A Day Full of Memories

December 5th…well, well, well. This day sure brings back a lot of memories.

Specifically, it brings me back to a movie theater, twelve years ago. A nervous teenager with sweaty palms and a fluttering heart. Oh, and a box of Raisinets too, of course.

The movie? “Anywhere But Here,” but I really only remember that because I knew well enough to keep and cherish that particular movie stub ticket.

My nerves were shooting through the roof, at that ripe old age of 15 that I was, as I sat next to a boy that somehow gave me butterflies like no other had. We had already gone on a first date, but there was something about this one that made me nervous.

The movie was filled with the awkwardness that you would expect…”Do I grab for his hand?" “Should I wait for him to grab mine?” “Oh crap, my palms are so sweaty, he probably thinks I’m gross.”

The movie ended, the theater cleared out, and I quickly realized that it was just the two of us left. It was at that moment when this particular boy looked over at me and asked me to be his girlfriend. Boy, I’m so glad I said yes.


(That photo always makes us laugh!)

So now, twelve years later, even though we’re old and married (haha) and quickly approaching our two year wedding anniversary (wow), I still celebrate this special day because it was the day that started it all. And I honestly can’t believe it’s been this long. We’re getting OLD. Disappointed smile


Alright, a nice little trip down memory lane. Now, let’s talk breakfast.


This morning called for another egg, provolone cheese, and jam English muffin, which really turned out awesome, thanks to the melted, crispy cheese on the edges.


The coffee was also the mini sample that I bought yesterday, which Jay and I both decided was decent, but not a favorite.

Now it’s about time for me to get goin’ on a few other things on my agenda for today. Have a great Monday, everyone!

Questions for the Morning:

Married folks: Do you celebrate “dating” anniversaries, or just wedding anniversaries?

Non-Married folks: Do you celebrate dating anniversaries year-by-year or month-by-month?

Hitched folks: How long have you been dating and/or married to your S.O?


  1. Heather B says

    My husband and I are like you and Jay, we’ve been together since we were 16 and now we’re 30 (only married for 3 though, haha). Crazy to think it’s been that long.

  2. says

    I love that you kept the stub, that gives me warm fuzzies in my heart.

    As for me, since I never thought I’d be dating the man in my life after meeting him at a random convention in Philadelphia (hundreds of miles from where both of us lived), we now celebrate our “Anniversary” on the day we officially became a “couple” and decided to be dating. But I think we only celebrate it yearly or half yearly anymore. Coming up on four years, whoah jam.
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  3. says

    Happy Dating Anniversary! I love that pic of you guys : )

    Your hair looks great short! I like it long also but you really can pull off the short look!
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  4. Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life says

    That’s so sweet! My boyfriend asked me to be his girlfriend on the top of the rock in NYC and I still have our tickets from there too.
    We celebrate year by year but we will do something on our month anniversary too sometimes.
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  5. says

    We celebrate marriage anniversaries only, though we acknowledge when our dating anniversary comes around. We started dating September 12, 2008 (3 years and almost 3 months) and we’ve been married since June 20, 2009 (2 years and 5 months). Yes, you read that right, we dated for a total of 9 months before getting married. I will say, we’re not a crazy couple. We’ve known each other for 10 years, we actually fell in love with each other back in 2006 but, due to a variety of different circumstances and decisions, nothing came of it until 2008. See? Not crazy, lol.
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  6. Laura @ Backstage Balance says

    Aww, congratulations! And how cute that you still have the ticket stubs from those first dates.
    My partner and I have been together for 7+ years. It was only this year that anyone other than our parents wished us a happy anniversary! We’ll probably get married someday, but obviously aren’t in any rush :-)
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  7. says

    Aaaw, love to you both today :) And since we never officially “dated,” we actually always celebrate the day we met (Sept. 17!)

    And yay to those who got married fast because they also just “knew.” (We did at the 6 month mark! We were handfasted when I was only 19!)
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  8. says

    Me and the bf only celebrate years and we’re never quite sure whether we should mark the day we met or the day he popped the “gf” question. So it just makes for two celebrations! :)
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  9. says

    Aww this is so cute! My bf and I have been dating for 2 1/2 years and we celebrate our first date but only bc we made it our anniversary. Both of us knew we were “in it” that day so we roll with it! Congrats!

  10. Nicole says

    Very cute – happy anniversary!

    On a different note, I love the crispy cheese around the edges of things! That is by far, my fave part of anything cheesy :)

  11. says

    Such a cute story! I totally think you should still celebrate. After all, it’s how you two ended up together. :) My fiance and I have been together for 6 years. Once we get married in August, we will celebrate both our dating and wedding anniversaries. I think they are both very special.
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  12. Brandi says

    Awww….sweet post! :) I think it’s wonderful that you celebrate all of the special moments. I am currently not dating anyone, but in the last relationship I was in I wanted to remember everything. :) Oddly enough, even when it ended. Dated for two years and he ended up being my best friend. He just got married!
    (cheezy grin coming)…..Just got some flowers from a gentlemen that attends the same church that I do. He actually delivered them himself and he said he hoped they made me smile. Umm it did…:) Should I write this down now or wait???? 😉
    Have a great day!

  13. says

    My husband and I have been married for less than a year but we have been together for 6+, he brought me flowers this year on our dating anniversary. I think we will still celebrate it.

    The first year of dating he would write me a letter every month on the 8th, celebrating month-to-month.

    That picture of you two is pretty funny 😉
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  14. says

    wow yall have been together a long time! We don’t really celebrate our dating anniversary because sadly, the night of our first date, my husbands roommate (we were in college) was killed in a car accident along with 2 other students from our school, so it was a very sad very strange first date to say the least, and I always feel funny being happy and celebrating on that day. We acknowledge it, but that’s about it. So fun though that you have that great memory!
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  15. Sherri says

    My hubby and I just tied the knot on November 30. We are planning a second beach wedding in May but our ceremony last week was the most romantic moment of my life. I am so lucky to call him my husband :)

  16. says

    We started dating in 2002, engaged in 2008 and married in 2010, so we just had our first wedding anniversary in September :) Because our dating anniversary (Sept 21) and wedding (Sept 18) and close together we celebrated both together this year.
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  17. Tiffany says

    I know this is a stupid question and (clearly
    ) you can tell I’m not much of a cook, but can you tell me how you make your English muffin, egg, cheese, jelly sandwich? Do you toast the English muffin with the cheese on it? Or put the cheese on the egg while it’s on the stove? I know it doesn’t make much of a diff probably, but yours just look so good!! And I don’t want my first time making it to be a disaster

    • Courtney says

      No question is a stupid question! 😉
      I cook my eggs on the stove top, and just as they’re about finished I put the slice of cheese on and let it melt. While I’m cooking the eggs, I also have my english muffin toasting at the same time in the toaster, so everything ends up finishing right around the same time.
      Hope that helps!

  18. says

    I was 15 when Terry and I started dating too!! We do celebrate our dating anniversary (it was 10 years on November 2!), I think because so much of our relationship was dating before we got married! Also, like you said, that’s where it all began. We’ve been married for about 3.5 years now.

    • Courtney says

      Yup! I went for about a year with it short. It was fun, and a LOT less maintenance, but I do love my hair long!

  19. says

    Wow! Congrats on 12 years!!! That’s so crazy. I usually go by a year-by-year basis, but it’s so much harder than it used to be when we were young. They ask you to be their girlfriend, and you have a date set in stone. Now you just date along and then one day you decide to start calling the other person your gf/bf. Too complicated lol.
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  20. Brittany V says

    What a great story to start the week with! :) I love that you saved the ticket stub – I do the same thing! My BF and I have been together for 3.5 years – we celebrate when we made it official annually – but we often have acknowledged our first date and hit up starbucks (which is where we met at the beginning of the 12hr first date), and we have also acknowledged our six month mark as well. I think celebrating all those special moments and remimiscing are important :)

  21. Diana says

    My husband and I celebrate dating and wedding anniversaries. :) We’ve been together for 7 years and have been married for 1yr and 8mos.

    Cute, cute story by the way! Husband and I went to see The Grudge for our first date and I had the worst case of sweaty palms ever. He ended up having to fan my hands. Lol. I was so embarrassed. *blush*

  22. says

    Sounds so similar to Torrance and I, specifically that you guys dated since you were younger and waited a bit before getting married!
    We have been together almost 8 years and we celebrate on that “will you be my girlfriend” day (april 15th!) as our anniversary and we always joke we are going to have to get married on april 15th now because it is already stuck in our minds!
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  23. says

    i just got married in september, and our dating anniversary falls in feb. you better believe we’re still going to celebrate that! LOL. as my friend says, “all those years are important too! they need to be acknowledged!” 😉
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  24. Shannon says

    Happy dating anniversary! Was that theater in East Greenbush? I saw Greenbush on the ticket. I thought the Regal Theaters were always Regal.

  25. says

    That’s so cute! I love it!

    We were married in July, and our dating anniversary is in February, so we have yet to celebrate a dating anniversary since we’re husband and wife, but we probably will, even in a minor way. It’s still a very important day, like you said!

    And I also love that photo of you two! :)
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  26. says

    We totally celebrate both, since we’ve been together WAY longer than we’ve been married. Our next dating anniversary (August) will be our TENTH year and our next wedding anniversary (October) will be our THIRD. You gotta celebrate both! Why not? :)
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  27. Amy says

    Hubby and i celebrate everything. We met online so we have that anniversary, and then the first time we met in person was when i finally agreed to cut his hair, then first date, then first trip, then puposal, then wedding. He’s better at keeping track of the dates than I am.
    We’ll celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary in August hopefully in New York or San Francisco.

  28. says

    Congrats! What a fun day to celebrate. :) I’ve been with my HS sweetheart for almost 7 years now (although we’re not married yet, but have successfully lived together in a *tiny* Manhattan apt. for over a year now, so I guess that’s a good sign! :) ) and we are celebrating on December 9. I love that our dating anni is in December since I love all things holidays! Major Congrats to you and Jay! This is a great post. I love the way you wove in the story of “the date that started it all.” :)
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  29. says

    I love this because people always tell me how crazy it is that this is the 10th Christmas I will spend with my husband, but it’s only our second married Christmas. Well, when you start dating at 17, you can’t exactly get married… :) We just celebrate our married anniversary now, but we definitely remind each other of that dating anniversary. It was so special for such a long time, it’s hard to watch that go and start with a new small number. :) hehe!

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