Welcome back to our blog!
So January began with a lot of cleaning and preparing because on the 3rd we were hosting a grand total of 7 OYANers other than ourselves in our apartment overnight! Four of those friends left early in the morning before I even woke up, but the other three (Alexis, Luke, and Ethan) stayed for what was titled “Luke and Ethan Are in Kentucky” 😀
The first day of their visit, Beth and Garrett of the Green Jacket (if you’re an OYANer you probably understand that) came to spend the day with us and we had a blast playing some games and then going to the movies.
Note: This is where we first fell in love with The Greatest Showman, but sadly David wasn’t there. We’ll come back to this point later.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end (I know, I hate it too), and Luke left us 😥 Ethan got to stay an extra two days, and in those two days we went to see The Greatest Showman again!
Note: This is where David fell in love with The Greatest Showman.
We also went to Steel City Pops both with Luke and Ethan, and once again before Ethan had to leave.
This visit was amazing. I (Adrienne) was especially blessed to be able to have people in my house to spend time with and talk to. Luke is one of my favorite people – full of energy and encouragement and life. Also my OYAN son so, you know. I love him a lot. And Ethan is Alexis’ best friend, who we haven’t seen in real life for over three years. (He got taller.) Getting to reconnect with both of them – and with Beth and Garrett for a day – meant the world.
If you want to get a more in depth look at all our shenanigans, look no further than my sister’s YouTube channel:
(This is part one. Parts 2 and 3 are also on her channel 😉 )
Alexis stayed with me for a day after the crew left, which was very sweet of her. We spent the whole day watching Gravity Falls. Then she was gone and David and I settled into our normal routine once again.
Or rather, lack thereof. With David’s crazy schedule we really have no routine which is beating me down to dust. Being real, my apartment is in a constant state of mess and my to do list never shortens. I’m unable to do most of what I want due to tiredness and a sense of paralysis that I get when routine is absent. It isn’t pretty and I hate it. But that’s just what life is right now, so I keep trying my best one day at a time.
Not a whole lot happened for the next couple weeks, and we thought the month would end off like that.
We were wrong.
David found out last minute on a Thursday that he would be getting a four day weekend starting Saturday. Friday night, we decided to take our first ever road trip by ourselves and head back home to Kansas.
This trip was beautiful. We needed it very much both to break up the drudge of everyday life, and in our marriage. It was good for us to get away and do something just us two. And we had such a blessed time.
We stayed at the Dudeplex, getting to hang out with the guys. I was able to hug Jeremy after not being able to talk with him since August. We went on a double date with our friends Josh and Kelly (WHO ARE GETTING MARRIED IN MAY I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE WEDDING), explored downtown KC with Sam and Emily, had a Panera breakfast with Christina, lunch at Spin! Pizza with the S’s, shopped at the mall with Kelly and Onnie, drank tea with Charlotte. I had a girls night with Onnie and Charlotte and Kelly while David played an RPG game with some of the guys. We learned how to play Munchkin, visited our old haunts, and stayed at the S’s past midnight talking.
In short: It was perfect.
We ended the trip with Jared, the Bradley’s, and Amber at an authentic Japanese Ramen restaurant for dinner (it was AMAZING and is now on our list of must visit places whenever we come back) before going back to the Dudeplex, hugging our friends goodbye, and hitting the road for an overnight drive back home to Kentucky. (Shout out to Good Day Chocolates for their energy chocolate – this stuff works)
Note: You know what also works when you’re getting tired on the road? Blasting The Greatest Showman Soundtrack and singing along. We had already fallen in love with the soundtrack so buying it on our way to Kansas was a no brainer. It was also a smart move as it got us through the misery of Missouri as well as through some of the night hours coming home. I may or may not have aided my swiftly leaving voice in packing up entirely by singing so passionately along with the CD.
And thus ended the first month of 2018. And you know what? It was good.
We hope your 2018 is going well and that it will continue to! Until next month, Love Strong everyone!
Adrienne and David