The Beauty of an HDR

I want to go back and give you a little background about how I fell in love with this Southern stud!

First of all…look at that face:


(Cheese ball) Ow ow!!!

We actually met in Little Rock, Arkansas. I was in grad school and Mr. Squirrel was working as a graphic designer. As a Midwestern girl, Arkansas was a whole new world for me. I learned about rodeos, duck hunting, and the Hogs (Razorback football). It was great to have so many new experiences, but as a fast-paced, country-music hater, I just wasn’t connecting with the menfolk.

In comes my Southern stud! Mr. Squirrel honestly has all the best qualities of the South (and he smells good…bonus points!). His mom raised him to be a true gentleman. Two and a half years later, he still opens my car door. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. It’s to the point where I get mad at him if we are in a rush because he still does it. Mr. Squirrel is just a happy-go-lucky guy who loves being creative, jamming to good music, and riding his bike. After living in Arkansas for his entire life, Mr. Squirrel was itching to move away to a bigger city.


After dating for about eight months, I was finishing grad school and had a job offer in Tampa, Florida. My field is very small, and I didn’t have the luxury of targeting a city. My only option was to move to the job. Mr. Squirrel was looking to move anyway, so things should have worked out perfectly, right? Wrong. I freaked out. We had a few rough months there where we were both trying to figure our s*** out. He was very open to moving and Tampa sounded good to him, but I was worried about making such a big decision when our relationship was still young(ish).

To make a long story short, we had to have some serious HDRs. I have been having HDRs since way back in high school. Now this is not a heart-to-heart or a just a serious talk.


(This is some intense stuff.)

I realized there was no one else I wanted with me in Tampa but Mr. Squirrel. Geez do I love this guy. He is the calm to my crazy. I had that moment where I just knew he was the one. All my previous doubts and worries vanished. Fortunately, he felt the same way. We moved to Tampa and started to establish a new life together (in separate apartments, Mom).

Out time in Tampa has been incredible so far. In theory, we can go to the beach EVERY WEEKEND. (Reality often has other plans. Lame.)


He can smell the salt.


In my happy place :)

And since being in Tampa, Mr. Squirrel has made a major career change and decided to leave the field of graphic design and go back to school for engineering. As you will soon see, his graphic-design skills are very handy when planning a wedding. :)

We came here knowing no one but each other. We quickly became more than just a couple, but became each other’s family. I know, corny alert, but it is so true. We knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together so Mr. Squirrel did a little shopping and Skyped the ‘rents, and now my left bicep is getting big thanks to this bling.

Has anyone else moved to a new city with their significant other and had their relationship evolve in a completely new way?

All photos personal


Mrs. Squirrel

Tampa, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 8:45 am

    Nope, I love living in my lovely small-city hometown and just traveling to big cities (and countries!) :)

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    kit_kath 1327 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:52 am

    On a very small scale…We both lived in the same city but when we moved in together we found a place in his neighborhood. Before I met him I was so against that area of the city (it’s filled with hipsters) and said I would never live there. But he showed me another side of the hood and now I love it.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:54 am

    He knew where he was going, so I found a job there when I finished college.

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    Subie 150 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:06 am

    HDR’s! Haha! I call them “RDT’s” Relationship defining talks. So glad your HDR turned out so well! My FI is from 900 miles away, so very quickly, we became a very small family. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:20 am

    Southern guys are the best :) When we moved to DC after we got married, our relationship definitely changed (mostly for the better). Being in a new place really forces you to rely on one another.

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    mgol25 414 posts, Helper bee @ 10:36 am

    On a complete aside, does anyone ever tell Mr. Squirrel that he looks like Tim Tebow (quarterback of the New York Jets)? I’ve read a few of your posts and I think Tebow is his celebrity twin!

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 10:50 am

    @Subie: Hah love RTD, may have to steal that one!
    @mgol25: Hilarious…no I have never heard that before, I think he would definitely be okay with that comparison!!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 1:35 pm

    You are guys are freaking adorable. It seems like you really did find a true Southern gentleman. I’m not sure there are many of them left though!

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    Kendall Leigh, Guest @ 2:36 pm

    hahaha he really does look like Tim Tebow!

    I like that acronym – HDR – am gonna start using it.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:41 pm

    I love the disclaimer to your mom 😉

    We just moved in together and I can see our relationship evolve in a new, fantastic way, not just because we are married now, but because we are experiencing our new life together.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:45 pm

    I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost three years, but we moved to Chicago six months ago from a small Michigan town. Life and relationships change so much when you make that jump. He is my family, and I like that. It’s nice to read someone experiencing the same feelings!

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