Surprises are my thing, I LOVE them! Unfortunately, I’m also an investigator. This combination makes it very hard for anyone to be able to uphold surprises. When I think there is a plan of any kind in place I perk up in alert mode. I see the whispers and hear the giveaways without even trying. Once I’m onto something, beware as I will ask sneaky test like questions hoping to squash any potential confirmation of said surprise. If you’re not quick enough to make something up… I’ll know. Of course, if a surprise is unveiled I am left utterly disappointed and its all by my own doing. Life of a Virgo I suppose.
Our engagement story follows a similar theme. Although I have been anticipating our nuptials it became even more important to me once Olivia arrived. There’s something about not having the same last name as your child. The popular question has been, “were you surprised?” and the answer is yes and no. I’ve always wanted a 2017 wedding. The number 17 has popped up in our relationship in the most curious of ways. So I wanted to continue the trend. This is the main reason I wasn’t “surprised” per say (2017 wedding season isn’t exactly far away). But where the surprise did come in was that I convinced myself that any day that was special, strange or out of the ordinary was “the day.” I for sure thought mother’s day, then I for suuuure thought a random weekday when there were cars lined up on his parent’s street. Honestly, every day was “the day.” So when the actual day came I went about it as usual, convincing myself that it was the perfect day to be engaged! Story below:
Beau had arranged it all to a tee. From date, to location, to Olivia being watched and ultimately to convincing me we were just going on a fun adventure thanks to his boss. He had told me his boss received a plane tour of the 30,000 islands in Parry Sound from one of their clients but had already done said tour so gave it to us. He asked if I wanted to go (instead of just telling me we were) and since I’m always up for an adventure I said yes! Yes, I did think “this would be the perfect engagement” but Beau made sure to continuously play it off that it was a gift from his boss which kept throwing me off. As soon as I’d convince myself this was the proposal, he’d squash it with a smart maneuver. For instance he asked that I text his boss and say thank you for the gift, he then followed up to make sure I didn’t forget. This had me sold.
He had me call my mom to ask if she could watch Olivia. Better yet, to have her join us as he told me it would be easier to just have my mom come so we wouldn’t leave Olivia for long. Since I still breastfeed this was a no brainer for me. Called my mom, she was on board and was bringing the family. She said she would have company for the ride up and then we can all go out for dinner (she had actually already planned a surprise Engagement dinner with my mother in law to be!). It all sounded good to me.
That morning we had photos being taken for the blog (so lucky as I had done my nails!), went out for lunch and made our way up to Parry Sound. We arrived to the Georgian Bay airway, took some photos and off we went. I was anxious right before we boarded as I’ve never flown off water and because I was expecting a senior pilot (he was 20… or so seemed) but was excited as soon as we sat in the plane.
Up in the air we looked at all the scenery, scoped out the multimillion dollar mansions (I mean cottages). I was taking photos and when I turned toward Beau, he had the the ring out. At first I was in a bit of shock but then I waited for words. None came out. Beau was looking at me with his sunglasses hiding the droplets of tears just frozen. I didn’t know how to react. I just sat there smiling with my mind racing a mile a minute. Finally he asked me to marry him and we were all pure excitement. The rest of the tour was lost to admiring my new ring and FIANCE!
We landed as an engaged couple and Olivia and my parents were ready to celebrate with the champagne that awaited us. Funny enough the champagne came completely frozen (we got a new bottle) but we laughed hysterically.
I am so thrilled with the thoughtfulness and planning that went into this engagement. Having my daughter and family there was seriously the cherry on top! I am over the moon.