Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend {We're Engaged!}

My son said that Rowdy and I should get married.

Let me tell you WHY he said that.

Hopefully I can get through it without bawling and jumping up and down like a 19 year old.  Because ladies and gentlemen, it is a GOOD story. 


When we got engaged Rowdy did not have a ring.  I didn't really care, but it was always something he wished had happened differently and he has always said that he wanted to upgrade my ring at our 10 year wedding anniversary.  But I loved my sweet 1/3 carat.  It was simple and we were dirt poor and I loved it. I didn't need an upgrade--so as our 10th anniversary passed this August...I never thought anything of it.


For the past few months Rowdy has been acting really really really weird.  Annoying weird, in fact.  "Don't check my emails," he said.  "Don't look at my text messages," he said.  I don't do those things anyway, but I love surprises, so I said I wouldn't and stuck true to my word.

And then there were little moments like when I was in a really crabby mean mood and my last huffing sentence of attitude was followed up with him saying, "You are going to be really sorry you said that, Carrie."  WHATEVER.

Then my wedding ring band cracked and it needed a good cleaning, so Rowdy was kind enough to take it somewhere for me.  It took a really long time to get cleaned.  I was like, "Wuz-up with that?"  and he followed with a "Wuz-up up with your attitude?"  ...so I left it alone and decided to not complain about it anymore until we got home from our vacation.  I'm super sweet like that.


We decided to plan a trip to Disney World while on our vacation to visit family in Georgia/Florida.  We high-tailed it down to Orlando from Atlanta after our plane landed and after a few family stop-overs we were in a "magical place."

But still, Rowdy was acting weird.  Always looking over his shoulder in a "I'm going to protect my lap-top case and don't look in my pockets" sort of way.  I didn't notice it at the time, but it was definitely weird;)  I am sure of it. 

Then my little family + my in-laws wandered inside the Magic Kingdom for a day of fun and slowly passed the Cinderella castle on our way to some rides. 

(...I am bubbling with anticipation here just writing this...)

My sister-in-law said she wanted a picture by the wishing well next to the castle.  I wasn't really in the mood to go that way, but we all wandered over to look inside the well.  Suddenly Rowdy said, "What would you wish for Carrie?" as I glanced into the well. 

And then just like a fairytale 

he got down on one knee...

And opened a ring box with a gorgeous BIG diamond ring...

And asked me to marry him all over again...

Wanna know my answer?

...I said YES. 


He designed it so that my original diamond was included and both our wedding bands were melted down to create the new band... and then..uhm...he added some serious bling! 

 The inside inscription says a simple {heart} Rowdy

  I think I will for sure marry him, all over again. 

I really can't believe the time and effort that went into this secret, and my goodness I can't thank my guy enough. Seriously, I am one lucky gal. 


PS. I'd like to thank my sister-in-law Carmella for modeling my ring for me.  My nails will never look that good.

PPS. The jeweler is phenomenal and Rowdy was able to create the ring step-by-step with him.  Steve Milner of No Ka Oi Hawaiian Jewelry in Tacoma, Wa can be emailed at nokaoihj@comcast.net or call 253-568-2621. (I just HAD to give him a plug-in because his work is obviously awesome!)


Jocelyn Christensen said...

Bling, bling, and more bling!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go Rowdy and way to go You! You happy couple. Now we know you don't NEED extra bling, but it helps! :) hee hee! Merry Christmas!

Patty Ann said...

What a wonderfully sweet post. He sounds like one crazy, special kind of man. Good for you and so glad you are happy!!

Debby said...

Now that is so sweet. Love the ring.
ANd at Cinderella's castle.....wow. I was thinking how nice your hands looked and you then said they weren't yours, hah.
My daughter and her family are at Disneyland right now in all that rain. Poor babies.

Erin said...

so awesome!!! and so, so beautiful!!! congrats on 10 years and having butterflys all over again!! :)

Stef said...

Wowza! That is awesome! What a great suprise. And I bet he was so relieved that you said yes...again.

Jackie said...

OH MY! It's stunning! And he designed it! With your old diamond! Incredible. I love this story. I love that ring. CONGRATS!

Wendy said...

What a sweet story. Best of luck for your next 10 year honeymoon.

The Martos Fudge said...

How stinking SWEET is that? I am saying this with much jealousy. Cause right now I am mad my hunny and wondering why I love him. can I send him your way so your hubby could teach him a trick or two? I am happy for you. What a wonderful way to bring some excitement and reassurance to your marriage.

Mommy #1 said...

I LOVE it!!! So fun! We had a lot of crazy things happening when we got engaged, and Dave never actually proposed. Maybe I'll have to leave your post open to maybe plant a little idea in his head!!! Hahahahaha -- that is SO sweet! You'll never forget your princess story!

Pasion Family said...

Seriously- OMG (I am beyond words) What a man!!!

Lisa S said...

I love your ring..so sweet and bling-ee What a nice guy. congratulations!

Evelyn @ Hanging by a Silver Lining said...

What a great story! I may need to send the link to my hubby. He could use a hint. LOVE IT!

wilkinson_fam said...

Yay Aaron! What a man! And Carrie - you deserve it. Every last diamond. Enjoy, you little lovebirds!

Amy said...

Oh, how perfect!! I love this story! You completely and totally deserve such a beautiful little fairy-tale moment!
and the ring is goooorgeous! So sparkly. Yum!

Truly the happiest place on earth. Congrats on getting "engaged" again. :)

J said...

FANTASTIC!!!! YAY! Three sparklys!

AJ said...

I am so happy for you both. You are an awesome couple.

I love how you tell it, Carrie. Way to go, Aaron!!

Mo said...

I love it! What an awesome story! What a great hubby you have.

Jenna said...

Oh my goodness - Congratulations!

I have tears in my eyes reading this. A gorgeous ring, at the happiest place on earth, on his knees by the wishing well? This is one smart man, well, he married you so he must be. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

Liz said...

this is such a great story!!! i loved it.

likeschocolate said...

It is gorgeous! Congratulations!

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Sue said...

What a lovely and sentimental thing to do. Its beautiful, too!


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