Nine years

No, my friends. 'Nine Years' doesn't refer to the amount of time it's been since I wrote an interesting post on here. It's our dating-versary tomorrow. Let's reminisce, shall we? Because seriously, these old posts I linked are hilarious and I used to post a LOT about random stuff. Miss it.

The time we 'first met' and then later became boyfriend/girlfriend on 7/26/02 (more later). We were seriously just 21 years old (ahem, well okay---I had just turned 21 and Nate still had a few months to go. And thus, he was only 20. GASP! Robbing the cradle, wasn't I?)

Then there was the infamous dropping of the L-bomb, also in 2002. In Spain. In a thick fog of Spanish cigarettes and unidentified alcohol.

Oh, and how about that time when Nate popped the question in 2006? That was a fun one. I still remember the sweaty upper lip I had. And Henry's big dooce on the floor to celebrate.

We got married in 2007, and after that is when the fun REALLY began. You know, transitions and such. Moves. Blogs. Grad school. Marathons. Pregnancies. Baby. Etc Etc.

But mostly I want to talk about how nine years ago, on July 26, 2002 Nate and I decided to put a title on our relationship. This was us, nine years ago. Such babies: To say that 'we've been through a lot' is truly the biggest understatement of the year. I'm not going to get all mushy about my hubs tonight because there just aren't words. But I will say that when he just saw me typing on my blog the following conversation occurred:

N: 'What are you blogging about?'

J: 'Nothing. Do you even know what tomorrow is?' (said with the classic 'I'm testing you, dear husband' look on my face. I've had 9 years to perfect it, you know.)

N: (silence. Scared look on face. Quick search on his laptop for tomororw's date) 'Our 10 year???'

J: 'Not quite, nine. But good try'.

N: 'Baby, you know I can't keep track of so many anniversaries.'

J: (thinking to self at first, then out loud) 'Wait, how many do you think we celebrate?'

N: 'Two. It's a lot'.

Ah, my dear husband. I wouldn't trade you for the world. And yes, I really do love you more today than I did back in 2002. You silly frat boy, you. :)


  1. Totally love this post and yes, I'm going to take my time heading over to all those links. I'm proud to say I was a reader even back then :)

    Happy anni you guys. And whoa, you both look like BABIES in that photo. Isn't that insane to think about?? 9 years. Jim and I celebrated 8 in June and that's just crazy to me.

  2. You two are too cute. I met my husband at a frat party too...Kappa Sigma Gangsta Night 2000. Ahh, the beer soaked memories. Loved reading those posts! :)

  3. Awww.. happy dating anni! Such babies in that pic. Can't believe we're old enough to be together with our guys for longer than we were in high school and college combined!!!!!

  4. Ha so cute. I looked back at a couple of your posts even though I've already read them before and two things:
    1) Definitely at the 4 year itch right now myself...
    2) It's funny seeing Nate with tons of hair. He looks so different (not in a good or bad way, just different).

    Happy dating anniversary!

  5. I'm all teary eyed reading all those old posts - you two are just the cutest. And I laughed out loud at "two. it's a lot." Boys are so silly. ;)

    You guys are an adorable couple and I'm happy to know you! I wish you many, many, many more years of happiness!

    And yeah, nine years is craziness. Nate especially looks SO young! I think you've inspired me to do an old-school FB album in honor of our upcoming 10 year anniversary of meeting. It's times like these I wish I still blogged!

  6. Once my husband and I got married he refused to celebrate our dating anniversary anymore:( Hope you guys have a great day!

  7. Ahhhhh I loved this post!!! I read all the links and thank you for helping my morning go by faster :) I wish I had been reading your blog back in the days when you used to update frequently ;) ;) (I kid, I kid!!!!) Your first meeting reminds me of ours - Ben simply remembered me as the drunk girl who demanded to borrow his jacket and then got her hair all over it because I shed apparently. And our decision that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together was while I was studying abroad too!

    Happy 9 year anniversary :)

  8. Such a cute story! Love your collection of posts about your relationship! My husband got to chose our dating anniversary back in college, and chose a date he would easily remember - 4/20, ha! Happy 9 years!!

  9. Love your blonde hair and the beer! We have similar looking "first" photos from 10 years ago.

    Holy crap, we're getting old.

    We may have some wrinkles now from all those transitions (budum ching) but the love stays in place =)

  10. Happy dating anni! It was 7 years ago on 7/31/04 that I met my husband on a blind date. I call it our meetiversary and my husband refuses to acknowledge it saying that we get one anniversary now that we are married. I say that is boring!


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