I have so much to catch my blog up on but in the last week I have been moving into my first house with my husband and we just got internet so it has had to wait.
A month and a half ago, I seriously can’t believe it’s been that long already, Alex and I headed off for my home country the US of A. It was Alex’s very first time venturing to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our first stop was California.
We both absolutely love this West Coast state and its laid back vibe. I think out of the 50 states that America has this one is most like Australia. We stayed with some family friends out in Orange County but got to check out LA and San Diego while we were there. It was actually my first time to this part of California and it did not disappoint. We ate delicious Mexican food and of course In N Out Burger, saw some amazing beaches and got to bask in that California sun everyone always talks about. It was the greatest start to our American Adventure.
After the red eye to Fort Lauderdale and a 45 minute drive we were finally at my house in Miami. It will always be one of my most favorite things to walk into that Miami house and feel like no time has passed. It had been over a year since I had seen my dad and 16 months since I had seen my brothers. Saying it felt good to be home would be an understatement!
The two weeks in Miami before the wedding were a blur and its hard to describe the billion different emotions I was going through that ranged between absolute joy of being home to the sadness of leaving Miami again to everything in between the two. Here are some highlights from those too fast moving 14 days pre wedding.
We did a lot in those couple weeks before wedding weekend started and even more of the people I love began to pour into Miami to celebrate this Ausmerican Love Story. We saw the Florida Everglades, went up to visit my Great Grandma in West Palm Beach, got more engagement pictures taken, had a Miami Christmas, sipped on milkshakes from Homestead favorite Knaus Berry Farm, ate dinner in Coconut Grove and had drinks at the Epic, ate at my favorite Italian restaurant Ana Capri, went to South Beach and ate again (we did A LOT of eating), went shopping (something I dearly miss), and most importantly spent many precious hours having fellowship with friends and family. It was exhausting and exhilarating all at once to be back in Miami and showing my Alex my hometown and what I used to love doing there. It was special and I want to do it all over again. Each day that passed made me ache for more time home but I knew that every day we spent there brought us closer to the JOY marriage so my heart was in a tug of war. Miami will always feel like home to me but waking up next to my husband makes the saying so true “home is where the heart is” and my heart will always be with him.