Six years ago today, my high school sweetheart of almost six years surprised me with a random dinner out. Ok, it wasn’t totally random for us to go out to dinner on a Friday night (ha! As it would be now!). It was more random that we went to The Keg – a restaurant that was usually reserved for special occasions. Little did I know that I was a special occasion!
Now, I have to say that I was obviously anticipating this happening at some point, but every time I brought it up to Rob he shrugged it off and would say something like “maybe some day”. Ugh. I was tired of being asked “so when do you think it will happen?” And always getting “would you guys just get married already?”. I had started getting “antsy” and thought it was happening on a few occasions prior to this night. In April of the same year we had gone to Dominican and I KNEW it was going to happen. Seriously, Rob knelt down to tie his shoe one night we were there and I almost blurted out YES! I had wedding fever, but did not want to pressure Rob. We were both just getting into our careers, wanted to buy a house and had other goals in mind….
I’ll save some of the longer details, but we had an awesome dinner at The Keg. It was weird for us to go there on a random date – spending $100+ on a Friday was a major special occasion back then. After dinner, we decided to walk around downtown, again totally a thing we do when it’s nice out to work off dinner. It was a beautiful October night – warm, fog on the water, and hopping downtown. As we strolled through Confederation Park, he said some mushy things in a very nervous voice and casually slipped the ring box into my hand!! (Internally, I was saying “holy shit, this better be a big ring and he better get down on one knee! *squeal*). What came out “Are you seriously asking me? ” and I got my fairytale, down-on-one-knee, just like the movies proposal 😀
I have this beautiful custom designed ring, one no one else will ever have. One that my husband had taken weeks, if not months to carefully design just for me! I also (officially) got to become part of the Laurin family, who I love as if they have always been part of my life. I got the inner satisfaction of my Dad knowing and loving the man I married. But most importantly, six years ago today, Rob & I took a new step I’m our commitment to one another and I got this amazing fiancée who would eventually become my husband – and there is no one else I’d rather spend the days on this adventure of life with.
October 5, 2007 will always be a special day. Today, we spent it with our boys having our first family photos done as a family of four. We have gone through a lot since that amazing day, but somewhere in the evolution of our relationship, we are still those “kids” at heart.