Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy Engagement Day. Circa 2008

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My hubby proposed to me three years ago today. And because he's awesome and my engagement story is rockin', I thought I'd share it with you. Be prepared for nausea inducing, uber sappy sugary sweetness. 

So that day started out with hubby waking me up at 4:45 am. Yes, I said AM. As in, before the butt crack of dawn, 4:45 am. The girls had stayed at my moms house the night prior. Turns out, she knew that he was going to propose so she was babysitting. 

He told me to get dressed in comfy clothes and to put on tennis shoes, and that was all the information I got. We drove an hour to McKinney TX where we met a man in a parking lot and we got into his van. I know, not sounding too romantic yet. Kinda sounding like the beginning to a BAD scary movie, right? Mind you, I still didn't know what was going on at this point.

Yeah, me at 6am = cranky. Forehead furrows and all.
The husband was driving the van, and his wife was his assistant. After a few minutes, the man turns to Jake and says "Well, do you want to tell her where we're going?". Jake turned to me and said "What have you always wanted to do?" I was pretty sure that swim with dolphins wasn't where this was leading, so it had to be the other option on my bucket list. Take a ride in a hot air balloon. And yeah, I was a lot happier afterward I had all the info. 

Us in the van, riding to the take off location. Me = happy.

So we end up in a big field, and after signing our lives away on a waiver, the man told us that we'd be helping them set up the balloon. I was L-O-V-I-N-G it. So much heat, the fire was gorgeous, and the balloon was so colorful and pretty. This thing was HUGE. And I was going to be riding in it. 

And then we had one final pic before take off.
Yeah, I do a lot of self portraits.

So the man's job was to control the balloon, and his wife's job was to stay on the ground with the van, and drive to meet up with us when we landed. And then we're off!

The balloon operator was awesome, and kept taking the camera from me to take pictures of us. We flew around up at 1000 feet. 

After a little while, hubby handed the operator the camera, and when he proposed, the operator video taped the whole thing. The next two pics are stills from the video.

My answer when he proposed? "Of course! Now, don't drop the ring over the side. We'll never find it."

We did have a pretty rough landing, the wind decided to pick up right as we were landing. Which means the balloon slammed landed on it's side. I was unhurt, but hubby took a wrench to the face that came lose from the toolbox. 

And then a few more pictures of the extremely happy fiancee with her husband to be.

The owners had mimosas (champagne and OJ) and mini muffins for us to celebrate our engagement. 

Afterwards, we went to a 5 star sushi restaurant and had yummy yummy sushi. 

And I know it sounds vomit-inducingly trite to say I fall more in love with him every day. But I do.

He still has a scar from losing that fight with the wrench.
I smile every time I see it.

Do you have a great engagement story? Great doesn't have to mean expensive. Or a huge ordeal. Love is love, in any shape or story. 


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Kristen @ Who's Watching the Baby? said... [Reply to comment]

Hmm... Well, my boyfriend (!) at the time too me to EPCOT here in Orlando... on Valentines day. We had been dating for quite awhile, so I had my suspicions. We went to a fancy steakhouse, watched fireworks... n.o.t.h.i.n.g. I was getting kind of grumpy - it seemed like there was a lot of lead up for NOTHING, so I'm pretty sure I was a little sulky on the way back to his place. He suggested we go out for dessert, but insisted that we stop by his apartment first. We walked in, I plopped down on the edge of the bed, and he told me to close my eyes. I was still kind of peeved - I wasn't sure what he had in mind, and I wasn't game for any shenanigans. When I opened my eyes he was on one knee, proposing. He had forgotten the ring in his sock drawer, so he wasn't able to propose at Disney like he had planned. ;-) I said yes, of course - and I've been reminding him about crap ever since. <3

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Jess ( said... [Reply to comment]

What a cute story! I love it :) I was a tad drunk when my hubby proposed (oops!), so I don't have a lot of recollection of the actual proposal, but it's still one of my favorite memories! Happy Engagement day!

Marie C. said... [Reply to comment]

That's a very sweet story! Happy Engagement Day!

Five Seconds From Crazy said... [Reply to comment]

I love that he planned ahead so much and is such a Jen pleaser. I wish that I had photos of my engagement. Except that from what I remember I had no pants on.
My hubs asked me to marry him 8 times before I said yes. I think it was just me trying to assert my own sense of feminist " I don't need a husband " bull.

Mommy Kerin said... [Reply to comment]

Following you back :) Thanks for stopping by! I hope to become great bloggy friends!

LOVING the story! It's just too sweet!

Shayna said... [Reply to comment]

Awe I love fun engagement stories! My man and I were out to a really nice dinner with our closest friends when he told me he had indigestion and left for the bathroom. Minutes later I heard a guitar playing, it continued to get louder when I realized it was him! He serenaded me in front of hundreds of people (its a big place!) with "I only want to be with you" by Hootie & the Blowfish and then proposed. I of course balled my eyes out! We have it on video too and I cry everytime I see it. Happy Engagement to you two!

(Single)Mommy said... [Reply to comment]

What a great story! Thanks for sharing. I'm a sap for romance. ;) New follower can't wait to read more! I'm a wannabe-crafter lol. I try lol.

Rachel @ Little Kitchen, Big Bites said... [Reply to comment]

Omg too cute!!! What a sweet story!! Hubby and I took a hike up in the mountains behind my parents house and he proposed at the top, overlooking my home was lovely but no balloon ride!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following back!

Mrs. H

Just Made That Way said... [Reply to comment]

Happy engagement day! Wonderful story... What a sweet, romantic hubby you have.
My Hubby took me for a romantic walk on beach.

I have enjoyed reading your blog. I had tears in my eyes reading Ava's story, she is gorgeous.

I'm now following you and looking forward to reading more posts and getting to know you better.

Have a great weekend

P.s I found you at the social parade.

Kara said... [Reply to comment]

Geez, Jennifer! You have me oozing hearts & flowers, your story is so lovely!

And your writing style is very witty and engaging. I'm very happy to become you newest follower!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

i've always wanted to go on a hot air balloon but i'd be to freaked out over the height to enjoy it :( thanks for stopping by my page and following :)

Morgan said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for dropping by, your engagement was absolutely romantic to the fullest!

Tiffany said... [Reply to comment]

That was so sweet and thoughtful of your hubby!! Great pics!

Elaine Welte said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Engagementd day :) Thanks for following HPA- i'm following you back.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said... [Reply to comment]

This is beyond freaking cute! =) Love it! You two are so adorable together!

I keep meaning to write up my story but its a comedy not a romance.. not even a romantic comedy! hehe

Hope you're weekend is aweeeeesome doll! <3

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Janice said... [Reply to comment]

Too cute. My engagement involved driving to Colorado from Chicago for spring break from college, Mr. Right having a Spontaneously Collapsed Lung (yes, that is just what it sounds like it is) and getting stuck in the hospital for the full week. While high on pain meds he tearfully confessed that he had meant to buy the ring while we were there and propose to me at this romantic place in the mountains we'd been to early in our relationship. Uh, so much for the surprise! So 2 weeks later back at college when the ring (which had needed to be sized and was lost in the mail for a few days) finally arrived he had waited so long that he proposed in my favorite park near the school one afternoon crammed in between classes. And I knew he loved me because he brought ice cream instead of flowers to the proposal.