11 Things We've Learned About Jordan and JoJo's Life Together Since That Final Rose
Somewhere between champagne, fireworks and rose petals, it can be easy for Bachelor and Bachelorette couples to get wrapped up in the jet-setting, over-the-top whirlwind of a love story that the show provides. Keeping that love alive once the cameras turn off? That’s a much taller order.
This season’s Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher – who is engaged to Jordan Rodgers, the contestant she chose at the end of the show – has made it clear that she’s in this forever. In a new interview with PEOPLE, Fletcher admits that she can’t stop fantasizing about their wedding day, which will be some time in 2017. Another thing she can’t stop fantasizing about? Babies.
“I keep envisioning babies,” she says. “And I’m like, ‘Wait, JoJo, pump the brakes! Do this in the right order!’ ”
While their off-camera life may not involve impromptu trips to Thailand or Chris Harrison’s watchful eye, their romance is stronger than ever. Here’s what we know about their life since the show.
1. Rodgers moved to Dallas, where they live together and are “happier than ever.”
“I’ll be in Dallas closer to her family, so we’re ready for that,” Rodgers told Harrison on After the Final Rose.
“My bags are packed, we have a house in Dallas, we’re moving right after this,” he added.
And he followed through: The couple officially lives together in Dallas … and they’re already enjoying the nightlife (and snacks).
In lieu of nailing down wedding specifics, Fletcher and Rodgers are focusing on building their lives together.
“There’s such a big difference between the happiness we felt during the surrealness of the show and the happiness that we have now,” Rodgers says. “We’re growing together and it’s so much more real.”
Fletcher adds: “We want to keep the promises we made to each other. I’ve never once doubted my decision.”
2. They spent their first week as an official couple on a romantic vacation in Malibu.
The end of The Bachelorette did not mean the end of glamorous vacations for the couple.
3. Both of their families are very supportive, but Fletcher has yet to meet Rodgers’ NFL pro brother Aaron Rodgers, from whom he’s estranged.
On After the Final Rose, Fletcher revealed she hadn’t met Aaron since filming wrapped. “It’s the same situation that it’s been, but it’s not something that we – it’s not the focus for us right now, it’s about is.”
Rodgers added: “Anything with my family, JoJo’s been a part of my family, and any conversations we have about that moving forward are with us and about us, and we’re excited about starting that journey with our families.”
When Harrison suggested that Aaron might be able to attend the wedding, Jordan responded: “We have to pick a date first.”
WATCH: The Bachelorette’s JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers Discuss If Their Wedding Will Be Televised
4. Which brings us to: They’re talking about wedding dates.
While they’re tossing around dates for a 2017 wedding, they haven’t planned anything definitive yet.
“We’re still planning on next year. We’re just taking our time,” Rodgers, 28, told PEOPLE in a new interview. “We’re enjoying this time in our life and getting to date each other.”
“We’re trying to figure out where it’s going to be first,” Rodgers said in a previous interview. “We have family in California, family in Dallas…”
Fletcher added: “We’re just enjoying being together right now.”
In a Dec. interview, Fletcher tells PEOPLE that she can’t stop fantasizing about the big day.
“I think about my wedding dress and seeing Jordan for the first time and how amazing that will be,” she says. “I know it will be what I dreamed it would be.”
5. Watching the show back was an emotional experience for both of them.
“I watched the proposal a couple of times and I was tearing up,” Fletcher revealed on Good Morning America the morning after Monday’s finale. “It was such a beautiful moment then and just being able to watch it back, it was still so amazing and beautiful to see. I mean, I cried!”
6. Staying positive after the show finished filming has been ‘difficult’ – but the newly engaged couple got through it together.
Fletcher admitted that the backlash against her choosing Rodgers has been overwhelming and unexpected.
“I’ll be honest – it’s been difficult,” she said. “I think the hardest part has been, you know, my entire life I’ve envisioned getting engaged and having this moment where just everybody can see the love that you have for one another and that there’s this overwhelming amount of positivity and support.”
She added: “I think the hardest part of me is just having people say, ‘Oh he doesn’t really love you, this is for the show.’ That hurts me. There have been many nights where I’ve cried myself to sleep, and he’s been the person on the phone with me just trying to keep me okay, and I feel like it’s been really hard for him. [Before] this point, we can’t defend each other. We can’t show our love, we can’t show our relationship, so that’s been tough.”
Despite the struggles, considering a breakup “never happened,” Fletcher said.
7. They make fun fun of each other like an old married couple.
On their drive down to Dallas to move into their new home, Rodgers documented Jojo’s impressively long nap on his Snapchat.
For Halloween, they (very appropriately) dressed up as old people.
Rodgers and Fletcher are ready to just be a normal couple, cute bickering included.
“I’m ready for a sense of normalcy,” Rodgers told PEOPLE. “We want to get into a routine with each other, getting into one place, moving in – I can’t wait to go furniture shopping and grocery shopping. I love that. I’m so all about that.”
“I’m looking forward to getting settled in Dallas,” he continued. “Once we’re settled and we have furniture to sit on, we’ll sit down and figure it out.”
8. They publicly gush about each other constantly.
Rodgers wrote an impossibly adorable birthday message to his fiancée, which he posted to his Instagram in November.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mullet wig wearing, ice cream cone munching, snap chat filter goofing, nighttime mask FaceTime sesh screen shot’ing, power ranger costume partying, morning hike crushing, nacho mountain loving, ocean view sunbathing, best friend couldn’t live without her best thing that ever happened to me love of my life,” he wrote. “You deserve the world and I’m going to keep trying to give you all of it! The first of many birthdays to honor (and tease) the unbelievable human being you are.”
9. They’re nesting in their Dallas home.
Rodgers relocated to Fletcher’s hometown of Dallas after their engagement became public knowledge following the series finale of The Bachelor. The two moved into a house together, which — though it took them a bit of time to fully furnish — has now been transformed into a comfortable, retro-chic space for the couple.
“When we were apart, I remember thinking: ‘This would be so much better if we were together,’ ” Fletcher told PEOPLE. “As soon as it ended I was like: ‘Let’s pack up, let’s move in!’ It was the best thing that could have happened for our relationship.”
Luckily, the two have similar preferences when it comes to home decor. Both love the “rustic” look, Fletcher said, and both wanted a cozy place to curl up and watch movies. “It’s unbelievable,” said Fletcher. “We found a good balance of our styles.”
WATCH: Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher and Fiance Jordan Rodgers Show Off Their Cozy Dallas Home: “We’re Happier Than Ever”
10. They’re getting to know each other’s families.
Though Fletcher and Rodgers have settled near her family in Dallas, they’ve been spending lots of time with his relatives as well. In January, the couple went on a winter vacation to Chattanooga, Tennessee with Rodgers’s parents and his brother- Luke. (His brother Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, was absent from the trip.)
And Rodgers fits right in with Fletcher’s fun-loving crew: They traveled to New Orleans in early 2017 to celebrate her mom’s birthday.
11. They’re seeing the world together.
Though they’re settling down in Dallas, Fletcher and Rodgers are hardly staying put. From Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas to the British Virgin Islands, they’ve been non-stop jet-setters since their final Bachelorette episode aired.
Most recently, the couple headed to Fiji, where they took in the views, played a round of golf and gave us all sorts of #RelationshipGoals with adorable snaps like these.