Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I got the RiNg!

When Grant proposed to me he told me that he wanted me to be able to pick out the ring that I would be wearing for the rest of my life, so in place of my engagement ring, he got me a cute little Tiffany’s shaped heart ring. The very first Monday that we were back in town after getting engaged we went ring shopping during our lunch break and then spent the entire evening after work shopping too! We decided that we wanted an eternity band (which has diamonds all around the band) and then a round brilliant diamond for the center stone. Since this was such a specific request we could not find even one store that had what we were looking for. Every store we went to told us that they would have to special order the ring because #1- You can’t resize an eternity band once it is made since the diamonds are already set all around the ring and therefore they don’t care a large quantity in stock… being that Size 7 is “standard”, I was out of luck with my size 5 finger. Then reason #2 for the special order- it was a very custom request and would have to be hand crafted. Each jeweler told us that it would take approximately 3-4 weeks to construct… just the words an excited newly engaged bride does NOT want to hear! It had been a month of searching and I finally got to the point to where I SWORE I would never step foot in another jewelry store again!

Three weeks go by and Grant ordered the ring through a family friend. It was taking 3 weeks to come in… and that was a LONG 3 weeks for me! Being that we had my ring on order, Grant & I decided, one Friday afternoon during our lunchtime, that it would be fun to go look at rings for him! So we drove to the nearest Jared and started ring shopping for him. After about two rings Grant wanted to look at rings for me (again). Even though we had already ordered my ring through someone else, I humored him. I tried on the only eternity band they had in the store (2 sizes too big of course) and was amazing at the sparkle of the diamonds… but I just didn’t want to wait 4 weeks that Jared’s said it would take to special order the ring we wanted. Grant asked me if I liked that ring and just as I was saying “Well yes, but I don’t want to wait forever…” the store manager came over and said “Well you don’t have to!” I just looked at her thinking “What? Everywhere we’ve been they’ve said we have to wait AT LEAST 3 weeks!” And she explained that she took the ring to their jeweler in the store and he said that he could take out 2 diamonds on the band, make it smaller, set a six-prong setting for us, and have it ready THAT night! I immediately jumped for joy! Those were the words I had been so anxious to hear!

After work that day Grant went back down to Jared to see what they could do… when he was done he called me and told me that instead of having it done that night, it would be ready Monday afternoon! Super bummed but I had to reason with myself that it was way better than waiting 3 weeks!

So we met up with some friends for frozen yogurt… the same couple that had been there the weekend we got engaged- they were the ones hiding in the bushes with the video camera. Just as we walked into the store Grant turned to his friend and said “Nick, can you get this on video? Does anyone have any granola bars??” And knowing how much of a jokester Grant can be, I just looked at him saying nonchalantly, “Oh shut up…” And then in the middle of the frozen yogurt place he gets down on one knee and pulls out the ring box… I still didn’t believe him. Just then he opened the ring box and there was the RING!! I was SHOCKED! And to my surprise, Nick was getting it all on film AGAIN! Grant asked me for the second time, “Amy, will you marry me?” And I just laughed and reached over to see the ring! And he said “No! Answer me…” And I said laughing, “Yes yes!” And I hugged and kissed him just like the first time! Everyone in the store was just staring at us believing they JUST witnessed an engagement! I think I even heard someone remark as they walked by, “Wow, SOMEONE likes yogurt!” haha. Just then Grant took my left hand and slipped the ring on my finger! My eyes were in SHOCK! I couldn’t believe that he surprised me AGAIN!
Here is Grant leaving Jared's

This is him telling the person that their finger is in the way....

He had to get a good picture because he knows I love to scrapbook

Video of after he gave me the ring...

The ring...

Diamonds go all the way around the band...
Next step… engagement photos! We’ve set the date for November 7th, 2009… so I’ve got a lot of planning to do in a short amount of time!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

We're getting MARRIED!!<3<3

For the past month and a half Grant and I have been traveling out of town every weekend... We've taken trips to St. George, UT, Disneyland, a family wedding anniversary, cabin trips, Zion... you name it! So when Grant told me he wanted to go out of town the weekend coming up AGAIN, I didn't feel the same. I told him that I just wanted to stay in town and relax for a weekend. He didn't like my answer... I used the excuse that I had a girls day planned with one of my best friends & I had to be at church for my calling. He still didn't like my answer. He told me that even if he had to tie me up, I was GOING out of town! So we had a little disagreement...

I told him he was a brat... I called him selfish... I told him he didn't support me in my calling... But as most couples do, I decided to compromise and we ended up going!

He owns a cabin right by Brianhead, UT. So we drove up and met some friends up there. It was Saturday afternoon and we decided to grill up some hamburgers on the deck at his cabin...

We enjoyed our lunch outside while hanging out on a couch they have on the porch. I looked at him and said "This is the most amazing day!" And he looked at me and said "It's only going to get better..." And then there was a pause, and he finished by saying, "...because we're going to make hot chocolate, go on four-wheeler rides, go fishing..."
As we finished eating he asked me if I wanted to go on a four-wheeler ride. Just as I agreed, we walked into the cabin to grab some coats and he started filling his pockets with granola bars! I looked at him and asked "What are you doing? We just stuffed our faces!" And replied "Oh, umm... just in case we get lost". I just laughed.

We took a ride down the road to a spot on the mountain that's sentimental for us. It was the first place I had told him that I loved him. We parked and got off and walked over near a stream. He stopped and handed me a granola bar and asked "Do you want this?" And I looked at him and laughed saying "What? We JUST ate!" And he just kept handing me all these granola bars out of his pockets! Just as I was stuffing them into my jacket pocket he pulls out a small teal Tiffany's box with a white bow wrapped around it. I was stunned! I looked at the box and then back at him... sheer shock. And then he got down on one knee and said "Amy Marie Jenkins, will you marry me?" I looked at him and half whispered in awe, "Seriously??" And he just looked at me and replied, "Well yeah! I'm on one knee!" And I anxiously answered yes!
I couldn't believe this was happening! I thought to myself, "I can't believe I'm not crying! I had always imagined I would cry!" And just then Grant began to undo the beautiful white bow on the box and just as he started to take off the lid, the rush of emotion hit me and I started crying! He was still kneeling down as I grabbed his face and just kissed him!

Just before he opened the ring box he told me that he had to explain something... He said that he didn't know exactly what kind of ring I would want, so he bought me a ring to remember this day. He wanted me to be able to pick out the ring that I would wear forever because that would be something I would absolutely love doing! And he is right...

He looked at me and said "You're my finace!" And then almost in unison we exclaimed "Whoa!" and then laughed. I asked him how he knew my ring size and he said that he had called my mom. I was blown away! I asked if anyone else knew and he said EVERYONE DID! He had visited my dad at his Fire Station in downtown Las Vegas to formally ask him... he called my mom to formally ask her (She lives in Wyoming)... and he even called my step-dad to get his permission as well! Not only did I completely give him the hardest time for wanting to go on ANOTHER vacation, but he went well out of his way to ask permission to all the right people! What a go getter! I can't believe I have found the person I am going to spend the rest of my life with!
Just as we were embraced in a hug, I felt his arm waving around... I stopped and said, "What are you doing?" And he just looked over to some nearby trees. I followed his gaze to find two of our great friends walking out from behind some trees with a video camera! They had been hiding the entire time filming the whole thing! I was blown away! They had impecable timing because they walked up right in the mist of all of the excitement and started to interview me!
I'm now going to be Mrs. Amy Marie Cropper! I couldn't be more excited! Here are a few pictures of us... (Just for Shelly :)
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