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Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 11 and Friday Fun

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Day 11: New Year Resolutions
1. Quit smoking
2. Cook at least three times a week
3. Start Finish my wedding scrapbook
4. Work out. Especially if my surgery is approved I want to look healthy and lean!
5. Be nicer, more patient. Stop letting the little things get to me.

That seems like a good start!

Now I missed the last TWO weeks of my favorite Friday things because of work and being away! So without further ado...

Join at Wife of a Sailor!

1. If you were given $1,000 right now, how would you spend it?

There is a local country radio station giving away $1,000 an hour every week day for ages now, and Ryan and I discussed this. He thinks he'd want to pay off what is left of his car loan and just be done with it. Truth be told I'd use some for Christmas gifts and some for savings.

2. If you had to choose a movie title (a real one that already exists) for your life story, what would it be?

Oooh that's a hard one! Um... of course Disney movies pop in my head. Not that I've seen Tangled but the name is appropriate (in a good way). That or Serendipity. Just because I think everything happens for a reason.

3. If you were a teacher, what subject would you like to teach?

Drama. Or middle school science because I could show Mythbusters episodes! :P

4. Has being a MilSpouse changed how you view holidays or how your holidays are celebrated? If so, how? If not, what hasn't changed?

Well, this is my first holiday as a milspouse, so I am not sure how to go about answering it. Splitting between two families, mine and my husbands, gave me some new perspective but that is a general newlywed thing, not milspouse. I suppose it definitely makes me more appreciative to all those serving overseas who are away from their families. Those families who are missing loved ones too. It definitely hits a lot closer to home this year.

5. What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Hmm... my engagement was around Christmas... I'll post what I had in our company news letter this month. They wanted holiday stories so here is an abbreviated version of that!

Last Christmas was easily one of the best of my life. My husband Ryan, then still only my boyfriend, had just returned from Iraq the month before and I was finishing an internship at Walt Disney World. My family and Ryan all agreed to come visit me in early December before the holiday rush hit to celebrate early. Ryan arrived and met me in Orlando and came to EPCOT with me while I worked my final shift before our vacation. That night we ate dinner in Italy and I was ready to leave after working a long day, plus Ryan seemed a little jittery. Part of my job responsibilities also covered Fireworks Crowd Control for Illuminations, a show that I loved, but I had seen it quite a bit. I knew with my family we’d be seeing it within a day or so, but Ryan was very insistent on staying for the fireworks that night. He had never been to Disney before so I agreed to stay. A friend of mine, who worked in Guest Relations was monitoring the VIP viewing area near Italy so I went to say hi. I introduced her to Ryan and she let us under the rope! It was so sweet, especially since I still had no idea what was to come. Illuminations is in three parts and towards the end of the first part Ryan starts trying to talk to me.

So I swatted him and told him to pay attention, he was missing the show after bugging me to stay! He tried to say something in my ear but I couldn't hear him over the fireworks and just shot him a confused look and shook my head. Suddenly he loudly said, "Hey!" and I went, “What??” He then reached into his pocket, got down on one knee and I saw him say "Will you marry me?" while fireworks exploded overhead. After I came out of shock I nodded yes as the people around us burst into applause. We enjoyed a great five days together after that with my family, happily sporting our “Just Engaged” buttons and enjoying a Disney Christmas.

Him being home safe from Iraq and there with me was a terrific Christmas present… but becoming engaged definitely takes the cake on all my holidays! I am excited for us to spend our first Christmas officially together this year as husband and wife.

Hosted this week by Maine-ly Taryn


  1. Awww sweet engagement story :) :) I love reading engagement stories!!

  2. That is such a great engagement story, and you also have great resolutions too!

  3. What a sweet engagement story!!!

  4. love your engagement story!! :)


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