It all began in Mesa, AZ. Two young kids names Derek Walker (6) and Amanda Hallsted(5). In the same ward. Played on the same soccer team. Amanda had a crush on Derek. Derek didn't really pay any attention to Amanda. Derek and his family moved away to Bountiful UT about 10 years ago, and Amanda and her family followed to Cedar Hills UT 4 years later.
The summer before Amanda's family moved, they journeyed up to Utah and stayed with the Walkers. Amanda(13) and Derek(14) had a BLAST together. They jumped on the tramp together, went hiking, had a pinecone war, played basketball, talked, watched movies, etc. Amanda was so sad to leave.
Derek started emailing, Ammon, Amanda's older brother. Amanda thought it would be funny to be the one always emailing Derek back and pretend she was ammon. Ammon, Amanda, and Mom Hallsted were all in on the trick. After a while, Amanda came out and admitted it was her, not Ammon. Derek and Amanda continued emailing each other. Amanda's family finally moved up to Utah, and the Walker and Hallsted family got together a few times a year. Derek and Amanda really liked each other. They would chat on MSN every night. Amanda put up pictures all over her wall, and had what she called her Derek folder. She saved all of their emails and msn chats.
We saw each other a few times a year, and when I was finally old enough to date, we went out a couple times a year.
Derek left for 2 years and served a faithful mission in Bangkok Thailand. We wrote here and there. I loved getting letters, but I was terrible at sending them.
Later on in the flight, the cute flight attendant brought us a gift. A lovely bottle of Wine! It was hilarious. Derek and I are definitely keeping it forever.
I was in such a daze and on cloud 9 the whole plane ride. The whole weekend. The cloud 9 hasn't died off yet and probably won't ever. I love Derek Walker! He is incredible. AZ was a BLAST!!! Some fun things we did during the trip:
Rode cruiser bikes around the resort
Spa at the resort
Visiting family on both sides
Going on night time walks
Family scriptures and prayers
Reading my temple prep book on the porch every morning
Climbing camel back mountain. We thought it was a simple family hike. It was literally bouldering. Dad, justin, jacob, derek, and I all came back with jello legs.
Visiting the old ward we grew up in. People were so excited we were engaged.
Getting Gelato at the cafe
Having water fights
Spending time with my best friend
Here are some pictures of the weekend. I don't have all the cute ones from his mom yet though. These are just a few my mom got at the Hallsted family party.Me and Grandma
I love this picture.
Telling our story with all the family gathered around.