Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our History...
how we came to be Mr. & Mrs.


People talk about love at 1st sight, well somehow I fell in love with this!
In spite of his bleached blonde hair, upside down visor, and skinny physique I felt drawn to him like a moth to a flame.

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)
Eric and me in 2000, hanging out.Eating at the Marshall's for one of Ann's famous Sunday night dinners.
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.
Eric and I, but not sure when.
Eric, Tim and I at Granny's For Chirstmas one year.
Eric and I going on a date.Eric and I at Granny's for Christmas in 2002.
In 2003 Eric join the US Navy while we were broken up for a week.
I guess he showed me...

Eric join with his good friend Matt. Here are pictures from the party his parents threw them before they left.

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.

Ann & I slept on the fold out couch and Luke & Tim slept in the other room. I had I my "Hands off...this body belongs to Eric" shirt and Eric's pj pants.









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.

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