How We Met
Bobby and I grew up in the same city, in the same neighborhood, only a few streets away from one another. But we didn’t run in the same circles until the end of middle school. The summer before high school, Bobby and I were both 14 and invited to a mutual friend’s birthday party. The party was at the beach, and Bobby was of course down in the water with his friends – he is a total California boy. I happened to notice him skimboarding and asked him to teach me how to do it. For people who don’t know, it is extremely difficult and I ended up just watching as to not be embarrassed in front of the cute blonde boy with the gorgeous blue eyes. Fast forward to our time in high school where we had many mutual friends, went to the same parties, hung out at each other’s houses and developed rather large crushes on each other. It wasn’t until our junior year that they finally became a couple for the first time. We spent that school year riding around in his big red pick-up truck, going to the beach EARLY on Saturday mornings so Bobby could surf, I saw a LOT of his volleyball games, and we attended our junior prom together. (Fun Fact: Bobby asked me to prom using fortune cookies that all said inside: “You will go to Prom with Bobby”)
As young love so often does, our high school relationship ended with a little heartbreak and more than a few tears. I moved across the country from California to Kentucky for college. During those years we both had other serious relationships and our lives moved on but we never lost contact. We would see each other when I was home on school break or whenever I got the chance and we really never stopped caring for each other. When I finally decided to move back home to San Diego for good after living in many different far way cities for six years, we both just knew it was our chance to try this thing for real. After a few months of testing the waters, and playing a little hard to get, we were finally back together.
How They Asked
Bobby and I go to Las Vegas in January every year for his birthday. It is one of our favorite cities to visit together. We just love the atmosphere and the whole city is really just our perfect getaway. We go for our anniversaries, to have a weekend away. Any excuse we can find. We even have had a few fake proposals in Vegas over the years. Once at a karaoke bar on the strip, Bobby pretended to get up on stage to sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ and fake proposed to me (don’t worry I was in on it!) and the whole bar went nuts and bought us drinks the rest of the night! It was so funny and such a good memory.
So when Bobby told me that his mom, stepdad and sister and a couple of friends were going to be joining us, I wasn’t overly suspicious. It was often a group event to celebrate his birthday. We always try to do one thing we have never done while we are there and before we left for the weekend I told him that we should go to the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel. He said we could run it by everyone and see if that would work.
We left for Vegas on Thursday night so we could wake up in the city and have a full day in the city on Friday. We spent the morning getting ready and then headed to one of our favorite hang out spots with his parents while we waited for his sister and our friends to come and meet us. The day proceeded like any other day. People kept pestering Bobby and me about what we were going to do for brunch the next morning for his birthday. I mentioned that I would still like to do the Eiffel Tower so if we had brunch at Paris, we could just go straight up afterward. (Little did I know, this had been the plan all along. And I thought I was SO clever!)
Saturday was his birthday and that morning as we were getting ready in our room, I asked Bobby if he would zip up my skirt. He tried, and he broke it! I had an outfit planned because I knew I would want a picture at the top of the tower and I was bummed when I couldn’t wear it. So I said ‘oh well, I’ll just wear something else I brought.’ He practically screamed NO at me. I was so caught off guard. He said ‘we can fix this’ and I ended up getting to wear my outfit. Poor guy, I had no idea I was adding to his stress of the day.
We all headed out of our hotel to make it to brunch. Everyone was acting very odd for our entire meal, but I was just chalking it up to people being hungover from the day before. Bobby’s sister said she had gotten to Paris earlier that morning and had already prepaid for our tickets. So she suggested we stop at the bathroom to freshen up really quickly before we headed up. She even told me to put on lipstick! Ha!
We rode the elevator up and I was so excited. I had been wanting to go up in the Eiffel Tower for years. I know it isn’t the real thing, but it was still pretty exciting. When we got up to the top, the car door opens and it is the most beautiful view of Las Vegas. We all got out and I immediately went over to the side to look at the view. I didn’t notice that Bobby’s family had sort of moved around to the backside of the tower. I was too busy looking out! Finally, Bobby comes over to me and says for me to move over to this one area. There is a man there guarding a blocked off area with a velvet rope. I told Bobby that I didn’t think that area was available since it was roped off. The guy standing there said it was completely fine and I could go on through. The rest of his family was already in that area. I went back over to the side to continue looking at the view and Bobby comes up behind me and puts his hand on my back and says ‘Care, there is a reason I brought you up here…’ As I turned to face him, he got down on one knee. I honestly can’t remember too much of what he had said. I was in shock. I kept saying I didn’t believe him and I kept asking him if he was sure.
I do remember him saying ‘Having you say ‘yes’ will be the best birthday present I have ever gotten and if you don’t believe this is real, just turn around.” When I whipped my head around, there was my mom and my stepdad and my best friend and her husband all crying and all there to surprise me.
That is when it finally sunk in that he was truly asking me. I whirled back around and hugged Bobby as he slipped the ring on my finger. While looking down at it, it suddenly dawned on me that I hadn’t answered. I looked up at him and said ‘Oh my gosh! Yes! Of course!’ Everyone laughed and hugged and cried and it was just the best day ever and is at the top of my list of Vegas memories.
I cannot wait to marry the boy I fell in love with when I was seventeen but even more so, I cannot wait to marry the AMAZING man he has grown in to.