>First Dates and Valentine's Day


Hang my locket around your neck, 
   wear my ring on your finger.
Love is invincible facing danger and death. 
   Passion laughs at the terrors of hell.
The fire of love stops at nothing— 
   it sweeps everything before it.
Flood waters can't drown love, 
   torrents of rain can't put it out.
Love can't be bought, love can't be sold— 
   it's not to be found in the marketplace.

Song of Songs 8:6-7 (The Message)

February 19th, 2000 

He picked me up in his 1982 Ford Celica with FIF spray painted on the hood and army men glued to the top.  It was freezing outside, but being in juniors in high school without jobs, we had few options.  With money borrowed from his dad, he bought us hot chocolate, and we headed out into the brisk night for a walk.  We walked around NIU, occasionally stopping in at one of the campus building to thaw before making our way back outside.  For 2 hours we wandered, talking and laughing.  For some reason I'll never understand, he pushed me into a snow bank.  I couldn't get up and he was laughing too hard to help me, so I just laid there until he regained composure.  What is it with boys, anyway?? When my curfew came, he drove me home and walked me to my door.  Aside from the girl tipping, he was a perfect gentleman.  

My first date with Seth was one of the few first dates I've ever had.  Everything about it, even me lying in the snow freezing my tush off, was perfect.  I don't remember my exact thoughts that night 11 years ago, but I know it wasn't long before I knew I'd never need another first date.  

With Valentine's Day being so close to our dating anniversary, we've never really done much to celebrate good old V-Day.  But this year, I woke up to this:

And the handsome men behind it all (the Babies Breath was from Lucas :])

Oh, yeah, there were chocolates, too, but they, um, didn't have a chance to make it into any pictures. ;)

Seth had planned a nice little evening for us at this amazing where-in-the-heck-did-this-place-come-from restaurant downtown DeKalb called Tapa La Luna.  If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend it.  It was all dressed up with flowers and live music (which, according to their site, they have every Friday!).  And the food?  Uh-mazing.  Seth had the Pad Thai, while I had the Blue Cheese Tenderloin:

I've never had blue cheese in a way that I enjoyed, but this dish came highly recommended by both the waitress and the bar tender, so I thought I'd branch out from my usual cheeseburger ways.  I was pleasantly surprised.  And since it was a special occasion, we splurged and shared some of the best tiramisu I've ever had:

A shot of my romeo, and a rare blog picture of me

I love dates. :)

I'll be announcing the 3 finalists for the free wedding contest tomorrow (I'll also be posting about how you can help your favorite couple win!), so be sure to check back then!  

Have a great Thursday! (it is Thursday, right?? ;])

And Happy Almost 11 Years Together the most amazing man EVER!!