Friday, March 2, 2012

Leap Day: My Proposal Story

Leap Day was a very big day! I only let the cat out of the bag to a few people beforehand and literally only 1 person in the blogging community. What's the story? Well,
I had class on Wednesday, so I planned around it and it actually helped. I went to the party store before class and bought a dozen balloons, all different colors. Thankfully, they lasted in my car. I told him to meet me after class outside the bar where we first met, The Independent. On the way to class I felt excited, scared, nervous, nauseous, happy, and terrified....all at the same time.  

Chris looked a little confused when he saw me with a bunch of balloons. He asked what they were for and this is how it went:

Me: "I thought we could tie them to our house like the movie Up and go on adventures."
Him: (confused, but not surprised at my spontaneity) "Yeah?"
Me: (pulling the pin out of the pocket on my shirt) I asked him, "Will you go on adventures with me?"
Him: (confused)
Me: "Will you marry me and go on adventures with me?" (by now I'm starting to tear up a little)
Him: "Yes!"
Me: "Are you serious?!?!? Because I'm being serious right now! It's Leap day and girls can propose on Leap Day!"
Him: (taking off his sunglasses) he says, "Yes, I'm serious."
Me: (melted into a puddle on the sidewalk)

I didn't get down on one knee, I was wearing a skirt. Plus, I felt that the one knee thing was too masculine and what I was doing was masculine enough. I tried to make it 'me.' 

After that we had a drink at the Independent and then scooted off to Magic Kingdom. They were actually open 24 hours for Leap Day and my original plan was to propose there, but I really couldn't skip class. It also wouldn't have been as personal as I wanted and what if he said 'no'????

The ring? I didn't go that route. I bought him a pin instead. This pin, to be exact:
It's the pin Ellie gives to Carl in the movie Up. We love that movie and like everyone else, we both cry through the beginning. I had a light bulb moment on Valentine's day when he tweeted a picture of Ellie and Carl to me. (sigh)

Leap day is not Sadie Hakwins day. That day is actually sometime in November. It comes from a comic, but the general idea is that it's a day when a lady can ask a guy to go with her. I can see how the two would get mixed up and even merged, but to me Leap day sounds so much more romantic than a story line from Lil' Abner. Mental Floss actually has an article that explains the tradition and it's history a little better than wikipedia.

I feel like this was a huge leap (see what I just did there?) for me and it was pretty brave. Did anyone else propose today?


  1. What an adorable story! Congrats to you both!

  2. What a BEAUTIFUL story...and btw, I adore the movie UP!!!

  3. YEAH!!! I teared up in your story! HOW SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats to you both!!!

  4. OMG!!!!! That is sooooooo awesome! Congratulations Pretty Lady!

  5. This is so adorable! I love it so much. Congratulations! <33

  6. oh my how freaking adorable is this!!

  7. I love so much. Your idea was so perfect and just right for you two. I'm SO happy for both of you!

  8. Thanks everyone, I'm really excited for our future! Thank you for following along and taking the time to let me know what you think!

  9. Soooo sweet =) I hope your upcoming marriage will be as awesome as Ellie and Carl's.

  10. Cute. I didn't know girls could propose on Leap Day. I just learned something new! Good luck with the wedding planning =)

  11. Jenny, you are just that awesome! This was really cool to read. :)

  12. Jenny, you are just so awesome! This is a really cool story, I'm glad I saw it! :) Love ya, Aunt Jenny


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