The day we got engaged, after having dinner with his family, we went to her house and she agreed to be in our wedding. Two days later, we went dress shopping.
Ashley and I met while we were both volunteering at the Ramp, 5 years ago this June. We exchanged e-mails, wrote occasionally, and then the next summer when we were both going there again, we decided to room together for the 3 days.
I would say that weekend took us from "friends" to friends. It's one thing to meet twice and then e-mail occasionally; it's another to spend a weekend talking about life, family, guys (of course), and everything else til the wee hours of the morning. After that, we wrote/talked almost daily, often multiple times a day.
|Our first picture together. June 2008|
We went to the movies where we saw Confessions of a Shopoholic. We ate lots of Thai food and a tiny bit of Middle Eastern (Ashley was not a fan). Ashley ate paper and I mocked her endlessly. We explored downtown Detroit and made friends with a bronze statue. Ashley tried breaking into Comerica Park and was not able to charm the security guard despite her best efforts. We celebrated my birthday. We had parties and Ashley learned to play spoons.
We also went to one of the strangest art exhibits of all time where Ashley posed with the Sweatermen and tried to kick a soccer ball.
One night, I was awakened in the middle of the night. Why? Because Ashley had randomly fallen off the bed. I think she may have been dancing in her sleep. She does, you should know, have mad dance skills.
|At the airport. We had 8 inches of snow that day.|
How to describe Ashley? Obviously, she's fun. She's easy to talk to and a great listener. She also has great stories.
But there is so much more to her than that. She is super, super sweet. She's pretty much always in a good, upbeat mood. She's such a positive person and doesn't dwell on negativity.
|With my two Ashleys :)|
Ashley is super trustworthy. I can tell her anything and know that it's not going to be repeated. Unless it's one of those silly things I say or do.... in which case she'll definitely tell it to many people. But, in her defense, I'm pretty sure I've told roughly 1000 people the story of her eating paper, 700 people the story of her falling in Greektown, and now I've blogged about her falling out of bed. So we're pretty even.
|Proof of her sense of humor.... re-enacting the paper eating at Walmart|
|Kisses for the Camera|
|Lunch in Greektown|
|At the Alabama shower, she helped turn my dad into a bride|
|Ashley with my parents|
|We're cool like that|
|Also from the Alabama shower|
|At Bangkok Cuisine|