(As told by Doug)
The goal of the
proposal was to surprise Gloria. Since we had talked about getting
married she knew that I would propose soon, and since I'm usually so
"boring" that must mean that I would propose on the date of our 8th year Anniversary, right? I
intentionally dropped all
sorts of hints that we were going to celebrate on Saturday the
On Wednesday the 2nd, I had her cousin
Elisa "invite" us to go and eat at the Boathouse (we eat with
them quite regularly, so it was nothing that out of the ordinary). At the
last minute, she called Gloria to say that her 1-year-old daughter Ashlyn (our
flower girl) had vomited
and that they wouldn't be able to go, but that we should go anyway since
we had a reservation. To my surprise, Gloria didn't suspect anything.
We had a nice dinner
Boathouse in English Bay (I made the reservation for four plus a
baby so that
she wouldn't get suspicious when we arrived) and after dinner we went
back to her house. While we were at dinner, Elisa and her husband,
and Jeff had come in and set up her room.
Balloons, a vase of flowers, and a
bouquet of 8 roses (one for each year we had dated) were placed
according to plan. During the day I had taken the day off from work
(thanks Heather and Kathy!) and
made chocolate covered strawberries which were in a nice basket. I also
had scented rose petals strewn all over the place and, in the background
playing were some songs
with meaning for us. Little votive candles were placed all around the room.
On the bed was a
Precious Moments Figurine
showing the boy proposing but not finding the ring in the box but rather
on the dog's nose. (The dog has special meaning since she loves her
other cousin's Shar-pei and we walk him quite often).
her desk was a plush Shar-pei
with the engagement ring around its nose. I gently directed her into her room and
eventually she took the figurine out of the bag, and then I grabbed the
dog and proposed. I actually forgot to kneel in all the excitement
(also forgot my speech) so she made me ask again while on one knee!
She was completely
shocked and had no idea I was going to propose that day. She thought it
was going to be Saturday or one of the weekends that had already
She was in awe for days!
See photos from the "official" Chinese
Engagement Day (March 18. 2006).