Today is our 5th wedding anniversary!! Thank you to my wonderful husband for making the past 5 years wonderful, exciting, challenging, and perfect. Love you.
I thought I would share “our story” with you all today in honor of our anniversary! Hopefully it causes a few laughs, a few ahhhhs, and a few smiles!
The Internet connection
One day while I supposed to be studying in my college dorm room at UW- Eau Claire. . . I was watching Oprah instead. And she had on the show that day the founders of a new internet dating site called “Great Boyfriends” (which I don’t think even exists anymore. . . ). The premise of the site was that all guys on the site were recommended by other girls, either friends or ex-girlfriends who think they are great guys but it just didn’t work out for whatever reason. So, to avoid studying, and being a single girl, I got on my laptop and checked it out. After looking around for a little while, I noticed this cute guy standing next to a tree. **I thought he might be cute, it wasn’t the best picture, so it was hard to tell. . . On this site, you could email the girl that had put him on the site. So, I emailed his friend Beth, and basically said, is he really a good guy? Which, of course, she replied YES! And then I decided to email him. Best. Decision. Ever.
The first phone call
We chatted over emails for about a week, everything from favorite movie to how many pillows do you sleep with. And then, I gave him my phone number and he promised to call the following evening. Oh my goodness, I was sooo nervous. His voice was deeper than I was expecting, but otherwise, he sounded like the funny, nice guy that I had come to know over email. I think our first phone call lasted over an hour. I have the biggest cheesy grin on my face just thinking about it!
Our first date
A few phone calls later. .. he asked me out on a real first date. I was going to home from school for Easter weekend and we made plans to meet up for dinner and a movie that Saturday night. He called a friend and asked for a suggestion for a nice place to go near my parent’s place. And we met up at the restaurant (Sunset’s). He brought me a single red rose. (so cute!) It was a nice but hard first date. We had talked so much online and on the phone, we had already covered all normal first date material. So, there were some awkward pauses and silences while we figured out what to talk about, but, it was still nice and comfortable. I had the fish and chips and he had a chicken Cesar salad. I only remember that because I was sorta embarrassed that he got a salad and I totally didn’t. . . Then, we had time to kill before the movie, so I suggested we head back to my parent’s house for a few minutes. I know how much my Mom likes the leftover fish from Sunset’s, so I wanted to take the leftovers to her. What I didn’t count on, was for her to be in her PJs already! Thankfully, Scott took it all in stride and was a perfect gentleman meeting her. Although, I think she was totally embarrassed! The other reason I wanted to swing by my house, was to change cars. He had (and still does, although he’s trying to sell it) a mustang cobra convertible.
And I wanted to ride in it! So, we drove together to the movie. We saw “Phone Booth”, which I don’t think is the best date movie ever, but it worked! Afterwards, we headed back to my parent’s house, where my little sister promptly launches into her latest drama and get’s Scott opinion on it. At one point, I went into my parent’s bedroom to say goodnight and Mom says, so how’s it going? And I said, eh, not sure yet. He’s sorta dorky. Which totally makes me laugh now! We ended up sitting on the couch, we watched another movie – Risky Business – again, a sorta questionable first date movie. . . and then a goodnight kiss –> such a gentleman!
We talked on the phone the next day and hung out the next night. . .
We dated for 5 years before getting married. Except for the first 4 months of dating, it was all long distance. Scott went to school at Purdue University that fall after we started dating.
I finished at UW- Eau Claire and then moved to Des Moines for medical school. With school and everything, it just wouldn’t have made sense to get married any sooner than we did. And I am glad that we had that time to get to know each other so well and I think that has served us so well during the 1st years of our marriage. During that dating time, we covered everything – kids, money, jobs, family, likes, dislikes, pet peeves, food, music, movies, and everything in between.
The Engagement Story
We had gone out for the day, to celebrate Scott’s birthday. We went to the James J Hill house, which is on Summit Ave (one of my favorite running places!), for a tour.
After, we went to the St. Paul Cathedral to look around.
Originally we were going to try to take a tour, but they didn’t offer tours on the weekends. As we were walking out of the cathedral, onto the front steps, overlooking the capital and downtown St. Paul,
Scott says “Katie?”
”Can you look at my hand?”
”Adam (his brother) and I were goofing around in the garage this morning and I cut my hand. I thought it was ok, but now it is really hurting.”
So, I am thinking, great, now we are going to have to go to the ER to get a tetanus shot and stitches, a great was to spend a beautiful spring day.
“When was your last tetanus shot?”
”Ummm, I don’t know.”
”Well, what did you cut your hand on?”
”A metal car part.”
At this point, I had grabbed his hand and dragged him down the stairs into the sunshine, so I could get a good look at it.
He had his right hand covered in bandage over the palm. (I have no idea how I didn’t notice the bandage all afternoon!)
I am giving him a hard time about having to go to the ER, how could he be so stupid, etc.
And then, the diamond in the ring catches the sunlight as I unwrapped his hand.
And he got down on one knee. . .
Our Wedding Day
And we got married at 3:45pm on 06.07.08!
It was a beautiful day. A little rain in the morning, but it cleared in time for pictures at the Lake and was a nice sunny day. Not too hot! And it was a great day. . . we had lots of friends and all of our families come out to support us and dance the night away.
I cannot believe it has been 5 years already! I am looking forward to the next 75 more!!
We are heading to Bradstreet Crafthouse for our anniversary dinner tomorrow night. I have never been, but the menu looks delicious!!