Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How I went from Atkinson to Arnell

Like I said before Rhett and I met in February, well that is when I started to notice him and he noticed me.  Rhett and my brother Jeff were Home Teaching partners in their singles ward in Laramie.  So they became pretty good friends.  They have a lot in common, so Jeff had Rhett over at his house quiet a bit.  Well I lived in the dorm and I LOVE to bake so I would go over to Jeff's apartment once a month to bake something and it never failed Rhett was always there.  Then one weekend in February I was sitting with my Mom in Cheyenne at Regional wrestling and in walks Jeff and Rhett.  I leaned over to my Mom and said, "I think Jeff is trying to set me up with that guy, I think his name is RJ."  Well Rhett ended up sitting by me and I found out his name was Rhett and we talked quiet a bit, although if you ask Rhett he won't remember because he was sick and was on some strong medicine.  The next weekend was State Wrestling in Casper, and I went because I was meeting my parents there and then they were taking me home to get my gallbladder out.  And who happens to be there, but Rhett.  So we talked a lot more and I even told him that I wanted to get married, but couldn't find the right guy.  So I headed back to Evanston to have surgery and Rhett headed back to Laramie to work for the week we were on Spring Break.  Rhett has later admitted to me that he kept thinking about sending me flowers, or even coming to see me, but was too scared on if I really liked him as much as he liked me.  When I got back to Laramie I found him and went to his apartment.  We started talking alot and he finally got up the courage one night to ask me out on a date.  When he asked he just asked what I was doing that day, so I told him I had classes and then I had to go and cut Jeff's hair.  He said well then never mind.  I had to tell him that I would be done by 4:00pm so I was free the rest of the night.  He finally got the courage back up and asked me if I wanted to go to the basketball game with him.  We would go with Jeff and his finance Jen.  So our first date was a double date with Jeff and Jen.  The main think I can remember about the date was that I was sooo excited because it was the first time my swelling in my stomach had gone down enough that I could actually wear pants instead of sweats.  After that date it was pretty clear to me that I was going to marry this guy.  After a couple days we went to my dorm room and was watching Cinderella with the Christmas lights on (yup they were still up, but we were freshman in college) and Rhett leaned in to kiss me.  That was our first kiss, before that Rhett was a gentleman and would only kiss me on the check or forehead.  I remember on April 1st, we called both our parents and told them we were engaged, little did any of us know that by the end of the month it would come true.  On the day we got engaged, Rhett picked me up and said we were going to Cheyenne to do some shopping.  He took me to the jewlrey store and let me pick out my ring.  He said that I would be wearing that for a really long time so he wanted to make sure that I loved it.  We went and had lunch, then he took me back to Laramie.  He said he wouldn't let me have the ring until he officially asked me and he wasn't going to tell me when that was.  Well as soon as we got into Laramie we headed to a beautiful park, he got down on one knee and asked me.  I of coarse said yes.  We then headed to his apartment to call our parents.  I still remember how heart broken my Mother was when we told her we were not going to be getting married in the temple.  Rhett's Mom was the same.  I also remember her asking his brother Trent what he thought of me and he said, "I don't like her Mom."  I hope after 13 years that has changed.  We then went into his bedroom and looked at the calendar.  We knew that Jeff and Jen were getting married in May so that was out, and my first niece was going to be born in July, and that we wanted to get married before school started again so we picked August and then picked a date we thought was good, the 21st.  When it came time to pick out my wedding dress I remember I didn't know what I wanted.  I have never been a very girlie girl so I thought I would just go and see what they had.  Well my Mom talked me into trying on this dress with layers of ruffles at the bottom, a very long train, and heart cut out in the back, and very puffy sleeves.  When I put it on I absoletly fell in love with it and i knew it was my dress.  And it even met the requirement of Rhett, and that was it had to have a big bow on the butt.  Next post, The Wedding!

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