Wednesday, September 5, 2012


...Also known as one of the best days

Let me just tell you the night before
I was up until 2am reading
Gone Girl
referred to me by
Ms. Mary Therese Schmidt
(soon to be MT Barkhausen! more on that later)
also, blogger of
hummingbird wallpaper
.that book.
If you haven't read it, go.
go read it, then get back at me, k?

Michael had already planned a little surprise for us
for Saturday, August 4th, 2012
And I truly did NOT think anything of it
for many reasons.
One, he usually tries to surprise me
with at least something little like
a reese's pb cup, or lunch/dinner somewhere...
and two, there was so much going on
that it just didn't phase me.
So Saturday morning rolls around
and he told me that we would leave
around 11am. ok, fine.
let me get back to my book until then!
I asked him what should I wear
and of course, like the guy he is
he didn't know..
so he said
gym shoes.
did I listen? No, and to be honest
sheesh, your going to propose and ya tell the girl
gym shoes
hahaha - needless to say, he thew me off!
His mom and dad and aunt were
'going to estate sales'
and his mom asked us if we'd be back for dinner
and mike said
he didn't know.
His mom asking us if we'd be back for dinner ??
threw me off
Plus, there were things keeping my mom busy back home
and I was talking to her on the phone the past week
and she didn't hint toward a thing.
If his mom wasn'tgoing to be 'there'
and my mom wasn't 'there'
it wasn't happening.

Welp, an hour goes by on our 'road trip'
and another hour goes by
and we see clouds rolling in.
I asked if it was going to ruin our plans
and he said maybe,
he didn't know
I was getting suspicious.
But, when would he have had time to get the ring?
His mom asked if we were going to be home for dinner?
clearly, she would know about this, right?
My mom had previous arrangements back home
so she wouldn't be in town for it?
I was convincing myself
that this just was not it.

Close to being two and a half hours
into the drive
I came to the conclusion that he was taking me to wineries.
I kept seeing signs for wineries
and it there were rolling green hills.
it had to be wineries.
We didn't have an eventful summer,
so I just figured he was doing something different.
The drive there was
despite the intimidating gray skies.

We pulled up to Galena Vineyards
and I could tell he was acting a bit fishy
but I figured he was just annoyed with the rain
Then, "he had to go to the bathroom."
No surprise there, because he has a bladder
the size of a pea.

we are there and walk up to a house.
this is basically the shop of the vineyard's property.
It has the wine and holds the tastings.
So we walk up on this cool wrap around porch
as it starts to drizzle rain
and I turn the corner of the porch
and there I see my sisters
and then my mom
and my brother
and his parents
and his aunt!!!
with their cameras and phone up to their faces
(hello 2012!)
and then
I knew
I am so glad my took video
because otherwise,
it would have all been a blur:

Now, it started to rain. And,
Mike began by quoting my dad,
(tears. streaming. down. the. face)
"A wise man once said surround yourself with good people
and do the right thing.
Here are the good people..."
cue the dropping down on one knee
(in front of our audience, mind you)
and asked
"Will you marry me?"

I then proceeded to shake his hand,
(shake his hand? yup. that would be awkward me)
told him to get off his knee
and nodded yes
and sobbed.

that our family
(missing his brothers!!!)
were right there so we could hug them
oh, so tight.

He planned a tasting and tour of the vineyards
for all of us ahead of time.
But, unfortunately
it stormed so we had a make shift tasting
I was
-and still am-
on cloud nine.

Later on, my future
told me that my future
mentioned that the timing of the rain
was like my dad crying
of joy.
I melt.
(have you grabbed a Kleenex, yet? or, is that just me?)
{see: Love & Laughter post
re: my angels}

I couldn't have planned a better proposal for myself.
I really couldn't have.
He knows me so well.
While this gives more detail
it doesn't explain the feeling of all of it.

We are still ecstatic.
So excited to plan
house hunting.
the big day.
and all the big days after...

love and laughter.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Love & Laughter

It has totally been a month since my last post.
While I wanted to make this post short,
I just couldn't.
Because it all goes hand in hand.

you ready?

Little did I know that TWO days after my most recent post I would be
can you hear me loud and clear, yet?


And, the crazy girl I am, I already had the
gown (yes, gown)
and photobooth

within two weeks.
WE are ready to rock for
APRIL 13TH, 2013
LOOK out folks!

Many people have wondered, how in the heck has she done that?
Besides the fact that I've been to near 40 weddings in my lifetime thus far,
(and, if you remember in past posts, I was semi-unemployed for the summer)
I had two weeks before I got back to work
and, boy, did I use those two weeks!

And, thankfully, I did.
While we were, and still are, jumping for joy...
we lost a member of our family.
Grandpa Jack.
He has been mentioned a few times in this here ol' blog
(the man with the diet coke and m&ms)
He and his wife, Sis, were my roomies for nearly 2 years before I fled
and moved myself back up here to the Chi.
While his passing wasn't a complete surprise,
our family was of course emotional.
The man who left a legacy of
10 children
22 grandchildren
and 3 great grandchildren (and counting!)
would (physically) be gone.

One of my uncles gave the Eulogy.
While I haven't been to many funerals
(lucky me)
it was probably the best Eulogy I will ever hear.
I'm not sure if it's because of my uncle's delivery
or if it was because it was about one of the best men I will ever know.
(actually, I am sure - it was both)

Uncle Larry mentioned the Love that Grandpa Jack had
for his wife
and children
and grandchildren
his friends
his siblings
and God.
He also mentioned the Laughter he brought to a room-
with his quick wit and side jokes.
These seem like pretty generic examples of a Eulogy
but this was Grandpa Jack.
He was truly the definition of
Love and Laughter
He lead by example.
As Uncle Larry said, he showed his sons to be good husbands and fathers
and he showed his daughters what to expect from a good husband and father.
This couldn't have come at a better time,
I believe the same for my future husband...
The laughter he brings to a room
and the love he gives to those around him.

I have two angels who have guided me on how to 'pick' a good one
Grandpa Jack
my dad
and I honestly feel they have left me with my very own angel
right here on Earth.
(lucky me)
{clue: my FIANCE}

Call me a bit 'hoaky' in this post,
but Grandpa Jack's funeral services
being around family
and being around my supportive
have left my eyes wide open
with another new perspective on life:
Love and Laughter

Cheers to Grandpa Jack.
Cheers to Love and Laughter

p.s. can you tell I like the word fiance?
p.p.s I will give you more details on the engagement, soon