Creative Proposals

In early February we took Avery to Western Kentucky University, both mine and Kyle's alma mater, for her first basketball game. We had fun showing her Cherry Hall, where we practically lived, and other WKU landmarks. She loved Big Red...from a distance, though she did give him a high five.

During a time out in the second half, Big Red came on to the floor for one of his skits. He say a girl down in a chair and acted as the band played "Heeey, Baby...I Want to Know if You'll Be My Girl." As the song ended, a guy walked out from the sidelines with a microphone, called the girl's name, and proposed. He said they met at Diddle two years before, and wanted to start the next chapter of their relationship there, too. I cried.

It was pretty brave of him to pop the question in front of the largest crowd of the season and ESPN cameras. Of course she said yes. And it of course brought back memories of Kyle's proposal to me, which I also thought was pretty creative.

March 31, 2002--sSeven years ago today--I was student teaching, and he had just started his first job out of college. As Easter approached, he mentioned Easter presents, something I'm sure we had never exchanged. As a full time unpaid teacher, shelling out for an easter trinket was a little stressful. I was waiting for my income tax return just to buy Kyle's birthday presents! I set the limit at $20 and got him the latest Coldplay CD.

When Easter Sunday arrived we went to his parents' house for lunch with the family. He kept bringing up presents, but was adamant about waiting to exchange them until everyone left. Then he admitted to spending a little more than $20, claiming it cost $60 instead. I was a little miffed that he was going to outdo me (if only I had known!), but proceeded to look in my Easter basket. Inside was a porcelin egg. While lovely, I immediately wondered what was in the egg that cost $60, since I knew he didn't just get me an egg. Imagine my shock when I opened it and found my ring! I had picked it out over three years earlier, and knew he had it, but never imagined that I would get it that day or that he would use Easter as a way of proposing. I was impressed!

Thanks for choosing me, Kylie! I love you bunches.

So now--leave a comment and share your proposal stories. I lov those kinds of stories!


Polka Dot Party #1

I've had another post half ready for a month, but obviously it has not gotten finished. I've had trouble getting a good picture of one thing, but I'm tired of trying and so am giving up for now.

On to party planning. Avery will be three on April 1st (yep, my little April fool), and has decided on a pink polka dot theme. Her 1st birthday was a bug theme, designed around her room, and last year she had an Under the Sea party. I must admit that this party has been the most difficult to conceptualize. I've known what I wanted to do in a general sense, but my plans are only now starting to get to detail phase. That's not really like me.

So while much of her party wares are still waiting to be assembled, I have started working on some of the decor, namely these great paper bag flowers.

Aren't they lovely?! They are, of course, from Martha. You can find the step by step here, but essentially you take six paper bags, cut off the bottoms, glue them together and fan them out into a flower.

Avery's will be in all pink, of course, and will I think make a pretty good stand in for the pink Chinese lanterns that I really wanted. Unfortunately no one carries those locally, and shipping on them is ridiculous.

So that takes care of one of about a million party details I'm working on. I know it will all come together, but right now I'm feeling a little frantic.

If you are looking for more party ideas, you MUST check out Polka Dots and Pirates. I have found her ideas so inspiring, and would have used her for some of my party stuff if she was still doing custom orders. And she's a teacher. And her daughter is named Avery.

And lastly, yea for my two favorite teams! Twice my Alma Mater, WKU made it to the NCAA by winning their conference both outright and in the tournament, and Michigan sneaked in as an at large. Can't wait to wwatch them both play Thursday night!

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