When it happened
Monday, September 26, 2011
How we got engagedWe aren't really for sure if we are saying we got engaged on Sunday September 25th or Monday September 26th? TECHNICALLY it was reeeeealy early on the 26th. Like 1:30 am - "ship time".
We were on our yearly cruise when Doug popped the question in the middle of the ocean .. (the Yucatan Channel to be exact) at approx 1:30 in the morning!
Doug didn't even know he was going to be proposing on the trip - as he didn't even get the stone for the ring he designed until 2 days before we set sail!! He got it and took the ring with him on the trip, not knowing exactly when the right moment would be. He said he thought about doing it during our first stop - in Cozumel. We LOVED Cozumel when we went the year before and he thought about doing it there, but he just couldn't wait!!
We spent the entire day laying out in the sun and relaxing on something called the Serenity Deck. It's an adults only area on the very top of the boat. It is very modern and "us". He said after spending the day up there that he KNEW that is where he wanted to pop the question later that night. He even mentioned while we were up there that we should come back at night some time :)
Doug didn't act any different. However he told me that earlier in the night I asked him why he was being so "Ants". But I honestly never suspected a thing!! We got dressed up and went to dinner and ALL NIGHT he kept trying to get me to go up on the deck with him! I had every excuse in the world. First it was - No, let's go eat first I'm starving. Then it was - No, we haven't had any pictures made together yet and if we go up there it will mess my hair up. Then it was - No, let's go to the casino and gamble for a while first. Then I tried to tell him I wanted to go to the room and change first so we could be comfy. FINALLY - after one last slow down of me wanting to play slot machines - Doug got me to go up on the deck.
It was so pretty and peaceful. We were the only people up there. We walked over to a pod and I sat down. He sat down in front of me and I had no clue that he was already on one knee! He was being sweet - as usual - and telling me how much he loved me and wanted to be with me forever, etc. I felt him fidgeting around but I wasn't sure what he was doing and I really didn't have time to think about it - it all happened so fast!! While we were hugging he said - "Stacy. Three years 5 months and 21 days ago I met you and you made me the happiest man in the world. Please tell me you will be mine all over again - but this time forever". I remember saying - "Aww baby" and not thinking anything about him proposing! But he pulled away and I looked down and he was opening a ring box!! I see a gorgeous rock and I screamed - "Really .. Seriously ... Really" - over and over and over again!! I hugged him, we both cried and I kept saying - oh my gosh really!!! Finally Doug said "Will you just say yes already". So I said, oh my gosh, let's sit back down..where you even on one knee?? (haha). He said yes!! He got back down on one knee and put the ring on my finger (it had still been in the box). He said will you marry me and I said "Yes, yes a thousand times yes"!!! We hugged and screamed some more and hear someone say "Congratulations". A guy must have heard me screaming and peaked around. We got him to take our picture - which is the one that you see! We were in the middle of the ocean at 1:30 in the morning - but I had to call SOMEONE! I called my best friend Sully and made him swear to secrecy that he wouldn't say ANYTHING until he saw me post it on FB the next day.
We got a bottle of Dom at the poker table and celebrated what is sure to be one of the happiest days of each of our lives!! That night we broke even at the Poker table, got very little sleep and got up and sent mass texts to everyone we could, telling them the news!! Then we spent about 20 bucks to post the news and a picture on our facebook pages - so that everyone could share in our big news!!