That is to say, GOOD VACATION.
Okay I guess it was more like BEST. VACATION. EVER.
Why you ask? Well... let's see... ummm.... Oh yeah, THIS HAPPENED!!!!!!
Um yeah. I got engaged. I'M ENGAGED! I'm sorry I just really, really like saying that. Even typing that is really fun. Engaged, engaged, engaged, ENGAGED! Me! Woo! (that was all in a very sing-songy voice in my head, by the way.)
So here's the story...
We were up at the lake with my family. My mom's family has been going to the same resort (and by resort I mean, like 12 cabins on a lake, not a spa resort or something) for, like, 60 years. I've gone for a week every summer since I was, well, I guess about a 2 month developed fetus in my mama's belly. I've never missed a summer. I've even thrown in a few MEA weekends and Labor Days. It's my favorite place ever. When I was 17 and went to France for two weeks I came back and told my parents I just wanted to buy Paris and just have it, like, as my house. The Lake still wins. The Lake > Paris, okay?
Another bit of back story: For Mother's Day Steve's mom asked for a picture of the two of us. While looking through our photos we found we hadn't really taken a nice photo together for about a year. So we've been trying to take more pictures when we actually do things.
So we wanted to take a couple nice pictures together while we were at the lake. And weeks ago Steve started saying things like "well, I think I'm going to take one of my nice shirts, maybe you could take a sundress or something and we can take our Christmas card photo" and so on. All of this seemed more or less reasonable. Perhaps a little overly concerned about a picture... but sometimes it seems like Steve just forgets he's already told me something so he tells me a whole bunch of times. Regardless, I did not think much about it at all. So on our third day there it was nice out and Steve said "let's take the boat out later, take a nice picture with the sunset." Seemed like a good enough idea to me. Steve got my aunt and my brother involved in convincing my nieces that ice cream would be better than a sunset cruise. (They were sold before my brother finished saying the word "cream.")
We got out on the lake, found a pretty spot and with a nice view...
I think it's a pretty nice view anyway. I might be biased, but I don't really care.
Steve set up the camera on the tripod and (sneaky guy) actually put it on video (later he told me he actually didn't even know how to set the timer and the fact that he didn't ask me probably should have clued me in.) He came back over to where I was and I started preparing for the photo and he said "well I have to get down on one knee for this one."
Ever the elegant, loquacious, lady; I replied, "What?"
He proceeded to get down on one knee and say some really very romantic things that I'm not going to share with the whole world.
My next comment - again because I am such a wordsmith - was "Are you kidding?"
I remember now having the little thought in my head "If he's messing with me, I'm going to punch him. He's going over the side of the boat and I'm driving away without him. This is not funny."
Reasonable assured that he was not, in fact, kidding (this had much to do with the AMAZING ring I now had possession of) I kissed him, told him I loved him, I think I officially said yes at some point, and started grinning like a crazy person that really didn't end for a long time.
After we came back in off the lake my aunt (Steve's co-conspirator) had prepared a little party for us with champagne and cheesecake and lots and lots of hugs, and explaining to a six-year-old the difference between a fiance and Beyonce, and oh my god my face hurt from smiling and I so didn't care at all.
Oh yeah, there was some kissing too.
We proceeded back to the cabin Steve and I share with my parents, there was more Champagne, I got to look at a whole booklet of stuff dedicated to my ring, more face-splitting smiles (seriously I look like a crazy person in most of the pictures. I bring new meaning to "crazy-eyes." Okay, not new meaning but... more... well I think I bring more crazy to "crazy-eyes.") and so on and so forth.
At some point, thankfully, the sides of my mouth stopped trying to wrap around my ears and we calmed back into our general, all-around cuteness.
Almost entirely crazy-eye free!
I'd love to tell you that it's been that since then. But we're back in the real world now. I spent most of my first day back at work just reading my email. Oh and let's see, on Sunday my brother and my nieces went home (which was expected and normal but it still blows) and both of my parents left for their new home in Dallas. Sunday was not a good day. Oh yeah and we have like 50 loads of laundry to do (because when you come within 20 miles of the lake makes all the clothes and towels and any other cloth-like material you may have with you immediately becomes filthy, it's one of the many charms of the lake) and still have to unpack about 5 boxes. Joy. Pure Joy.
Oh yeah and I have to get up in like 7 hours to go to work again. Peace out.