Monday, June 4, 2012

Our Story

Chris & I started dating in January of 2003.  I was a senior in high school and Chris was a junior at the University of Arkansas.  My best friend, Laura Jade was starting to date Chris's cousin, Joe.  On January 23, 2003, I went with them to a family birthday party where I met Chris for the first time!  We hit it off that night and we all four went back to Joe's house that night. We both happened to be hanging out at Joe's house many times the next week!  A few days later, Chris called me at home (for the first time) one morning before school and asked if I wanted to go on our first date... a lunch date at Blimpie!  That Saturday, he took me to hit golf balls for the first time!  I then brought him home to meet my family that afternoon!   By February 14, my parents already loved him so much!  My mom trusted C enough to give him a house key to leave flowers, a card & teddy bear at my house for me when I got home from school!  I went to his house that night and we cooked our valentine's day dinner together and watched a movie (Sweet Home Alabama). We were officially boyfriend & girlfriend that night!  
We already knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together & he gave me a promise ring in May 2003.  He then left to spend his summer in Florida at his Mom's house (and doing an internship at the State Attorney's Office).  It was a long 3 months being apart, but I was able to fly down and spend the last 2 weeks with him.  We then had one year together at the U of A before he graduated. My first, his last.  Chris majored in Criminal Justice, had taken his LSAT and was about to start applying to Law Schools.  We were getting serious and after much debate, Chris decided to stay in town & to take full time position at his family's business in Springdale doing purchasing in January 2004.  He graduated from the U of A in May 2004.  He was soon promoted to Vice President and kept excelling at his job!  We got engaged on February 12, 2005, two days before our 2 year anniversary!   
Then bought our first home in Springdale that fall.  (Porthaven Subdivision)
We got married on June 3, 2006 at Chapel on the Creeks in Rogers.
and Honeymooned in Negril, Jamaica at Couples Swept Away.  I graduated from the U of A in May of 2007, then we celebrated our one year anniversary at the same resort a year later!

I got a phone call from Arvest Bank Portfolio Management while on our trip for an interview - and got the job!  I started my first real job May 2007 - Bank Portfolio Management Operations Specialist.  We then signed a contract to build our 2nd home (in Creekwood Subdivision).  We moved to South Rogers in August of 2007.  Chris & his dad were able to finalize the purchase of Chandler Equipment from this grandparents in December of 2007, when Chris was only 25.

We celebrated our 2 year anniversary in Playa del Carmen at the Royal Hideway - May/June 2008. 
March 2009 - We took a vacation to Breckenridge with 3 other couples from our neighborhood and had a blast snowboarding! 
We took a last minute vacation to Indianapolis with some of our friends to see the Indy 500, right before our 3 year anniversary in 2009!

June 24, 2009 - We found out that we were pregnant with our first child!

On October 6th we found out that she was a GIRL and named her Hollyn Alexa!!!

I loved being pregnant and couldn't wait to be a Mommy!

We started building our 3rd home in the same subdivision that fall.  We had hoped it would be ready before our daughter was born... but since the weather didn't cooperate, it wasn't.

February 28, 2010, the night before my due date, my water broke, and we went to the hospital!  

26 hours, and a emergency C-section, later, we had our perfect 7 lb, 13 oz baby girl, Hollyn!!
We moved into our new home in June 2010, a few days before our 4 year anniversary!!! (Hollyn was 3 months, 2 days old!)

Hollyn took her first trip to Chicago to see Chris's family, celebrate his great grandfather's 85th birthday, & for Slava in June 2010.
In February 2011, we took our first vacation to St. Lucia away from Hollyn
Hollyn turned ONE, March 1, 2011!

We celebrated our 5 year anniversary in NYC!!!
Hollyn's first beach vacation (August 2011)
Found out we were expecting our 2nd child (Sept 26th)

Bought our 4th Home:
January 10th 2012: Found out we were having ANOTHER GIRL, and decided to name her Bryn Anniston!
February 2012: Got my real estate license & started working for Portfolio Luxury Real Estate

March 1, 2012: Hollyn turned TWO

May 25, 2012 - We welcomed our 2nd baby girl into this world!!
Bryn Anniston - 7lbs 9oz, 19 inches @ 7:44am via C-section! 

Bryn turned 1 May 25th 2012
 Then, Chris & I went to Cap Cana, Dominican Republic the week after.

The end of September 2013, Chris & I went to Italy and Paris