S: Lickity Split & Sidecut 2011
FC: 2011 | Lickity Split & Sidecut Park: Engagement Photoshoot part 2
1: Engagement Photo Session: Likity Split & Sidecut Park
10: "Somewhere there's someone who dreams of your smile..." -Author Unknown
12: S I L L Y
14: OUR FIRST DATE: On our first date I had certain criteria in my head of what should happen: # 1. He needed to be ON TIME... He was (and being with Ben for over a year now he has not been late once!) # 2. He needed to open the car door (just on the 1st date I expect this!)... He did. # 3. He needed to just take me somewhere to eat- I didn't want to choose... and if he picked McDonald's I would have had him pull over immediately to let me out LOL... He took me to Rosie's Italian Restaurant. Ugh.. hello! Italian is my favorite!!!! :) He chose wisely. So at this point I am thoroughly impressed. I like where this is going. Haha # 4. What was I allowed to order?? He said anything was alright- to get what I wanted... so I ordered baked rigatoni. I ordered something cheap anyway, but I wanted to see if he was cheap Haha. He ordered the same thing; which today is not uncommon for us to order the same thing. # 5. After dinner we went to a bar to get a drink and talk. We had one beer each- This provided to be a good idea to see if he was a boozer (because I am not a drinker)... The conversation went well, although I pretty much remember talking about myself a whole lot LOL. He didn't seem to mind... and he was pretty shy... AND I had to impress him! # 6. After a drink we went bowling. I love bowling! Our lane took a little while to open up so we went to find our bowling balls and sat down in the bar area and talked. This is when we both started to open up a bit more and were being really silly. I think this is when we both decided this could DEFINITELY work! Wellllll that was until he beat me in bowling! UGH... I don't like to lose LOL. Knowing how competitive Ben is now he was probably ecstatic; especially since it was our first date... although not much has changed. We are definitely better as a team than competitors.
15: # 7. After bowling we came back to my apartment- I played a song for him on the piano and sang and well I think ladies and gentlemen... that was the icing on the cake for Ben. LOL- he still talks about how that was the thing that lured him in the most :) (what he didn't know is that it was really quite terrible and I messed up a bunch of times Haha- but I'm really glad he didn't notice). # 8. We talked some more, he tried to snuggle with me and I thought it was weird Haha (knowing Ben now I am not surprised... he's a little snuggle bug- I love it) So with no snuggling we continued to get to know each other. He seemed to be taking mental notes and saying "hmm" a lot (now that I know his quirkiness- I know he was just testing me too!) I'm pretty sure it was all good things he was noticing he liked about me! (and if it wasn't, well doesn't seem to matter much now!) # 9. As the night progressed he asked if he could kiss me- points for Ben for asking! But I turned the poor guy down LOL- Sorry! Can't just give up a kiss on the first date! Maybe that will spark an interest and bring him back for another date (and another and another... and here we are a year and a half later!) # 10. He left in a timely manner and was such a gentleman as he left. I wasn't sure what was next- but I did give him a little peck on the lips and I bet he left my apartment glowing! # 11. It was the best first date I've ever been on... We've been dating ever since! I'm not sure how we ended up here- clearly I have high expectations when it comes to the guys I date. I hold such high standards and expect so much out of a life partner; but giving Ben a 2nd date, 3rd date, 10th date was the smartest decision I've made in my life. He surpasses my expectations, he is one of the most kindhearted, honest, lovable, sweet (and I could go on for days, no years, no! eternity) men I've ever met. He makes me a better person; he is my one true love, my soul mate, my other half, my everything. I would be lost without him and I am the LUCKIEST girl in the universe to have found true love. I'm truly blessed God made us for each other.
16: "Love is friendship set on fire." -Jeremy Taylor | "You're nothing short of my everything." -Ralph Block
24: . . "Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness." -Oliver Wendell Holmes
25: "There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved." -George Sand
26: "Within you I lose myself. Without you I find myself wanting to become lost again." -Author Unknown