We first laid eyes on each other on June 19, 2010 at a barbeque thrown by the ever-amazing Lynsey. Tony showed up with his best friend Nate and his girlfriend Laura, who were also friends of mine. Tony and I didn’t have the chance (or the guts) to strike up a conversation until the end of the night, when we somehow ended up as beer pong partners and crushed the competition! It was my first (and last) time winning a game of beer pong. He must have been my good luck charm!
We parted ways without exchanging numbers, but Lynsey did manage to snap this picture of us before the night ended. Don’t we already look like we could be a couple? I was sure to send a text to Laura later that night that said “your friend is cute”, hoping to plant a seed. (It worked!)
I didn’t see Tony again until two weeks later, when he decided at the last minute to cancel his plans and come to my birthday party at Red Door in Fremont. I was so excited that he showed up. We didn’t spend much time chatting because I had lots of friends there and was trying to talk to everyone. But thanks to a few too many drinks on my part, and some clever thinking by my friend Roy, my chair “disappeared” and I ended up on Tony’s lap. This must have given him the confidence to tell me we should “hang out sometime”.
The next day while at a 4th of July barbeque, I got a text from someone claiming to have met me last night at Red Door. Now, I knew I had a fun night, but I was about 99% sure I hadn’t given my number out to anyone. After awhile I realized it was Tony, and that he had gotten my number from Laura. For the next few days we texted non-stop (he even had to upgrade his phone plan to add unlimited texting because I was costing him an arm and a leg). Our first date was the following Friday, July 9th. We went to grab a drink (or five) at King’s in Ballard. Our second date was the next night, and we went to LTD in Fremont, and then watched Hot Tub Time Machine at my place. And the rest is history.
So, in honor of our one-year anniversary of dating, I thought I’d compile a blog about the highlights of our first 12 months together. Here goes nothing:
Tony didn’t waste much time before introducing me to his 4-year old daughter, Chloe. Just three weeks after we started dating, I met Chloe at her birthday party at the lakehouse, along with his entire extended family. Talk about pressure!
Laura invited us to Lucky Strike for her class reunion, which was really fun. Going to someone else's class reunion is much less stress than going to your own!
Tony came with me to Sunland for Labor Day weekend, which is a tradition of my friend Sarah. This year the theme was “Jersey Shore”, and we didn’t disappoint with our costumes!
Laura and Nate invited us to join their “Mexican Wrestler” theme for Halloween. We didn’t decide to do it until the day of, so Tony and I had to scramble around to throw our costumes together last minute. They turned out great!
We took Chloe to play in the snow at Mt. Rainier (or "mount niernier" as she pronounces it). The only month without a picture of us together! How did that happen?
A busy month for us! We celebrated Tony's birthday with friends at The Sloop in Ballard. I even made him a super-fancy "Dirty Thirty" birthday cake. We also went to Laura and Nate's Ugly Sweater Party which was fun. More costumes!
We went to Umi’s for Nathan’s birthday this month, followed by crazy dancing at the Noc Noc. I learned that I love sushi as long as it’s deep fried.
We took a trip to Leavenworth/Steven’s pass with some friends this month. The cabin was awesome and so was the mountain.
I brought Tony to my friend Sheryll’s incredible baby shower this month, where she had a photobooth set up with fun props.
This month we were able to celebrate the engagement of Nathan and Laura. If it wasn’t for them I would never have met Tony!
Anyone else get the feeling that we like costumes? We went to Drinko de Mayo this month, as festive as possible.
We spent this exceptionally sunny day outside with Chloe, playing with sidewalk chalk and changing the oil in the cars.
Which brings us back to July! We've already been pretty busy this month with birthdays, barbeques, and of course fireworks!
The last twelve months have been the best of my life, and I’m excited to see what the next twelve will bring. No doubt there will be lots of costumes, beers, and amazing times with friends.
Love ya, babe!