Eric and I met in May of 2000 after we both graduated from highschool at a poular night club in downtown Birmingham called The Idustry. It took us meeting twice at the club and Eric tracking me down at the restaurant that I worked at to go on a date, but after that night we have been together ever since...minus a few break up's and bumbs in the road. :o)
Here we are at my 19th birthday party at Ichiban. We have been to Ichiban more times that I can count. It was our favorite place to go on dates.Our 1st Christmas dating at my Grandmothers house.
I had to get in all the hugs I could before he left.Eric and my Dad shaking hands man to man.Both of the families about to loose their boys to the Navy.Eric, Matt, and I goofing around for the camera.
These are some pictures from the day that he left for bootcamp.
And just like that...he was gone...for 3 months... We spent 3 months without seeing each other while we was in boot camp. Eric was only able to write letters once a week, but I sent him at least 1 letter every day. One week I got a letter with a special note near the end...it said, "When I get out, we are getting married (Courthouse). Well, it wasn't the most romantic proposal, but it worked for me. I started planning our wedding that same day and went and got my dress that weekend. We decided that we would get married during his week of leave before he had to report to Norfolk, VA. Once boot camp was finished I flew up to Great Lakes with Eric's parents and the Cobb's for Graduation. I couldn't wait to see him...I was so nervous, excited, and sad because I knew that we would be apart again soon. At the hotel the night before Graduation felt like an eternity. I don't even think I was able to sleep a wink. I got as cute as I possibly could...my outfit even matched their dress whites. We all piled into the stadium and watched them all march in together. The ceremony was short, but seemed like forever. Once it was over I ran down the bleachers to find him and gave him a kiss. I thought I missed him a lot, but when I had his arms around me again I realized that I missed him so much more than that. We got to spend the next 2 days together (minus the nights because he had to stay on base).
Here are pictures from his graduation weekend.
Then...in a blink of an eye...it was time for us to fly home. It was another few weeks before Eric got to come home on leave for our wedding.