Thursday, September 10, 2009

Those Magic Changes

I haven't "blogged" in what feels like a century. My last post was in February. I wrote it while sitting in class next to the person I always sit next to, Kourt. If someone would have said to me "You're next blog won't be written until September", I probably would have laughed and agreed completely. Back in February I would have thought my September blog post would be pretty much the same as the February one. Nothing ever changes all that much, right? Wrong.

I am still sitting in class (the same classroom in fact, my major doesn't provide diversity of classrooms). I am still sitting next to Kourtney (who always sits on my right by the way, I am a creature of habit). I am still can't seem to focus on the lecture and I am still behind on my class readings. In some ways things haven't changed and probably won't ever change. But in the last several months my life has seen some drastic changes. If you'd like, let's take a tour of one of the biggest changes I've had these past seven months.

In April, the week after General Conference, I began dating my very good friend David. It came out of nowhere, we were disgustingly into each other, and I couldn't believe what was happening to me. I tend to be the type of girl that doesn't just "jump" into a relationship, but somehow this one was different.

In June David's parents invited me on their family vacation to Washington. I had a blast, loved the weather, and thought it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I got to know the entire family. David has 3 older brothers, 3 sister in-laws, 4 nieces, and 1 nephew. They were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed myself. I think I scared my parents when I went on this vacation, apparently things were getting "serious".

In July David came with my family to California and Utah. We stayed in a condo off the beach in Oceanside, CA and had a TON of fun. David got really sunburned, wore a floral speedo, and even took family pictures. After Cali we drove to Utah for not one but TWO family reunions. Yes, David is a very brave soul to endure that many relatives.

After the vacation was over we drove home, a looooong drive, 12 hours to be exact. Everyone was tired, except for David, who was particularly ancy to get home. I figured he had had enough of the Hansen Family and was ready for a break. The closer we got to Phoenix the more intense his excitement became. We got home and David unpacked the car at lighting speed. My mom was very impressed with his level of helpfulness. After unpacking his car and half of our car he told me he would be back in an hour to come get me. I had no idea what was going on.

An hour later he showed up, blindfolded me, and drove me to a mountain we had hiked before. He practically ran me to the top. As I was attempting to catch my breath he asked if I wanted dessert. I told him that I wanted to catch my breath first. One minute later, dispite my continued taxed breathing he decided it was time for dessert. He handed me our favorite, Hershey sundae pies. He scarfed his down while I was sitting, panting, having only taken 2 bites. David tossed his plate in the trash and said he had a card for me. He asked me to read it out loud because "he wasn't sure his feelings came out right in words". I read a beautiful card about how much he loved me and then I got to the line the made me stop reading....."All of this has brought me to my knees to ask you..." I looked up and yes you guessed it, he was on one knee.

In reading this you may have already caught the jist a long time ago. As for me, I was surprised. Well thats that. I am engaged! David and I are getting married Friday November 6, 2009 in the Mesa, AZ temple. I love my ring, I love my fiancee, I love it all!

I know, you all saw it coming. But it is exciting nonetheless. The planning has begun and the waiting is getting annoying :) There is a lot to do and a lot to think about.

A lot has changed and a lot more is yet to change. I have learned that when you least expect it, life has a way of making major changes. There isn't much "heads up" and no one asks you if you're ready. But one day you wake up and realize you are far from where you ever expected you would be. Sometimes this realization won't make you very happy and sometimes it makes you the happiest person in the world. As for me.....I'm happier than I have ever been.

P.S. The writing of this post was inspired by Paige, who has been waiting far too long for a blog post from me. Here you are cutie, I hope you enjoyed it :)