Sunday, September 19, 2010

{ DATE #3: Jon Pinney }


I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now! I realize it's only been three dates thus far, but I'm honestly having the best time of my life. Never did I think I would meet such amazing guys that have such wonderful qualities, who want to date ME! I can already tell you that if the remaining 19 guys are as wonderful as dates 1, 2, and 3, this process of narrowing it down is going to be a challenge! But let's not get ahead of ourselves. I'm sure you wanna know what I thought of tonight's date.

Jon Pinney is an incredibly accomplished man. Although we've only known each other a total of 4 hours, I feel like we know so much about each other already. As soon as we left the house Jon wasted no time opening up to me. During dinner at Maggiano's at South Coast Plaza I learned a few fun facts: Jon grew up with his 7 brothers and sisters in the Sacramento area, he's 29 years old, was a BYU music major, released his first album "When We Started" in 2008, works for his family's business, recently purchased his own home, and aspires to be a voice in politics after he's found his wife and made his first million. Quite the resume, no?

Aside from all of Jon's accomplishments, he seems like a really down to earth guy.  From what I observed he seems very well mannered, probably a perfectionist, and understandably confident.  So what's wrong this guy?  Why is he not married yet?  Good question.  We actually talked a little bit about this as we devoured our creamy artichoke dip, chicken and spinach manicotti, and lobster carbonara.  He seems to have all the makings of a great boyfriend, unfortunately I don't think he's ever been one.  I was quite shocked to learn that his longest "relationship" lasted no more than one month.  And I thought I had a hard time keeping someone around.  Does this concern me?  Maybe a little.  But not enough to dwell on it.

At dinner Jon announced the remainder of the date and let me know what we'd be doing.  I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I was with the thought and creativity that went into this date (and how nervous it made me).  His sisters are artists so he borrowed their easels, purchased some canvases, paints, and brushes, and told me we'd be painting a landscape somewhere along the Orange County coast.  As nervous as I was to show off my artistic skills...or lack thereof, he scored major points for thinking outside the box!

We decided it would be fun to go to downtown Huntington and paint the pier , but when we got there I was drawn to this beautiful row of palm trees along the city skyline.  So we set up shop and decided to paint the same scene but with our own creative interpretations.  I was afraid to make the first stroke so I watched him carefully pour his paints and start his masterpiece.  After a minute I loosened up and started slopping paint here and there until I came up with something I liked.

With our masterpieces complete, we headed home and I invited Jon to come in and share one of his latest songs with me. Once again, I was impressed!  What a wonderful ending to a wonderful date.  And I hear I have his sister to thank.  Rumor has it she submitted his application, which is good to know because otherwise I might have been a little suspicious of his motives.  Singer? Songwriter? Mormon Bachelorette exposure? Do you smell a "Wes?" Nah, I don't either.  But maybe I'll have to go out on a second date, just to be sure...


A few of you have requested that we post the song Jon sang for me at the end of our date and well, it was just too good not to share. Enjoy!

27 comments:

Kim said...

Holy cow! Where have these men been hiding all this time!? These are truly 3 great guys!!! You will obviously have a hard time choosing sweety - good luck! I really like these three!!! Can you pick them all?

krystal said...

i have to agree aubs... wow! im really impressed so far. and im sure you are too. and so HAPPY your having a great time:) but i think i know my favorite so far for you;) hahah

Miss B. said...

when do we get to hear the song?

thegibbys said...

Loved it! Seriously, all these guys are great! I loved the painting idea. How cute is it that he brought easels and everything!!!!???? haha

Melody's Voice said...

The painting idea was so cute and creative! Looks like she is having a fun time :)

My Name is Mike said...

Aubs - Labor Day has come and gone and you are still wearing white pants. We need to talk...

Cannon's said...

Don't worry about the white pants. That's an ols southern tradition. Here in Cali we do things differently. These guys seem fantastic. Hope you find the right for you.

McMemories said...

cute cute aubrey!! So excited for you!

Bracken and Bracken said...

he's my favorite so far but so much talent and creativity in one couple seems unfair!! ;)

Michael-Ann McAfee said...

Jon is a great guy! As his sister (#2 of the 8 kids; he's #6), I AM partial, but Aubrey would be lucky to steal his heart. Good luck, Jon!

Melly Mel said...

I thought you looked so beautiful and I have a favorite for you as well... this guy has my vote for your top eight! his voice is beautiful and he is charming, smart, calm... i'm excited for you girlfriend.

Lizzie(: said...

CHOOSE MY COUSIN JON!!! Hes very sweet and honest, i could say a million words. Trust me hes awesome ;]

Karen Hinkle said...

He certainly had ME at hello. Hopefully you feel the same! :)

Amanda said...

1. Aubrey i think you are such a doll, such a catch. And i don't even know you. (don't worry im a married woman, to a man that is)
2. Aubrey, that was not a date, that was a self produced talent show. Bless his heart he seems like a good priesthood holder. Lets just say i am looking forward to some more dates! This is so fun, i have been saying that someone should do this for years!
You go girl! Get your date on.
3. So far i vote for buck, i mean dentist driving the bat mobile, that's something that comes once in a Lifetime!

meredith conroy said...

jon is a baaaabe.

Cristin said...

"Self-produced talent show" comment was funny... I can kind of see that. I'd be concerned that he's 29 and hasn't had a real relationship yet. He may be nice, but that speaks volumes.

Alli said...

Aubrey, he's darling. I loved the painting idea and both of your paintings turned out beautifully! I know I keep saying it but I am loving this!

Nick and Val said...

I grew up with Jon and also went to college with him...his sister's one of my best friends too. He is AMAZING and very genuine! I hope you think so too! Have fun with this Mormon Bachelorette thing.

Alys said...

My husband and Jon are high school friends. He is a great guy, a good friend, and has a strong testimony. We love him. And, I am hoping he gets to be one of the 8.
As for the "self produced talent show" comment, I don't think being invited to "come in and share one of his latest songs" sounds like that. He has a great voice and loves music. I am glad he was able to share it for this date.
And last, I am glad someone decided to do a Mormon Bachelorette. I have been thinking someone should do this or a Bachelor.

Ashleigh said...

Yay Aubrey! This was one of the first dates my husband and I did when we were dating! We both have each other's paintings on our night stands. So fun! Way to go!

Christian and Brooke Bowers said...

I've been friends with Jon since kindergarten and he truly is an amazing person . . . my mom always said he was a catch. I hope any girl that had the chance wouldn't let him go. I agree with Alys about the "talent show". I love listening to him sing and play the piano. He is so talented. I was excited to see him on here. Good luck with the search!

Briana said...

Wow Aubrey! He has my vote. That voice!!! You guys make a darling couple :)

Erin said...

creative and charming date. i like him.

meredith conroy said...

so i totally checked out his music on itunes. ummmm, incredible. if he isnt in the top 8, can you give him my number, aubs? kthanx.

MacDicken said...

I this this idea of mormon bachlorette. I think all the dates so far were good great guys. Good Luck chosing. I like this guy the most so far though. Very talented, sweet and has goals.

JenniferKaryn said...

I didn't know Jon was on this too! Go Jon!!

Natasha said...

He's a cutie! And he plays the piano and sings...seems like a good catch!