- 18th November
- 29th April
Anthony flew in Wednesday (4/24) night, late. He flew over so that we could drive Eva (my white saturn vue) back to Texas since Anthony bought her! I’m so glad some stranger isn’t going to have her and that she is staying in the “family” :) Eva holds so many memories of road trips for spring break, long distance visits and camping :)
We left early Friday (4/26) morning at 3am and drove straight through to Searcy, Arkansas. It was such a perfect place to rest for a couple days since that’s where we met and fell in love and it holds such a special place in our hearts.
Saturday (4/27)morning we met with one of our good friends’, Alex, to have breakfast. We met at Waffle House. YUM. It was great getting to catch up with him and we walked around campus a little. It was gloomy and wet outside but still beautiful. We took a couple pictures in front of the Harding Fountain and the Famous Bell Tower. (Supposedly whoever you walk under the bell tower with, that’s who you will spend the rest of your life with… I’ve only walked under it with Anthony and we’ve been together for 3 years!).
After spending some time on campus we went to meet one of my best girlfriends and her boyfriend. We used to double date with these two back when we were at Harding. Happy to see them still going strong (2.5 years!). We met them for a double lunch date at the best restaurant in Searcy…. FUJIS Japanese Steakhouse. Seriously the best place on earth.
AND after Fuji’s we went to Walmart and walked some of our food off and talked for a while. We actually stood in the middle of an isle against life jackets and styrofoam coolers talking for at least 30 minutes :) We absolutely love Elizabeth and Jona :) After we left them we went and hung out with Rachel at Starbucks and ended up running into my suite-mate and bestie from freshman year!
So amazing and great getting to see Emily :)
Sunday (4/28) anthony and I spent a little time in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and went to Two Senorita’s for lunch. It was so delicious. The food was made incredibly fresh. The FRESHEST mexican food I’ve ever had. And I had a yummy sangria margarita to celebrate our 3 year anniversary :) After lunch we drove on to Garland, Texas and stopped at the Bass Pro which sits right on this HUGE lake. There were so many people sailing out on the water and it was so gorgeous!
After we spent about an hour at Bass Pro, which Anthony was SO excited to get to go to, we drove on to the airport :/ Anthony parked in the delta parking deck, turned off the car and just held me while I cried. I hate saying goodbye to him. I absolutely hate it. It’s the hardest thing I ever have to do. I love him so incredibly much and I’m so blessed not only by his unconditional and passionate love for me, but also by his wonderful friendship. He is my true best friend that I can share anything with. He makes me laugh and always thinks of me first and takes care of me. I don’t know what I’d do with out him. This was such a wonderful and relaxing trip and yet it was also such a horrible tease. I dont know when we’ll see each other again but I hope it’s soon.
Anthony, my darling, I love you more and more each second that we’re together. You’re my one true love..my knight in shining armor. I can’t wait for the day when we don’t have to say goodbye, but when we can say I’ll see you tonight. I love you with everything I have. Until then.
- 25th April
- 14th February
Another Valentines where we aren’t together. But Anthony made me feel just as special as if we weren’t apart. Immediately at 12:01am on Feb 14th Anthony sent me my first gift. A custom massage and scalp massage package! I’ve only had one and was immediately addicted. They’re so relaxing and it meant the world that Anthony remembered how much I love them and wants me to pamper myself :)
The mail was incredibly backed up but I finally got his card. When I opened the envelope and the card rose petals exploded everywhere. And a rose inside the card drew it’s petals back and the word Love lit up. It was the most beautiful card and made me feel like a princess.
Another year together
Another year apart
Thousands of miles away
Forever in our hearts.
- 2nd February
- 20th January
- 13th January
- 1st January
Happy New Years! I’m very excited for 2013. I, personally, haven’t had that great of a year in 2012 with my health. But having my family sure made things not as worse as they could have been. I’m so blessed to have been able to spend New Years Eve & Day with Anthony for the 2nd year in a row and with my family as well.
I’m looking forward to this year because Anthony graduates from Paramedic school, my cousin Alleks gets married, my sweet friends Morgan and Mandie get married, I get to meet Anthony’s grandfather for the first time, my best friends Rachel and Elizabeth both graduate from Harding, one of my best girl friends is getting engaged this fall but I cant say who, my best friend Ashley and her husband finish building their house, my Juice Plus+ business is growing and I’m getting my health back on track. It’s going to be a busy year trying to stay focused in my Nursing program at Wake Tech and focusing on becoming a better Christian, daughter, friend and girlfriend.
Anthony flys out today to go back home to Dallas, Tx. I’m going to miss him more than words. The next time I’ll see him is at the end of March. So it’s not as bad as we thought. Originally we weren’t going to get to see each other til July when he graduates. Praying for a strong last semester of Paramedic school for him and safe travels.
Thank you so much for spending your holiday with myself and my family. We all love you so much Anthony. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for loving us.
I hope mom doesn’t force a black eyed pea upon me….
- 31st December
- 30th December
I always look forward to Anthony’s birthday because I love spoiling him! We started the day off with presents and traditional Birthday Cinnamon Rolls for Breakfast on the “Special” birthday plate :)
We then went to Church and afterwards my parents and I surprised Anthony in taking him to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch.
I got the 4 cheese macaroni and Anthony got the Crusted Chicken Romano Pasta aka: Chicken Parm. Anthony’s favorite
Then of course no birthday is complete at the cheesecake factory without dessert! Mama said, “Anthony, we sure are glad you had a birthday!” :)
Anthony got some peanut butter reses cheesecake and I ventured out of my normal chocolatey comfort zone and got pineapple upside down cheesecake. It was AMAZING.
After our huge lunch we decided to go on a walk at the lake to relax and burn off a few of these calories and just have some us time. It was such a gorgeous winter day and I made friends with some of the ducks that were there. They didn’t like Anthony too much, though, I dont think ;)
We went to evening church and came back home and surprised Anthony once again with a German Chocolate Birthday Cake! (I’ll admit Mama helped me Ice it) We forgot about birthday candles so we used a legit candle and it still worked out nicely I think.
"H22B ALE" (Happy 22nd Birthday, Anthony Lewis Espinoza)
I love you so very much, my Dear. I’m so blessed to have spent 3 of your wonderful birthdays with you. Hope it’s fabulous and you have a most blessed year :)
Excuse us while we all go in to a diabetic coma.
- 29th December
Today we finally got together with my best friend Lauren & her Hubby Daniel! We went to mine and Lauren’s traditional bestie date spot: Kanki Japanese Steak House.
It was really great getting to see her as she is a full time PA student and is married. Her and Daniel are doing really well and taking their partial long distance marriage like champs!
After lunch with the Dorns, Anthony wanted to drive. And I was kind of surprised because, I didn’t think he knew his way around Raleigh yet. And I was right, he didn’t. He began to use his gps to take us home. And I was like, come on, dude. I could of just driven us home without using gps/data to get there. But he was insistent. We started going a certain direction and I began to get suspicious but I didn’t want to blurt out my thoughts because I wanted to let Anthony do whatever he was doing. Well, we eventually turned into the Raleigh Grande parking lot and I KNEW. Yes. This was going to happen. He was taking me to see Les Miserable. I was SO happy and I was really surprised and even more surprised to see my parents in line already buying their tickets! Of Course when I said to Anthony, “You’re taking me to see Les Mis, aren’t you!?!?” And he would reply, “What? No, I’m lost… this isn’t the way to your house? We’re actually going to see this instead..” Not til he purchased the tickets would he finally admit we were going to see Les Mis. And my parents would be joining us.
I have been absolutely DYING to see Les Mis. I didn’t think I would get to see it so soon after it coming out despite my many, probably annoying, hints to Anthony of how much I’d love to see it. I keep forgetting that I just have to trust that he’s going to spoil me like he always does in the end :)
The movie was INCREDIBLE. There are no words to describe it.
Thanks baby for a wonderful lunch followed by an even more perfect surprise. And thank you for loving me :)
- 26th December
It is NO secret that Anthony and I are DIE HARD Lord of the Rings nerds. I have just about every line of the movies memorized. Anyways, we have been waiting for the Hobbit to finally come out in theaters. I’m pretty sure if Anthony and I could live in Middle Earth, we would.
Today was the most perfect day to have a Lord of the Rings day because it was POURING rain. And int he Lord of the Rings it’s almost ALWAYS raining.
Well, I decided I would surprise Anthony and take him out for an early breakfast at Denny’s. We love breakfast. I think we go on more breakfast dates than anything else. I chose Denny’s for a specific reason as they are promoting The Hobbit with having a special breakfast menu just for it! We pulled into Denny’s and as we were walking through the doors Anthony said, “I already know what I’m getting. The Hobbit breakfast.” :) If only he knew why I brought him here. It’s only just beginning.
The food was SO good. We had pumpkin pancakes, shire sausage, taters and eggs… we were in Middle Earth Heaven.
After breakfast, my treat, I drove out to Crossroads in Cary. We were a little earlier than I had planned so we went through the Starbucks drive thru to get some lattes. We sat in our car watching the rain, drinking our lattes and talking. I finally couldn’t stall any longer and drove over to the movie theatre. I told him we were seeing Les Mis, to throw him off… he wasn’t fooled. He knew. He knows me. And knows we were going to see the Hobbit. But not just The Hobbit. The Hobbit in IMAX 3D. So we got the fun glasses!
The movie was amazing! I’ve read the book and at first I was so angry at how it ended because they left so much out! But then we found out it’s 1 of 3 installments of the Hobbit movies!
Today was so perfect :)
- 25th December
We all had a wonderful Christmas morning. There were presents everywhere and the living room was full! Mike played Santa for the first part and I was his little helper in passing them out after he passed them to me. I got so many wonderful things. Among my favorites are these gorgeous and perfect cowgirl boots that Anthony got me! I’ve been dying to have some since I had been living in texas. He did so good ;)
After we had opened all our presents Anthony and I went to the lake. It was so nice outside.
- 23rd December
My family. I’m so blessed to be able to spend the holiday with all three of them.
My parents and I :)
My wonderful Mama & best friend.
My superman and amazing Dad.
Jasmine needed to Join!
I accidentally closed my eyes haha. But it’s still good I think.
- 22nd December
We continued our long drive from Mobile, AL to Raleigh, NC. Anthony helped me out a lot with the driving. Poppy and Ammu followed behind. It was such a clear and gorgeous day which made the drive not so bad and kept us awake.
Anthony started the day off driving for me so I could rest. And I finally caught this Dodgers fan wearing my Red Sox hat :)
We stopped at a rest area so we could all stretch our legs. Two days in the car is rough! It was SUPER cold but Dahlilah was bracing it like a Champ in her little Fleece.
We were really excited to drive through Atlanta since we are both obsessed with the Walking Dead and it takes place in and outside of Atlanta.
We finally arrive home in Raleigh, NC at 11:30pm. The house was lit up so beautifully with Christmas lights. It was exactly the thing I’d been looking forward to for such a long time. Both Anthony & I were STARVING. So Mama had sandwiches ready for the both of us upon our arrival.
The Christmas tree was also lit up and beautifully decorated. Being in Houston for the last Christmas was kind of a let down. My grandparents are too old to get a tree and keep it up so we had only a small tree. So it was nice to come back to the traditions I grew up with that reminded me I’m home.