Thursday, April 22, 2010

Show us Your Life - How I Met My Husband

Show Us Your Life with Kelly's Korner

On Kelly's Blog, for her Show Us Your Life, the topic today is How You Met Your Husband. goes...
Mr. Howard and I both were raised in the Palm Springs area and while we never attended the same school, we crossed paths multiple times in the years before we truly met.

In November of 2000 we attended a birthday party for a mutual friend Rafael (shout out to Rafael who just got engaged recently) and because I was in charge of videotaping the guests to get their birthday wishes, I got the opportunity to meet many of the guests at the party. The second Mr. Howard came over to give his speech on the tape, I fell for him.

After a phone call, the next day, to our mutual friend, I got his phone number and called him. Yes I made the first move - and the best move I ever made. We spoke on the phone for a butterfly-filled thirty minutes and hit it off. When it was time to end the conversation, he said he'd call me back....which he NEVER did (If you're keeping track, this is Strike 1 Mr. Howard).

After a few months, before New Years, after talking to an ex who was on the water-polo team with Mr. Howard, I was convinced I should try to email him (yep I made the second move too). We sent emails back and forth for a while and even had an IM conversation. After several butterfly-filled emails and IM conversations, he suggested we get together for New Years Eve. He said he'd call me in the morning to make plans. I was SOOO excited and even had my mom take me to get my hair cut and blow-dryed....But he never called (Strike 2 Mr. Howard). I vowed never to answer his emails or calls again and decided to just have fun.

In late January (the week before Super Bowl), I received a beeper page (haha...does that date me or what?) from Mr. Howard asking me to call. I was in a theatre with Kathleen and thought, "*?*& him! He had his chance!" But after about 30 minutes, curiousity got the best of me and I called him back. He was hanging out on Palm Canyon and wanted to meet up with me. I caved. I have always been a sucker for cute boys!
We talked and talked and talked and talked. I even went over to his house with his mom, dad, Chris, & maybe someone I'm missing, on Superbowl two days after we met. From that day until the day we graduated high school, we did not spend a SINGLE day apart. At that time I was coaching a middle school volleyball team, working as a nanny, and performing as Antigone in the play Antigone. Mr. Howard was working full-time and going to school full-time. But somehow we managed to find a way to spend hours every night getting to know each other and falling in love. That summer before I went away to college, we spent hours talking about our future and made a lot of grand plans for how the next year away from college was going to go. We, however, were also realists. We decided that it might be best for us to see other people while in college, to make sure that if we truly had met the person we were going to spend the rest of our lives with - that we'd have no regrets.
While in college, we met a road block. I was in Irvine; he was in Palm Springs. We were seeing each other every weekend. Mr. Howard was driving up for every sorority formal and party and I was driving home to visit my family and friends. Right around the end of our freshman years, Mr. Howard's family decided to move to Alabama and he had to make the decision about what he wanted to do. Luckily for me, he decided to move out to Irvine to be with me! Those were the months we really started to get to know each other. We essentially lived together right away (I was technically living in the sorority house) and he had an apartment with Casey (sorry Casey...I just barged right in) so we spent days and nights with each other.
After almost four years of knowing each other, on August 1, 2004, Mr. Howard proposed to me in the living room of the apartment we shared in front of most of our friends and a lot of our family. And three short years later (I finished my credential and master's before marrying) on July 14, 2007 we were married in a beautiful mansion in downtown Sacramento in front of all our friends and family.

And We Began Our Lives Together


SmallWorld at Home said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing!

Erica said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

CUTE! you two are a beautiful couple! i find it funny that you are from so cal & his family moved to alabama... i am from so cal & my hubby is from alabama and we live in bama now! anyways... very cute story!

Bonnie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a sweet story! And, your little boy is so cute! I love all of the old pics :D

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