If Only We Had iMessage

I might have responded differently had a thing called iMessage existed last February.

As most of you know according to my last post this time last year Greg and I were in
the beginning stages of our flirting, talking, liking each other, and getting ready to begin
a relationship that would change both of our lives in ways we could have never even
imagined.

Currently most of you dating, engaged and married people are trying to figure out what
to do for your special someone for Valentine’s Day. It’s okay to admit that, because
I’m right there with you. I do not want to speak for Greg but I bet you he is at least still
contemplating some things.

I do know now what he was contemplating last year on Valentine’s Day. How do I
know? Hmm, maybe because he told me. No, he did not tell me that day but he did tell
me a few months down the road.

Last Valentine’s Day we had just celebrated my birthday and we had entered into the
funny flirting stage of our relationship. Most people do that in person and maybe even
over text, but Greg and I had not quite reached that stage yet. No, we flirted a little
differently. Our primary way of flirting was smack talk while attempting to demolish
the other person in Words with Friends. Yes, we are shameless iPhone lovers. Then
everything changed on the flirting front when we bumped iPhones and had each others
phone numbers. Let the crazy amounts of texting begin. I do not even want to know how
much my number of texts increased. I’m sure it was quite ridiculous.

I do know that on that Valentine’s Day Greg was probably quite thankful iMessage had
not yet been created. Why you ask? Well, he typed Happy Valentine’s Day probably
somewhere around 30-40 times. Happy Valentines Day! Erase. Happy Valentines
Day! Erase. Happy Valentines Day! Erase. I think you get the picture. My sweet Greg
was nervous about sending me a Happy Valentines Day message. I think later when
he was trying to erase it, he accidentally hit send and there was no going back. Sadly,
he was not the only one who had Valentines Day texting fears. I quickly opened the
message, however I did not quickly respond. I too, like my sweet boy deliberated over
my response for sometime. I did not type a response 30 different times, I just stared at
my screen in fear over what to put. The fear was not over not knowing the huge sense
of excitement that his three words gave me but the fear of not knowing what he was
trying to say. I was in this state of fear over the idea that it was just some group text and
I was not about to right this sweet mushy response to a group text. So, I responded with
something to the extent of thank you and Happy Valentines Day to you too.

I think both Greg and I look back at the last year and at times think we were silly, a bit
ridiculous, and down right weird. I think those thoughts are quite often followed by an
overwhelming thankfulness that the other person looked past those crazy moments and
decided to jump at the opportunity to start an incredible journey with the other person.

Happy Valentines Day to my sweet fiancé Greg! I love you!

Oh, the Side Hug

Most birthdays you roll out of bed and say another day, another year. Most birthdays you are asked about a dozen times if you feel any older or if you feel any different. And most birthdays you answer those questions by saying no, not really.

Not this birthday. No, I do not really feel older. However, I can say that I do feel different. I'm now 24 and I can see quite easily that I feel much different then I did when I turned 23.

Turning 23...
Last year seems like a whirlwind to me and honestly that is okay. I woke up as a 24 year old today and realized that while 23 my life changed in ways that it never will again and I am perfectly okay with that.

The other day, Greg and I were talking about my birthday last year. Yes, I did know who Greg was last year and no we were not dating. In fact, neither of us had any idea about what was about to happen in the upcoming weeks and months. For my birthday, I asked some of my closest friends to go to dinner with me. FYI, I remember this day like it was yesterday so pardon my details...

We went to Olive Garden. We being me, Crescen, Ashleigh, Kayla, Chad, Gia, Josh, and Greg. I had just got my new iPhone and Ashleigh & Greg would keep trying me cool things about it and which apps I should get. I can remember we had this waiter that was trying to be super cool all night and it was rather interesting. I do not remember what I ordered, but Greg would say now that it was fettuccine alfredo because I always order that now. I just know that I love their salad and breadsticks, so the rest does not really matter. Now to be clear we can all tell you what Josh and Greg ordered because they both ordered cheesecake because they were not that hungry. When it was time for salad and breadsticks the waiter brought us out plates and salad bowls for all 8 and then quickly removed their plates since they had only ordered dessert. At which point they both got a little sad/mad and Greg within a minute had an entire breadstick in his mouth hiding it from the waiter. The rest of our time at Olive Garden was just great conversations up until Chad and Ashleigh debated as to who should pay for my meal.

From there we did what a lot of 20 year olds do, we went to Starbucks. I have no clue what the 4 or 5 conversations were about. I do remember what happened as we left Starbucks. I had said bye to most everyone and then Greg pulled me aside and gave me a card with a iTunes gift card and oh yes the side hug. We still laugh about the side hug and how funny we both were. Neither one of us really knew what was happening, but now we know that in those moments in February we were in the process of falling in love.

Today, I'm 24 and no I am not getting a side hug from Greg. At least I hope not. I do know one thing and that is that this year is going to be different. In just 49 days I will no longer be Emily Eaton, I will be Emily Harrison and I will get a real hug from Greg that day.

Here is to being 24 and to being able to watch my life change in so many ways! I am so excited!