Thursday, February 9, 2012

Our Story

I've seen this going around and decided to take a break from the baby posts to do something else.

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
We will have been together for 4 years this coming August

2. How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?}
We met in August of 2008 via I had just gotten back on after taking a bit of a break and Kristian was one of the first people who emailed me when I signed back on. I almost didn't respond because he was "geographically undesirable" but thankfully I overlooked that and took a chance. He says he had emailed me about 9 months earlier and I never responded (I don't remember this) but thank goodness he contacted me again. We had our first date at Bonefish Grille and were basically together ever since. He claims that for him it was love at first sight and he knew that night I was the one for him. It took me about a month before I "knew".
Our first picture together at a "CEO and Corporate Ho's party"

3. If married, how long have you been married?
 We've been married for almost two years. We got married on May 22, 2010. We picked that date because it's a combination of our birthdays- Mine is May 12 and his is Oct. 22 hence May 22.

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding?  
We got married in Alexandria, VA at an event space that is also used as a church. We had planned on getting married out in the gardens but due to the rain we had to move the ceremony indoors. We had about 90 people at the wedding so it was on the smaller side but perfect for us. 

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? 
I usually call him Baby (gag I know but it's habit now). When I'm referring to him in an email or text I call him "K".

He calls me "Miss Nay", "Mama Nay" or "MaNay"-- a few years ago his niece gave everyone in the family silly nicknames and mine was SheNayNay since my name is Shannon. Well it stuck and she and her siblings still call me Aunt SheNayNay. Well Kristian decided to shorten it to Miss Nay and then when I got pregnant I became Mama Nay and now when he really wants to shorten it he just calls me MaNay. I just hope Hunter doesn't call me that. 

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
-His kindness- from the beginning I said he was freakishly nice. He is always going out of his way for others and has treated me better than anyone ever has
-His sense of humor- He never fails to make me laugh
-He's an amazing father and nothing warms my heart more than watching him and our son

7. Tell us how he proposed? 
About 6 months after we started dating (quick I know) on Valentine's Day he invited me to dinner at his condo. He had decorated his living room with flowers, streamers and balloons and made a fantastic dinner. After dinner we were listening to music and Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" came on (which was also our wedding song) and he left to get the ring in his bedroom, he came back got on one knee and proposed. I thought he was joking until I looked down and saw the ring. I think I said "Oh My God" about a dozen times before finally saying yes. He actually didn't plan to propose that night, he had wanted to wait until May when we were going to Jamaica but he said he couldn't wait any longer and just had to do it.

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberrieschampagne, and rose petals?
He's a make me dinner and propose kinda guy (see above). It's tradition now for him to recreate the dinner he made me the night he proposed for Vday. 

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
I'm definitely a relax on the couch kinda girl. I'm a total homebody though a dinner on the beach sounds pretty nice too.

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
Well before I would have said have kids but now that we have a kid I guess I will say travel more. I would love to go to Europe one day. I also think it would be cool if we could own our own business and work from home (not sure what kind of business we would have though)

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day.
Probably nothing, we're too tired now with the baby to do a whole night and it will be my first day back at work *sad face*. However this Saturday we are going out for a date night.

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's day?
Not at all. Honestly I keep forgetting that Vday is coming up. If I asked for anything it would be for him to watch the baby all night so I could sleep. HA! Priorities have really changed huh?

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.
Never take each other for granted, always remember to thank them even for small things (like taking out the trash). Tell them that you love them everyday (even if you're mad at them). Don't forget to show affection (this gets hard after having a baby but it's a must).

14.  Show us a picture of what love means to you.
My family


Claire Kiefer said...

Sweet story, and especially sweet picture of all of you. Happy upcoming Valentine's Day--sounds like it has special meaning for you!

Heather said...

Great story! I hadn't seen this yet, but I think I'll post it for V-Day next week.

Kristen at First Name Smith said...

Awww! You guys are so stinkin cute!

Meg said...

What a fantastic post. I love reading how people met and how much everyone loves one another--so sweet!!!

Happy Valentine's Day to all you guys!