Fake Prom 2011

 This day is very special to me.
Two years ago Hunter surprised me with "fake" Prom! 
It's a pretty long story though so bear with me!

Back when I was a junior in high school and Hunter was a senior, we had a few problems...
The first being, I had a HUGE crush on Hunter.
The second problem was that I had no idea how he felt about me.
He'd flirt and joke with me, but he did with that with other girls too.
He kissed me on my 17th birthday and then shortly after, told me he just wanted to be friends. 
{That was December 2011}

Flash forward to May 2011.
I still didn't really know how he felt about me.
We were still best friends despite all the confusion and mixed signals.
Well, May came around.
And for any girl that ever went to high school... you know what that means. Yup.

Now, being a teenager girl, Prom seemed to be the most important part of the year.
Getting asked in a cute way, beautiful dresses, hair, makeup, pictures...
It's all fabulous!
Unless you don't get asked.

I was just hoping that Hunter would ask me.
I mean, it's his senior prom. He didn't have a girlfriend. We were best friends.
Makes sense, right?
Apparently "best friend" means you don't really exist and aren't a candidate for Prom...
So he complained about not having someone to ask. Over and over and OVER again.
{Uhm, hello, do I NOT exist?!}
Anyways, he didn't end up going to his SENIOR PROM.
I ended up not getting asked by anyone else. 
{Not that I would want to go with anyone else...}
And you could say I was upset FURIOUS.

But, despite how hurt I was,
we continued to be best friends.
We spent a lot more time together towards the end of May.
The last day of school came and I got him an awesome graduation present.
I don't know what got into him, but it suddenly dawned on him that I was a real person.
And on May 30th, 2011, he asked me to be his girlfriend.
{I'll save that story for another time!}

Well, anyways, happy happy Erica, I finally got what I wanted after a whole entire school year. We were extremely happy and loved being around each other.
But, there was a tiny part of me that was still upset about Prom.
I mean, he graduated.
We would never be able to go to his senior prom together.
You could say my dreams were a little crushed.

On Hunter's 18th birthday, 
my friends wanted to go shopping for dresses for our girls night the next day.
We were going to get dressed up, and go out to eat.
I remember my friends wanting to go to DEB, a prom dress store.
All I could think was, really guys?
They made me try on dress after dress.
It was just a reminder that I didn't go to prom.
Well, I found one that I really liked, and it was purple, my favorite color.
Guess how much it was?
So I bought it.

The next day, Friday, July 15th, I woke up and everything felt wrong.
I didn't want to do anything.
I complained all morning.
I slept over at Megan's house and she randomly wanted to do my hair.
So I let her.
She curled it and made it look nice.
I put my dress on, and she put one on too and we took a few pictures together.

We met up with Dominique and went to a fancy restaurant right next to Falcon Field.

Deep down, I was hoping this was some crazy set up and Hunter would be there!
Well, he wasn't.
I scanned the parking lot to find his car, and it wasn't there.
I was devastated and my heart sank.
At that point, I was pretty much done with the whole thing.
I got my hopes up, and they were crushed.

Well, we sit down and the waitress comes over and hands me an envelope.
Inside the envelope was this note:

I looked around the room, and there he was near the entrance.
Dressed in a suit and tie, looking handsome as ever!
I couldn't even believe what was going on.

This was my shocked/happiest girl alive face:)

My AMAZING friends even had a corsage made for me and a boutonniere for him:)
It was so special.

But it got EVEN better.
Dinner was just part one.

Prom isn't just dinner.
Prom should involve a day activity...

So for part two, he blindfolded me and we drove somewhere.
Our day activity, was watching the sun set together.
He brought chairs and found this absolutely beautiful spot.
He even carried me up a hill to get there.

But the night wasn't over yet.
He blindfolded me again and drove me to part three; the dance.

When we got there, he had me sit in the car and wait for him to set up.
When he took off my blindfold, this is what I saw...

The dance portion of the night!

We were at Falcon Field, in the exact spot where he had asked me to be his girlfriend just a few short months before!

We drank Dr. Pepper, and danced the night away.
It was a magical night filled with so much love and happiness.
It definitely made up for him not taking me to his senior prom! :)

But do you want to know the best part of it all?
When it was time for MY senior prom, an entire year later, it was held at... 
{drum roll please}
The place where he had asked me to be his girlfriend.
The place where he took me to "fake" Prom in 2011.
And the place where we danced, once again, at REAL prom 2012.

What a crazy/wonderful/magical coincidence<3

The moral of the story, is that I love this day.
I love this boy.
And I love my wonderful friends that made it all happen.

Happy July 15th everyone! :)

Hunter's 20th birthday!

This cute boy is.... 

20 years old!

I can hardly believe it.
We met when I was sixteen years old!
Now he is no longer a "teenager".

He had a wonderful birthday, which makes me SO happy :)
Hunter deserves to feel special, because he is.

Feel free to read all about his wonderful week here!

Hunter's sweet parents invited me over on Sunday for his birthday.
We had a delicious meal & went through his baby scrapbook {he was the cutest kid ever}
 I cuddled with Taco {his dog} and watched a movie {part of it anyways}
We made a birthday video of all of us wishing {singing} him a happy birthday!
I blew out the candle on his birthday "cake" {but it was really a brownie}
It was a lot of fun and I am so grateful for his sweet family:)

Happy 20th birthday Hunter Curtis Hoopes!
Only one more until we are together again.


Sparks fly

Why hello there.
Happy 4th of July!

I am really missing Hunter on this beautiful Thursday night.
Fireworks. Sparks. Laughter. Smiles.
SO many memories and it's crazy that he's not here this year!

Here's a picture from last year:)

We went to Schnepf Farm to watch the fireworks with Carson (his little brother)
We waited in line for HOURS so Carson could do this bungee jump trampoline thing.
Hunter kindly stood in a huge line and got us kettle corn!
We watched the fireworks show and in the middle of it all, I felt a huge pain on my leg.
I look down and there is like a small, hot, circular piece of firework right next to me!
The crazy thing is, the fireworks were fired over a mile away from us.
We had NO idea how one of the remnants made it's way towards me
Pretty crazy, right?!
Definitely a night I won't ever forget.

Oh by the way, I still have that little firework ball.
 It just reminds me that sparks fly whenever you smile.
(T-Swift reference in case you didn't know...)

Holidays are pretty difficult for me, honestly, they aren't my favorite thing in the world...
Until Hunter came around. Then they became the BEST days of the year.
I would actually look forward to the 4th of July, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, you name it!
My family isn't huge on celebrating holidays.
Typically, they are just normal days (but with more food).
Hunter wanted to make every holiday special though.

We did all the typical festivities for each holiday.
On, Halloween we carved pumpkins and ate pumpkin seeds.
On Christmas, we decorated a gingerbread house.
On Thanksgiving, we broke the wishbone together.
On the 4th of July, we went out to watch firework shows.
On birthdays, we got free goodies from a variety of places.
On New Years, we kissed at midnight and lit sparklers.
 You get the point, right?
This is the first holiday I've spent without Hunter, and it's pretty difficult.
I just keep thinking about all the fun times we had.

BUT, I know he is where he needs to be:)
I know he misses me too, I know he remembers our holidays together,
I know that one day he will be home and we will spend the holidays right next to each other.

I seriously can't wait for that beautiful day when I get to hug that sweet man again!
Until then, I guess I am just going to have to used to my holidays without Hunter.
I'll find new things to do, like online shopping... Retail therapy at it's finest.

No, but really. 
Life is meant to be lived.
Regardless of the circumstances, life can't be put on hold.
Smile, love, have fun, and be grateful for each day you have<3

Happy 4th of July everyone!
Hope you all had a great time:)