Thursday, April 17, 2014

10 Years Ago: Our Not So Romantic First Date

10 years ago today I went on a first date with a guy I barely knew named Mike. We'd been flirting through AIM (I'm showing my age there!) but I hadn't really spent much time with him otherwise. He was only 17 ( I was 20) and was the neighbor of my ex-boyfriend. That sounds a lot more scandalous than it was. I stayed close to my ex's family and Mike was at their house a LOT. When he asked me to go shoe shopping with him, I didn't think much of it. I was headed to study in England for a year that fall so I wasn't really looking for a relationship.

Little did I know that shopping for sandals for him that day would be the start of something so amazing. I remember him putting his arm around me while we walked through the mall and thinking "well, he's cute and sweet, so why not?" That's our first date story, shopping at Payless. Not exactly the most romantic story to tell our kids, but it's the truth! We didn't plan on getting serious, we were just having a fun summer romance.
Our first picture together in the fall of 2004. We look like babies!
But when it was time for me to leave in September, we both decided that we should try a long distance relationship and the rest is history. After 4 years of dating, 6 years of marriage, and 2 kids I am so happy to call him my husband.


10 years sounds like such a long time! As he likes to remind me, we have been together for more than a 3rd of his life. I'm excited to see what the next 10 years brings!

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