The time inbetween 2011 & 2014

In 2011, Brad & I went to Bali. We absolutely loved our stay in Puri Lumbung!! (

Brad & I did a tour of Victoria, Australia. It was great to see family! And we still talk about the Yabbies,  Cambell’s Tank, goin’ to Boni Dunn, the Mulwala Museum, the wonderful little town of Healesville, and a million other things! We had a great time touring Victoria and can’t wait to go back sometime!

Upon return to the U.S., I got to finally meet my (first) beautiful niece! It’s exciting to be an aunt!

And as it turned out, the other thing Brad and I both had when we returned to the U.S., was a lack of cash. Thankfully our wonderful parents and grandparent took us in. Unfortunately, that meant living thousands of miles away from each other. While living, apart I took a trip to Ohio to see Brad and he drove to California to see me. (I met him in Denver to drive part of the way, and as a bonus, I had an interview in Phoenix, Arizona.)

That fall (2012) I had landed a job at the Desert Botanical Garden. One of the most interesting and beautiful places in Phoenix, Arizona. It also happens to have some of the best staff & volunteers you’ll ever meet!

Although I was only part-time at the Desert Botanical Garden, I really do feel like I did a lot! I was involved in everything from training the docents, to Flashlight Tours, to helping sell and take down the Chihuly glass exhibit. What an experience!

It was at the end of summer in 2013 that Brad proposed to me with the biggest rock! It was a super cool piece of Jasper

And by July 7th, 2014 Brad and I were married!

It was a small and beautiful wedding at a park I once volunteered at; Santiago Oaks Regional Park.

In the Fall of 2014, I landed by first ever full-time permanent job back in my home state of California, but it wasn’t long before something else happened… Stay tuned!

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