Thursday, September 27, 2012

Another Year Bites the Dust

To avoid busting out in a terrible version of blog-singing an old rock and roll hair band song, I'll skip straight to the point.
Happy 4th Anniversary to my favorite person in the whole world wide. Here's a little throw back "he said/she said" from our wedding website to open the flood gate of memories.
You've made the last 7 years feel like a wrinkle in time. With you by my side, even the most terrible of days is blissful compared to the thought of life without your presence. You're the Mariachi Band to my fiesta. More than most.

(It took great self-control not to edit any grammar in the following text, for the sake of authenticity.)

The History

Her: I had a pretty great childhood with a big yard and a tree house accompanied by a  river providing plenty of opportunities to play and explore my imagination with 4 boys who lived close that might as well have been my brothers. Cops and Robbers and War were my favorite and I hated it when the boys said I needed to be the nurse because I was a girl! That's pretty funny now, considering that I really am a nurse!  I have the best parents a person could ask for who never wanted anything but the best for me, and that is what I've had my entire life.  But they made sure I wasn't spoiled and taught me how to work hard for what I want. I learned a lot of valuable lessons about life throughout school, and even more after graduating and spreading my wings into the so called "real world", all the while having my parents there for guidance any time I needed them. And though I may not have always wanted to hear what they say, I listened....eventually. As I continue to grow as a person, I am excited that my soul-mate can be there to help me grow and witness my accomplishments, and I the same for him.

Him: I would be nothing without my mom and dad. I think I might have been spoiled but oh well. My mom and dad are passionate about me and Amy. My mom helped me with homework and my dad played catch with me anytime I asked. He didn't mean to hit me in the head with the baseball. I honestly lost it in the sun. They would truly do anything for me and they have no idea how much I appreciate them. They will never know.
My life was baseball as a youngster and it was great. I love sports and am extremely passionate about my teams. Kayla gets irritated at me at times when I get upset about a loss but I can't help it. I love that me and Amy have the same B-day. It's neato. We have always been so close. I have a great life with the people who are involved. Carson Daley looks drunk tonight. I LOVE, Kayla, my family, my guitar, DFW sports, Baylor, live music. The next few months will be awesome with a degree and marriage. I have it pretty good.

The Meeting
Her: People always say, "Don't go to bars to find dates!!!" But seriously, there are some pretty awesome people that go out to bars!! haha. I was bartending at Oakley's, to put myself through nursing school, and Patrick had been in a commercial for fun. One night while bartending I mentioned I saw him in a commercial; he said he was a local celebrity and asked for my number. I said, "NO". But after eventually giving him my number, it took him 3 months to call me! Our first date was at George's to watch a lady bears basketball game and everything was just so meant-to-be. I love to talk, and he said he loved to listen to me talk. He loves to be silly and I love to laugh with him. He is the cream to my coffee and I am the strings to his guitar. We could not imagine our lives without each other. So the next time someone says, "Don't go to bars to meet people", remember there are exceptions to the rules!
Him: I don't know why I didn't call. I think I thought she wasn't interested. I told Drew I thought that one bartender was hot. I remember the exact moment that I fell head over my heals yo in love with Kayla. We are ten years apart, but it means nothing. But I still cant believe she didn't know who Boy George was. A lot of people do "guys night" and "girls night", but I prefer to hang with her all the time. It never ends. I feel closer and closer every single day. Seriously. It's amazing. Snuggle time is the coolest time of the day and I don't know any other dudes who can say that. She is my Kayla and I love her more than anything than those who read this could think about.

The Proposal
Her: February 2, while visiting our good friends in Steamboat Colorado, after having a tasty dinner, Boswell suggested we have some yummy dessert at a place called Hazie's on the top of the mountain. We all got ready to go, and I noticed Patrick carrying this silly backpack with him. I suggested he leave it at home, but Boswell said it was unacceptable to  walk around with a video camera because people don't like tourists, so I never thought another thing about it. On the way up the Gondola, the four of us (Patrick, me, Boswell, Leah) were just being our silly selves, playing with the new video camera, and talking about our day. After munching on some cheesecake and drinking some red wine (for the boys) and champagne (for the girls), we decided it was time to head back down the mountain. Boswell and Leah insisted on riding in a Gondola by themselves, and we joked about being kissykissy. Cuddling up in the very last blanket donated to us by Boswell and Leah, this girl jumped in our cart at the last minute simultaneously asking, "Mind if I ride with you guys?" I told her it was okay, and then looked at Patrick and saw the terrified look in his eyes! Then, almost giving me a heart attack says, "Actually, we want to ride by ourselves if you don't mind." She quickly got out, and I had to recompose myself. On the way down, he asked me if I remembered about the surprise he mentioned early that morning and told me to close my eyes. He put the video camera in one of my hands, lit some candles on the seat beside him, poured 2 glasses of champagne and placed one in my hand. Then he told me to open my eyes. I knew at that moment why he had the backpack, but my silly self still just thought he was being romantic, not proposing. Then he asked me how much I loved him, and at that moment I knew what was coming next. We shared our sappy but genuine feelings for each other through words of compassion, and then I had to close my eyes one more time. When I reopened them, there it was, my shiny beautiful ring in this big lit-up box. I was so happy I just wanted to tackle him, but I thought that might not be a good idea being in a box hanging very high in the air! (not on a boat floating in the water, Jessica) When we got out, Boswell and Leah were waiting to see the look on our faces and then I just couldn't hold back the tears of joy. It was the best night ever, spent with my number one favorite person in the whole world, and 2 other of my favorite people. I have been blissfully happy ever since we first met, and continue to be so today. He always makes my day worth it.
Him: Ok. So you wanna here my story huh? Fine. First I would like to give thanks to Miller Lite and UTEC (You've officially been tricked out). Without these two things I don't know if I would have ever met the absolute love of my life. I disagree with people who say you can't meet anyone in a bar. In your face Billy. So we went ring shopping and I knew which one she wanted. A few months later I purchased the ring and then decided for months when to propose. I hid it in the apartment and it almost killed me not to give it to her everyday. I didn't want to do the traditional knee thing (nothing wrong with that), but something different even if wasn't outrageous. I came across several ideas but too many seemed lame. We already had the Steamboat trip planned so after talking with Bozz I decided that would indeed be the trip where the ring was finally given. Now I'm rambling. So Bozz hooked me up with the Gondola ride and you can read her story and know what happened. I am thankful that the airlines did not search my carry on bag. That night made me nervous but was the happiest day I have ever lived so far in our unbelievable relationship.
P.S. Remember when you told me you'd be so mad if I got cake all over your face, and we laughed so hard during the toast because we were both nervous the other may still have devious cake plans? (1st Picture)
P.P.S. Remember that one time when I tried to put the wedding ring on your right ring finger instead of the left???!!! (2nd Picture)
P.P.P.S. Remember that other time when I tried to participate in the air-jump-rope-dance after drinking a bottle of champagne and fell flat on my bridal back and everyone gathered around me to lift me up!!!???? (3rd Picture)


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