Thursday, July 19, 2012

So, I'm Gonna be a Clark!

Part of the reason I wanted to restart this blog was so I could keep track of things I want to remember... and here's the big one. Our engagement story starts way back in January, unbeknownst to me...
At the end of last year, my parents gave Andrew a bag of diamonds... I know that sounds funny, but they did... a bag of 27 diamonds, all teeny tiny, but diamonds none the less.
So come January, Andrew was ready to take those diamonds and get to work. He went with my dad every week to our family jeweler and designed my amazing ring. But all of this was in secret, and I had no idea... So here's the rest of the story...

In April, Andrew and I took a trip to Florida to see family. My mom's sister lives out there, and most of Andrew's family does, so we decided to go. The big reason (so I thought) was to meet our niece, Olivia who was born in February!

So we spent a few days with my family and then headed across the state to Bonita Springs to the beach house Andrew's parents had rented, to meet Olivia. 

(Olivia & Uncle Andrew!)
After spending the day at the beach, we ate dinner inside and Andrew's brother, Doug suggested that we should all go down on the sand and watch the sunset. I started to go outside, and decided I might be cold, so I asked Andrew, who was in the bedroom, to grab me a sweater. He threw me a scarf from across the room, and said he would meet me down there. (Little did I know, he was freaking out because I almost walked in when he was getting the ring out)
So I walked down to the beach with Emily (Doug's wife) and Olivia and waited for everyone else (who ALL knew what was going to happen).
Doug came up behind me and said "Hey Rach, we bought this for our house and decided you might like it better" and handed me a rolled up poster. SO confused, I opened the poster and saw this (minus the frame obviously).

(Yes, it's a quote from Harry Potter. Yes, I know it's nerdy, but I love it!)

At this point, I realized what was happening and started bawling! I turned around and Andrew was on his knee, with the most beautiful ring EVER in his hand! I was crying so hard before he even asked the Big Question (to which I responded "YES!!"), that the second question he asked was if I even wanted the ring! (Of course I did)

(Crying SO hard!)

(The little stone on the side of the band is from my mom's wedding ring!)

I was so crazily surprised and it was such an amazing moment! Everyone we know knew about it... I was obviously the LAST person to know what was happening!
So here we are now, 3 months later, in the middle of crazy planning and I couldn't be happier!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Starting Over...

Okay so here we are... 2 years after I started this blog, I've cleared it all out and am starting from scratch. A lot has happened in the past 2 years, a new house, a new job (and back to an old job) a new puppy, and a new project... planning our WEDDING! So here goes... here's the short(ish) version of everything that's happened up until this point...

1. New House
We moved out of the Glendora house and into a smaller, older, but cooler home up a few blocks. The Ximeno house is awesome... it really feels like home. Built in 1926, it's definitely got its quirks (like a crazy old wall mounted sink and creaky floors) but it's definitely ours. It's a vibrant (yes, I use words like vibrant) mix of Ikea and vintage and we love it!
2. Neville
Neville is probably the best decision Andrew and I have ever made together. Back in July of last year, my sister called and said her friend had rescued a few puppies and they needed homes. We had really wanted a puppy but wanted to wait until we could afford a Schnauzer. Well, a little birdy (my sister) told us that there was a chance that the pups were part Schnauzer, and one of us (me) is a sucker for the prospect of a cute puppy, so we went down to look at them, with the thought that we were NOT leaving with a dog. Three hours (and two sad puppy eyes) later, we were the proud parents of this adorable puppy. I mean really, who could say no to this face?!
Now a year later, here he is... in all his Schnauzer-y glory!
So here's the biggest new thing in our lives... We're engaged! Andrew popped the question on April 16th when we were in Florida visiting our new niece, Olivia. I had no idea that it was going to happen and was SO surprised! More to come on the engagement, but here's a photo to start it off. 

And now we're in the middle of planning our Palm Springs wedding for January 26, 2013! Crazy things have happened in the last 2 years and I'm super excited for what's to come...