1. Where did I meet my husband?
We were actually in the same BYU ward. I know, all of you who didn't go to BYU are rolling your eyes saying, "Oh, one of those!" BUT, hopefully, our story won't bore you too much.
My cousin was in charge of ward prayer (also affectionately referred to as "ward stare") which is where all the singles gather together on Sunday evening to have a little devotional and say a prayer together and, let's be honest, check each other out. So, my cousin would call up random people in the ward a couple hours before ward prayer and she would ask them to say the prayer. Well, she asked Derek to say the prayer at ward prayer one night. I had just ended a serious relationship with another guy in the ward and so after the prayer was over my cousin said, "You need to meet Derek Petersen." I thought she knew him and I definitely thought he was cute, so we walked over and started chatting. Through the course of the conversation I discovered that she didn't even know him. Then she volunteered us to take him a homemade treat later in the week. I said to her and him, "We don't even know him and we're going to make him a treat?" Derek looked at me and told me to "shut-up." He was so smooth, right from the beginning!
2. What was the first thing you said to your husband?
Let's see, it was probably "Hi" and my name. I honestly don't remember exactly what I said. It was hard to hear over the angels singing...
3. Where was your first date?
Okay, this one is STILL a source of great debate in our marriage. I contend that we had all of about two dates before we got married and Derek likes to think that every time we got together we were dating. I think it was probably when he called me up a couple days after meeting me at ward prayer and invited me over for lunch. Me, being about as smooth as he is apparently, said, "I've already eaten lunch." Now, to my credit, I did say I'd still like to come over and just chat while he ate lunch, but he teased me and told me not to come over. I did go over though even though he couldn't give me the lunch he said he was going to. He home taught a girl from Mexico and she had made him and his companion some tortillas and beans. Before Derek could share them with me, his roommates had already devoured them.
We ate lunch together almost every day for about 3 months and Derek counts all of those as dates. I guess they were dates in a way, but I still contend he was a bit of a lazy dater. He still contends he was so smooth.
4. Where was your first kiss?
In the living room of the house I was sharing with my roommates. He asked me if he could kiss me which some of you out there will think is sweet, but I didn't. I think it makes the moment more awkward. He asked because I had told him once that I would never want someone to ask me.
The conversation went like this:
Derek: "Can I kiss you?"
Me: "Do you want to kiss me?"
Derek: "I wouldn't have asked if I didn't want to."
Me: "Well, if you want to you can."
In the adapted for TV version of my life, this part will seem much more smooth and romantic than it really was.
5. Did you have a short or long engagement?
Short. We met at the end of January, got engaged in May and married in August, all in the same year. I'm very efficient at everything I do! (ha!)
6. Where did you get engaged?
This is awesome! I had just flown back to Dallas from KC. Derek picked me up from the airport and had planned out a fun day of going to see these big, bronze bulls that are on this hill near the Dallas stockyards. Afterward we were supposed to go to this butterfly park. Well, he didn't watch the time and by the the time he decided we were going to go to the butterfly park I told him it would be closed before we got there. We were just walking away from the bronzed bulls. So he's like, "Um, let's go back up there." I said, "Derek, it's so hot! Let's just go." (It was over 100 degrees and the humidity was like 90%.) So, he relented and we started to leave and he changed his mind again and we went back. So, we go back and we sit down on this bench and he got down on one knee and proposed to me. This is a funny conversation as well, but I'm probably too verbose on these questions as it is. Let's just say that after he proposed, we turned around and behind us was a huge cemetery!
7. Where were you married?
We were married in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Utah.
8. How did the reception go?
Fine. We didn't do a line, we walked around and talked with everyone and I liked that a lot more than just standing there and having people have to greet all of your family that they don't know.
9. How was the honeymoon?
Come on, like this is anyone's business? It was great really! We went to Victoria on Vancouver Island, which is part of Canada located just off of Washington state. It was overcast the entire time we were there which was so wonderful after a summer in Texas.
Okay, now is the part where I get to tag some friends right? So, I tag Jen W., Dori H. and Erika Z. I'll be looking for your posts!