This birthday was the best birthday I've ever had. I can say that with certainty. Wait, go get a cup of coffee and let me tell you about it.
It started off, as you know, early. Then there was the present my mother sent me. It was bulbs to plant this fall. (She's quite the green thumb, and I really want to be one, too.) She also included streamers and balloons which C put up all over the house and it looks all festive.
Then C gave me his presents including bunny ears to wear on my motorcycle helmet. They've been speed tested up to 150 miles per hour. And you know there will be an illustration for that... just give me time.
But then it was off to the winery. Ooo- I love the winery. It's beautiful there. There are all kinds of flowers and little waterfalls and a lake. So, we tasted a few wines, chose two to buy and opened one to sip by the lake. It was wonderful. There were butterflies out and it was my favorite temperature (where you get to decide whether you want to wear a jacket or not).
On the way home we made a quick stop at Urban Outfitters which was just swamped with people. But I found a lovely tablecloth, a light scarf and two pairs of sleeves (arm warmers). Boy are they cool. I can't wait to wear my sleeves.
When we got home, we changed into some nicer clothes for dinner. We ended up one of our first date destinations, a sushi bar. We had salmon rolls and shrimp tempera and some Japanese beer. It was all so delicious.
Well, when we got home we were both pretty exhausted. C turned on some music and started to dance with me. Neither of us can dance for squat so we just stepped on each other's toes and laughed.
Then he grabbed my hand. Started pulling me through the house toward the back door. He was moving quickly and I thought he wanted to dance some more outside where the world could make fun. But he stopped under the arbor that we built together this summer. He dropped down to one knee and pulled out his wallet. I thought he was pulling out his credit card for me to have (don't ask me, it was all happening so fast), but then I saw the ring. The most beautiful ring. And he asked me to marry him.
I cried. And laughed. And cried. And said yes.
He later told me that he had not expected to ask me on my birthday. He's been carrying the ring around in his wallet for almost two months. He's just been waiting for the perfect moment. And that was it.
And it was the best birthday present I could have asked for.