S: Our Story
BC: To my Babe, who keeps me laughing. makes me a better person, loves me for who I am now, and means the world to me.
FC: Debut of an Era
1: Sometimes the best things in life must wait. Wait until God has prepared you. Until you are ready. Our story begins here. With a chilly walk on a downtown bridge. Our bridge.
2: Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Our first walk...
3: First Date | December 13, 2009
4: 1.26.2010 | My 27th. The first birthday with Preston in my life. Fun day! Very fond memories! When I finally wandered out of bed, I met Preston for a caffeine infusion. That delicious mocha signified the end of a two week caffeine fast. By far the hilight of my day. That evening we went to a new restaurant, Bravo, for supper. Another dinner full of laughs and memories. Best birthday ever! Hands down.
5: 2.14.2010 | Valentines Day
6: First Christmas
7: winter | fun
9: Chihuly | at Franklin Park Conservatory
10: This date marked several firsts for Preston & I. My first trip to Wisconsin, first time meeting the Dad and most of the family, and our first flight together. The weekend was spent enjoying family time and visiting Preston's old haunts. Visiting the fire hall, enjoying a coffee infusion at Backroads Coffee, checking out Native American graveyards, watching a gorgeous sunset during a pontoon ride, tasting the legendary Famous Dave's for the first time, finding out what Angry Minnow was all about, and taking a day trip to Duluth.....a few of our pasttimes on that first trip to the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin. | June 11, 2010
11: Hayward, Wisconsin
12: SOFTBALL | Summer softball is always something we look forward to. Summer 2010 was especially fun. Bring on the warm summer nights!
13: Guaranteed day-brightener: my just-because flowers | Spoiled: that would be me!
14: Preston's 29th | My first chance to celebrate a birthday with Preston....his 29th. My goal was to surprise him with a picnic supper at the drive-in movie theatre. Soooo, I lined up a truck, packed a supper, and ordered a birthday cake. And off we went. Shockingly, I managed to surprise him. I felt quite pleased with myself! Fun, fun evening!
16: The Moment | "The moment" came on a warm summer night at our favorite place....the same downtown bridge where we took that first walk together. Once we were standing out over the water, he stopped, dropped to a knee, and pulled out the ring. How he pulled it off as a surprise, I don't know. But I'm so glad he did! Then we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Hyde Park....complete with roses, candles, and doting servers. The evening was perfect! Absolutely perfect.
17: July 16, 2010
18: Proposal excitement
20: True love: long sought, rarely found, forever kept. -Pat Collelo
21: Three weeks and counting.....
22: The Dress
23: My Dress | Mom's Dress
24: Honeymoon in Cancun
25: Sun & Relaxation
26: an infinitely short span of time that is imprinted on your memory forever | Mo.ment
28: If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.
29: CLASH | OF THE FANS | Wisconsin played #1 ranked Ohio State on our honeymoon. Buckeyes lost. Not the best evening for me.
30: first jet ski experience
31: My first jet ski experience. I was excited. At first. I had wanted to go for years, but have always been somewhat afraid of deep sea water....or rather what lurks underneath. So, as we floated away from shore, the jet ski refused to start. As the shore became more distant, I panicked. I mean totally lost it! I was absolutely certain a wave was about to knock us over and at least one of us would be eaten by a shark. Preston had never seen me freak out before and was more than slightly humored, even having the audacity to point out a beautiful blue fish that swam past us! It finally started, but by then the beauty of the ocean and fun of the jet ski were long gone. I tried valiantly to enjoy it, but was sure every time we turned that it would stall. I was holding onto Preston's life jacket so hard that I could hardly unbend my fingers when we got to shore. Some day I will attempt it again. And hopefully it will be a much more positive experience.
33: In love, don't choose the one you can live with; choose the one you cannot live without. | -Craig Jenkins
34: Lambeau | Field
35: Packers vs. bears | Third row seats behind the Packer bench? Yes, please! That's where we were on January 2, 2011. We piled on a ridiculous amount of clothes to brave the freezing temperatures. Packers won 10-3 on a last second interception, sending them to the playoffs! | Electric atmosphere, ecstatic fans....so glad to be with Preston the first time he experienced Lambeau Field! It was an incredible day!
36: Moments I love: | Our first New Year's Eve together | Sunday's with my babe made just to chill | Any hour of the night food runs
37: Chilling to the sound of a football game | Relaxing enough to show my true colors | Omelets at midnight
38: Don’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
39: I love you....it's not a weight you must carry around. I love you....it's not a box that holds you in. I love you....it's not a standard to bear. I love you....it's not a sacrifice I make. I love you....it's not an expectation of perfection. I love you....it's not to make you change. I love you....it's not even to make you love me. I love you....it's as pure and simple as that.