So a lot has happened since my last update.
The biggie is that Kellen graduated! His last college internship wrapped up last month, and he's been gainfully employed in a Big Boy engineering job for over a month now. I'm so proud of him and so excited that we are moving into the next stage of our lives together.
The wedding gets ever-closer. The date is March 16, which leaves us just over a month to get everything together and ready to go. I've been in touch with a wedding planner in Mexico, where we're getting married, and it seems like everything is going to be ready to go when we get down there. We won't be doing the legal wedding here in Oregon until after we get back (name change issues), but...that still will be happening VERY SOON.
On the budget front, we've been trying to figure out things like student loan payments (together, we've got an epic $90,000+ in student loan debt) and getting Kellen a new car. We were hoping his '96 police interceptor would hold out a few more months until we could get together a down payment for a new Outback (it's going to be his baby-totin' car...you know, in a couple of years when we decide to make babies for him to tote), but on his way to work one morning a few weeks back, it threw a rod. Goodbye, engine. Goodbye, police interceptor. We were at least lucky in that we still had the van from Kellen and our roommate, Max's trip to Burning Man, and when Max moved out earlier this month to start his semester abroad in Denmark, Max more or less gave his old '93 Civic to Kellen. It ain't pretty, but at least it drives! And it spares us a large car payment/insurance payment for at least a few months...
I'm almost at my 2-year anniversary at work. It blows my mind that time has passed so quickly. Now that Kellen is working, it's like we've officially become grown ups, as opposed to just pretending to be them. Kind of strange.
Anyhow, I'll try to update more once the wedding business is all out of the way. It's been busy, busy, busy for the past few months.