Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Your Questions Answered---Marriage Edition

Thank you all so much for asking so many wonderful questions!! I've had to split them up into several posts because either you were wanting to know WAY too many things about me OR I simply write too much! I'm convinced it's the latter. I didn't want you to have to suffer through one huge long post...so for my 1st post I will focus on questions about me and my Matty!

Tasha from Biology Gal and Angela from 20-Something Dreams wanted to know, "How did you meet your husband?"

I did a post on this a while back, so you can click here for the whole story! It's a good one.

We met during the summer after my sophomore year of college. I was at home in Indy visiting my good college friend, CJ. Her brother, Robert, was in town for the week from Colorado and guess who was over visiting him?? Matt!! Matt and Robert have been BFF forever (it's really cute)! So, I guess we met through mutual friends??

He wasted no time asking me out and with a little (lot) of persistence on his part, I officially started dating the man of my dreams!

Tasha also asked, "
Where did you go on your first date?"

Our first date consisted of a wonderful Italian dinner at Maggiano's in Indianapolis where I ate an entire order of Chicken Parmesan and Matt ate two bites of his spaghetti. He claims he ate more and that they just gave him a lot of food, but that bowl sure looked full when we put it into the to-go container! We ended the night with a stroll in a local park. And do you want to know something cool?? The 6 year anniversary of our first day...is TODAY!

Later that week though was when I knew he was a keeper. He made me dinner all by himself...and baked a chocolate cheesecake for dessert. "Okay, fine. I guess I'll do the whole long distance thing, but you have to promise to keep making me cheesecake!"

Jackie from And So It Goes and Anna from Pocket Full of Pink asked, "
How did Matt propose to you?"

Matt and I had been together 2 1/2 years before he proposed. That ENTIRE time we were long distance. Yeah, I know. Rough. I was in Indiana at Purdue and Matt was in Virginia at law school...then I stayed in Indy for grad school and Matt made the move to Cleveland to start his job in September of 2005. Let me tell you, the phone was our friend!

Matt proposed Christmas Eve of 2005. Ever since I was a kid we have spent Christmas Eve with my dad's side of the family. Once my grandmother passed away, we started going to Chili's for dinner and ending the night at my parent's house for presents. Matt's parents also now join us for this event every year. So we ate dinner and opened presents just like any other Christmas. Then Matt asked me if I wanted to take a walk. I thought it was a little fishy since, um, it was night...and kinda raining...and December!?! But, who am I to say no to this man??

We took a stroll around the block and we stopped underneath a light pole in front of my elementary school. I'm sad to say that I don't remember every single word he said to me that night, but I know it was something along the lines of loving me and wanting to be with me forever :) Then he got down on one knee in the rain and asked me to marry him. With a little tear I said yes! We headed back to the house and got to immediately share our good news with both of our parents and my dad's whole side of the family. It was truly a special night!

I guess Matt had originally planned to take me to the canal in downtown Indianapolis which is where we spent one of our first dates...but he thought I would give him too hard of a time for wanting to go there in the rain. Probably true :)

1 year and 9 months later...we were man and wife.

Newlywed Next Door asked, "What is your favorite thing to do with your husband on the weekends?"

Ha! We both laughed when we read this question. Our weekends are usually VERY casual. Unless we are traveling out of town, we rarely have weekend plans...so our typical weekend goes as follows:

Saturday: Morning workout; grocery shopping
Sunday: Church

This doesn't look like much...but our shopping trips are not just a quick trip to the store. We are both huge believers in Wal-mart, but there is not a Super Center in our town. We drive about 20 minutes to the Wal-mart a few towns over to get the majority of our shopping done there. Then we head to Costco for a few bulk items and occasionally have to stop at an additional store for items that Wal-mart did not have. As you may've guessed, this shopping extravaganza takes up a large portion of our day. We have recently discovered the genius behind shopping for 2 weeks at a time...so thankfully this craziness is now somewhat limited.

On Sundays we travel 45 minutes to and from church in the mornings, again a large portion of our day. We have contemplated going to another church that is closer to home, but our pastor is just too fantastic not to travel to hear. It's totally worth the drive, but we usually just crash once we get home.

So I guess on a regular, normal weekend...my favorite thing to do with Matt is to sleep in! We both get up at 4:45 am during the week...and 6:30 am on Sundays...so Saturdays are my favorite. We wake up slowly and lay around chatting and sometimes watching TV. Property Ladder is our fave. It's so relaxing and a great start to our weekend.

Becca from Mrs. GI Joe asked, "Are you ready for kids now or do you want to wait some more?"

Becca, I was ready for kids yesterday! I have been a little baby crazy for about the last 6 months, if not longer. It's so funny because during our pre-martial counseling, I was the one who wanted to wait 5-10 years to have kids! Well, that lasted like 1 year. I'm not sure what it is but I want so much to be a mother.

Matt is slowly but surely coming along and God willing we will start really trying early next year. This is good for both of us...seeing as he has financial and stability concerns and I'd like to lose a little of this weight first...so I don't have such a daunting task ahead of me after the baby comes!

DAR from Just Another Day in Paradise and Angela asked, "What is your favorite thing to do on a date?"

I love doing things with Matt that allow us to talk. We spend a lot of our day apart...and I have a LOT to say :) Besides the fact that it is so dang expensive, this is a big reason why I don't like going to movies. I like to be chatty!

So going to dinner is a favorite activity of mine..or for ice cream. Basically anything that involves food, I'm into. I also like to go golfing and bowling even though I am fairly horrible at both. I love hanging out with him in ways that are out of the norm for us.

Alrighty! I'll be back tomorrow with another round!


emily said...

That is so encouraging that you guys were long distance the majority of your dating relationship! I am in Florida and my bf is in Indy :) Thanks for thise post, it's awesome!

Lucy Marie said...

cute!! I can't believe I forgot to come back with some questions. Am I too late?

My question is ... what is your favorite cake that you have ever made?

Mrs. G.I Joe said...

This was so imformative! I loved reading every question:) Especially the part about you not rememeber every word he said during the proposal:p HA! I have the same problem. I don't remember ever word he said but I do remember him asking me to "take his last name" Lol...Must have been the blood pounding in my ears after I figured out what he was doing!

Brittany Ann said...

I totally feel you on being baby crazy. Until I was married, I had no idea how bad I'd want a baby RIGHT NOW!

Dollface said...

I love these, I cant wait till u get to mine! xxooo

The Novelista Barista said...

awe those are so cute!!!! :) :) greattt idea!!!!!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

Yay for Italian dinners for first dates!!! ;-)

Newlywed Next Door said...

Thanks for answering my question! That sounds like a great way to spend weekends! We're pretty low key too - Friday night "date night" is usually BBQing at home and watching a Netflix unless we're traveling.

littlesack said...

cute answers! and RYC: that is mortifying--especially when you are that young!

C said...

Great getting to know you! I love meeting new people! So glad I found your blog!

pocket full of pink said...

So fun! You two are the absolute cutest!! Thanks for sharing!

The Shabby Princess said...

Aw, how sweet!!! We like Property Ladder too!

THE Stephanie said...

WOW!! So fun! I can't believe you guys were long distance for so long!

And love lazy weekends... especially lazy Saturday mornings. Those are the best!

Good Girl Gone Blog said...

I love the warm snuggly photo. So cute!

New England Girl said...

Oh, I so loved getting to know your married side of life. It seems like you guys have such a wonderful and grounded relationship, which is always nice to see! Thanks for sharing all of that with us. Your weekends sound like they're a treat- hope you had a great one this past weekend. :)


Krystyna Lizabeth. said...

you guys are so cute :)

Shaina said...

I'm just catching up here and saw this adorable post. I LOVE that wedding photo! It is absolutely gorgeous!!!

a H.I.T. said...

Too cute...we have baby fever now too :)