Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Sweetest Moment and a Sparkly Ring

Early on Wednesday morning Johnny tiptoed into his bedroom from the living room where he had been sleeping on a pallet on the couch and woke me up with a kiss on the forehead. He gave me a letter, the 31st letter consecutive letter that I had received over the past month. Contained within were two slips of paper, just as there had been in each of the letters before. Upon one, I found scriptures written and beautiful prayers about character qualities he was praying over me. On the second page there was a love letter, telling me what he appreciated about me and how beautiful I was. I had been receiving these letters for a month and felt so treasured that Johnny would care so much to pursue me in my favorite way. I remember feeling loved and happy, but also so bummed because I would be leaving later that night, by myself on a red eye back to Kansas. I rolled over and fell back asleep while Johnny finished getting ready for work, printed my boarding pass for me and sat on the edge of the bed eating a bowl of cherrios. Before he left he told me that he would be home early today because his bosses were giving them a half day before Thanksgiving and told me he would lock the door behind him.

I woke up, made the bed, packed my suitcase for later that night and moped around the apartment, already dreading leaving. Johnny told me he could not afford to come home for both Christmas and Thanksgiving, so he would spend Turkey Day with Joe and his Uncle in who lived nearby.

Johnny got home and after a quick lunch told me that he thought we should get out of the house and do something fun before I have to leave. Even though I was sulking around and cranky about leaving, I agreed...thinking it would be better to be up and doing something then sulk at home. Johnny said that he and Joe had been on this neat hike a few months ago and it was the prettiest place he had been in California and he wanted to take me there, so off we went.

We listened to music in the car and enjoyed the beautiful drive to Malibu on the Pacific Coastal Highway. The song "Gotta Feeling" (Tonight's Gonna be a Good Night) came on and I said "turn it-tonight is not going to be a good night, I have to leave". Johnny just smiled and said "I know you are sad, I am too, but lets try to have fun...we will go on a fun hike and have a nice dinner before I have to take you to the airport".

We got to Point Dume and had such a fun time walking around, taking pictures and laughing together. When Johnny bought me a new camera he had also purchased a little tripod to go with it, so we set the tripod up and took some great pictures. Johnny found a setting that would make the camera wait 15 seconds then take a series of pictures every few seconds. We were just having a ball. I mean, how incredible...we were on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean as the sun was about to set. After a few rounds of photos, Johnny set up the camera one more time then walked around to his Saddleback Leather Bag, opened it and said...

There is something I want to talk to you about.

In his hand he is holding a ring box with a beautiful white ribbon around it, as he gets down on one knee he tells me...

Every day I have been with you has been amazing, I love you so much...

....Will you be my Wife?

I of course said "YES" and instantly start crying. I wrap my arms around him and mutter over and over again how I can't believe it and is this really happening? He has the biggest grin on his face and asks, "Well, are you going to open it?" I slipped the ribbon off of the box and handed it back to him so that he could open the box and place the ring on my finger. He did an amazing was just perfect!

We laughed and hugged and prayed and took a million pictures! I was just giddy! We decided to hike down to the beach and take more pictures.

A few moments after he proposed he couldn't contain it any longer and he said, "And I am flying back with you tonight to Kansas City so that we can tell all of our extended family at Thanksgiving!" He planned it perfectly, and told me "tonight is our night, we arn't going to text or call anyone...just enjoy this moment together, then we can call everyone tomorrow!"  As we hiked back to the car to head to dinner he explained all the sneaky tidbits and how he had pulled it all off.

Johnny had flown in to Kansas City early in October to take my Dad to dinner and ask for his blessing. He had also purchased the ring that weekend, on the Plaza in Kansas City. There were a million little sneaky fibs he told me, like not being able to come home for Thanksgiving. He told me that there were so many nights when we were talking on the phone and the ring had been in his hand! Now it was all coming together, the beautiful letters and prayers, the last one of the month ending that day...everything! And he had pulled it off flawlessly--I was SO SURPRISED!

We had the most incredible and romantic dinner at Il Cielo, an Italian restaurant dripping in sparkling twinkle lights and little round tables for two. We had such a fun dinner laughing and talking and dreaming about life together.

We parked the car at the airport and Johnny retrieved his suitcase that he had packed the whole week and had hidden in place of the extra tire in his car! Man, he thought of everything!! Then we boarded our flight at LAX and were welcomed in Kansas City with hugs, excitement and tears by our whole immediate family.

It was the most amazing day of my life. I am proud to be the future Mrs. John Falk. I love him so much and can not wait to begin our lives together!!! A Page is Turned...

Love and Prayers

Tumbleweed and Baking

K-State made an excellent decision this year when they chose to do away with the one day fall break in favor of adding on two additional days to Thanksgiving, thereby giving us a full NINE days off of school. Lets take a moment to say, "snaps for them" *snap, snap, snap*. Yes, this was marvelous, because then I could fly to California Friday after classes, arrive ridiculously late Friday night, and have FIVE days with my love before I boarded the plane back to Kansas City late Wednesday night, to arrive in time for Turkey Day with the Fam. I was delighted. Hollie and I rode to the airport together because she was flying to Texas to see her boy and our planes left within 5 min of each other. Just perfect.

After a series of long flights and layovers, I finally arrived at LAX at midnight! Johnny was waiting for me and I dropped my bags and flew into his arms! We stayed up late talking and decided to wake up early to check the weather and see if Disneyland was still an option for the morning. When we looked it was an 80% chance of rain all day and the sky looked dark and cloudy, not to mention we were exhausted! Sooooo, sadly, we decided to put our Magical Disney plans on hold until later and after a few more hours of ZZZZzzz's went to....

KIMMIE'S COFFEE CUP!!! Yummy! With our tummys full of hot coffee and the best french toast and raisin bread you have EVER tasted we decided to take random pictures in the antique shops.

Oh look, we are just casually reading in our antique living room....haha. 

Rainy Day in Old Town Orange!
Went to California Pets to look at Puppies, ahhh, what fun but also torture since we couldn't take one home!

Oops, playing catch inside!

While en route to IKEA we found the largest tumbleweed EVER!

So naturally, we had to pull the car over and try to throw it!

It's taller than I am!!

I found some friends in IKEA...such a fun place to explore!

While Johnny and Joe were at work I spent my days baking up a storm. I made cookies for Johnny's work, the neighbors and the boys...then moved on to cooking meals and freezing them so Johnny could eat yummy meals the next month or so and not frozen pizzas and quesadillas... oh the life of bachelors. Ha!

Here I am trying to be all artsy with my new camera that Johnny got me after mine broke. This pic is making me hungry!!!

It was a wonderful week, I was a sneaky elf and decorated Johnny and Joe's apartment for Christmas while they were at work, I power cleaned and vacuumed and dusted and organized, I also had a good time just relaxing, reading and spending quality time with Johnny. 

Before I knew it--Wednesday morning was here and I would be leaving later that night, on a red eye back to KC...

...but this is where the fun story begins!

Love and Prayers, 


Shapshots and Tidbits

I have a LOT of things to share, I was trying to figure out just how I wanted to say them I start with the most exciting, then go back in time? Do I share chronologically? hmmm, all very important decisions in the life of this blogger....okay, not really, I have pondered them for all of 32 seconds before deciding this is what I am going to do...first, an update is in order. so here we are. the past month-ish or two  in snapshots:

Mom and Emma came to Manhattan for a girls weekend! We went shopping, watched movies and ate delish black bean raspberry dip at So Long Saloon!
ROAD TRIP! We piled into the car, grabbed our Sonic happy hour drinks and we were off to Weskan, Kansas for a weekend of fun and adventure. We went exploring on Hollie's ranch, took a little dip in the pond :) and went horseback riding around the pasture. 

This is me and my horse Satin!

Johnny came home one weekend in October and we went to the Vaughn Orchard and Country Store, Weston Red Barn Farm and Pirtle Winery...

It was a fun weekend, but went by WAY too fast!

Kappa Kappa Gamma WON Homecoming! Horray! We are the Champions! (Annnd, Emily and I are rooming together next semester...YAY!)

I also had to say goodbye to the best Bompa in the whole wide world, but got to celebrate his incredible life of 91 years with all of my family: cousins, aunts, uncles...and Amazing Grandma Betty.

I successfully completed a huge thematic unit in my literacy methods course about "Celebrations Around the World" It took me a zillion hours and included at least 45 different children's literature books....I am proud of it, but GLAD it is over!

Coming up Next: California Trip... :)

Love and Prayers,