It’s been a while since I’ve updated, but that’s mostly because I sometimes have difficulties writing about the various occurrences in my life. I said I’d do better about this, but I haven’t! Hopefully I can jump back on the horse soon.
In other news, I got engaged about three weeks ago to the love of my life! We had been discussing it since October of last year but, I was still somewhat surprised by his proposal, which was very sentimental and sweet.
It was our two-year dating anniversary and he took me to a park we had visited very early after we initially started dating. We walked around a bit, taking note of the beautiful scenery around us and reminiscing on the first time we visited the park. Aside from the park being less crowded that day (we visited on a Monday afternoon this time instead of a Saturday afternoon), everything seemed the same. We must have wondered around for about an hour until he suggested we take a brief rest on a bench overlooking the man made lake (which is the focal point of the entire park). I assumed he legitimately needed a break, because it was unseasonably warm that afternoon. He had brought a backpack to stuff our water bottles in. Little did I know, that wasn’t the only reason he brought the backpack…
As we sat down, he started talking about how great of a day it had been and how wonderful being together has gone. He handed me my bottle of water and said a bunch of other really sweet things, like how this has been the best two years of his life and then he paused, stood up from the bench and then got on one knee. He continued on to say that he wanted that to continue that and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and I blurted out, “ARE YOU PROPOSING?!” and then he popped the question.
After the heartfelt proposal, we shared some moments of hugs and kisses, took photos of the ring on my finger and continued on the main trail to get back over to his car (which took almost another 45 minutes because we temporarily got a bit lost on the trail–he was trying to find a private spot to propose).
Later on that evening, we visited our first date spot and started texting friends and families to let them know the good news. Everyone sort of suspected it was going to happen eventually, but they were all still happy to be informed. After sharing the news with close friends and family, we then posted it on social media.
Fast forward just about three weeks and we’re just now starting the wedding planning process. According to The Knot, the official start date of wedding planning season is (well, WAS at this point) March 1st, which just so happens to be my birthday (haha).
We haven’t quite nailed anything down or signed any contracts, but we’re looking to get married around our dating anniversary next year in February with about 100 guests. While I’m looking forward to it, I’m already a bit overwhelmed with planning. There are so many things to consider and so many things to do that it gives me a headache (I see why people just elope–j/k). There are so many websites, books, articles and unsolicited advice from EVERYONE. Not to mention, the pressure of making sure both of our families are happy with whatever we come up with.
The Teacher has been mostly agreeable so far and has stated that he just wants to do what, “makes me happy”, but I have a feeling he’ll have some opinions as time goes on. As a teacher, he’s naturally full of them anyway.
Welp, that’s it in that regard. I do plan to start blogging regularly if for no other reason than to document what’s about to be an interesting ride in planning a wedding.