..I said yes. Can you believe it? It took me a few minutes, but I gave the right answer (that was the correct answer, wasn't it?).
About a month ago my aunt asked us if we'd like to join her for dinner out. She said she hasn't seen enough of us and would love to spend an evening with the entire family. But entire family, I mean my mother, father, sister, brother's girlfriend (my brother is away at college), grandma, grandpa and my children. Although we live close to each other, our schedules don't allow us to spend much time together. We all agreed.
From what MM told me later, once he remembered we were having dinner as a family, he decided that's when he'd like to propose.
I have to tell you, I had a bloody shit ass day yesterday. DW is still sick and therefore out of the office, so my work load has doubled. Not only that, but that time of the month is fast approaching and I'm PMSing like you wouldn't believe. I was tempted to cancel our dinner plans altogether. It was that bad. To top it all off, the kids were being royal pains in the arse and driving me batty. I just wanted to curl up on the couch with a good book and block out the world.
I knew that wouldn't be possible, so I rushed home after work to take a shower and change my clothes. MM was supposed to pick the kids and I up at 6:20, but he was running late and didn't arrive until just before 6:40, which meant if we didn't haul balls we'd be extremely late. Naturally I was annoyed at him for this. Then, my brother's girlfriend was late and my children were going insane just standing around waiting.
To say I wasn't at my best would be the understatement of the year. I felt I maintained fairly well, but still, I knew I wasn't fit for polite company. Eventually we decided to go ahead and get the table and we all ordered drinks. Shortly after that my brother's GF arrived and we started checking out the menu.
Side Note: Forgive me if this post is all over the place, but that's exactly how I feel at the moment! :End Side Note
From what I came to understand later, MM took my aunt aside when we first arrived and asked if she would mind if he proposed. He told her since it was her night, he didn't want to take away from it, but since our family didn't get together very often he thought this was the perfect opportunity. Naturally she agreed. Duh. LOL
So, he took my father aside and asked permission, then he asked my grandfather. They both agreed. My aunt's job was to get me away from the table so he could tell everyone else. At one point she asked if I'd like to walk with her to the restrooms, but I was busy glaring daggers at my overly hyper children and declined. Luck was on her side, however, because a short time later Little Man had to use the restroom. We left the table and evidently while we were gone MM announced to the rest of my family his intentions. Then he said, "It's a surprise, so when she comes back KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE!"
Apparently they did a credible job of it, too, because I didn't suspect a thing. Little Man and I came back from the restroom and he asked me to play a game of tic-tac-toe with him. About halfway through our second game MM pushed back from the table and started to stand up. I glanced over at him and he said, "As long as I have you all here," and he dropped down to one knee and pulled a little black box from his pocket. To say I was shocked is a complete and total understatement.
He opened the box and held it out in front of him and said, "Holly, will you marry me?" My stomach heaved and I put my hand over my mouth. I'm sure my eyes were as wide as silver dollars and I was literally struck speechless. There was complete silence at the table and he just stared at me, while I stared at the ring. It's bloody gorgeous!
After a good three minutes of silence someone (at this point I'm not sure) said, "Are you going to say yes?" and MM said, "Honey, you can't eat this one" (in reference to all the Ring-Pops he's been proposing with) and I was finally able to nod my head. I squeaked out, "Ok" and when he just continued to look at me I said, "yes" and the entire table cheered. Someone said, "Are you going to cry?" and The Girl said, "You can't cry, mom, your mascara will run!" Gotta love the girl. :P
In case you're wondering, no, I didn't cry. I was very misty eyed, but I held it together. My sister, on the other hand, started crying as soon as he dropped down to one knee. Ha!
The ring is a beautiful 1.09 ct. pear shaped solitaire on a 14 kt. gold band. Simple, elegant and huge! I adore it. It's sparkly and pretty! *sigh*
Anyway, the family congratulated us of course, and then the servers all ran over. The one gal said, "I couldn't wait any more, I had to see!" It was so cute.
After that things are kind of a blur. I kept staring at MM and my ring, and MM kept staring at my ring and me. I called everyone I could think of to tell them. Isabel's reaction was the best.
"Shut up. Are you serious?"
"Yes! I'm dead serious."
"Whatever, Holly. Did he really?"
"Isabel! I'm serious! He really did!"
"Holly, seriously? With a real ring?"
*squeaky, high pitched voice* "YES! HE REALLY DID. HE GOT DOWN ON ONE KNEE AND GAVE ME A RING AND EVERYTHING! I SAID YES!"
*still skeptical* "Wow. That's awesome."
Nicole was close to as good, though.
Me: "MM proposed!"
Her: MM's on the phone? What?"
Me: "He proposed!"
Her: "What phone?"
Me: *speaking very slowly as I might if talking to a two-year-old* "Niks. MM, my boyfriend? Ring, proposed, engaged."
Her: "OHHH! You're engaged!!!"
Daphne screamed so loud I'm partially deaf in one ear, Rene was crying so hard I could barely understand her and Rowena said, "really?" like it was something that happened every day. Grace bordered on stalkerville, calling my cell phone, emailing me, sending me messages on MySpace and IMing me. MM's family were all very excited for us and his dad welcomed me to the family. He said, "I get to be a step-grandpa now! That is so cool!" It was great.
My concentration is crap today, but I think I got all the salient points there. We're talking about October 25, 2008, but it isn't set in stone yet. I swear, I have a permagrin. HA!
Thank you all for your congratulations! I couldn't wait to get home to blog about it and in my excitement forgot to mention my answer. Since there WAS some doubt about what it would be, I thank you all for being so patient!
Mailyn, you're right, the ten year plan didn't work out quite the way I'd intended. ;)
Edited to add: I can't believe I forgot to tell y'all what the kids said. They were both very excited. The Girl kept saying, "this is the best that's ever happened to me!" and Little Man said, "Mom, you have to call ---" and he kept listing my friends and family. Then he said, "OH, do you want to call daddy and tell him?" Hmm, somehow I don't think the RB will welcome this news.
In any case, they're very excited. ;)
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