Monday, May 23, 2005

Five months from today

Five months from now I will be married. Actually, 4 months, 30 day, and 16 hours.

13 years ago this month, this was us.

Here are a couple more recent shots

I've never been much for the cheese factor. Kyle is definitely the romantical one. He writes such sweet things and says such wonderful things. Makes me blush and get all flustered. But hopefully he knows I feel that way too. And I can't wait to marry him! Its been a long time coming, and who knew life would turn out how it did. But you know, sometimes the best is really yet to come, and I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I'm a strong believer in fate - and fate is what had us both move to the DC area in September, 2001. A little help from his brother brough us together - but its funny how fate works.

I'm going to try to cheese a bit. Or at least give you some history...

August, 1991 - I saw this gorgeous blond sophmore with a saxaphone across the band room. I turned to Joey and asked "Who is that guy? I want him!" Joey laughed and said "That's E's brother." I replies "So? I want him." (give me a break, I was in high school!)

Sept 25, 1991 - I plotted with his best friend to throw him a surprise 16th birthday party. I'm not sure he got the hint.

Early October, 1991 - A bunch of us were over at his house (his parent's had the cool basement). Everyone was heading home. I left, he pretended to go to bed, then I came back and picked him up (Note to his folks - the statue of limitations ran out long ago LOL) and we went out to the tressel. Cool, clear October night, we walked out over the lake and just stared at the stars.

October 23 (?), 1991 - Called E at college to wish him a happy birthday. His future wife was in the room LOL Talking with E, he told me I could NOT date his brother, it would make him puke.

October 26, 1991 - We were running around that night, and went to go see if Joe wanted to to anything. Joey was asleep (it was only about 10pm). So we threw rocks at his window. It failed. Then we had our first kiss, right there, on Joe's lawn. And Kyle uttered the MOST romantic words ever "So, you wanna make E puke?" And in that sweet, high school way, we were officially a couple.

la la la... I'm too lazy to type. But suffice to say it was a wonderful senior year.

August 1992 - I head of to Virginia Tech. The beggining of the end. Like all hopelessly romantic first love couples, we tried to make it work. But who were we kidding, I was a freshman, he was a junior in high school 4 hours away. I went home lots of weekend, and I went to visit quite a few weekends too when no one but Kyle knew I was there.

March 1993 - Went home for spring break. Kyle told me his mom didn't want me working at the family store anymore. Dude - I got fired! (for the record, I have since cleared this up with his mom - no, she had no clue I was fired)

May 1993 - I came home from college, and got dumped within 2 hours of setting foot in Oak Ridge. I'll spare you the details, but to this day I can't eat at Fazoli's. Squeek brought us breadsticks.

1993-1994 - We still hung out occasionally. Went to a couple concerts together, including a road trip from TN to DC to see Pink Floyd where I was convinced I would win him back. No dice... He was quite dedicated to Squeek.

1994-1996-ish - I moved on, dated around, would stop buy and visit the family store in the mall every time I was in town, just to say hi.

1996-2001- The store shut down, I lost all contact with him. Lived with a guy, contemplated marriage a time or two. Basically, forgot about him.

May 2001 - I was finishing up grad school, packing up and getting ready to move. I was digging through some old pictures with my roomie (Dammit), and I pulled out a very old picture of Kyle. (I apologize in advance to any ex of mine who might happen to read this) I told Dammit that he was the best looking guy I ever dated, and how I felt more connected to him that anyone else. Funny that, at that point it had been 5 or 6 years since I last saw him. But it got me thinking about him again. Wondering what ever happened. I don't think I had thought about him in years!

July 2001 - Went home for the 4th. On a whim, I opened the phone book, and for the first time ever I saw his name and address. Being oh so mature, I did a drive by. Almost went and knocked on the door, but was afraid his wife, Squeek, would answer the door. I chickened out.

August 2001 - Got apartment in DC. Sent an email to some high school friends (including his brother) with new contact info in DC.

Sept 8, 2001 - Two days before starting my new job, was visiting a friend in Colorado and checked my email. Dropped my diet coke on the ground when I saw Kyle's name in my in-box. Well, turns out Squeek was not, nor ever was, his wife.

Sept 10, 2001 - Started new job in DC

Sept 11, 2001 - well, we all know. Welcome to DC, Hope.

Sept 30, 2001 - we got around to having our first date. At Ireland's Four Provinces in Cleveland Park.

Yes, I'm glossing over some unplesant bits of the more recent story. But you all want to hear a love story, right?

Then again, I've been typing for 30 minutes so now I am glossing over the rest of the romatic story. I'll just sum it up by saying he is everything I have ever wanted and more!

And the best part of the story...
Sept 18, 2004 - He proposed and made me the happiest woman in the world. :-) Only to be surpased October 23, 2005.

I can't wait baby! Our story is only going to get better!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, I'm impressed that you remember the actual calendar dates from back in high school (actually I remember very special dates like that forever, too). And you were wrong about thinking your blog is boring - it's great! BB

9:26 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Awww! Great post. Ain't love grand?

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny but I remember so many of those dates right along w/you. I still can't believe how long ago ORHS was :)


10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Hopie! You are so going to love being married! It's a lot of fun. Kyle is the luckiest guy in the world.


3:25 PM  
Anonymous Rae said...

I love it! High school sweethearts together again. Truly adorable.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Rae said...

Almost forgot your interview questions!

1. What three words would you choose to describe your personality?
2. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment and why?
3. What do you consider the most important factor in a relationship and why?
4. Who is your role model?
5. Describe a time when your parents/partner really embarrassed you.

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope, I loved this entry. Very sweet!! :)


9:11 AM  
Anonymous Sandee said...

That is the sweetest love story, except for the squeak part LOL

BE happy *hugs*

12:42 AM  

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