So we started off the trip on the beautiful North Shore of the island of Oahu. A bunch of the out-of-town wedding guests were able to all stay in a row of great beach houses on a bluff right above the sand where the wedding was to take place, we were among those guests. Our first full day on the North Shore was Thursday, I had to take Brian to one of my favorite shaved ice spots - Matsumotos! http://www.matsumotoshaveice.com/
Mo (my friend from college) and Doug, her hunny, got married on Sunday the 25th. Tuesday the 27th was our last day on the North Shore. We were flying home Friday the 30th and would spend Tues-Fri back down south towards town (Honolulu). As we departed the North Shore on Tuesday, we decided we needed one more shaved ice from Motsumotos, just to make the day that much better. We placed our orders (I DID NOT get the red beans and ice cream this time) and roamed around the shop of wonders while we waited. Brian was particularly interested in some Hawaiian "trucker"-style hats. . . we picked up our orders and decided to sit outside to eat them. Brian scarfed his down and decided that he needed to get one of those hats that he'd been eyeing earlier. Hey, if he wanted to spend his money on another hat, that was his prerogative right? So I'm outside, enjoying every last morsel, every last bit of syrup and ice, and unbeknownst to me, he's inside not only buying a hat, but a $3 jade ring! He tucks the ring into his wallet, dons his Hawaiian hat and heads back outside to get me.
Well, poor Brian! Little did I know, he was already on Proposal Plan C. He had to improvise with the jade ring, he was planning on proposing in Maui, (we were going to take the ferry over there for a day or two, but didn't end up having time for that), and now, here I am, cranky and mad and don't want to snorkel any more! I don't understand why he's getting so frustrated with me? He tells me, "Mari, I did not come here to snorkel by myself!" Fine, I head back out in the water with him. So we're swimming around, he goes off one way to look at something, I go off the opposite direction to look at something else. . . then he starts hollering at me to come over to him. I was like, "WHAT?? There are fish over here why do I need to go over there?!" I feel so horrible looking back on it, I did not make things easy on the guy! Finally, I swam over to Brian. He was holding his hands underwater like he'd found something. He told me to look under the water. I look down, and it registers finally, hey he's holding a small round object that appears it might fit on my finger. I lift my head out of the water and stand up and say, ever so gracefully, "WHAT IS THAT?! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?" He says, "Mari, I'm trying to ask you to marry me!" ***ohhhh, awwwwww*** I was like REALLY!? Then he said lots of other cute stuff, we hugged, the waves pushed up around in the water. . it was perfect!!
It was a perfect end to an awesome trip (except I had to call my family collect from Hawaii to tell them about the engagement because Brian had forgot his cell phone and mine decided to stop working the day I got engaged)!