it all started with an opening social and little tennis

Rebecca and I lived in Lafayette (at Liberty Square) for our Sophomore year. We were (and are) the best of friends…we went to movies together, we ate sushi together, we ran and trained for half-marathons together, we stayed home on the weekends to watch hallmark movies and childhood favorites like Andre (I may or may not have balled my eyes out after watching that movie…if you watch it, you might ask me why I cried…little things get to me, ok?? :), we went to gym classes together, we listened and laughed at each other talking in our sleep, and we had every class together…we did everything together.  She has been in New Zealand the past 4 months and I have missed her like crazy.  BUT SHE COMES BACK TO PROVO IN 15 DAYS!!! This will be the best reunion ever, tears will be involved.  But back to this summer. Me and Becca had both been accepted to go to a study abroad in New Zealand. Becca did a lot of research about it and talked me into going. I think I initially ended up wanting to go because I couldn’t imagine living without her as my roommate.  In order to go to New Zealand, we both had to stay here for spring and summer terms to take classes.  We both love home and that did not sound too enticing, but we knew that we had each other and that we could do it.  So we did.

We wanted a change of scenery, so we decided to move to another building in Liberty Square called Jefferson (literally 15 steps across the parking lot). In one dreadful day and late through the night, we moved all our stuff across the parking lot and up 3 flights of stairs.  We were cursing ourself for doing this because we were running in a half-marathon in just 2 days.  We finally moved everything in and eventually got settled.  There was an opening social on May 1. Me and Becca were exhausted from moving and it was so gross with rain and snow outside that we almost did not go.  But we both decided we would go check it out.  We went and there was Korbin Blunck, the ward executive secretary meeting everyone and telling everyone to fill out our membership data.  I just thought he was the cutest thing ever.  He ended up sitting at me and Becca’s table, along with his other roommates.  Becca broke her fork while eating a pancake and we all just made small talk and got to know each other.  We got our  pictures from a girl, Haley Bennett, for the ward directory  and she ended up being our roommate for summer term. We found out that Haley played tennis and she was a funny girl.  She introduced us to a lot of people in the ward.

Me and Becca went back to our apartment, talking about the cute boys (Korbin Blunck) and fun people we saw there. We were really excited to be with all these new people.  Before long we heard a knock on the door, there was the red headed Haley Bennett and Korbin Blunck, tennis raquet in hand.   They asked us to play tennis with them. I cannot tell you how excited I was. I remember I wore my Bama t-shirt and my white tennis skirt.  It turned out to be a beautiful day.  This was the day that started our regular tennis games between me and Becca, Tyson and Korbin.  We played so much that spring and that’s how I really got to know Korbin. We would always switch up the teams and I loved playing against and with Korbin.

I knew I was very interested in Korbin, but I thought there was no way he would like me back. I was leaving to go home for Carter’s graduation at the end of May for a few days and he was leaving to go to Lake Powell and California for 2 weeks.  I was so sad he was going to be gone for so long.  He texted the night before I left and asked me to go long boarding with him.  I was so excited, yet scared out of my mind. I was so nervous.  I must have walked to the door 3 times before I finally left.  The thing was I had final and homework to finish and on top of that we had cleaning checks to be done before that next day and it was already around midnight. I didn’t care. I went anyway (and was so nervous).    I had never long boarded before, but we just long boarded all around Provo talking.  We stopped at this gazebo that is past Center Street in Provo at this pretty old building. We stayed there talking forever and lost track of time.  When Korbin looked at his watch it was 2:30!!! Oh my goodness, I still had homework, cleaning, and studying to do! I came back to a note that said “don’t worry about cleaning, I already did it!…AB + KB (you wouldn’t even have to change your initials!!!)” from Becca.  Haha little did I know how true that statement really would be! We went on our first real date to Los Hermanos, Nickelcade, and to his friend Roger’s house.  We’ve been together ever since!  Needless to say, I did not end up going to New Zealand. Heavenly Father had different plans for me.  I have missed Becca so much and there has been many tears shed because she hasn’t been here, but it was good for both us.  She has had the time of her life in New Zealand and now I am marrying the best boy I know.

Korbin and I did a lot of fun things like go to the Manti Pageant (and got there when there was only 20 minutes left :))

We made cookies on Sunday nights.

We went to a real rodeo together (in Spanish Fork, where I will be teaching 2nd grade!)

We floated the Provo River together (with Mitchell! and almost froze to death!)

We rode four wheelers on the side of a mountain to the windmills.

He came to Alabama (and had his first boiled peanut!!!).

We went to Crooked Island, FL (his first time on a Florida Beach!).

He took me to my first concert ever, John Mayer!

We ran every step of  a half-marathon together.

We had a picnic in the canyon!

We went to see the lights at Temple Square in Salt Lake City in December.

We saw David Archuleta with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

We brought Alabama to Utah and made some fried okra!

We went to a BYU basketball game together (my first one!) and cheered on Jimmer.

We saw the ice castles in Heber!

He came skiing in Park City with my family!


We celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together.

and now we are engaged!!!!!!!!!

The night he proposed was so busy.  I knew that he would be proposing soon because I had actually given him a diamond.  The diamond I gave him was the diamond my Grandaddy gave my Yaya when they got married.   I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to wear the same diamond that my Grandaddy gave my Yaya to wear.  I know my Grandaddy would be so proud.  On March 19, we had a lot planned. We watched the BYU basketball game win, we went to one of our favorite places in Provo called Thai Ruby, then I got us tickets to see Comedy Sportz.  Comedy Sportz did not get out until about 11:45 so I thought for sure it wouldn’t be that night.  We got out of Comedy Sportz and it was raining and cold.  He said “Hey, my friend said there is this really good Chinese restaurant near here, we should go see if we can find it.” We never found it.  Then he said, “Are you thirsty?” We went and got a drink.  He kept looking at his watch and I was a little suspicious, but it was just too late.  Then he said “We should go back to Liberty Square and reminsce where we first met!” This is when I started getting nervous. All this time he was stalling because the gazebo wasn’t ready yet.  We went to Liberty Square and just drove through the parking lot.  He looked at his phone and then said, “We should go to our gazebo!” I think at this point was when I knew what was fixing to happen. We got to the gazebo and got out and it was beautifully lit with mason jars and candles, flowers, petals, and pictures of us. It was perfect.

He gave me this beauty.

I am still in shock I think and can’t believe it is really happening!  We are so happy and excited for July 9, 2011!

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8 thoughts on “it all started with an opening social and little tennis

  1. Never dreamed where taking tennis lessons would lead you!!! I am so happy for both of you! You two are perfect for each other! I love you both!

    Mom

  2. Dearest Abby- what a wonderful year 2011 is becoming! A new job, engagement, and soon to b a MRS! I ate up every word in this post and enjoyed every picture again. I’ll admit, Andre didn’t have the same tear jerking effect on me…. But this post sure did! I am so happy for u! U will b a wonderful wife…korbin is super duper lucky to have u as his lady…. But I think he Already knows this!! I’m excited u get to come home for a few days to talk wedding with ur mom, hug ur dad, and squeeze Mitchell! Thanks for making my day begin so nicely this early morning before I begin my chores. This will make me smile all day! The ring is beautiful and I am so so happy for u!

  3. abby! yes! this is amazing. so so cute. and your ring is beautiful. i love you and i love that you’re getting married:) haha and i totally knew when michael was going to propose to me, its so nerve wracking when you’re jjust waiting for it to happen, huh? haha thanks for the lovely post!

  4. ABBY! I’m so so excited for you and Korbin. I have yet to meet him but I can clearly see how incredibly happy he makes you and therefore I like him. I hope to talk to you soon so that we can catch up and I can see that gorgeous ring in person.
    Love you!

  5. Loved reading this!!! The more I read on your blog, the more a realize you and korbin are perfect for each other! I’m so excited you’ll be joining our family.

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