Monday, November 24, 2014

My Fairy Tale

Today's post was going to be a running entry until the weekend happened to me. A weekend that I feel like was a dream and I have found myself now awake back to the Monday blues of swim practice, grocery shopping, and kid's fighting. Did it really happen? Yes, I  have the pictures and a ring on my finger to prove it! Seriously, sometimes a girl has just got to brag.

My husband has had this weekend blocked off for about 2 months now with no hints as to what was in store. I just knew that I was not allowed to take any shifts at to work, didn't have to plan meals, didn't have to think one bit about errands or real life. I just wasn't supposed to think about it! Friday night at 10pm, my mother in law walked in (from Minnesota-surprise!....I might have cleaned the bathrooms had I known). Joel had flown her in to watch the kids and dogs for the weekend so we could....could do I don't know but I was getting pretty excited!!  We hopped in the car Saturday morning after being I told I did not need to pack, and I did not need to do my hair or make-up (I still didn't believe him and put some make up on). An hour later we pulled up to The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in downtown Denver, an historical high-end luxury hotel built in 1892. Just walking into this hotel felt like we were walking into a movie. It had the doormen decked out in fancy coats, the lobby was beautifully decorated for Christmas with white lights and a champagne tower, and a cascading staircase. Joel said "this is how the other half lives". He then promptly dropped me off at the spa with a "have fun and see you in a few fours!". OK! I had a massage, a mani-pedi, and my hair and make-up done. I was then handed a room key (after the lady told me she had worked here for 4 years and never seen anything like what my husband is doing....they are worth waiting for ladies!).

Me heading up to the room after my spa day!

This is what I found waiting for me in our room (minus Joel). An outfit complete with tights, boots, earrings, perfume, and instructions to meet him at the bottom of the staircase in the lobby at 6:30pm. and yes, the dress fit! I descended the staircase feeling like Julia Roberts, finding Joel beaming from ear to ear. He gave me beautiful necklace with was my engagement ring reset in a pendant. This did seem a little fishy to me....I am missing a ring as this point but was on such a cloud nine...who cares!?! 

We then went san enjoyed drinks and appetizers at the hotel tavern after taking some pictures in the amazing hotel lobby, and then moved on to a fancy pants restaurant The Palace Arms.

Honestly, I ate the best food I have ever had in my life with the best service, in the most romantic setting. The chef brought us "Amuse" and champagne on the house. They laid our napkins in our laps and brought us different wines to try with our food (which literally melted in our mouths). Then Joel got down on one knee and "proposed" to me again. I said yes!

Joel and I got engaged in college and married straight after. We didn't have a lot of money and I know  my engagement ring stretched him to the max, even at its size of 1/3 carat. I  have never felt the need to have a bigger diamond. It is not something I have asked for over and over again. But in his mind, he said it was something he always had planned from the day he bought me an engagement one day upgrade. His proposal also got a little screwed up as an wonderfully planned romantic gesture went a little wrong and he ended up proposing to me in a rest stop in West Virginia (the ring was literally on the back of a toilet after scavenger hunt in the rest stop). Its a long story but I would have said yes to him anywhere! So now we have another proposal story :).  No one in the hotel could believe that we had been married 13 years, had 4 kids, and it was no special occasion. I am really just that lucky!!! 

We stayed the night at The Brown Palace. Joel had new pajamas and slippers for me, plus a new outfit for the next morning. The next day included sleeping in, brunch, shopping, and the movies. It was so hard to go home! I am so blessed with such a thoughtful husband and to be madly in love still after 13 years. Thank you Joel for the magical weekend that we can hold close to our hearts forever. 
You are my hero!


  1. WOW! There really isn't more I can say! What a beautiful time...

  2. How romantic! I've had brunch in the Brown Hotel and it is beautiful.

  3. Oh my goodness what a guy you have there! The whole evening looks like it was absolutely beautiful and a lot of thought was put into it. And that ring, oh my! Absolutely gorgeous and I love the setting. The smaller diamonds on the band really enhances the look of the larger diamond in the center of the ring for sure.

    Ricky Rowe @ Find A Jewelry Expert