Dad, I met a man in Rome. And he's wonderful and brilliant, and we're getting married.

3.18.2012

Best song for this occasion:
For You I Will by Slow Motion on Grooveshark
For everyone and anyone that had the Space Jam soundtrack,
You're welcome.


Let's cut to the chase.

I've been busy.

BUSY GETTING ENGAAAAAAGED.

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One fine Wednesday evening, Bryan and I were gobbling up little sandwiches and eating little chips. 

He casually mentioned taking a half day that Friday - for us to hang out. That evening, we were going to have dinner with his brother and sister-in-law (they will be mine soon. WEEEE!)

Important details:

  • I adore surprises - but I have a horrible tendency to just want to know it before it happens. This is obnoxious, annoying, and horrible for people trying to surprise me. I'm a surprise digger.
  • Bryan is kind to me and likes to do 'spontaneous' things for us, because I like spontaneity. But he kind of plans his spontaneous things. It's sweet and thoughtful, so we both pretend he didn't plan anything. 

So, back to the sandwich munching.

I said, (in JEST):  "Are you going to propose or something?"

To which Bryan nonchalantly almost spit his food out and with a horrified look on his face said, "NO. What? NO."

I was startled, he was startled.

SURPRISE DIGGING BEGAN.

From then on, Bryan, my sister and friends shoved me into their giant web of secrecy, lies, and deceit.

But I still colored my hair and did my nails the night before.

Just in case.

When Friday came, he took me to lunch in Hyde Park. We barely talked to each other. It was a gigantic potential engagement elephant in the room that was smothering both of us and making us both awkwardly happy little creeps.

Our riveting conversations were along the lines of,

"This weather is so nice. Wind."

"Ah, yes. Wind. I like french fries."

Lunch. Why are you so happy, Bryan? WHAT ARE YOU KEEPING FROM ME?
I inhaled my lunch. Apparently nervousness only increases my appetite or just makes me vacuum food into my mouth like pugs when you give them kibble.

Understandably, I was both full and uncomfortable after the aforementioned. So, before we could go enjoy some Orange Leaf, we took a romantic detour.

Weaving through the diapers and the deli at Kroger,  we fell more in love with each other through the consumption of the chalky deliciousness of tropical-flavored Tums. Mmm, Tums.

And then we fro-yo'ed.
Obviously, Tums work really quickly. Based on this ten dollar bowl.

So full of foods and love.

Now that I look at this, we both look kind of excited.
Bryan said, "Let's go to the park."

We love going on walks together.

He led me into one of the gardens and told me kind and thoughtful things. He couldn't stop smiling. I couldn't stop smiling.

He got down on one knee, 

and I said,

"I KNEW IT!" (nice)

AND HE ASKED ME TO MARRY HIM

AND I SAID, "IT'S SO PRETTY!"

AND I SAID, "YES!"

AND THEN WE BOTH SAID, "OH MY GOSH, NOW WE CAN BOTH BE NORMAL AGAIN!"



It was happy and wonderful.

Later that evening he surprised me with a dinner with both of our families and close friends - and some more celebrating with a bunch of our friends at one of our favorite taverns in Cincinnati.


Win.

I love him.
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54 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I found your blog a week or so ago and was so sad when you stopped posting, but I GUESS your excuse is acceptable. Your ring is gorgeous! And any guy who includes Orange Leaf into a proposal is a good catch.

    Now I'm off to listen to some Quad City DJs! Pretty sure I used to dance around to their Space Jam song in 5th grade and pretend I was on a cheerleading squad.

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    1. Ahhh, thanks girl!

      My timing was horrible to just STOP writing things. I just didn't feel like it. Is that acceptable? Eh, we'll go with the engagement excuse instead. But. It won't happen again. I appreciate the grace extended.

      Hahaha yesssss to Quad City DJs! I still know all the words to Basketball Jones. Priorities.

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  2. YOU LOVE BIRD.

    I knowwwwwwwwwww you have WAY more photos than what you posted. Where's the happy little couple? The tums? etc. etc.

    (All your readers are asking that. I'm about to post them myself).

    Still yours forevermore,

    b.

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    1. Why didn't I take pictures of the tums? Ugh, I am such a butthead.

      Your butthead. Always and forever.

      Let's kiss cats on the lips.

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  3. UGH.

    NOW they decide to load. That's what i get for choosing dodgey wi-fi.

    Glad to see there's a decent amount of pictorial evidence.

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  4. Yay for engagements. Particularly YOUR engagement. I could feel my engagement looming too. It was crappy for both of us. Not the engagement itself (it was awesome), but rather all the, "is it or isn't it happening?!?" shiz. All the best to you as you plan your nuptials. I hated planning mine. I hope you don't, though. Do your best to find joy in it. And as long as the groom shows up then who cares about everything else, right? ;)

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    1. I have already had several moments when I wanted to pull my eyeballs out. Like pull my eyeballs out and throw them at something. That's kind of dramatic - but, yes, planning is not my thing. WHY IS EVERYTHING SO EXPENSIVE.

      We just have to step back and remember it's about our marriage and not a wedding.

      Hahaha I am glad I'm not the only one!

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  5. Congratulations! What a wonderful time! Even if you did know what was coming ;-)
    I love surprises too, and it's hard to pull one over my head, too.
    But I'm sure you savored each moment and are still giddy about it.
    Enjoy this time!

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    1. Thanks so much! Flying and being away from home is a nice way to just enjoy being engaged without worrying about stuff for a bit

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  6. Congratulations! Excellent planning on the hair and nails... for your lunch and Kroger date! Oh, and I ruined two of my husbands proposal plans, and another was ruined by a third party- so your awkward lunch has good company!!

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    1. Ahahaha I love it! I think the awkwardness of all of it was my favorite part. Glad I'm not the only one!

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  7. Awww!! Congrats again, Fran!! Adorable story. So happy for you. Let the planning fun begin ;) I spy you on Pinterest!

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    1. Thanks, girl :) I am trying not to be out of control with my matrimonious board. I feel Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse when trying to plan.

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  8. Oh my goodness! Congratulations!

    What a happy engagement story:) And what a stunning ring! Wow!:)

    Wishing you and your man many many years of blissful happiness, and walks in the park and happy retelling of this story to kids and grandkids:)

    http://unpublishedworksofme.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope I never tire of retelling it :)

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  9. Congratulations!!!!!!!! Your ring is STUNNING! Let the wedding planning begin!! Can't wait to follow along on this ride :)

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    1. Thanks, boooo! He did a really great job. I had very few requests and he did it all on his own.

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  10. YES! Love this! And both of you. I feel so honored that we got to be a part of your big day! Can't wait to hang out and go on trips together!

    P.S. Derek may or may not have had the Space Jam soundtrack playing in his car just a few weeks ago. I'm not sure if it's still in there or if he finally replaced it. Good times :)

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    1. I am so glad you were both there - such a huge part of what made it special.

      And I definitely laughed out loud because it is the least surprising thing to me that Derek was listening to that recently. HAHAHAHA it's perfect

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  11. wow congrats! So exciting! AND I LOVE your ring!

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    1. Thanks, Bri! I was so impressed by his skills! SO impressed. Like I was ashamed that I doubted him.

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  12. This is the best thing that ever happened to me!

    Meaning, I can't wait to read all about you planning a wedding! We have months of hilarity (for me) and stress (for you) ahead on the blog!

    I'm so selfish.

    Oh, congrats ;)

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    1. Ahahaha we need to be real life friends.

      I am already anticipating a bald spot on my head and maybe a missing eyeball once it's all said and done. I'm going to be such a beautiful bride. If I survive planning it, that is.

      I looked into the Cincinnati Zoo as a venue. I was thinking cheetahs as attendants instead of bridesmaids?

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  13. 1. Congrats!! This is SO exciting!
    2. Space Jam stinking ROCKS!! Oh my...watching that movie as a child made me decide to grow up & be a professional basketball player. Didn't happen in case you were wondering.
    3. It looks like a small child threw up in your Orange Leaf...hilarious!
    4. Seriously so excited for you all!

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    1. 1. THANK YOUUUUU!
      2. I am pretty sure I went through the exact same phase. I begged my mom for Charles Barkley high tops. And I had a Starter jacket. But only for the colors. Do you remember those?
      3. I CANNOT say no to rainbow sprinkles and cap'n crunch. I also cannot ever keep my amount of toppings below six pounds.
      4. ME TOOOO!

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    2. I HAD A TEAL & PURPLE STARTED JACKET & BBALL HIGH TOPS!!! HAHAHA!

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    3. ahhhh hahaahahaha YEEESSSSS!!

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  14. aw congratulations!! I am so happy for you. That ring is goregous!!

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    1. Thanks, Ketrin! Can we talk about how I love your name? I do. It's bomb.

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  15. Congrats sweetie! Blessings on this BEAUTIFUL season!

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    1. Thank you, Kate! I'm trying to remember that and not get swept up in the stress of planning.

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  16. Congratulations!! Your ring is absolutely stunnnnning!

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    1. Thank you so much! It's not so bad to wake up to in the morning...muahahaha

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  17. Congratulations!!!
    That ring is beautiful and you 2 are a gorgeous couple!!!
    Great news to read on Monday (:

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    1. Thank you so much! Shooot, that's so nice :)

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  18. "This weather is so nice. Wind."
    "Ah, yes. Wind. I like french fries."

    Oh I love this line! I recently got engaged too and he said something like "So, we live here" (in reference to our city). Uh, yes, yes we do. The brain much just before is hilarious.

    I also painted my nails. Just in case ;)

    Congratulations! It's so exciting!

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    1. Hahaha it's so comforting to hear that we are not the only ones. I think it's more common than anyone would care to confess. But that's what makes it so much better!

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  19. so sweet. and how nice that you wrote this :) beautiful photos too :) i can hardly remember what he said before proposing....
    and the ring is absolutely gorgeous!!!! Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thanks girl. I am happy to keep this and remember it :)

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  20. Congratulations!! such a beautiful ring and engagement story =)

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  21. What a beautiful ring! Congratulations!

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    1. Ahhh! Thanks! I'm pretty partial to it :)

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  22. First time commenter here - I've been lurking and figured an engagement post is the best one to comment on (or is it the creepy one to comment on?) love the father of the bride reference and congratulations!! Very exciting!

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    1. Hahah no, I am so glad you spoke up. It's not creepy if you're sharing things for all to see!

      I so appreciate people appreciating that FOTB quote. I have to restrain myself from watching it or quoting it every day now.

      Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, boo!

      Side note - I am going to kidnap your lacy cobalt dress.

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  24. Congratulations! Best of luck to you too!
    ps. love the title of this post :) was just talking about that movie with my sister the other day. so great.

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    1. Thanks, girl. I love that movie until the end of time. Ugh, Steve Martinnn! Diane Keaton! Tiny Kimberly! Martin Short!

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  25. Though I am a brand new reader, I still say a very giddy YAY TO YOU BOTH! So very exciting!

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    1. Vilkommen! Thanks so much, girl!

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  26. Oh that quote from Father of the Bride is so cute! Congrats to you!! Beautiful ring and glad he still proposed even after you guessed it. :-)

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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    1. Thanks so much! And I think I could watch that movie pretty much every day.

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  27. Congratulations! It is soooo exciting and sooo much fun being engaged! I just came across your blog! Love it!

    Kristin
    http://seekristinlately.blogspot.com/

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