Monday, December 15, 2008

Tons of excitement!!

So much has happened since the last time I've updated. I feel like I have a world of news to share with you all. I'd like to start with the Christmas Swap! After coming home for lunch today, I noticed that there was a package waiting for me in the mailbox. I was pretty curious about it because it was a big parcel and I wasn't expecting any big books from bookmooch any time soon. I completely forgot the fact that I should be expecting a package from a book blogger for the Christmas swap. I guess with everything that has been happening recently, it has completely left my mind. Needless to say, I was extremely surprised to see that Lisa had sent me Book Lust and More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl.

I'm not sure if Lisa just took a guess and knew that as a book lover I would adore these books, or if by some kind of Christmas magic she found out that I have had these two books on my wishlist for quite a while now. Either way, I was thrilled to death to get them. Besides the "other" gift I got recently from boyfriend (which I will mention below), this has been my favorite Christmas gift so far! Thank you so much Lisa, you're a doll! I hope you have an "old-fashioned Christmas" as well.

Now on to my next nugget of news....I'm engaged! A week or so ago, boyfriend just couldn't wait to give me my Christmas present. After asking him several times if he was sure he wanted me to open it now, I obliged and tore open the box. Inside the box was an envelope with a card taped on the inside. At the end of the card he wrote, "I never want to lose you. Close your eyes and face me." I asked him if I had to close my eyes and he quickly replied, "Yes!" When I opened my eyes, he was on his knees with a ring in his hands. "Will you marry me?" Needless to say, I was a complete mess. I'm pretty sure I cried for 5 minute before answering yes. I'm a baby, I know. I have never been so happy about anything in my life. Oh...I'm sure you'd like to see the ring.

It's so beautiful on its own, but even more so because he put his heart into picking it out for me. So that explains why I've been a bit MIA. Most of my time over the last week has been reading this wedding book I picked up at Target the day I got engaged (I just couldn't help it). As you can see, I already have it stuffed full of print-outs, post-its, and random wedding papers. It's funny how fast the wedding madness can engulf you.

I hope all is well with you all, dear readers. This time of year is one to just enjoy the "warmness" of the season. Enjoy the cheesy Christmas songs, the great old timey movies, and spend time with the ones you love. I hope you all have an "old-fashioned Christmas filled with happy traditions." :)


Nymeth said...

Many congratulations on your engagement!!

And fantastic gifts from Lisa. Books no book lover could resist :)

Lisa said...

I'm glad you received your gift and liked it. Like I said in the card, I own these books and adore them. Congratulations on your engagement! That is very exciting. I'm glad to have found a new book blogging buddy!

Dar said...

Congrats on the engagement and the ring is beautiful!

What a great Secret Santa gift Lisa got you too.

It's been a good week for you!

Ashley said...

Nymeth and Dar: Thanks so much! I'm extremely excited although a little stressed out about having to plan a wedding. I don't know the first thing about it.

Lisa: Thanks again for the wonderful gift and well wishes. Like I said in my post, I have had those books on my wishlist for a while now so I was tickled pink when I unwrapped them, and yes I have found a new blogging buddy in you as well. I hope you have a great Christmas!

Andrea said...

Congratulations!! What a perfect proposal! And I love your ring, it's like a star on your finger!

Enjoy the wedding planning process. :-) The week I got engaged I bought all sorts of wedding books and magazines too. When is the big day going to be?

Ashley said...

Andrea: Thanks so much for those kind words. I love my ring, too. I tell fiance (it's still weird saying that) he did a great job picking it out.

I'd like to say I have a date picked out, but since we're having to pay for this wedding ourselves (neither of our parents are able to help) we haven't decided on a date that will allow us to save up enough. Needless to say, it may be a long engagement. I'm not really bummed about it. I get to spend all that extra time being girly and planning this thing!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! You're ring is beautiful! That's what I loved most about my husband's proposal, he picked out the ring himself. I also used The was a fantastic website that allowed me to keep everything straight. You'll need that, because you're right, it does suck you in quickly! Have fun with it!! Good luck!

Ashley said...

Kristina: Yes, he did a great job picking the ring out and I just find myself staring at it sometimes. It's just so pretty.

Trust me, I have already found out about The wedding book I have is written by the editor of the website/magazine so I quickly found the website to be very helpful.
Thanks so much for the congrats and the warm message.

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