2/24/11

the evolution of steoffrey.

when a friend asked me the other day how geoff and I met and started dating, it dawned on me, our story is becoming foggy. I figured I should probably jot it down before I totally forget and have to make something up. (I do that sometimes.) So here goes, my first attempt at journal writing by memory. if you're going to take the time to read (though I would advise otherwise), you may want to grab a snack to get you through. Don't say I didn't warn you.
how we met:
in high school most all my friends went to a different school than me. I know that's an excuse people with no friends use to cover themselves, but it's true, all my friends went to highland and I was stuck at gilbert. My best friend Jenna (who you guessed it, was a highland hawk) would always tell me how much I reminded her of her friend Geoffrey.

"You guys look and act exactly alike. You both have braces, purplish hair, and serious ADD! Plus you're in the same grade. You've gotta meet him!" Equally as curious as I was offended, I accepted her offer to introduce us. What self-centered 14 year old doesn't want to meet her carbon copy?

We finally met each other at a youth church event a couple weeks later. He was wearing these reddish-brown wranglers tucked into cowboy boots and he had this ridiculous hair that can only be described in two words. Jimmy Neutron. Hubba Hubba! (I blocked out what I was wearing, so you know it was equally as bad.)

We instantly became friends (on AIM, of course) and grew even closer when I transferred to Highland the next year. We were always just friends. Between me always having a boyfriend, Geoff never having girlfriends, and people telling us we looked alike, it was just not going to happen.
how we became best of friends:
when I was sixteen, I realized my best friend Jenna would be graduating from high school soon. She was going to college in Utah and I thought it would probably be a good idea to just go with her and finish high school online. So that is what I did. When I quickly got sick of being cold in Utah, I moved back to AZ to eventually walk with my graduating class and begin culinary school. (yes, my high school career was a joke.. another story for another time.) Moving back to AZ was kind of rough, all my friends were either going to college in another state or going to high school every day, I was stuck in the middle.

A few nights after moving back, I made myself go to a show. I can't remember what show, but the venue was carpeted and everyone was sitting down on the floor. I saw Geoff sitting across the room wearing some outlandish outfit (peacocking does work!) and got so excited to see a familiar face. He mouthed from across the room, "Do you have any chapstick?" So naturally I threw some chapstick at him. He then took off the lid and pretended to rub it in his armpits. I thought, "Man that kid is gross, he's perfect for me."

Geoff and I continued to play as friends. We would bike ride to Mesa Frozen Yogurt every night, go to concerts and movies together, dance to paula abdul, go on road-trips, etc. We wanted to be together all the time, and we pretty much were. I don't know what I would have done without him!
how we started dating:
One night we decided to build a fort where we (he) then decided to have our first smooch. The smooch was short-lived because we couldn't stop laughing and saying, "Oh my gosh, I just smooched Stacie WHITE!" ...."So! I just smooched Geoffrey LANG!"  And so on and so forth.
A few days later I invited Geoff to go on a family trip to California with me. He came along, and one day as we were leaving the beach (in front of my dad) he grabbed my hand and started holding it. I was trippin'!
After that hand-holding episode I considered us officially official. I then called my girl Jenna and was like, "Uhhh I think I'm dating Geoff Lang, he holds my hand in front of family and stuff." And she laughed at us.
  yes that's a fake tattoo on my neck, Jeffrey Sebeila style. just keeping it classy.

"I LOVE YOU!"
one night we were watching season one of "24" and it started raining outside. Geoff, knowing what a sucker I am for any and all rain scenes in movies found it the ideal time to drop the "love" bomb. He turned off the TV and made me go outside with him. He was all, "Hey guess what?! I LOVE YOU!" and then I got all competitive and was like, "Well I love you MORE, so what?!" We were super googly-eyed for each other.
fast forward:
We continued dating for another year and a half. Some months were spent in different states, different countries, or 5 minutes apart from each other. We both preferred being 5 minutes apart though, and started to think how awesome it would be if we were zero minutes apart! (That means married in steoffrey lang-uage.)
the proposal:
Geoff came over one night shaking in his boots and was like, "I' think I'm going to ask your Dad if we can get married!" So like any mature 19 year old I ran and hid in my room until it was over. Geoff recalls the conversation going something like this:

Geoff: "Can I talk to you Bishop White?" 
Dad: "No."
A very sheepish Geoff: "Oh, alright. See ya!"
Dad: "I'm kidding, what do you need?"
...silence...
Dad: "Do you want to sing in church or something?"
Geoff: "I'd be happy to sing in church Bishop!"
Dad: "I bet you would right now."
...more silence...

Once he got the A-ok from Richard it was torture. Knowing someone is going to pop the question soon but not knowing when is super sucky, am I right? Geoff had several oppurtunities to propose but used them to fake me out instead. He once got down on one knee while we were on a beach walk in Mexico, then got up and laughed at me. I almost ultimate-punched him in the face so hard. Then another time in California we were at a Radiohead concert and our favorite song started to play. He kept acting like he was getting something out of his pocket, but it was just a jolly rancher. That little! The way he finally did decide to propose however was after a very competitive game of super mario kart. He claims he didn't have the ring ready till that night, and was too anxious to wait and give it to me any later. (And probably sensed I was going to explode if he waited another day.) We had a whopping 2 month long engagement (you're wonder woman, Mom) and had so much fun getting everything ready to be husband and wife!
I should probably finish this post up by paraphrasing our wedding day, but who can paraphrase their wedding day? "Part II:Wedding Day" coming soon, before I forget at least.

45 comments:

stephanie said...

this is adorable and you two seem perfect for each other! And it seems like you grew out of the looking-like-each-other phase, so that's a plus :)

Chelsea and Ben said...

holy crap this is so cute! I love the zero minutes away thing! I am so happy to know you two!

Disaster Strikes! said...

long live the langz

Zan said...

Well how cute are you two! I thought our four month engagement was fast but you beat me!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i'd be okay with a part II, III, IV, V, etc. k? oh and i love your long hair on the beach.

jasmine said...

Waiting for a proposal you know is coming is torture!!! I had to do it too. Hated it....until he proposed, that is.

But I LOVED reading your story. It was sweet and hilarious.

Heather said...

You guys are just ridiculously cute, and that was probably the most adorable courtship ever.

Seriously, though, you guys seem so happy, and have a beautiful family.

erica said...

Such a darling story. Loved reading it.
Your little family is one of my favorite in the blog world :)

Chelsey Oliver: said...

This just made my day! I wish to second Senor Hajek's comment :)

Megan Nicole said...

Love it! Can't wait to live zero minutes apart from my boy.

Rachel said...

cutest thing ever. read the whole thing. loved the way you told it and you guys really do seem so perfect for each other.

Kuleigh said...

This is super sweet! You guys are cute and how perfect you are really comes across in your blog!

Trina said...

So cute! That's a great story!

teamBoo said...

Chapstick!... the oldest trick in the book ;)

you guys are the cutest.

Jodie Eileen ツ said...

I'm insainly hoping that one day I'll have a lovely, funny, and unique love story like yours! You guys are too cute!

Bailey said...

I LOVE love stories!! I've only been following for a few months, but I adore your little family and I can't wait to hear the rest!

Caddy said...

AWWW! What a sweet story! :) I loved reading this. Can't wait for part 2! :D

Amy said...

This is completely adorable! I love reading personal stories like these and to me it's obvious in your photos together that you guys are meant to be and so in love. Really sweet story! Thanks for sharing it!

:)

Amy
http://thismountaingirl.tumblr.com

{she + him} said...

I lectured Tommy for 20 minutes before he proposed...of course I lectured him for not proposing all the while the ring was burning a hole in his pocket! I felt so bad...

mj said...

cute. chap stick in the armpits sounds classy.

janis said...

ah i love hearing stories of how people met! thanks for sharing. xo

Elisa Farrow said...

you two are adorable! I love your blog! :)

Chloé said...

yay! what a sweet story! i had to wait too. sometimes i even knew he had the ring in his pocket...ha.

Natalli said...

If you made this into a whole book, I'd probably read it. I'm a sucker for sentimental stories (especially the "how-we-met" variety).

communikate. said...

great story!!

i love that you moved to utah during high school to be with your friend! how cool is that?

emily jane said...

That is the most gorgeous, heartwarming story. And makes me feel less crazy for being 19 and wanting to be married :P

Brown Sugar said...

on your romantic walk on the beach in mexico was Geoff by chance wearing a pair of xs am-appy swim shorts?

me thinks yes. and if so HOW did he kneel down on one knee in them? pics please!

kELLO! said...

you will be glad you jotted it down!
when james asked my dad it was pretty awkward, too :)

Gaby said...

You guys are too cute! I can't believe you've been friends since you were 14, amazing.

White Family said...

....And you just keep getting more perfect for each other as time goes on! On behalf of your posterity (and your ancestors), thanks for writing such a fun-to-read story.

Jenna Robert said...

This made me LOL a few times, as you could imagine. Especially the parts about moving to UT for online highschool--best/worst decision ever. Such great times.

Was I REALLY that mean? Is that REALLY what I said? I listed braces as a common trait? Ha! #theworst

I'm so glad you two are together for realsies. Who else would the Roberts hang out with if we didn't have you guys? We love the Langs long time.

JLang said...

First time through I was thinking, Geoff with purple hair? Second time through I remembered dying his hair for him. Totally forgot about that.

Such a fun post to read, thanks for telling the WHOLE story, I loved it!
I just remember always asking Geoff where he was going, and his answer always involved Stacie White. So happy that you are now Stacie Lang and part of our family!

Oh, and PS I think I was more anxious for you to be engaged than you were. I couldn't wait for it to be official!

Evie said...

I lovvvvve your story! Totes adorbs. ;p

Meanwhile, PLEASE elaborate on where your GAWGEOUS wedding dress is from!!???!?????

Nicole Christensen said...

awesome! i love being a friend in the distance while all of this was happening. even if i made no significant difference or appearance in the story, i knew it was happening and sort of watched it blossom when geoff stayed at our center street house in the little perch thing you lived in. like everyone else is thinking/saying, i NEED to do this. love you

Nicole* said...

so sweet! i read the whole thing and loved it :)

kelly said...

somebody open a window- it's too cute in here:)

Mom said...

I think Valentine's Day must bring this out in all of us! I spent the past week trying to remember 28 years ago and my own "falling in love" story. My sweetie remembers things a little differently...but I did make him approve each post before I put it up (I'm not totally stupid!). Stop by and read our crazy love story at:
http://twelvemakesadozen.blogspot.com/2011/02/chemistry.html

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Hugs, Sandy

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your love story, guys!

The Barlows said...

Not sure if you remember me, but I'm Taylor Barlow's wife Celeste. Just wanted to say that I love reading your blog! You are so clever and funny! You have the cutest family. It was fun to read your and Geoff's story.

Kara Rush said...

Google reader just introduced me to your blog and I was dying over this post. You're hilarious. So I thought I'd introduce myself, I'm married to Mike Rushforth...he told me he knows you. He also had me subscribe to your guys' photo blog, which is awesome.

Mom said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! You are such a nice person and I really appreciate you taking your time out of your busy day to check us out at www.twelvemakesadozen.blogspot.com
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Sandy

Autaven said...

LOVED reading this, what a cute story. You were both obviously meant to be together :)

http://notsocountry.blogspot.com/

Missy said...

Love. This. Story.
You two are absolutely adorable. I love it. Thanks for sharing your story. (I was laughing the entire time. You're hilarious Stacie!)

Moi said...

Hi There - I have just stumbled across your blog all the way from New Zealand. You guys seem so cute and its so refreshing to read about people in a relationship who actually like each other! To often these days its all doom and gloom and its just so nice to see 2 young people so happy together.
Thanks for making me smile :)

Amanda Dionne said...

I have re-stumbled across your blog, and as strange as it is to say that I enjoyed reading a complete stranger's love story, I'm going to say it... I thoroughly enjoyed it! ;)

And who doesn't like a real love story where best friends wind up together, are great photographers,and keep an awesome blog. Thanks for sharing your work and your story.