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wiltok
09-22-2005, 01:48 PM
OK guys - need your collective wisdom, experience and creativity. I am going to be getting engaged the weekend after next (already made the decision to get married - pls don't start that argument:). My girlfriend and I own a second home on a lake - and I plan to do it up there. Since skiing and boating are such a part of our life (along with our dog), I am trying to do something creative along those lines. Any ideas??

-Keith

SteveO
09-22-2005, 01:56 PM
Congradudolences,

You know what they say about engagement. It is the first step of a divorce. Okay enough sarcasm. You could tie it to one of the balls on the course (risky), ask her to get something out of the glove box, put the box for the ring in her ski or board boot, or yours and ask her to give you a hand with something stuck in yours... I am sure that the creative genius found on the board will have many brilliant ideas.

flyinryn
09-22-2005, 02:05 PM
Keith,

Found my self in the same "boat" a year in a half ago. When I proposed to my Fiancé/wife in 16 days and counting. I did it while we where on vacations at Lake Shasta. We would normal go out and go swimming after dinner with the boat in this little cove. Well this night it was just the two of us and a bottle of champagne and some tunes. So while we were sitting on the back deck i ask her to stand up and i got down on one knee on the swim deck with the bottle of champagne in one hand the ring in the other and the song that we meet to playing on the radio and i pop the question. She did not see if coming in a million years.

so there is an idea,

P.S. make sure the ring is tied in there good.

X-45
09-22-2005, 02:26 PM
Congratulations: :toast:
I hid the box under the front bow cushion where she likes to lay the sun. That way she would not see me get the box. She was very surprised. Two weeks later someone stole my boat. :cry: So keep your boat locked up tight after you do the deed.

;)

MasterMason
09-22-2005, 02:46 PM
Two weeks later someone stole my boat.



an omen? :eek3:

X2M
09-22-2005, 02:54 PM
Keith,

Found my self in the same "boat" a year in a half ago. When I proposed to my Fiancé/wife in 16 days and counting. I did it while we where on vacations at Lake Shasta. We would normal go out and go swimming after dinner with the boat in this little cove. Well this night it was just the two of us and a bottle of champagne and some tunes. So while we were sitting on the back deck i ask her to stand up and i got down on one knee on the swim deck with the bottle of champagne in one hand the ring in the other and the song that we meet to playing on the radio and i pop the question. She did not see if coming in a million years.

so there is an idea,

P.S. make sure the ring is tied in there good.

Awww, what a romantic guy you are Ryan!! Kim is a lucky lady.


Wiltok - As long as it comes from the heart she will be happy.

:)

Leroy
09-22-2005, 03:09 PM
Wiltok; Whatever you do, good luck with it, many good settings around the boat, lake, and a second house on the lake. Don't be afraid, but don't be stupid, you will remember this event for years.

My case, we got engaged on a dive trip to Cozumel, on a dive, 30' under, on the last day. I tied the ring to my swimsuit and pulled her off to the side, went on my knee and held out the ring. I had asked her parents the weekend before when we went to her house. Story we both love to tell. A priest on the trip with us even offered to make it easy on our parents! Eighteen years ago.

skisix@38
09-22-2005, 03:19 PM
I took my GF to the middle of the lake in my/soon to be our '94 190 and played one of favorite songs(Clapton- Wonderful tonight) and when we got to the middle of the lake I got our of the driver saet on one knee and asked "wouldja, couldja-willya wontya? Ok, that's just what I was thinking, I really asked is she would marry me.

Only downfall to that plan is that if your GF is attached to your boat you'll have hell to pay if you want to sell it. Mine's still crabby about selling the 190.
Our Golden Retriever, named Bear, was our ring Bear'r. We tied the rings to his collar and he walked down an 100' isle un-escorted and came right to me and sat, with just the end of his tail wagging, until the ring part.

wiltok
09-22-2005, 03:45 PM
Wow - it is awesome that so many of you incorporated the kind of ideas that I have been considering. I am definitely thinking sneaking some champagne in the cooler (maybe OJ too if it do it during the early morning ski) and also have a song picked out.

How about this? Put the ring on the ring finder of her gloves - which is myseriously lost until I find it someswhere in the boat??

I also thought about killing the boat via lanyard - then pulling it out of the engine compartment while I looked for "engine trouble"?

These are OK - but I would like something more creative...

ski_king
09-22-2005, 03:48 PM
Unless you got the ring out of a gumball machine, I think I would stick with giving it to her on dry land. (or clear shallow water)

I can see her getting excited, jumping and dropping the ring.

milkmania
09-22-2005, 03:48 PM
the old boat trick will always work.....
"put out, or swim"

oops, wrong thread:o
we're alreay past that point, I hope

I gave a ring for a Christmas present once, hollowed out one of those huge Hershey's kisses, wrapped the ring in some bright red foil for presents and boxed it back up.
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0004MU1V2.01-A2BF95SJ3X97HC._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
trouble with that was, it was new years before she found her Christmas present:(

she called me at work and said she'd found it.

jmyers
09-22-2005, 04:04 PM
OK guys - need your collective wisdom, experience and creativity. I am going to be getting engaged the weekend after next (already made the decision to get married - pls don't start that argument:). My girlfriend and I own a second home on a lake - and I plan to do it up there. Since skiing and boating are such a part of our life (along with our dog), I am trying to do something creative along those lines. Any ideas??

-Keith
One question, Can she drive the boat for you? :steering:
And congrats, I did the ring in the champagne glass after dinner, Just don't let her drink it!! :eek: That was before we had the boat or it probably would have been involved with the deal! :headbang:

erkoehler
09-22-2005, 04:18 PM
Congrats, sorry but I am fresh out of ideas.... :confused:

BuoyChaser
09-22-2005, 04:29 PM
i had the whole summer, boat thing planned but the pressure was starting to hit so popped the question in March (still ice on our ponds) so popped it out in Breckenridge over a ski trip...

went to see the same band, ekoostik hookah http://www.ekoostik.com we went to see for our 1st date, happened to be playing outside of Denver...had my buddies in on it, so one of them held the ring...then asked one of the band members to play her favorite song...so sure enough, they started to break into the familiar riff, nudged my buddy and got the box from him, dropped down on one knee and the rest is history...

coolest part, they were tapin' that night so get to relive the moment every so often!!!

i think every guy will admit, PRESENT IT COOL, because you'll never live down a CRAPPY PRESENTATION!!!

how about get some buddies to ski by holding a banner, saying WILL YOU MARRY ME, while you're doing the glove thing!!!great having an audience there to witness...

erkoehler
09-22-2005, 04:34 PM
Banner idea seems cool, do it with barefooters and it would be even better :purplaugh

wiltok
09-22-2005, 04:47 PM
The creative juices are starting to flow - keep 'em coming. And yes, I have thought about losing the ring in the lake!! Maybe I'll tie it to a throwable cushion...

chathamsolutions
09-22-2005, 05:01 PM
Unless you got the ring out of a gumball machine, I think I would stick with giving it to her on dry land. (or clear shallow water)

I can see her getting excited, jumping and dropping the ring.
Just make sure it's insured - then no worries. Well, you'll worry, but not as much. :)

Congrats!

Leroy
09-22-2005, 05:03 PM
Other options (difficult not knowing the setting more or your personality Wiltok!):

Double ski with her and hand it to her.
Drive up to secluded place and have blanket, flowers, champagne, ring ready and waiting for you to arrive (set up earlier).
The boat breaks down and surprise her after few hours of heart to heart...
Banner is cool.

Hope the women come on with what impresses them! I'm just a guy, normally clueless....

PendO
09-22-2005, 05:08 PM
OK guys - need your collective wisdom, experience and creativity. I am going to be getting engaged the weekend after next (already made the decision to get married - pls don't start that argument:). My girlfriend and I own a second home on a lake - and I plan to do it up there. Since skiing and boating are such a part of our life (along with our dog), I am trying to do something creative along those lines. Any ideas??

-Keith

Buy a cheap costume jewlery ring and accidently drop it in the water - without close inspection she will think you just dropped the real deal;) That would be funny, then when you get back to land give her the real one.

LakePirate
09-22-2005, 05:21 PM
Drive up to secluded place and have blanket, flowers, champagne, ring ready and waiting for you to arrive (set up earlier).


Look at Leroy...ya big ol' pimp you

flyinryn
09-22-2005, 05:55 PM
Take her to universal studios and propose to her when the shark pops out.
i heard that on works really good.

any takers on what movie that would be.

jmyers
09-22-2005, 05:59 PM
That would be from JAWS, kinda like this one!! :eek:
Attacment was too large DARN!!
Try again!

flyinryn
09-22-2005, 06:13 PM
okay you are correct the shark is from jaws.

but were did that movie line come from. and it did not come from jaws 1, 2, 3 or the 3d movie either.

Rockman
09-22-2005, 08:11 PM
I surprised my wife by proposing up at my parents cottage over 4th of July 2001.

We had a ton of people up there (friends from college, work, etc).

We ski'd all day and had a big cook-out that day. I told my wife that I needed to talk to her away from all the guests. She actually thought I was going to yell at her for letting my friend Pete urinate off the dock earlier that day! I honestly didn't even know that happened.

So we get down to the dock and the boat is on the lift next to the dock. It's about 8pm and the sun is slowly setting. No one around.

I walk over to the boat and put on a song that I knew would make her totally freek out...Pauls Abdul's "Will you marry me?" It was kinda cool becasue the beginning of the song is really soft so you really can't tell what it was.

I pulled out a bag from the boat with 2 Beanie babies in it and gave it to her as she sat on the bench on the dock. She opened the bag and thought the beanies were cool (no clue that they were a bride and groom). She was trying to hear the music as it got louder but she couldn't tell what it was yet.

So she asks me if I was mad that Pete did what he did and I said "No, I just wanted to say I love you alot and the REAL reason I asked you down here was to...down on one knee, open the ring box, etc., etc.

Then she heard the song as it got loder and started to cry and hug me. I didn't even show her the ring or anything. :banana: I don't even think she ever said Yes! :confused:

It was awesome. None of our guests knew until we went back up to the house so it was cool. We all went to the restaurant/dance bar on the next lake that night and partied hard. What a great time!

Leroy
09-22-2005, 08:15 PM
Great one Rockman!

ski_king
09-22-2005, 09:14 PM
YOu win Rockman, that was great.

tfharrison
09-22-2005, 10:30 PM
Buddy of mine proposed on Madiera Beach @ the water's edge.

She was so freaked that when she jumped for joy...off came the ring...never to be seen again.

That was 20 years ago and they're still together.

How about diving in off the stern and coming up with an oyster shell, and have the ring inside?

Good luck. Marriage and family are what its all about

PendO
09-23-2005, 12:00 AM
Buddy of mine proposed on Madiera Beach @ the water's edge.

She was so freaked that when she jumped for joy...off came the ring...never to be seen again.

That was 20 years ago and they're still together.

How about diving in off the stern and coming up with an oyster shell, and have the ring inside?

Good luck. Marriage and family are what its all about

I told my wife that if she ever looses her ring the next one is CZ ... before we got engaged I wanted to drive home to her mom's (Billings, MT) house and meet her over Thanksgiving ... Heather called to see what she had going on and she suggested that we wait until a different weekend as she had a lot of painting to do. Heather didn't know that I wanted to go back for that reason, but it did typify her mom. Regardless, we drove to Boise and got engaged there instead 6 weeks after we officially met ... then to top it off we got married in Vegas ... Protestant boy, Catholic Girl ... one pissed off mother in law at the Bellagio;) Aside from gambling all my "spending" money away on the first night, it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As for getting engaged I had some friends take pictures as it happend ... it is always nice to look at those photos, so if you do it as a suprise set up a camcorder or camera;)

lakes Rick
09-23-2005, 02:03 AM
Maybe have the pre nup ready to sign with the ring??????

tfharrison
09-23-2005, 03:08 AM
On January 14, 2005, I finally got the opportunity to go out with my friend of 3 years.
We had both been dating other people and the time got around to being right.

I stepped back after that first kiss and said, "I think I've always loved you, will you marry me?"

It was a mutual feeling. We have been together since that day, and plan to be married before years end. We both picked out the ring and she set the amount to be spent. See, we have both done this before, and this was going to be the last time.

She had the ring for about a month when one of the stones disappeared. Gone from the setting. We took it to Zales and they replaced it, no charge.

Thats when I remember telling her about my friend and the good omen that that jump for joy had been.

What ever you do, allow the moment to be yours alone. Look her in the eyes and remember her, that moment for the rest of your life.

And then go skiing...

sizzler
09-23-2005, 03:21 AM
my better halfs ring was attached to the shotgun her dad was holding to my head...........

H20skeefreek
09-23-2005, 06:06 AM
My wife and I had been together for 5 years (since she was 15, I was 16). She was pretty much expecting on her 20th birthday that I would propose, as she had already found out that I had bought the ring a year before. We really like to play practical jokes on one another, so I wanted that to be part of our engagement.

I had taken her 4 year earlier to a restaurant, the Eagle's Nest, in Indianapolis for our first prom. It is one of those rotating restaurants on the top of a Hyatt Regency Hotel. To prompt me to do the proposal there, she suggested that we go to Indy for her 20th birthday, so I said "Great, let's go to Joe's Crab Shack!!, and we'll take your best friend and her boyfriend too!" She was like "yeah, that'd be great."

When we got there, after we ate, I gave her her gift, which much to her chagrin was a blue Purdue hooded sweatshirt. She had been asking for a new one for several years, as her original one was stolen out of the laundry freshmen year.

When she opened it, with a half smile she said, "thanks so much honey, just what I wanted."

I said, "why don't you try it on?"

She said, "it's a medium, it'll fit."

I said, "no really, you should try it on."

Her friend, who was in on it says" try it on, i want to get a picture of you with your birthday gift."

My wife kinda shot her a dirty look, revealing her true feeling about the gift.

She puts on the sweatshirt, but stops half way down as she feels something in the front pocket. But she really didn't know what to do, so she finished putting on the sweatshirt and just sat there.

I said " I think there must be some junk in the front pocket, what is that."

She reached into her pocket and I got down on one knee and said, " I want to be together forever, will you be my wife?"

She burst into tears and said yes about a million times. To this day she calls it the most romantic unromantic event ever. She'll never forget it. When the staff at Joe's realized what just happened, they handed her a mike, and embarrased her so bad! They made her put on a goofy hat and giant sunglasses and parade around. They said that as far as they know, no one had EVER proposed at Joe's before, so we went down in History.

So, my advice is: Make it cool and memorable, but make it symbolic of your relationship.

BriEOD
09-23-2005, 07:27 AM
Maybe have the pre nup ready to sign with the ring??????

You kill me Rick!

BriEOD
09-23-2005, 07:31 AM
I wish I had some great romantic story to tell. However, we were dating and both living in Hawaii. I popped transfer orders to Dyess AFB in Abilene, TX. :rolleyes: So, to make a really long story short, instead of her following me there and us both being miserable we got married. Uncle Sam cancelled that assignment and we ended up here in Charleston. It will be 6 years in 1.5 months. Good times, and she is a good gal.

skeeler
09-23-2005, 09:53 AM
Run!!!!.................. J/k! :d

SteveO
09-23-2005, 10:06 AM
Buddy of mine proposed on Madiera Beach @ the water's edge.



TFH, Madiera beach is great. I love that stretch between Clearwater and St Pete. The best tuna in the world (no pun intended for this thread topic) can be found at SaltRock grill and the best Grouper sandwich at Dockside Dave's. Threadjack over.

Crash
09-23-2005, 11:01 AM
DON'T ask Dad/Parents for permission first.

jamisonsbrodie
09-23-2005, 11:21 AM
We were moving into a new apartment (technically moving in together, we had un-officially lived together for about a year) on a hot summer day and after getting everything unloaded late in the afternoon, I told her that we should not worry about unpacking everything, but rather set up the stereo and dining room table and that I would make her favorite meal, Crab legs. She liked the idea, so we cleaned ourselves up, and I went and picked up some crab, salmon, and a good bottle of wine. After eating for a good half-hour, and countless trips to the kitchen for freshly boiled crab, my wife appeared to be slowing down, so I went to get her one more helping of crab and I put the ring on one of the legs and then I placed the plate in front of her. She went to pick up a leg, and saw the ring. As she had this startled look on her faced I got down on on knee, and the rest is history.

aprgriggs
09-23-2005, 01:12 PM
Wow, I am impressed guys. Lots of different ideas. Good Luck

Maristar210
09-23-2005, 01:30 PM
Tie it to the collar of a cute puppy. (borrowed or not) and let her "find" this puppy while going for a walk in the park. You know ...

"Lets look and see if he has a tag on his collar?"

....... and let her find the ring.

Do that and your gettin married and some other stuff too. :headbang:

Steve

BigBarney
09-23-2005, 01:39 PM
Here is what I did:

Bought several dozen roses and took the petals off. Made a trail from the doorway through the apartment to the bedroom. I had candles lit all through house (very nice mood). I had the ring laying on a satin pillow in the bedroom. I led her in there and did the one knee thing. 10 years and 3 kids later, I'd say it worked out pretty good.

tex
09-23-2005, 01:53 PM
congrats! i just got too excited and asked sitting on the couch. pulled the ring out of my pants pocket. she fell out. if she is the right one....anyway you choose will be the right way!!! good luck!

Ryan
09-23-2005, 02:11 PM
I didn't have a boat when I got married - still in school at the time. Stuck with the water though. Do it in a place you can be sure to go back to.

I used my only idea. I had my wife's friends tell her they were taking her for a malt at 10pm (she hates to eat late) on the HB pier for her B Day (a week early). She thought I was 2 hours away, they blindfolded her and walked her to me, where, on one knee with the box open I grabbed her rear, she dropped the blindfold and just about collapsed. I told her, "I love you. I want to date you forever. Will you marry me?" She loved having some friends thirty feet away to show off her ring and share in her joy.

Aparently my wife was pretty confident I'd do it. She bought her wedding dress earlier that day!

kjohnson
09-23-2005, 02:22 PM
Don't Do It. All you need is a good girlfriend a MC and a good dog.

erkoehler
09-23-2005, 03:22 PM
Don't Do It. All you need is a good girlfriend a MC and a good dog.

Thats great encouragement. :D

jmyers
09-23-2005, 04:21 PM
There's nothing like a good marriage, the hard part is finding one!! I've got 9 years Oct 11 and it's not always easy, but I wouldn't change it! It is kind of like buying a boat you look and you look until you find the right one and as long as you made the right choice in the beginning everthing goes smooth for many years, and even when it dosen't you can always work on it and it will run smooth again. Confuses say!! :twocents: :dance:

H20skeefreek
09-23-2005, 08:49 PM
Tie it to the collar of a cute puppy. (borrowed or not) and let her "find" this puppy while going for a walk in the park. You know ...

"Lets look and see if he has a tag on his collar?"

....... and let her find the ring.

Do that and your gettin married and some other stuff too. :headbang:

Steve
My wife loves that idea! If I had to propose again, that's how i'd do it.

Leroy
09-23-2005, 11:29 PM
Great job Ryan! She probably still knows what you are going to do before you do it!


I didn't have a boat when I got married - still in school at the time. Stuck with the water though. Do it in a place you can be sure to go back to.

I used my only idea. I had my wife's friends tell her they were taking her for a malt at 10pm (she hates to eat late) on the HB pier for her B Day (a week early). She thought I was 2 hours away, they blindfolded her and walked her to me, where, on one knee with the box open I grabbed her rear, she dropped the blindfold and just about collapsed. I told her, "I love you. I want to date you forever. Will you marry me?" She loved having some friends thirty feet away to show off her ring and share in her joy.

Aparently my wife was pretty confident I'd do it. She bought her wedding dress earlier that day!

east tx skier
09-24-2005, 01:47 AM
With some very strong material, tie the ring to the rope when you throw it to her. Don't forget, if you can't tie knots, tie lots.

/didn't read the thread (sorry if that's a repeat).

erkoehler
09-24-2005, 01:51 AM
With some very strong material, tie the ring to the rope when you throw it to her. Don't forget, if you can't tie knots, tie lots.

/didn't read the thread (sorry if that's a repeat).


Not a repeat, and definetly the most risky posted so far..... :eek:

east tx skier
09-24-2005, 01:58 AM
Now I've read them. I think it is a good one if she's a skier.

If it's right, it doesn't matter how you ask her. But either be creative or romantic (whichever is most you).

I took my wife to our favorite restaurant (Brennan's of Houston) under the guise that we were meeting some friends and they had a big surprise. We'd been dating for over four years and I figured a romantic dinner for no good reason would look suspicious. I called ahead and had the hostess tell us that the other members of our party (who weren't coming) weren't there yet. We went to the bar, I ordered a scotch, we went to the old-style New Orleans-looking court yard and we sat down. It was August and I knew the beads of sweat weren't far away. I knew what I was going to say. Like coach always told me, I took a knee. My voice was shakier than I'd imagined, but I got it out. She was thrilled and it's been great.

Congrats!

lakes Rick
09-24-2005, 12:41 PM
Read the "fatboy" thread, go get one, and forget about any ring...

erkoehler
09-24-2005, 01:14 PM
Read the "fatboy" thread, go get one, and forget about any ring...



Good idea Rick, but I don't think it will have the same effect.

phecksel
09-26-2005, 01:02 PM
She was anticipating the ring at Christmas, which we celebrated 12/24. We had arranged to go to Disney World with her kids, leaving 12/25. I paniced getting the ring through security. She's nuts about Tigger. I had bought a little tigger doll, and tied the ring around Tigger's neck with some orange ribbon. Had planned breakfast with Pooh and characters on 12/27 for the four of us. Alerted the staff ahead of time, and we had a perfect table. The only thing that went wrong, was tigger called off that day :( But, managed to recover, since I all ready had the doll, said since Tigger couldn't be there that day, had something for her to remember the breakfast with, handed her the doll got down on my knee. She started crying, I was shaking, the kids sat there with their mouths wide open. Later that day in the park, Tigger was doing photo ops, so we took the opportunity to recreate the moment.

We got married on the boathouse overlooking the lake, and took the Mastercraft to the reception, which was also on the lake. The weather that day was absolutely perfect.

captkidd
09-28-2005, 03:39 PM
O.K., you guys are going to think I'm really corny, but this worked for me. My wife and I met at our church, in the Singles Sunday school class. She was working out of town at the time, but came home a lot on weekends. We had our first date on a Sunday night after church, along with another couple who were already married. After four years of dating and one breakup, we knew that we were the ones for each other. Unbeknownst to her, I picked up the ring on Saturday morning (had to order it) and I was in the console of my car all day as we went to visit my parents.

I didn't ask her then because I still hadn't asked her father for her hand in marriage (which she wanted me to do). On Sunday morning I went by her parents' home (she was living with a friend) and asked him if I could marry his daughter. He said, "What are you asking me for, she's old enough to make up her own mind." So then I went on to church, and hid the ring in the bottom of the Communion table at the front of the church. I told her that I felt like we needed to pray together about getting married, but I had to run the sound system that day so I wasn't able to go and pray with her at the end of the service.

After everyone else had left the sanctuary, I went up to her and told her that I still felt like we should pray about getting married. We went down to the altar and knelt down and prayed together, and when we finished, she stood up and I didn't. I reached behind the Communion table and pulled the ring out and asked her if she would marry me. She said yes, cried a lot, and 9 years later we're still going strong.

Not quite as exciting as some of your stories, but it meant a lot to us because of our mutual history at the church.

east tx skier
09-28-2005, 03:46 PM
I'll say one other thing about the "asking the father" notion. I think it's a good way to offer a show of respect to someone with whom, like it or not, you're likely to be spending a great deal of time. My father-in-law is a dentist, so I made an appointment, and, after my checkup (once all the drills and hooks were out of reach), I went back to his private office and had the talk.

On the advice of a close friend, I did not ask for permission. As he put it, if he says "no," you're going to marry her anyway, right? So I asked for his blessing and got it.

IMO, better to ask and not have been expected to than the alternative.

lakes Rick
09-28-2005, 07:03 PM
I get an upset stomach after reading this thread........

wiltok
09-28-2005, 07:40 PM
Thanks for all the great suggestions - it's going down this weekend! Looks like the weather will cooperate - so I will do after our ski runs. I picked up some Steuben crystal flutes, buying the champagne tomorrow along with picking up the all important ring. Plan on attaching it to her ski gloves - when she goes to put them on I think she get a pleasant surprise. I'll let everyone know how it goes...

p.s. I'm calling her parents tomorrow night to get their blessing.

east tx skier
09-28-2005, 09:41 PM
I get an upset stomach after reading this thread........

You just should've know better. ;)

erkoehler
09-29-2005, 12:32 AM
Thanks for all the great suggestions - it's going down this weekend! Looks like the weather will cooperate - so I will do after our ski runs. I picked up some Steuben crystal flutes, buying the champagne tomorrow along with picking up the all important ring. Plan on attaching it to her ski gloves - when she goes to put them on I think she get a pleasant surprise. I'll let everyone know how it goes...

p.s. I'm calling her parents tomorrow night to get their blessing.


You should setup a video camera and get it all on tape. :)

AirJunky
09-29-2005, 02:54 AM
My own story is so original as others mentioned here. Christmas day, she got a ring in her stocking. As she found it other all the other things in her stocking, I was on one knee. We'd only known each other about 5 months but it just felt right. She cried & didn't even hesitate to say yesyesyesyesyes.

The interesting part is where we met. She posted in the Find a ride/Need a ride section of this very website. Back when it was the old site, I saw a post that said "Patti in Kirkland" needed a ride. I had skied with a girl on Sammamish a bunch of times & she'd gone off & gotten married so boarding became a part of her past. She moved away & that was all we heard of her. I emailed the Patti in the ad & asked her if she'd traded in her wedding ring for a wakeboard boat. She responded that she didn't know what I was talking about. Guess it wasn't the same girl.
Anyway, a few weeks later she & a girlfriend met me & a buddy to ski after work....... she hasn't left since. That was 4 years ago & things have been a blast!

André
09-29-2005, 08:41 AM
WOW!
A married couple from this old website when it was just a one thread board?
This place is really amazing!
Congrats to you AJ and Patti!!!
That's Star Mag stuff too!

3event
09-29-2005, 09:56 AM
I second the motion, AIRJUNKY's story is definitely magazine worthy! Send it in !!!

My wife and I got engaged during a very busy time for both of us, but in the prior month or so I wrote a song for the guitar for her. I am a very very very very amateur musician and it was the first song I ever wrote on my own and sang on my own. I had shopped and purchased the ring totally without her input to keep the surprise factor going.

So I just pulled out the acoustic guitar one evening at my house when she was expecting nothing special and started up.....it must have sounded OK to her, because at first she was trying to figure out who's song it was - then she realized I wrote it for her and by the end she finally figured out what was going on. The rest is history and now she's my best ski partner too. So it wasn't some big event or a banner behind an airplane. Make it romantic, make it personal, make a memory she can keep!

phecksel
09-29-2005, 12:14 PM
Thanks for all the great suggestions - it's going down this weekend! Looks like the weather will cooperate - so I will do after our ski runs. I picked up some Steuben crystal flutes, buying the champagne tomorrow along with picking up the all important ring. Plan on attaching it to her ski gloves - when she goes to put them on I think she get a pleasant surprise. I'll let everyone know how it goes...

p.s. I'm calling her parents tomorrow night to get their blessing.
I'd like to suggest some positive attachment so it accidently doesn't go flying into the lake.

3event
09-29-2005, 12:25 PM
AND.....make sure it is fully insured. I think thats a nobrainer, but a newly engaged gal we know lost her ring in the lake playing volleyball and NO INSURANCE (around a $4-5k loss) ! Put a real damper on the party. Found next day using metal detector with a hefty bag over it for underwater service - miracle. Everyone remembers that lesson.......

east tx skier
09-29-2005, 12:52 PM
My own story is so original as others mentioned here. Christmas day, she got a ring in her stocking. As she found it other all the other things in her stocking, I was on one knee. We'd only known each other about 5 months but it just felt right. She cried & didn't even hesitate to say yesyesyesyesyes.

The interesting part is where we met. She posted in the Find a ride/Need a ride section of this very website. Back when it was the old site, I saw a post that said "Patti in Kirkland" needed a ride. I had skied with a girl on Sammamish a bunch of times & she'd gone off & gotten married so boarding became a part of her past. She moved away & that was all we heard of her. I emailed the Patti in the ad & asked her if she'd traded in her wedding ring for a wakeboard boat. She responded that she didn't know what I was talking about. Guess it wasn't the same girl.
Anyway, a few weeks later she & a girlfriend met me & a buddy to ski after work....... she hasn't left since. That was 4 years ago & things have been a blast!

That's awesome. Can't believe I haven't read that before (or maybe I'm just forgetful in my old age).

Scot
09-29-2005, 01:13 PM
if its a male dog, take the dog down to the lake, tie the box around his neck with a note saying, "I'm not perfect but I couldn't imagine my life without you, will you marry me?" Signed, "your dogs name".

Then have her call him up to the house, because he is being a pest or something like that.... She reads it, is surprised, can't say no to her beloved dog, and you ride off into the sunset! Oh, by the way.... make sure he has had a bath!...
:woohoo:

if it's female, you're on your own!

AirJunky
09-29-2005, 01:26 PM
Thanks guys. I'll write it up & run it past the censor & submit it to Star. I haven't mentioned it on here till now. Guess the time wasn't right yet. We've been thru a lot over the last few years & it feels like it's set in stone now.
Patti reads the group from time to time but has never posted. She'll get a kick out of your reactions.

Maristar210
10-13-2005, 04:15 PM
So Dude...

Don't leave us hangin'

What happened????

Steve

Leroy
12-09-2005, 11:56 PM
And the rest of the story?



Thanks for all the great suggestions - it's going down this weekend! Looks like the weather will cooperate - so I will do after our ski runs. I picked up some Steuben crystal flutes, buying the champagne tomorrow along with picking up the all important ring. Plan on attaching it to her ski gloves - when she goes to put them on I think she get a pleasant surprise. I'll let everyone know how it goes...

p.s. I'm calling her parents tomorrow night to get their blessing.