No I did not spell Happily wrong! It has been forever since I have posted a blog about anything! But our family has big news! Sunday was quite an eventful day for our little family. Surprise (or maybe not) WE ARE ENGAGED!!! Never would I ever have known that my Boyfriend of few words would pull off the best marriage proposal yet! I am officially trading in the Spencer last name for Happley. What a dream day Sunday was! WOOT WOOT!
Danny is a very reserved, quiet, and a crazy handsome man. He never does anything too quickly or without thought and always strives for perfection. It is what has pushed him to be successful at work, being a Father, and a great boyfriend. So when he popped the question on Sunday evening FROM THE AIR I quickly jumped to say yes three times over. He tricked me though. Weeks before on the sly Danny kept asking what time of the year I had wanted to get married, kept asking me to check in with friends to see if those times lined up, but never had he given me a confirmation of anything.
The whole week prior to his proposal he had been out of state in Guatemala on a mission trip. We had little contact since service is both spotty and expensive down there but he had mentioned having surprise plans for both Madi and I on Sunday. Well as he came home and the start of Sunday began both Madi and I were confused when Danny kept asking us what we wanted to do for the day. I didn’t think anything of it honestly I just thought he wanted to spend time with us after being gone the whole week.
We ended up spending the day at a DriveIn Safari and playing with baby goats. When we were finished there with dirty feet Danny brought us to get Mani/Pedis. It was unwrapping to be an awesome Sunday already! Little did I know tt was going to get even better. Danny still had one surprise and Madi was in on it!!! What a great secret keeper. Danny was acting a little strangely. For the jokester he is he hadn’t really been pulling out the Dad jokes and was just generally acting a bit odd for himself. At the time I attributed it to Jet Lag but I would soon find out he was a nervous wreck!
We went home to quickly change for what I thought was going to be a dinner out somewhere mysterious and headed out on another car ride. Since Madi was in on it she helped picked out my dress for the evening. I didn’t recognize anything as we drove to a random property with a gate to which we were buzzed into. Interesting…
As we rounded the corner up a windy hill I noticed a helicopter. What?! A helicopter?! Are we going for a Helicopter ride??? I was crazy excited!
“You need the microphone to be extremely close when you speak otherwise no one can hear you.” The property owner said winking at me as I clipped my seatbelt in and pulled on my headphones. As we started taking off in the Helicopter Danny pulled out his phone for a picture of the two of us. I thought this was unusual since Danny HATES taking photos of any kind. But he was actually taking serious photos with a real smile. Hmm…
I kept thinking WOW THIS IS COOL. I was quiet taking everything in when Madi and Danny mentioned flying over our house when the pilot asked where we wanted to go. The Pilot agreed but he kept flying the other direction? It didn’t make sense but I was just quiet watching all of the horses and scenery below. As we flew over Wimberley I started recognizing friends houses, buildings, and family homes. Finally I recognized one of my favorite places in Wimberley the Montesino Ranch, the place for the last several years that Danny and I have talked extensively about getting married at. I was looking at the clear blue water of the River that surrounds the property and admiring how beautiful everything was when the pilot started getting closer and closer to the Pavilion of the venue. I noticed there was white fabric whipping in the wind left over from a previous wedding and heard Danny over the microphone tell madi she could “get a better picture with his iphone camera”. Apparently this was her cue!
I’m still looking out the window when Danny started over the speaker, “This is the spot right here Taylor, next year sept, I wanted to know if you’ll marry me and make me the happiest man.” You have to know I am the most socially awkward person alive and I said yes like three times but Danny couldn’t hear me! Of course I hadn’t pulled my microphone close enough to my face for anyone to hear a response! Lucky for us Madi filmed the whole thing! It wasn’t until after Danny told me the venue was indeed officially booked for September of next year and put the ring on my finger that I started crying. Weeping like a baby and of course Danny took photos of this. Something funny to remember I suppose!
We spent the rest of the trip looking at different areas of Austin and Wimberley. As we were coming down the Pilot mentioned there was one last surprise. He gave Madi the garage code and told her to go open it up. Inside there was a bottle of chilled champagne for us to toast with. It was so much better than I imagined a proposal could be. I was in serious shock though! I couldn’t talk properly for like an hour after he popped the question and finally I came to with my feet on the ground.
BEST DAY EVER! There were so many emotions and details that I want to keep for myself and Danny. Things I don't want to write about because it's special to keep how I exactly felt in that moment between us. But I can say without a doubt I am beyond thrilled to marry Danny! Our journey over the last couple years has has been nothing short of exciting, annoying, and full of love and memories to cherish. He is my person and I am so proud of him. I am so thankful that we got to spend our engagement night with Madi so she can share in the moment with us and hold high expectations for herself in future relationships. I cannot wait for the year ahead of planning and new adventures SEPTEMBER we’re coming for you! I love you Danny Happley! #HappleyEverAfter #FinallyAHappley
Yes, it's Taco Tuesday and yes I could not come up with a more clever title. Clearly my mind is already thinking about dinner and the lack of sleep i've experienced over the last two weeks is finally catching up with me! It's time folks to stop scrolling past and take a minute to hear about Rodan and Fields. I’m SURE by now you’ve noticed my take over of your social media feeds focused on my new business with R+F. SO WHAT IS IT? And WHY should you absolutely start using it? OR better yet, partnering up and selling with me?
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I started with the cheap tricks. Drug store facials, face wash after face wash, and spot treatments. Yes, some of them did work, but they were all about what’s happening to my face right now and hiding the problem and less about actual prevention. I needed and wanted my skin to change for the long haul. To reverse time, blemishes, and the damage I’ve done from just life. Like EVERYONE else I live my life each day and my body shows it.
I have enjoyed the sun on my face and the sting of a sunburn. I have enjoyed laughing until I cry (and possibly peed a little?), I have enjoyed blemishes at the most inopportune time, and at times stressed myself out so bad that I could connect the dots between bumps. I have had sensitive skin, oily skin, dry skin, tired skin, and uneven tone. My pores have been too large, I've been too saggy on other occasions. Basically I am a walking commercial for R+F. But I have lived well and my skin deserves better. So I gave it better, I gave it Rodan and Fields.
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“It's a goofy thing but I just gotta say, hey, I'm doing alright…
I'm feeling pretty good and that's the truth
It's neither drink nor drug induced, no,
I'm just doing alright
And it's a great day to be alive
I know the sun's still shining
When I close my eyes
There's some hard times in the neighborhood
But why can't every day be just this good”
Travis Tritt really knew what he was talking about huh? Time is one of the most interesting parts of life. It can be both the greatest gift and the most painful passenger on your shoulder. Many times we overlook time or how long it’s been since we last looked at how great each day is just to be present and alive. I’ve thought about time a lot lately. My life has been a whirlwind since I moved to Texas and with each year that passes I see more and more milestones that I’m running through in my life. This week is especially interesting to me. It is February 8th. That means it’s only a month away from my 26th birthday. How scary this last year has flown by and even scarier to think how the next chapter of my life might go by just as quickly. I am officially closer to 30 than I am to being 20. It’s a moment of a lot of personal reflection.
I feel old. I know, I know, I’m not hitting the big 5-0 or anything but I feel old in the sense of time and all that has happened and developed in my life since I turned 20. Since I turned 20 that’s 9 different places I’ve called home, 7 different towns, and out of two different states. In almost six years that’s about 8 different jobs with a few of them overlapping. I’ve been graduated from Oak Ridge for almost 8 years now? Can that really be right? That’s many years of learning who my dearest friends are and a few failed relationships. That is a lot of thankful years to those that lead me to my relationship today. In fact, this last weekend marks the third “anniversary” of mine and Danny’s first date. Although our relationship has not always been easy sailing we still enjoy marking the date each year to recognize one another. Small side note: Our first date was on Lavaca Street in Austin sharing fish tacos and drinking a few cold ones together. He made me laugh A LOT and very awkwardly kissed me at the end of the date, something I still tease him about. In three years we have broken up, been together, and loved each other. That’s a lot of time. Together we have built a farm in two years with 17 ANIMALS, made a home in the last year with Madi, and plan a future for what I hope will be many more wonderful years.
I’m rounding the corner to 4 years of Texas living. HOLY COW... or is it Donkey now? I’m not sure. In 4 years I’ve learned to run a home, to work for what I want in life, and balance work with play. No I have not always been successful but the best way to learn is by experience right? When I first moved to Texas I didn’t even want to get out of bed, THAT IS A FACT. I was sad, depressed, and missing my “home” dearly. It probably didn’t help that I moved here in the middle of the very hot, humid, summer heat and rain, right? WHY does it rain in July here? Now I’m here, my home is here all along with my heart. Do I get sad when I think of home? All of the time, more then I let on at that. I would love to be able to have lunch and coffee with old friends on a regular basis. I would love more than anything to be able to go wine tasting and share all of the gossip and excitement of my life in person all the time with the girls I grew up with. But the fact of the matter is that after 3.5 years I would miss this hot, humid, allergy ridden state way, Way too much. I would miss my home and waking up to the sound of our farm babies rustling around for breakfast and Madi creaking open our bedroom door. I would miss fishing, Texas Sunsets, and summer lasting until November. Shoot I would probably even miss all of these mosquitoes!
I’m hitting my own milestones here with my Little Family. In the last year we’ve really learned to be a family. It has not come without challenges either. I might not be done growing as a person yet, but making sure dinner is on the table and schedules were met for all three of us as changed a lot of that. Shoot, I thought I was done attending cheer functions for at least another ten or so years! I just ended my own cheer adventures about 8 years ago, but our lives always have a way of coming full circle. I do have a lot of families, including my own Parents, Aunts, and Uncles, to help with this transition. Since I was younger I’ve always been trusted to care for little ones babysitting. So to those parents a very large THANK YOU for helping me in this department as a caregiver.
In the last several years I’ve learned to think forward and forgive the things I can’t change from my past. I am so far from perfect but I’m trying my hardest. There are so many things that I wish I would have told myself not to stress about since I was 20, even a few just six months ago or last week. I think about where I was at in my life until now and thank Heavenly Father above that my life is filled with so much happiness and so many, MANY blessings. I try to live each day as happy as possible. Obviously like everyone else some days are much easier to love than others. I like to think of myself as an always evolving and moving forward kind of individual. I’m still me though; I have just found a better version of myself and hope to continue loving my life regardless of when I turn 26, 30, 50… Dead. JUST KIDDING, but seriously. So I’ll toast to embracing this new year of growing up and cheers to loving each new step of my life. So incase you don’t know what I’m talking about after this post go listen to, “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” by Travis Tritt- that’s the kind of vibe I’m feeling RIGHT now during my last month as a 25 year old.