This Weekend I Decided to Give Extra to Travis

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It has been a heck of a Fall semester.

I know I have been alluding on the blog in the last few weeks to the amount of stress I have been under, but I don't think anyone in the world really understands the gravity of it more so than Travis. Working full-time, marathon training, the blog, maintaining a long distance relationships, and a few other bumps along the way have made me more stressed than I've ever been in my entire life. Thankfully, it has started to subside and I'm feeling so much better again. I don't know if I could have made it, sanity intact, if it wasn't for Travis.

Give ExtraSo what did I include in my "Give Extra" basket to Travis?

  • Home Improvement; because he's improved my life so much
  • Dark chocolate espresso trail mix (that I ate 1/4 of before he even tried it); because he's always so sweet to me
  • My homemade aromatherapy muscle soak; because he helps me to relax
  • Extra Gum; for all the little 'extras' that he's done

When thinking of all the things he's done for me in the past few months a few memories popped into mind.

I'd been looking forward to Family Day at his base for weeks and was BEYOND bummed when he found out THREE days before the event that they were moving it from Friday to Thursday! I have classes Thursday so there was no way I was going to make it. Family Day is a time where you get to see the soldiers fly around, tour some of the facilities, and get to meet everyone. Well, Travis made the weekend better than family day when he surprised us (his family was in town as well) with chartering a helicopter to fly us around in!

HelicopterJust recently on our engagement photo shoot half of the shoot took place outside and it was raining the entire time. Travis was a trooper and not only held the umbrella for me but also picked me up and carried me around half the time because my heels were getting stuck in the wet sand.

Engagement dayWhen I went to Savannah GA in June for Fitbloggin I came home Sunday afternoon to find Travis waiting for me (we hadn't planned on seeing each other.) He knew how much I liked to food prep for the week and I mentioned via text while I was in GA that I was bummed I wouldn't have any time to do so when I got back. So, he found a recent post I did sharing picnic-perfect recipes and made me this incredible napa cabbage salad, fruit salad, and pink lemonade. The man who hardly cooked anything before aside from chicken & rice actually went to multiple stores to find napa cabbage, sliced almonds himself (and was pissed when I told him you could buy them pre-sliced lol), spent a small fortune on spices since he had nothing at home, and looked all over town for a picnic basket to put everything in without ever finding one. Looking back this was about the time I knew he was a keeper.

PicnicWhile the little basket I came up with PALES in comparison to all he's done for me I hope he knows how much I value him and appreciate everything he's done for me (on top of being in flight school himself which is about as stressful & time consuming as med school!) With Thanksgiving coming up it's the perfect time to take a minute to thank whoever is in your life for all the little extra they do for you.


As if this post couldn't get any more sappy; here's a video.

Who's the person who has helped you out the most recently?  Have you thanked them yet for it?