Making this list was harder than I thought it would be. I started my list with things like, my least favorite chore is putting sheets and pillow cases back on the bed, and that I hate trimming raw chicken. COMPELLING STUFF…I KNOW! I actually read my “first list” to my sister over the phone and after we were done wiping our tears away from laughing so hard and realizing how uninteresting I really am, she helped me edit my list a bit. Thanks Jess!
1- I got engaged when I was 21 and married at age 22. My parents are high school sweethearts (and so are my sister and her husband). Anthony and I are not, but we did get married pretty young. I guess I just grew up seeing my parents love as an example and when I met Anthony, I just knew he was it! This year we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary in July! Crazy!
2- Anthony proposed to me in the Outer Banks with both of our families there and a lot of my extended family there too! My grandma rented a beach house for my moms side of the family in summer 2007 and we packed it with almost 30 people.
When we got there in the late afternoon of the first day, Anthony told me he had something for me and that he wanted to give it to me down by the ocean. He had a blanket and a big, wrapped present so I had NO IDEA this was coming! I opened the present on our blanket, at the beach, staring at the ocean and it was scrapbook that Anthony had made! It was amazing!! He put so much thought into each page. It actually might be worth doing a whole post about it some day!
Before the proposal. He looks nervous and anxious…and I have no clue!
The second to last page said “Families Come Together So…” with pictures of both our families…and then when I flipped to the last page it said, “Will You Marry Me?,” with a picture of the ring, and he was pulling it out of his pocket!
Everyone was waiting for us to come back and celebrate!
3– I ALWAYS sing in the car. I even strategically pull up to red lights so I am not directly next to the cars in the other lanes so I can sing without an audience. When Anthony and I took our first road trip to NC from PA in college for me to meet his mom (this was before we were engaged) it was 9 hours of me not singing along to the music in the car, and it was so hard! I wasn’t overly comfortable with him at that point, so I didn’t want to belt out Mariah Carey just yet! I bet he wishes it was still that way!
4– Our junior year of college, Anthony and I took a spring break trip to Jamaica. We stayed for our 5 days and then went to the airport to leave (this was also my first time ever flying in an airplane) and there was a big snow/ice storm in PA and other Northern states so we could not get home. Because the weather issue was considered “an act of God,” they weren’t able to put us up anywhere to stay, so we ended up paying for another night at our resort and changing our flight the next day to go to NC (his family lived there so we would have a place to stay), where we would rent a car to go back to PA and make it to school.
Well, we got to the airport the next day and the pilot and crew for our flight to NC were stuck in the storm, so because our flight was canceled due to the crew not being there, the airline set us up in a new, way fancier resort for free for two days until we could get home.
You would think I would have been so excited because we got to stay for free in a new resort in sunny Jamaica, but no…I was crying and calling my parents, which made their phone bill an extra $300! I also spent a lot of time trying to email all my professors from the computer in the lobby of the resort to make sure they knew why I wouldn’t be at school and asking them to give me all the assignments I would need so I could work from Jamaica (yes, I brought my books). Boy, has technology changed since then!
I would like to make it clear that if I got stuck at a beautiful resort in Jamaica today, I would not be upset this time!
5– Anthony and I met at Smokey Bones BBQ restaurant. We were both waiters there in college. We both were dating other people, but had the same love for playing poker, so I would go over to his friends house every week and play. As soon as we both ended up single, we started dating, and the rest is history!
6– My dad was my softball coach in Little League growing up, and I went on to play softball throughout high school too. I was either the pitcher or played second base. I was also a Cheerleader in middle school and high school.
7- I had a double mastectomy at age 29. I talk about my double mastectomy journey here.
8- I graduated from college with a 3.99 GPA. I got an A- in the last semester of my senior year and I was totally bummed. I still got to carry the sign and sit on stage at graduation.
My friend, Kara, and I at graduation!
9- I use exclamation marks and emojis way too much when texting. I am definitely a people pleaser and I want to make sure everyone knows that my “text voice” is for sure positive and happy!
10- I jumped off a swing in my back yard growing up and broke my arm in two places. My dad didn’t actually believe me at first and then he saw my arm was in the shape of an “S” and my parents took me to the hospital.
There you have it! 10 things about me! Thanks for reading!