Samantha Clair & Brian Schlieter
Brian and I met on March 18, 2011. At 12:46am on the 19th (literally a few hours after meeting him) he sent me a message on Facebook, "was fun chatting - we should do it again sometime." The night we met he was so charming and so funny. He told jokes and anecdotes but he was in a relationship with someone else. When I promptly told him that he was taken and thus he was “useless” to me, he jumped in my lap. Literally, he hopped – flat footed – into the air and landed in my lap; lucky for him I caught him and that was the beginning of the end. After I got his message later that night on Facebook we started hanging out at group events, two weeks later he was single and five weeks after that we were in a committed relationship.
Our first official first date was April 23, 2011 at MusicHead in Medford, Or. We went on a double date with our friends Kye and Whitney to dinner and to see The Sofa Kings. Now before you say anything, yes, it was awful. I requested dinner at the mall for pretzel bites, which Brian thought was ridiculous but it sounded good! (and it was cheap and I didn’t want him to spend lots of money on me.) After dinner we found our way to MusicHead where it turns out the concert was mediocre at the back of a cd store with nowhere to sit. We stood at the back of the 5-10 person crowd where my feet were killing me in my heels until we were about half way through the “concert” and we both suddenly became ill. (Probably too much grease from the pretzel bites.) We headed back to Yreka feeling queasy, eating tums. We spent the last half of our date having drinks at what would later become our bar.
Since April 4, 2011 there has not been a single day that we haven’t seen each other and we never get tired of each other. We’ve had our fights, like everyone does, but we’ve also had our game nights as a family, our lazy days and romantic nights as a couple. I wake up everyday grateful that the kids and I found him and knowing that we have a special connection that most people spend their entire lives looking for.
Destination(s): St. John, US Virgin Islands
After much thought (again) I'm altering our dream honeymoon. I realized that the Virgin Islands are under US control, which means no currency issues, passport issues, or oddly shaped outlets. Still tropical, still beautiful but with less hassel! I call that a win. I guess when it comes down to it I just want to go to the beach with Brian and have a lovely honeymoon. So, that's it. :) I want to go fluff around on the beach and play in the water with the love of my life.
When you go the the registry it has a bunch of specific things listed on there that you can give money to, the website autopicked these things for the most part. I only know for sure that the airfare and hotel together comes to almost $5,000, I admittedly have no idea what snorkeling packages, dolphin swimming packages, or other pampering packages cost. Truth be told, our main plan consisted of getting there and doing nothing but lazing about on beaches, taking loads of pictures, and spending time together on the shore. I'm not sure if this detail matters to some of you but I thought I should be honest about it and let you know that when you are contributing to something in particular on here it goes into a general pot to be used toward whatever (airfare, hotel room, food, etc). Thank so much for checking this out. - Samantha