Wow, a day to celebrate! Ryan is 2 weeks old and it’s our old dating anniversary… Steve and I have been together for 7 YEARS! That seems so crazy long to me! That has also just flown by, I can’t believe it. We’ll be at 50 before you know it! 😉
So for fun… some random stuff about us:
Started dating: January 10, 2003 (we were seniors in high school)
First date: Dinner at an italian restaurant. Steve picked me up and brought purple snapdragon flowers (& we ended up having those at our wedding because of that)
How we met: We went to different high schools, but the same youth group–I had a lot of friends from his school. I had NO idea who he was, but he somehow got my email address and sent something along the lines of: “you’re beautiful and I’d love to get to know you better. PS- cute feet.” Seriously. Cute feet. I had to ask all my friends, who is this guy?! He played football and baseball and I’m not into the “jocky” type at all, but I was still intrigued. We started talking and hanging out in groups… he started writing me poems (so not the “jocky” type at all)…. I went to his homecoming dance with him… and after about 7 months of this friendship, we started dating. Because I have cute feet
Dating life: After dating for 7 months, we left home for different colleges. He went to Iowa State and I went to Univ of Iowa (2 hours apart). We saw each other almost every other weekend, but it was really hard. My sophmore year I transferred to Iowa State to be with him and to study animal science (a program Univ of Iowa didn’t have).
Married: Saturday, May 17, 2008 (after 5.5 years of dating)
How he has changed me: oh so many ways. Simply: taught me to love Dave Matthews Band and the Cubs (he’s still working on the Vikings). Taught me to try new foods (I’m still a picky eater, but used to be SO much worse). Taught me to be more patient and stress-free. Turned me more to the political right side.
How I have changed him: I think you’ll have to ask him… but I think I’ve helped him gain self-esteem, made him love cats ;), got him into more types of music (rock, punk, rap), and we both make each other laugh more.
Why we get along: We’re both big nerds. I still get butterflies and I still get really excited for “date night” even if it’s watching a movie at home on the couch. He makes me smile and laugh all the time, but we can also have serious, intelligent conversations… about anything. He’s completely thoughtful and understanding and sweet.
Example? He has done everything these past 2 weeks. And I mean everything. He’s back at work and barely gets any sleep, yet he changes nearly every diaper, cooks, cleans, does the laundry, runs all the errands, and waits on me hand and foot. I do what I can, but recovering from the c-section has been hard and if I do too much, it gets more painful. He refuses to let me do anything and insists on bringing me whatever I need. Before he leaves for work at night, he makes sure I have my water, meds, computer, food, etc – anything and everything. I’d be crying without him, I couldn’t do this without him!
Happy 7 years, babe. I love you!