Thursday, August 14, 2014

It started out like any other Sunday...

...but it ended with me being a fiancée instead of a girlfriend.

I have been planning on blogging about this all week, however work and time constraints and previous engagements/responsibilities have hindered me from blogging at all.

We began the day going house shopping, which actually turned out to be really productive. We have a new realtor from the last time we went down the road to potential homeownership, and she is amazing! I never thought how much of a difference a good realtor could make when it comes to looking for potential homes. After looking at a few houses, Derek and I went on a mountain bike ride - our first since the spring, since it's been too hot recently.

Since it was still pretty hot/humid (pretty sure the humidity was 91% that day) and we both forgot our camelbaks, we opted for a short four mile ride, followed by a ride to the boat ramp and a dip in the river. Sidenote: when you're planning on swimming around in the river, don't wear a white sports bra. After the ride back from the boat ramp, I was all for going home, but Derek wanted to go on a trail run - I insisted it was too hot. Too tired. We didn't have a lot of water. But he said we needed to work on our running-after-biking for the tri we're doing (in three weeks eeeep). So I agreed to a two-ish mile run.

On the trail, there is a place where the trees and vines completely cover the whole trail, making a sort of vine/tree tunnel. It's my favorite part of the trail and I always say something about how pretty it is every time we ride through it. As we ran through, I said, as I usually do, "This is my favorite part, it's so cool how the trees make a tunnel here. It's so pretty." Derek replied, "Yeah, wouldn't it be a cool place to get engaged?" I kind of giggled a little and said, "Yeah, it would be." but not thinking much about it, because we all know he likes to "call wolf" when it comes to engagements.

Then we ran out of the tunnel and nothing happened.

After running a few more minutes (the whole time me complaining about anything: tree roots, sweat, being tired, bugs) Derek ran through not one, but two spiderwebs back to back. As he was frantically making sure there wasn't a spider crawling on his head, I started doing the same. Because spiders on my body would not have been okay. Once I made sure I was arachnid-free, I started running again and Derek whipped around very fast, throwing his hand out toward me. I, being the highly logical and sensible lady that I am, screamed (still thinking of spiders) "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"

Him: "What does it look like I'm doing??"

Me (after seeing something sparkley): "What is that? What are you doing?"

Him: "Hahaha what does it look like?"

Me: "Are you kidding me right now?"

Him "Nope."

Me: "...................................."

Him: "Well?"

Me: "Well, you haven't asked me anything yet!"

Him: "Oh, I thought it was kind of implied. I guess, will you marry me?"

Me: "YES!"

And we lived happily ever after.

Not really. We still had another mile and a half to run before we got back to the truck, the whole time me running with my hand in my face staring at my beautiful new toy, tripping over tree roots. It wasn't what you would call a "romantic" proposal, mainly because I half way didn't believe that it was ACTUALLY happening, after months of waiting.

We don't have any plans yet, except we are both so thrilled to be marrying one another! After we work out a few "loose ends" we will be in full force planning mode!

Linking up with Treasure Tromp!


Emily Woodard said...

Congrats!Such a beautiful ring. Maybe you two can have some pictures taken in the vine tunnel :)

Kayla MKOY said...

Eeeek!!!! I've been waiting!!! So so happy for you two :) the ring is gorgeous!

Jessica K said...

Congrats!!! Gorgeous ring!!

Jaelan @ Making Mrs. M said...

Congratulations!! It's an exciting time, and you will always remember your proposal because it was so unique. Props to him!

Amy @The Crazy Wise Woman said...

Awww.... congrats! What a great story!!!

Call it Adventure said...

This is awesome. AWESOME. And it sounds like the proposal was perfectly you, which makes me smile :)

Kerri F said...

AHH! How exciting! Congrats :)

Tami said...

Weeee I've been waiting to hear the details! This is such a great story. Congrats again to the both of you! :)

ohshellsbells said...

congratulations! i love a good unconventional engagement story ;)

K @ Keeping Up With K... said...

I was wondering if I had missed the announcement on the blog when I saw the question about engagement photo outfits on Twitter! Congratulations!!

Margaret said...

Woo hoo!!! So happy for you lady! Congratulations :)

Samantha said...

I've been waiting all week for this post!!!!!


I looove this story and how it was a completely surprise!

Also, JC did the same thing (just said well....without actually asking anything at first). Guys! At least you've got a good story to tell your grandbabies ;)

Sweet Catastrophe Blog said...

Congrats! What an adorable story!

Kristine said...

Ahhh congrats!! I just got engaged last week! Haven't been able to blog about it though :/

brooke lyn said...

oh i thought it was implied - such a boy. BUT in other news i love that he proposed doing something you two enjoy together and not something staged and fake

Congrats :)

Morgan Sparks said...

Congratulations!!! So exciting!!

Jay T said...

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I've been waiting and waiting for you to post the story, I'm so glad you finally did!! Your ring is beautiful! THERE ARE SO MANY EXCLAMATION POINTS!!

Caitlin said...

Ah oh my gosh congratulations girl! !

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

WAHOOOOO!!!!! HAHAHA love it. My husband didn't "ask" either or get down on one knee, but then I made him do both for a photo hahahaha

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

WAHOOOOO!!!!! HAHAHA love it. My husband didn't "ask" either or get down on one knee, but then I made him do both for a photo hahahaha

Helene in Between said...

Congrats!!! That ring is gorgeous! and props to you for running. i would have just been like, you carry me from here, I might faint!

Jess said...

Yay!! I love when people get engaged in ways that reflect their relationship, thats so fun!! Congrat!

Laura Beth said...

Ahhhhh I am so so happy for you darling!! What a cute story :-)

Breenah A said...

Congrats! This is such a cute story :D

Cece said...

You got to be all sweaty in your I just got engaged pic but it fits your active lifestyle so it's perfect in it's own way. I love to hear about engagement stories since I don't have one!!

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Lora Ashley said...

Hooray! Congratulations!

Tracie Everyday said...

yay!!!! Congrats!!!

Fairy Princess Jord said...

This is so sweet and perfect for you two active little love birds. Also your ring is gorgeous.

Melissa Camacho said...

Congrats! such a pretty ring! I love that it was "his" way of proposing too, and completely unexpected! Adorable!

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crazyperfectlife said...

congrats && what a cute story!!

Destiny said...

Congrats!! Such a fun way to get engaged- I feel like it was active and reflective of who you guys are. And in the end- it's all about the love, which you two clearly have! I'm so happy for you!

Girl Brooks said...

SO STINKING EXCITED FOR YOU! Can't wait to see you tonight - with that gorgeous ring!

kdhopwood said...

Congratulations! I love the way he asked, SO different and awesome!

Lindsay Landgraf said...

YAAAAAAAAAAY I AM SO EXCITED FOR Y'ALL!!! The ring is GORGEOUS and oh my word you're engaged. YAY!

Rachel said...

Ah congratulations lady!!!! :)

Ashten @ alwaysashten said...

Beyond happy for you guys. Beyond.

claire said...

I love your engagement story. It's so unique and one you'll always enjoy sharing. Congrats!!
Claire xx

Jackie @ Our Nashville Life said...


The Rachael Way said...

HOW IRONIC that literally last week were talking about you getting engaged, and NOW YOU ARE!! so excited. love you lots. xo

Jamie @ SnapGinger Blog said...


allieology said...

So apparently I'm living under a rock or something, but HOW DID I MISS THIS ON YOUR INSTAGRAM? I went back to look just now and totally missed BOTH pictures. I'm just gonna blame it on the fact that I was driving most of Sunday. Congratulations!!! It's a beautiful ring and I love the story :)

Elizabeth Than said...

AAAHHH CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was the same like you, thinking I would cry my eyes out when the other half propose but nope. Hahaha. J proposed the way he did best (if you like, you can read it here, same as Derek. I think it's unique and very you-guys if you look at it that way. Anyway.... CONGRATS again!!! *pops confetti*

Him & Me (But Mostly Me) said...

Congrats!!!! That is such a shiny beautiful ring!!!

Pink Pamalamma said...

Awww congratulations!!

McKenna Phillips said...

Such a cute, funny engagement story!! Congrats to the both of you! I'm sending lots of love your guy's way :)

Allie said...

I'm a new reader, but I can still congratulate you on getting engaged, right? CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Kenji is Here said...

CONGRATULATIONS! It may have not been glamorous, but it's special to you!

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

Yay yay yay yay yay!!!! Congrats (again!) friend!

Food, Booze, & Baggage said...

Congrats!! What exciting news! Your ring is very pretty.

Amber Thomas said...


Congratulations love birds. Who cares what your plans are? It's the you two part that's important!

Brittany said...

I know I'm a bit late and already said congrats on the twitter but uh CONGRATS!!!!!!! so so exciting!! I love that he proposed while doing something that you two always do together, your thing kinda :) I think it was perfect. YAY!!!!!

Faith B said...

Yay! Congratulations!!
Romantic engagements are overrated, I prefer the interesting ones any day :)

julie said...

I'm totally late in commenting because I've been way behind on my blog reading, but Congratulations! For both the engagement and not having any spiders on you!

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