Sunday, November 13, 2011

another installment...

I'm long over-due to post another installment in the riveting story of how Christian and I got together. This time, I have pictures. (The rest of the story can be found here, here, and here...)

So, we were dating in September. Being clueless in the guy-department (I was, not Christian), we had a few minor snags, but nothing too major. After only a few weeks, we both knew the marriage was a-coming, but Christian was ready first. He seriously tried to talk about setting a date after only 2 or 3 weeks of dating. I held him off. I really enjoyed dating and didn't want to feel rushed. I even told him that while I didn't see myself marrying anyone else, I wasn't ready for him to ask me yet. (So of course he went ring-shopping).

Another week went by. The real changing point for me happened at his parent's house. They lived nearby, in Salem, Utah, and we visited regularly. We went for dinner, sitting in the backyard with nearly all of the family, talking, and I though, "I want to be part of this." Sound corny? (And Green family--don't get too cocky...I didn't really know you yet!). That night, I told Christian I was ready for him to propose.

We entered that oh, so awkward "engaged to be engaged" period...and eventually had a mini-proposal/agreement, with Christian down on one knee in my apartment one afternoon so we could go ahead with the business of setting a date. We kept it private, though...the "real" proposal would come later.

And by "later," I mean like the following weekend. Christian planned a nice dinner at his parents' house and invited my roommates and his. If you are familiar with BYU roommate traditions, when one roommate gets engaged, they are supposed to provide a steak dinner for the other roommates. Steak was on the menu that night. His younger siblings, Peter and Bethany, dressed up in black and white and served dinner. While everyone else cleaned up, Christian and I went on a walk, where he proposed officially and gave me the ring.


This week, while de-junking, I ran across a bunch of our un-used engagement photos. Most of these were taken by Christian's brother, Daniel, and his wife, Jeni. They should not serve as a good reference for anyone deciding to take engagement photos:

The"Hey, look--We're hanging out in a tree!" pose--
Trying to look serious...
Keeping a very proper distance between us...
The "pull"
The "Chin-rest"--
One of these things is slightly larger than the other...
Because everyone wants to see our tongues...
And, finally--our first Halloween together as Tony the Tiger and his Frosted Flake:

3 comments:

Kasey said...

Cute photos! They made me laugh!

Jennie and Adam said...

You guys crack me up! I'm loving your story :)

Annette Shumway said...

love love love love love the unused engagement pics! So classic! seriously. I love them. seriously.