I said yes!! I wasn't surprised that we got engaged, but I was surprised about when Eric did it. He got me :)
A little reenactment....and I realize that in this picture, Eric is crouching and not kneeling, but believe me, when it was the real thing he was kneeling! :)
The ring that Eric picked out on his own. I thought he did a great job! :)
This is it!!!! We are now on the fastrack to happily ever after and have taken the first step on our life together when Eric officially proposed on July 14.....just shy of our six month anniversary. And I'm sure what comes to mind is the famous question.....how did he do it??
Well, Eric and I have known for months that it would come to this. And we knew it was going to be even more in the imminent future after our trip to Washington and Eric's talk with my dad. So I knew it was coming, but I didn't know when. Eric knows I am a curious person and I think he got a lot of fun out of teasing me and alluding to things about the ring he may or may not have bought, when he was going to propose, and how he was going to do it. He loved it :) But so did I.
The day before he proposed, he and I and the girls had gone up American Fork canyon to find a camping spot to roast some hot dogs and make some s'mores. It was a great night! While we were there, Eric asked what I wanted to do the followoing day for date night. I said I was up for whatever and he suggested coming back up the canyon to make some foil dinners. We had been talking about foil dinners recently and how delicious they are, so I eagerly agreed to the idea. And I love being outside and it was a beautiful spot that we had found to enjoy a campfire.
So the next day Eric and I headed up the canyon after I got off work. The girls were with their mom and so we were just going to take advantage of some time with just me and him. Eric had very lovingly prepared everything for going up the canyon while I was at work, and so he was all ready to go just as soon as I got home. We packed up the cooler and chairs in the car and went on our way. We got to the little picnic sight next to the river and Eric started employing his Eagle Scout skills to make a fire while I wrote a letter. The foil dinners required a bit of monitoring since the foil started to disintegrate in the fire haha. Eric managed to save the dinner c0mpletely but got burned on his arm in the process, and has since dubbed that mark a love scar, since it will indeed leave a scar.
While we were starting to eat dinner, Eric asked if I wanted to play one of the card games he brought and I said of course. He said he forgot them in the car so he went to go get them and came back with his backpack. I didn't think anyting of it until he sat down and pulled my laptop out of his backpack instead of a card game. After a minute, he came and sat by me and we started to watch a slideshow that he had put together that day. It was really sweet and went over pictures of when we had first started dating up until the previous weekend when we had been in Washington. It was perfect. And then at the end there were some slides that said he loved me and felt so lucky to know me....first as his friend....and then as his girlfriend.....and now hopefully as his fiance. At that point he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. He said some things to me, expressed some of his feelings, and then told me it would be his great honor if I were to be his wife and asked me to marry him. To which I said.....OF COURSE! :) And so he slipped the ring on my finger and it became officially official :) Shortly thereafter I found out that the girls had not gone with their mom, but were in fact with his mom who was watching them so that he could take me up the canyon to propose :) Apparently Eric had been a little scatterbrained throughout the day as he was running around stressed trying to get everyting ready for that evening. Halee and Kennedy had been excited to find out that Eric was going to ask me to marry him and Halee told Eric that she has to let her know, as soon as he knew, if I said yes or not, because she really wanted me to. When we got to Eric's mom's house the girls came running up to see what the result was and when Halee found out, she turned to Eric and exclaimed, "I can't believe she said yes!" Haha it was so cute.
Since that day we have been finally officially planning what we have been talking about for months. And the wedding excitement begins as well as a new and thrilling chapter of our lives! :)