Reflections: Our Year in Review

Today is the one year anniversary of the day Darren & I met and the day that changed our lives forever, so I thought it would be appropriate to look back on how we got to where we are today….

May 2006:

I returned from a short-term overseas work assignment, unbelievably excited for Vegas and taking a much needed break from my busy schedule in the corporate world

May 11th, Darren & I meet on board the same JetBlue flight and our adventure begins….

May 16th, our first ‘official’ NY date at Bond Street

Darren passes the all important ‘friends test’ at a Memorial Day BBQ

June 2006:

I meet Darren’s best friend, Baker, and his friends for the first time and have my first introduction to the Herman’s

Our first weekend trip to Saratoga and I attend my very first (and second) Dave Matthews Band concert

Our first Yankees game together, followed by dinner at Bar Marche in the Village, and our first ‘I love you’

I jetted off to Greece for two weeks with one of the my best friend’s, Shari, and despite the distance, our bond grows deeper through emails, text messages and daily phone calls (yikes, our cell phone bill!)

August 2006:

Darren moves to a studio apt on the Upper East Side from Murray Hill to be closer to me

September 2006: 

Our first vacation to St. Maarten where we stay in the most incredible villa and had the best week disconnecting from the world (ok – I glanced at my blackberry a few times).  Darren affectionately referred to this trip as our ‘honeymoon’, perhaps a little foreshadowing

October 2006: 

Darren meets my “Big, Fat, Greek Family” at Grandma Sally’s 90th b-day party

We attend our first wedding together for the Pulver’s

Our first NJ Devils game – unfortunately they lost

November 2006: 

Six months together and our first Thanksgiving – we celebrate separately with our respective families and vow that night never to spend another holiday apart

December 2006: 

We celebrated our six month anniversary with a long weekend in Vegas (how appropriate?!)

Holiday celebrations with our families and on the train ride home from White Plains we see an ad for new townhomes.  From there , our house hunting began

January 2007: 

After only two weekends looking at houses, we find the perfect one for us.

Our parents’ meet for the first time to inspect the new house and we have an official ‘Meet the Parent’s” brunch

Once again, I jet off to Budapest on a business trip and Darren joins me with a surprise proposal and an engagement ring on the night of his arrival

February 2007: 

TurboBride emerges as wedding plans begin

March 2007: 

We officially move in together in Darren’s studio while my friend moves into my apartment. 

We make our first major joint purchase aside from the house – our new car!

April 2007: 

Our much anticipated closing on the house, followed by our official move in

May 2007: 

A return tonight to Bar Marche to celebrate our incredible year together and to toast our future together. 

This past year has certainly been an amazing one, one that I sometimes still have to pinch myself to believe its real.  Darren is the love of my life and while this year has been filled with a lot of ‘firsts’ for us, we have an endless amount of ‘firsts’ still to come. 

106 days from today we will officially be “Mr & Mrs Herman”!  It’s been a very exciting year and we can’t wait to celebrate with everyone on August 25th! 

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