Our first date was themed: "The Night of Lights," which included a lovely drive down Santa Monica Blvd full of traffic lights, Griffith Park's Festival of Lights, Eating home-made pizza (dairy-free, Gluten-free, wheat-free, from scratch!) in front of a fire, and chocolate/berries/wine overlooking enchanting downtown LA city lights from our friend's rooftop in Korea town...
Flash forward a year and a couple weeks, We are house-sitting for our friend (Hello Cliff!) with the amazing rooftop and Ryan asks me on a date for the Sunday before we leave for the Holidays with his family in Arkansas.
This date is also themed: "The Night of Firsts and Seconds," He took me to the Griffith park Festival of Lights for the second time...and the line was too long and we couldn't go. Next to Ice Skating outdoors in Downtown LA in pershing square, a first for me...they were sold out for hours and we couldn't go. By this time Ryan didn't seem to happy and I kept reassuring him that I'm having a lovely evening. Then we go back to our apartment for our Christmas gift exchanging and watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" Which was a 'first' together
Then back to Cliff's to spend time with his dogs and have dinner, he wanted to make dinner for our date again as a 'second' for us...and I ruined it by making dinner. Finally half way through "it's A Wonderful Life," Ryan says "You want dessert?" And I say "I didn't know we had dessert!! Yes Please!!"
So, he gets some dark chocolate, strawberries, champagne, and takes me to the roof where there are tons of pillows and blankets to combat the cold and snuggle. So we sit and talk and look over gorgeous downtown lights reaching closer to midnight...so we get up to go downstairs and he grabs me and starts slow dancing. We dance to him singing "our song" in my ear and telling me wonderful wonderful things, and then he got down on one knee...
...And Proposed, It was so beautiful, I had him do it again so I could remember what it looked like. A first for us and a second for us. Then he proceeded to tell me how he had called my father and all my brothers to ask for their blessing earlier that day...I cried. (The ring is gorgeous too!)
He can't help being awesome, he's Ryan.