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Engagement Take 1

Karen beat me to it.

We've been talking about getting engaged for quite a while now, and even doing a little bit of preliminary planning/dreaming (hence, me setting up this blog) but nothing formal had taken place.

Till today.

I spent the afternoon casually flipping through a bridal magazine that I bought to amuse myself when I flew to Austin last week. Karen came in from grading papers and joined me, and we talked for a while about what we wanted for our wedding. Then she got up, went over to her dresser, got out a jewelry box, and proposed.

Of course I said yes. Yes, yes, yes!

My ring is beautiful. And now I have a counter-proposal to plan. :)

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Sep. 27th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)

This is our proposal story:
The Proposals
7.1.05: Jenn asks Nicole to marry her
We'd been making hokey little love poems for one another for 2 weeks now and Jenn asked Nicole to come up with a real one for the first night in the wilderness. We were supposed to go camping: Jenn's never really camped and Nicole is a master. Plus, Jenn came up with a poem to propose with and wanted to use it then and there.

Well, Nicole got sick but Jenn didn't let that stop her. We pitched a tent in the living room and at around 9p, we read our poems to one another. Nicole's were made up about 10 minutes before and came in 3's -- it went through our relationship from start to finish. Jenn was touched and nervous and started crying instantly.

When it came to Jenn's turn, she inconspicuously got down on sorta one knee (one was on the floor and one on the air mattress) and recited her lousy 4 lines (hey! she needed to keep it short in case she forgot the words!). Jenn pulled out the ring and proposed. Of course, Nicole said yes :)

8.5.05: Nicole Proposes to Jenn
Our friend (bridesmaid Carla) was having a pretty rotten day, so we went to her place to cheer her up, rather than going out for “date night” like we had planned earlier in the day. We were going to go for a walk on the Mall, but it was about to storm and we didn’t want to be caught in it anyway.

After staying with our friend for a few hours, Nicole asked if we could go to the Jefferson Memorial. Jenn took Nicole to see the cherry blossoms there in April of 2005 for the very first time. Nicole said it was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for her.

On the way there Nicole said she had a small suprise for Jenn. Nick kept telling me not to get too excited because it was something small. The lightening started up something fierce at this point. Jenn parked with a bunch of other cars in a tow away zone, since we were only going for a bit. We walked up to the Memorial, which — after 6 years of living here — still takes Jenn's breath away. The lightening was hitting the Tidal Basin and lighting the sky pink. It was so pretty!

Nick said we had to go somewhere well lit. We walked over to the front of the steps of the Memorial and gave Jenn a key chain. It’s one of those “Your Name on Rice” key chains. Jenn struggled to read the grain of rice and managed to read, “Me” with a red heart after it. Jenn thought, “awwww — now I can carry you around with me". As she was questioning the fact that Nick didn’t write “Nicole”, Jenn flipped the key chain around and saw something was written on the other side of the grain of rice:


Once Nicole saw it clicked with Jenn, she got down on one knee, on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial let me remind you, and opened a ring box. Jenn walked away saying, “No, stop, no!!!” Needless to say, Jenn was shocked. Nick chased Jenn down, put the ring on her shaking finger as Jenn said yes. We sat on the steps for a long, long while, watching the lightening and waiting for the rain...
Sep. 28th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
OH, that's so romantic! :)
Sep. 28th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
she did good ;)
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