Since this blog is titled, "Behind the Mic," I figured it would be OK to blog about what's been going on in my life behind the mic. The most recent event that's happened is...getting engaged to the drummer in my band, Billy! WOOO!
I thought I would share the story with you all on how it happened, and all the romantics out there can get your fill of love for the day--and all the cynics can make fun of me!
The story begins on the twelfth day of December, when I rolled out of bed and headed to my day job (at Reba's Business). It was a Friday, so I dressed down for the day in a puffy vest and my fat jeans. Luckily I did straighten my hair. I was at work and it was a little stressful, so I remember sending Billy a text saying, "Is it time to go yet?!" at 10am. (Little did I know I wouldn't be there for long!) Billy came and surprised me at lunch, which is not unusual for his day off, so I didn't really think anything of it. But as we started driving to lunch, he started passing all the restaurants until there were only trees around us. I asked him, "Are we eating lunch in the wilderness?! How will I get back in time?" He looked at me and said, "I have a secret...you're not going back to work!" Apparently he had sent an email to my boss asking if he could take me away early that day to surprise me. Well...it worked! He brought me to Cheekwood, a botanical garden in West Nashville and we ate a picnic that he brought. Then, we went on a walk through the Japanese Garden.
We walked through a bamboo pathway and then came up to a pavilion that overlooked a zen garden. When I looked over to the right, there were photo albums and a polaroid camera laid out on the bench in the pavilion. It was then that I knew this was pre-meditated and felt like a proposal was coming on!
We went through the photo albums we had made together and reminisced on all the fun experiences we've had in our 3 1/2 years of dating. Then, we got to the 3rd photo album that I had never seen before, and we looked through Billy's favorite pictures and memories of us. When we got to the last page, it said, "And one last question..." Then, Billy got down on one knee, told me how much he loved me and that he wanted to make a lifetime of memories together--and then asked me to marry him. Spoiler alert...I said YES!
Then, he grabbed the polaroid camera so that we could take one last picture to finish the photo album. (I loved his photo theme!!!! So thoughtful!)
If that wasn't surprise enough, Billy surprised me later that night at dinner. When I walked into the restaurant, both sides of the family were at the dinner table! Some people had even flown in from Orlando for the occasion, and I started bawling just thinking of how sweet it was that everyone came to support us.
Then, Billy brought me back to his house where there was a bonfire with some of my closest friends there! So many surprises! Needless to say, I was emotionally drained by the end of the night, but it couldn't have been a more perfect series of events for this special day.
Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this engagement and the people who have congratulated us. We feel so loved and I cannot wait for what 2015 has in store for us!
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.