My friend Ashley got engaged a couple of weeks ago to her boyfriend Spencer as well. These wedding bells have to be exhausted from all this ringing!
So in light of all of these recent engagements within my group of friends, I'd like to turn this into a story about myself. See what I did there? ;)
My engagement story is really cute and awkward, just like my Bradley. We both knew very early on that we were going to get married. I never believed it until it happened to me, but you really do just know. About 4 months before we'd gotten engaged, we were shopping at the mall and decided to go look at rings just for the hell of it. I tried on this one ring in particular, and we both had the same reaction about it. It was most definitely the one.
Being the creep that I am, I took a catalog they had in the store home with us and put the picture of the ring on my nightstand at his house A. Because I loved it, it was beautiful and I couldn't stop staring at it and B. Because Bradley responds best to pictures and instructions.
On the December 21st of last year I was working in the evening making Christmas cookies with my nephews. We went all out with the icing and the sprinkles. All of the things that my nightmares are made of. It was a really great day and there was a bunch of snow on the ground but the sun was out. I remember thinking how perfect it was and how excited I was to be enjoying the holiday spirit.
Bradley called and told me we were going out to dinner at a local seafood restaurant which should have been my first clue that something was amiss. He never eats seafood. And he was rushing me along, telling me to shower and get ready at my sister's house so that we could go as soon as I got off work. Again, I should have been able to sniff this out, but somehow I missed all the signs.
On the way home from dinner he starts talking to me about Geocaching. In case you've never heard of it before, it's basically an App you can get on your phone and you follow a map and use a compass to find these hidden caches. They can be really tiny or pretty big. You put your name on the log when you find it and then put it back. My friends and I were obsessed with this a couple of summers ago and I'd always tried to get Bradley into it but he just made fun of me.
Quickly the conversation turned into him wanting to stop and find one on the way home. It was 20 degrees out in December with snow on the ground, but I was so astonished that he was actually caving in that I didn't object. So he "navigates" us to this cache he finds on his phone, parks the car, and we get out to find it. He was wearing his coat but he also grabbed a hoodie he'd had in his car. I'm like, "Why do you have a hoodie?" His quick witted response was, "Uhh, I'm cold?"
I had my phone out trying to use my flashlight to find the cache while he's messing around behind me pretending to look. At this point I'm bitching up a storm because I'm irritated, cold and incredibly full. I was having a hard time finding it and I started looking in a different place when Bradley was like, "Try looking over there babe I think I see it." I checked around this light pole and sure enough, there it was. I pulled out the log to sign it and in it's place was a note that read, "Pookie, will you marry me?" After I shit my pants, I turned around to find him on one knee, kneeling on his hoodie in the snow, proposing to me.
I ugly cried like it was my job for about 5 straight minutes before I said yes. It was the cutest, sweetest, most thoughtful thing he's ever done. He'd even asked my Mom for my hand in marriage beforehand. He can be such a gentleman when he wants to.
He had arranged with all of our friends to be at our favorite bar that night, so after he proposed we went out to celebrate. People bought us Cherry Jack Bombs galore and we were both so hammered and happy.
The Hammered and Happy Couple
Snapping into Slim Jims in his dreams
It's been almost a year since we got engaged, and we are planning on getting married 7 months from now. It's crazy to think about how quickly time has flown by and pretty soon I'll be walking down the aisle to my Mach Man. I'm so so glad that Bradley went the extra mile to make our proposal really memorable and special. I really did get so lucky, and I can't wait to see him standing at the alter :)