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Okay, so this is kind of wedding related, but not really, so I'm not going to cut it.
I was talking to my mom on the phone tonight and she told me that her and my dad had been talking about my Sister-In-Law, Graz, lately. For those who are new or who have forgotten, here is a quick point form synopsis.
-Found out October 2000 that my dad had been married before and had a son.
-Son, Scott, was at the time 29 years old and married to Graz
-We met Scott and found out he was sick; brain cancer
-We got to know Scott fairly well over a year before he got really sick
-He moved into the hospital full time and I only went to see him once; still dealing with some big-time guilt surronding that
-After not seeing him for five months, he passed away this past January
-I went to the funeral along with Jody, my younger brother; my dad stayed home because of some lingering hostility with his ex-wife and the desire not to make a scene at that delicate time
-Sort of lost touch with Graz again after the funeral, as in haven't talked to her since, not sure if it was a mis-understanding on someone's part or if it was intentional on someone's part

Okay, so this leaves off at this evening. I was talking to my mom on the phone and I wanted to know how my dad would feel about my calling Graz to tell her about the engagement. Word is starting to spread quickly and I really thought it would be rude to have her hear it from someone else, which she likely would if I didn't call her. My dad said I was "grown" and free to do as I wished. So I called her.
She was actually really glad to hear from me. Excited (she loves Dan) as someone who just lost their husband could be. She said she appreciated us giving her the space. She said she's still not sure what she wants and still has good days and bad days as far as dealing with Scott's death are concerned. She said she's ready to be in contact with us again now and wants to see us again.
So I think this was really good timing. It wasn't just calling out of the blue after so long, it was calling with a purpose that served as a really good ice-breaker. So I hope this gets things off the ground for us again. I would really hate to loser her as part of my life after all we've been through together. I'm going to follow up on this one for sure!! I bought a little card for her a while back that I've been too chicken to send. Maybe I'll put that in the mail next week with a few pictures from the engagement. Yeah, then it's not like a card out of the blue, it's a card with a purpose. See the theme?
Anyway, that's my kind of good/relieving news for the night. :)

Quick Post

Jun. 3rd, 2002 09:44 pm
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I'm exhausted from lack of sleep and coming down from a huge excitement high!
I can't remember the last time I went to bed at 9:30!!
I talked to my mom some more tonight, she's just full of good ideas, I'm so glad she's retiring and will have the time to help me plan things.
Called a bunch of reception places today and they were either booked solid, way out of our price range or both. So I consulted the handy dandy yellow pages and am setting up for round two tomorrow!
Time for sleep!!!

My Pet Rock

Jun. 2nd, 2002 10:37 pm
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(Dan thought up that title)
So much to say.
Guess I'll start Friday where I last left off.
I left work at 2:00 to go and catch the VIA train. I was still pretty calm at this point though. It's a good thing I left work early though, it was a long wait to pick up my ticket then it was first come first serve for window seats on the train, so it was good. I got one. The train ride was nice. I had planned to read, but found I couldn't concentrate, so I just listened to music and looked out the window instead.
Dan picked me up right on time at the train station and we drove to get some dinner at Denny's. While at dinner he asked me if I wanted to wait until our surprise to get engaged or if I wanted to do it before hand. He thought maybe he wouldn't be able to do it during our surprise. I didn't really understand what he was talking about, so he decided to tell me what the surprise was so I could decide for myself. My surprise was a Thousand Island's Dinner Cruise. The reason he might not be able to ask me on the boat was that we couldn't be guaranteed a table to ourselves and they might have to put people beside us and that would be a little too "in your face" and impersonal. We're more private than that. So I said I'd be willing to take the chance we'd get our own table and if not he could do it afterwards, and he liked that plan.
We checked in to the hotel and vegged for a while before heading out to get a few things we had forgotten. Isn't that always the way? Then we went back and vegged some more and went to bed early. It had been a long stressful week for both of us.
We got up early Saturday morning and ordered some breakfast in bed. Then we showered and left because we wanted to get out of the room before the maid came. We didn't want to be in the room when she arrived, but we wanted our bed re-made and some new soap and shampoo! :)
So we went and decided to take a drive around town and see some of the sights. We wound up doing a little more shopping at Wal-Mart and Zellers. We both got new sandals for this summer as well as some other little things here and there.
Then we picked up some lunch stuff at the grocery store and went back to our hotel for a little picnic on our balcony for lunch. Then we watched some TV and had a nap until it was time to get ready to go. I had a shower and put on my dress and we left for Kingston.
We got there a little early which was good. We went inside and picked up our tickets and a postcard of the boat. Then we got in line for boarding because we weren't sure it the seating on the boat was first come first serve or not. It wasn't. They had a table reserved for us and we were all alone. Perfect.
So the cruise started and it was a little rough. It was really windy on Saturday and the waters were kind of choppy until we got out of the bay and into the more sheltered area with the islands.
We ordered some drinks and listened to the tour guide, but all the wait staff were staring at me constantly! Then they came around and took our dinner orders and we saw some more sights. They brought out our dinner and I could see that Dan was starting to get really nervous, so I reassured him that when he decided to ask, I would say yes.
So we finished dinner and had ordered our dessert when he started to look nervous again. I tried to give him a nice calming look and he brought out the ring. I can't remember exactly what he said because as soon as he reached for his pocket and said "well" I started to cry. What I remember is this:
"Well, I know I'm not perfect, but I'd like to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?" And he opened the ring box and put it on my finger and I said yes. I was in full blown crying mode at this point and he was a little misty as well. We decided to go out on the deck of the boat so we could be alone and talk a little. It was so cold out there though that we only lasted long enough to get a couple of pictures before we came back in. We went and sat back down and I decided to go to the bathroom.
On my way out of the bathroom, the bartender and a few of the wait staff stopped me to congratulate me. I got back to the table and Dan said that a few came over to him while I was gone and congratulated him too, wanted to know how it went and if I had said yes and stuff.
They brought out dessert and the announcer started announcing everyone on the boat who was celebrating an anniversary. Dan told me that while I was gone they had asked him if he wanted us announced and he said he'd have to ask me. So I signaled our waitress and asked if we could be announced as well. The whole boat gave their collective "ooh's and aah's" and clapped for us.
Then we were starting to near the harbour and the guitar player on board started playing Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" so we got up to dance with some of the anniversary couples. The bay was still rough though, so it was pitching and heaving pretty badly up at the front of the boat, so we and the other couples lasted about half the song before we had to sit back down again. It was still really nice that we got to dance though.
We pulled into port and got off the boat and bought a copy of the picture they had taken before we got on the boat. Then we went back to the car and I gave him the card and gift card I bought for him. We stayed outside a little longer looking out over the lake and at the stars until another boat started to dock and soaked us, so we decided to go back to the hotel at this point.
We stayed up late talking Saturday night then crashed and fell asleep after all the excitement for the day was over.
We got up early again on Sunday and headed out because we had another long day ahead of us still telling all of our family. We went to Denny's again for breakfast while our pictures 1-hour developed at Wal-Mart. Then we got on the highway and headed back towards home. We stopped first at Dan's parents' house and only Dan's mom was home. So she knew it was coming and just wanted to see my hand. She hugged me for the first time ever and she was so happy. It was really nice.
Then we headed out to Dan's grandparents' house and told them. They had to keep reminding themselves that we aren't 16 anymore and that we really are old enough for this!!
Then we went to see my parents. I was so nervous and shaking. When we got there they were out on the back porch around the pool. We walked out and they were asking us how our weekend was and noticing that we'd bought new sandals and I was about to throw up with anticipation, so all I could manage to do was thrust my hand out in front of my mom. She was speechless and just started to cry and laugh and hug me. The neighbour was also outside and was looking at us like we were nuts, so she called over to him and he congratulated us and it was nice. They're so happy for us!
They took us out to dinner to celebrate and my brother, Jody, called me on my cell phone while we were waiting for dinner because I'd tried to call him before we left for dinner. I told him and he was in like total shock. Really excited. I talked to him on the phone for another hour after I got home.
I think I've called everyone now that I'm going to call directly. Word will spread from there. There are a few people I left messages with and who are going to call me back, but I'm done with the phone for now I think.
Starting to calm down. Hope I can get some sleep tonight! Still people returning my calls here and there.
Here are all the pictures now! :) )
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I'm going to have to gush here for a while, then I promise I'll shut up for a while.
[profile] glitter_divine You are still sworn to secrecy on this one. You're the only person I know in real life that I've told...
Okay, here goes.
We picked up our engagement/wedding rings on Friday after work. They turned out beautifully! Only one problem though, when I put them on they were too small. I decided on Sunday to take them back feeling like a complete idiot like I had picked the wrong size for myself, but when the woman put them on the sizing bar she saw that the sizing guy hadn't made them the right size, so they've been sent back again and I can pick them up about a week from today. Not that it means I can wear it yet... :)
June 1st is the day we've chosen to make things "official". We decided to choose the date together and he's just going to plan a surprise as to what we'll do. He says he has two ideas already...one will take all weekend apparently...I'm so excited!! Only a few more weeks to wait...which should seem like nothing in comparison to 5 years, but it's going to draaa-aaag!!! *lol*
The engagement ring itself looks a little plain on it's own, it's just a fine white gold band with a solitaire diamond, but it looks beautiful paired with the wedding band which is a line of about 6 really small diamonds set into a plain, white gold band. I'll post some pictures once I have them back. I'll take some pictures of it on my hand and scan them. Okay, that's all for now.
/gush
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Man...I'm really bad for not updating on weekends...just so much going on that I don't even have time to sit down at my computer!
On Friday night I met Dan at the mall and we did some shopping, picked up our rings (!!!) and had dinner. We came home and there was a message that a friend had called. So we called him back and within 10 minutes had packed for the night and were headed out to spend the night there. We stayed up too late, played video games, watched movies and slept in the next morning. Isn't that what weekends are all about?
The following morning we all went out for breakfast, then Dan and I took a cruise by the outside of the apartment just to refresh our memories. I can't wait for next weekend to get all moved in!!
Then we came home and packed up a few boxes, then got changed and headed out for the evening with some other friends, Mike (the new roommate) and his girlfriend Kim. We went to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner, great food! Then we went and drove by the apartment again (in a different car this time so they didn't think we were stalking them or anything) Kim hadn't seen it yet and we wanted to show it to her. Then we headed out to play some Glow in the Dark mini-golf and for once I didn't lose, I came in second last. :P
We got up semi-early this morning and ran some errands. Picked up some painting supplies for the apartment and some other misc. stuff. Had to take the rings back because they hadn't sized them large enough. Not my fault, it was theirs. She put them on the sizing stick thing and the guy had sized them a quarter size too small still, so I get them back in another week. Dan got a hair-cut, etc. Then we came back here and went on a massive packing streak. It's starting to look pretty empty around here which is a good thing. We carried some of the smaller peices of furniture out and a lot of boxes. I have just enough clothes left in my closet to last me a week. It's so funny.
Now we're just taking a break because we carried all that stuff upstairs and out into the garage. Then I think I might pack some more.
I hate packing.
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I honestly meant to post "shortly" after I posted the first time, but then the weather got nice and we went out for breakfast and washed the cars, then I had to go and get all the pictures I took developed and then it was 5:00. I'm here now though and here goes the exciting post! :)
This is what we looked at this weekend (and are likely returning in the next couple of weeks to buy)...
Check It Out!!!
We just want to look around at a few other places first.

Note: [livejournal.com profile] glitter_divine, if you tell your mom (or anyone else related to us) I will personally come there and kick the crap out of you. So far the only ones who know are Dan, Me and my LJ friends...
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Exciting entry to follow shortly.

*sigh*

Mar. 24th, 2002 07:49 pm
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Sunday evening always seems to come too close to Friday evening. How depressing. I'm beginning to think I don't like my new job so much. It's just the unpredictability I'm not too keen on...the potential for crap work to crop up unexpectedly just when I'm doing something that I enjoy. I'll give it a little longer though, I'm still just training and need to do a little of everything before I settle into my personal routine there. I really like working reception, but they have a full time receptionist. I just fill in for her when she takes breaks/goes on vacation. It's good money and I need money. That should be enough incentive right?

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I've scanned probably close to 40 pictures now and am working on organizing them all in a quick website made from Word most likely. I'd post links to them now, but I'm not planning to leave them the way that they are and I'm not going to want to come back later and update all the links, and I don't want to have broken links either, thus my dilemma.

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On a happier note, I got the nod from Dan today on starting to go ring shopping like next weekend. Yep, the ring. We're still going to probably wait until later in the summer/early fall before getting engaged, but we're going to take our time on the ring shopping and be prepared if we decide to take the step earlier. We already have the wedding date planned out...September 13th, 2003. :) So we're just going to work backward from there when we should get engaged and play it a bit by ear. It's kind of awkward for us both living at home right now...we feel like we're both back in high school. But, we also don't want to get engaged like two weeks after moving in with a new room mate, that might be a bit awkward too. But we also don't want to leave it too late, that starts to cut into planning time. Like I said, we'll play it by ear. This is definitely exciting stuff though. *grins*

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