2001: Drew was a freshman in high school, I was a sophomore (scandalous!) We were introduced by a mutual friend... let's call her M. M invited Drew to the homecoming dance and we ended up talking some... now real sparks, just talking to the guy my friend was interested in. As that school year progressed we talked some but didn't really hang out or anything.
|First Picture together in 2002|
Then summer of 2004 came along... I had graduated from high school, but Drew still had a year left (remember the scandalous age difference? It's really only 12 days, but 1 year apart in school) I was going away to a school 2 hours away, but had promised to come home every weekend and to call every day.
By July we were back together, and better than ever. Drew was going to join me at the same college in the fall (somehow he even managed to get into the same dorm), and we were ready to move on from our mistakes the previous year (okay, mostly my mistakes... but he wasn't perfect either!)
From 2005-2008 we were at school together. The first two years we were in the dorms together. '05-'06 we were in the same building, just 1 floor apart. '06-'07 we were only 3 doors apart :) We partied together, studied together, and realized that we were going to be together forever (cue sappy romantic music). Yes we had our fights (omg, did we have our fights!) but I don't think we had ever been happier in our relationship, we were becoming "adults" together and figuring out what we wanted out of life. Fall of 2007 we decided to "take the next step", living together. It was met with a little skepticism from our parents (oh no, living together before marriage, sharing a room, the horror! the horror!) but it was amazing. We set up our own little happy home, and got to see sides of each other that we had never seen
before (yet, we still liked each other!)
|Medieval Times in '08|
|Swimming with dolphins in '08|
We graduated from college in May of 2008 (super-smart Drew managed to get his B.A. in business economics in three years, while it took lame Amanda 4 years to get her B.S. in Elementary Education.) We began planning our wedding earnest. Both of us moved back into our parent's houses and got jobs. Drew worked construction with the guy he had worked with in high school, I worked as a long-term substitute teaching middle school and worked after school at a daycare program. We saved our money, planned parts of our wedding and battled with my mom to get our way about the wedding. It was a rough year as we tried to navigate those slippery slopes of impending nuptials. We didn't want to offend family members (especially those who were paying for parts of the wedding) but we also wanted it to be OUR wedding, not theirs. Our two families didn't always see eye to eye (well, I guess neither did we) so there were a lot of battles, passive-aggressive comments and awkward silences, but we made it through to:
JUNE 26th 2009 (anyone notice the theme of the 26th being an important number... anyone?) To read about our wedding day, continue here.