Monday, February 20, 2012

England with my H-U-S-B-A-N-D!!


I'm so behind! But I have taken some pictures!  I've been here now for about 10 days, and I still have so much to do!

Let me begin by saying, if you didn't know, that yes le Rey and I are married! We got married at the courthouse in Arizona at the end of August, and our wedding will be here in London in mid-April. All very backwards, last minute and unconventional but hey.


SO. le Rey took off about 6 days when I first arrived, and so that was nice to catch up together, run errands, celebrate Valentine's Day, etc.  : ) We stayed at his friend's flat and then moved into our own flat in Wimbledon on Wednesday. It is a sweet little flat (apartment) that our church has generously let us rent until September. I cannot imagine looking for a place to live right now. Very happy we could move in already. Have seen several friends from church and had a great time with them on Saturday, as well as a great time with my friend who looked at a wedding venue with me. Thank you girls : )

 le Rey has a lot of disorganized stuff. It makes sense, as he has lived in the UK for many years, in several barracks without much room, and was away for much of the time. So we have a lot of things to go through (you would have to see it to believe it). He has been working since we moved in, and on his time off we've done some mopping, scrubbing,etc and a little bit of shopping. It's challenging to move into a new place because you just want to be settled in right away, don't you think?! I am trying to be patient and remember it all takes time (and extra time when you don't drive! and mark my words, I will never drive overseas! I would be so confused!)........but really I want everything to look like the IKEA catalog I'm currently browsing : (

this is only some of it
What else? I wrote down a bunch of things to write in here, but I can't find that paper. And now here it is, almost midnight-why do I pick this time to write?!

It's really cold, although it could be colder so I shouldn't complain...........but come on, I'm from the desert! I can't wait till it gets warmer!! I have now learned not to leave the house without gloves, yuck. I think I really really hate the cold. But don't we all hate it when it's cold, and then in the summer we hate it when it's so hot. eh.

I have not started teaching again yet. The schools were all off last week, and I think my teaching agency probably was too, as I called them twice and there was no answer. I will call a couple agencies tomorrow so I can get back to work! I'm not in that big of a rush at this point since I really want to get a few more things settled in the flat first (like a bed! there is a single, but that is obviously too small)............anyway, that's where I'm at. Trying to get settled, trying to enjoy le Rey...... it's such a shame that at the moment it's all towels, vaccums, and food talk. Hoping to get some sort of routine going soon (although he's starting a couple weeks of night shifts, so that will be difficult).

favorite-sticky toffee pudding
So we shall see how things go! I already said to le Rey the first week "So how long do you want to live here?".......I must seriously have a  problem. Maybe I need to face the fact that
a) Sun and heat make me really happy
b) I forgot what it's like to drink tea and coffee 5 times a day
c) perhaps I will only feel settled/at home in Arizona?
d) I need to get back to the gym/yoga
d) I am a lost and confused individual

I cannot believe le Rey is happy to go on this crazy life journey with me! Bless him : )  Here's to hoping I win this battle with my mind and try to get settled into being a wife and living in England again. 

Anyone out there feel settled and content? Please let me know your secret.

Love you and miss you all,


  1. It is all so amazing! Your journey through life, I love it! le Rey is a good and wonderful man and will be patient with you as you get this all sorted in both your "flat" LOL and your head.

    KPG- You are a super organized person and in NO TIME you will have everything in it's place as long as you give yourself the time to devote to doing it! I've seen your handy work and know how you operate. As soon as you see a need, you find a way to fix it. Write your lists, get some dry erase boards and GET TO WORK you can do this! A new marriage is a lot of work ( I can't imagine what it's like on another continent!!) but I know you will take the time to get it together.

    You are truly blessed in your life and I am sure you'll make the best of it. Now get to writing those lists! We're all rooting (right word?) for you! <3 Eko/Michele

  2. PS Thanks for all the wonderful pictures. I especially liked the one of you sitting super close to le Rey in the park? and the beautiful shot of you and your flowers, that picture is a work of are if do say so myself. Jayden liked it as well.

  3. Yay! Congratulations! I know feeling so unsettled is, well, unsettling, but glad to hear it's a fun process, nonetheless. Love to you!

  4. Since you asked...I would say not to stress about working right away since you do have things that need to be done. I understand you are feeling pressured to help with the financial situation, but everything will fall into place. An army wife once told me when she felt unsettled, she'd check the calendar to see how long she had been in their new place and if it was less than a year, she'd have to remind herself that it takes about that long. Fortunately for you, you have a circle of friends there already, which should help. Couple more comments: You'd be amazed how used to driving you would get over there once you started, but since you'll be spending most of your time in the city, I'd use public transport as well! I, like you missed the sunny, clear weather of the desert when I moved to Germany. In fact, I didn't realize just how much it was a part of my life (and emotional state) until it was gone! But, I got used to it and vacationed in sunnier places. Another excuse to travel. Being lost and confused is part of change, which is why a lot of people struggle with change. You'll do great! Keep your spirits up and take a day at a time!