Saturday, November 29, 2008

Two Years and Eight Days Ago. . .

So, I meant to do this one on the 21st, but things have been a little hectic around here lately so I'm just getting to it now. Yes, this is another flashback post, but the only place I've put this story until now is on the Library Security blog and I figured I'd want it somewhere more family-related.

So here's the story of how I proposed to Bethany. . .over two years ago. . .

The Curse is Broken

Long ago, in a land not so far away, the Hilton boys were cursed with the curse of indecision. They found themselves leaping from girl to girl, striving to make right what kept going wrong, and hoping each time that the next relationship. . .would be the one that led to marriage. (Bonus points to those who know where I ripped that last bit off from.)

But now, one of the Hilton boys has broken through the curse and has given hope to those other brothers around him. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened. . .I am engaged!

Hard to believe, I know. But here's how it happened. Bethany and I met in June of 2006. We got to know each other and started dating near the end of June. After a while we got to talking about marriage and we planned on getting married next Spring. Well, as time wore on we both realized we didn't want to wait that long. She expressed her thoughts on the matter, and I told her I'd think about it. Well, I decided that night that I did want to marry her sooner, but I didn't tell her this. I decided it'd be my little secret.

Since then I've secretly been planning and plotting and scheming and, yes, lying to Bethany a bit in order to preserve this secret. I snuck around behind her back and talked to her Dad, I bought presents and the ring and all the time I kept telling her I wasn't ready for marriage yet. I'm a good liar, what can I say? :)

Anyway, sorry about all that background. Well, tonight we went out to her favorite restaurant (Carrabba's) and then afterward I told her that we should get some sleep since we've both been sick lately. So even though she was protesting, I walked her home early in the evening. On the way home we detoured to "our spot" where we used to stop and. . .uh. . .discuss politics when she lived in the ward. Well, we stopped there for old times' sake and talked a bit, and then I got on one knee and popped the question. She was quite shocked and kept saying "Are you joking? You're joking! Are you serious?? Are you joking??" I assured her I was sincere and she said yes and I gave her the ring. And that was that.

Or was it? :) I just barely dropped her off at her house and I left fairly quickly, because while we were out eating, my roommate Mike dropped off a few things in her room. So, at this moment, she is walking into her room and finding a candle she had mentioned she liked, a dozen roses, a teddy bear, a CD I made for her of songs that remind me of her, and a letter I wrote her and sealed up in a envelope. Mushy stuff, I know. And I'm sorry if any of you got nauseous by reading this. But heck, I'm pretty happy right now anyway.

So that's it. I'm engaged. Weird, I know. But it's true.

We'll probably get married in February. We still need to work out the details.

Oh, and the reason I put this on a library security blog? Well, for one it looks so fancy now since we changed the background and also it's the only public forum I have out here on the internet. So. . .yeah. . .


Friday, November 14, 2008

One Year Ago. . .

Since my little girl turned one today, I thought I'd share my journal entry about her birth, thus preserving it in another place aside from my journal. So if you'll forgive me for indulging a bit, here I go:

Kaylee was born today at 4:15 pm. She was 20 inches long and weighed 8 pounds/8 ounces. And she is just adorable. Everything went so well and we are very blessed.

This morning I was just about to get up and get ready for work when I heard Beth's phone ring. We weren't expecting [to go to the hospital] until the afternoon, but they said that they had an opening at 9:30 so it was time to go.
It was funny because we were in a rush because we needed to get there on time, but it wasn't the mad-dash "she's in labor" crazy rush.

We got here right on time and since Beth had pre-registered we went right on in. They got her set up in [the delivery room] here at [the hospital]. The room felt like a hotel room. It was very big and we had a nice view of the temple.

The doctor came in and broke her water right away. . . . Then the labor began. It was hard to see Beth in pain and not be able to do anything about it. She handled it very well, though.

After a while of labor pains they came in to give her the epidural. I thought it was going to freak me out, but it was fine. I was
actually really fascinated by it all and I was asking a bunch of questions. It was amazing how it was all set up and how quickly it began to work.

Beth was really tired when the medicine kicked in. And she couldn't feel the contractions anymore so that was pretty cool. Beth's Mom got there and gave Beth some comfort. Beth progressed really quick and when she was dilated to an 8 I called my family to come down.

Beth started to feel really nauseous and even threw up a couple of times. Poor girl.

They put her on oxygen when she began pushing. It was weird to me how different it was from what I expected. I always thought it was an hour or two of labor, a couple of pushes and it was done. But she was in labor for almost 6 hours and then she had about an hour of pushing.

I, once again, thought I was going to be really queasy about seeing the actual birth, but I was just amazed by how it was all working. . . .And when the baby came out I couldn't believe how big she was and that she actually came out of Beth!

She was a blue-grey color and then she slowly turned pink and when they
were cleaning her up she was a bright red.

She's a healthy baby girl and it's cute because I think she recognizes my voice. She seems really mild-mannered and alert when she's awake. Beth is very tired and very sore, but she's happy. And I am, too.

It still doesn't feel like she's ours, but it's slowly sinking in. I'm a daddy!

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl! We love you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Halloween 2008

I'm finally getting my Halloween pictures up. We had a lot of fun this year! Kaylee even had 2 different Halloween costumes. Lucky girl.

First she was a cute little fairy with sparkles all over her face.

Then she was a hobo. And I must say, she was the cutest little hobo I've ever seen!

This is what her hobo makeup looked like before it all got rubbed off. (No, she does not have a rash. It's hard to put a red nose on a baby!)

Hangin' with her Uncle Brent.

This was pretty much the best. Can anyone guess who Joel was? I'll give you some hints: he's pale and he shimmers in the sunlight...

You guessed it! Edward from Twilight!
I was Bella. You can't see it in the picture, but I had a bite mark on my hand that was pale and shimmered a bit (I got her description from wikipedia). I was also wearing less makeup than normal and I was whiny, depressed, and clumsy. This picture is from the 2nd book (we're both depressed we can't have each other). My hand is on his rock hard, cold stone chest.

(For anyone who isn't already aware, Joel and I are not Twilight fans. Joel was Edward - a sparkly, sad "vampire" with no fangs - because he was mocking the books and it was an easy costume to do. I was Bella because it was easy- we're even the same size.)