June 11, 2012

One Year Ago Today: [Our Engagement Story]

Wow, this year has FLOWN by! My sweet husband reminded me the other day that our one year anniversary of becoming engaged was coming up. Because our life has been insane the last few months, it had slipped my mind. Leave it to Travy to keep on impressing me! Even though we’ve now been married almost forever 9 months, it is still fun to look back at one of the most happiest days of our lives. So, since today is the day, I thought I’d share our story on this little blog. Let me just start by saying that I really had no idea this was coming. We had talked about our future and I showed him my favorite diamonds (what girl doesn’t) but neither of us were in a huge rush to get married.
I had been in Montana for a week of camp days with my guard unit, and Travis was working somewhere in between home and there. Since we would both be close, we decided to plan a camping trip to Canyon Ferry Lake. It is a beautiful place about 20 miles outside of Helena and is a very special place to me. My brother, sister and I spent a lot of time with my Dad there and I really wanted Travis to see it.
Pretty, huh!? Of course, Riley approved! Before we left town, Travis managed to sneak some time with my Papa (my dad’s dad) to get his blessing. I obviously didn’t find this out until after the fact, but it was so thoughtful of Travis to do this. It meant the World to my Papa. After the work week, we made our way from Great Falls to Canyon Ferry and scoped out a camping spot. There are a few different areas to choose from and since it was a pretty quiet weekend, we ended up getting a whole campground to ourselves! The picture above shows our beach, but of course it wasn’t warm enough to go swimming. June in Montana = very unpredictable.
There’s my two boys, one being cute and one setting up camp. Okay, maybe both of them are pretty handsome! The handyman got the tent set up and I did what I do best and watched opened up a bottle of wine.
After camp was set up, we went for a walk around our bay just exploring and chasing the dog. It was just fun to be away in the peacefulness of the lake with not another soul around. After our walk, it was dinner time. Our plan was to make some tinfoil dinners over the fire. If you’ve never had a tinfoil dinner while camping, you are missing out! It is pretty simple and you can put anything your heart desires in them.
The picture doesn’t make it look too appetizing but trust me, they’re delicious! The bacon was just for flavor but Riley enjoyed it! I also think there was a hamburger patty under there somewhere. Mmm, makes me excited to go camping this summer!
Back to the point…after dinner, I asked Trav to get his guitar and play some music. I had been giving him a hard time for a few months for not writing me a song yet. He is an amazing guitar player and has written a few songs that are so great. I wanted one written for me, dang it! So jokingly, I asked him if he had written me a song yet. He actually said he had been working on one! But of course, he had to tinker and play a few other songs first. Riley and I listened to him and the fire when he all of a sudden got really quiet and told me my song was next!
Can you tell he was nervous? haha. I’m not going to post the lyrics but it was seriously the sweetest song ever. It basically told our story and had me giggling so hard! Then the last part came and he started tearing up! I was a little confused but not really because my Travy is pretty sappy! He cried through the last sentence (happy tears I hope) and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said “Of Course!” and we hugged and it was just perfect. He really couldn’t have done anything more sweet and I couldn’t have been more surprised and happy. I love surprises. He even played the song on our wedding day! I’m looking forward to the next song he writes for me!
He was even thoughtful enough to go to a winery we had been to together and get a couple bottles of one of our favorite wines! The Pomegranate Blush is so yummy! It was a wonderful day that I will never forget and I feel so lucky to be married to a guy that would do absolutely anything, for anyone. Luckiest girl ever! He’s pretty lucky, too, though, if I say so myself!

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