5 years ago today, I started dating the love of my life who I now call my husband. It still feels like just yesterday we were hanging out for the first time, cuddled up on his parents' couch watching 28 Days Later and talking about everything under the sun. I was so excited to even be hanging out with such a hottie, that I literally called all my friends to tell them I was on my way to hang out with THE TAYLOR BAIRD. It was kind of a big deal. He thinks it's hilarious to tell me now that back then I was really just supposed to be a booty call. But I guess it's me who gets the last laugh, because now he's mine for the long haul.
How did he know I was the one, you might ask? The first time we ever hung out, I pulled Starbursts out of my purse and ate them. ACTUALLY ATE THEM. IN FRONT OF A GUY. At that time, girls were always embarrassed to eat around guys, ya know? But not this fatty. Hey, at least he knew what he was getting into from day one. Ever since then, we have been completely inseparable, other than the fact that we may or may not have broken up about a million times, but who was counting?
5 years ago also marks the day of the first time he told me he loved me. Okay, maybe he didn't actually LOVE me after only 5 days of knowing each other, but it still gives me butterflies when I think about that day. Ah, and those were the days. The days when we would meet halfway between our houses just so we could kiss a little before I went to work, the days when I watched literally every move I made because I wanted to seem perfect, the days when I couldn't even fart around him! Those days are gone, and missed, and I loved every second of it, but I am SO glad to be where we are now, farting and all.
Dealing with the stress of the real world--mortgage payments, car payments, bills, work, school--may not be the funnest thing, but it's so much better when you have your best friend there to bring you back down to eartch and remind you that everything will always be okay, because we'll always have each other. (I know, so cliche.) But I am just so lucky to have found someone who knows my imperfections and faults, and still manages to fall more and more in love with me everyday. He is truly the best part about my life and I don't know what I'd do without him in it. I can't wait to see what the next 5 years has in store for us.
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