She said YES!
Trammell and Jen are ENGAGED!
I'm so excited!!!! Where do I start?
Romance at it's best -
Plan A -
Trammell and Jen were going to fly to Minneapolis on December 17th where sometime during the 4 day stay, Trammell would have a formal talk with Jen's father and ask permission to marry his daughter.
Then when Jen came to visit us in Denver, Trammell would propose on New Year's Eve.
Trammell came home for Thanksgiving and 30 seconds after he stepped off the plane,
we went to our favorite family jeweler - Trice Jewelers - to meet with Ralph.
IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!
And then Trammell was even more excited.........as if that was possible.
Ralph said that he could have the diamond set and the ring sized by the next day if Trammell wanted to.
But, with Jen off at home and the engagement not for more than a month, what was the hurry?
For the next two days, Trammell kept saying, "We should have told him to have it ready now!"
We went to pick up the ring on Friday - Best. Black. Friday. Shopping. Ever!
And then for the next two days, Trammell opened the ring box every 15 minutes to look at the ring.
We all knew that Plan A was going out the window!
Plan B -
Jen and Trammell go to Minneapolis on December 17th.
Corner her dad sometime and propose sometime, somewhere in Minneapolis before returning to Denver on the 23rd.
But Trammell kept looking at that ring and thinking of beautiful Jen.
By Sunday, we were on to Plan C -
Trammell texted Jen's father and knowing that Sunday was a busy day for him, asked him to call him at his convenience........anytime between now and when Trammell would get on the plane to go back to school at 6:30 pm or anytime after 8:30.
Jen's father called right as Brian pulled up to the curb at the airport to drop Tram off.
So that Trammell wouldn't have to have this conversation with "There is no parking in the red zone" in the background, AND to give Trammell some privacy (I so wouldn't have done that!), Brian went in the airport and sat in the terminal and left Trammell in the car in the parking lot to "chat."
Trammell had a prepared speech.
He never really got to give it.
The Kerrs knew this was coming.
Trammell did insist on telling Jen's father how amazing Jen is and how in love with her he is.
Trammell got on the plane with the ring...........
although security did spot it in his backpack and ask what it was.
Then he had to wait 24 long, painful hours until Monday night.
You see, there is some history with the Monday night after Thanksgiving.
Last Thanksgiving, Trammell spent the holiday thinking.
He was "friends" with two girls.........Jen and someone else.
He knew he couldn't date two girls.
He thought about the two girls and tried to figure out who he should date and who he should "give up."
When he got back to school on that Monday after Thanksgiving,
he called Jen up and asked her to go for a drive.
They drove around and talked.......
and then he said..........
"I really like you. I don't want to hurt you. Please don't like me anymore."
She wasn't happy.
He dated the other girl.
He wasn't happy.
They broke up in the Spring.
Trammell went off to Arkansas to work for the summer..........
but he started calling Jen all the time and chatting.
And the phone calls got more frequent.
And by the time summer was over,
he could hardly wait to get back to school and date someone who had become his best friend.
So now, the Monday after Thanksgiving 2011,
Trammell called Jen and asked her to go on a drive.
And they drove to Sundance ski resort and they got out of the car and walked around.
And then Trammell reminded Jen of that painful conversation last year............
and then he told her he didn't want her to NOT like him.
He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
And he gave her the ring
AND SHE SAID YES!
And they are getting married Saturday, April 21st at 3 pm in the Salt Lake Temple.
Come ON! They are first borns! Trammell reserved the time at the temple weeks ago!
We LOVE Jen and we are thrilled and so excited to have her in our family!!!!
I'm giddy! I might be a little bit more excited than the bride and groom-to-be.
But maybe not.