Wednesday, September 07, 2011

How we got engaged. Officially. Part two

Haven't read part 1, go here.

So we're sitting in the car. I'm a snotty disgusting mess with a grouchy personality to match and Inspector Climate is being a knight in shining armour hoping to whisk me away from every thing that is horrible.

In between sobs, I told him he didn't mean it.  That this isn't how he wanted it to be. And it should be how he wanted.

He assured me he meant it, that he didn't care that this isn't how he pictured it. He had been thinking about it for days and had been planning on asking me in the next two weeks but seeing me so distraught he had to ask me now.

My tears slowly dried up and we started on our way back to The Climates house, neither of us could quite face telling people that day that we were engaged so we decided to wait until Tuesday when Inspector Climate would ask me officially.  When we were alone, we'd giggle to ourselves about our little secret and test out calling each other fiancé. I'd say "you're going to marry me" and he'd say "Yes I am."

That night Mrs Climate made threw me a birthday party complete with polka dot orange balloons (not pictured), fairy lights, a delicious cake, and unbeknownst to her, but quite fittingly balloons that said "congratulations" because she couldn't find any Happy Birthday ones in orange.

On Monday, I had to have my visa medical redone because apparently my results had expired. This is me rocking (a new haircut) and the gown for the chest xray. My mother said that I look like I'm at a concentration camp - she always knows how to cheer me up that one. That grumpy look on my face? That's the "I can't believe I am wearing an open backed hospital gown AGAIN" look.

 On Tuesday, both Inspector Climate and I worked from home. Any thoughts that I wasn't ready for this (and there were many) dissipated as we enjoyed being able to spend the day together. On a weekday. The novelty!  While I worked, Inspector Climate went to the market to pick up our groceries for the week and came back to our apartment carrying these

I never thought having fresh flowers was that important, but I love having them in the house, and I love that Inspector Climate would go out of his way to make the whole day a little special.  After we finished our work days, we climbed into bed for an afternoon nap. Snuggled together as we talked, Inspector Climate reached into his bedside table and pulled out the ring (the ring that I had given him as our "temporary" engagement ring until we order the real deal) and asked me if I'd marry him.  I don't remember what I said. I mumbled incoherently until he asked if that was a 'yes'.  "Yes, of course it's a yes!" 

To celebrate we went out to eat at a restaurant that I've been meaning to go to for several months. It's a 100% gluten free Mexican restaurant, that even serves black beans and uses chipotle, Mamasita. I decided to get a little dressed up for the occasion because I rarely utilise the chance to don a pretty dress. 

 This is what it looked like out of focus:

 And this what I looked like in focus.
When we got back from dinner, Inspector Climate called his parents to tell him the news. They were beyond excited. And the next morning, I skyped with my family to tell them the news. They were thrilled as well. I guess I didn't quite anticipate that as being one of the perks of being engaged. Everyone is so incredibly happy for you.  The happiness is palpable.


  1. lachlan and i have been together for awhile and got engaged when we were overseas so a lot of emails were sent and we were just blown away by how excited everyone was for us. we'd open our inbox and just grin from ear to ear at all the lovely emails!

    congrats again, it's a really exciting time for you :)

  2. Oh it's all lovely. Congratulations again. I think you have got yourself a wonderful man. And you know, I think you look quite cute in that hospital gown...

  3. yeee-aaaayyyy!!! i love that he found such a sweet way to ask even after it had been decided. good man! oh i am just so happy for you! and that stripe-y, green dress is super cute! you look absolutely beautiful.

  4. Cute story for a cute couple. I'm so happy for you!

    P.S. Love the engagement dinner dress!

  5. *happy sigh* It's true, everyone is happy for you! at least I am :) Congrats!

  6. Sounds like a rollercoaster of great things to come.

    All the best on your happiness.

    I have never seen a black hospital gown..that is so cool.

  7. Wow! Your engaged! Congratulations! Enjoy the mad-crazy-exciting time ahead. I've got 3 months to go and getting so stressed. Still lots to do.

  8. I'm still giggling over your mom saying you looked like you were in a concentration camp. I don't know why, that just made me laugh.

    And I love your celebration outfit, very cute!

  9. Congratulations to you and IC again <3

  10. Fresh flowers are great! My boyfriend used to always tease me about being the only woman he's ever known to buy herself flowers. Why the hell not?!

    Congrats again on the engagement :)

  11. Such a sweet story! I love how things didn't happen the way you expected them to, but they were still so lovely. Congrats again!!

  12. Congrats! This is a great story...definitely one that will be fun to share!

  13. It's true, it's one of the greatest things about the whole engagement-wedding planning-wedding process: the shared happiness. Just telling people you're in that stage makes (almost all of) them smile. And now you have all of us smiling with you over the internet, too! Congratulations, again!

  14. Well a congrats is in order, as always for these sorts of things :)

  15. Oh my gosh...amazing. I love hearing all of the details. I. Climate just kills me, he's funny. And p.s. I love that green skirt with the striped shirt. Soak up all of the attention being's the best.

  16. That is super fun! I'm excited for you guys. :)

  17. Congratulations! I especially like that a nap was involved, and orange balloons and flowers. Isn't Skype a cool thing! I Skype with my sister in South Africa.

  18. Awww, what a cute story. I think proposals like that are much more sincere than ones that are full of fancy cliches. Congrats to you both!!

  19. I love everything about this story. Love IC, love Mrs. IC, love the Gerbera daisies. Love the lovely little birthday party. Love the haircut, love the dress! By the way, I think you look rather glamorous in a 1940s movie star kind of way.

    Keep the details coming as the plans take shape!

  20. Thank you for visiting us and Red Rose Alley. I love the photo of the yellow flowers, and your HEADER looks like Fall, a favorite of mine. Have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  21. Aww that is so sweet!!!!! I love that he waited to ask your officially, how romantic!


    ps. love your dress, you look so pretty
    pps. I'll see how many frequent flyer points I'll have this weekend. If I have enough for Melbourne I'll definitely make the trip! :)

  22. SJ - Exactly, I was simply astounded by the out pouring of love!

    Selina - I think so too! He's a keeper.

    Kimbirdy - Thank you! The dress is anthropologie, it was one of my (many) splurges when I was home last.

    Crystal - Thank you! It's so lovely to have expats who can commiserate!

    Azra - Thank you!

    Ellie - Well, it was specifically for a chest xray ... ?

    Diary of why - THANK YOU! feel better, you.

    Love and stuff - BAH! I don't want to know about the stressful part, I just want to bask in the happy bliss of it.

    Krysten - It is quite silly. Thank you!

    Alex - THANK YOU

    Heather - Thank you. We're just so HAPPY.

    The zadge - the hospital gown OR the dress dress? :)

    Iris - Nonsense, I think lots of women probably by themselves flowers. And why not?

    Teachergirl - Yes, it is certainly a lesson in taking things as they happen and realising it is happening exactly as they should.

    Amy - Yes indeed! Sharing will certainly be the best part of it.

    Crazy Shenanigans - Thank you! I've had my fingers crossed for you - I hope it all worked out.

    Jessica - Thank you! Yes, I love how pleased everyone is...even strangers.

    Ashley - Thank you!

    Alexa - he is funny! He's definitely a keeper.

    Jehlik501 - Thank you!

    Margaret - Napping has been paramount in our relationship :) SKYPE is a life saver.

    Meredith Duck - Totally, I am not one for fancy cliches, I made it clear I didn't want a public proposal from like day one.

    Susan - Thank you so much! That is such a lovely compliment! Yes, I am a very lucky girl!

    Red Rose - yes! I love autumn colours :)

    The Blonde duck - Thank you! It's utterly fantastic.

    Many colours of happiness - YES come to Melbourne! And thank you! it was romantic! :)

  23. CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm glad that you've found IC and are totally happy (which you look by the way). Best of luck with everything.

  24. What a great story! That's the cutest hospital gown I ever saw - it isn't green with paisley!

  25. Congratulations!

    It all sounds adorable- and makes a great retelling!

    Happy birthday, as well! It sounds like you had a trying but ultimately wonderful day! Good memories to take away!

    I'm sorry the immigration has been hellish- Ozlandia has tightened things up; as has everyone else in the world. Twats. All this bureaucratic stuff is never easy and as uncomfortable as possible. I do hope it'll get easier!


  26. I don't know anyone who likes the hospital gowns. They're awful!

    But again! Congrats on getting engaged! So awesome! :D

  27. How amazing! I remember reading the post when you were so excited to officially move in together! Well congratulations my dear! I wish you both the best! Love your striped to with that green skirt btw!

  28. Awwww! You look fab!! Congrats once again. You really know how to rock the curls... Love!

  29. Kiwi in France - Thank you! I am so happy to have IC too!

    Lisa - You're so right, I was wondering what made it so different - it is definitely lacking in paisley!

    epitaphforaheart - it certainly has! I really had no idea it was such a trial.

    Shannon - Thank you so much. And yes, hospital gowns aren't great.

    Aqui - I know! That seems so long ago now. But I am equally excited now! What can I say, the man makes me happy.

    Happy Little Trees studio - Thank you!

    Oneika - Curls are my ONLY option! Thank you!

  30. Oh how exciting! Congratulations on your engagement (both unofficial and official). I'm so glad it all worked out for you!

  31. Congrats and best wishes!

    Oh, and hey! I can do those fingerprints for you right here!

    I had to do it!

  32. Woo hoo, congrats once more! And what a perfect day off you had, yay!

  33. I actually kind of think you rock the hospital gown look. Sexy!!!

    Though the real engagement night dress is even cuter!

    And yay, people being so happy with us was one of my favorite things about being engaged too. What I love about weddings is that they bring everybody together. How often do you get to have both of your families together in one place all at once?

  34. Amazing picture and amazing outfit, you look so good in this picture, I love your skirt and that blouse is perfect, the perfect touch and your hair rocks, also you are very beautiful! You have a lovely blog and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

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