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We have decided that the first Friday of every month will be First Friday. These will be stories of our firsts! First date, first concert, first random break dancing stories. You get the idea. So what better first would there be to start us off than our First Date!

Ryan and I actually were officially dating before we ever officially went on a date. We hung out a lot at our respective houses or with a group of friends, but had not been anywhere special with just the two of us. Most of our weekends were packed with social events, so it was hard to fit in time for just the two of us. One night in late March, we decided that it was about time to officially go on a date. We had to pick a week night since all of our weekends were full, and we didn’t have time to do much, so we decided to just go out for dinner. I let Ryan pick the place, and he chose J. Alexander’s.

A couple of my hometown friends ended up having a baby that day, so I went to visit them with my friend and bridesmaid Livi right after work. (Baby Peyton was such a cutie and is now a big sister to 1 ½ other girls! Time flies!) Ryan picked me up from the hospital, and we went over to the J. Alexander’s on West End. We had a great time at dinner (J. Alexander’s is always a good choice), and I even met one of Ryan’s high school friends who was working there at the time. It was getting pretty late, and we both had to work the next day, so we started to wrap up the evening when I realized—I didn’t have my purse! And my car keys were in my purse, so I couldn’t go anywhere!

Let me take a moment to point out that if you read our Love Story, you will notice some irony here. One of the first times Ryan and I ever hung out, I left my car keys in his car and had to stop by his house later to pick them up. Now, on our first official date, I left my car keys in someone else’s car. It seemed like a common theme in those early days of our relationship.

Livi lives in Nashville, and my car was at her house. So under normal circumstances, Ryan could have just dropped me off at her place, and I could have gotten my purse and car keys and car all at the same place. Unfortunately, Livi was house sitting for her cousin in Fairview that night, so my car keys were in her car in Fairview (which was like a 40 minute drive from Livi’s house). So Ryan had to drive me all the way out to Fairview to get my car keys and then all the way back to Livi’s place in Nashville to get my car. We actually hung out with Livi for a bit before heading back, so it ended up being a much later night than either of us expected. But we had a great time and got some great one-on-one time on the ride out to Fairview and back. In fact, most people complain because dinner and a movie doesn’t seem like the best way to get to know someone (during dinner you have food in your mouth and you don’t talk during a movie). So having dinner and a road trip on our first date was perfect. Besides, I love road trips!


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