We haven’t picked out a name yet but will be brainstorming over the next week. Here’s a picture of her. (with her current mamma)
We left to head south on April 2nd after work which means we actually got to my parents’ house around 9-ish. My aunt (Patty) had been at my parents’ house hoping to get to see Nathan and I but unfortunately left about an hour before we got there. Patty had a care package for me that came from my grandmother. Apparently, my grandmother had saved her wedding ring from her first marriage to my grandfather (my dad’s real father) so that she could give it to me when I was older. As I JUST got engaged to Nathan, now was the perfect time to give it to me.
Here’s the story behind the ring’s origins: My Grandma Pat got married to James Gow (grandfather) back in the 1940’s and used a beautiful platinum diamond ring as an engagement ring. She located the ring in LA when she was still a working student and regularly visited a jewelry store to oogle the ring in the window. She used a simple platinum band as the wedding ring and later joined them together as one solid ring. My grandparents ended up getting divorced when my dad was a teenager and my grandfather passed away long before I was born so I missed out on getting to know him. I feel blessed that my grandmother decided to give me her wedding ring and proud to be able to use the ring as my own wedding ring. I feel as though I get to keep a piece of my family history and have it with me always.
Saturday we woke up and got ready to head out and visit Grandma Pat. Mom decided she didn’t want to go to the coast so Nathan and I took dad with us. We made a quick stop at the coffee caboose to get an iced latte for grandma on the way and arrived at her house to find that she was in great spirits. After a bit of chit-chat at the kitchen table it got awkwardly quiet and I decided to break the news to grandma. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her smile so big. She said that she knew there was something else going on when we decided to come visit.
The rest of our visit was spent talking about wedding plans and listening to grandma share details about her wedding with her second husband (Grandpa Gary). She ran to get a book for me that she has kept on her night stand since she got married. The book was called “The Prophet” and was marked up and highlited by grandma in certain passages that she really liked. Inside the book was a few other quotes and a list that she’d given Gary before they were married. The list was entitled “Things to know about me before we get married” and had topics of “Strengths, Weaknesses and Expectations”. I have never before heard of someone handing a list like that to anyone. At any rate, Gary still accepted her and, now that I think about it, grandma was pretty smart letting him know everything up front.
Since seeing my grandma, Nathan and I have taken the ring in to be cleaned and resized. (My grandmother is a size 41/2 and I am NOT that tiny). I’ll be posting pictures of the ring soon.
Once the Flobots actually went on it was great. I’d been listening to their new single “White Flag Warriors” at least twice a day for weeks before the show. It was really awesome getting to see them in action. There’s even a violinist in the band who played throughout most of the songs. From listening to the music I had no idea that there was someone actually playing the violin.
They played some music from their first album “Fight With Tools” but the majority of the concert was from their new “Survival Story” album. If you haven’t listened to it I highly recommend checking out their song “Good Soldier”. It’s very emotional and….well….awesome. Click here to listen to it: Good Soldier
Anywho….long story short…..another awesome concert with good friends and my wonderful fiance.
After the concert we drove down to the waterfront to see the city at night. It was freezing outside and almost midnight but we walked down to the water anyways. I was shivering so Nathan offered to get his coat out of the car for me. He walked back to the car and came back with his jacket but didn’t hand it over. As I was getting angry that he’s not handing me the jacket to help me get warm he pulled something out of the hood of it.
Even though it was freezing and the ground was soaking wet, Nathan got down on one knee and simply said, “Will you marry me?” I think that he was going to say something more but I immediately starting kissing him, so any attempt to be more eloquent was ruined. While I was kissing him I realized that I hadn’t actually answered him. Of course, I said yes.
As soon as I said yes the moment was quickly interrupted with laughter as a bicyclist came hauling ass right by us with their little headlight on. Nathan and I started giggling but continued to hug. Then, as if telling us that the moment is over, another guy on a bike went speeding by.
We got home super late and I couldn’t help but post the news on Facebook. I got a mix of comments as a lot of people said “about damn time” and a bunch more said “why are you awake at 3:30 AM?” Needless to say it was a wonderful night.
There was an indoor exhibit for Seahorses which was absolutely beautiful. They had all kinds and the tanks were super clean so it was easy to take great photos of them. Another awesome exhibit was the penguin area. There were a ton of penguins swimming around in the rain. They kept swimming back and forth in front of me flipping upside down and goofing around. It seemed like they were wanting to play with me. Check out the album below to see other pictures from the zoo.
We have a new kitty, he’s a bit of a monster… we’ll be updating with some anecdotes of exactly how much of a little terror he is, but for now you can check out the photo gallery. Don’t be fooled by appearances; he may look cute, but…