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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Our Story Part 1

We've had a few requests that we put the story of how we met, and our courtship up on the blog, so here's the Readers Digest Version:

We met in May 2007 at a church Single Adult dance. I (Holly) love to dance, but there were very few men that actually will dance at the dances, so when I saw Santiago on the floor dancing away, I was interested. A little later in the evening he asked me to dance, and we shared a couple of dances. After the dance, we went to IHOP with a few other people and talked a little. He asked for my number, and I gave it to him. We talked on the phone a couple of times, but nothing happened. We met again in June at the church SA dance, and this time, something clicked. After the dance, we went to this awful sports bar and watched and laughed at some drunk housewives dance on each other to a bad cover band.

Santiago called me the next day and arranged a date for the following Saturday. We arranged to go to Stone Mountain, which is a local attraction. We met in the afternoon and drove down, and there was not a lack of conversation at all. We rode the train, and went to the top of the mountain, and then took our picnic to the lawn.

This is really where Santiago hit a big homerun. He had the best picnic packed, in a Real picnic basket! And to top it off, he had a beautiful rose for me tucked away in there as well. So we had a wonderful feast of cold ham, smoked gouda, crakers, Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, and chocolate covered strawberries. (see why I love him?) As we were finishing dinner, the only cloud in the sky covered the lawn and burst open. We shrieked and pulled the waterproof ground cover out from under the blanket and threw it over our heads and the basket. Of course we had to huddle close together to keep from getting wet, and while we were so close, of course it's very natural to, well, you know! ;)

It continued to rain for the next hour, and we "waited" it out under the waterproof cover. We still ended up getting soaked, but we did not care at all. After the cloud moved on, it was dark, and the laser show started. This is a fun event in ordinary times, but that night, it was magical. The fireworks of the show served as exclamation points to the fireworks between Santiago and I. The whole day was like a movie, and the evening was the happy ending of a RomCom.

After the show,we cleaned up as best we could and made our way back to Santiago's car. We were wet, tired, and very happy with the events of the day.

The next steps in our courtship will follow....

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