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(If you would like to read Part 1 first, find it here)
During the month we spent apart I was doing lots of things with my friends. I had attended Oktoberfest and multiple halloween parties held by my singles ward and family/close friends. I was having a good time, but I was still confused about my feelings for Matthew. After the first few times I had ignored his messages, he stopped texting me. Finally, near the end of the month, he text me again. I was somewhat relieved that he wasn't too furious to talk so I text him back, but then he continued to say, "Guess what? Today is my birthday." My thoughts were...
Crap. I'm the biggest jerk in the history of jerk wads.
And then I said, "Happy birthday! Did you get/do anything awesome?" As if that made up for anything. I felt so terrible, and he obviously kinda wanted me to feel that. He had seen the photos of me on Facebook at every party, as a mad scientist, caveman, and spongebob squarepants. (Yes, three different costumes. Halloween Dressing up is the best!) And he was thinking to himself that he wished he could just brush it off, but he liked me. My personality. It started to upset him more and more that we weren't talking. So that's when he finally decided to text me, on his birthday.
Well, we continued texting and discussed our plans for Halloween. I started to hint that I wanted to do something together. He ignored them to the point I that I invited myself. We decided to watch a scary movie at his house the following Monday after FHE. He sat next next to me at our service project and we talked. I could tell he was trying not to show me to much emotion, but I could sense he was still upset. We were about to leave the activity and I didn't know if he still wanted me to come over. I had to ask him when we left the building if I was still allowed to come to his house to watch the movie. AWKWARD. I felt like I was begging.
We watched the movie and had a great time together. And then before I went home, we kissed. It was like we never spent time apart. On my way home I was thinking, "Seriously?! What are you doing? You kissed him AGAIN?!" At this point I knew it was because I liked him, I was obviously attracted to him, and wanted to spend more time with him.
Our next date I realized how much he liked me. It was simple, but so romantic. He took me to dinner and then we came back to his house. He took me to the garage and inside was his ceramic spinning wheel and a space heater. He was going to give me a basic ceramic class! I couldn't believe how incredibly romantic that was. Matthew gave me a brief demonstration and then told me to give it a try. He sat by me and guided my hands to mold the clay.
In that moment, I started to realize that he was trying to win me over. Well, it was working. After that night, I was hooked. We continued spending more and more time together. I did the twelve days of Christmas for Matthew and he LOVED it. One of the gifts included Linkin Park tickets to their concert in February. I guess you could say I was pretty hopeful.
Matthew asked his parents if he could invite me to their yearly trip to their granny's house St. George for New Year's. They approved, and so did mine when I asked if I could go! That trip was a defining moment towards our progressing relationship. We spent three straight days together, and we were still crazy about each other.
A month later we went ring shopping, and on Valentine's day we were engaged. That's when we started planning our wedding. I'm going to do a separate post about our engagement and wedding in May around our anniversary.
I hope you enjoyed my super long love story, that I actually attempted to shorten. Haha!
Lots of love!!!