December 11, 2008

on that one photo...

that one photo.

I recently found this photo tucked away (while I was in some sort of organizational rampage, most likely) and decided that it should most definitely be something that I keep in a place where I can see it more often. I keep it in my planner now, so whenever I open it, I get to see this photo peeking out of one of the pockets. It makes me happy. I think it completely captures the emotion of the moment, and I love being brought back to that place.

Looking at it now, I still get butterflies.

(I also think, Wow, there's no way I would ever fit into those jeans now. What were they, a size zero? Mother of mercy. How upsetting.)

The photo was taken just weeks after we began dating, while we were on a trip with a few of our friends. We drove to Las Vegas to stay for a few days, and I remember that it was a huge deal because I'd never really gone on a trip like that with anyone, let alone a guy I was head over heels for. I strategically planned out each outfit I was going to wear, wondered how I was going to manage to hide my messy morning hair from him, worried that I'd be holding everyone back because I wasn't yet twenty-one, shot down any notion from the others that Jay and I were going to be "bed buddies" - as they liked to call it. (I'm a good girl by nature. What can I say? And he's a good guy to a fault, anyway.) Regardless, I'm sure by the end of the trip our friends were ready to punch us both in the jaw, considering that the entire time we were floating along on our little falling-in-love cloud. Oblivious to anything around us. All googly eyed and holding hands at every moment. Staying up late, just laughing and talking and learning more about each other. Having fake fights so we could make up.

(You think I'm kidding about the fake fights, but I'm not. Please tell me someone else was that cheesy. Please.)

I remember the entire trip being absolute perfection. The group we went with was perfect - there were four others, and we all got along so well - and it didn't even matter that two of us were only twenty and unable to drink or gamble. We walked around the strip, we ate an incredible amount of food, we broke off and had a girl's night/guy's night, we gossiped about everyone else, we laughed until we cried, we had one night where we broke off into couples and enjoyed dinner with our dates, we stayed up late and slept in late.

The second day we were there, I was walking with the girls and they told me that Jay had mentioned something to the guys about how he thought I was "the one". I remember absolutely flushing with happiness, squinting up my face and probably squealing out the word, "Reeeealllyyy?" It was the greatest thing I could imagine hearing. Especially because I was absolutely sure he was "the one" for me, in my mind. I just hadn't said it yet. We hadn't even told each other that we loved each other yet. Still, I just knew. I knew with all my heart.

The next night we were up late talking. I finally sputtered out something to the effect of, "Eh, you know...I'm sort of...well...I mean, I'm pretty sure that...I think I'm falling in love with you." He said something to the effect of, "Well, I have to say that I'm falling in love with you, too." We just sat there grinning for a while, caught up in the moment. You know that moment? Being completely swept away by someone, and realizing that it could hardly be any better? Wondering if the moment can even be real, because you've never been so incredibly happy?

After that, I think I said something ridiculous about how I totally hadn't come up with names for our children or anything, at which point he proceeded to tickle the truth out of me. (Yes. I had actually come up with names for our children. At least he found it adorable and not seriously creepy.)

So, there's my story. Whenever I look at that photo I am taken back to that point in our relationship, when we couldn't say "I love you" enough, when we couldn't hold each other close enough, when we both had those perpetual grins on our face when we were together. I love remembering those days. That's not to say that we're not still head over heels for each other - but there's just something about the actual falling in love that is different. And I love just remembering how that felt, because it makes me love Jay even more, if that's possible.

Is there a photo that brings you back to a moment like that?

37 comments :

  1. I have this photo of me with Eric on a trip to Boston. We were staying with some of his family in the first year of our relationship--it always makes me smile to see it, because I never would have predicted that we would be married four years later! It was also the first 'serious' couple thing we did.

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  2. Cuuuuuuuute! My Facebook profile pic right now is That Photo. It was taken at a Christmas party two years ago; Joe in a Santa hat, me in a green sweater and red headband. We'd been dating only a couple months but you can just see how giddy we were to be together.

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  3. This was a beautiful entry. It's so lovely when you're on the same page, isn't it?

    I'm so thrilled that I'm not completely idealistic, that love like this that starts off so innocently and giddily really does exist! Although I'm almost 30, I've never experienced this. One day though, one day!

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  4. wow, that is a very adorable photo of you 2! picture perfect..literally!

    I don't think I have that one photo yet with nicholas. I hope we have one like that some day!

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  5. I'm so glad you wrote this post because often times I think people misunderstand that when you're relationship doesn't have those moments anymore, it's not because you don't love eachother as much, you've just graduated past that "falling in love" stage. We have a few pics that are favorites of mine, that always bring me back.

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  6. What a cute idea for a post. Adorable photo.

    My photo is from the night hubby and I got engaged. So happy, so in love, so excited for what the future held for us. Here we are, 10 years later and I get a huge smile everytime I see that photo (you know the cheesy photo where you're smiling huge and holding the ring out in front of the camera). I loved that time in our lives!

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  7. I think you have started something. We should ALL show off our "that photos!"! What a great idea! And you guys are seriously the cutest thing ever. Seriously. I loved every single second of reading that. You guys are the real deal.

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  8. The closest thing I have is one of me and my ex, where he is using his real smile and I look to giddy for how I am now. But because he's the ex, it makes me sad, not happy. (Not that I want to be with him anymore, thank God) I hope I find that sweet love!!

    -Jenny The Kay

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  9. What an adorable story! I love having those feelings brought back by a picture or some other memento.

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  10. What a cute story, that gave me warm fuzzies. What a way to start off my Friday, thanks for sharing :-)

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  11. Aw, I want a 'that photo'!

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  12. What a lovely beautiful picture and an even better story.

    Thanks for making Friday even more cheery.

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  13. You know how to play to my estrogen, miss! lol

    This is such a sweet story, I love remembering back to those times - and I really love that you had already named your future children!

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  14. Aw you two make me smile. I absolutely adore reading or hearing about special times like this.

    I don't know that we have a "that photo", but if I find one I'm going to be so giddy.

    You and your posts make me happy.

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  15. this is WAY too cute.

    'that photo' for me is the one i keep in my agenda. its from the first day we moved in together, and we look ecstatic.. i absolutely adore it.

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  16. Oh my goodness. What cute story!!! I have a handful of pictures like that. All from my sister's wedding... where Kyle told me I was "the one" for the first time... which was even before we were saying I Love You. I love looking back at the pictures from that night and remembering that place we were in.

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  17. What a great story! I have a picture of Al and me kissing (really, who took that picture anyway?) that gives me those butterflies. Reminds me of our "younger days." It was taken almost 10 years ago. I keep it framed on my nightstand and take it with me when I travel.

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  18. Aw... what a great story! I love that you already had the names of your future children picked out. Something I'd totally do...

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  19. that is simply beautiful. i want that.

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  20. You're so cute...makes me want to puke! :) We have a photo like that...well, not QUITE like that. But definitely where it all started with us. Makes each of us smile every time we pass it on the wall in the house.

    Any new goodies on Etsy yet?

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  21. Adorable! For me it's our wedding photo. It's not the first marriage for either of us so we got married at a chapel in the hills of Tennessee two days before Christmas and it was perfect. It was also the first pictures we have together and you could still see the emotion in our eyes.

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  22. That was possibly the cutest blog entry ever. That sounds like a picture perfect vacation, and it's so cute to hear about that beginning stage of a relationship. Thanks for sharing :)

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  23. that was so special!
    I love looking at pics of my childhood or of the early years of mine and jon's relationship, brings me back to a happy time:)

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  24. Aww, that picture is SO adorable. Loved reading this entry and hearing more about your love story ...

    Reminds me of a picture John and I took on our third date. It's on our fridge right now. I should prolly frame it! We were such babies then! Youngins! So neat to look back on those memories ...

    And John and I went to Las Vegas at the beginning of our relationship too, when we had only been dating for one month. I was also only 20! how funny!

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  25. okay this is such an adorable story, i love it. i have a similarish one with me and matt that i love but we weren't even dating yet, but it still just makes me giddy looking at it.

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  26. Aw, that was so incredibly sweet, er DO have a photo like that. The husband and I met on Match.com and all we did on our first actual meeting was snap pictures! It was so familiar, but at the same time surreal...to be "meeting" for the first time, but having already fallen on love with him just by talking on the phone and emailing. But there is one photo that is my favorite! I must go find it now.

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  27. This is a beautiful, beautiful post.

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  28. so sweet.

    those first few moments of love are something i hold close to my heart as well.

    i remind myself of them when i want to chuck Hubs out the window into oncoming traffic.

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  29. What a perfectly sweet story!! I'm so glad you shared it.

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  30. *awwww* *sniffle* *sigh*

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  31. You are so adorable. Your post makes me excited to have That Photo taken with a future someone :)

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  32. That is absolutely a perfect story.

    I have a couple pictures like that, they just make me really happy when I see them because I just think about how much fun we had falling for each other and how much we were on the same page. It was an exciting period of time! :)

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  33. That's adorable :)
    Mine would have to be a picture taken on the fourth of july of Matt & I lying on a blanket. We had huge grins on our faces and just geniunely looked like we wouldn't want to be anywhere else, with anybody else.

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  34. I love it!!!! <3 You guys are adorable!

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  35. Wonderful story!!! :) Too stinkin' cute!

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  36. I think I have been in love with David since our first date. Ever since the first things were just always different with him. When we both said we loved each other, it was perfect. Not planned on how we were going to say it or anything, just happened. It was beautiful! The picture I sent out with our Christmas cards is exactly us. Happy, in love, and young. It's only been four months, but I've known for quite some time that David is "the one" for me.

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  37. this is the sweetest thing ever... EVER!

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