March 15, 2011

The Proposal

This is a story that I've been meaning to tell for a while. It's the story of the day that Chris proposed. This story is especially fitting right now because I'm sure many of you saw my emotional breakdown on The Nate Show (I'll post video of that soon). I've received questions even from Nate as to why that particular photo had such an effect on me. The first reason is the complete surprise that they even had that photo (they secretly contacted my mother and sister). The main reason however is the power behind that day.

Here goes: September 23, 2009 was an amazing day, my Birthday! I was filled with anticipation on this day because though Chris makes each birthday wonderful, the prior two years were pretty big surprises. On my birthday in 2007 he surprised me with a trip to NYC where he booked tours all through the city and a helicopter ride. When we returned we celebrated with my family. On my birthday in 2008 he surprised me in such an amazing way with the news that we got the house that we wanted, an emotional day for all of us. A definite must read. My birthday in 2009 started just as great, I woke up to coffee and breakfast and we watched Good Morning America together. He said the theme for the day is relaxation and happiness. Around 10 he said alright babe go get dressed, you have an appointment. I got dressed and he took me to Charles Penzone for a day of pampering. When I walked in they greeted me and said we have a whole day planned for you, I was so excited! Chris gave me a kiss and said I'll see you later. The spa donned me in a fluffy robe, slippers and hot tea and for the next four hours I received a manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. In between each treatment I was able to relax in a special room with a fireplace and magazines. When my appointment was over I could just melt! I was in such a state of relaxation that I could have gone home and went bed, but I didn't. Chris was there waiting for me to take me to lunch at one of our favorite lunch spots Mimi's Cafe. Once we finished with lunch he said that we had to leave in order to get to my parents house before the sun went down. This was important because my siblings and I always celebrate our birthdays at our parents home. In addition to cake, ice cream and gifts we do a balloon launch in which each person in our family writes a wish (good health, lottery, happiness, new job etc.) for the birthday person on a helium balloon. We then go out into the backyard where each person reads that wish to the birthday person and then releases the balloon into the heavens. It's a sweet little tradition.

Before we went to my parents Chris brought us home so that I could change. He said, make sure you wear something that you like so that you don't hate your pictures. Which I tend to dislike often.  So I simply changed from my comfy jogging suit into jeans and a sweater. What was odd however is that Chris changed too, he never cares about how he looks in pictures so that through me for a loop but I continued.

Upon arrival to my parents my siblings were all showing up as usual. We were hanging out and everyone was writing their wishes on the multicolored balloons. Occasionally I would see Chris disappear but didn't think much of it. Soon thereafter Chris asked me to go into the backyard with him and my nephews (which I later realized was a planned distraction) so that we can start the balloon launch. While playing with the boys my entire family begin to walk out the back door into the backyard but I notice they are not carrying the multicolored balloons with the written on wishes, they now have much larger silver, white and gold balloons that were apparently hidden in the house.


I'm still a bit distracted with the boys until Chris says does anybody have a wish for Tatum, at this point I'm looking at him thinking of course they do it's my birthday! Then each of them begin to say I have a wish, I have a wish. As I turn to look at them they each rotate their balloon around and there is a diamond ring drawn on each and every balloon. I immediately begin to cry and Chris grabs my hand to turn me around to face him, he is down on one knee.

This is the photo that Nate surprised me with on stage framed in black and white
He says I know you've been waiting many years to hear these words and I want to spend the rest of my years with you...will you marry me? Somehow through tears I said yes and my family released all of the beautiful balloons into the heavens. He later said, and I did get your fathers permission. Turns out that though Chris didn't tell anyone else until we got there, my dad was in on it all along.

After that we went inside where I opened all of the rest of my gifts and cards, only I couldn't read a single one. I cried the entire night (I get my water head gene from my dad).  For those of you who really, really know Chris and I as a couple then you know that this was a major day in our history together. The fact that he incorporated my family into the proposal was such a plus.
This is a photo from my birthday the following year 2010 since we didn't get a group pic the engagement year. Here we're missing my baby brother, another nephew and my other brother in law...but you get it, there are lots of us!
 We are all very close and being able to share our engagement with them is something that none of us will ever forget.



Tatum

15 comments:

tale of many cities said...

how very sweet. and such an adorable couple!

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

wow-- what an amazing guy you have! What a sweet story!

Karen said...

AWWW! That is so romantic and beautiful.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Cute story, I saw you yesterday, you did a great job! You were on for a long time, it was the Tatum show! To bad they did not let you say the name of your blog...Unless I missed that ....poop!

Carol

D said...

*ahh* I love romantic love stories. :) You're such a great storyteller - looking forward to reading more.

Tonya said...

just beautiful. simply beautiful.

I wish you both peace, love and many many years of happiness!!

...pass the kleenex. that was just beautiful.

Daydream Living said...

Tatum, girl, this story is just plain BEAUTIFUL! Sitting here in pj's, morning coffee, all teary eyes... sigh...your man is a truelly romantic one. Waiting for the video of Nate, hugs, Maureen x
(ps. love, love your family's tradition of coming to your parents house on birthdays, tell your mum and dad, they have a beautiful tradition and family!)

Jori said...

You are such a sweetie pie! Thank you for sharing your story!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow this was such a great post to read! What a beautiful way to propose!! I am new to your blog and am so glad that I found it!

Danica said...

You are such a beautiful couple! What an amazing, heartfelt story.

Jenn S said...

Luuuuv it! Such a beautiful love story. Found you at Picket Fence Blogs...glad I did! Looking forward to your next post about the Nate show!

Directions Not Included said...

What a sweet story!

Brandi said...

Goodness Tatum,what a Beautiful story! Chris is a great guy! You guys make a beautiful couple! I love the balloon tradition that your family has! Wishing you both the best!

Tatum @ Many Moments Of Me said...

Hi everyone!! So sorry that I am just now getting back to replying. Thank you all for your comments and compliments! I'm glad that you enjoyed this little story of ours. That day was quite a special one for all of us. I'm glad I could share!

Allison said...

What a great story!! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us!

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