Thanksgiving tradition with the Jacobson’s – after Thanksgiving dinner they build gingerbread houses. This year Janice was in California visiting Emily and other family so the Jacobson men had dinner with the Duchemin’s and then we built the gingerbread houses at their house. It was Ben, Luke and me against Elliot and Rich!
Our gingerbread house!
This was taken during the BIG snowfall of 2006 that stranded me in Kitsap, much to our delight. Alex got to stay with the Jacobson’s and get to know them all before she headed back to school to finish up her last quarter.
Our first Christmas at the Jacobson house! Christmas Eve at the Jacobson’s was when Alex realized that she was “in-love” for the first time – yes with Ben! Rich had just finished reading the Christmas Story from Luke and then was praying for the family. Alex was in tears when everyone opened their eyes, but she was able to contain herself and enjoy the moment.
First Christmas at the Duchemin’s. Ben received things he needed like a belt and socks but also some romantic things like Alex – a leather wrist band with “He will give you a new song.” engraved on it and a metal fortune cookie box (that later the ring bearer carried at the wedding).
We sat in the 9th row with incredible seats.
While at dinner Ben said his first “I love you” and Alex followed. It was so romantic!
First New Year as a couple.
These were both taken in February of 2007. Ben gave Alex a “monkey” for Valentine’s Day because he knew she had always wanted one for a pet. “Uno” the monkey was wearing a “ONE” shirt because of Alex’s pageant platform – The Power of ONE. Ben is such a thoughtful gift giver.
March 2007 marked a HUGE milestone as Ben supported Alex in her pageant dreams, which came true in part when she became Miss Poulsbo 2007 and earned money to pay off school.
In June of 2007 we went to Alderbrook Resort with Jeremy and Erin and this was a momentous trip in our relationship. We defined so much of what was important to us and who we were as a couple.
Off to pursue her dreams at Miss Washington – Alex placed as 2nd runner up, won the preliminary swimsuit award, people’s choice and most importantly the Miss America Community Service Scholarship. She came home to life in Kitsap, and earned over 16,000 in the Miss America program to pay off her college education!
Sept. 17, 2007 marked one year from our first date. Ben recreated the Mongolian grill dinner and gave Alex a fortune cookie charm necklace. Alex gave Ben a watch!
Ben’s birthday – 2007 – a trip to the Pumpkin Patch and Pho!
Halloween 2007 – Party with the family – meet Pumpkinstein.
Thanksgiving 2007 with the Raymaker family and Danny Fuller – Ben’s roommate at the time. And the gingerbread house tradition.
Ben’s other gift to Alex was a sweatshirt from the Cheesecake Factory – the place where they first said, “I love you.” Michael gave Wendy one as a souvenir from “The Boathouse” when they first said I love you in 1983!
We registered the next day since Alex was going to have to go back to work soon and we’d be getting married the day after school let out!
Alex surprised Ben with a proposal of her own in mid May of 2008. She took him to The Melting Pot and it was presented in their silver fortune cookie box on their dessert platter. This too was a pivotal day for us! Next stop, the exchanging of rings, one month later!