Mike had been telling me for about a week before this incredible day that on 12-12-12 we needed to something fun to celebrate finals being over and having a very stressful semester for us both come to an end. I was down for the idea! But anyway, on 12-12-12, Mike and I were both working our morning shift at the Testing Center and he decided to be the sweet Fiance that he is (Gosh it is weird calling him that) came and picked me up from his house in Provo take us to work. He knocked on my door and look very handsome in nice clothes. I loved that he likes to look nice and dress nice, but it is nothing unusual to see him dressed like such. If any of you have been to my house, know that my dog is an INSANE barking machine and like to tackle people with kisses, so I had to restrain her while he walked into the door. I went to grab all of my things and Mike looks at me and says to me, "You look so beautiful!" which is another thing that he tells me every single day, even if I look scary (is he a keeper or what!). But I turn around for us to go out the door and he hands me a beautiful red rose that is wrapped nicely and has a little card attached and says, "1" . Wasn't sure what that meant, but I went to go grab a vase so it wouldn't die and he said, "No, how about you take that to work with you :)". I gladly accepted! We get into the car and I read the note on the flower and it starts with the first letter of my name and says something on it about a thing with that letter that he loved about me and why. Adorable...I know! It made my morning start out great and also heading to get some Hot Chocolate before work. And of course you again all know that we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Hot Chocolate.
We get to work at the Testing Center and I was on a terminal that day, I was getting all of the things that I needed ready for the day since I was working a double that day. I go over to my terminal and there is a rose number 2. I was so happy and loved the surprise but was so confused!! We go throughout our day at work and Mike was on terminal as well but then he got moved to proctor a room since we were slammed. I was on terminal still and as I was helping people through the line, I had a very nice girl walk up to me and hand me a flower saying, "I believe this rose belongs to you." I got really red and it was fun to see all the testers smiling at me and I am just loving every second!! After the first block of my shift was over, Mike walked out of his room and passed me a little note telling me to hurry and count my money before I went to go proctor so that we could leave work right after I was done with the next shift since we had plans that night. I get all of my money counted and I go into the room to take over for Mike. The shift was going so slow and being in a music room, it tends to make you really sleepy because of the classical music playing and it is really warm in there and I wanted to get off work so that Mike and I could go play!! Longest 4 hours...EVER. I got to go on my break and I go into the break room to find yet another rose. This is rose number 4. I loved it!!! The message in the card was very simple and sweet. It made the rest of the working day bearable. :) Before I knew it, it was 5:15, time to leave!!! I get off work and Mike is all ready to pick me up and to take us on an adventure.
When we started driving, Mike told me that we needed to make a quick stop in AF. I wasn't sure why, but just went along with it. We started pulling into Highland Glen Park. That is a park that I love and I think is so relaxing. It started to rain a little bit and we walked around the pond that is there and it was just he and I there which is rare to have no one there. I asked where we were going and he didn't give me an answer of course. We headed over to the south dock and he pulled me onto it and and we looked at the water and he just said, "I just wanted to spend some time with you." and he gave me a kiss and told me that he loved me. I thought it was adorable but was wondering why we went to a park for 5 minutes and were about to leave and he just said that we went because he knew I liked that park. But we head back to the car and then he says that we needed to go back and asked if I wanted to wait by the car or if I wouldn't mind running for a minute with him. Well, it was freezing and the last thing I wanted to do was run, but I did go with him and then in the middle of the walkway below this hill, he told me to wait there and not move. I was getting a little anxious to get out of the cold but he starts running back to me about 30 seconds later and he had a rose in his hand. I thought that it was cute but was wondering where in the world he got that flower from. When I kept asking where it came from, he just gave me a little smirk that he always gives me and just kept walking back to the car. That was rose number 5. We get back to the car and we start driving to Salt Lake because we had dinner reservations at 6:30pm for Tacanos.
The traffic was really bad getting there so we had to push our reservations to 7 so we could make it in time. But we get to the register and the woman hand me rose number 6.
This night kept getting better and better!!!!! We had a great meal and really enjoyed each others company. He spoiled me so much this whole night. The waiter was asking Mike what all of the roses were about and he just told her it was all about celebrating 12-12-12. When I asked him what all of the flowers were really about he told me that he was making up for not getting me flowers for our ballroom concert, somehow, I knew he was lying :)
The food was great but I got full a lot faster than mike did. After dinner, we headed over to Temple Square. We had already seen the lights from the weekend before but mike told me that he just wanted us to take a quick stroll inside of it. As we were walking and taking photos of the temple, 2 sister missionaries handed me rose number 7. I was asking Mike the entire night where he knew all these people from and he again...just smirked. Typical Mike. :)
Our next stop was City Creek. We love this shopping heaven and it was so beautiful!! We walked around the mall a bit and looked at the lights. We walked into the inside of city creek. I was looking around enjoying the lights and I look in front of me and there is this little two year old boy who walks up to me and hands me another rose. That was so adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was a little shy but managed to tell me Merry Christmas with the cutest little voice ever. That was rose number 8. We headed up to the Capitol Building which I think is stunning!! We started walking up the stairs and as we got up to the top, I saw my dad on the very top holding a rose for me. I started to tear up and hugged him. He gave me rose number 9. We started walking away and we headed towards to east of the capitol to this lit up pathway that headed down a huge hill into memorial park. This park is my favorite park on the planet! Mike and I had been there once before on a date back in July to have some fun. When we got to the bottom of the steps, he showed me the steps. Here is a little background story, last time we were at this exact spot, on the steps was written, "I'll love you every step of the way." Kinda cheesy I know, but we took a picture of both of us by the steps and I merged the two pictures together. When we were back there the words were there still.
As we started walking again, a girl that we both didn't know turns out came and brought me two more roses numbers 10 and 11. Such a surprise!! She walked away and Mike and I walked further down the street so I could read the notes on them. The things he wrote on the cards were so beautiful. I always tell Mike that he talks to me sometimes like a poet and it is very romantic just as a side note ;) But after I read the notes, we started walking to a bridge that goes over a creek into the pond and the sound of the rushing water was so peaceful and beautiful. While we were walking to the bridge, Mike randomly told me to look and him and I asked him why and he said, please just look into my eyes. I will admit, I thought it was the most awkward thing we had ever done as a couple but hilarious at the same time. When we walked on the bridge, he told me to face west of him and turn around from him. He told me that he was going to blind fold me. I hate being blind folded especially in the dark, but...Mike grabbed my hand and told me to follow him. With the trust that I had in him to not let me fall, I almost tripped over steps...silly boy. But as we were climbing up these giant steps, I kept tripping and Mike scoops me up and carries me all the way up the stairs. He puts me down and tells me to hold still for a minute. He tells me that he is taking of my blind fold and as soon as he takes it off, I open my eyes and I am in complete shock.
I don't have pictures of it yet, but this is what the candles looked like all over the grass and there were white rose petals all over the grass.
In front of me, there was a stone bench that had all of the roses from the entire day all lined up in a row and there was one, rose number 12, in the middle of the brick pavement. I read the note and it was just as beautiful if not more than the others. Mike told me to do what the instructions said at the bottom but I was so in shock I forgot what it said and so I had to re-read it over again. It told me to place the last rose with the 11 others. I got to put the rose down and as soon as I turn around, I see Mike...kneeling on one knee. As soon as I saw him, I went into even more shock and the whole moment felt like a dream. I kept asking over and over if that moment was real and I put my hands over my face and I started crying, so much that I couldn't stop. I don't remember the exact words but Mike asked me if I would make him the happiest man and be his wife. I was so excited that I said yes before he even showed me the ring. I did not care what the ring was at that point, I just knew that I was going to be engaged to my very best friend and the love of my life that I said yes really loud while still crying.
He opened the ring box and this incredibly beautiful diamond ring was sparkling in the box. I kept kissing him and once again, couldn't believe this moment was real. He put the ring on my finger and I hugged him more than I ever have before and couldn't stop kissing him I was way too happy!!! Afte the engagement happened, we went back to city creek and took some photos.
This is one of our first photos together as an engaged couple!!
Michael picked out the ring all on his own and I am in love with it!
We are so thrilled about an amazing future ahead of us!! We haven't decided on a date yet for our wedding but it will definitely be Salt Lake Temple :) So, the date is to be announced! Can't wait to marry his and become Giselle McShinsky! Hope everyone has a wonderful night!! :)