#happilyeverhoopes: month 1

Hello, hello again!

It's been a good while since I've posted. Life has finally started to settle down! Getting married has been wonderfully exciting, exhausting, and amazing, but you definitely don't have a lot of time for blogging;)

I will be posting about our wonderful wedding day WITH lots of pictures, but in the meantime, I am doing a little series called #happilyeverhoopes. Each month I'll write a post about what we've been up to, challenges we may face, and happy moments we want to share. I think it's important to keep our friends, family, and loved ones updated! We don't want to fall off the face of the earth just because we are married now.

 I've had a lot of comments (positive and negative) about posting a million pictures, but for me, it's just a way to stay connected with friends and family. If you don't like it, don't follow;) This blog, and my other social media outlets are ways for me to share and look back on our memories. If you know me well enough, you know I'm an avid journaler. I loveee journaling, but the past year has made it difficult for me to keep track of all these moments and memories because I've just had so much going on. I am grateful for Instagram, and Facebook, and this blog which allows me to look back and remember those fun times!

Anyways, I really want to remember this first year of marriage. All of the ups and downs! So hence, the #happilyeverhoopes series was born. Every third of the month, come back here to get an inside scoop of the exciting Hoopes life! ;)
Also check out that hashtag on Instagram for pictures. 

Well, here we go!

Month 1:
Pretty much the best, and craziest month of my life! I have loved every minute of it. There definitely has been ups and downs, but I truly am just beginning to understand the blessing that is marriage. One of Heavenly Father's greatest gifts to us is marriage and family. I grew up with a different view of family, but now I can say I truly understand the purpose. I have laughed more, smiled more, and been genuinely happy more than I can ever remember. I love these adventures with my best friend!

Here's a little bit about our month.
  • We got married. DUH. It was truly the most magical day EVER! It was extremely hot (115 degrees...) but it was still so much fun. We loved spending time with our friends and family. I can honestly say everything went according to plan. The only thing I would've changed is the weather. 8 months of work amounted to such a perfect day for us!
  • 7 days in cruising in Mexico: We absolutely LOVED our cruise. We recommend it for honeymoons, family vacations, everything! I will probably post all about it one of these days because it was just that amazing. Unlimited food (good food at that, like lobster tail and creme brulee), zip lining, boat rides, shopping, swimming with dolphins, room service, shows... it was just wonderful! We are wanting to do a cruise to Alaska next with some sort of fishing excursion. If you have recommendations, let us know! :)
  • 5 days in Washington: Hunter's mom's side of the family had their family reunion. They have one every two years, and this one was held in Washington. It was sooo much fun. The weather was perfect, and it was great to meet and spend time with my newly-inherited family. We went shooting, picked fresh raspberries, ate at an adorable cafe, played outside and spent time outside without melting, toured the places Camille grew up, played games, ate yummy food, and just enjoyed every second of our vacation, because who knows when I'll have enough time off for another one...
  • Broke my Target spending record. Yup, didn't think it would ever be done, but we spent well over 400 dollars multiple times this month. Thanks to gift cards, not a penny out of pocket (Thank you SO much to everyone for the amazing gifts and gift cards. We are so blessed! Thank you cards are coming your way!)
  • Started doing companionship inventory. We set aside one day during the week where we have a little "meeting". We talk about things we appreciate about the other person, things we can improve on, fun plans for the week, house projects we need to work on, etc. We've done it twice now and I love it! We always have a treat afterwards. If you're constantly communicating, we find that there are a lot less issues in the future! If you want more information on this, let me know. I definitely recommend it for newlyweds, or if you've been married for years.
  • Unpacked a million boxes & set up our home. Seriously, how did I accumulate so much stuff?! We are STILL unpacking my things. I'm about ready to throw everything away...  The unpacking isn't fun, but we are obsessed with our place. It's exactly what we need, and we love having something we can call "ours". Decorating and getting to pick furniture we love is so fun. Coming home to each other might just be one of our favorite things in the world. Once again, a blog post to come. I want to do a mini-home tour, and get input on what we can add to make it even better!
And that has been our month! I love those moments where something silly/funny happens and we both just crack up. We had lots of those times. I really can't wait to see what month 2 will bring. Hunter's birthday is coming up and I have a few surprises up my sleeve! ;)

love always,
erica kay