Tuesday, July 8, 2008

1st Date Anniversary


Why I LOVE the 4th of July...
*BBQs (Ya, food is at the top of my list...so?)
*Sparklers
*Parades
*It's a day when I can more seriously ponder how blessed I am to live in a country where I have have so many freedoms and opportunites...something I usually take for granted
*The American Flag is out just about everywhere
* It's the essence of summer
*I get to think about my Grandpas and all the others who fought and still fight and sacrifice to protect our freedoms
* And because 9 years ago on July 4th, Chad and I went on our very FIRST DATE!

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First Date Flashback...
I had just turned 16 that May (the summer before my Junior Year) and there I was...sitting in my room a few days before July 4th...still hadn't been on my first official date. Didn't anyone get the memo? Hello...I'm 16 now...Date-able! (actually, I was totally shy and nervous around guys so i really wasn't surprised) Then all the sudden the phone rings and my sister answers it (most of the calls were for her anyways) but, to my surprise, she hands the phone to me and says "it's a boy!" I got my composure calm and cool, then took the phone. It was CHAD SMITH, he was asking me out for the 4th of July!!! I said yes and when I put the phone down I jumped up and down and squeeled like any girl would do if a super cute guy asked her out on her first date! That night I figured out what I was going to wear. (I still remember...it was my favorite gap jeans and the new pink tanktop with little pink flowers on it that I had just bought)
He picked me up and we doubled with one of his friends who took out my friend Katrina. We went to dinner and then to watch the fireworks at Thanksgiving Point. I just remember that I was super awkward and nervous. I had no idea what to talk about and I think the whole night I was worried about what I was going to do at the doorstep when he took me home...do i give him a hug? a handshake?(I hadn't ever kissed a boy so ALL interaction was awkward)...I ended up giving him a HIGH FIVE!!! ha ha...good thing he gave me another chance and asked me out again that summer. He always gave me the butterflies and it didn't take long for me to know he was special!

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(this picture is the ugliest kiss of the century but i had to put in on here because it makes me laugh! You can't tell unless you zoom in, but our noses are smashing and Chad is laughing!)

12 comments:

Ford Fam said...

Looks like a fun 4th! Happy first date anniversary!

Ricki said...

How cute! I actually got teary eyed reading that! Probably because we were all ackward and unfamiliar with the whole dating thing, at 16! So, you have to tell us more! Did you guys ever date anyone else? Did you wait for him on his mission? Come on, now you have to spill the beans! I love that you have a holiday for your first date, you can never forget that!

Heidi said...

You were never awkward and shy around the guys. They all loved you!!! Way cute pictures, I especially love the one of you kissing, it just shows both of your fun and silly personalities. Sorry we missed you when at the pool in Lehi. Please do call next time you come into town!

Rachel Smith said...

oh ricki...i'll have to dig through some old pictures and do a major flashback friday to cover all of that...But i'll do it!

James and Cami said...

Awesome! I don't think I have ever heard that story before. YOur little family is so stinkin cute! I am sad we wont see you this weekend.

Amanda said...

Happy 1st date anniversary!! I remember how nervous you were. You must have brushed your hair for 2 hours before he came to get you!!

Russ and Suz Adamson said...

I am with Ricki...more juicy details please?? Random question...In that pick with you and two other girls, is that other girl by chance Shannon Virgin??

Traci said...

That is so cute! I knew it from the start that you two were meant to be together. You guys just made the perfect couple!

Jana said...

Awe, so cute! I like that picture!

The Olsen's said...

Hey Rachel, this is your cousin Natalie! Cute post by the way! I liked hearing the 1st date flashback. You look super cute in the 4th of July pictures by the way. ttyl

Westover Bunch said...

I cant beleive how big your little boy is!! Happy first date, look where one little date got ya!!hehehe

Brock and Rachael said...

That is just crazy how long ago that was. That is such a cute story. You and Chad have always made a cute couple. But now you guys also make cute babies. Your son is so cute. Love the pictures!!!