Here is ...some of... the story of Kevin and I :)
The Day We Met - September 17, 2007
It was the beginning of sophomore year at BYU and I walked into the Cougareat (BYU's food court in the Wilkinson building). I was wearing dance clothes and I didn't have time to go back to my apartment and change after practice. Now these dance clothes aren't that cute. I wore black tights with a black folk dance skirt paired with a shade shirt and an Abercrombie & Fitch zip up hoodie. I even had curled my hair in the ponytail for practice which was an accomplishment. It was one of those things you do early in the semester before you get lazy every day. I wasn't able to schedule a lunch date with any of my friends because it was early in the semester and we didn't have our lunch times planned out. I never had really eaten alone and that is what I had planned to do.
I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to eat so I walked around deciding between the different options. I decided on Tomasito's, an Italian cafe. It was a really busy and crowded day in the Cougareat and I didn't know where the end of the line was so I asked some guys, "Is this the end of the line?" Kevin then said, "No, but you can cut with us." So I cut in front of Kevin and Aaron Powell (one of Kevin's best friends). Somehow it got brought up that Kevin played Baseball for BYU and Aaron ran track for BYU. I hadn't heard the best stories about some of the guys on the team the year before so I asked Kevin "Oh, so you're one of those guys..." Kevin didn't really understand what I was talking about and said he just got off a mission from Milan, Italy, so that was reassuring, ha. Then Kevin got a phone call while standing in line and I talked with Aaron. We all ordered our food and then Kevin asked "Do you want to sit with us?" And I said "Yes, actually, I have no one to sit with today!" So I followed him and Aaron to a table and their friends Andrew Dougherty and Bryce Merrill met up with them.
I met Kevin's friends and we all made small talk. They talked about where they served their missions. For some reason I had no clue what to say to returned missionaries (RM's). I felt like I had to ask a ton of questions about their mission but I wasn't sure because I hadn't hung out with many before sophomore year. (I'm such a dork.) We talked about where everyone is from and I offended his friend Andrew because I made fun of his home state, California (he didn't understand my sarcasm.)
I found out Kevin's foot was broken still from when he broke it on his mission playing soccer a few months ago. The doctors in Italy did not take care of it well! Ironically my foot was having problems from a stress fracture from dancing too much the prior semester. Then Kevin talked about how much he wanted to learn how to dance and how I should give him private clogging lessons. If you don't know what clogging is, see it here. Somehow I didn't even think much about his broken foot and kind of thought he was serious...yeah right! :)
We finished eating our Italian food and that was Kevin's first and "last" time he ever ate there! He complained about the quality and authenticity of the Italian food. It was nothing compared to what he ate in Italy (obviously!) [It was his "last" time eating there until we decided to have a year reunion there with his friends to remember our meeting haha.]
It was time to head to our individual classes and we walked out of the Wilkinson center together. As we were walking outside we realized we never introduced ourselves and didn't even know each other's names! I found out his name was Kevin and I was Ashley! Then he asked for my number and talked about us possibly hanging out that week. He asked me about my schedule that week and I acted like I was really busy so we would have to text or talk later. Gotta play hard to get!
After school, I went on Facebook and showed my friend Shayla Forsey the guy I just met. Yes, I totally stalked him and looked at ALL of his pictures! I thought he had pretty blue eyes.
I texted him the next day,
September 18, 2007 (actually his birthday but I didn't know) and said something about wondering when I was going to teach him clogging and he totally did not reply! Not a very smooth move for me haha.
The next day,
September 19, 2007, he texted me in my Physical Science class actually, wondering if I was going to be at the Cougareat for lunch again. I had other plans so we planned to meet later that night after I had parade rehearsal (the Folk dancers dance in the BYU Homecoming parade each year).
I drove over to his apartments at Marriage Cove (er...Carriage Cove) and got lost trying to find his building/apartment. I remember I was SO annoyed because I couldn't understand his directions haha. Anyways, I was totally wearing skinny jeans with a purple Ralph Lauren polo and flats (I remember outfits SO well...don't judge lol.) We decided to watch The Pursuit of Happiness...worst movie ever! It was so boring and I kept asking him questions about his mission...I didn't know what else to say! And he held my hand...for the most of the movie! After the movie he asked me if he could kiss me and I said, "Maybe not the first time we're hanging out...well, if you want to." I tried to play hard to get and then didn't commit fully haha so we didn't. I remember loving his smile and his laugh. He was just wearing a blue BYU Baseball sweat suit and he looked great!
We hung out that Saturday night at one of the BYU Baseball player's house, Sean McNaughton. I brought all of my girls from King Henry Apartments and we hung out with the Baseball guys. Here we are! We played card games, watched a scary movie, and made s'mores! Kevin started calling me beautiful in Italian and who knows what and of course I liked it :)
Sean McNaughton, Lexy Reber, me, Nancy Pulsipher, & Kevin