a great woman we all know by the name of marilyn monroe once said,
"i believe that everything happens for a reason. people change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
[my life has done exactly this]
over the past couple of years, my life has been a series of ups-and-downs, but somehow, i've managed to maintain a smile on my face through it all. they say that love happens when you least expect it. love happens the moment you stop looking for it. happiness happens the moment you realize you deserve it. and the greatest part of your life happens the moment you choose to start living it. i can testify of all of these things thanks to a very special someone who came into my life 3-4 months ago.
after a random run-in with daren at al's on new years eve, we managed to stay in touch here and there until one boring tuesday night in february; daren tricked me into going on a date with him late that night around 9 o'clock to the olive garden. (let me explain what i mean when i say 'tricked'... daren had said that he and "the guys" weren't doin' anything and so "maybe we should all do something". not having hung out with this group of boys for over 3 years, i agreed, and waited for the group to come pick me up. when "the guys" came to get me, i soon discovered that "the guys" had become "the guy", and that guy was daren michael yates... turns out the "guys" were never part of the plan at all... sly lil' guy.) at the olive garden, we enjoyed our meal together (daren's parmesan crusted bistecca - "without the stuff on the asparagus", and my my white chocolate raspberry cheesecake) and talked non-stop. after we finished, we decided to go back to daren's to watch tv, a movie, or something else insignificant. we plopped down on the couch and flipped on the tv. daren had recorded the try-outs of american idol and asked if i wanted to watch them, and of course, i agreed.
[and this, my friends, is how it all got started with us]
whether they're big things or little things, over the past 3-4 months, daren has gone above and beyond to make me happy. i'm carefree, i'm giddy, i'm silly, i'm curious, i'm dreamy, i'm daring, i'm hopeful, i'm lively, i'm peaceful, i'm relaxed, i'm inspired, and i'm amazed. i don't know what or how he's done to do what he's done to me, but i'm not complaining one little bit. i'm finally happy, andi love it. i wouldn't trade the feeling that i'm feeling for anything in the world. he has adorned and spoiled me from the beginning - from the meaningful little comments he says, to the adventures and gifts he surprises me with - and he says that i "haven't seen anything yet!" if i think that's as far as the adorning is going to go. he treats me like a princess. he makes me feel like a million bucks. he makes me his number one priority. he makes me feel special - like i never have felt before.
below are just a few snapshots of the(little&big) things that daren does for me on a regular basis... ♥
treating me to the justin bieber movie. taking me to idaho for my first time experience with lotto tickets. last-minute disney on ice date surprise. spoiling me with all of my treat cravings (most often ice cream).
dinner dates, shopping, showing him where i grew up, and jazz games in salt lake. acting like a child with me in my celebration of every holiday.
with one another, and friends and family, we took advantage of our last few weeks together before daren left for the summer.
"She wants juice! That's all she ever wants!" I'm a gangster at heart. Music is my life. My face tells all. I'm scared of fish. I love buying underwear. I take pictures like it's nobody's business. First impressions stick with me. My laugh gets the best of me. Bubble baths are amazing. ProPro is my car. I'm indecisive. I love old people. I cry easily in movies. I will go to Fiji and Italy before I die. I dance everywhere I go. My dream car is a Range Rover Sport. My teddybear's name is Picadilly. I am blunt. I am sarcastic. I overpack. I'd rather be in sweats. I quote song lyrics and movie quotes regularly. I make up my own words. I keep my car cleaner than my room. I sing even if I don't know the words. I give everything 110%. I get distracted easily. I miss being a little kid. I don't work out. I'm tender hearted. I know a lot of people, and if I don't know you, I'll get to know you. I believe that hugs are medicine for everything. I've never had breakfast in bed. I have a love/hate relationship with candy. I end up buying myself things when I go gift shopping for other people. I've never been and I'm dying to go back East. I legitimately want to date a boy in a band.