Since Ive spent the past 2 nights up until 12:30 reading planning journals, I finally decided to admit that Im addicted and try my own. The Proposal Unfortunately, I wasnt always a Disney fanatic. I met my fiancé 3 years ago, and he quickly transformed me. We planned a trip after 6 months of dating, and I knew I was hooked. Standing at the Boardwalk, we took in our last few moments of the trip. I asked Jarrett to promise me that wed come back. He promised, and weve made 9 trips down since. Our most recent was this past December, and I stood in front of my hunny watching Wishes from Main Street. I tried to not let the screaming child in the distance ruin that moment, and I stood there elated. Jarrett had his arms wrapped around me, and then I noticed his heart beating LOUDLY. I thought that was odd, and then he took his one hand down. I reached for his arm, trying to pull it back around me, but he refused. The next thing I knew, he was down on his knee proposing. I of course said YES! atleast 15 times, cause I couldnt remember if the word was actually coming out of my mouth or if I was imagining it. The ring was a tad too big, so I wrapped a Cinderella band-aid around it, showing it proudly. We quickly got buttons announcing our engagement, but unfortunately, they dont make Just Engaged buttons. After several people congratulated us on our recent marriage, I insisted that we sharpie out the just and write almost. People still didnt get it. Anyway, it was the single most magical night of my life. We had the rest of Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party to just smile and enjoy our night. However, I felt like a 5 year old on Halloween. I seriously could not sit still. Moments after the ring was on my hand and the phone calls were made, I was carted onto The Carousel of Progress and I love that ride but I kept asking Jarrett questions like, Did you ask my dad? What did he say? How long have you had the ring? After many shhhhs surfaced through the crowd, I realized that I had become that person I hate who ruins the ride for everyone. So I tried incredibly hard to sit still. But in all honesty, I just stared at my ring. Im rambling now, so Ill move on. [/IMG] Were not in Kansas anymore As soon as we boarded the plane more like the flight from you know where in which the flight attendant actually went on the intercom saying in case of an emergency landing, do not get up for your overhead baggage, I quickly realized that I was not in Disney anymore. People dont care that youre wearing pins declaring your engagement. People dont notice that youre so in love. And you definitely dont have cast members congratulating you. Now I realize why I go through depression every time I come back. Needless to say, I knew instantly, I wanted back in my Disney bubble, and therefore had no choice but to surround myself with Disney wedding planning. So I thank all of you who have kept me in my bubble with your wonderful planning journals. Of course, I should also blame you for my lack of sleep, but Im new here, and it probably wouldnt be a great first impression. More about Erin and Jarrett Believe it or not, Im sort of a groupie, but that word reminds me too much of Almost Famous . Jarrett is the singer/songwriter of a band. I went to watch my brothers band at a show in Sterling, Virginia, in Jan. 2005. I noticed the cute lead singer of the band who played before his and was in awe. I sat there, trying to look cute, hoping hed come up to me. Unfortunately, that never happened, and I kicked myself for not making a move. After my brother was done playing, and Jarretts band had left, my brother said to me, hey, the band before us has another show next Friday, wanna go? I coolly said yes, and that night I spent the longest time getting ready. We went to the show, and I invited some friends to come with me and my brother. I watched Jarrett play, and I swear, he winked at me. He doesnt remember. After the show, my friend John introduced me to Jarrett, and we spent the whole night talking. I was actually kind of disgusted with his New Jersey attitude, but I still listened to his cd all night. The next day I found his email address online (yes I seriously did), and after about an hour of analyzing my one paragraph email, I hit send. Two days later, he wrote me back. I guess the rest is history. Weve spent the past 3 years dating long distance Jersey to Virginia. Its really not THAT bad. Im a teacher and spend my breaks up there, but I seriously cant wait until we can see each other every day, rather than every weekend. And I will be one happy girl when I dont have to spend my Friday nights in traffic sitting through the horrible road conditions in Pennsylvania but thats a whole other post. The Wedding I really havent accomplished too much yet, but I have brilliantly been stealing ideas from all of your planning journals. And for that I say thanks. You make me feel like less of a slacker. Weve spoken to Joe several times, and I think Ive seriously annoyed him with my indecisiveness. However, after many emails and pictures from Joe, Jarrett and I have finally decided on a wedding at Sea Breeze Point (reminds me of our first trip together, where I fell in love twice with Disney and with Jarrett) and a reception at the White Hall. We have them tentatively booked for a date Im not yet allowed to announce (I dont want to jinx it). Im not quite sure what tentatively means. I understand the definition of the word- Im an English teacher- but I dont know what that means in Disney terms, so Im just hoping and praying that its ours. Im sure Joe does too. If anyone made it through this first addition to my planning journal, I congratulate you. Stay tuned.