Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Who are the Mojos?

Every blog needs an introductory post, and seeing as my first post was more of a whinge about not being able to sleep, I figured I should make another post. oh and I didn't end up falling asleep until after 8am, only to be woken up at 8:30 by Rumble, who wanted to go play with Kasey.

I'm going to TRY and condense the story of how we got where we are today as much as possible, but I cant promise you that this wont be a long post. I'll post pictures to make it less boring.

First let me introduce myself:

I am Mrs. Mojo AKA Meghan/Megs/Megzy, whatever you prefer to call me.
I was born in Australia, in a town called Geelong, just near Melbourne, but spent most of my life in Melbs.
I moved to the USA last October, about 3 weeks before I married the love of my life. we lived in Florida for about 2 months, then moved to Nashville, Tennessee for a year, because Ant had found a school there that he was going to go to (he didn't in the end) and so he could return to the job he had over the summer while we were engaged, for a pest control company. actually, the day we moved back here to FL, we realised that it was exactly a year to the day since we moved there. weird, huh?
The past 6 years or so I have been blonde for the most part like in the above picture, but about a month ago, I decided to go for a change, so now I look more like this:

This good lookin' man is my wonderful husband, Anthony, AKA Mr. Mojo. (how on earth did I get so darn lucky??!)
Don't let that clean cut look fool you though, he did spend a good chunk of the year looking a LOT hairier, like this:
(let's hope he doesn't see that I posted this photo haha)
You might have already guessed, being that we live here, that Anthony is American, or a septic tank, as my Mum would say. He is originally from NY, moved to NJ when he was young, then to FL just after High school.
The first thing that most people get to know about Ant is that he likes video games. A lot. A real lot. In fact, he is a gaming genius (compared to me at least). He can start playing any game, regardless of the console or computer it's on, and within a few minutes, he is kicking butt. He's been accused in shooter games of modding his controllers, which, if you know Ant, he hasn't, he likes to keep all his eletronics and games in absolutely perfect condition. I like to tease him that I'm going to scratch them, just to get a reaction.
Anyway, I am super proud of him, because starting in 2012, he will be working hard towards his dream of actually making games. He has been accepted into Full Sail University to study Game Development. hence the move back to Florida.

So you might be wondering how we met, considering we grew up on opposite sides of the world? well this is how:
A few years ago, Ant left his life in Florida to serve a full time mission for our church. He was called to serve in... you guessed it... Melbourne, Australia!
I was just investigating the church when we met, and was baptized not too long after, on July 12 2008.
We didn't date as soon as we met, for a few reasons: Anthony was still a missionary (missionaries absolutely can't date!) and I thought he was a total dork (see above photo) but by the time he returned to his normal life in Florida, we realised we couldn't live without each other. I visited him a couple times over the next year and a bit, and we did the (very) long distance thing in between. Then in March 2010, Ant decided it was time to make our relationship permanent and asked me to marry him!

Because our families are on opposite sides of the world, we got to have TWO weddings! the first was in Australia on October 16th 2010 at a beautiful old homestead just outside Geelong.

the second, and legal wedding was just 3 weeks later on November 5th 2010 in the Orlando, Florida temple, where we were blessed to be able to get married, not only for this life, but for all eternity too.

You might have guessed that our church is very important to us, considering He dedicated 2 whole years solely to sharing the gospel. It's not just some story that we believe and a place to go on Sundays. It's our life. we believe with everything that is in us that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I'm not trying to get all preachy in my blog post, but to truly know us, you need to know that we believe in the Lord with all our hearts and minds. I personally have a very strong testimony of the gospel. I know the church is true, I know the bible and the book of Mormon are the truth and I know that my Heavenly Father loves me.

So now you know how we met and got married, you know why we moved to Tennessee and why we moved back here to Sunny Florida. What about the year in between?

Well it's been a crazy year, we made new friends, Ant met back up with some old ones. He worked at Applebees and Walgreens while he waited for his pest control job to start back up.
This is him in his technician uniform
Ant started to get sick in about March, it was really bad for a couple months, and after a bunch of doctors visits and tests, all we have is a couple of theories, no diagnosis.
He turned 24 in May and because it was the first time we had been in the same country for his birthday, I decided to throw him a surprise party! I thought for sure that he had figured it out, but he was genuinely surprised! I wish I had a picture of his face, but I don't, so instead, here's the awesome rubik's cube cake I made him.
as you can tell, I'm no professional, but i think i did a fairly good job considering it was my first time decorating a cake. And it was super yummy, so that's a bonus!

Then in June, it was my turn to turn 24. I had wanted a puppy since we moved to Nashville, but Ant kept saying no, so i was super surprised when, for my birthday, he said we could go look at puppies! We met quite a few cute little pups, but it wasn't until we stopped at this one place and we saw this little guy that fell in love!
I mean, how could you not fall in love with that face? He is a Shar Pei/Pitt Bull mix and he is just the sweetest little fur baby in the world.
It didn't take us long to come up with the perfect name: RUMBLE! (stolen from one of Ant's favourite video games, surprise surprise!)
he looks more like this now though:
We were so happy with our little family, but of course, it's when you least expect it that Heavenly Father decides to surprise you! only 5 days after bringing Rumble into our family, we found out this little munchkin (AKA baby mojo) was growing inside me!!
Now that Ant was finally starting to feel a little better, I started to get sick. really really sick. but its ok, because I get to show off this awesome baby bump!
here is a more recent picture
turns out baby mojo is a little camera shy and wouldn't show us his/her face in the ultrasound, so if you cant make it out, that is his/her hand holding his/her little foot! cute, huh?!
(in case you're wondering, we're keeping the gender a secret!)

A couple months into the pregnancy, we realised just how much we needed to be near family and Ant decided on the school in Orlando, and that brings us to where we are today.

Of course, a lot more happened than that, but I just realised how long this post is, so I'll save the little stories for future posts (if i remember, my preggo brain forgets everything these days!)

so now I'm going to vacuum and fold that laundry that I said I was going to do in my last post.. oops!

Wide awake.

It's 5am and what am I doing? Sleeping? No. Starting a blog. Yep. Completely normal.
I've been in bed since 10pm but haven't managed to get to sleep yet. It's my first night alone since getting married over a year ago and I can't seem to get to sleep.
Why am I alone, you might ask?
We just moved back to Florida from Nashville, Tennessee this month. We loaded up our little car with all our valuables (for me that means my iPad, laptop, knitting looms, everything hair related and of course our fur baby, Rumble. For Ant that means our tv, computers, video games and basically anything electronic) and drove the 11hours to his parents place here in sunny Florida. But obviously we couldn't fit everything we own in our little Mitsubishi galant, so Anthony and his parents drove back to Nashville today (well technically it was yesterday, I guess?) to get everything we left behind. I would have gone too, but being 31 weeks pregnant, they didn't think it was a good idea for me to be traveling that far and back in 2 days, especially when I can't carry boxes and according to my in laws, shouldn't be cleaning (what will they do when I start nesting?)
I thought I'd be able to fall asleep when Anthony called to say goodnight, my eyelids started to feel real heavy, but then I had to pee. Twice.
Now I'm wider awake than I have been all day.
Part of me wants to get up and fold that basket full of clothes I washed earlier, but then again, Rumble is so cute all snuggled up next to me, if I wake him, he'll want to go play with Kasey (my in laws' dog) hmm. No, the laundry can wait until tomorrow. Or today? when the sun comes up.
But for now, I'm going to squeeze my eyes shut and try to sleep. Maybe.
Goodnight. (or morning??!)

Wish this face was next to me right now.

But at least I have my fur baby to snuggle.