Thursday, March 12, 2009

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Salmon - Yes my name is now Jemaica Salmon...

Many of you already know our story due to the fact that it was all I could talk about for a good year, or maybe you were actually there to witness the many ups and downs of our relationship, but for the rest of you, here it is! I'll try to keep it as entertaining as possible.

Troy and I first met in November of 2006. He was actually dating a girl I had become friends with in one of my classes at BYU-Idaho. Her and I were working in the Library on a group project and Troy decided to come and take her to lunch. She introduced us and the three of us sat and spoke for a little while as we made some final touches to our project and I ranted about the computer I was using and how angry it was making me. Troy just sat there and laughed at me, I was sure he thought I was a crazy person, but surprised me when he blurted out how he HAD to set me up with his best friend Paul. I of course said yes because, let's face it, I was desperate. No offense Paul :)

Well we ended up going on a couple double dates, but things didn't pan out with Paul romantically and Troy and his girlfriend ended up breaking things off also . Throughout it all some great friendships were being formed and I started hanging out with the guys more and more. Off and on Troy and I would find each other harboring feelings for one another, but they never went anywhere because we were sure the other was not interested. I still remember the time Troy told me I was an "Attractive Girl". My stomach flip flopped and my mind quickly raced to the thoughts of romance, hand holding, and wedding bells... until I was rudely awakened by another thought saying "Snap out of it Jemaica, it was just a friendly compliment" oh but I was wrong!! So our friendship blossomed when a group of us headed to Nampa, Idaho for a little weekend getaway.

Turns out Troy was hoping for a little action that weekend, but never got it! Haha! By the time the summer break came I considered Troy a good friend and had a baby crush on him. And by baby crush I really mean I secretly registered for a class I knew he was taking in the fall! Hehe! Oh come on, you know you've thought about it!

I was ecstatic to find out that Troy and Paul were coming to Canada for a visit at the end of the summer. I showed them around Calgary and went to Banff for some camping. We had a blast and Troy and I were flirting like mad, I was SO excited.

Well by the time Troy left Canada I was pretty sure we were going to start dating and we were only a week away from starting a new semester and seeing each other again. That week could not have gone any slower for me. When I got to Rexburg I had realized that I had left my cell phone back in Canada and so it took me some time to be able to get a hold of Troy. Turns out he had texted me a few times and was really bummed out when I never wrote back. We finally got a hold of each other and basically hung out every day the rest of that week. Our first "Date" was a funny transition from the friends zone to something more. Troy and I were just hanging out after class and decided we were hungry and would go grab something to eat, next thing I knew he was opening my doors and paying for my food! I thought, wow this is new! It took

Troy about two weeks to actually make a move, I remember going home to my roommates every night and they would ask me if something had happened and I would dramatically drop to the floor and so NO! I jokingly asked them to remember me in their prayers. Later I found out that one actually really did pray that Troy would do something, I guess she hadn't gotten to know my sense of humor quite yet! Well the first hand holding happened at one of my roommates soccer games, I mentioned that my hands were freezing and Troy took the opportunity and warmed them up for me! The first kiss took place after a marshmallow fight, it was all over us and we went to the bathroom to clean up. I guess I had a little marshmallow on my lip that Troy to the liberty of helping me with!

Things were great and we were super happy until about a month in when Troy started to get a little freaked out. You see Troy had some serious commitment issues and this was usually about the point in a relationship where he would take off running! Well let's just say I had tied his shoelaces together so he didn't get far! We worked things out and kept going. We usually had to deal with his anxiety attacks on a monthly basis, but still kept going. I would just tell myself he was scared because he knew I was the one... it made me feel better ok? So this went on for 5 months at which point Troy couldn't take it anymore, his anxiety got the best of him and we broke up. I was devasted, I had been sure we were going to get married and we had already been talking about it. It was a huge shock for everyone and for the next two months I went through life like a depressed zombie. It all seemed like a bad dream. Suddenly Troy started to show up in places and we were "running into" each other a lot more often and talking and flirting again, I loved it and hated it all at the same time. One day I snapped, it was just getting way too hard and I drove to his apartment so we could talk. I told him I couldn't keep doing this anymore because my heart was still too invested in him and I wanted to be able to say hello when I saw him and that was all. Well after some more talking Troy came out and told me how he missed me and would find excuses to run into me and couldn't stop thinking about me! Suddenly we were hugging and it felt as if I just woke up from a really horrible nightmare and everything was going to be ok!

Slowly but surely things got back to normal again and they were better than ever. Troy was sure he wanted to be with me and was planning his proposal. I had gone back home to Canada for another summer, but I was sure now that we were going to get married. Troy went and got a ring and was planning to surprise me one weekend in Calgary, but I ended up finding out about the surprise and told him because I felt so guilty. He was so mad at me! He decided at that moment that the only way he was going to catch me off guard was if he came the next day. So the next morning he got up way early and spoke to my parents on the web cam to ask my dad's permission (they were on their mission in Indonesia at the time, but were about to get home) and went and picked up my ring, went to one class and jumped in the car to start his long drive. He covered all his bases so I would have no clue. It was 10 p.m. on a Thursday night and I was waiting for Troy's usual phone call and decided that I would do my nails in case he decided to come surprise me the next day. I wanted my nails to look good with my ring! Next thing I knew there was a knock on the door and I was thinking who on earth could that be? I opened the door and there he was on one knee and he BLURTED out "Will you marry me?" It was a great surprise!

We had a reception in Calgary the week before we got married and were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on August 15th. It was a gorgeous day and had a reception in his parents backyard that night. It was all so perfect!

Troy and I went on our honeymoon at Zion's National Park and Las Vegas. We had a blast.

I began my internship at the church headquarters and Troy began working for his family's HVAC company right away and suddenly we've been married for 7 months! Life is pretty great right now and it's only getting better!!

I'm really impressed with those of you who are still reading this. You must really like me! I mostly just wanted to have our story down in writing! I hope you enjoyed it!!


Suzanne Lee said...

Wow Jemaica! I have had your blog link on my blog for almost a year and you've never updated it... not once. I'm so happy you did that recap of your relationship, I've heard it here and there before but it's always entertaining to read about it, very romantic too. I miss you dearly, I wish you weren't so far and it was easy to go for lunch or just hang out. But I'm so thankful that everytime I do see you things seem to pick up right where they left off. So one day we'll just have tons to catch up on. I can't believe you've been married 7 months already- time flies! I'm so happy for you both, you're great together. I love you :)
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Megan said...

Jemaica! i loved reading your story again. It's so romantic. I also never got to tell you how much I love your wedding dress. It was perfection!

Alyson Cowley said...

So, I know this is SO after the fact, but I LOVED reading this blog!!! It is probably one of the cutest stories I've ever heard. And, it gives me an inkling of hope for my own future!! :)