Friday, June 18, 2010

That Time I Nodded "Yes"

This is my first time participating in Kelly's Korner but I saw a bunch of people writing their proposal stories and I don't recall if I ever wrote ours. It works perfectly since I was just talking about how our 3 years of dating was just a few days ago and wrote about that! Here it goes!

Let me start off by saying that Michael and I fell for each other really quickly! He told me he loved me after only a couple of weeks and it took me a little while longer to say it back to him! We were crazy about each other and just enjoyed our time together so much! We spent every moment we could with each other and when we weren't with each other we were on the phone talking or texting each other. Michael and I drove 12 hours to Utah to visit some friends and go to General Conference (which we didn't make it to...) and then 12 hours back and the whole time we were with each other, we knew this is what it would be like to be married. We loved it! 12 hour car rides can be torture...but it wasn't at all. We drove through the strip in Vegas on the way home since I had never seen it or been there. I still haven't actually. As we were driving around we kept seeing little Chaples and it was definitely really tempting to elope! We already knew what we wanted.

Fast forward a little bit (the same month-October), and we were spending the day together going to Ikea (since I had never been- actually I STILL haven't been!) but the Ikea wasn't there anymore so then we decided to go to Disneyland. He had bought me an annual pass for my birthday that year (July 21, btw) and so it was something we did often. One of our favorite things to do was get Pineapple Dole Whip from the tiki hut. Mmm!

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We were walking around casually going on some rides...


And we were talking about when we might actually get engaged. He said it will be a little while until he can get a ring for me. I understood. That's okay. We can wait a little while. I mean, we have only been together for 4 months now! No need to rush it, right?

I started to get really irritated with the crowds. I hate the crowds! I started asking if we should leave, and he kept putting it off and taking us on more and more rides. Then we were walking around and we were near the wishing well by the castle...


...and it was really funny because some people were hiding in there, popping out and scaring people as they walked by. Quite entertaining! But then Michael was urging us to move on... he was acting really strange. I was getting grumpy. (No pun intended.) I pleaded with him to let us leave now. He finally agreed and we started making our way down Main Street to leave the park. As we were walking down the street to leave, the announcement came on that the fireworks were about to start.
He stopped us and said something like, "Shelley, I think we should stay and watch the fireworks. We never see them and I know you are stressed with the crowds but it would be nice to watch them and relax before we go, don't you think?"

"Okay..."

We walked back toward the castle and we were standing pretty close to it, in the middle. Great spots! How did that happen? Anyway, so we were watching the fireworks and it was nice. He was standing behind me with his arms wrapped around me. Toward the end of the fireworks I felt him let go of me and get down to tie his shoe. I briefly thought, "Wait...is he going to propose...!? No...he doesn't have the ring. Right. But still...maybe...?"


The fireworks ended and I was wondering what he was doing so I turned around to see and there he was, down on one knee. He opened the ring box and as he did, a light from the box shined on the ring so I could see it. It was beautiful and shined so bright! It was the only light around since the fireworks just ended and it was dark and people were still all around us.

He asked me the question.

It's all kind of a blur. All I remember is nodding yes, crying, and hugging him.

He said I said yes but I can't remember! Crazy! It felt like we were in our own little world and everything was fuzzy. He said people were clapping and congratulating us but I don't remember any of that! All I remember are the tears of joy and shock and emotion! We found a bench and called my parents and friends and sat there for a while doing that.

Apparently he had the ring in the box in his SOCK the WHOLE day! It was strapped down with his brothers' girlfriends (Sarah's) hair tie!

On the tram back to the car, people were looking at us with knowing smiles and saying their congrats.

On the drive home I was on top of the world and wanted to roll down the window and yell out "I'm ENGAGED!!" and flaunt my ring to everyone!!


We went back to his house and his brother Tyler and Sarah were there to congratulate us. Everyone else was already in bed, lol.

And that's our engagement story!
We got married a month and a half later on December 7th, 2007!

15 comments :

suki said...

:) What a lovely story!!

Mrs. G said...

Love your story!! That is so sweet!! How did yall ever plan a wedding in a month 1/2?! =] Good job!

Kandi said...

Cute story!! I love it when they trick you into thinking it'll be awhile! It's so funny that you were getting cranky (I would've, too!) and he kept trying to keep you there. I'm glad it all worked out for him. What a treasured memory you have. :)

Heather said...

Sweet story!

Lourie said...

*Swoon* what a wonderful story. How sweet is that? My proposal was impromptu with little or no planning on his part. I keep telling him he needs to do it over and do it right...it's been 18 years since he proposed and nearly 17 since we were married. Should I give up hope?

Heidi Lamb said...

I am tearing up. What a sweet story. Thanks for sharing that Shelley! I love you both!

Kathleen said...

Oh my gosh that is so funny that he strapped the ring box to his sock with a hair tie! What a sweet story!

Ashley said...

What a beautiful story! :)

Brittany said...

A whirl wind romance! I love it! :)))

JoJo said...

Amazing story!! sooo Romantic and wow I'm impressed you were able to plan a wedding in a month in a half! I would have panicked with that time frame.

Tara said...

awww.. such a sweet story! my response when hubby asked me to marry him: "are you serious? is this for real?"

Shelby Bukhenik said...

How perfect!! I love a good proposal story, and that for sure is a special one!!

Stephanie said...

such a cuuuute story. :) i love it when guys have sneaky ways of proposing to us girls, they really can be creative. :) and wow, how did you plan a wedding in a MONTH?!?

Krystal said...

This is soooo cute! =) I think I love that you two got totally so quickly and spontaneously, it's a true love story. I hope you stay happy forever. =)

Anonymous said...

She definitely said "yes" -Michael

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