Earlier this month it was my birthday. My first birthday away from home, and my first birthday away from my parents. Understandably, although happy to be at this place in life, I was a little, silently anxious about what emotions were waiting to greet me on the day.
I've never been one for making a big deal of my birthday - except maybe last year when I planned a game of rounders in the forest with various family and friends (- in hindsight I think a part of me somehow felt it might be my last?!) Anyways.. this year I figured that a simple meal with my husband and his family would be a nice thing to do. But instead...
At midnight, my in-laws sang and lavished me with beautiful gifts. As did my husband. The next day I got treated to breakfast in bed by my mother-in-law. Then Juan and I watched a British sitcom in bed, during which, I then receive the most beautiful package from my parents, It was essentially; a birthday in a box. WOW. Amazingly thought out presents, a birthday banner, balloons to be blown up, cards, messages, even candles and cake mix for me to be able to make my own birthday cake!!! Sometimes receiving things from home can get me rather emotional but not this day.This day, it was simply just AWESOME.
My in-laws then treated Juan, myself and Juan's sister Shery to a lovely meal in the mountains. With one odd request from Juan; that I wear boots and jeans instead of something pretty. He also requested that we travel in separate cars to the restaurant. He's taught me well by now not to ask questions, so I didn't.
After our meal Juan tells me we need to leave, at which point I begin to get a little nervous (I've not always been great with surprises). We drive and drive until we reach a country park and I find out that the little cheekster had organised for us to go horseback riding in the mountains overlooking salt lake. MY GOSH. It was one of those moments where I was able to just totally lose myself. Seven in the evening, perfect temperature, perfect amount of sunlight. All I allowed myself to do was to focus on the nature around us, the movement of the horse and reflect on HOW REALLY HAS LIFE BROUGHT ME HERE?!!!¿
Things can change beautifully and quickly.
We spent the evening with his family, karaoke and watching a movie. I hate karaoke. In England karaoke is stereotypically saved only for Asians and drunk people. But you know what, nothing could ruin this day and I ended up loving it.
A couple days later and a family friend turns eight years old. We take a 2 hour drive into the mountains to celebrate the day with her and her family. The drive was breathtaking. The family have only just recently moved to a secluded 5 acre plot of land, located far away from conventional civilisation. The atmosphere was overwhelmingly peaceful.
Naturally Juan Carlos and I decide to take a wander around. We pass people's trailers, land and even pick up a sheep dog that starts to herd us. Not long into our escapade do we begin to notice that dark rain clouds have begun to swell above us. We should've decided to head back then. But yeah, We're young and stupid and kept on going.
Inevitably, we got caught in the storm and it was mighty. We quickly got very cold and were hit with some extreme hail stones. To make things worse, we found ourselves super lost. I remember thinking in that moment to try and embrace it - the adventure, the stupidity, the craziness, being together and I'm glad I did. Sure and soon enough we found our way back to the cabin and were warm and back to normal again. We didn't know it then but our lives were soon about to start a little more and this day kind of marked a change of a short but pretty significant era.
In my last post I made a comment about not knowing when to expect my work permit. Well, it arrived. And much sooner than expected:). It arrived on a Wednesday night, this same night I email a few schools and by the next day had two interviews set-up. By that Friday I'd been given a job offer and told to be ready to start work Monday. QUICK OR WHAT. In the middle of all this, on the Saturday, I also got offered a place at a nearby university.
I love my new job, I'm a teaching assistant at a lovely school and hearing kids call out 'Ms. Diaz' in the hallways is the weirdest, but coolest thing!! I have decided to defer my uni place a semester and hope to be able to study part time in January, if life permits me.
Juan has had a bit of a bumpy ride finding work but it looks like we're finally on the cusp of something exciting. (something I can't yet go into unfortunately) but be excited for him! Things are looking good and we'll soon hopefully be looking into finding a little place of our own.