Welcome to our oasis among the web! We’ll give you the SparkNotes version of how this blog came to be, then we’ll give ya the fancy novel after if you’re still interested. Sound like a plan?
Boy Meets Girl. (ages 18 & 19)
They date for 5 years.
He proposes via scavenger hunt.
She says “WOHOO!”
They become the first to marry in the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium in Kansas City.
They vow to travel several times per year or they’ll cry.
They’ve traveled to more places than they can count (3 years into marriage) & life is good!
And thus, they decide to start a blog together to document their life adventures be it traveling and/or Netflix-ing.
How’d we do on the short version!?
Now if you’re wanting the juicy life details…here you go:::
Once Upon A Time… (yep, it’s a long one)….
Caleb: I was playing an acoustic set in a coffeeshop with my band mates when I noticed a girl in a white zip-up hoodie who looked bored out of her mind. Something captivated me…
Amy: Ok for the record, I wasn’t bored. I was acting cool and playing coy. I actually texted my mom and a few friends that I had just seen my future husband. I knew from the moment I saw him that we would end up together. How? No clue. But I was determined to say “Hello” and make it happen. (P.S. this is one of my favorite songs they used to sing https://www.reverbnation.com/onyoulikewolves/songs )
Caleb: We finished our set and the rest is history. We finally met, hung out, laughed, cried, all that jazz. 5 years later, we were married on the same day in October that we met.
Amy: Well, we had about a trillion things happen in those 5 crazy years. But we survived and our bond grew stronger. We both love outer space and were pretty inspired by the idea of getting married in the Planetarium. We didn’t know anyone who had done that before, so we thought’d we’d reach out and see if this was even an option. Union Station was totally onboard and super stoked since it’d be their first ever wedding there, so within 4 months from the engagement, we made it happen.
Caleb: We had rehearsed a Coldplay song to walk down the aisle to. As I waited for Amy to walk down with her dad, the music began. Only it wasn’t the song we had rehearsed…
Amy: I wanted to do something really memorable on our wedding day, so I secretly switched out the song to a song Caleb had written, one that I had fallen in love with the night we met. It’s called “Take These Two Hands.” The first few lines were “Take these two hands, and build a perfect life with me, my dear”. I thought it was so perfect. How could this song NOT be the song I walked down the aisle to??
Caleb: I don’t think I’ve ever sobbed so hard in my life. All the emotions. It was an out of body experience. I couldn’t believe she had done that. It seriously meant everything to me. Everything went off without a hitch and before we knew it, we were married. FINALLY!
Amy: As soon as we left the ceremony we got Jimmy Johns. And thus began our happy life!
Caleb: I had never been on a plane before, so when Amy asked if I wanted to go to Maui for our honeymoon, I hesitantly said yet. I was excited, but a bit nervous about being crammed on a plane with strangers.
Amy: We flew to Maui. Experienced the most breathtaking views and adventures that we have ever experienced, and became completely hooked on the idea of a life full of travel and exploration. We also flew out of Hawaii on the brink of a hurricane. So that was pretty exciting!
Caleb: Since then, I’ve been on more planes and in more cities/states than I ever have. Its been truly amazing.
Amy: I’ve always traveled, so to now be able to do it with my best friend is truly priceless. This year, I’ve found myself taking Caleb on trips I went on over 10 years ago just so he could experience things that I was able to growing up and haven’t been able to stop thinking about. His family is huge so he didn’t get to fly/travel as much as I did. We’ve definitely had amazing experiences so far, but we’re not perfect and we’ve experienced a lot of bumps in the road. Like when I got super sick and was diagnosed with a tumor near my brain. Or heartbreaking loses within both sides of our family. Lots of random not so fun life things have happened that we’ve had to push through, learn from, and navigate as to where we want our life to go moving forward. That said, we push ourselves daily to remember all the good that life has to offer. We focus on the joys, the excitement, the “WHOA THAT WAS SO COOL AND I’M SO GLAD I GOT TO EXPERIENCE THAT WITH YOU” types of things. So we started this blog as a public diary that we can continually look back at and remind ourselves of all we’ve accomplished.
What does life look like now?
Caleb works in HVAC and loves it. He plans to run the company someday and hopefully snowbird around the world! He’s greatly into his music and is currently working on several creative projects including a solo album, podcast, and movie soundtrack.
When Amy’s not traveling or teaching workshops (online and off!), she’s deeply involved with a local non-profit that provides continuing education for adults with developmental disabilities. She continues to paint, create, and say YES to whatever new opportunities may arise.
But most importantly…
It’s true…our dogs run the show. Penny & Phoebe. 2 peas in a pod. While we travel, they’re at Chateau de la Grandparents (and believe us, they’re extra spoiled there). Penny is our oldest (6) and Phoebe is our newbie (less than a year old). Penny is more reserved, classy & sassy. Phoebe is….exactly like Phoebe on friends. RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES AND SMELLY CATS! We love them and they certainly keep us entertained!
Our Future Goals?
Travel more. Learn more. Explore more. We fully believe that learning comes from doing. The more we do, the more we better ourselves (hence why we’re insanely multi-passionate and have 5823428 hobbies. Life’s too cool!) We’ll share places we’ve been, where we’ve stayed, things to do, and bits and pieces about our life with you as best we can. We’re so excited for this new chapter!!
XO – Caleb & Amy Jo
Here’s some mood boostin’ music that we love. Enjoy!