5 Years

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On January 13th, Ryan and I celebrated our 5 year dating anniversary. I can hardly believe it has been that long but at the same time I feel like I’ve been dating him my whole life. Since I didn’t get a chance to write a post for our anniversary, I decided to write one today for Valentine’s Day. I really cannot put into words how much I treasure my friendship and relationship with Ryan. Since the day I met him, he has been one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever met.

(PS: here’s the story of how we met in my words and in his words!)

Ryan couldn’t come to my senior prom so we went on a dinner date instead! Here’s a picture from that night.

Christmas 2014 or 2015?

Before my senior year homecoming dance!

Taken during a night out bowling my senior year!

A selfie from a “scenic turnout” while driving from Oklahoma to Texas to see a Cowboys game!


Selfie from our first night in Cancun

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Taken during our summer in New York

Before our first Sixers game together!

Another senior year homecoming pic

Taken during Temple vs. Notre Dame last year!

One of the first pics of us together. Summer 2012 at our friend Tort’s house!

kayla and ryan christmas

Christmas in Rittenhouse Square 2016

At an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game!

Driving around in Pittsburgh!

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Taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo (summer 2015)

hotel lake erie

From our weekend in Lake Erie!

Exploring in Old City Philadelphia last spring

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One of my favorite pictures of us. A casual night at my sophomore year apartment!

5 years, 260 weeks, 1,826 days, 43,829 hours, 2,629,743 minutes, 157,784,629 seconds.

Ryan: Over the course of our relationship we’ve traveled to 6 different states and 1 country. We’ve been on countless movie dates and you’ve traveled between home and Temple a million times. You’ve taught me so much about myself and have been someone I can rely on for anything and everything. You make me laugh (even though it took me a few years to ever admit you were funny). You introduced me to The Office and you have been my biggest cheerleader. You wrote blog posts for me. You’re always honest and willing to help. You’re the first one to tell me it’s all going to be okay. You always text me good night. You answer the phone when I call. You’re always thinking about what’s best for me and for us. You’re never selfish and you make the best breakfast sandwiches. You make grocery shopping and going to the gym fun. You take me on adventures. You’re the jelly to my peanut butter, the Jim to my Pam, the sun, the moon, and all my stars. I know this is corny but it’s Valentine’s Day. I love you so much, here’s to five more years of happiness and love!

Who’s your Valentine this year? What are you planning to do to celebrate? 

  • Sara Holt

    You two are super cute. Happy five years!

  • mckenna bleu

    Have a fun Vday spending it with your boyfriend after 5 years! How cute!

  • Candy Kage

    Congratulations on five years. Hubby and I did dinner and a movie saturday. Today we are just chilling.

  • Adorable! Happy Valentines!

    xx Rebecca // http://thecrystalpress.com

  • 5 years, man oh man. That’s something to be proud of! Hope y’all have an amazing Valentines day together. Xoxo

  • This is so sweet, Kayla! Happy 5th anniversary! So special. :) Love seeing photos like these!

  • So cute! We are going to have lobsters at home to celebrate!

  • Shannon Gilkey

    Aw this is so incredibly sweet! I’ve been considering doing something like this on my blog soon as well. Congrats of 5 years!!!


  • Miss ALK

    Y’all are so cute!! Happy Valentine’s to both of you and to many more happy years!

    xoxo A

  • Y’all are the cutest! Cheers to 5 years.

  • This is the best post I’ve seen all day! Happy Valentines Day! I love all of the pictures of you guys & happy 5th anniversary!

  • Aw, love this! Five years is such a long time…it’s so fun to see how much you guys have grown together over the years :)

  • Amy

    You guys are adorable! I totally get what you mean about how it seems like time has gone by so fast but also seems like you’ve been dating forever… RJ and I have been together for a little over 4 years and I feel like we’ve been together for so much longer. Cheers to 5 years and many more!!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Such a cute post! Reminds me of my fiancé and me! Being high school sweethearts is the best!

    | diaryofasouthernmillennial.com

  • stephanieabills

    You guys are super cute!! Five years is a serious milestone! It was adorable seeing how you guys have grown together.

  • How sweet! Happy anniversary to you both!

  • All of these photos are so cute! It’s great to see all of the memories you’ve collected over the past five years. Wishing you two the best in the future!
    Katie | Millennial on the Move

  • Awe this is the sweetest! happy anniversary! We had our 5 years last week actually!

  • y’all are absolutely so sweet together! Here’s to many more years of happiness!

  • Yall are so stinking cute, Happy 5 years!!!

  • Happy five years to you both!!! Me and my boyfriend are on our 4th by heading to our 5th soon :) you guys looks so happy!

  • Kayla

    So cute! Loved looking at the pictures!!