March 4, 2012

Well, my mom reminded me that my last blog entry is getting a little bit old, so I thought I’d pull out my external hard drive to find some pictures to put in here and update this thing – finally!

I’ve been enjoying the winter months – although they haven’t actually felt like winter at all! Usually I enjoy cold weather, but I’ve gotten used to the temps being in the 60s and 70s and I think a 70 degree day might be the most perfect day. I’ve had fun going on walks with Samson, being outside to play with the kids at the daycare, and even the occasional park date with Eric & Sams.

We are still LOVING our little puppy – he is so much fun and has been doing really well with housebreaking, although he still won’t beg at the door. Eric’s mom sent us this bell kit that we hung up. Samson is supposed to ring the bell when he needs to go out. We’ve been trying to train him to use it, but he’s only used it a couple times (and I’m pretty sure they were accidents!)

Lazy Sams

In February Eric and I got to spend our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple and we really enjoyed celebrating! On the actual holiday, we both had work so we didn’t have much time to go out & celebrate, so I decided that on that day, we’d start a fun tradition – I decided that we should do acts of service for one another. I made Eric breakfast in bed (he has this new healthy pancake recipe that he loves) and he gave me a 15 minute massage! I think that tradition may be one that we keep! 🙂

The weekend after Valentine’s Day, we used some of our tax refund money to go shopping, buy gifts, and eat at our favorite restaurant. We were supposed to try a new place we’d heard about, but it’s hard to resist the Japanese Steakhouse that we ALWAYS go to. It was such a great weekend together and it went by way too fast!

My Valentine's Day gifts!

Last weekend I finally got a chance to go home. I got to hang out with my family and lots of my friends. It was so much fun and I was happy to hang out with Lauren & Evalee again, as well as Mike & Bia and Caitlin! It’s so nice being in a place where there are tons of friends to hang out with! 🙂

Little Evalee!

Other than that, we are just enjoying our time here and with each other. Samson, Guen, & Ghost keep us busy and entertained, I try and come up with a date night at least once a week (lately there has been breakfast for dinner night, game night, bowling, and some other fun ones), and we are still really enjoying Knoxville.

As much as we LOVE the city, Eric recently sent his resume to some connections he has at home to try and find a job – so we are praying that something might come up that would give us the chance to move home some day soon! We’ll see. We love and miss you all at home and hope to be closer.

Well, as spring approaches, I’m looking forward to more park dates, pic-nics, going to the sunsphere with Eric, going to a marriage retreat with our community group at church, trips home, and hopefully a vacation in the near future! I am also hoping to train for/run a 10k (I’m working up to a half marathon – SOMEDAY in the future!) so hopefully I will be motivated enough for that to happen! We hope everyone stays in touch and we hope to see you all at home soon!

– Jessica

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