Friday, July 15, 2011
Well, Matt had me fooled the whole time. We were never going to go to Disney. He had always planned to propose to me on our 4 year anniversary - 7/7/11. I was sooo completely surprised when he did it. He talked about doing it in the next couple of years - not quite this soon.
All day at work i was really excited, but at work it was kind of stressful because our Air Conditioner broke. We ended up leaving at lunch to go home and remote into our computers at work for the rest of the day. Matt was actually freaked out by that, because he planned to get home before me and set everything up. He had to change his plans a bit on the fly.
When i got home i got the mail - which he normally does - and noticed there was a postcard from a magazine company. Normally i would write that stuff off as junk mail, but i saw something on it that caught my eye. It said anniversary. So, i read it closer and it said "HappyAnniversary! Someone has purchased a magazine for you!" I found out that Matt had gotten me a Women's Health subscription. He figured it would help me reach my goals and continue giving me motivation.
I thought to myself...well....that's nice...but was kind of disappointed at the gift. I was like...a necklace or some earrings would have been nice. Also, he likes to give gifts with a theme, so i figured he would likely get me something else that was related to it - like a heart rate monitor or something like that.
He called when he got off work and i told him i found it. I joked with him and said "Well, that's great. You know...some girls prefer diamonds for their anniversary...but I guess not me!" That was very ironic. He said, "Don't worry, i got you something else too."
When he got home he decided to get dressed up. We had originally planned for Matt to cook dinner and we'd watch a movie together. As soon as i was done working, i decided to jump in the shower. It had been a long day and it was hot at the office. Plus, i wanted to get all dressed up like he was. I contemplated jumping into a comfortable t-shirt and shorts, but i wanted our anniversary dinner to be special.
Later, Matt told me that it's lucky i decided to shower, because it gave him time to race around the apartment looking for items he wanted to setup.
When i got out of the shower there was a dozen roses on the table - his trademark anniversary present - and some tealights and he was finishing up dinner, which was bow tie pasta and french bread. It was really beautiful!
At dinner we exchanged cards. Another irony was that my card was actually one that a wife would give her husband. In fact, it said "To my husband..." and i wrote "future" in between "my" and "husband" so it would work for me. I just loved the card so much that i wanted to get it. I thought he'd get a chuckle out of me writing that too.
Before we could even finish eating he said "let's do presents!" and he goes "I want mine first." Earlier I had told him I was bummed because I couldn't find a very sentimental or perfect gift. I got him an electric razor, which he really needed, but i had really wanted to get something more thoughtful and I just couldn't think of anything. Knowing that, I said "Well, great..I bet your gift to me is better than my gift to you..and that's why you want to go first." He sighed and said, "Oh, alright...You can go first." And so I said, "Okay, Okay...you can have yours first."
He loved the gift and then he said "Okay, your turn." He handed me a big bag with tissue paper popping all out of it. I picked it up and it felt empty. I started to looking through it, hoping it felt empty because it had a gift card to a massage place i had been hinting about. I still couldn't find anything and so i said "Matt, there's nothing in here." He said, "Oh, you're right...it's in here." When i looked up he was kneeling beside me and pulling a tiny black box out of his pocket.
I think all the blood drained from my face in that moment. I've never been more shocked in my entire life. Just seeing him there...and that little box. For a moment between the "oh my God's" rolling through my mind, i was thinking "if that's earrings and he's just messing with me..i'm going to be so mad." But then i heard him speak.
Matt said, "Sara, we've been together for 4 years and this has been the best 4 years of my life. I love you more every day and I would like to continue to grow and fall more in love with you. Will you marry me?"
For a moment I didn't answer. I don't think i was even breathing, much less speaking. Finally, i said, "Are you serious? Is this really happening?" and he said, "Yes," and opened the box. The most beautiful ring I've ever seen was in the box. That's when I truly knew it was real. He said, "Well...?" And i finally said "Yes!" and put the ring on. I hugged him and kissed him and jumped up and down. I was still in shock and my whole body was shaking uncontrollably.
The next thought I had was to call my mom. Before I could get the words out, he said, "Well, you better call your parents." and I said "Of course I'm going to." and he said "Because they are expecting your call." I looked at him strangely. "I called them two days ago and asked your dad for his permission and blessing to marry you. I said, 'This Thursday is our 4 year anniversary, and I'd like to ask her to marry me. May i have your permission to ask her?'" Now that was just the best thing I've ever heard.
I called my mom immediately and screaming into the phone. I don't think she knew what i was saying, but she knew why i was screaming and screamed into the phone with me. Then we jumped on the web cam and I showed her my ring. She told me that when Matt called my dad, that he got a big choked up and actually had one tear after he got off the phone. That was very nice to hear.
Matt told me that when he asked my dad, he said, "I believe that would be just fine. Though you have to get somebody else's permission too.'" He meant my permission, and Matt said, "Yep, I'll get hers on Thursday." My mom was apparently in the background saying, "You have our blessing! Don't let him get to you!"
After I got off the webcam with my parents, I called all my best friends and told them. They were very excited! They begged me to put the ring on facebook...and they loved that too. It was a wonderful moment when i switched my status to "Engaged."
I took pictures of everything at that moment. We even reacted it so that i could show pictures to my friends.
Once things calmed down he pulled out a bottle of champagne and two champagne flutes. It was very romantic sitting together drinking champagne and celebrating our engagement. I am certain that will be one of the best nights of my life.
So, now i'm on a mission. I'm ready to lose lose lose! I've got until December to get as close as i can to being my goal weight. I can't wait any longer to order the dress, so i'm hoping i'll be close enough by then. I've still been suffering from stomach pains and will have to have another mini surgery next week, but hopefully it will help me feel better so that working out isn't agony anymore. We'll see! I'm just so excited about everything that i can barely think of eating bad food! I guess that's a blessing in disguise.
Woo! Who knew Matt would be the one to give me all the motivation a girl could need!
Oh...and we set the wedding date...It probably won't surprise anyone.. it's going to be 07-07-2012!