{Toddle Along Tuesday} How I Met My McDreamy

I was really excited when I saw that Melissa over at Growing Up Geeky chose how you met your spouse for today’s Toddle Along Tuesday topic. Mainly because I love answering the question, “where did you two meet.”

I took a position at GW after finishing my masters in Student Affairs In Higher Education and moved to DC in June of 2008. I chose GW over another position because I really wanted to be in the city. I figured it would be easier to meet people and find prince charming make friends. About a month after I moved there I realized that the guys in DC bars weren’t really what I was looking for. I had done online dating sites in the past and they ALWAYS failed miserably  Even though I didn’t want to, I knew that I had to be proactive and my McDreamy wouldn’t just fall into my lap. I decided to try a newer site, okCupid, mainly because it was free.

Here were the pictures we each posted on our profiles.

I logged on one day and saw that Rob has viewed my profile and was disappointed when I didn’t have a message from him or even a poke! I decided to take a chance and and send him a message. We talked for several days and while I was visiting my sister in NY on Valentine’s Day, planned our first date.

I wanted to met him on “my turf” so we decided to meet at the Foggy Bottom Metro. I talked to my Mom on the phone the whole way there because I was so nervous! I could see him from across the street and still remember the butterflies I felt. We had dinner at Bertucci’s and then walked around the White House. It was a great first date and I am so happy he didn’t follow that macho, wait 5 days to call or whatever it is. We hung out 3 more times that week!

St. Patrick’s Day was the first time I really brought Rob our to meet my friends. It ended up being a great time and he just fit right in with everyone! Rob also came home with me a few days later to meet the family. I think he was in the room all of 5 minutes and was teaming up with my sister to pick on me.

April 2009 Rob took me to Baltimore for the weekend at a Bed & Breakfast. We wanted to spend time together before he deployed for 2 months. What an amazing weekend! I got to met some of Rob’s closest friends and party it up a little! The B&B was amazing and had breakfast delivered to our door. Who knew we would be married 2 years later and expecting our first baby 3 years later!

After school was out I took a trip to see Rob in May. I was so nervous going because we really didn’t know each other that well. Of course I was head over heels for him but I had been there before (*cough* California *cough*) We had be in a LONG distance relationship longer than we had been in the same city. i shouldn’t have worried though! Rob had all of these amazing things planned and we were all over Alaska. Too bad all, and I mean all, the wildlife heard I was coming. I saw about 5 moose then entire time I was there and that was the extend of the wildlife I saw. 

That summer I switched positions and moved into GW’s largest first year residence hall, Thurston. I was so excited to move into a bigger apartment. Rob was due home in only a few days so I worked hard to get all unpacked. Before leaving on deployment, Rob was working on buying a short sale townhouse. He thought everything was moving along nicely but found out that the paperwork never went through. Too bad he had already given his apartment away to a friend. So we did what any logical couple who only knew each other for 4 months would do. He moved in with me. We got a little grief from friends and family but were grateful because they really had our best interests in mind. We couldn’t explain it, we just knew…
We had fun going to Nat’s games and even made it to a Raven’s game! 
On July 25, 2009 Rob took me to a Brad Paisley concert! We had already decided by that point that Then was our song. Less then two years later, we were dancing to it as husband and wife. 
In November 2009 we took a road trip with Rob’s best friend, Tim, to Disney. It was a great weekend and just happened to be when Rob had a custom ornament made for me that I would open on Christmas Eve that year. <3
Thank you for tagging along! I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better and how I met the love of my life and father of my beautiful baby boy! Ironically, Rob showed me this quote tonight and I just had to include it because it IS US to a tee. 

Top 12 of 2012

I wish I could say that this was the first time writing this post. After staying up until 3 am putting it together, I come to find out today that something happened when I was adding some pictures at the end. I would be lying if I said I didn’t cry for an hour a little. Oh well, guess that will teach me to type everything out in word first… 
Okay, pity party over, moving on! 
I always do a lot of reflecting between Christmas and New Years Eve. Usually I scoured pictures on the computer, Facebook and any scrapbooks that I actually got around to making to remember back on the year. Since I am coming to the end of my first official year of blogging, I have to admit it was a lot easier and more fun this year! I do spend a far amount of time blogging about our life but it is for a good reason. At the end of every year, I am going to have it printed into this really awesome Blog Book thanks to The Cutest Blog On The Block. I can just picture 10 years from now these books lining our bookcases and P looking through all of the things that happened to him when he was little! The thought of those moments makes staying up until 2 AM well worth it. 
I also thought it would be fun to start a new tradition here of reviewing my favorite and the most viewed posts each year. So, with out further ado, here is a look back at the Meyers in 2012! 
      

  

Our 2012 Christmas Card

I decided not to ruin the surprise and share our Christmas Card this year when I talked about the tradition during my 12 Days of Christmas Family Traditions. As promised, here it is! We always send ours as postcards so the back had a message printed on the left and space on the right for addresses. 
Christmas Card copy

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Back on the 11th, I talked about some of our favorite food traditions during the holidays. As you can see from the wear and tear of this recipe, this tradition has been around for a very long time. We always go to someones house on Christmas Day so the morning is usually pretty busy opening gifts and getting ready. We never have time to have a sit down breakfast so this has always been our special break in the middle of opening gifts. 
First…
… mix the sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs into your Kitchen Aid or bowl. Stir for 2 minutes or 300 vigorous strokes by hand.  

Once mixed, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Once that is mixed in, add the sour cream. 

For the filling and topping, mix the brown sugar, chopped walnuts and cinnamon together. 

Using Crisco, coat the pan so that the cake does not stick. 

Pour about 1/3 of the batter into the pan and spread it evenly around. 

Then add the brown sugar, cinnamon and walnut filling. Add another layer of batter and filling and then one final layer of batter. 

Top it off with a final layer of filling. 

Bake at 350 for about 60 minutes. Make sure that the cake has fully cooled before taking it out of the pan.