My name is Kristyn. I am thirty years old and decided to begin to document my favorite moments. I’ve realized that the most important moments of my life are about to happen so now is the time to get these memories down on paper (I think a blog counts right?). My husband and I have decided that we are ready to start a family. I will be writing this entire blog to my future little one. I’m beyond excited to share my favorite moments and memories for my future family to read and enjoy. But because this is my first blog I first wanted to share where I’m at in my life as a starting point-
I am currently living in Idaho Falls, ID. Never in my entire life did I think I would end up here but here’s how it happened:
I grew up in Tatamy, PA and decided in high school that I really loved chemistry. I went to Bloomsburg University (only an hour and half from home) for my undergraduate college and graduated in May of 2007 with a degree in analytical chemistry. I decided that I wasn’t ready for the real world or a job yet so I applied to about 15 graduate schools in hopes that one would stick out and be a clear path for my future. I visited Washington State University all the way in Pullman, WA and although I wasn’t completely sure I decided this was the school for me. I started graduate school in August 2007 and convinced myself that every choice you make in life leads you something better (or a least something new and exciting). Graduate school was hard, the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Everyday was a test of will and I was forced to learn how to put my head down and work work work.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason- making the choice to move 2,000 miles away from everything I knew and loved really tested this theory. It was in graduate school (sometime in the summer of 2009) that I met your Dad 🙂 He was a cute and charming fellow graduate student who grew up in Akron, OH and understood what it felt like to move so far away from home. We didn’t always get along in the beginning (your dad was a bit of a butthead) but as time went on I realized this was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
Fast forward to July 5th, 2014- At this point both your dad and I had graduated with our PhD’s in chemistry (we are pretty big nerds, you’ll learn this pretty quickly). I was living in Richland, WA and Aaron was living in Idaho Falls, ID. We both were Post Docs at national labs. Aaron came to Richland to visit me for the weekend and took me out on July 5th for a surprise that I will never forget. He took me for a scenic plane ride tour of the local area and while we were in the air he asked me to marry him.
Of course I said yes and before I knew it we were wedding planning. I wanted to get married in PA. I missed it so much and it’s where my heart is. This was a little challenging because at this point in time the majority of you dad’s family lived in WA. We tried our best to pick a place that everyone would enjoy and have a fun weekend at and settled on Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley, PA. Our wedding was on May 8th, 2015. It was a Friday night wedding and then we spent the rest of the weekend catching up with our loved ones. It was the most amazing weekend of my life and I have
about a 1,000 pictures I could share but I’ll share one of my favorite ones that shows our ceremony location.
Your dad and I shared our vows next to the lake and honestly everything and everyone around me disappeared during this moment. I love Aaron more than I could ever express through the words in this blog, he is an amazing man inside and out and I can’t imagine my life without him. We loved our wedding ceremony and the celebration that happened throughout the weekend after it. Soon after our wedding we took off for our honeymoon to Kauai, Hawaii. The trip was amazing and filled with sailing, scuba diving, eating lots of food and laying on many beaches. It was a perfect week in paradise!
Once all the wedding excitement was over we settled back down in Idaho Falls (I forgot to mention that through some crazy miracle I was able to land a job at the same national lab as your dad about six months before the wedding- we were so happy and grateful to be living together again and I firmly believe that the long distance relationship made us so much stronger as a couple). So here we are- a happily married couple in Idaho Falls. We decided not long after the wedding that we were ready to have a baby.
We started trying last month without any luck but it was only our first month although I did cry when I found out I wasn’t instantly pregnant. I am more than excited about the idea of caring for a little one. I cannot wait to give you everything I have and be the best mother I know how to be, I’ve learned a lot from my mom on how to be an amazing mother (I’ll tell you all about her in a later post). The thought of you makes me smile and you don’t even exist yet. Please hurry up though because I am SO excited! 🙂
So I think that’s it- this is where I am and a little bit about how I got here. I plan on sharing with you all of my favorite moments and stories so that some day when you are older you can look back on these entries and truly understand how much I care for you.
Until next time little one- always smile and know that you are loved.