The strange thing is... I really actually liked working both jobs in one day. It keeps me from sitting at home, keeps me busy, gives me time to think and heck, gives me money!! Not to discredit the fun afternoons I have with my Mom. I so enjoy those as I know that they will come to an end all to soon.
That's the reason I've not blogged. Because, really I work most nights. And I don't typically get on my computer in the day. I get up. Run errands with my mom. Go to work. Come home. Talk to my Mom. Call Will. Go to sleep. Everyday. What will I do when he leaves? It will put a damper on my schedule for sure... but we'll get to that later.
Aside from working, running errands and late night phone calls... I have become quite the traveler of the continental US. I traveled cross country with Chase (he has all my pictures from that), spent a week in SC with my grams and then an extended weekend in Virginia/D.C. with William and his family.
Chase has all our pictures. My grams hates pictures. Which means the only pictures I have to share are the ones from my D.C trip.
Well here goes! May 13th (a Friday actually...), around 10:40 I was packed and ready to go. I had to stop by the gas station and then I was on my way!
I took two like this. This was the better of the two. I look not my best. But, I promise I looked better in person... I think.
After like 4 stops to go to the bathroom (my mom's small bladder is a curse I wish I hadn't inherited), quick lunch at Panera (they got my order wrong and gave me a salad as opposed to a sandwich, which is kind of a big deal when you're driving down the interstate), and a nice scenic route (the majority of which was on stoplight infested I-29. Thank you dumb GPS), I arrived at 5266 Ellicott Drive, Centreville, VA. Took me like 6 hours and 20 min. But, Will was waiting outside and seeing him was well worth the drive!
I was introduced to his sweet mother and newly-wed cousins, Dan and Kate, who all happened to be doing yard work despite the overcast weather, being engulfed in a cloud of humidity and the ever so slight constant drizzle! Things were definitely awkward at first. I got the grand tour and I felt good. I use the word good because I can't think of a better word... "at ease" or "at home" are not right. Maybe, comfortable is the right word. I immediately felt like I would genuinely like his family. We went on a walk in some woods by his house. It was still too early to whip out the camera and things were a little awkward. I think it was taking me some time to adjust to the fact that I was ACTUALLY in Virginia... like I had talked about being for so long. It wasn't a bad awkward or uncomfortable at all... but, it does leave one to wonder what it will be like seeing each other after two years.
That night we had dinner as a family on his porch. Or with his family I should say. It was prepared by Dan and Kate, with a little help from Randy (his dad). It was quite good and Randy had some Japanese sodas for each of us to try. Once again, I felt very comfortable. Like I fit in. His parents included me and while we got to know each other my idea was correct. I did genuinely really like his family.
After dinner we just talked for awhile followed by kitchen cleanup and a game of scattegories. It was quite funny and I really enjoyed playing. I had one hysterical breakdown. Both from the hilarity of his father and the happiness of being with Will after 3 weeks (it felt far longer than that). I really could not stop laughing. It was semi-embarrassing. Anyway, we finished with more talk and chocolate cake and ice cream (Me and Will took a trip to the grocery store to buy it before dinner). My mom had sent me with a delicious chocolate cake and it was VERY well received. Everyone talked about it the entire time I was there and how good it was. Finally, his parents went to their room, his cousins to theirs and me and Will sat in the family room for about an hour (when his mom, Nancy, called down and said it was time for bed) and just spent time catching up.
|Right outside of Arlington. I believe this is a Marine Memorial.|
|One of the many FDR waterfalls.|
|William and his 7ft prom date.|
|Some bridge on the outskirts of Washington!|
|Dan, Kate, Me and Will.|
Afterwards we went to the market. :) We all split up. There was this little bakery in there at which me and Will spent some of our remaining money on a cupcake. My mom was appalled, but it is a peanut butter/chocolate cupcake.
|Obviously excited about the delicious find.|
|I <3 Peanut Butter.|
|In the Market!|
We then journeyed home. He lives about 25 minutes outside of D.C. and we just spent the time talking. When we got home, we just hung out! Will worked on his talk for the Priesthood fireside that night (he was asked to speak about "Preparing for a Mission") and when he left, I spent the time with Nancy in her vinyl/craft room learning how she makes things! It was really cool! I got to help make t-shirts for the graduating seniors in their ward and enjoyed being a part of that. It was nice to have some down time and talk to his Mom about him, their family and something she enjoys! When he got home and changed... we went outside for a walk... in the rain!!
I tried something new since his hair is getting so long and spiked it! This is us after our fun playing in the rain... which for some reason I do like to do. Weird since I can only do it on days when my hair isn't straight!
We had a wonderful dinner and again just sat around talking and getting to know one another. After dinner and dessert me and Will went downstairs to talk and watch a movie. I fell asleep halfway through. Again... clearly my mother's daughter. (Valentine's day was the movie we watched... or attempted to).
Sunday, his church was at one. I spent the morning sleeping and getting ready (he went to one of his friends farewell's) and eating lunch. William put the finishing touches on his sacrament talk (2 in one weekend!) and we were off! He gave a wonderful talk on the Baptismal Covenant. And I learned that he was baptized in the Susquehanna River (the restoration site of the Priesthood)! He did really quite well and I think will make a spectacular missionary.
Us, in our Sunday dress! I am not a fan of coordinating couples outfits. But, someone did point out that we kind of matched. It was unintentional. I swear on my life!!
After that we went on a walk. I think it was like 7 miles but I'm really bad with distance. ;) So maybe it was less than 2. Haha ah!
Monday, William and I got to spend the day in D.C. together. We spent the time riding the metro, seeing some sites, getting lunch and just enjoying each other's company.
|I think I look weird. I'm guessing it's the angle?|
|One of the many escalators we rode!|
|<3... My Mom's favorite ;)|
|On the Metro. Headed towards...|
|The Capitol! Our favorite monument found in every state!|
|My Marine! :)|
|In the heart of D.C... or just on top of the world! See how clever that wording was?! Cause we literally ARE on top of the world. My computer is being dumb and not letting me press enter... So that is the reason for this extremely WIDE caption.|
Tuesday was a sad day. (Sorry for the lack of detail as I progress further...)
|Right before I had to leave. :(|
|Making my way home! :) Looking better... but feeling sadder than the trip up!|
I had to leave around 11am in order to be home a little after 5. This time I took I-95 to I-85 and made it home a lot faster but, used more gas. So, if you are looking to save money go I-29 if you are looking to save time I-95/85 is your route.
I really enjoyed getting to spend time with William before his mission. I loved meeting his parents. I grew to love them both over just the weekend. They are wonderful people and have an amazing son to prove it! I really did have a blast. I love his other siblings! I have only met his 2 older sisters but I really really liked them as well! And just from the stories about his two older brothers I know I would like them too. I know this blog conveys very little emotion, but I had a great time. I wish I could've stayed longer or gone up again, but I need to work and time is very limited. But, thankfully he will be coming to visit the first weekend in June. He goes into the MTC... June 15th.
I truly am excited for him to serve. I am envious because I think that serving a mission at 19 is far more convenient than at 21. Just one more BIGGER sacrifice women are asked to make as opposed to men ;). I tease. I do love William Henderson Daybell. Not in the elementary school way where you get butterflies whenever that boy walks into the room, not in the weird middle school way in which you are doodling the boy's name all over your notebook/hand and not in the high school way where you are walking each other to class, driving over to one another's house and spending hours on the phone and computer texting, calling and skyping. No, I love him in the college kid way... which is a silly yet perfect combination of all three. I don't mean to get mushy or awkward... but this is a kind of journal so stop reading if you start to feel queasy.
Really, when I think about Will and those 7,000 "What do you want in a husband" lists I have thrown away over my years in young women's he fits every single quality. He is tall, handsome, with a sweet smile, strong...he has a good body and he has a cute hands (I know that's weird to say... but, some people say they look at people's feet, or ears or toes... but, I look at their hands). He is smart, funny, sweet, quiet yet outgoing, complimentative (which is a real word I looked it up just to be sure), motivated, respectful, kind and charming. His biggest and only downfall is his current career choice. Which happens to be the army. He says he is going to do some serious thought as to whether the army is his chosen field. I will be doing the same if things seem to be working out. We have two years to get to know each other over letters. Two years to figure out what we want to do. Two years to meet people, serve the Lord and strengthen our testimony's. I will not be riding the bench here at home. But, if I am being honest with myself, I don't know that there is anyone out there who can come close to meaning as much as William does to me. Some say that it's childish or dramatic and I'm only 19. But, Will is a blessing, Will is special, Will is perfect and for the moment... Will is mine. I like it that way. Because I really do LOVE him. I have used that word before in two other relationships. But never before have I said it with such honesty and sincerity. In the excited words and actions of Tom Cruise on Oprah: "I LOVE WILLIAM DAYBELL!"
And that's all I have for now. :) More on my working of two jobs, his trip down here and the dreaded/greatly anticipated MTC date of June 15th.