This blonde had a wild and wonderful weekend!
Friday was my (Erica) birthday – the big 2-5. Mom and dad gave me a digital camera – I’ve been the only one in the family without one forever! I was especially excited to get a camera because my boyfriend Denis and I had a trip to Niagara Falls planned to celebrate my birthday. A romantic weekend getaway! Why Niagara Falls? It’s close enough to make the trip economical, but far enough away from home to feel like we’re really getting away – and of course the Falls are beautiful!
On Saturday we went for a walk by the falls and navigated our way around all the other tourists. Then, we packed a lunch and headed to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens for a picnic. Denis had been fixated on having this picnic ever since booking the trip, which made me wonder if the picnic was just an excuse for something else…however, I didn’t let myself get too excited because I didn’t want to be disappointed if what I was hoping would happen, didn’t happen. Whether he had ulterior motives or not, we were going to have a great time.
We found a secluded spot at the edge of the gardens – no random people wandering around and interupting our picnic. I began eating (I was hungry!) and Denis…didn’t eat. I didn’t even notice, but he told me after that he was “too nervous”!
Why was he nervous? Well, after we (I mean, I) had eaten, Denis told me to turn around because he had a surprise for me. So I did…and when he told me to turn around again, there were two yummy-looking cupcakes! He sang Happy Birthday to me too, which I thought was incredibly sweet as he usually thinks stuff like that is ‘dorky’.
After singing, he announced that he had another surprise for me. What could the other surprise be? Well, I can tell you what was going through my head: omigodthisisitthisisit…he was already on his knees and asked me to stand up. I did, and I think I may have looked scared (I know I was covering my mouth with my hands) because Den asked, “Are you ready for this?” I didn’t think; I just nodded!!
From that moment on, everything was a blur – mostly because of the tears streaming down my face! My entire body was shaking. I realize now that I have always looked forward with great anticipation and excitement to this moment in my life, but never thought about my reaction. I didn’t expect to be so emotional! Denis was perfectly composed, as far as I could tell at least. He pulled a ring out of his pocket, held it out and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.
Once I managed to squeak out “Yes!” and compose myself, I actually looked at the ring through damp eyes and I must say is is completely beautiful. It is exactly the right style – and he picked it out himself, with only Katelyn and Scott there for ‘moral support’. We spent about 30 minutes calling family (even the ones who already knew) to share the good news before packing up our picnic. The rest of the day we simply enjoyed our time in Niagara Falls – we went to Fallsview Casino (hey, we felt lucky) and Den won $320! Flush with cash, we had dinner at The Keg. We had champagne and the restaurant gave us complimentary chocolate mocha ice cream cake as a ‘congratulations’.
Well, that is the story of our engagement! It’s “Facebook Official” – I changed my relationship status this morning and the good wishes are pouring in. We’re excited and are enjoying being engaged – no planning just yet!