|My mom was sitting on the couch to the left|
As Kenny and I kept talking about if we felt ready for marriage and how things would work out, my mother had apparently been looking at us (still with her headphone in so she couldn't hear us) and decided that Kenny's arm must be getting tired from holding my head up. So she decided to give us a pillow. She threw the pillow at us and it hit me square in the head. I turned, flabbergasted, to my mother right as she threw another pillow at my face. "Sorry," she said, "Kenny liked like he could use some relief for his arm." Shaking my head, I turned back and continued talking.
Later that night, closer to midnight, my mom was looking at us again and found my hand attached to Kenny's at the fingers and thought it was one arms. She had apparently been looking for the fourth hand that should have been Kenny's and finally decided to ask, "Kenny where are your hands?" Both Kenny and I, shocked, threw our hands in the air saying, "We didn't do anything!" It wasn't till then that my mom realized how that must have sounded to us and she laughed and explained herself.
After that night the talk of Marriage was becoming more serious but Kenny was very nervous. He wasn't sure if he was ready to Marry. He was worried financially and emotionally. I told him to pray about it and he kept telling me he had but that he didn't feel like he got a big confirmation. He was surprised when I told him that I actually wasn't freaking out and that I had a peaceful feeling about the whole thing. I told him that I knew a little while back that he was the one I was going to Marry but that I didn't want to scare him off by suggesting it earlier.
Kenny finally got the confirmation he needed (not sure what it was or when it was but it happened and we decided that we needed to start looking at married housing. We also started looking at rings online. We found a ring pair we liked and decided to order it. We had been talking about Marriage so much that (I don't think I ever told him this) I was scared that we would skip being engaged all together. But Kenny knew better than that. He had been planning something special. We had done something every month on the 30th (because we met on the 30th). In may it was our first kiss, and now in June he was planning to propose.
On the morning of June 30th, Kenny and I had been talking on Gmail and Kenny had told me how nice the Weather was. I, of course, had looked at the weather and noticed some rain in the morning and early afternoon and told him so. He asked me about how the evening looked and I told him that that would be clear. I immediately jumped to maybe going stargazing since it would be clear and Kenny told me that would be a good idea but he told me he knew of a great place we could sit, talk, and soak up some sun and he wanted to know if I wanted to meet at 7 (since it was out anniversary) and go to this place. I of course said sure and we began talking of other things after that.
Later in the day (closer to 7) Kenny was reminding me that he would come pick me up from my apartment and he add that I should bring my camera...like usual... and I could take pictures of flowers. I told him sure that I would grab it and that I would see him soon and then got off of Gmail to go to the library and pick up two books and then went home.
Kenny came, as promised, at 7 and he was slightly dressed up a little. I was just in my jeans and t-shirt and I commented on how he was dressed up and asked if I should dress up. He told me not to worry about it and that we should go. We got in the car and started driving. We went on Freedom and then turned on 2230 and immediately I knew where we were going. We got there and Kenny and I got out and I started to feel very self-conscious about my clothing because everyone around me was dressed up. We walked around the front for a little while and then Kenny told me it was prettier for flower pictures in the back of the temple. so we made our way around back.
Kenny was so right about behind the temple. I had never been back behind it before so it was all new to me. I took several pictures (I added just a few of them here):
|Mountain to the East of Temple|
|This is the side of the temple with the sun right behind it.|
After taking a few pictures, Kenny came and took me in his arms to a hug and we kind of swayed back and forth for a little while and then Kenny started to explain that he didn't just take me here to take pictures of flowers. I told him I had figured that much and to help keep him going I asked, "So why are we here..." At that point he got down on one knee and pulled out my great-grandma's ring. (he had apparently talked to my parents two days before and gotten the ring the day before). He explained that he had talked to my parents two days ago and after my dad roughing him up a bit they agreed to let him marry me. He then brought up how two months ago to the day we had met at the temple doing baptisms for the dead. We now came back to the temple two months later. He explained the importance of the temple to me and how he hoped we would continue to come to the temple and that we would teach our kids of the importance of it and, when they were old enough, be able to take them to it. He then told me how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and asked if I would marry him.
It was at this critical point that I had been preparing all my life for. Ever since I met Kenny I knew I was going to marry him, it was just the when that I didn't know. I had though I had prepared my self well for this event but when he asked the question, my mind went blank and they only thing I could squeak out was, "Most Assuredly Yes". I immediately felt stupid and wondered why my brain had chosen to pick those words. Kenny laughed a bit and then slid the ring on my finger and enveloped me in a hug and a kiss. We began calling people starting with his mom and dad and then I called my dad and mom and then his brother and sister and then his grandparents and mine. I didn't call my siblings yet because I was going to tell them when we went to the Hot air Balloons on Saturday (two days away). I called my best friend and got one of the best reactions from her. Kenny's sister was the other great reaction. Calling took a while but we finally was able to walk away and enjoy the rest of the temple on our way back to the car.
Ok so that is my interpretation of the story, but I was fortunate to have Kenny's interpretation as well thanks to Sarah. I thought just for fun I would upload that as well but the video is not uploading right so maybe I will put it in a different post later when I figure out how to upload videos.
Alright so that is both of our interpretations of the engagement story. Before I post any pictures from the engagement, there is one major thing I needed to tell you about before. It was a nice Friday afternoon (July 15th I believe) and my friends from high school had invited us to go to the park with them. We grabbed so otter pops to take up with us and then we drove up there and found everyone except TJ. We talked a little bit and ate otter pops while we waited for TJ to show up. TJ finally showed up and she had brought bubbles and a kite and all this other stuff with her. We got the bubbles out immediately and started playing with them. (if you look closely in the pictures, you can kind of see the bubbles we were making. Kenny made some huge ones!)
After blowing bubbles, we climbed a tree (and of course got teased with kissing in it) and then went to play on the park. I took a swing and Kenny decided to come along and give me a nice big push.
After that Kenny wanted to swing too so he took the swing next to me and started swinging. We were both getting pretty high and Kenny decided to jump out. As soon as he left the seat I could tell something was wrong. I watched in horror as Kenny jumped out, kind of twisted funny and landed face first into the plastic tubing around the playground. I immediately jumped out after him (a little more gracefully) and ran up to him. His face was all bloody and he was spitting blood in the grass. He turned to look at me and I saw that three of his front teeth on the top were all jagged and bloody and sticking out in weird places. I keep repeating, "Kenny are you alright?" and "Kenny, why did you do that?"
He was in a lot of pain and we needed to get him somewhere. We grabbed our stuff real quick and then I jumped in the driver seat of the car and we went down to the health center where he had his insurance. When we got there we found they weren't open and were met with this lovely looking sign:
We looked at that and wondered if we should go to the hospital. I think we called Kenny's dad while in the car and then tried his mom and got some texts about insurance coverage. I believe his dad told him to go to the hospital but I remembered I knew someone in my ward that might be able to help. I called my mom and told her the situation and she told us to call Bro. Christensen and he prescribed an anti-biotic and pain killers to try and keep it from getting infected. We then went to my parents who were two houses down and showed them. My mom wondered if my dentist, Bro Arthur, could help him and we called and he told us to come in the next morning. We filled the antibiotic and he started that and he took some pain killers and we went home. The next day my friends who were with us during the accident brought him cupcakes because they felt bad about what had happened. I thought the cupcakes were very clever
We then had this long process of going to the dentist and seeing what needed to be done, and then finding that none of the teeth were replaceable and that we had to go to a periodontist and get implants.
Poor Kenny... We found someone to take care of this and he now has all those teeth out and filled with some bone to try and help the crack that he got in the bone above his teeth to heal. We won't know anything else till February when he goes in to get the actual implants. Right now he has a retainer with some fake teeth for the time being so you can't really tell.
The reason I tell this story to you is not so everyone feels bad for him. He is doing fine and hopefully everything keeps going well for us. The reason I tell this story is that we were planning on doing Engagement pictures 4 day from when he fell. We then changed that to a week after and we barely got him his fake teeth before the pictures. He was still cut up a bit but our photographer did a great job in photoshopping the cuts out. Thanks Lani! Here are some of my favorites:
|Don't look at me in this one... but it is an un-edited on where you can see Kenny's scratches on his nose|
|Doesn't he look so small in Kenny's arms? ^-^|
|We got to feed baby Aaron|
Well that is all I wanted to touch in this part. Next comes the part of preparing and going through with the wedding. Keep reading and I hope you enjoy!