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I learned last year that buy in is pretty much the key to getting Ethan to do anything, or so I thought. I had totally coerced him into being a knight for Halloween, his sister would be the dragon and of course Hubs and I were going as the king and queen. I mean really did you have to even ask about that one? So Ethan and I were off to find the perfect knight costume, even got him a freakin horse he could ride, 2 different versions as a matter of fact. Then he started talking about power rangers.

Wait, hold up. He was always talking about power rangers, I just never listened to that, pushed it aside and really started the hard sell with the knight thing. Knights carry swords! Knights ride horses! But the power rangers real le baron canada goose ottawa never really went away, so I thought I was in the clear when I came up with the brilliant plan that he could be a power ranger at school, but then out trick or treating he would be a knight, costume malfunction diverted or so I thought.

Then the fated night of halloween came and we were all getting into our costumes and the true meaning of the word negotiation came into play. Oh man was I pushing him to be a knight, and oh man was he pushing me right back HARD. Hubs stayed out of it till finally he was like ‘let the kid be a freakin power ranger.’ And I realized that I couldn’t force him to be a knight, so I withdrew my troops and let him be a power ranger. So there we were, the royal family and the power ranger.

So THIS YEAR, we decided on a Star Wars theme… we have already changed our minds twice, BUT Ethan is the man with the plan. Mommy is just here for guidance and wardrobe advice.;)

It’s called renovate your house and don’t hire painters because you want to save some money and prime and paint ALL the new drywall yourself. Not a very catchy title for a diet, but a very effective plan nonetheless.;) Here is the kitchen prior to the work out plan looking in from the dining room:

Looking in from the deck through to the dining room:

And here are some pics of the kitchen AFTER the new workout plan:

Ethan gets into the act.

Today is my wedding anniversary. Ethan is so sweet, he wakes up and comes bounding out of bed and into my bedroom, ‘happy anniversary mom!’ How freakin cute is that? Said the same real le baron canada goose ottawa to his dad.

Anyway, since it is my anniversary I thought I would revisit my wedding journal on the wedding channel and dig up the story of how we got engaged… the way I told it 8 years or so ago.

CD and Prince get engaged, or battle of the titans

So I don’t have quite enough to do today, NOT, thought I would tell our engagement story. First off, you have to understand that it is all about control for the 2 of us, ain’t nobody gonna tell either one of us what to do. So, when it came to getting engaged, of course we both wanted some control. And, I knew I should just stay out of it and let him do whatever, but you know I couldn’t… I digress.

We were on a plane one day coming back from some business trip, and I knew that I had him cornered for a couple of hours so I decided to have a ‘where is this going’ conversation. Evil of me, I know. I had been freaking out about it, what am I doing, why am I thinking of leaving this big wig job without any type of commitment, I just moved to CA without any type of commitment… you know the drill. So rather than just stew about it and wonder and then eventually freak out on him for no reason, I figured I would just up and ask… Well, he was great about it… he said exactly what I was thinking… he thought we would have a one year blissful ‘dating’ stage, and then a one year ‘planning’ stage, and then we would have ‘an event’ and then we would have babies. Cracks me up the way he is so analytical, everything in stages.

Well anyway, what he described was exactly what I was thinking. Yipee!!! Of course in his male brain this was just an idea, but in my female brain, this was an arrangement, a contract, a promise, a commitment, a year from today we will get engaged, OF COURSE.

So we went along blissfully for about 6 months, and then I started thinking, I wonder if he thought this was a commitment, hmmmm, better ask him… so you already know what happened. Of course he didn’t think this was a commitment, he was just rambling. We talked about why or why not this timeframe would work for us, and we both agreed that it felt right. He knew he wanted to marry me, I knew I wanted to marry him, and there was nothing holding us back, so lets go for it!

Engaged yet???

So, the magical month was September, and we had been ring shopping. In fact, every time I would get nervous about whether or not this real le baron canada goose ottawa was actually going to happen, he would take me ring shopping. And in his ‘I need to be in charge’ way, he would every once in a while say, well I could just wait until October, what if I waited until October. uggggggg, MEN. And in my ‘I am woman, hear me roar’ way I would declare that if he didn’t propose in September, I would have to move out because that would mean that he did not honor his commitments. And he would say, yeah, where are you gonna go, and you know we are supposed to be together, so you are just going to leave… This is just cracking me up writing this, what a pair. I am constantly saying that if either one of us would just give in to the other we would have no problems.

He had done all this investigation, asking and stuff, how I wanted the actual proposal to go, was there a movie that I liked that had a proposal, how did my friends get engaged… I really just wanted it to happen when I felt closest to him, and I feel closest to him right when we wake up in the morning and we are all groggy and I realize that he is next to me all snuggly and warm. Hint, hint…

We took several trips in August and I thought, well maybe he will do it early, NOT.

Then he told me the ring was in, I could have strangled him.

I didn’t want to know the ring was here available to be put on my finger! He thought that the more info I had the more comfortable I would be with his intent, because I have trained him that this is the case. Well then I had to explain the TOO MUCH information theory to him. Now I knew he had it, so WHEN WAS IT GOING ON MY FINGER???????

I was filing some papers one day, and noticed behind the files was the bag from the jewelry store with a box in

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