Ah, Thursdays: our favorite day of the week when the Internet gets self-reflective, slowing down for a moment to forget the concerns of the day and explode with photos of simpler times. We’re talking of course about the tradition of Throwback Thursday (#TBT, for you noobs). It’s like group therapy for the world, and we sure do love us some group therapy. The Internet’s latest share? This photo of Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland taken long before Jason Mesnick wiped that smile clean off her face.   

Melissa shared this #TBT photo on Instagram with the caption “Just two crazy kids starting to date….If only they had known what life had planned for them!” If only. A break up, a reality show, a reconciliation, and two kids later, the unsuspecting pups in this photo are almost unrecognizable from their future selves.

Though this dimpled duo is happy in love today, it wasn’t always gumdrops and roses for the former cheerleader and businessman who broke up before she went on and “won” Season 13 of The Bachelor. But their hiatus while Mel filmed the show turned out to be all the blonde hunk needed to realize she was his forever love. Tye fought to win Melissa back, which she dished about to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, and the rest is history.

Fast forward 5 years and all is well in the Strickland household. These two “kids” are now awesome parents to two tykes of their own, Ava and Beckett, ages 3 and 1. Love the love pic, guys, thanks for sharing!  

What are your favorite Mel and Tye memories? Fill us in in the comments.

Source: Melissa on Instagram