Updated November 2012
Tyler and I hail from the same hometown, so we originally met when we were in high school, in either late 2001 or early 2002. At the time, I was 15 and a freshman, and he was 16 and a sophomore. We became acquainted because Tyler was dating a friend of mine at the time, Jessie. I remember that about a year later, Tyler and Jessie, and my date Danny and I all rode in the same car together to homecoming, and then to the party Danny threw at his house afterwards. It was then that I got my first real impression of Tyler - he was very nice and polite, and very quiet. (I'd say that was a pretty accurate portrait.) We always had mutual friends, but we never really ran in the same circles as each other. However, from the little I was around him, I knew I liked him.
Right before Tyler left for college, to move to Lubbock and go to Texas Tech, we began dating, a bit. Even though we both liked each other, it didn't last very long. It was very ill-timed. I was still in high school and in El Paso, and Tyler was very much wanting to get the first year college experience, so things fizzled out. I started at Tech myself a year later, but again, we never saw each other.
One day in fall 2007 - in my third year at Tech, and when Tyler was finishing up his bachelor's - after having not hardly laid eyes on each other for almost 3 years, we happened to run into each other, randomly, at the store. I always blush at this memory, because at the time I was out with a friend, and having a terrible day, with no make up on and in raggedy old workout clothes - it was one of those moments where you really regret having ventured out that day at all, because you didn't want to see anyone you know, and didn't think you would, but did anyway of course. Tyler always laughs at this memory, because he says he could tell how embarrassed I was. It was truly an unflattering time to be seen. But none-the-less, it got us talking again. A few weeks later, we went to the football game together and then out with friends of his afterwards. It wasn't supposed to be a "date", but after that, sure enough we did begin to start seeing each other again.
I remember that whole semester as being my favorite in all of my time in college. I have great memories of it and I had so much fun. Then, in February, Tyler and I got a little surprise: I was pregnant. Tyler proposed a few weeks after that, and we got married May 10th, 2008, in an intimate, sunset wedding I largely had no part in planning or coordinating, thanks to my awesome Mom. We had a five day honeymoon in Tucson, Arizona at a gorgeous resort and spa. Tyler moved in with me, and my hyper puppy labrador Sadie, to "my" house in Lubbock after we got back, and quickly made it "our" home. Around the end of May, we found out we were having a baby boy. I remember we went straight to Lowe's from the doctor's office after finding out, and bought blue paint for the nursery. Within a matter of weeks we decided on the name Parker.
We spent that whole summer relaxing, eating too much, and watching lots of movies. I finished taking my last class at Tech in August, and then decided not to go back for the fall. Tyler was working on his master's in accounting. Parker was due on Tyler's birthday, October 13th, but decided not to show. He was ultimately born 5 days late, on October 18th, 2008 weighing in at a whopping 9 pounds, 8 ounces! He was a very healthy and happy and "easy" baby - he slept well, he ate well, and he was not typically fussy.
We continued to live in Lubbock while Tyler finished his master's. In June 2009, after Tyler was finished with school, we bought a house and moved to Dallas where Tyler started work with a Big 4 accounting firm.While Dallas was a fun change of pace from Lubbock, we never quite found the right niche for ourselves there. Without the help of family nearby, we spent the majority of our time at home.
On Christmas Eve 2010 I found out that I was pregnant again! The next April we found out it was another little boy. In February, between the revelation that I was pregnant, and finding out the sex, it was discovered that Tyler's mother, Michelle, had a glioblastoma brain tumor. We made the decision immediately to begin preparing to move home to El Paso, and put our house on the market in June. Michelle had 90% of the tumor removed and began treatment. She has improved again and again throughout this last year. She is doing wonderfully, now, and the remainder of the tumor continues to shrink.
On August 19th, 11 days early, weighing in at more than a pound less than his brother, (8 pounds, 2 ounces), we welcomed the arrival of baby boy number two. We named him August Michael. He is another "easy" baby in terms of being happy and sweet, and always eating well. However, we have come to the conclusion that he does not possess the same talent for sleeping well that his brother has.
Halloween was the last official day of work for Tyler at his firm in Dallas, and on November 5th we moved back to El Paso and settled into a rent house not far from either of our parents. Tyler began work at a great local firm almost immediately. Our home in Dallas sold by mid-December. We celebrated a fantastic first Christmas with both of our families... finally truly at home.
That's already been a year ago, and we still couldn't be happier with where we are at this moment. We look forward to each new day and adventure here and have only high hopes for what the future holds for us.
This is our story, so far.