I meant to post this a few days ago but am now just getting around to it.
James and I keep getting asked...
"How did you two meet"
And so... for all those blog readers out there
I thought I'd finally give you the FULL story.
Almost exactly one year ago I ventured down to California with Kourtney's family.
At the time I wasn't sure if I even wanted to go but was finally convinced by a few events.
The night after I got there I invited Michael Orton to come hang out with us.
Michael was down in Irvine interning and well,
You see Michael is like my brother -
And Kourtney is my best friend -
So I thought they'd be a perfect match.
Michael called me a little bit before he came over and
informed me he was bring a friend from his internship with him.
I was LIVID.
I was certain it was Michael and Derek's attempt to set me up with an accountant.
And I was NOT looking to go on any dates anytime in the near future.
Angry as can be I walked down the street to meet them with no make up on,
an ugly outfit,
and a bad attitude.
Michael and James pulled up to pick us up.
The second I saw James I thought to myself,
'Oh crap he's totally cute AND he has the cutest butt.'
I thought it.
(James: It's not the first time I've heard that, won't be the last!)
But still, I was so mad at Michael for bringing him I continued to be a brat.
That night we got caramel apples,
ate them on Newport Beach,
walked up and down the streets of Newport,
played apples to apples,
and waited up late to watch the Grunion Run.
(The time when thousands of grunion come up on the shore to mate)
I can't believe we actually have pictures of the night we met.
(You can see me here standing at least 5 feet away from James - but still having a good time)
The next day Michael invited us to go sailing with him.
Naturally we could not turn down sailing.
When that fell through we invited him to come to a movie with Kourt's family.
And of course James tagged along.
At this point I still wasn't thinking anything about this boy.
Much to James' dismay the movie we were going to was My Sisters Keeper.
I was a bit emotionally unstable at the time and cried my eyes out through the whole thing.
James on the other hand had complete dry eyes and was quite upset about seeing this movie.
And he wasn't afraid to express it.
But I guess I can't blame him!
I'd be a bit worried if he enjoyed that movie.
After the movie we headed to the Kimball residence for a little party that James wanted to go to.
I knew he was on the prowl for girls.
In fact, Kourtney and I actually saw a text from his friend saying,
"Good luck man - if you need a way out let me know and I'll call you."
Kourtney and I got a good laugh out of it but didn't think too much about it since I wasn't looking for love.
I headed back to Provo and James stayed in Irvine doing his internship.
Just a few days later I had a friend request on facebook from James.
I got a good laugh out of it since I was pretty certain he hated me.
(I was a big brat after all)
Through the month of July we casually chatted on facebook chat.
That's right we are a proud facebook success story.
They should probably make a movie out of our story.
Suddenly I found myself chatting with him for hours on end about absolutely nothing.
He asked for my number because he wanted to take me out when he was back in Utah.
Of course I gave it to him.
That night I got a random text.
It said, "Peak a Boo guess who?"
I was sure it was some creeper.
Sure enough it was James.
I laughed SO hard.
That is most certainly James' favorite part of our story.
(James: I am deeply ashamed and embarrassed)
At the beginning of August James came to Provo for a friends wedding.
And he asked to take me on a quick date.
He knew just how to do it.
Just a little lunch date at Cafe Rio.
I of course had braces for a few months -
so yes -
I had braces on our first date!
(James: It wasn't hard to look past the braces to see Karly's beauty....but I still had to look past the braces.)
While I thought he was super cute and a really nice guy I still didn't think too much of it.
But as time went on and we continued to text and talk I kind of developed a crush.
James moved back to Provo in late August.
He invited me over to his apt to play games.
And I did the same.
When we were at his place I totally started to fall for him as he sang Free Fallin on the guitar.
(James: ha. I know only the first five notes of the song)
Yeah - he kind of melted me right there.
I took him to a dance concert just before his family headed to Balboa for a vacation.
I couldn't believe myself.
I was NOT looking to date anyone but for some strange reason I wanted to be around James.
During the beginning of Fall semester we hung out quite a bit.
He took me on an incredible date to Park City and we just had a great time together.
My Mom was really impressed with him because he was such a dater.
Always planning amazing dates and really dating me.
This is rare these days.
He was such a gentleman.
We would go on long long drives and just talk.
As September began to pass by James and I started hanging out nearly every day.
And I began to get really frustrated.
The boy would NOT kiss me.
We would be about one foot apart.
He would look right into my eyes and then turn away.
I have never been the girl to kiss a lot of boys but after hanging out everyday for nearly a month..
I wanted a kiss!
Pathetic I know.
(James: She loved me.)
It got so bad that I finally flat out asked him why he wasn't kissing me.
Cute as could be James responded that he knew I wasn't looking to date anyone
and he didn't kiss anyone unless he was dating them.
I continued to date people.
And James wasn't.
But just a few short days later.
After me nearly begging him.
He kissed me after a long snowy drive in Midway.
It was the perfect first kiss and I must admit there were some serious fireworks.
October came and went quickly...
And I finally told James that it was pointless for me to date other people...
I was rushing home to try to be with him after each date.
So while he wasn't asking me stop dating other people...
I pushed things to the next step and told him that was coming to an end.
And during that same convo I asked him to come to Elise and Dustin's wedding with me...
And meet my parents.
I don't know how it came out of my mouth -
but it did.
To my surprise he said yes and asked me to come to Virginia over Christmas.
Just before Thanksgiving we headed to St. George for the wedding.
It was there that I told him I was his girlfriend.
Again, not sure why I was the one to say it -
but James just agreed and from that moment on I was totally falling for him.
Over Thanksgiving break we texted and talked and skyped the whole time.
We really started to miss each other.We had a blast during the fall.
But both of us were still moving slow and not wanting to rush into anything.
I was reporting and super busy that semester.
James was incredibly supportive of my dreams and goals.
He was always bragging about my broadcast stuff to people.
He even brought bagels to the entire news room.
I felt like James really saw me for who I am and believed in my dreams.
I was all set to head back to Virginia right before Christmas.
But suddenly I received a call that changed everything.
My Dad was going to have to have open heart surgery...
And of course that would change my plans.
I called James sobbing and he rushed over to help me pack to go home.
I left not knowing when I would go to D.C. but certain I was doing the right thing.James was suddenly stranded in SLC because of the big D.C. storm.
The night before my Dad went into surgery I walked out into my garage to find James standing there.
He was there to help cheer me up and comfort me.
He stayed for a day or two and then drove back to SLC super early in the morning to fly back.
I was so touched by his surprise.
He was going to take care of me.
And I knew it.
Pretty sure I was falling in love with him at this point.
Over Christmas break we skyped every single night for hours.
I think one night James stayed up until 4 am his time skyping with me.
I could hardly wait to see him.
I boarded a flight to VA after I knew my Dad was stable.
I was going to spend New Years in D.C. with James.
When I arrived he texted me and said he was so excited to see me his legs were shaking.
I found him in the baggage area looking like this...
It was the most adorable thing I have ever seen!
While in Virginia we went to the Jefferson Memorial.
It was New Years Eve,
and we were the only ones there.
It was the most romantic night of my life.
I wanted him to say I love you so badly.
But of course,
James tried my patience.
And that night as we were snuggling he whispered it into my ear.
My heart just dropped.
I felt something incredible that night.
And of course I said it back!
Winter semester quickly came and James continued to spoil me rotten.
Taking me snow shoeing etc. etc.
But when February approached I started to get a little bit scared and nervous about things.
And so did James.
We had a little bump in the road.
We decided to take a break.
We lasted just about 3 weeks.
I was devastated.
It was very hard for me but I tried to move on and start dating.
It was not easy.
I wanted James back so badly but didn't think it would ever happen.
After lots of advice and encouragement from James' friends I was starting to be ok.
I threw a 20's party and James came while we were broken up.
It was so hard to see him!
But after a few days James came to me and we decided to get back together.
I don't think I have ever been more happy.
The next couple of months were magical.
We had a blast.
And I started to think that this boy could maybe be the one I was supposed to marry.
When we went to St. George for Easter we started talking about marriage.
I was SO excited.
But things were still moving kind of slow and I left to NYC wondering what would happen.
We missed each other so much over the next two weeks.
James surprised me by coming to NYC a day early and I couldn't have been more excited to see this boy.
The few days we had together in NYC were incredible.
And it was here that we decided to get married for sure.
Over the next month James went to Haiti.
It was one of the hardest months of my life.
I got to talk to him on the phone two or three times.
But mostly we emailed.
We emailed all day everyday because his phone had free internet.
Over the span of 20 days we sent over 1300 emails.
We were in love.
He knew it was meant to be.
I knew it was meant to be and the timing couldn't have been more perfect.
After he got back from Haiti and I finished up in NYC we met up in Virginia.
And you all know how the story goes from there.
I am so incredibly blessed to have found James.
I did not know that I was looking for him -
but I was.
There were a lot of crucial events that led up to us meeting.
Things I know I was supposed to learn before meeting him.
He is the exact opposite of what I thought I needed.
But I do need him.
I love this boy more than I've ever loved anyone.
He's perfect for me in every way.
He is patient with me,
but he doesn't let me be a stinker.
He tells me I am beautiful every day.
He believes in me.
He believes in girls reaching their dreams -
and girls being stay at home Moms.
He gets it.
He is great with people.
I can talk to him for hours because he is my best friend.
I could drive with him for hours on end and we just laugh and talk.
He is going to be the most incredible husband a girl could ask for.
I am so blessed.
Everything happens for a reason.
And we both know that more than ever before.
Although I didn't know it -
Meeting you one year ago was the most important event of my life.
I can't wait to share every event with you.
You make me want to be a better person in every way.
You are so adorable and from the first day we met you have treated me like a princess.
I love you.