The much requested blog post…how Ryan & I met, how long we have been dating, when we moved in together and Ryan’s take on Classy Clean Chic. Click more to read the post!
How did you meet?!
I moved to Minneapolis in January of 2017 from Kalamazoo, MI (where I always jumped into relationships) to work for Medtronic as a Sr. Quality Engineer/Supervisor. Within three months of living here I stopped drinking (why i stopped drinking) and wasn’t going out. My plan was to meet my husband at the pool… so I just had to wait for summer. Over the next couple of months I grew my confidence and independence in doing things alone. I would be by myself for parts of the weekends, I was alone but not lonely.
I made some friends from taking classes at The Bar Method and one of the gals there knew some people at my building, she introduced me to one, Jenna. The next weekend I was out at our building pool (alone) and I saw Jenna! She came over to say hi and introduce me to all of her friends… girls, guys, and Ryan! Everyone was very welcoming and we hung at the pool all day. Ryan and I talked a little… I remember he told me he worked in finance and I wasn’t that impressed (lol – I guess not everyone can be an engineer). Ryan was pretty shy and I normally gravitate towards the loud and outgoing guys. I was also trying to be single and not jump into any relationships like old Emerson used to.
Note the distance between Emerson and Ryan. Old drinking Emerson would have already hooked up with one of the guys in the group… spoiler it probably wouldn’t of been Ryan! I had other plans that night so I declined the dinner invite from the event coordinator of the crew, Elton (aka Ryan’s best friend). Elton asked for my number to let me know about future gatherings.
The next weekend Elton and his gf at the time invited me over to their apt. I came over and hung out for a while… when 9pm rolled around I was ready to head home. 5 minutes before I left, Ryan came to the apt… he had been on a date. I said hi and went home. Saturday was another pool day, when I came down to the pool the only person there was Ryan. I brought my stuff by him and I remember liking his swim trunks…no idea what we talked about.
Sunday I headed out shopping and Elton, the event coordinator, invited me over to watch movies with him and Ryan. I gladly came over because I didn’t have a tv and love the company. We watched 3 movies and then Ryan made dinner for all of us …I was starting to see the trouble coming… a crush. I went home that night and was meal prepping for the week. My can opener broke…so obviously I decided to go back to Ryan’s apt and ask to borrow his. He gladly helped me in distress.. and then there was the awkward moment when he asked me if I wanted to stay to watch Veep. I said no because my oven was still on.
Monday, Elton, group messaged Ryan and I so that Ryan would have my number…. I told you this kid was shy he hadn’t even asked for my number! Tuesday Ryan texted me and asked if I wanted to take an extra ticket to the Twins game Sunday…. which sounded like a group thing. I accepted. Ryan and I continued to text. Wednesday we both got invited to ice cream and I hadn’t replied to last text. Of course I am the first one waiting to walk over and Ryan walks down… whoops. Guess I was doing a good job of playing hard to get. The rest of the group arrived and we all walked to get ice cream. Ryan and I walked ahead of everyone and found out we have a lot in common… like the fact that we both hate camping.
Sunday rolled around and it was time for the Twins game… and I realized it was for sure a date (eeek!). We had a great time and walked to Whole Foods after and Ryan made me dinner. I think I slept at home that night and basically moved in the next day.
How did you make it official!?
In August of 2017 Ryan’s friend from his MBA program came over… and Ryan just casually introduced me as his girlfriend. Which was probably because that is what I was… but that was such a foreign concept to me. The next weekend I decided to request to be in a relationship with him at a party… and again he just accepted it and didn’t say anything to me! I obviously said something and made him ask me to be his gf lol.
When did you move in together?!
In December of 2017 I got invited to my girl friends wedding in Scotland and invited Ryan! When we were telling my mom about the trip and how I was planning to save money for the trip, she casually asked.. why don’t you two move in together. Awkward because we hadn’t talked about it yet. Apparently the first month we were dating I said something to Ryan about my sister moving in with her old bf (not my favorite) and how dumb that is to do before you are married. Clearly it was just in that one situation! We started looking at new apts the next day, got someone to take over my lease and moved from two apts in the same building to one. We almost killed each other during that move, but we made it through. When we moved a block away this past October into our apt now we hired movers!
How old are you!?
Emerson – Ryan and I are both 28. I normally dated guys that are older…but Ryan is an old soul and very mature for a guy!
Emerson – Just waiting for that rock!
What’s your favorite thing about Classy Clean Chic?!
Ryan – It is Em’s passion and she clearly loves what she does. Seeing how happy it makes her makes all the effort worth it.
What is your least Favorite thing about Classy Clean Chic?!
Ryan – All of our events and activities are judged by getting the “perfect shot”. Even going to the grocery store requires taking photos!
What’s your favorite thing about each other?!
Emerson – I love how thoughtful Ryan is. He always knows what I need before I think of it and has such a kind heart. He always thinks through all of his decisions… something I am not very good at.
Ryan – We are both super competitive and I love that she wants to be the best at everything. When Em sets her mind to something she always figures out how to make it happen. She’s kind of funny too…