On December 23rd 2002, a boy asked a girl if she would be his girlfriend.
Twelve years and two days later, that same boy asked that same girl if she would marry him.
She said HECK YES!
For those of you who don’t know, Steve and I are high school sweethearts. We started dating our sophomore year of high school in fact and were good friends even before that. Like any relationship, we’ve had our share of ups and downs but the downs have only made us that much stronger as a couple. In college, I moved away to Boston and he stayed back in Buffalo and the long distance was one of our most trying times. But as they say, love conquers all, and after I completed my dietetic internship in Boston and got hired for my first job as a RD, Steve moved to Boston, we moved in together, and things have only gotten sweeter and sweeter since.
SOOOO the big question: how did he propose?
It was Christmas and my dad’s side of the family came over to my parents’ house for dinner. We had about 20 people or so crammed into my house. We ate. Drank. And were merry. We know how to party so everyone stayed until about 10pm or so. Once they left, I ran upstairs to get my PJs on. Faster than you could say “your boyfriend is about to propose”. So I come downstairs. Fat pats on. Sans bra (hence why my legs are covering my shirt in the first picture haha). And plop myself on the couch. I forget what was even playing on TV. My parents and younger sister were hanging out downstairs too. Now it’s probably close to 11pm and Steve asked me if I wanted to exchange Christmas presents. I said sure, and we went upstairs to my bedroom at my parents’ house. The bedroom where it all began 12 years ago.
I gave him his gift – a leather bound notebook for his new marketing job he starts on the 5th, and I started to open up my gifts. A sweatshirt that says “kale” on it, a pair of gloves, and then I open up this plate.
Confused, I look up at Steve. What’s with the plate? He said well, there’s a story that goes along with it. He said remember how when we were in high school, I used to tell you make believe stories about our relationship through the tale of two polar bears? He had my attention (I loved those stories – they were also so creative and cute). Well, he said, this is the story about two lady bugs.
So he begins his story…once upon a time, there were these two lady bugs…
Now, my brain is like holy shit. He’s telling me a story about our relationship. He’s getting sentimental. Something’s about to go down! Reacting to the thoughts floating through my brain, my eyes got really, really big. And Steve noticed.
Now, Steve’s brain is all like holy shit, she knows! She knows I’m about to propose. So he panicked. And he blanked on the whole story. So he quickly wrapped it up – and they lived happily ever after. The End.
Now I’m all like whaaaaaa? Enter the awkward silence. So I placed the plate aside and said I don’t get it…. LOL
Then I asked Steve for the card he had for me, thinking well maybeeee something is in the card! Not a ring obvi, but I was fishing.
Notta. But in the card it said “I hope you liked the story. I can’t wait for our next chapter.” (along with some other sweet nothings).
Now I’m REALLY confused. Thinking to myself WHAT story?! There was no story! And what’s this next chapter?!
Meanwhile Steve’s like I gotta get her off the bed and to turn around so I can rebound here and give her the ring. So he asks, do you want go back downstairs and watch Christmas movies?
SURE (the most defeated, disappointed SURE that was ever said in the history of SUREs).
I turn around to walk out of the bedroom. And he says “wait, I have one more present for you”. And as I turn around, Steve is down on one knee with the ring!!!!
I was SO shocked!!! And then he said a lot of sweet nothings I won’t get into to. And I said YES!
Steve was so cute. It was really adorable how nervous he got to pop the question. It was also really sweet how important to him it was that I was totally 100% surprised. He said to me after that he knew if he did anything out of the ordinary to propose – if he took me away somewhere – anything, that I would know. He’s like you’re so sharp and so clever (thank you, thank you), I knew I had to do something that would be so ordinary (like exchanging Christmas presents) so that you wouldn’t suspect it. As for that lady bug story? Steve typed it out so he’s currently getting it framed for us :).
He also wanted to do it while we were back in Buffalo so we could celebrate the news with all of our family and friends!
Although the kale sweatshirt was a close second, I don’t think any Christmas present will ever compare. It was such a special night and weekend. I’m still in shock, in awe, in excitement. And I can’t wait to start planning the BIG day!
Thank you for all your love and sweet words on social media over the weekend. I feel so blessed and grateful to have such amazing friends and family in our lives.
Ps. Happy New Year! I’ll be back on Friday with a 2014 Favorites Round-Up.
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