May 3, 2008

Will You Marry Me?

3 years ago on this exact date I was asked by the man of my dreams to be his wife! Besides my wedding day, this day was the greatest day I have ever lived. Thinking back on everything I should have known that Walt was going to ask me to marry him, but I was completely dumbfounded. The night before we had gone to a Mavericks playoff game and on the way to my house Walt asked me if he should wear the pink shirt to work tomorrow or the blue. He never really asked my opinion on work clothes, but I thought nothing of it and told him to wear the pink shirt. Because we got in so late from the game I decided that I I would just use a "jeans pass" and wear jeans to school. I threw my hair up in a ponytail, had no makeup on, and put on a shirt that I had gotten when I was in highschool. Yes, I looked like complete nastiness, but I knew my kids wouldn't care. I remember getting to school and all the teachers just laughing at me because I had on jeans. When I asked them "why they were laughing," they would respond with, "because you always look so cute to school, and today you decide to wear jeans." (Man do I still wish I was a little more prepared.) So my day was going great and then around 1:30 while my kids were doing accelerated reader my assistant principal came in to "observe." So, I threw together a lesson real fast because I didn't want her just watching them read silently. (Little did I know that my man was in the building!) Well, every Tuesday the 3rd graders had "Awesome Owl" where we present a special award to each third grader in every class. This specific week we had decided to do it in the cafeteria... it was teacher appreciation week, so my kids had come up with the great song and dance to do for me, and I THOUGHT it was going to be used on the announcements the next morning. We all file into the cafeteria and the other teachers give their "Awesome Owls." When my turn came, they set up the video camera... I just thought they wanted to tape my kids singing to me. I presented the "Awesome Owl," then all my kids got up on stage for their performance. They had choreographed a routine to "You Are My Sunshine." Of course, I am in the middle of all my kids just bawling, because the year is almost over and I am going to miss them so much. The second the song ends, they all sit down and stare at me. I am crying and clapping, everyone in the audience is clapping and then I see this guy walking toward me. (At first I initially thought I was receiving some kind of award) When I noticed it was Walt in his "pink" shirt I asked him, "What are you doing here?" He started telling me all this wonderful stuff, then he got down on his knee and asked me, "Will You Marry Me?" Of course I said, "YES!" and all my kiddos started clapping... I looked up to see all the teachers in there, along with the 3rd grade and Walt's family and my family! I was shocked! When we went back to my room it was decorated with confetti, bells and bubbles. That night Walt took both our families to eat at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. He truly surprised me! I know how completely blessed I am because of Walt and today I just wanted to let him know that "He is MY Sunshine!" One year and one month to the date we were married and I've been living in happily ever after since! I love you!!