Eight.

8 years ago today Justin and I went on our first date. Yesterday we revisited the same cafe to reminisce a bit. And to caffeinate, obviously to caffeinate. 

It all started with me blowing off a group study session in the library because I'd already finished my English paper. Hashtag College Sweethearts. 

Early on at an Everett Silvertips (Hockey) game!

Early on at an Everett Silvertips (Hockey) game!

Some of our closest friends got married! Yes, I was a brunette temporarily, this is as I started to go back to blonde. I can almost guarantee this was taken during Journey's Don't Stop Believin'

Some of our closest friends got married! Yes, I was a brunette temporarily, this is as I started to go back to blonde. I can almost guarantee this was taken during Journey's Don't Stop Believin'

Date One: It was a Friday, I was traveling that afternoon shortly after classes got out and I got a text message during class from Justin asking me to coffee, since I so eloquently "bailed on him" for our study sesh. Never mind the fact that I was supposed to leave for a 3 hour drive at noon, I agreed to 11am coffee and I think we left Cafe Ladro around 1:30pm. I wore Adidas sweats and a hoodie. Because what else would a student wear to her Spanish class on a Friday when she had no plans to see the cute boy from her English class? 

Date Two: Panera Bread of course. A 4 hour lunch date later and I was hooked.

At one of our many UW Husky Games - and our awesome season ticket seats, miss them! 

At one of our many UW Husky Games - and our awesome season ticket seats, miss them! 

Date Three: If you can call it a date... Justin's car had died and I suggested a car lot he could check out for a new ride. We ended up meeting there and I picked the new car! I feel like this earned me major points - ha.

Date Four: Justin picks me up at my parents house, remember this is college and I lived at home, tried to insist he meet my parents which I did not allow, and then we went on a day trip to Whidbey Island, we went to Fort Casey and lunch. Spent the entire day together riding around in his new car and then ended up at his friends house that evening. We spent close to 12 hours together on this date, I met his family and his friends, and on that day I learned that this boy was different.

New Years Eve 2015 spent downtown Seattle

New Years Eve 2015 spent downtown Seattle

Week 2: I walk to my car after class and he had stuck a bouquet of roses in the drivers door handle for me. The rest is history. #swoon

The hallway in our house is covered with pictures from our whole relationship which are not on this computer. We both have this key chain, it's the coordinates of our first date location.

The hallway in our house is covered with pictures from our whole relationship which are not on this computer. We both have this key chain, it's the coordinates of our first date location.

That is the story of Justin and I. We met 8 short years ago. There have been lots of ups and downs, 11 jobs between the two of us, three houses we've shared and one dog. Thank goodness I said yes to coffee in my Adidas sweats and hoodie. I can't imagine where I'd be without him.