Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Vacation at Granny's

This is Randy and I will now attempt to give my account of our Christmas stay at Granny's. Nikki told her version of how we got engaged and now is my chance to tell mine. To tell the story correctly I need to start from the beginning. Well, not from the very beginning because that would take too long.

Nikki has always talked about her Granny ever since I've known her. With the Christmas season approaching, Nikki knew she would have time off from work and it would be the perfect time to make a surprise visit. So Nikki and I planned on spending the week of Christmas in Sacramento, CA.

Besides surprising Nikki's Grandma who was unaware of our plans to visit and stay with her, I was also going to surprise Nikki with an engagement ring under her Granny's Christmas tree. I thought of several different ways on how I was going to ask Nikki to marry me, all of which would've been perfect, but the one that continued to stick in my mind was to ask her at exactly 12 am Christmas morning.

Christmas Eve is my birthday and we (Nikki, Jimmy, and I) decided to go to San Francisco; or as Jimmy would call it "The City". I had never been to "The City" before so I was so excited. We spent the day shopping, walking, and even had time to hit China Town. Needless to say I was pretty tired by the time we got back to Granny's house.

Once we got back to Granny's we each got to open up a present since it was Christmas Eve night. The Hampton family has this tradition of getting new PJ's Christmas Eve night. Granny went out and bought us new PJ's and wrapped them up and put them under the tree. It was quite a cute tradition and very sweet of Granny to do that and include me in the family.

Once the PJ's were on we were ready to go to bed because we had to wake up somewhat early Christmas morning to join Nikki's Uncle and family as they opened up presents and to enjoy breakfast with them. Nikki and I have been watching the series "Heroes" and brought the DVD's to be able to watch during our trip. I told Nikki that we should stay up and watch Heroes until midnight, that way we could wish each other an official "Merry Christmas" before we went to bed. It sounds pretty silly but she fell for it. What she was unaware at the time that I wanted to propose to her at exactly midnight.

Finally midnight came and I stopped Heroes. Good thing I did because we were really tired and on the verge of falling asleep. I told Nikki that we should go to bed to be able to wake up early the next morning. I gave her a kiss and said good night and she started off to her bedroom. I reminded her to take her phone with her which was in the front room charging, we like to text each other before we go to sleep. She grabbed her phone and started into the bedroom and as she walked away I started to text her like I normally do. I sent her a text message that said something like "Look under your pillow...". Earlier that evening I had placed a note under her pillow which told her that she had a present under the tree and she should come out and open it. I figured in a matter of seconds Nikki would come running out of her room to see what it was. What seemed like an eternity (probably 2 minutes max) Nikki came out of the room. I knew the moment was right. My heart was beating like at least 100 bpm when she entered the room. The room was fairly dark, the Christmas lights on the tree were the only thing that kept the room from being completely dark. She walked up to me and we held each other tight for a few minutes then I helped Nikki find her present under the tree, which I had hid behind some larger presents so she wouldn't have noticed so easily. Once she opened the cute little box we held each other tight again. Depending on who's asking, there may or may not have been a few tears shed by the both of us. :P I thought about dropping down on my knee but then realized we were both on our knees and then I whispered in her ear that I had a question for her. I then called her by her full name and asked her if she would merry me. Of course she said "yes". We were so excited and wanted to let the whole world know of our engagement but it was just after midnight and we figured it would be best to wait til morning. I wanted the moment to last forever. It was so hard to fall asleep after our eventful night.

I'm so excited to be engaged to Nikki and I'm glad to have her in my life and to share this blog with her. I'm sure we'll have many memories to share on this blog with whoever wants to read them. I love you Nikki. You are my true love. :D

Friday, December 26, 2008

Our Engagement Day! :D

Hello Everyone! It's Randy and Nikki. Today, this morning, at Midnight, we got Engaged.
This is the beginning of our life together as a happy family. We are so excited and want to share our experiences with those that we love.

(ABOVE) This is our first picture together as an engaged couple. :D

Here I'll tell you the story.
We came to Sacramento for the Holidays. Randy has never been to Sacramento so I thought it would be so much fun. Well, yesterday was Randy's Birthday. So I took him to San Francisco. He had never gone there too. We had so much fun. We took so many pictures and I'm pretty sure it was the best birthday he has ever had. :D

We came home that day pooped out because it was such a long day. We put Heroes in the DVD player and watch a few episodes. All day I wanted Randy to propose to me. I knew he had my ring and I knew he brought it with us on this vacation. And I thought that maybe it would be the night. But just before Midnight, Randy decided that it was time for bed. It was Christmas the next morning and we had to get up early. So we said our goodnights, gave our smooches and went to our separate rooms. I came to the conclusion that he was not going to propose because he decided to go to bed and was sending me to my room, the one I lived in during high school and he slept in the living room. I took off my glasses and got into bed. I suddenly got a text from Randy telling me to look under my pillow. I reached under my pillow and pulled out this folded note. I hid under the covers to try my best not to wake up Granny who shared a room with me. I read the note which said that I had a Christmas present under the Christmas tree and that I should go take a look at it. Well, Randy was in the living room sleeping next to the Christmas tree. He told me today that from the time that he sent the text to me and the time I walked out of the room, it seemed like forever. He was afraid that I didn't get the text and he almost sent it again. LOL. Anyways, I came out and started to get butterflies in my stomach. I forgot my glasses so I had to run back into the bedroom and get them. I came back into the living room and sat down next to Randy. He got the present out from under the tree. It was in a little Jared's bag. Let me tell you, MY HEART WAS BEATING SO FAST!!! We slowly opened the bag and started to cry. Yes, my honey cried. It was so emotional. I told Randy that I was scared to open it. He told me that he was glad that I was scared because he was too. He was glad to know that he wasn't the only one scared of the moment. It's like we were so happy about the situation but it was nerve-wrecking too. Finally, I got down to the ring box, mind you we are still balling! I opened the ring box and there was the three bands: the middle band with the solitaire and then two matching bands on the outsides. It was so beautiful. Randy told me that there was something that he was supposed to ask me. I said, "yes?" He said my full name, "Nicole Elizabeth Guasp, will you marry me?" Through the pouring tears, I mumbled, "YES!" Then we cried some more. It was the best moment of my life. I mean as a little girl you imagine it but when it actually happens its so much more. Randy put the ring on my finger and we just stared at it for a couple minutes or so and then he held me tight in his arms. We eventually went to bed and woke up the next day to go to my Aunt and Uncle's house for Christmas day and to announce our engagement.

We are so excited.

We wanted to share this moment with everyone. We love you all and we are so happy to have you apart of our lives. We love to hear from you and are more than happy to receive some of your advice.

Merry Christmas to all from the Demke Clan!!!