Once you get married, you don't typically celebrate the dating anniversary. This is true for us too, but we do always acknowledge this day and laugh at those two 19 year olds that each had a crush on the other. Parker and I have talked about what drew each of us to the other one, and if we are both being honest, we just thought the other was cute. Deep and meaningful, right? In all fairness, a lot of times you don't really know the person very well before you start dating. That's why you start dating. I fell in love with the person he is once I got to know him, but initially, I just thought he was nice to look at. :)
We dated about 2 years before getting engaged and another year after that before getting married. Those dating days were pure bliss. When you're in college with nothing to worry about but school and seeing your boyfriend, life is pretty darn sweet. Our date nights consisted of dinner and a movie from the start, and 8 years later, they still do. You just can't beat a yummy dinner out and a movie in our book!
After 8 years, if there is one thing we have learned, it's that dating isn't just for that dating phase. We still look forward to dates just as much as we used to, and we still crave that time away from everyday life to reconnect and focus on us.
8 years later, I am very glad we became Facebook official! Seriously, I'm a little embarrassed even writing that...
Here are a few throwbacks from those golden dating days. We loved this phase of life!