Chase and I had our very first kiss and became “official.”
We were mere babes!
Our first kiss is actually a funny story.
You see, Chase and I had been “friends” for a year. We definitely had mutual crushes on each other, but we had not done anything to move it to the next level.
We watched movies together:
And we played games. No, not mind games, for real games:
However, on October 4, 2004, Chase IM’ed me (Yes, this was pre-facebook and pre-texting). He asked if I could meet him on Yates Field at 9PM. Yates Field was this giant green space where the stars were always perfectly visible. While I thought this was a bit strange, I had a feeling that Chase might just be working up the courage to take it to the next level. I remember giggling to me roommate that maybe he was going to “ask me out!”
So I met him at Yates Field at 9pm and he had a blanket spread out so we could look at the stars and “talk.” Honestly, I remember very little about what he said. He seemed very nervous and kept talking about a dream he had several weeks ago. He finally began describing the dream and got to the dramatic ending, where he said: “We were boyfriend/girlfriend and the dream ended with me kissing you.” And then he went for the kiss…ON MY CHEEK. Well, I had no idea he was intending to kiss me on the cheek. You see, I am definitely a good Southern girl, but I thought that a tall, handsome, sophomore boy in college probably kissed on the lips…right?! So I turned my face at the last minute and we ended up having the most awkward side-of-the-mouth kiss EVER.
It. Was. Bad. In retrospect, it is even more awful because that was our last first kiss ever! If we had known then that we would be married, I am sure we would have done much better! 🙂
However, I guess it was a perfect first-kiss for us, because nothing is ever “normal” or “usual” about us!
Plus, it is kind of nice to begin a relationship with the most awkward experience ever, because you have no where else to go but up!
When we were dating, we always had sweet little celebrations for our anniversary. We had a peanut-butter-and-jelly dinner date for our first anniversary and a lovely picnic lunch for our second anniversary.
We would always exchange cards, and a children’s book (one of our traditions for all anniversaries, holidays, and birthdays).
This is actually our 5th dating anniversary that we have been married, but this year I think we are bringing back the celebration in a big way. In the past, we have gotten a little lax about it, but not today! In fact, Chase has been building up anticipation for DAYS.
To be 100% honest, when Chase asked me, “Do you know what happens on Tuesday?” I responded: “Yeah, Apple makes its announcement about the iPhone.”
However, this morning I woke up to this little beauty:
I have also been directed that “The Frugal Frog has taken vacation. Wear something fancy tonight.”
I think someone needs to go card and children’s book shopping today!
Are you a big “Celebrator?” What are some of your favorite traditions?
I am usually a huge celebrator…when I remember! And I love love love our children’s book gift-giving tradition!