Eric and I met in 2004- Meet Your Teacher night to be exact. It was my first year teaching and I was so nervous! That fated evening, Eric walked in with Daylen (and his ex) and I assumed they were married. He talked to me for awhile and I was polite, just making conversation. Eric told me that when he left he called his friend Ronny and told him that I had a nice butt (to this day he remembers what skirt I was wearing). I like that little detail. Fast forward to Saturday, after the first week of school. Let me make something very clear. First year teacher + first week of school + first graders= one teacher who is READY to let off some steam! We headed to our favorite bar, The Cactus Moon, and my awesome friends, also teachers, bought me a shot. As I put it to my lips, Eric walked up and said, "Hi Miss Kelley". I was MORTIFIED. Here I am in a less than modest shirt, with tight jeans, heels on about to take a shot like a champion and one of my NEW parents is about to witness this sinful act! Yikes! I come to find out that he was NOT married and thought he was pretty Darn hot! BUT, as his son's teacher, I knew better. Plus, I never wanted to date anyone with kids again- been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Every Saturday the girls and I would go the Moon and I would secretly be anticipating 'Mr. Mikkelson's' arrival (I didn't actually know his name, I had to look on Daylen's emergency forms to find out). We would dance once or twice through out the night, harmless- he is an awesome dancer.Then one night in December, we decided that we didn't want to wait until Daylen was out of my class to date, so we began our "secret relationship".
This was our first picture (Thanks Mary). We are at the Moon of course!
Our first party- even though we were in 'secret mode'. (It's a picture of a picture, sorry)
James, Sarah, Ami, me and Eric at our Red and Black New Year's Eve party!
Eric waiting in the bathroom
I was shocked!
And completely irritated that I had my glasses on!
Kaylie was there for the whole thing, Daylen, sadly, was home sick
The kids were able to spend the rest of the afternoon at recess:)
Of course the kinders were excited! One of them asked if I was having a baby and that's why were getting married. Hilarious! From that moment on the wedding planning started!
Growing up, I always wanted a HUGE wedding, with the big, flowing dress and tons of people. One thing that I was certain about was having my wedding INSIDE. I never understood why people would want to take the chance and have it rain. So imagine how surprised pretty much everyone was when we decided to have it in Rocky Point, on a beach. Eric and I went to Rocky Point a lot when we were dating. It was always such a good time and we wanted it to be a party. So six months after we got engaged, we were of to Mexico! A huge caravan made their way to the border and on into Puerto Penasco. When we arrived at the hotel, we all checked in and then headed across the street to a small restarautn and had a blast! We must have have like 30 people there, just hanging out.
The morning we left!
Boarding the ship... too bad it couldn't have just stayed docked!
Some of the girls
Me, my bro, my sis
Me and my Mimi
Holly, baby Josh, and Eric rockin the beads
Out on the open sea, starting to feel a little queasy
Kaylie was a champ! She played this game where she had to run in circles and back and forth- maybe it was musical chairs or something, all I know is it made me want to puke just watching her.
Tom, Stacy and Dad- watching the horizon.
Eric, Ian, Emilio, and Uncle Trev sitiing with chairs. Magic I tell you!