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Living Happily
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Living Happily

The first time we talked was on a school bus. We had first seen each other earlier in the day in U.S. History class. My first day at my new high school after moving to Maryland – the school counselor escorted me to class, and the teacher told me to sit in the front row, where no one else was sitting. I could feel the eyes of my new classmates on my back.

My sister and I were the new girls at a big school. We quickly found out that classes would be harder and more competitive than the small school we went to in New Mexico. We hashed over all of this on our ride home. My parents had just purchased our house, and we were going to meet them at the new house after our first day. The counselor told us which bus to ride to get home.

Mimi and I stepped onto the bus and found a seat near the front together. We weren't sure where to get off, so when I recognized one of the riders as the cute boy from my History class earlier, I decided to ask him. Guess who the cute boy was?

Young Kris and Scandalous t-shirt
Cute boy Kris

The thing is, Mimi and I got on the wrong bus altogether. Kris did his best to help us get to neighborhood that we lived in – he knew it well since he often played street hockey at the park near it – and we got off the bus at the next stop, deciding to brave our way through the new suburbs on foot. We didn't have cell phones at the time, and didn't have much sense of direction either. Luckily, we happened upon our new street pretty easily after a 30-minute walk through random neighborhoods.

I saw a lot more of "that cute boy" in the weeks that followed. As the term went on, one of Kris's friends asked me if I would like to join their study group for the advanced placement exam. I needed the help, as the move across the country had unsettled my progress in the class, so I took him up on it. The study group included five guys – of them was Kris – and me.

Weeks of studying, and we all passed the exams successfully. All six of us in the study group decided to celebrate our success by a night at the movies. Kris and I sat next to each other, and we nuzzled up to each other all evening at the theater. We officially started dating in May, right after the movies. We had a great summer ahead, as well as our senior year of high school.

Kris and Lolly @ the National Arboretum
Kris and Lolly – 1998

My family loved him, and I quickly fell in love with him too. We were a great match from the beginning. We did the homecoming dance, the prom, the dinner with the parents, the late night phone calls, and holidays-together thing. My family teases me now that we were completely "joined at the hip" at the time. There's no denying it!

Prom 1999
Senior Prom

We got engaged in August 1999. We went to college together, and fell even more in love. We began to plan our lives together. Kris finished college in record time, got a great job, and then the big day arrived: January 5, 2002.

Kris and I celebrated our five-year anniversary yesterday. We scheduled dinner at a nice restaurant in town, dressed up for the occasion, and enjoyed a beautiful evening together. We talked about our future and about our past.

We usually do not do an exchange of gifts for anniversary; right after the holidays and Kris's birthday we tend to have a low-key anniversary, usually dinner out and a nice bottle of wine. Kris decided to step it up this year with some other gifts, and I was completely surprised.

The traditional gift for the 5th wedding anniversary is wood, and Kris got creative in his gift-giving (with excellent tips from Jenna - thanks girlfriend!) He bought some beautiful rosewood needles for me! (Size 4.00mm/US6 circulars and 2.25mm/US 1 double pointed needles) I love his special crafty "take" on the traditional gift!

Rosewood Needles

The modern 5th anniversary gift is "silverware", and we have plenty of that, so Kris got creative again and found some adorable sterling silver earrings – they are shaped like little balls of yarn!

Closeup of earring


And see what I gave him? (Okay, yeah, I just so happened to finish the sweater on our anniversary… but it counts, right?)


Kris's Lopi Pullover

Pattern: Men's Bulky V-Neck Sweater
Pattern Source: Knitting to Go Deck: 25 Chic and Easy Patterns
Yarn: Reynolds Lopi Icelandic Wool in Charcoal
Yarn Source: Inherited from a coworker
Needles: Size US 11 and US 10
Started: December 15th / Finished: January 5th

*More pictures and details on Flickr*


The non-traditional anniversary gift?

Definitely wool.

190 Responses

  1. yuvee

    Happy anniversary!

  2. Kelly B

    That’s the sweetest story ever! When I moved to a new school, all I got were kids making fun of the way I dressed. How lucky for you to find your sweetie! Happy Anniversary.

  3. gleek

    awww, you guys were high school sweethearts! how cute! happy anniversary! the gifts and the sweater all look fantastic. what a great way to celebrate :)

  4. Susan

    Happy Anniversary!!! I met my hubby in highschool, too. We’ll be celebrating out 22nd anniversary this May.

  5. Dusa

    I love Kris’ smiley-squinty eyes; he just gives off the vibe of happy youth!
    I have a feeling he’ll have those same eyes when you are celebrating your 55th anniversary! Congratulations!

  6. Norma

    Happy anniversary, Lolly & Kris! Excellent gifts, all around. And I think Kris enjoys modeling his new sweater.

  7. Allegra

    Wow! Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful love story! Great gifts all round! Blessings for many more great years to come!

  8. maryse

    how cute you two must have been …. happy anniversary kids. and many more happy years together.

  9. elizabooth

    Congrats Lolly! Love comes in so many different ways and at different times of life. How lucky you and Kris are to have met your soul mates at such a young age. Here’s to a beautiful and long life together.

  10. Lara

    How adorable! Happy Anniversary!

    Wool is close to wood. Just add the c shape to the front of the l: d!

  11. Liz

    Happy Anniversary! Great gifts, and Kris’ sweater turned out fabulous!

  12. Robin

    What a great story! Happy anniversary!

  13. Carole

    I loved reading your story of how you met and fell in love. Happy Anniversary!

  14. jodi

    Aw, high school sweethearts, what a happy story! Wishing you guys all the best.

  15. Illanna

    The sweater came out great and the fit looks perfect. I think it’s so cute that he got the wooden needles and silver earrings to go with the anniversary gift list. Maybe when you get to the Golden anniversary, you can knit a metallic jumpsuit ;) Happy Anniversary!

  16. Ann

    Omigosh – that story is too cute! You just made me tear up a little bit.
    Happy anniversary!!

  17. Faith

    Happy Anniversary! What a sweet story, I’m so happy for you both.

  18. Anne

    Happy Anniversary!

  19. hpny knits

    that was fast! where wool is cool! you guys are adorable!

  20. francoise

    Happy Anniversary to you both and many more to come! I love the “traditional” gift he gave you!

  21. kris

    awww! lovely story! happy anniversary and brilliant gifts and fab sweater!

  22. heather

    I love this story and both of you!!!

    happy anniversary pally mine!

  23. --Deb

    Great story! Happy anniversary to you both!

  24. jody

    what a wonderful story. i loved reading it. happy anniversary to you both!

  25. Diane

    Happy fifth anniversary! You two are such a cute couple. May you have many more years of happiness and wedded bliss!

    (the sweater looks great!)

  26. Barb

    Happy Anniversary. What a great couple you are:)

  27. beverly

    Beautiful story! Happy Anniversary!

  28. K2Karen

    Awwww….cute story. And he’s just as cute now as he was then. (Nice sweater, by the way.)

  29. Tara

    You two (and your story) is overwhelmingly cute! Congratulations on your anniversary and on finding the love of your life!

  30. Sarah

    Great story, great sweater, great couple! Happy anniversary and best wishes for many more :)

  31. Jo

    Congratulations – you both are so happy with each other :) I love to see that!

  32. Kristine

    Congratulations! Happy anniversary and happy needles!

  33. Margot

    Awwww. : )

    Happy Anniversary!

    And nice job on the sweater. Looks like Kris likes it, too.

  34. Deb

    Happy Anniversary!

  35. Mouse

    Happy Anniversary! Y’all are so cute together!!

  36. Jennifer

    Aww! Happy anniversary!

  37. Laura

    I just totally cried! I shit you not! Since I met you I have thought he was lucky to have you, and now that I see what thought he put into your anniversary presents, I think you’re lucky to have him as well! Happy Anniversary!

  38. Kristyn

    That is such a wonderful story. I also have a husband who indulges my knitting addiction so i know how good it feels to have him think outside the box. And the sweater is wonderful!

  39. rositta

    Happy Anniversary to you both. We will be celebrating 22 years living together and 15 years of marriage on May. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately my first love didn’t lasts. Only good thing to come out of that was my son, who turns 41 in January. Good luck, I’m sure yours will last.:-)

  40. Skylar

    Gosh, what a great anniversary tribute! Great pics and the gifts look amazing too (good job, Kris). Oh, I am all weepy and lovey now…

    **runs off to snuggle the boy**

  41. Beth

    What a great story – just shows that you two were meant for each other. And what wonderful gifts for the 5th anniversary.

    Here’s to many more! ::raises glass in toast::

  42. georgia

    that is such a sweet story :) congrats to you both! here’s to many, many more happy years together!!!!

  43. Jan

    Happy, happy anniversary, Lolly and Chris! M & I met in high school, when I was the *new girl*, too. ;-)

  44. Angela

    Happy Anniversary! I didn’t realize you knew each other for so long!

  45. scout

    Happy Anniversary L!! I love everything you gave each other. The sweater is fantastic.

    Did you know I’ve known T. since I was 6?

  46. gray la gran

    happy anniversary! i sure like a good love story :)

  47. Kristin

    Happy Anniversary!

  48. Kelly

    awww Happy Anniversary! You guys are just too cute!
    Chris’s sweater turned out soooo well, it looks smashing on! Well done chris on the fine purchases!

  49. Amy

    What a lovely post about you two Lolly! Happy anniversary to you & many more years of happiness!

    The sweater looks great & his anniversary gifts are too much – they speak volumes about you both!

  50. Melissa

    Happy Anniversary! Loved Kris’ presents to you. You have one of the good ones, girl! (I got mine 17 years ago.)

    The sweater came out great! You do good work. :)

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