Love Story

our first date...
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So in my last "love story" post I mentioned that our first date happened on "accident." After a small bit of awkward freaking out, I met D's mom and she convinced me/told me that I would just stay with them in their guest room. I was secretly so excited and of course a bit nervous. I was full of butterflies.

Panera & The Summit
Our date started with an early dinner at Panera where we sat next to two very colorful men who were also on a date together -- that was entertaining. I still remember what I ate -- a blueberry fields salad! Following dinner we strolled around The Summit (outdoor mall). No holding hands, just silly flirting.

Driving Lesson
David was shocked I didn't know how do drive a stick, so after strolling, we went to a church parking lot and I had my first manual driving lesson. D was so sweet and patient. I think we laughed a lot as I kept stalling his little green volkswagon.

The Bluff
After I successfully shifted up to gear 3 and back down to a stop, we headed out to the bluff -- a little cliff hidden by trees that over looks the city. We dangled our feet over -- but still no holding hands. David answered a call from one of his best friends, Patrick. I couldn't really hear what his roommate was saying, but David was laughing nervously. We sat and watched the sun set. My heart was skipping every other beat. When we got in the car to leave the bluff I remember thinking to myself "wow I feel so calm. hanging out with david feels so natural." Right after I said that, David said, "man I just feel so calm right now." My heart nearly stopped.

O'Henrys
After the sun had set we headed to D's favorite coffee shop. I was being a silly girl andwanted to drink my coffee the same way he did. Did I think that would impress him? So, I got my coffee sans sugar and made some awkward comment about how we drank our coffee the same way. We sat and chatted about family and school. I only drank about half of my coffee -- I didn't like it.

Big Fish
After coffee we rented Big Fish. We sat next to each other on the couch & I think we were both being strategic about what we did our hands. You know how that goes -- dangling your hand in hopes the other just grabs it. Finally, thanks to some of my strategic playing with the family dog, David grabbed my hand. My stomach almost leapt out of my body. I was on cloud nine. When the movie was over, David walked me to my bedroom door. He didn't kiss me, but that meant so much to me. I had never not had a guy try to kiss me on a first date and I felt so respected. I slept in my clothes that night -- I was so nervous about staying in their house.

Back to Camp
We had to drive back pretty early the next morning. We held hands all the way back. Sounds so silly, but I loved every second of it. As soon as we pulled in up to camp we had to detach and pretend like we weren't in any sort of relationship. It was quite hard - girls you know how we are, we read into everything & without the ability to "flirt" I was lost without all the little signals. We had to sneak little moments together. One of my favorite things we did was during our team huddle (we lead the soccer/ultimate clinic together) when we all put our hands in, we made sure our hands were on bottom together.

Oh! How I love my husband! I love thinking back on the beginnings of our life together. I'm truly blessed.
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46 comments...:

  1. This made me think "Awwwwww" all the way through! Too sweet!

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  2. This is so sweet. and I can totally feel those first moment butterflies when you describe sitting next to each other on the couch. sigh. what a good "first date"

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  3. That really is SO sweet! I love hearing stories like that. My first date with my husband was nothing like that, especially since I told him repeatedly we were only going to dinner as friends. Ha!

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  4. What a wonderful story! I totally feel you on the coffee thing. I did that once during a business meeting so as to come off looking like a coffee conoisseur. It was gross! Cream and sugar? Yes, please!

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  5. LOVE this!

    I should post about ours too... I remember how you had me convinced that we were dating when I went to visit him in Ohio! He totally didn't think we were "official", but you guys told me we were :)

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  6. How sweet...I am totally in love with this post:)...awww:)
    Kisses my dear:)
    Hugs

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  7. Oh so sweet! I love love stories! And that's awesome he didn't kiss you on the first date.

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  8. Seriously cute!!! I love love stories:-) Congrats on being happily married, it's pretty amazing huh?!

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  9. What a sweet and beautiful story ..... I am really touched.

    xo

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  10. Aww.... very cute. The part about the strategic hand placement while watching a movie is very familiar to me, haha.

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  11. so sweet :) i agree. i love thinking back to when i first met my husband. it makes my heart all a-flutter once again! xo

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  12. Aw, what a very sweet story! I enjoyed every fun word of it.

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  13. what a beautiful story! so touching! thanks for sharing!

    xo,
    cb

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  14. It's so wonderful to relive the sweet memories :)

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  15. I mean, this story cannot be any cuter! I know all these feelings so well, and you wrote them just perfectly! Thanks for sharing with us, Blair!!

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  16. I agree with Chloe...totally was "AW"-ing the entire time! So stinking cute! <333

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  17. This is incredibly sweet Blair! I also love that I drive by The Summit very often when I visit my boyfriend. It is so romantic to know that your first date with your husband occured there too. :)

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  18. Nice trip down memory lane... :) I love Panera!

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  19. Love this post! How funny about the driving lesson! I love it. Driving a stick is hard, and my husband does it quite well. Me, not so much.

    xo M

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  20. What a sweet story! I just loving hearing about how people meet. My husband and I met at a small party where he spent the evening talking to my friend. We didn't actually speak all night but I kept rocking his chair with my foot. He called me the next day and said he thought I was cute and we made plans to go to the Halloween dance the next week (we were in high school). And I guess the rest is history. :)

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  21. What a sweet story! I just loving hearing about how people meet. My husband and I met at a small party where he spent the evening talking to my friend. We didn't actually speak all night but I kept rocking his chair with my foot. He called me the next day and said he thought I was cute and we made plans to go to the Halloween dance the next week (we were in high school). And I guess the rest is history. :)

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  22. I loved reading your love story and how wonderful that you can look back at your beginnings together so fondly and still be so happy...I love that!

    Liesl :)

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  23. Thanks for sharing, very sweet. I just love thinking back to the beginning . . . it brings all of those first feelings back!

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  24. very cute post... will jump over to vote for him!

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  25. Hello darling. I am so sorry I didn't comment on your blog mention about me. I'm so bad. Eeks! As you may have noticed... I haven't been blogging much lately. The only thing on my mind everyday is my baby on the way. I'm so in love already! Anyways, I'm back and I just wanted to say thank you! I hope you have a great day!!!

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  26. Love the continued cuteness.

    I love hearing other people's stories.

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  27. Awww, I loooove your story!! SO sweet!! xoxo

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  28. aww sweet.. i want a love story

    Taylor

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  29. such a wonderful story blair! i def was saying awwww all the way through it! can't wait to meet up in a few weeks!!!

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  30. Oh, Blair, how sweet! I know, I love to think back on when Mr. Deer and I first started dating, such excitement (which has now turned to a calm kind of love which deepens daily). You cracked me up about the coffee, that is EXACTLY the type of thing I would do! XX!

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  31. very sweet! :) loved ur love story! :) jst came across ur blog :) Cheers! :) xxx

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  32. That's so cute! I love the part about ordering your coffee like his :) I can totally relate to that! When my boyfriend and I were starting to hang out, I started listening to his favorite band so we would have that in common. He now knows that I don't even like that band! ha

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  33. I agree - a whole lot of awwwwhs while reading this :)

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  34. This is a really sweet story! The coffee story made me smile...

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  35. Awww that's a cute story!
    This is actually my first time reading your blog, but it was a nice intro :o)
    I checked out the link to you husband's art too, It's awesome!!! So I voted on the "nashville scene" site. hehe.
    Ok off to do more exploring :o)

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  36. awe... so lovely!!!!

    thanks for sharing!

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  37. this was so cute, made me kind of giddy for you :)

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  38. You are adorable! I love this post. Such cute little notes you will always love to look back on and read :) xo

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  39. Awww, how cute. very innocent and sweet. I know exactly what you mean. My lover boy and I started with that same flutterbys all over when we FINALLY held hands, and he was super respectful of me. We met on a bus tour of England, and we tried to pretend that nothing was happening so each of our friends wouldn't notice. It made it all the more exciting to sneak little hand brushes. Yay love!

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