Yesterday, Stacey asked a great question that I couldn’t wait to blog about. Not only am I happy to share the story of my relationship with Jon, I think it will be a great post to look back on in the future. I’m typically awful at taking pictures and documenting everything so I love that aspect of blogging!
Jon and I were both employees at a convenience store/ gas station in our town called Stewarts. Stewarts is a locally owned company that is close to my heart. All of the dairy and egg products for sale at Stewarts come from local farms here in NY! I love their milk and their ice cream is out of this world, but back to Jon and I
We both worked at Stewarts for a while, but we worked opposite shifts. I worked 6-2:30 and he worked 2:30- close. We rarely worked together but he was always coming in as I headed out. Fast forward like 6 months and I had quit working at Stewarts but I got a friend request from Jon on Facebook. After a little chit-chat back and forth I invited him and a friend of his, who my friend knew pretty well, over for a bonfire.
Here is a picture from the first night we hung out together:
We hung out until the wee hours of the morning and from then on out we spent a lot of time together. The bonfire was in October and by January, we were an “official” couple.
Jon has opened my eyes to so many new things. I lived a rather sheltered life in my little town. Jon introduced me to so many things that I never would have considered making part of my small town life.
Jon’s family is a skiing family. My family on the other hand doesn’t have a single skier. The first time Jon brought me to a ski mountain I was completely amazed with the flying ball things (the gondola). I never anticipated that I would learn to ski and to be honest I never thought I could. I am extremely afraid of heights, but Jon was always patient and encouraging and wanted to involve me in something that is a major part of his life. Despite the MANY tears and frustrations, Jon was always supportive and stood by my side. He was there to help me up when I fell (many times) and to cheer me on the first time I made it down a run without a single wipeout. I would have given up without Jon’s support, but I’m so glad I didn’t Skiing is one of my favorite activities!
My first chair lift ride, with my eyes open (that fear of heights thing, ya know)
Jon took me to my first hockey game, had no idea what a Zamboni was prior to this night. It was a shocker to see this big machine drive out on the ice!:
In November 2008 I took my first plane ride out to Kansas City, MO to celebrate Thanksgiving and Jon’s Grandmothers 90th birthday. We had a great time and it was wonderful to meet Jon’s family.
T Rex Cafe in Kansas City:
I plan everything. I make schedules and lists like its my job, Jon on the other hand is always ready for an adventure. Jon’s internship took him to NJ for the summer of 2009. As result we spent many weekends exploring the area. I would come down with a list a places that I wanted to visit and their addresses, but even the best planning falls short on occasion. One of those days when we were at a loss for things to do we decided to go for a drive. We ended up on the Tappan Zee Bridge (another first for me!) and before I knew it we stumbled upon this place:
Lyndhurst is a beautiful place to visit and explore. Had I been alone, I never would have known it was there, but with Jon’s encouragement to check things out a little more, I got to explore this amazing house!
Playing in the trees at Lyndhurst:
Many times my shy personality gets the best of me. I avoid a lot of great experiences because I don’t know what to expect. Jon always encourages me to try new things and meet new people and he is always by my side for support.
Meeting Easton Corbin after a great concert:
My final semester of grad school was brutal. I was miserable and stressed out, but made it through. As a congratulations, Jon planned a great weekend in NYC! We drove 1/2 way and then took the train into the city. It was a weekend full of subway rides and new sites to see. We visited the top of the Empire State Building at night. We were up there for a long time before Jon finally convinced me to look at the gorgeous view (heights, remember?). I’m so glad that I looked, it was an amazing sight to see.
A visit to the Olympic Ski Jumps in Lake Placid:
It took A LOT of convincing to get me to stand up on the 26 story ski jump. I actually backed up to this point to take the picture. No amount of encouragement could get me to turn around on the slippery and windy platform
Skiing from the top of Whiteface was a major goal of mine! To be able to ski from the top of an olympic mountain is an amazing accomplishment for this girl. I never would have made it to this point without Jon by my side!
I am happy to say that I have found a person who completes me. I have become a stronger and more determined person. Jon has enriched my life and inspired me in so many ways. What more can I ask for? I am truly blessed.