July 11, 2011

Love Story Episode V: The Ring Strikes Back

Two years ago on this date, July 11th, the love of my life proposed to me!!!

Giddy with excitement at the engagement party.

If you've been reading/stalking my blog at all, you may remember this post which is part of a series of Star Wars themed posts I had planned about our love story so far.

Yeah, I kind of forgot about that for a little bit. But never fear! I'm back on track!!!

So, when did I really know E was...THE ONE?

I would say I knew I was falling in love with him at...wait for it...about the FOUR MONTH mark!!!

And that was it. I just KNEW. Once I had fallen in love with him, everything that came after just seemed completely natural. I KNEW I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him, and although we weren't officially engaged during the early months, I had already made a commitment to him. I was in it for the long haul.

I've asked E when he KNEW and he told me he wanted to propose at about the six month mark (which was when we both officially said "I love you") but was worried I would have said it was too soon :) AW!

I didn't know that at the time, and as the months went on and we started having more and more long term conversations about where we wanted to live, future goals, how many kids we wanted, etc. I started to be on edge and wonder when we would stop dancing around the "marriage" word and get engaged already!

I was really good though. I was patient. I did not once mention any form of the following words: marriage, propose, engaged, wedding, ring, diamond. I didn't want to pressure him and I really was in no rush to get married.

I didn't have to wait long.

It was May of 2009. E and I decided to see the new Star Trek movie (yes, nerds) and grab a couple beers beforehand at Islands. After a couple drinks and pleasantly buzzed conversation, E blurted out this:

"So...do you want to go ring shopping?"


"YES! When?"

"This weekend."


We were late to the movie, sat in the very front row, and didn't care one bit. We must have had the goofiest smiles on our faces the entire time.

We decided not to tell anyone until it was official which was TORTURE because I wanted to run to the highest mountaintop and shout it to the world. We secretly went ring shopping that weekend and bought a ring right away. Then I waited...and I waited...and I waited...

I knew he had the ring and didn't know when or how he would officially propose.June passed into July. Still no proposal!

On July 4th, we got a surprise call from E's younger sister.


Crap! We're getting engaged this summer too!
Then I was nervous because she mentioned she wanted her wedding to be the following summer.
Crap! We wanted our wedding to be next summer too!

It's all clashing! NOOOOOOOOOO! Okay, so I was totally freaking out about nothing because...
The following weekend, an engagement party was planned for E's sister. Before the party, E and I decided to go for a hike at one of our favorite spots.

E packed a picnic lunch and lots of water and we headed out. Unfortunately, we couldn't get to our favorite picnic spot up the mountain because it was a zillion degrees outside. We decided to eat by the lake instead.

Was I suspicious at all at this point? Well, E was very sentimental the whole time and it was so cute. I did wonder...but I truly thought he would wait until a little later because of his sister's recent proposal.

With these thoughts in mind, we sat down. E started unpacking the food and I noticed it was the same food we had on one of our first dates there! Soooo cute! After we ate lunch, E said there was more...

Okay, now I was suspicious. My heart started racing a little bit.

E said it was one of my favorite things and pulled out...BEEF JERKEY!

I laughed as he handed it to me, because it really is one of my favorite things to eat ever. As I was distracted, he said:

"Oh, and one more thing."

That's when I say the red box and E down on one knee. That's when I heard the "Will you..."

That's when I started crying and saying "YES!" I don't remember how many times. We sat on the bench and took it all in. We kissed and hugged and gazed out at the lake. I thought about our future together and how beyond happy I was to know we were getting married. I will never forget that moment.

In the car right after the proposal. 

It's kind of awkward to pose in a way that shows the ring.

Needless to say, the engagement party became a double engagement party. And everyone lived happily ever after!

So, that's what happened exactly two years ago. Some days, I wake up and really can't believe how lucky I am to be married to the love of my life. I've become the cheesiest romantic ever and I don't even care!

Stay tuned for the next installment: Love Story Episode VI: Return of the something clever I haven't thought of yet!

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