Hi there!

Welcome to wanda!

In December 2019, I wanted to give my girlfriend more than just a standard Christmas card. Being the strapping young software engineer I was, I decided to make her a virtual Christmas card that would capture the memories from our relationship so far. The result was alexxandwill.us, dubbed the codename wanda, short for Will and Alexx, to keep the project under wraps until it was ready.

What started as a Christmas card with a few dates has blossomed into a fun, interactive way for me and Alexx to document our adventures. I can't wait to keep adding to the memories.

Love you, Alexx.

       - Will

©  Will Carhart & Alexx O'Boyle

September 2019 🍁

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The First Encounter

September 6th, 2019

On a random Friday night, a mutual friend of Alexx and Will, Cameryn, invited a group to go out to a bar called Kilowatt in Ocean Beach. Prior to the evening's festivities, Cameryn asked Alexx I invited my friend Will, do you think he's cute? to which Alexx replied, eh, no. Correction: Alexx shrugged, and no words were said.

However, when Will showed up to meet Cameryn and company, Will noticed that Alexx couldn't take her eyes off him; she stared at him from across the room. Correction: our eyes immediately, mutually locked, until Alexx hastily turned away after realizing that too much time had passed. They clicked instantly and spent the whole night chatting, realizing they had numerous mutual friends from USD. At the end of the evening, we walked out to our vehicles, and Will asked for her number.

Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

view from South Beach Bar and Grill

The First Date

September 8th, 2019

It wasn't long after the two had met that they had their first date. Having gone out two days prior to Ocean Beach, Alexx suggested that they go to taco place that Will mentioned in OB - South Beach Bar and Grill. The two had a wonderful time talking about a plethora of topics from their majors to their siblings and families.

Will left their first date starstruck. He couldn't believe he hadn't met Alexx sooner - he thought she was caring, hardworking, and drop-dead gorgeous. As soon as he got home, he started planning their next date. After Alexx was dropped off, she instantly called her best friend and texted her family about an amazing and handsome guy she just met.

South Beach Bar and Grill, San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx dancing at the Flying Tigers dinner

The Flying Tigers

September 28th, 2019

It only took a few dates for Will to realize he really liked Alexx. One day, Alexx asked Will if he would be her date to a military event recognizing a family member's commitment to a branch of the US Air Force: the Flying Tigers. Will excitedly accepted.

At the event, Will met some of Alexx's extended family, including her grandparents. He was wowed, but not surprised, by how fun and kind Alexx's family was. The two had a lovely evening, learning about the Flying Tigers and dancing together.

San Diego, CA

October 2019 πŸŽƒ

Will and Alexx at a party together

Out and About

October 5th, 2019

Will and Alexx soon began appearing at parties together. For Will, it was such a joy to arrive with someone he cared about. The two laughed tipsily with mutual friends and enjoyed having each other's company the whole evening. The night ended with a trip to Denny's for a nutritious late-night snack of pancakes.

San Diego, CA

Wisk logo overlayed on cityscape

A New Opportunity

October 10th, 2019

After a few long months of job searching, Will got an offer to join a revolutionary company up in the San Francisco Bay Area called Wisk. Wisk gave him a great offer, awarding him the title he wanted and offering to relocate him to the bay. He had been rigorously searching for a new job and was happy to see his hard work pay off, but also realized that he didn't want to move away from Alexx. Will knew he wanted to stay with Alexx regardless of where he worked.

Mountain View, CA

Will and Alexx cuddling

Definition

October 13th, 2019

Shortly after celebrating the job offer, Will and Alexx talked about what was next in their relationship. Will shared that in the incoming uncertainty surrounding his new job, spending time with Alexx calmed him down and made him happier than anything else. He didn't want to pressure Alexx into committing to a long-distance relationship, but he really enjoyed the time they had spend together up until this point and wanted to keep dating. Alexx reciprocated that she felt the same. The two defined their relationship and were each excited to see what the future held.

La Jolla, CA

Will and Alexx dressed and Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks for Halloween

Halloween

October 25th, 2019

By the time Halloween came around, Alexx and Will were looking for a fun couples costume. The two both love Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and so they decided to be Sam Sparks and Flint Lockwood from the movie. The two spent the evening in downtown San Diego showing off their homemade costumes and having a blast.

Gaslamp District, San Diego, CA

November 2019 πŸ¦ƒ

Will and Alexx overlooking a vista point in Laguna Campground, San Diego

Camping

November 9th, 2019

One of the reasons Will thinks Alexx is so fantastic is because she loves spending time outside. He was so excited to learn that she loves camping as much as he does. They planned a few trips out to state parks near them in San Diego, exploring Laguna and Julian.

In between hiking and cuddling in the tent, the two loved driving into downtown Julian to get a breakfast full of pie. Exploring the great outdoors is such a wonderful thing they can enjoy together.

Laguna, CA

Will and Alexx at a dive bar in San Diego

Celebrating

November 16th, 2019

Mid-November, one of Will's best friends got married. Alexx joined Will for the after party in a local San Diego dive bar to help the newlyweds celebrate. Will and Alexx were a hot pair of dimes this night, laughing drunkenly with the rest of the wedding party in camaraderie.

Point Loma, San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx walking the dogs in Menlo Park

Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2019

Thanksgiving weekend, Alexx came up to visit Will after he had moved back to the Silicon Valley for his new job. Will was ecstatic to introduce Alexx to his family for the first time and, most importantly, his dogs. Will was able to see Alexx's grandparents again, as well as meet Alexx's sister and father, who had flown in for Thanksgiving. They had a wonderful time exploring Menlo Park and Half Moon Bay.

Menlo Park, CA

December 2019 ❄️

Alexx looking great in her business professional attire for her capstone presentation

A Huge Accomplishment

December 2nd, 2019

After many long hours atop Shiley in the greenhouse and in her lab, Alexx completed her research on switchgrass and delivered a kick-ass presentation to her senior capstone class. Many of her students and professors were blown away by her work, with some calling it the best presentation of the semester. Will was so proud to watch Alexx succeed, as it was inspiring to observe as Alexx reaped the benefits of her hard work.

University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx at Balboa Park in San Diego

A Wonderful Time of the Year

December 7th, 2019

After moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area in November, Will was able to venture down to San Diego to visit Alexx in December. Amongst many other fun activities, Will and Alexx explored Balboa Park during December Nights. The park was beautifully lit for the event, with plenty of Christmas trees to enjoy and stalls tempting them with exotic food. A myriad of cute puppies wandered the park as Will and Alexx basked in the wonder of the giant Christmas tree in the middle of the festivities.

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx atop Valparaiso Hill

Confession of Love (Pt. I)

December 22nd, 2019

Will had known from almost the beginning that he loved Alexx, but wanted to wait until the perfect moment to tell her. On a misty morning in Menlo Park, he drove his lovely lady up to Valparaiso Hill, where the two embraced under a beautiful rainbow in the foggy skyline. Will looked Alexx in the eyes and told her I'm all in, paused, and then I love you, Alexx.

Picture taken moments before love confession.

Valparaiso Hill, Menlo Park, CA

Will and Alexx under a Christmas tree at an ice skating rink

Ice Skating

December 23rd, 2019

To celebrate having each other over the holidays, Will and Alexx visited Will's childhood ice skating rink. Despite the jam-packed rink teeming with small children, Will and Alexx had a great time weaving through the crowds of wobbling parents and stranded toddlers. In the center of the rink sat a Christmas tree, commanding the skaters orbiting around it, under which Will and Alexx took one of Alexx's now-favorite pictures.

Winter Lodge, Palo Alto, CA

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Our First Christmas

December 25th, 2019

Hey Alexx 😊

I hope you're having a merry, merry Christmas!! This is a temporary message that I'll change later after we've actually had our first Christmas!

I still can't believe how lucky I am. I wake up every day lucky to be dating such a caring, thoughtful, and driven person - a literal goddess on earth. You inspire me every day to be the best version of myself. I love camping with you, eating with you, dancing with you, and I just can't get enough of you. You make me so happy. If I'm ever having a stressful day, you calm me down and make me laugh, and I'm so lucky to call you mine this Christmas.

I wanted to give you something that we could use together on one of our adventures. I hope you like it and smile every time we use it! 😊

Love,
Will ❀️

Bay Area, CA

Will and Alexx at Juneshine in San Diego

Juneshine Golden Hour

December 30th, 2019

While frolicking around North Park in San Diego, Will, Alexx, and Alexx's family stopped in Juneshine for some hard kombucha and caught some great lighting during the golden hour.

Juneshine in North Park, San Diego, CA

Will, Alexx, and Loki in Alexx's apartment before New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

December 31st, 2019

On New Year's Eve, Will, Alexx, and Alexx's sister Abby searched all of San Diego for a turtleneck for Will (apparently they're coming back in style, or so Alexx says). The trio, disappointed at the lack of turtleneck, settled for a corduroy shirt. Fortunately, Loki seems to have favored the cord, but Alexx was the real star of the evening with her beautiful dress to match her beautiful person.

Starlite, San Diego, CA

January 2020 🎊

Will, Alexx, and Lola snuggling in a tent

Camping Cuddles

January 4th, 2020

To start the year of right, Will and Alexx went camping with Will's newly acquired friend, Lola, a stuffed polar bear given to him by Alexx. The two love camping and were able to set up Alexx's new tent right next to patches of snow.

Julian, CA

Will and Alexx on a tandem bike on the Golden Gate Bridge

In Love, In Tandem

January 19th, 2020

They say those that ride tandem bikes together stay together. To fulfill this prophecy, Will and Alexx headed up to San Francisco and rented a tandem bike. The couple started at Crissy Field, rode across the Golden Gate Bridge, stopped for lunch in Sausalito, rode the ferry over to Pier 39, and ended the day at Ghirardelli's.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

Will and Alexx atop Valparaiso Hill

Confession of Love (Pt. II)

January 20th, 2020

What Alexx wanted to say: "You know for a long time I didn’t let myself acknowledge how I was feeling about you, because there was so much uncertainty at the start of our relationship. Even when we chose to do long distance I still had those walls up because I was scared. When you told me that you love me I was flooded with happiness, but I was also overwhelmed because everything was happening so fast and I didn’t have time to process everything. I knew in that moment that it wasn’t mine, it was yours. And I wanted to be really sure before I said it back. Will, you make me so happy, the happiest I have ever been I think in my whole life. You complete me in ways I didn’t even know I needed, you are my blind spot. I know I have been feeling this for a long time even though I was running from it. I just wanted to be really sure because I have never experienced love like this, but I love you so much Will. I harbor so much fear in my life these days, and I’m not going to get let that encompass how I feel about you. I’m all in Will and I think I have know that since the night we met."

What Alexx actually said: "I love you."

Valparaiso Hill, Menlo Park, CA

February 2020 ❀️

Will laying in the grass at Presidio Park

Super Bowl Sunday

February 2nd, 2020

Will flew down to surprise Alexx for the Super Bowl. The couple spent the morning at a local park in San Diego called Presidio Park. The two hiked around the natural scenery, laid out under the bright sun, and stole an orange off of a local orange tree. Alexx, unfortunately, did not join Will as he rolled down the grassy fields of the park.

Presidio Park, San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx on a lifeguard tower

Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2020

For Valentine's Day, Will and Alexx rented an Airbnb on a farm in Bonsall, CA. The two had a wonderful time lounging around with the horses, pigs, goats, and bunnies. Throughout the weekend they also explored Oceanside, strolling down the beach and snacking on soft pretzels. Alexx shared her family tradition with Will by ordering and sharing an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins.

Bonsall, CA

March 2020 ☘️

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Just the Beginning

March 8th, 2020

And just like that, six months had already passed. To celebrate, Will ventured down to San Diego again, excited to see Alexx. Despite Alexx being deep in the trenches of her coursework during her last semester in college, the two found time to celebrate their relationship. On the morning of their anniversary, Will and Alexx made a healthy breakfast of tres leche, bacon, and peaches.

San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx at Sunset Cliffs

Quarantine Woes (Pt. I)

March 21st, 2020

Soon COVID-19 had forced everyone in California to shelter-in-place, but this didn't bother Will and Alexx. The two had a great time laughing inside, playing uno, and FaceTiming with friends. And, when they could, the couple ventured outside to catch periodic sunsets.

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA

April 2020 🌷

GIF of Loki trying to escape a pair of pants

Quarantine Woes (Pt. II)

April 2nd, 2020

About a month into the COVID-19 quarantine, Alexx and Will were turning to unorthodox ways of entertaining themselves, like helping Loki escape from a pair of Will's sweatpants.

San Diego, CA

Loki in camping chair with tent in San Diego

Camping at Home

April 18th, 2020

To try and spice up quarantine, Alexx set up a surprise camping trip for her and Will to enjoy, right in her living room! The couple enjoyed lounging in their camping chairs around the fireplace and sleeping in their tent, all with Loki right beside them.

San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx suiting up for a ride in Will's Ural cT sidecar motorcycle

Sidecar Adventures

April 30th, 2020

Later in the month, Alexx came and visited Will's family in Menlo Park. Alexx took her maiden voyage in Will's new sidecar motorcycle. The couple got bagels and rode up Highway 84 and all the way out to the California coast.

Menlo Park, CA

May 2020 🐝

Alexx hiking up a hill of California poppies

Frolicking in the I-5 Flowers

May 5th, 2020

As Will and Alexx were driving back down to San Diego to move Alexx out of her apartment, they decided to make an impromptu stop alongside I-5. The California poppies were picturesque as the couple pranced up the golden hillside overlooking the freeway.

Lebec, CA

Will and Alexx cuddling on a picturesque bed in Alexx's Lake Oswego home

Straight Outta Pinterest

May 21st, 2020

After Alexx had moved back home to Oregon, she and Will's adventures became interstate. One evening, while Will was out, Alexx prepared a beautiful scene for them. She pulled a mattress out to the deck and decorated it with mood lighting, flowers, and candles. The couple had a wonderful evening watching a movie with poke bowls and boba.

Lake Oswego, OR

June 2020 🌞

Will and Alexx enjoying homemade pasta salad on Will's deck

Pasta Salad with a Side of Houseplants

June 13th, 2020

Back in California, Will's parents had decided to escape the state and move to Utah. This meant that Will needed to find a new apartment. Deep in the forest surrounding the Santa Cruz mountains, Will found a new home, and stocked it will houseplants galore. When Alexx came to visit, the couple had a tremendous time setting up the outside garden of dragonfruit, ghost peppers, and more while eating Alexx's homemade pasta salad.

Redwood Estates, CA

Will, Alexx, and family on Will's deck

Happy 24th Birthday, Will!

June 18th, 2020

On Will's 24th birthday, Alexx, Will's parents, and Will's sister came to see his new apartment. The family had a wonderful time grilling patties out on the deck and adoring the breathtaking artwork Alexx had drawn for Will's birthday. It was a perfect evening.

Redwood Estates, CA

July 2020 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Will and Alexx at Crater Lake

A Blue Bluer than Alexx's Eyes

July 3rd, 2020

For the 4th of July weekend, Will and Alexx ventured down to Umpqua National Forest in Oregon, home to Crater Lake. The lake's blue seemed almost animated and artificial; it was a rare example of nature's beauty.

Crater Lake, OR

Will and Alexx kayaking in Vashon

Kayak Paddling and Sand Dollar Hunting

July 5th, 2020

After camping for the weekend, Will and Alexx roadtripped up to Vashon Island to meet Will's grandparents. The four adventurers explored the vast Carhart garden, reminisced through Carhart memories, and kayaked out on the bay through jellyfish and seals.

Vashon, WA

Will and Alexx in Alexx's Jeep at a drive in movie

The Movies: Pandemic Style

July 10th, 2020

Back in Portland, Will and Alexx were ready for a relaxing evening. The two took Austin, Alexx's Jeep, out to Newberg for a drive-in movie. They set up an air mattress and snack station in the back and watched Star Wars and Black Panther the old-fashioned way.

Newberg, OR

August 2020 β›±

Alexx celebrating with her graduation balloons

The Graduate

August 5th, 2020

After persevering through all her labs, classes, research, and burritos, Alexx graduated from the University of San Diego with a major in biology and triple-minor in chemistry, leadership, and biomedical ethics (what an underachiever). Will and Alexx's childhood friend, Bailey, threw Alexx and COVID-style graduation party in Bailey's backyard to celebrate the momentous occasion. We are so proud of you, Alexx!

Portland, OR

Will and Alexx atop a ridge in the wilderness

Bear Witness to the Beautiful Beartooths

August 14th, 2020

Alexx and Will hopped on a small prop-plane to Bozeman, Montana to visit Alexx's sister, Abby, and her boyfriend, Colby. They all took a week long backpacking trip in the Beartooth Mountains on the border of Montana and Wyoming. On the last night the group trekked up to the peak of a nearby ridge to bask in the beauty of the Shoshone National Forest. With the sun resting on the edge of the world the couple sat as just another feature in the landscape, enjoying wisping wind and fading into a peaceful memory admist the chaos of the current events in the world.

Beartooth Mountains, MO

Loki vibing in a forest of houseplants

How to Transport a Jungle

August 26th, 2020

Upon returning to civilization, Will and Alexx quickly learned of a dangerous situation developing back home. The 2020 California wildfires had encroached within 5 miles of Will's apartment. Amidst a flurry of phone calls and flight reservations Will and Alexx raced down to Los Gatos to load much of Will's apartment into a rental car. Within 48 hours the couple was back in Lake Oswego, accompanied by over 100 of Will's houseplants. Alexx's apartment had been transformed into a tropical frenzy of monsteras and alocasia, much to Loki's chagrin.

Lake Oswego, OR

September 2020 🍁

Will and Alexx atop a rooftop bar in Portland

Rooftop Boozin'

September 6th, 2020

In a brazen attempt to escape the doldrums of quarantine, and to celebrate the one-year anniversary of when they first met, Alexx and Will drove into Portland and shared a few drinks atop a rooftop bar downtown. It was refreshing to escape to a simpler past without face coverings and constant Purell. The drinks were calming, but each other's company was more so.

Migration Brewing Rooftop Bar, Portland, OR

Will and Alexx lookin' fine on their one year anniversary

One Year Later ❀️

September 8th, 2020

And just like that, the first year had flown by, and what a year it had been. Throughout long-distance, quarantine, depression, and many interstate moves, Will and Alexx were rocks for each other's foundations. What a magical year it had been, one of many more to come.

Portland Rose Gardens, Portland, OR

October 2020 πŸŽƒ

Alexx preparing for her first day at her new job at OHSU

A Young Health Professional

October 15th, 2020

After rigorous interviews, Alexx had landed a well-deserved job at the prestigious Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Excited and trepidatious, she donned her baby blue scrubs inscribed with Alexx to begin her journey as a health care professional. Will watched in awe as she jumped atop the first stepping stone of her dreams.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, Oregon

Will and Alexx pumpkin hunting

Pumpkin Patchin'

October 25th, 2020

What would Halloween be without pumpkins? Will and Alexx trekked outside Portland to a family-run pumpkin patch to hunt for the gourds. The couple captured a car-full of orange gems and drove home giddy with joy from a day well spent.

Kirchem Farm, Oregon City, OR

November 2020 πŸ¦ƒ

Papa Carhart with the dogs in the snow

Settling into the Snow

November 11th, 2020

In the meantime, Will's parents had completed their move to Park City, UT. They were enjoying the snow, but not as much as the dogs, Shasta and Rainier.

Park City, UT

December 2020 ❄️

Loki chomping down on Alexx's hand as he impatiently awaits Christmas

Ready for the Holidays

December 19th, 2020

Christmas during a global pandemic was hard for all of us, but none more than Loki, who was anxious to open his presents. He often would decide to chomp on nearby hands in anticipation.

Lake Oswego, OR

screenshot of the family FaceTiming from multiple states

A Socially Distanced Christmas

December 25th, 2020

With COVID-19 in full effect and airports becoming overrun with travelers, the family decided to have a socially distanced Christmas this year. Will was in La Jolla, CA; Alexx was in Lake Oswego, OR; Abby was in Bozeman, MT; Colby was in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany; Meg and Cody were in Elk Grove, CA; and Emma was in San Ramon, CA.

Various Locations

Will and Alexx looking snazzy in Lake Oswego for NYE

New Year's Eve

December 31st, 2020

United after almost two months apart, Alexx and Will celebrated New Year's Eve by prancing around Lake Oswego in the frigid weather with their face masks. The couple found a secluded sanctuary and took the opportunity to cement the evening in pictures. My, they do look spiffy.

Lake Oswego, OR

January 2021 🎊

Will and Alexx playing in the snow

Some Snowy Vans

January 2nd, 2021

Will and Alexx drove up to visit Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, OR, a beautiful snowy escape home to historical architecture and world-class skiing. Along the way home the couple couldn't help but stop and frolick among the fresh-laid powder. Despite Will slipping around in his Vans, the two did quite alright.

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, OR

Will and baby Miko snuggling

A New Family Member

January 16th, 2021

Within a few weeks, Alexx and Will were in UT to visit Will's parents and see the new home. On a whim, Will checked the local shelter websites to see if there were any cute kittens seeking forever homes, and lo and behold there lay the future Okonomiyaki, a black domestic long haired kitten, yearning to be part of the family. Will and Alexx drove into Salt Lake City from Park City and adopted her on sight. Will named her Okonomiyaki after the Japanese pancakes he and his best friend used to make in San Diego together. She would be called Miko for short. Small, spunky, and sassy, Miko joined the family.

Park City, UT

Will and Alexx proud of their homemade scones

Snow-kissed Scones

January 18th, 2021

During their time in UT together, the couple wanted to thank Will's parents for their hospitality, especially while letting a new animal into the house among the already two Tibetan terriers, Shasta and Rainier, and new husky puppy, Bo. Alexx led the two in baking homemade scones with a orange glaze. The result was a scrumptious concoction that wowwed Will's parents. Job well done, Alexx.

Park City, UT

Will and Miko snuggling at home

Okonomiyaki Settles In

January 21st, 2021

Upon return to San Diego, Miko began making herself at home in Will's apartment. The cute Japanese pancake pranced from couch cushion to ottoman as she explored her new kingdom.

La Jolla, CA

Alexx at her station for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine

The Vax Queen

January 24th, 2021

In case Alexx wasn't already impressive enough, she began volunteering to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to folks in Portland. Sometimes administering over 100 vaccines a day, Alexx worked nonstop for weeks without a day off to ensure the safety of her community. She is a local hero!

Portland, OR

February 2021 ❀️

Will and Alexx snuggled up by Miguel's Cocina

Back to San Diego Basics

February 19th, 2021

After over a year since Will had left San Diego originally, the couple were reunited in the city in which they met. They adventured through all of their favorite memories, restuarants, and local spots, stuffing their faces with burritos and boba along the way.

Miguel's Cocina, San Diego, CA

Will surrounded by tropical houseplants

A New Plant Sanctuary

February 19th, 2021

While driving through Mission Hills, Alexx spotted a cute nursery burgeoning out from an old house. The couple stopped and explored the lucky find. Within the nursery was a sunroom filled to the brim with tropical houseplants. An old cat slept among the leaves of a great staghorn fern. Queen played softly from the rafters. Will and Alexx could have stayed all day.

Mission Hills Nursery, San Diego, CA

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What's Next?

2021

What's next in our adventure, Alexx? Only time will tell. I'm certain, however, that I'm excited to explore the future with you! I can't wait to keep adding more experiences to our timeline 😊

Where to next?

September 2019 🍁

 
 
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The First Encounter

September 6th, 2019

On a random Friday night, a mutual friend of Alexx and Will, Cameryn, invited a group to go out to a bar called Kilowatt in Ocean Beach. Prior to the evening's festivities, Cameryn asked Alexx I invited my friend Will, do you think he's cute? to which Alexx replied, eh, no. Correction: Alexx shrugged, and no words were said.

However, when Will showed up to meet Cameryn and company, Will noticed that Alexx couldn't take her eyes off him; she stared at him from across the room. Correction: our eyes immediately, mutually locked, until Alexx hastily turned away after realizing that too much time had passed. They clicked instantly and spent the whole night chatting, realizing they had numerous mutual friends from USD. At the end of the evening, we walked out to our vehicles, and Will asked for her number.

Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

view from South Beach Bar and Grill

The First Date

September 8th, 2019

It wasn't long after the two had met that they had their first date. Having gone out two days prior to Ocean Beach, Alexx suggested that they go to taco place that Will mentioned in OB - South Beach Bar and Grill. The two had a wonderful time talking about a plethora of topics from their majors to their siblings and families.

Will left their first date starstruck. He couldn't believe he hadn't met Alexx sooner - he thought she was caring, hardworking, and drop-dead gorgeous. As soon as he got home, he started planning their next date. After Alexx was dropped off, she instantly called her best friend and texted her family about an amazing and handsome guy she just met.

South Beach Bar and Grill, San Diego, CA

 
 
Will and Alexx dancing at the Flying Tigers dinner

The Flying Tigers

September 28th, 2019

It only took a few dates for Will to realize he really liked Alexx. One day, Alexx asked Will if he would be her date to a military event recognizing a family member's commitment to a branch of the US Air Force: the Flying Tigers. Will excitedly accepted.

At the event, Will met some of Alexx's extended family, including her grandparents. He was wowed, but not surprised, by how fun and kind Alexx's family was. The two had a lovely evening, learning about the Flying Tigers and dancing together.

San Diego, CA

October 2019 πŸŽƒ

 
 
Will and Alexx at a party together

Out and About

October 5th, 2019

Will and Alexx soon began appearing at parties together. For Will, it was such a joy to arrive with someone he cared about. The two laughed tipsily with mutual friends and enjoyed having each other's company the whole evening. The night ended with a trip to Denny's for a nutritious late-night snack of pancakes.

San Diego, CA

Wisk logo overlayed on cityscape

A New Opportunity

October 10th, 2019

After a few long months of job searching, Will got an offer to join a revolutionary company up in the San Francisco Bay Area called Wisk. Wisk gave him a great offer, awarding him the title he wanted and offering to relocate him to the bay. He had been rigorously searching for a new job and was happy to see his hard work pay off, but also realized that he didn't want to move away from Alexx. Will knew he wanted to stay with Alexx regardless of where he worked.

Mountain View, CA

 
 
Will and Alexx cuddling

Definition

October 13th, 2019

Shortly after celebrating the job offer, Will and Alexx talked about what was next in their relationship. Will shared that in the incoming uncertainty surrounding his new job, spending time with Alexx calmed him down and made him happier than anything else. He didn't want to pressure Alexx into committing to a long-distance relationship, but he really enjoyed the time they had spend together up until this point and wanted to keep dating. Alexx reciprocated that she felt the same. The two defined their relationship and were each excited to see what the future held.

La Jolla, CA

Will and Alexx dressed and Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks for Halloween

Halloween

October 25th, 2019

By the time Halloween came around, Alexx and Will were looking for a fun couples costume. The two both love Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and so they decided to be Sam Sparks and Flint Lockwood from the movie. The two spent the evening in downtown San Diego showing off their homemade costumes and having a blast.

Gaslamp District, San Diego, CA

 
 

November 2019 πŸ¦ƒ

Will and Alexx overlooking a vista point in Laguna Campground, San Diego

Camping

November 9th, 2019

One of the reasons Will thinks Alexx is so fantastic is because she loves spending time outside. He was so excited to learn that she loves camping as much as he does. They planned a few trips out to state parks near them in San Diego, exploring Laguna and Julian.

In between hiking and cuddling in the tent, the two loved driving into downtown Julian to get a breakfast full of pie. Exploring the great outdoors is such a wonderful thing they can enjoy together.

Laguna, CA

 
 
Will and Alexx at a dive bar in San Diego

Celebrating

November 16th, 2019

Mid-November, one of Will's best friends got married. Alexx joined Will for the after party in a local San Diego dive bar to help the newlyweds celebrate. Will and Alexx were a hot pair of dimes this night, laughing drunkenly with the rest of the wedding party in camaraderie.

Point Loma, San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx walking the dogs in Menlo Park

Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2019

Thanksgiving weekend, Alexx came up to visit Will after he had moved back to the Silicon Valley for his new job. Will was ecstatic to introduce Alexx to his family for the first time and, most importantly, his dogs. Will was able to see Alexx's grandparents again, as well as meet Alexx's sister and father, who had flown in for Thanksgiving. They had a wonderful time exploring Menlo Park and Half Moon Bay.

Menlo Park, CA

 
 

December 2019 ❄️

Alexx looking great in her business professional attire for her capstone presentation

A Huge Accomplishment

December 2nd, 2019

After many long hours atop Shiley in the greenhouse and in her lab, Alexx completed her research on switchgrass and delivered a kick-ass presentation to her senior capstone class. Many of her students and professors were blown away by her work, with some calling it the best presentation of the semester. Will was so proud to watch Alexx succeed, as it was inspiring to observe as Alexx reaped the benefits of her hard work.

University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

 
 
Will and Alexx at Balboa Park in San Diego

A Wonderful Time of the Year

December 7th, 2019

After moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area in November, Will was able to venture down to San Diego to visit Alexx in December. Amongst many other fun activities, Will and Alexx explored Balboa Park during December Nights. The park was beautifully lit for the event, with plenty of Christmas trees to enjoy and stalls tempting them with exotic food. A myriad of cute puppies wandered the park as Will and Alexx basked in the wonder of the giant Christmas tree in the middle of the festivities.

Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx atop Valparaiso Hill

Confession of Love (Pt. I)

December 22nd, 2019

Will had known from almost the beginning that he loved Alexx, but wanted to wait until the perfect moment to tell her. On a misty morning in Menlo Park, he drove his lovely lady up to Valparaiso Hill, where the two embraced under a beautiful rainbow in the foggy skyline. Will looked Alexx in the eyes and told her I'm all in, paused, and then I love you, Alexx.

Picture taken moments before love confession.

Valparaiso Hill, Menlo Park, CA

 
 
Will and Alexx under a Christmas tree at an ice skating rink

Ice Skating

December 23rd, 2019

To celebrate having each other over the holidays, Will and Alexx visited Will's childhood ice skating rink. Despite the jam-packed rink teeming with small children, Will and Alexx had a great time weaving through the crowds of wobbling parents and stranded toddlers. In the center of the rink sat a Christmas tree, commanding the skaters orbiting around it, under which Will and Alexx took one of Alexx's now-favorite pictures.

Winter Lodge, Palo Alto, CA

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Our First Christmas

December 25th, 2019

Hey Alexx 😊

I hope you're having a merry, merry Christmas!! This is a temporary message that I'll change later after we've actually had our first Christmas!

I still can't believe how lucky I am. I wake up every day lucky to be dating such a caring, thoughtful, and driven person - a literal goddess on earth. You inspire me every day to be the best version of myself. I love camping with you, eating with you, dancing with you, and I just can't get enough of you. You make me so happy. If I'm ever having a stressful day, you calm me down and make me laugh, and I'm so lucky to call you mine this Christmas.

I wanted to give you something that we could use together on one of our adventures. I hope you like it and smile every time we use it! 😊

Love,
Will ❀️

Bay Area, CA

 
 
Will and Alexx at Juneshine in San Diego

Juneshine Golden Hour

December 30th, 2019

While frolicking around North Park in San Diego, Will, Alexx, and Alexx's family stopped in Juneshine for some hard kombucha and caught some great lighting during the golden hour.

Juneshine in North Park, San Diego, CA

Will, Alexx, and Loki in Alexx's apartment before New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

December 31st, 2019

On New Year's Eve, Will, Alexx, and Alexx's sister Abby searched all of San Diego for a turtleneck for Will (apparently they're coming back in style, or so Alexx says). The trio, disappointed at the lack of turtleneck, settled for a corduroy shirt. Fortunately, Loki seems to have favored the cord, but Alexx was the real star of the evening with her beautiful dress to match her beautiful person.

Starlite, San Diego, CA

 
 

January 2020 🎊

Will, Alexx, and Lola snuggling in a tent

Camping Cuddles

January 4th, 2020

To start the year of right, Will and Alexx went camping with Will's newly acquired friend, Lola, a stuffed polar bear given to him by Alexx. The two love camping and were able to set up Alexx's new tent right next to patches of snow.

Julian, CA

 
 
Will and Alexx on a tandem bike on the Golden Gate Bridge

In Love, In Tandem

January 19th, 2020

They say those that ride tandem bikes together stay together. To fulfill this prophecy, Will and Alexx headed up to San Francisco and rented a tandem bike. The couple started at Crissy Field, rode across the Golden Gate Bridge, stopped for lunch in Sausalito, rode the ferry over to Pier 39, and ended the day at Ghirardelli's.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

Will and Alexx atop Valparaiso Hill

Confession of Love (Pt. II)

January 20th, 2020

What Alexx wanted to say: "You know for a long time I didn’t let myself acknowledge how I was feeling about you, because there was so much uncertainty at the start of our relationship. Even when we chose to do long distance I still had those walls up because I was scared. When you told me that you love me I was flooded with happiness, but I was also overwhelmed because everything was happening so fast and I didn’t have time to process everything. I knew in that moment that it wasn’t mine, it was yours. And I wanted to be really sure before I said it back. Will, you make me so happy, the happiest I have ever been I think in my whole life. You complete me in ways I didn’t even know I needed, you are my blind spot. I know I have been feeling this for a long time even though I was running from it. I just wanted to be really sure because I have never experienced love like this, but I love you so much Will. I harbor so much fear in my life these days, and I’m not going to get let that encompass how I feel about you. I’m all in Will and I think I have know that since the night we met."

What Alexx actually said: "I love you."

Valparaiso Hill, Menlo Park, CA

 
 

February 2020 ❀️

Will laying in the grass at Presidio Park

Super Bowl Sunday

February 2nd, 2020

Will flew down to surprise Alexx for the Super Bowl. The couple spent the morning at a local park in San Diego called Presidio Park. The two hiked around the natural scenery, laid out under the bright sun, and stole an orange off of a local orange tree. Alexx, unfortunately, did not join Will as he rolled down the grassy fields of the park.

Presidio Park, San Diego, CA

 
 
Will and Alexx on a lifeguard tower

Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2020

For Valentine's Day, Will and Alexx rented an Airbnb on a farm in Bonsall, CA. The two had a wonderful time lounging around with the horses, pigs, goats, and bunnies. Throughout the weekend they also explored Oceanside, strolling down the beach and snacking on soft pretzels. Alexx shared her family tradition with Will by ordering and sharing an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins.

Bonsall, CA

March 2020 ☘️

 
 
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Just the Beginning

March 8th, 2020

And just like that, six months had already passed. To celebrate, Will ventured down to San Diego again, excited to see Alexx. Despite Alexx being deep in the trenches of her coursework during her last semester in college, the two found time to celebrate their relationship. On the morning of their anniversary, Will and Alexx made a healthy breakfast of tres leche, bacon, and peaches.

San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx at Sunset Cliffs

Quarantine Woes (Pt. I)

March 21st, 2020

Soon COVID-19 had forced everyone in California to shelter-in-place, but this didn't bother Will and Alexx. The two had a great time laughing inside, playing uno, and FaceTiming with friends. And, when they could, the couple ventured outside to catch periodic sunsets.

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA

 
 

April 2020 🌷

GIF of Loki trying to escape a pair of pants

Quarantine Woes (Pt. II)

April 2nd, 2020

About a month into the COVID-19 quarantine, Alexx and Will were turning to unorthodox ways of entertaining themselves, like helping Loki escape from a pair of Will's sweatpants.

San Diego, CA

 
 
Loki in camping chair with tent in San Diego

Camping at Home

April 18th, 2020

To try and spice up quarantine, Alexx set up a surprise camping trip for her and Will to enjoy, right in her living room! The couple enjoyed lounging in their camping chairs around the fireplace and sleeping in their tent, all with Loki right beside them.

San Diego, CA

Will and Alexx suiting up for a ride in Will's Ural cT sidecar motorcycle

Sidecar Adventures

April 30th, 2020

Later in the month, Alexx came and visited Will's family in Menlo Park. Alexx took her maiden voyage in Will's new sidecar motorcycle. The couple got bagels and rode up Highway 84 and all the way out to the California coast.

Menlo Park, CA

 
 

May 2020 🐝

Alexx hiking up a hill of California poppies

Frolicking in the I-5 Flowers

May 5th, 2020

As Will and Alexx were driving back down to San Diego to move Alexx out of her apartment, they decided to make an impromptu stop alongside I-5. The California poppies were picturesque as the couple pranced up the golden hillside overlooking the freeway.

Lebec, CA

 
 
Will and Alexx cuddling on a picturesque bed in Alexx's Lake Oswego home

Straight Outta Pinterest

May 21st, 2020

After Alexx had moved back home to Oregon, she and Will's adventures became interstate. One evening, while Will was out, Alexx prepared a beautiful scene for them. She pulled a mattress out to the deck and decorated it with mood lighting, flowers, and candles. The couple had a wonderful evening watching a movie with poke bowls and boba.

Lake Oswego, OR

June 2020 🌞

 
 
Will and Alexx enjoying homemade pasta salad on Will's deck

Pasta Salad with a Side of Houseplants

June 13th, 2020

Back in California, Will's parents had decided to escape the state and move to Utah. This meant that Will needed to find a new apartment. Deep in the forest surrounding the Santa Cruz mountains, Will found a new home, and stocked it will houseplants galore. When Alexx came to visit, the couple had a tremendous time setting up the outside garden of dragonfruit, ghost peppers, and more while eating Alexx's homemade pasta salad.

Redwood Estates, CA

Will, Alexx, and family on Will's deck

Happy 24th Birthday, Will!

June 18th, 2020

On Will's 24th birthday, Alexx, Will's parents, and Will's sister came to see his new apartment. The family had a wonderful time grilling patties out on the deck and adoring the breathtaking artwork Alexx had drawn for Will's birthday. It was a perfect evening.

Redwood Estates, CA

 
 

July 2020 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Will and Alexx at Crater Lake

A Blue Bluer than Alexx's Eyes

July 3rd, 2020

For the 4th of July weekend, Will and Alexx ventured down to Umpqua National Forest in Oregon, home to Crater Lake. The lake's blue seemed almost animated and artificial; it was a rare example of nature's beauty.

Crater Lake, OR

 
 
Will and Alexx kayaking in Vashon

Kayak Paddling and Sand Dollar Hunting

July 5th, 2020

After camping for the weekend, Will and Alexx roadtripped up to Vashon Island to meet Will's grandparents. The four adventurers explored the vast Carhart garden, reminisced through Carhart memories, and kayaked out on the bay through jellyfish and seals.

Vashon, WA

Will and Alexx in Alexx's Jeep at a drive in movie

The Movies: Pandemic Style

July 10th, 2020

Back in Portland, Will and Alexx were ready for a relaxing evening. The two took Austin, Alexx's Jeep, out to Newberg for a drive-in movie. They set up an air mattress and snack station in the back and watched Star Wars and Black Panther the old-fashioned way.

Newberg, OR

 
 

August 2020 β›±

Alexx celebrating with her graduation balloons

The Graduate

August 5th, 2020

After persevering through all her labs, classes, research, and burritos, Alexx graduated from the University of San Diego with a major in biology and triple-minor in chemistry, leadership, and biomedical ethics (what an underachiever). Will and Alexx's childhood friend, Bailey, threw Alexx and COVID-style graduation party in Bailey's backyard to celebrate the momentous occasion. We are so proud of you, Alexx!

Portland, OR

 
 
Will and Alexx atop a ridge in the wilderness

Bear Witness to the Beautiful Beartooths

August 14th, 2020

Alexx and Will hopped on a small prop-plane to Bozeman, Montana to visit Alexx's sister, Abby, and her boyfriend, Colby. They all took a week long backpacking trip in the Beartooth Mountains on the border of Montana and Wyoming. On the last night the group trekked up to the peak of a nearby ridge to bask in the beauty of the Shoshone National Forest. With the sun resting on the edge of the world the couple sat as just another feature in the landscape, enjoying wisping wind and fading into a peaceful memory admist the chaos of the current events in the world.

Beartooth Mountains, MO

Loki vibing in a forest of houseplants

How to Transport a Jungle

August 26th, 2020

Upon returning to civilization, Will and Alexx quickly learned of a dangerous situation developing back home. The 2020 California wildfires had encroached within 5 miles of Will's apartment. Amidst a flurry of phone calls and flight reservations Will and Alexx raced down to Los Gatos to load much of Will's apartment into a rental car. Within 48 hours the couple was back in Lake Oswego, accompanied by over 100 of Will's houseplants. Alexx's apartment had been transformed into a tropical frenzy of monsteras and alocasia, much to Loki's chagrin.

Lake Oswego, OR

 
 

September 2020 🍁

Will and Alexx atop a rooftop bar in Portland

Rooftop Boozin'

September 6th, 2020

In a brazen attempt to escape the doldrums of quarantine, and to celebrate the one-year anniversary of when they first met, Alexx and Will drove into Portland and shared a few drinks atop a rooftop bar downtown. It was refreshing to escape to a simpler past without face coverings and constant Purell. The drinks were calming, but each other's company was more so.

Migration Brewing Rooftop Bar, Portland, OR

 
 
Will and Alexx lookin' fine on their one year anniversary

One Year Later ❀️

September 8th, 2020

And just like that, the first year had flown by, and what a year it had been. Throughout long-distance, quarantine, depression, and many interstate moves, Will and Alexx were rocks for each other's foundations. What a magical year it had been, one of many more to come.

Portland Rose Gardens, Portland, OR

October 2020 πŸŽƒ

 
 
Alexx preparing for her first day at her new job at OHSU

A Young Health Professional

October 15th, 2020

After rigorous interviews, Alexx had landed a well-deserved job at the prestigious Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Excited and trepidatious, she donned her baby blue scrubs inscribed with Alexx to begin her journey as a health care professional. Will watched in awe as she jumped atop the first stepping stone of her dreams.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, Oregon

Will and Alexx pumpkin hunting

Pumpkin Patchin'

October 25th, 2020

What would Halloween be without pumpkins? Will and Alexx trekked outside Portland to a family-run pumpkin patch to hunt for the gourds. The couple captured a car-full of orange gems and drove home giddy with joy from a day well spent.

Kirchem Farm, Oregon City, OR

 
 

November 2020 πŸ¦ƒ

Papa Carhart with the dogs in the snow

Settling into the Snow

November 11th, 2020

In the meantime, Will's parents had completed their move to Park City, UT. They were enjoying the snow, but not as much as the dogs, Shasta and Rainier.

Park City, UT

 
 

December 2020 ❄️

Loki chomping down on Alexx's hand as he impatiently awaits Christmas

Ready for the Holidays

December 19th, 2020

Christmas during a global pandemic was hard for all of us, but none more than Loki, who was anxious to open his presents. He often would decide to chomp on nearby hands in anticipation.

Lake Oswego, OR

 
 
screenshot of the family FaceTiming from multiple states

A Socially Distanced Christmas

December 25th, 2020

With COVID-19 in full effect and airports becoming overrun with travelers, the family decided to have a socially distanced Christmas this year. Will was in La Jolla, CA; Alexx was in Lake Oswego, OR; Abby was in Bozeman, MT; Colby was in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany; Meg and Cody were in Elk Grove, CA; and Emma was in San Ramon, CA.

Various Locations

Will and Alexx looking snazzy in Lake Oswego for NYE

New Year's Eve

December 31st, 2020

United after almost two months apart, Alexx and Will celebrated New Year's Eve by prancing around Lake Oswego in the frigid weather with their face masks. The couple found a secluded sanctuary and took the opportunity to cement the evening in pictures. My, they do look spiffy.

Lake Oswego, OR

 
 

January 2021 🎊

Will and Alexx playing in the snow

Some Snowy Vans

January 2nd, 2021

Will and Alexx drove up to visit Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, OR, a beautiful snowy escape home to historical architecture and world-class skiing. Along the way home the couple couldn't help but stop and frolick among the fresh-laid powder. Despite Will slipping around in his Vans, the two did quite alright.

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, OR

 
 
Will and baby Miko snuggling

A New Family Member

January 16th, 2021

Within a few weeks, Alexx and Will were in UT to visit Will's parents and see the new home. On a whim, Will checked the local shelter websites to see if there were any cute kittens seeking forever homes, and lo and behold there lay the future Okonomiyaki, a black domestic long haired kitten, yearning to be part of the family. Will and Alexx drove into Salt Lake City from Park City and adopted her on sight. Will named her Okonomiyaki after the Japanese pancakes he and his best friend used to make in San Diego together. She would be called Miko for short. Small, spunky, and sassy, Miko joined the family.

Park City, UT

Will and Alexx proud of their homemade scones

Snow-kissed Scones

January 18th, 2021

During their time in UT together, the couple wanted to thank Will's parents for their hospitality, especially while letting a new animal into the house among the already two Tibetan terriers, Shasta and Rainier, and new husky puppy, Bo. Alexx led the two in baking homemade scones with a orange glaze. The result was a scrumptious concoction that wowwed Will's parents. Job well done, Alexx.

Park City, UT

 
 
Will and Miko snuggling at home

Okonomiyaki Settles In

January 21st, 2021

Upon return to San Diego, Miko began making herself at home in Will's apartment. The cute Japanese pancake pranced from couch cushion to ottoman as she explored her new kingdom.

La Jolla, CA

Alexx at her station for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine

The Vax Queen

January 24th, 2021

In case Alexx wasn't already impressive enough, she began volunteering to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to folks in Portland. Sometimes administering over 100 vaccines a day, Alexx worked nonstop for weeks without a day off to ensure the safety of her community. She is a local hero!

Portland, OR

 
 

February 2021 ❀️

Will and Alexx snuggled up by Miguel's Cocina

Back to San Diego Basics

February 19th, 2021

After over a year since Will had left San Diego originally, the couple were reunited in the city in which they met. They adventured through all of their favorite memories, restuarants, and local spots, stuffing their faces with burritos and boba along the way.

Miguel's Cocina, San Diego, CA

 
 
Will surrounded by tropical houseplants

A New Plant Sanctuary

February 19th, 2021

While driving through Mission Hills, Alexx spotted a cute nursery burgeoning out from an old house. The couple stopped and explored the lucky find. Within the nursery was a sunroom filled to the brim with tropical houseplants. An old cat slept among the leaves of a great staghorn fern. Queen played softly from the rafters. Will and Alexx could have stayed all day.

Mission Hills Nursery, San Diego, CA

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What's Next?

2021

What's next in our adventure, Alexx? Only time will tell. I'm certain, however, that I'm excited to explore the future with you! I can't wait to keep adding more experiences to our timeline 😊

Where to next?

 

©  Will Carhart & Alexx O'Boyle