May 8th we celebrated our 1 year engagement anniversary. It doesn’t seem like it has been that long, but I suppose the calender never lies.
For celebration we decided to take our first vacation together. Historically our vacations included driving 1,000 miles to visit family at the holidays. I took a couple of days off from work and we took a short little weekend trip to St. Louis. We had tons of fun. We did some of the typical tourist things though we didn’t make it to the Arch. Instead we spent the majority of our time at Forest Park where we went to the Zoo, a couple of museums and the Planetarium. We also made a trip out to the Missouri Botanical Gardens where we had an absolute blast.
The highlight of the trip was the food. We went to a restaurant that served Nepalese food. It was to die for. I have decided I am going to find some recipes online and incorporate them into our dinner recipes. We went to Fitz’s Soda shop where we both fell in love with the soft drinks (neither of us really drink soft drinks anymore). The last meal we had was at Pappy’s Smokehouse it was pretty good, but I still LOVE Jazzy’s in Tampa.
If we can have so much fun on a short three-day trip I can only image how much fun we are going to have for our destination wedding!
The more serious our relationship became the more outspoken his opinions on weddings became. He wanted nothing to with them. He is an introvert and hates speaking in front of crowds and dislikes being the center of attention. This all makes logical sense, but my internal monologue keep repeating I am NOT getting married in a COURTHOUSE! But being me I didn’t say anything, I mean at this point in time he hadn’t even proposed to me yet. I like every other girl always dreamed of this big wedding, the gorgeous dress with friends and family surrounding you.
The years passed more friends and family are getting married and we go to several ceremonies and I start to see the light. I find myself sitting through the ceremony wishing it were over and looking forward to the reception. I talked to several brides after the fact who wished they could have enjoyed the day instead of running around making sure everything was running smoothly and finally me met someone who had eloped. They had a wonderful day just the two of them and have never regretted not having the standard wedding and thus I was sold on the idea!
Mr. S and I have been together since July 2003. We met through an online chat room that catered to college age students. We happened to go to the same university. We talked most of the summer through instant messaging and emails. He asked me if I wanted meet for lunch near the campus. I decided to be take a chance after all I might actually have fun. Mind you we had been talking for months and days before our date I realized I had no idea what he even looked like, but he seemed to have a great personality and he made me laugh a lot.
The day of our date I was at my parents home two hours away from campus. I left the house with plenty of time to meet Mr. S on time. What I didn’t expect was road construction that would cause me to sit in back up traffic for over an hour. At this point in time he did not have a cell phone. So knowing he was already at the restaurant, I had to call his house and leave a message on his answering machine apologizing for missing our date. Luckily I decided to continue on, I of course made an additional phone call to my old roommate to see if she was going to be around. I decided it never hurt to have a back up plan. Right before I got into town Mr. S calls be back stating it was alright that I was running late and asked what time I thought I would arrive and he would be there.
I walked into the restaurant / bar then called “The Speakeasy”and I looked around. There were several couples and other groups of people and one solitary man sitting in the corner booth reading a book. He looked up from his book, smiled and waved. Luckily he had seen a picture of me on my profile. We hit it off from the start. After a late lunch we went to a bar downtown and he had me try one of the first beers I ever liked, Lindemans Framboise. After a drink we went to played a game of mini golf. Where he learned not only do I stink a mini golf, but I’m a good spirit.