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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

this IS how it happened

this is quite literally the only picture I have from our proposal. do you like my outfit?
 did you even know that today is the one year anniversary of our proposal?
not you and me. Aaron and I. we got engaged one year ago today in Chicago.
picture it, cold ass Chicago, boy all dressed up, girl in an army coat.
as you can imagine, this was a situation full of swearing, laughing and me being a pain in the ass.

shortly after I wrote this post for Breanna's birthday, a secret plan was hatched.
a plan between Aaron and her that I had no clue about [thus a secret plan].

the craziest part is that Bre cannot keep a secret to save her life.
if I had to guess, I would say this is the only huge secret she hasn't given away.
please weigh in Breanna, tell people the statistics.

she used to ask me to call her and leave the phone next to me when I felt the proposal coming.
she wanted to be the very first one to know and she threatened me about it all the time.
as it turns out, she was one of the very first people to know, long before I knew, that's for sure.

so, Breanna and I were in Chicago for about four days and I was getting pissed at her.
she was on her phone all the time and she kept going to the bathroom.
I was like take an Imodium and lose your phone already.
[as I would later find out, she was on the phone with Aaron]
 I was being an a-hole since I could obviously see her attention was not on girls weekend,
and I texted Aaron that I wanted to come home a day early.
he told me to stop being ridiculous, Bre is just a phone girl, and to have a good time.
I tried. we went to a museum, we went to eat, we walked and talked, it really ended up being a great time.

on that particular Tuesday, it was pretty chilly, and being as we were in "The Windy City" we looked a little rough [to say the least]
we walked around and shopped for a bit in the morning and then went back to the room to "freshen up" before dinner.
we were there for probably 15 minutes when suddenly Bre had a bug up her butt to go see this fountain.
a fountain that we had already been too. who does that? a girl with a plan I suppose.
I ended up texting Aaron again regarding how offended I was that "this individual" was rushing me.
he again told me to suck it up and stop being an a-hole. so to the fountain we went.

we walked for probably five minutes with me trailing behind Breanna.
sure I was going to the dumb fountain with her but I refused to be happy about it.
she turned into Wrigley Square and looked at me with a huge grin on her face.
I literally said, out loud, "what the hell are you so happy about?"
and then I saw him. 
sitting there all fancy at the fountain.
I was shocked but I still had no idea it was happening.
Aaron is that guy. that guy that will drive 6 hours just to surprise you on a random Tuesday.

Bre seemed to disappear while Aaron and I were left standing there, laughing and talking.
I was all, what are you doing here and he was all, oh I missed you.
then it happened. 
he got down on one knee and I kept yelling, "what the fuck is happening? what are you doing?"
so very classy of me.
he swears I told him no a few times and that I wouldn't say yes for him to stand back up.
of course I did say yes! and we kissed and it was magical.

I heard people clapping, which is so awkward that I tried to pretend it wasn't happening.
turns out that it was Breanna, my mom, and Aaron's mom.
I was completely oblivious to their presence and it was another huge shock when they came up to us.

I later asked Aaron when or how he planned this.
he says that on Monday morning he realized that his life would be drastically different without me, and not in a good way.
he left work early, went and bought a ring, drove around to all of our family members,
called in sick to work on Tuesday, and drove all the way to Chicago.
not to shabby for no plan at all :)

all in all, it was exactly what I had always imagined that it would be:
totally random, a complete shock
and I was acting like a jerk right until it happened.

I am an extremely lucky girl to have such an amazing husband,
and a great friend that puts up with my... tendencies.
I love them both and I am so happy to know them.

if you stuck around and actually read all of this,
then bless you. if you just scrolled to the bottom, you are one smart cookie.
here is your reward: the text message in which I refer to Breanna as "this individual"

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