This blog is to help keep our loved ones updated about our adventures and times in Italy and Europe. That being said, there may be some that need a bit more of a crash course in the past three years.
For those that don’t know the story. Ben and I first started dating the summer before 8th grade, puppy love at it’s best. We dated for 2 1/2 years before breaking up during sophomore year of high school. We remained sort of friends but talked less and less. After high school we went our separate ways and kept in touch through myspace! Ben went to the Army and worked as Military Police, and I went to Western Michigan University to get my nursing degree. Ben got deployed to Iraq for 15 months shortly after joining. When he returned home from deployment to visit loved ones, I just happened to be home for the weekend from WMU. We got together for dinner and then coffee afterwards and it was like old times again. A short time later we were dating again, all the feelings of love and belonging resurfaced stronger than ever and we got married on May 9, 2009.
We went back to Colorado together after getting married because Ben was still in the Army and stationed at Fort Carson at the time. He stuck around there after I had to leave and finished out his time. The Army wasn’t too cooperative with co-locating us so Ben just got out of the Army instead of staying in. He finally got to Virginia with me in October 2010. Figuring out what career was best for him took some time and he finally settled on getting a Bachelor’s of Science in Game Design. He’s enrolled in full time online schooling through Full Sail University. It’s a great way to keep up with school while we’re overseas!
When I left Colorado I went to Newport, RI to attend Officer Development School for the Navy and got stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia. I worked as a nurse first on the Mother/Baby unit and then transferred to the Pediatric unit. I loved working with the children on the pediatric floor! I was so happy when Ben finally came to join me in Virginia, we had such a good time together, but also ready to move on to a new place!
Can’t forget the pugs Galway and Penny! They’re clearly our fur children and we love them. Pugs are such clown dogs and they have such big personalities. We’re hoping they continue to do well in Italy.