I just can’t even believe I’m writing this post. You guys, Nick and I have been married for 10 years (!!!!!!!!) today – a whole decade, more than a third of our lives which is the weirder part of that. We wanted to share a little bit about our love story (cue the awww’s) and some fun facts – 10 fun facts to be exact – with you. (Rhyme unintentional.)
We met at Big Country Baptist youth camp. Not. Even. Kidding. That’s really the name. I hesitantly went to camp, and Nick was in what he calls the worst praise band in the history of youth camps. Clearly the formula for love match. Let’s top it off with the fact we were both 16.
In retrospect, it was probably the leopard collared mechanic shirt that got me.
The first time I saw Nick he was getting a coke. My friend pointed him out and said what about that guy he’s hot. (Youth camps are about picking up guys apparently.) I said, “Meh. He’s really too skinny.” But then at some point during the camp…
…I was really into the skinny boy that played bass. I was actually the one who approached him. We connected over a particularly snarky moment making fun of his cousin (who was standing in front of us). We knew it was true love which leads us to 10 interesting tidbits about us.
1. I also called Nick first. I was a barista and the coffee shop I worked at needed a band to play on Friday. I just happened to know a bass player in a band…he was in an actual band not the people he played with at the camp.
2. Our first date was at Mama’s Pizza. Nick hadn’t showered in 3 days. I overslept (for lunch…oh to be a teen), so my hair was wet and in a ponytail. Nick’s dad canceled the credit card he had given him right before he remembered Nick had it, so he had to borrow money from his uncle for our pizza buffet. Afterwards we just walked around the mall.
3. We lived an hour and a half away from each other which required a drive through downtown Dallas (real safe for a 16 year old). Nick would skip school to miss all the traffic and come see me. Unfortunately he missed 100 hours (I don’t know how that’s even possible) of school his junior year and had to make up the hours by sitting in the cafeteria after school. Detention style. It was so many hours they just told him to come every day and sit.
4. Obviously we went to my senior prom in 2002. Nick missed his cd release at The Door in Dallas to be there. I did offer to go with someone else so he wouldn’t miss, but he wouldn’t have that. Nick surprised me by cutting his hair into a mullet for the special event as well. It was embarrassing to both of us.
5. We had our first kiss at Celebrate Freedom which is an all day outdoor concert. He leaned in to kiss me (his first kiss), and I told him to stop. I was really nervous and scared, but eventually (like 5 minutes later) I let him kiss me. In retrospect it was probably a bit on the slobbery side, but neither of us really knew much better.
6. Not to make this all about kisses, but that whole “you may kiss the bride” thing at weddings did not go so well for us. Nick tried to slip me the tongue, so I hit him. Only on his leg but what a way to start a romantic marriage huh.
7. The plan was not to smash cake in each other’s face because that’s what kids would do. We were mature 19 year olds who had just gotten married (sarcasm alert). Someone yelled get him back for the kiss. I got his nose. He got my ear.
8. We honeymooned in Niagara Falls. This was the view from our room. Incredible right. By lucky coincidence the drinking and gambling age in Canada is 19…and we just so happened to be 19. Thank you guy on the plane that tipped us off to that. We had 1 Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Nick lost all our cash, and I won it all back. Winning all around.
9. We took a Marital and Sexual Relations class in college. It was online. We got into a tisk with the professor over some extra credit, so she accused us of cheating on our tests. I mean technically we did cheat by doing the tests together, but that’s beside the point. How dare her.
10. Shockingly we had been to youth camps and several lock-ins together before we actually met. It’s crazy to think about all the opportunities that we had to run into each other and just didn’t. Not like we had to wait very long, but it’s no coincidence that we met a month after Nick got his driver’s license.
A very happy anniversary to us! It has been an incredible decade full of unimaginable things. We are headed out to Knife tonight in Dallas. We went to Spoon for our 9th, so it’s the logical step. In case you are wondering the 10th anniversary is tin (lame). We decided to donate 120 canned foods – 1 for each month of marriage – to a food bank in lieu of getting each other something.
Full disclosure if I win the lotto today I will also buy myself an anniversary airstream. Here’s our 8th and 9th anniversary posts if you want to know all about our gifts and plans with some mushy stuff along the way.