.Kid.You.Not.    We have had a lot of fun conversations about that incident… :) But Riley really is the best puppy EVER and Dustin, fortunately, loves him as much as I do (probably a little more…)  I love my little family and it is good to be Home.

“To a new chapter of our wonderful lives…  Happy (Holly) Spring(s)”  :)

My “Happy Spring” flowers from the Tar Heel

I LOVE our Red Door!!

Roses blooming like ca-razy!

Literally one of the two things on any of our walls in the entire house right now… but we’ll get there!

My two boys :)


Pack Pride and Tar Heel Love

It’s so hard to believe that 8 years ago this fall I was starting the journey of a lifetime as I became a member of the Wolfpack.  My time in Undergrad was the most memorable, life-changing and fun experience I have ever had.  That is, until about 6 months ago when I married my best friend, and started a brand new life-changing and memorable experience.   As such, to celebrate our six month wedding anniversary, the Tar Heel gifted me with two tickets to the NC State vs. South Alabama game where I got to share one of my favorite places with my favorite person for the very first time.  The Tar Heel and I were joined by two sweet friends, Grant and Averi (“Graveri” as the Tar Heel likes to call them) for a lively tailgate and fun-filled game.  Some of you may recall that Averi is my Lil Sis in Pi Phi and was one of my bridesmaids at our wedding.  She is such a sweet person to me and I love both her and Grant so much.  As two pretty big State fans, I will never know how we managed to marry two of the biggest Carolina fans.  But we love our Tar Heels and they must love us because they both donned Red for the game on Saturday.  That, my friends, is true love.  To top off the day, we submitted our pictures to Pack Pride during the game and one of the pictures made it to the jumbotron during the game!  It was so awesome to see my picture up there for 5 seconds! hah!  I just can’t tell yall how much I love my Wolfpack, NC State University and my sweet husband (the Tar Heel).  Go Pack!


Our Handsome (and Silly) Husbands :)

The pic that made it to the Jumbotron during the game.  And it was another WOLFPACK WIN!

NC State: 35

South Alabama: 13

Thank you, sweet Tar Heel, for marrying me six months ago.  I love you more than words can say!

True Life: I’m a Newlywed

True Life

The Tar Heel and I spent the other night relaxing on the couch and enjoying this little gem, MTV’s True Life: I’m a NewlywedTrue Life: I\’m a Newlywed.

One Word: Hi-larious!

We loved it.  Even though the two girls featured were a little younger than me, I could relate to them so well.  I loved that one of the wives who moved far away from home to be with her husband said in the beginning she felt like she was “visiting” her husband.  That explained my first couple of months here sooo well because the Tar Heel already had such an established life here and I joined him so much later.  I also loved that one of the girls got upset when she went to make dinner for her husband for the first time and he kept trying to help her in the kitchen.  I laughed so hard because it reminded me of the first time I got to make dinner for us and I was sooooo frustrated by my sweet Tar Heel trying to help.  That only lasted a little while, though, and I gladly accept his help when he offers (which, lucky for me, is often). :)

If you’re a newlywed, y’all should seriously watch this episode when you get a chance.  There are so many awkward, hilarious moments and the Tar Heel and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  And for the record, to the couple who said they felt embarrassed the morning after their wedding because they felt like evvvvvverryone knew they slept together the night before (because they did)….I only have this to say:  What if your sweet mother-in-law, aunt, cousin, cousin-in-law, sister, seven-month-old cousin and seven-year-old niece decided to surprise you and your new bride by stopping by your hotel room the morning after your wedding? How awesomely awkward would that be? Well I can tell you.  VERY! haha :) But such a good story to tell.

Even if you think you’re too old for MTV, you’re not. You might just find yourself fondly reminiscing the days of newly wedded bliss!

-The Newlyweds, R+D