(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
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! :) )