We started July with a couple of fun things. Since Damion was off work for a couple of days for Independence Day, we headed out on Monday morning to take a drive. I used to love doing this with my parents when I was growing up, and in Louisiana when Damion would drive me around and show me different places. This time, it was for both of us. I've been to Richmond before, but it's been a while! We stopped in a little down near us for some yummy homemade doughnuts, and then we were off! (We did get to have a quick stop for fuel and see my Cousin Emily, her husband Royce, and their three girls! It was quick, but family hugs are always nice!)
Once we got to Richmond, we really didn't have much of an agenda except that we wanted to try a place we saw on TV for lunch - Sally Bell's! Before we went, we drove through town checking out our options for the afternoon. There were several museums that caught our attention! Unfortunately, I started feeling pretty bad during our drive (that bummer headache thing...), and while I hoped a little lunch would help, things weren't looking great. We decided not to push ourselves and just drive a bit more to relax. I got to show Damion one of my favorite buildings in Richmond - one I've always noticed any time I've driven through! Turns out, its the train station! I love the architecture! It reminds me of Eastern Europe. We drove around a bit more and then decided to go ahead and start our way back. My sweet hubby was kind to care for me when I felt like I had ruined everything about our day. Wahhhh!
Boxed Lunches are their thing!
Isn't it so pretty?!
Let's go with a fresh start the next day - July 4th! Moving here has been great for us in so many ways, but one of the best perks is having great friends in our town.. well, I guess we're in THEIR town. Ha! Jarrod and Dawn, and their kiddos, invited us over to grill out and shoot some fireworks. I didn't get many photos (mostly we played on Snapchat while we waited for the sky to get dark .. lol), but that's okay. It was a fun time! Later in the week, my Mom, Sister, and Niece came up for a few hours! It was nice to show them our home, the town we're in now, and have a yummy lunch together. We definitely miss Damion's family in Louisiana, but it's nice to be close to mine again, too.
Mama with her Fajita Steam Facial. :o)
A few days later, we were traveling again! Damion accompanied me to Weyer's Cave, VA for a day-long oil event. It was kind of a cross between a conference and a training session. It was nice to see a few folks from my team there! Yay! I got to check out the new Savvy Minerals makeup from Young Living and spend some time learning from some of our leaders. It was a whirlwind trip, but I feel like we're famous for those. Ha! It was a really pretty drive, and we always enjoy just getting away together for a day or two.
A couple of days later, it was time to celebrate Dawn! YAY! I've missed celebrating birthdays with my friends! 5 of us got together at Kings in North Hills. We had a delicious dinner and then headed over to their bowling lanes. I was doing well at first, but things slacked off for me. Ha! That's okay, though, because Dawn won! :o)
We got back together with the Tucks to watch the Mayweather-McGregor boxing match. Goodness gracious! I've never watched a full match before, and definitely didn't know there would be so many other fights before the main event. LOL! We were dragging to get out of bed for church the next morning, but it was a fun night again.
September has been easy going, thankfully. We have really been spending a lot of time praying for one another, praying about the church we've been visiting, and hanging out doing things together in the evenings. Damion and I love to play cards and board games. We like to cook together, and I'm even learning to play Xbox games with him. That hobby of his is not something I've ever been bothered by. He's careful to make sure that I don't have any expectations of his time and he makes sure that I am not put off by it every time. I usually just watch him play, click around on my phone, or even watch TV on my iPad. But, he's been finding games to share with me, and that's been fun! We haven't played "our game" (WoW - I think most people know our story by now. haha) in quite a while, so this has been nice for us to do together again.
I'm still so bad at most games, but I have had fun with Minecraft!
He's teaching me Borderlands 2, too.
He's teaching me Borderlands 2, too.
I've had a few more oily events this month, too. I went to Knightdale with Julie to host a table for Hodge Road Elementary's Color Run - a fundraiser for their school. I also held a "101"-type class here at my house. I got to meet a couple more friends from the area, so that's nice!
Last Wednesday, my friend texted me in the evening and directly asked me about going to the gym together the next day. We have a local community center with a free gym that's available to use. Damion and I went to check it out soon after we moved here, but neither one of us have ever been to use it. I have a "history" with going to the gym, and knew that I'd love going back.. and of course, would love to work on my health in that way again, but going by yourself just isn't always the easiest or funnest thing to do. So, while I was nervous and anxious about doing this again, I am so thankful that she initiated! Yesterday made 4 visits (in the last 6 days) for us! Wahoo! We do have bigger goals, personal goals, etc., but we're working on going three times a week together. I'm excited to have this back in my life, and would love your encouragement and prayers.
This weekend, we will wrap up the month by traveling to Tennessee to spend the weekend with my family. I'm not mad at all about being in the Knoxville area the weekend of the home game against Georgia (:o)), but I am sad that we won't be at the stadium. Maybe I can convince Damion to drive me by there so I can get out and cheer! #GoVols! It will be a really quick trip, but I'm excited to see my family and get over to those mountains I love so much.