Matt Skyped me around lunchtime to see if I had plans for the night. We both had basketball practice, but Anne and Jeff covered basketball practice for us so we could go out. Thanks Anne and Jeff! After school, we went to Matt’s apartment. He said we had plans for the night, but he kept looking at the clock and stalling, so eventually I walked out to the elevator. He yelled at me from the apartment, “What are you doing? You can’t leave. You’re not supposed to be out there. Come back in here.” :)
When I came back in he pulled a velvet box out of his pocket. He opened it to reveal a pair of diamond stud earrings. He said, “I wanted to give you something that you can wear everyday, and I wanted to give it to you in the apartment because this is where all the everyday mundane stuff will be happening. I want these to remind you that even in the mundane everyday things our lives will still sparkle.” :)
After that, went to Schönbrunn. We hiked up the trail to the Glorietta, but he wouldn’t take the short way. He made me take all the switchbacks. When we were at the bottom of the hill the closing alarm started sounding. We went up anyway and got to the top right at sunset. It was a beautiful blue, orange, and pink sky. We stood on the side of the Glorietta and looked out over Vienna. He pulled out another velvet box. This one had a beautiful diamond necklace with seven diamonds increasing in size and layed out in an “S” pattern. He said, “I know you’re wondering why we had to walk up all the switchbacks, but I want this to represent marriage. We start at the bottom, and it takes work to get to the top, but it’s worth it. This necklace starts small and grows, just like our marriage will.” At this point I was crying and smiling all at the same time. :)
Then we started hiking down the hill wondering if we could get out now that it was closed. After about 45 minutes of wandering through the gardens in the dark, we found a fence to hop to get back into the main courtyard. Luckily we found an open gate at the front to escape through. Whew!
After this we went downtown to the Rathaus. We sat on the steps of the Burgtheater facing the Rathaus. The Rathaus was beautiful with the ice skating and all the colored lights. He asked me if he had ever told me about the first time he knew he loved me. I said no. After he shared the story with me, he pulled out the final box with my grandma’s ring in it. Then he told me he loved me and wanted to marry me. “Will you marry me?” Yes! and lots of kisses! Then he said, “Maybe you should stand so you’re taller than me.” :) Then he put the ring on my finger. More kisses and I love yous! :)
We sat on the stairs for awhile just watching the skaters and enjoying the moment. After that we went to dinner at a new Italian restaurant that we had walked by.
It was perfect! We’ll be getting married on July 26, and I can’t wait! :)