Mar 15, 2007

Marriage Meme

Because I'm the most interesting person ever on the block writing The Estrogen Files (and the only, but don't let that stop you) and I KNOW you just hang on my every post and can't WAIT to read about my wedding, here's this Marriage Meme.

1. Where/How did you meet?

Hubbers and I met in high school, working at the same fast food joint. Ahhh, true LUV!

2. How long have you known each other?

We were both juniors when we met, so... about 15 years.

3. How long after you met did you start dating?

A few years. But I thought him handsome right away.

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?

Jeez, hard questions! We started out as friends before we became more so it all blends together. More than a year?

5. How long was your engagement?

About a year.

6. How long have you been married?

It will be 11 years this summer. Year 7 was hard, emotionally and financially, but things are good now.

7. What is your anniversary?

We have two: 30 July 1996 and 7 October 1996. The first was a civil ceremony and the second was a Mass. Hubbers wanted a small wedding so we had our church ceremony on a Monday morning, 9am Mass. We invited everyone who would normally attend the Mass to also attend the ceremony and reception.

8. How many people came to your wedding reception?

I don't know. We invited 100 people to our wedding and the extra people we invited to the reception - I honestly don't know.

9. What kind of cake did you serve?

I worked at a bakery for a few years before we married, so I had the baker make us the most WONDERFUL cake! Chocolate with raspberry filling, white frosting, fresh flowers, 2? layers?

10. Where was your wedding?

St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church - Sandy, UT

11. What did you serve for your meal?

Mexican food from my favorite restaurant. Sadly, they went out of business and back to Mexico. Tamales, enchiladas, Spanish rice, all SORTS of good stuff! AND I managed to not get it on my dress...

12. How many people were in your bridal party?

Ummmm... 3 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen, 2 ushers, 1 flower girl, 1 ring bearer boy

13. Are you still friends with them all?

Since most of them were family, or nearly so, the answer is YES. One of the little men in the wedding just graduated high school and is in college this year. Doesn't seem possible.

14. Did your spouse cry during the ceremony?

No, I don't think so. I got misty the first few steps down the aisle and had to work hard not to cry.

15. Most special moment of your wedding day?

Taking our vows. The whole ceremony was special, wonderful. We had a FUN wedding.

16. Any funny moments?

Well, it WAS the era of the Macarena. 'Nuff said. No. You can't see the pictures.

And don't tell me you didn't dance when you clicked that link!

17. Any big disasters?

Yes. The priest came to us the day before the wedding claiming that all the paperwork with the diocese wasn't filled out and he couldn't marry us the next day. In TEARS, we went to my MIL and she fixed his wagon it by telling him he by darn WAS going to marry us because he had HAD said paperwork on his desk for at LEAST 6 months and it was HIS fault. In the end, Joan won and we were married. God bless her.

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We spent 2 nights in a theme hotel (very nice, 2 different rooms) called The Anniversary Inn. Then we drove to the thriving metropolis (sarcasm there) of Pocatello, Idaho to visit with some friends of Hubbers that were unable to attend the wedding. I didn't care, since I got time off work and was able to be with my sweetie.

19. How long were you gone?

I was back to work the Monday after the wedding.

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change?

Overall, it was a good wedding. I would have negotiated on the day, for a weekend night rather than a weekday morning. I would have liked to be closer to the person I am now, rather than the cowering, people pleasing little girl I (now) perceive myself being then. Also would have hired a professional photographer instead of my uncle who was almost professional. (No sarcasm there.) He did take nice photos and they were my wedding gift from him and his wife. I DID have formal shots taken BEFORE the wedding. (Gee, that's a LOT, isn't it?)

21. What side of the bed do you sleep on?

I sleep on the left side (when looking from the foot of the bed).

22. What size is your bed?

K-I-N-G, bay-bee! How else would we fit all the kids AND us in there on weekend mornings?

23. Greatest strength as a couple?

Our unity and commitment to each other and our marriage. Our faith and beliefs keep us strong. Praise be to God - otherwise we wouldn't have made it through year 7.

24. Greatest challenge as a couple?

To find time for us, to stay on track. Although this is getting easier as the kids get older.

25. Who literally pays the bills?

The accountant pays most, but I take care, via Internet bill pay, of the rest. I'm the one who logs everything into the computer checking account list.

26. What is your song?

What does that mean? One that we plagiarize and bastardize at every chance when singing to the kids, is Super Freak. That count?

27. What did you dance your first dance to?

Bryan Adams Everything I Do

28. Describe your wedding dress:

White satin, sequins, long train, pretty.

29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding?

Roses, lilies, daisies - I think. I'll have to find a picture. The whole thing has kind of just blended in my mind to something beautiful, hazy with the past.

30. Are your wedding bands engraved? What do they say?

No and yes. Mine isn't. Hubbers' is with the 2 dates of our weddings.


I've actually enjoyed this Meme because it allowed me to remember this time of my life with fondness and joy in the general mundane humdrum of daily life. Thanks to Aimee for tagging me!

My turn now. My favorite tag-ees have already done theirs so I get to try NEW people!! So I tag Our Seven QTPies, Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood, Teacher, Mom, Mad Woman, and One Woman's World - if they are up to it and haven't yet completed it. Sorry Stephanie, I just HAD to ask... I've seen your pictures, after all.


Barb, sfo said...

LOL! No, I did not dance when I clicked the link. Because I am a terrible dancer, AND I do not know the Macarena.
For some reason, though, Little Brother knows it. THAT is really funny to watch.

Iris said...

This meme was interesting! Had me thinking about my first wedding and all the things we did...that was in 1990. Now I am looking forward to a second wedding, and how many things I would want to do exactly the same way, and how many things I want to do differently.

Stephanie said...

We have the same problem about determining how long we dated. We were friends first. Ah but I guess I'll save that story for my post! :)

Aimee said...

mmmm . . . I should have done Mexican at my wedding! Oh, well, I'll do it next time I get married :)

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