As I was saying, we fell in love. That movie screen, Taylor Swift song kind of love. I started staying the night at Kenny’s apartment quite frequently. I was also taking an eight am art class that summer. Which, was pretty unfortunate because Kenny and I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning. I would have to wake up after just a few hours of sleep, drive to my parents’ house for a quick shower, and then dash off to class. I would usually make a quick pit stop at Starbucks for a much needed triple, sometimes quad shot venti white chocolate mocha, nonfat no whip of course. I would make it just in time for class to begin.
Soon after, I started “living” at Kenny’s apartment. I say this in quotation marks because I wasn’t technically living there, especially if my parents were the ones asking. Most of my belongings were still at my parents’ house. However, slowly but surely more of my things started making their way to Kenny’s apartment in the drawer he had cleared out for me. I had even bought my first apartment decoration!
We went through our ups and downs like many other couples. I still had a lot of growing up to do, and so did he. Kenny was in the army, and one summer (during the early years. Haha.) he went out of state for two of his army friend’s weddings. I was a total NUTCASE. I had the worst anxiety the entire time he was gone, I basically moped around the house for the few days that he was away. I would basically make up reasons to fight, in order to rationalize the way that I was feeling. But, even when I had my crazy moments, Kenny never tried to walk away. In fact, he was very patient and let me feel my emotions as I was having them. Then when I had calmed down, we would talk about it. Which I think is what makes our relationship so strong. We have the best communication. We might not always agree on things, but we are always willing to talk to one another and hear each other’s side of things.
In February 2013, we OFFICIALLY moved in together! I finally put my big girl pants on and faced my parents. To my surprise they weren’t as upset as I thought they would be. We moved into a slightly bigger one bedroom apartment. We were in our relationship prime if you will. We would go to baseball games (Kenny is obsessed), concerts, parties, etc. Honestly, we were having the time of our lives.
If you know me in real life, you know that I am OBSESSED with the Tv show One Tree Hill! I’m talking OBSESSED. One summer, Kenny and I had the opportunity to go to Wilmington, North Carolina where the show is filmed. Of course, I jumped at the chance. At this point in our relationship we had been together for a little over three years, and I AM DYING FOR A RING. Like, wife this girl up already!! To me, this seemed like the perfect place for Kenny to get down on one knee and pop the question. Well, he DID NOT. I waited, and waited, and patiently waited some more. I drug him all over the city, we visited the houses’ of all of my favorite characters. We took late night strolls on the beach. NOTHING. So, we packed our belongings up and headed back home. I was a very sad girl.
During our travels back home Kenny was just acting weird. Usually I am the anxious one, but he was a mess. He was practically pacing around the terminal! So, nervous nelly and I finally boarded our final flight home. We landed at Bishop International Airport. As we were walking to get our luggage I looked to my right, and there was my family, and his. It was such a surreal moment. I remember seeing them, but not registering that it was them right away. As we walked over to our families Kenny got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said yes! Even though the airport seems kind of random, it is not at all. Kenny and I met at this exact airport. We were so in love, and so excited to embark on our journey of becoming husband and wife.
So, my mom got down to business right away, and I mean right away. She wanted to sit down and start wedding planning before we left the airport. Haha. In all honesty I was pretty stressed out. There were so many decisions to make, and only so much money to spend. Luckily, my dress was the one thing I did not have to stress over. My mom, sister, and I went dress shopping on a whim, and mostly just for fun. The dress I choose ended up being the second dress that I tried on that day! That is like a wedding miracle.
Elbows deep in wedding planning… There was something missing. My period. It had been about a week and a half and I hadn’t started my period yet. This had happened before so I didn’t think too much of it. But, just to be safe we headed to the grocery store to pick up a test. We were both too scared to take it that night. So, the next day while Kenny was a work I peed on that very scary stick. The results were positive. I thought, well that might not be accurate. So, I took another test. Again, positive. I immediately Called my best friend Alycia. ” OH. MY. GOD.,” I said. “YOU’RE PREGNANT,” she said. “YES!” I replied. I waited for Kenny to get home from work that day. “Soooo, you’re gonna be a dad,” I said as he walked through the door. ” Really?” He replied. We were both scared out of our minds! We kept it to our selves for a few days to really digest what was happening. Then we went to tell my parents, one of the scariest things I have ever done in my entire life. I was so afraid that they were going to be disappointed in me. When we told them, they had they exact opposite reaction. They cried tears of joy instead of sadness. Which meant, and still means so much to me. I think they were more relived that we weren’t asking for more money for wedding.
We were married on August 8, 2015. It was one of the best days of my life. Not because I was wearing a pretty dress, and we had a perfect venue, and Pinterest perfect decorations. On the actual day, none of that mattered to me. I could have been standing at the alter in a sundress, we could have had donuts instead of a cake. It was one of the best days of my life because I got forever with my guy. We may not be perfect, but we are perfect for each other. He is my best friend, and my better half. He is my unicorn.
I didn’t think I could fall more in love with Kenny until we had our daughter. Our beautiful baby girl, Kennedy Louise, was Born November 10, 2015. During the entire pregnancy Kenny was amazing. He came to every doctors appointment, catered my hot wing addiction, and rubbed my feet, back, and face every night until I would fall asleep. During labor we held hands and cried together, as he told me he would take all of my pain away if he could. He helped coach me to give that final push to meet our sweet girl. After labor, he not only helped take care of the baby, but he helped take care of me. I’m talking the nitty gritty, things I thought my husband would never have to do for me, such as help me put on my underwear. I could hardly get in and out of bed. So, for the first few days and nights Kenny changed all of the diapers. When we came home from the hospital his displays of affection did not seise.
We have a really great life, and I am so blessed to be able to share it with him. Writing these posts has been fun. It has allowed me to reflect back on our life together. I love Kenny so much and I love our little family. I can’t wait to watch our love for one another grow through out the years. He is my one and only, My always and forever.
p.s. I know these are not some the best quality pictures, but they are our memories.