Our First Wedding Anniversary

What a year it has been. From trips to the Dominican Republic, Disney World and Las Vegas/The Grand Canyon we have been quite busy. This past year has been a great adventure and a long time coming! Although we are just celebrating our first wedding anniversary we have been through five wonderful and love filled years together! Cheers to many more special years and adventures together! 

Honeymoon Five Months Later…

I just realized that I never shared about our wonderful honeymoon that we took two days after the wedding! Mike and I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and stayed at the Secrets Royal Beach Resort. We had the most fantastic and relaxing time of our lives and we talk about it constantly. Hopefully one day we’ll make it back there. We chose to go to the DR as it is where Mike’s dad was born and lived part of his life. Granted we did not go to Santo Domingo, where he is from, but it made us feel closer and more relatable to him because we have now been to his home country. As for choosing what resort to stay at, I did my research. I spoke with friends who had traveled there, I read hundreds of reviews on Trip Advisor and I waited until I felt comfortable enough to book it. I am so glad we booked when we did as the same package went up $500 the following week and just one month later it was over $1000 higher than we paid. If you do your research you can really get some good deals traveling to the DR.
We went the first week of June and the weather was perfect with highs in the 80s and lows in the upper 70s. It only rained once that entire week and that was at night so we didn’t even care. The service at Secrets was unmatched to anywhere we had ever stayed. We loved the all-inclusive resort as once we arrived everything was taken care of from food to drinks to the entertainment they offered at night. My favorite thing about the resort is that you weren’t under any schedule to do anything, you could eat whenever you wanted, if you didn’t want to dress up and go to a restaurant you could just order room service! Another perk of the all-inclusive experience are the drinks. You can have them make any drink you can think of! My personal favorites were the sangria, the cuba libre light(rum and Diet Coke) and the Mamajuana which is a native drink made from allowing rum, red wine and honey soak in a bottle filled with tree bark and herbs. I know you’re probably thinking that it sounds gross but it was actually pretty tasty and powerful! We brought some home to drink on our first anniversary next year. 
We seriously had the most amazing time in the DR and it will be a vacation that we’ll never forget. It was totally worth every penny!

Stay southern,

Wedding Pictures Sneak Peek!

I have been dying to see professional pictures since we returned from our honeymoon and last Friday the photographer sent me this slide show sneak peek and I was floored! I couldn’t be happier with what they captured of our special day! I have watched it more times than I’d like to share! I hope you enjoy it half as much as I did!

Mike and Jen

I am loving Ed Sheeran’s Give me Love right now! I hope you enjoy!

Stay southern,

We’re Married!

So we did it! We got married and went on our honeymoon! We’re back home now and are learning to navigate this thing called marriage. Please come along with us on this journey as we figure out what it means to be husband and wife in the twenty-first century! I plan to update more often as I now have more time 🙂 I have missed blogging and I am excited to share what’s happening with the new Arnold’s!

My sweet husband gave me a BOSE Bluetooth speaker as one of my wedding presents so I can blast my music anywhere in the house now! Neighbors beware! Right now I am obsessed with several songs: 
Miranda Lambert’s Mama’s Broken Heart 
Imagine Dragons- Radioactive 
Emeli Sandé- Next To Me 
Bruno Mars- Show Me
Shakira- Loca (which we heard everyday on the honeymoon!)

Stay southern,

Proposal Story!

Please bear with me…this is a wordy story! But I am so happy to share it 🙂

Mike totally caught me off guard with the proposal. Props to him for completely flooring me.  I will say that I was just shy of obnoxious asking him when he was going to propose and not one week before the day he did he told me that it would be a while as he had just started his job one month ago. Little did I know he had been planning this for a while and had already had the ring for a couple of weeks!! 

On that Friday I was exhausted from work and called him and asked if we could just eat something quick at home so I wouldn’t have to cook and he said of course. After dinner he asked if I wanted to go to Local Culture(my biggest weakness) for frozen yogurt. I checked the website and they had my favorite flavor which we never catch so he said “you want to go now?” and I said yes thinking that we needed to make sure we got there before the students would eat all my precious cookies & creme!! I thought the yogurt was the highlight of my day but as we stood up to leave Mike asked if we could ride through campus as he never gets to go through there anymore since he works somewhere else. I thought nothing of this either as it was frequent that we would ride around town just for fun. He said he wanted to go out to South Farm and see if the observatory was open because he heard that it was supposed to be opening soon. Now there wasn’t a star in the sky that we could see so that should have tipped me off but hindsight is 20/20. We rode around the long gravel road to the observatory which of course was closed and there was this crazy bucking bull that looked like he wanted to kill us so I said that I was not going in there to even look at the observatory with that thing in the fence with me! 

We kept going around that long road and over the scariest bridge of all time until I looked up and saw something dash out in front of us and told Mike to turn his bright lights on so we could see. It happened to be about 5-6 fawn that ran in front of us and Mike asked if I wanted to get out and look for them. I said okay and we got out of the car. South Farm is super dark so we couldn’t see anything so I was about to get back in the car when he said he had a present for me and popped the trunk and there was a tarp back there which kind of freaked me out for a minute until he moved it over and uncovered a huge picture mosaic of the two of us(above). I asked him what it was and he said it was a picture of us that was made of 3000 different photographs that had been taken in the last 3.5 years we had been together. I was amazed I thought it was the sweetest present that I have ever been given for all of about 15 seconds. I was bent over in the trunk examining all of the photos when he said “there are a lot of great memories in that picture huh” and I replied yes and when I turned around he was on one knee and said “do you want to make some more memories?” I remember very little detail of the next few minutes but I remember crying hysterically and asking if this was real haha. I fell to both knees on that gravel road(it hurt) but it was worth it. Mike said I had my hands over my mouth until I gave up the left one for the ring of course!! Next I jumped up and down for a while and then I said we needed to call our families which we did!! The Arnold’s were ecstatic even if they did already know it was coming sometime soon. I couldn’t ask for a better reception of the news from my family and friends. I will remember that day for the rest of my life. We actually took no photographs which is uncommon for me but it is that much sweeter that I have such a vivid memory of the event and I lived it fully without stopping to worry about a picture. I wish I could go back to that day so badly! I think the only thing that will top it will be the wedding!!

Stay southern,