That one time in a garage with bunnies
I am not a writer or any good at grammar. I will start this by saying.
Almost three years ago I meet my future wife. I didn’t know it at that time. This innocent woman recently had friended me on Facebook. Probably cause it suggested her or we had some common friends, but in the end I accepted. From there we started instant messaging. I immediately asked her to send me money. It is to this day an on going joke. Oh and she still doesn’t. From there it only blossomed.
Cut to our first “date” it was at a pizza place in lacy Washington when I first saw her amazing beauty. The other half of her in her super smart son and her open heart. Still reserved as she wasn’t just meeting me but part of my “entourage” in some of my best friends. Austin and Rene put her through the questions and I taught her son how to unlock an iPhone and find the games. From here it was a typical courting game just add 200 miles and lots of phone call dates with texting non stop.
Our next adventure was the first valentines day. I surprised her with a weekend trip to the picturesque hood river. With a room on the water with an amazing view. We walked all the falls. I fell in trying to follow her crazy ass down some logs with my camera. No damage came to the camera. Me however, I was a bit bruised in the ego and body. All in all the weekend I fell in complete love with Heidi.
Time passes. We become best friends with many smaller adventures and fond memories. She moves to oregon to be with me. Mind you this is the big step for her and her son. Leaving all family and support for me. A sarcastic dick with some asshole tendencies. Aka Shawn W.
Let keep this moving.
We had been talking about marriage and our future. Also about the upcoming Leavenworth drive. I put a few things together. Talked to just about everyone but Heidi of course. Had all these plans that eventually got done. True story is I didn’t propose to my best friend on the bridge like so many of you were lead to believe. In true fashion I walked into the hotel room and was so nervous and it had looked like she was already crying. I read too much into and dropped to one knee and she really started crying. I handed her a Johnny cupcakes gift box with the ring and well we all know she said yes.
A year or so of planning. Scheduling. Tasting. Questions. Questions. Of course a few answers. We had a wedding set up. Groomsmen. Bridesmaids. A best men. And two maids of honor.
The guest list however was ever changing. Always planning and honestly the hardest part. Trying to nail it. It was good enough for us. We had the right amount of people. Heidi knowing that I am a big community guy. Having hundreds of friends wanting to be there and be able to share. She created an after party. We will touch base on that a little more in a bit. There were definitely some peeps I need there They came through for me. Made it so much more special these are car people that have turned into life long friends. Compadres. Sometime some would say life parters! Josh Bean, Chris Hajjar, Austin Staunton, and Wyman Washington all flew in. Some taking the long Route thanks to TSA!
Wedding attire. This was an easy hard task ha. I thought one thing. The. I thought Heidi’s way lol. One thing I never let go of was my tie selection. Had to I cooperate the designer we both love. So we ordered a ties. Red with gold cupcake crossbones. I really wanted a different color but the had sold out. We settled. About a week before the wedding they released an all black and I swooped it. Not forgetting about the wifey. Telling her to get a new tank top as well. So we were set. What about kicks you say? K owning me like my boys do. We wanted custom nikes. Well long story short. They are expensive ha! All white Air Force 1’s were had. Our attire is set!
Heidi did just about everything with the help of a few friends and her mother! I was a passenger on this ship until the days before this wedding.
Yes I am skipping the bachelor party details. Should have been there. Bro, come at me!
Wedding week. I work a little. I make calls to guests. I secure plans. Thursday comes. I head to the beach with Brett Kirk the best man and one of those life partners I was talking about before. Some much needed time with him! Hours go by. We kill them with a few drinks and some games of battleship and Life. Needless to say I rock at life! Then my long distance friends start arriving. We continue on for hours reliving past moments and making new ones.
Friday. Friends friends friends more friends and family and the rehearsal! Good times getting a little nervous! Even though I would deny it all weekend! I then leave my future with to hang out with everyone at the animal house. One of the best nights of my life! Photos and conversations about the infamous 45 mins. Ending with me and Sam
Dobbins shutting the night down.
Oh my god wedding day. I wake up and am back over to animal house for breakfast and to get dressed for the wedding with my groomsmen. I arrive to a feast pre-parred by Dave Kruger. One of my oldest friends and well amazing chef! We eat and well go shopping lol. Nike store for last minute socks and well shoes.
Time to head off for photos. This was all done by my good friend Jerald Winfrey. Amazing photographer! It’s also the first time I get blown away by how beautiful my bride was! We boss out some kick ass photos of sexy people! Then it’s time for that big moment.
Wedding time. Let me tell you this without Rene Raham, Brett Kirk, Austin Staunton, and Dave Kruger. I would have been a complete mess. Lost.
Seeing guests arrive. Greeting them. Seeing my mom. All humbling
Watching my sons sit people help with the wedding. While small its still great to watch them grow. Help me grow!
Holy shit. Ed Wilson and I are walking down the isle. Not for that type of wedding. I could not have ask for a better person to be Wed by. I then get to watch my best friends come down after me. Then my amazing wife to be walk with her father and son! Such a great moment in my life! Those that have been in my situation can probably attest to this.
Our vows were awesome. In true fashion of my never a dull moment. My xbox was brought up. I was lauging so much. Then looked at Heidi and said “you better stay off my xbox”. I get to say the words that bond us. The I do’s Put another ring on her finger and one on mine. Turn around and the celebration begins.
Some dancing! Then some food! Some very kind words from the people I care about the most! I almost lost it. I have never in my life been so humbled. At the same time proud of all of them for saying the moving and some what inspirational words. Bretts best man speech was amazing. Listening to my best friend get nervous and praising me as a father a friend and brother is one of the fondest moments in my life. Then there is Rene. My ninja. My Porterican bro! The guy that has seen me at some low points and gotten me through them. Austin. What can I say. Your speech lost you a bet! It also let people see a side of us both. We are emotional and big hearted men. Dave dude life partner for real. Whitney my little cousin starting adulthood. You will be a fine young woman. You are a strong and smart and will lead yourself to great things. Black Chris. Yup I said it. You are amazing always there to cheer us up! Last but not least Sham Wobbins (Mr. Samuel Dobbin). Your words mean a ton to me. I never thought of my self as a mentor till you said it. Just always though of you as a great great friend. Thank you all. I really almost broke down.
Rock on Tokyo!! Haha
The best part…… Besides getting hitched. Was the bonfire. Seeing all these people hanging out around a fire. Chatting. Making good memories around my day was inspiring. Moving if you will. Not often you have a friend dedicated to bringing a jäger machine to the beach. Buying 300 feet of extension cords and stretching it from the second floor of the hotel. We had music thanks to Mike Toliver. Smores with the worlds shortest sticks. I found myself stepping back alot. Watching these people I love dearly just interact. While realizing they came here for me and Heidi. They are all my extended family. I have embraced them and them us. I totally prepared Heidi by saying I was going to get stupid wasted. In the end I wasn’t drunk off of alcohol but smiling and happy to be surrounded by those people close to me from all over this continent.
Lets end this rambling mess.
Thanks to all of you for making this the most fun wedding I have been too. Yes I am biased. Without all of you it would not of happened!
Live to love love to live. I have read this statement all of my life. Thanks Dad!
Just four of them. Give or take a couple days at this point. Well 32 days exactly. This day that is coming up is real. It’s important. It marks the day I make my best friend for the last 3 years my official partner in crime! My better half. My WIFE. I have called her wifey for ever! It has been an on going thing. I have confused friends and family members by doing so. This has been fun I will admit.
We recently got to go back and celebrate our engagement at the Leavenworth drive. It wasn’t all that I could hope for and it was just a poor choice in places to stay. I will leave it at that. So we left in the middle of the “fun” and drove back to Maple Valley. I still got to spend time with her and some friends and that is what mattered to me the most.
Now I feel as if I should be a little nervous or cold feet, but that isn’t happening. Well at least not yet. I expect something to bring that on. I feel as if it will be more of do I deserve a woman as good as her. Rather than what am I doing here. I don’t thing I could ever love someone more.
I keep giving her shit because she is going to have a few parties. Bachorette and Bridal shower. Probably something at her office too. This is all fine. I don’t care. I just like the ammunition to give her grief. She brings up my bachelor party and all that. I said I don’t get gifts. I get wasted and that isn’t the best gift.
To end this I will say in FOUR WEEKS I get to once again make the girl I love the happiest I can!
You are correct. This is a MKII actually functioning in rain!! He also didn’t have a ziptie so I am unsure if I can call him a true MKII owner.
Sunny in seaside!
Pretty much sums up what happened Saturday. haha
Time to reflect on what went down in vegas this last weekend. I will probably write something more later. Tryin to put thoughts to page more and more. I should have gone to english class more.
A photo I took back in 09 WOW seems like yesterday
Dubs n motion son