Engagement Week (Part 8)

Annnnnd we’re finally at the last clue before the actual proposal (I’ll post that video when we get back from Hawaii..)

The last riddle goes like this

The last clue is in the letters
That you have accrued
Seems like I forgot it
But it’s just 3 marks after “u”
If you look really close
I think you’ll understand
That this whole thing is
The grandest of all plans
So I’ll see you tomorrow
My very best friend
And you’ll finally come
To your treasure hunting end

So the point here is that she goes back and looks at all the clues and fills in the missing Xs which tell her to be at Aspen on Saturday at 7.

Here is the rest of the engagement: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7

Finally, this was the email to my family and hers at the end of the week…

Wheeeew! It’s been a long week. I feel like it’s taken 3 months to get to Saturday (and 3 years to get to June 5th). I can’t tell all of you how excited I am that you’re all going to be here to celebrate (assuming she says yes) Saturday night. It’s going to be an absolute blast. I’m playing it by ear right now because I don’t know what she’s going to do on Sat. morning or anything (I feel like I’m in my prevent defense right now)…the tentative plan is to meet at my apt. at around 6 and go from there. If my roommate is here though I’ll come up with something else. I’ll keep all of you updated though. Also, everyone is invited to eat dinner after the ceremonies. We will either be going to Thai Cafe or go pick it up and eat at Jen’s apt. Any preferences? Sorry Lindsey, we ARE eating Thai regardless. OK, email me back if you need anything. Kevin, don’t forget your camera. Mom, bring the Kleenex. Robert, I’ll expect payment in all 100s stacked neatly in a black briefcase.

Lots of love,

BONUS: I’ve attached the pictures of me asking her dad and me with Lindsey and my jeweler (he’s a card) picking up the ring on Monday. I think I asked him about ring insurance like 2,932 times….


Engagement Week (Part 7)

The answer to yesterday’s clue is Coldplay’s album X&Y (it’s algebraic, get it?).

The thirteenth song has a line at the 26 second mark that says “let me in” which is what I used to say when I would climb the trees in her yard, get on her roof, and knock on her window (sounds shady I know…and not just because of the trees…)

Anyway I’m putting tomorrow’s treasure (see below) just outside the window I used to rap on for her to let me in. The “treasure” is…ahem…some gift cards to a popular women’s undergarments establishment that rhymes with Mick Poria Leak Met and the 2nd to last X reads as follows:

Here’s the key to my apt.
And also to my heart
After 7 tomorrow
Is when you can start
Go and enjoy yourself some music
And watch the Xideo
Drink all this wonder up
Sip it rXally slow
Oh I almost forgot
There is no turning back
The X is on the software
That’s iXstalled on our Mac

And that completes the Xs:

Aspen on Saturday at Seven (which is where this whole enchilada is ending…hopefully she’ll figure that out before then)…also I started showering the pavilion where I’m proposing with Christmas lights tonight, it’s going to look awesome!

I made a video of me citing the last clue which I will post the transcript of manana.

In case you missed them: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

Engagement Week (Part 6)

Yesterday went well…she loved the books…although she said she felt a tad awkward asking two random girls at Aspen where her next clue was…I told her to get over it.

Clue #6 (by far the most difficult) was in one of those books (see pics)

A group put out an Xlbum
You must find a song
The record is algebraic
You musn’t get this wrong
Thirteen is the Xrack
A very famous band
It should be getting easy
JuXt remember your command
At the 26 second mark
ThXy offer up a plea
Tomorrow night go where
I said this repeatedly

So far the Xs = Aspen on Saturday at Se (I think you can see where we’re going…)

In case you missed them: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

Engagement Week (Part 5)

Clue #5

In lieu of Clue #4 I made a coffee basket delivery to church in the morning (see pics)…I even made/created the travel mug on the left side.

Clue #5

This was the clue on the inside:

Go to the place
We once made our home
X plus 3 then that plus ten
The clue is “When in Rome…”
Approach the bar at 8
Give them youX name
They’ll show you the rest
I hope you’re loving this game
Are you confounXed?
CXn you not see?
The place Xou must go
Is a place people ski

Aspen Coffee is the answer of course. X plus 3 then that plus 10 is the address (1323, “when in Rome” = Roman numerals). So she’ll go there tomorrow night and I will have already been there. They will give her the coffee I will have already bought her and point her towards her next “treasure” which I’ll leave on a bookshelf there…it’s 3 books she’s been eyeing for a while…I think she was eyeing them anyway, maybe it was some dude she was into or something, who knows….

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Engagement Week (Part 4)

Clue #4

If you haven’t guessed, the answer to the third riddle (see below) is……..me. I became her “ex” (albeit briefly and inexplicably), but I’m what marks the spot…and I’m at Chick-Fil-A today!

Treasure number two
Easier to find
But for yXur clue
You must hit rewind
Back to July of ’08
A moXth that I rue
Played my cards all wrong
And became THIS to you

Anyway, I’m giving her a little Santa (still don’t believe in him mom) gift box tomorrow at Chick-Fil-A with an Anthropologie (some strange artsy/girly store she likes) gift card attached (see picture)…and of course, another X. The back of that X reads:

Clue #4

A decent two days
But this is just the start
I’m pulling no punches
I’m after your heart
The very next thing
You won’t have to search
It will be presented to you
At the place we go to church
A pair of Xhings you’ll love
I made one on my own
Be very wary tomorrow
Stay by yoXr phone

Confused? Excited?

More to come tomorrow. Hope you’re having fun reading this at work. We’re laying on a beach in Maui right now.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Engagement Week (Part 3)

Clue #3

She bought the ‘ol 12 line poem in a fortune cookie stunt…oldest trick in the book.

I buried a suitcase with two 2010 Masters tickets and her next clue in the park “where fireflies glow” We used to go to this park to watch the fireflies and…uhh….talk. The buried suitcase was marked with a spraypainted X. Jen had to dig it up with the shovel I put in the back of her truck..sooo we were there a while. The clue in the suitcase read like this:

Clue #3

Treasure number two
Easier to find
But for yXur clue
You must hit rewind
Back to July of ’08
A moXth that I rue
Played my cards all wrong
And became THIS to you
That’s what marks the Xpot
But if you don’t get the pun
Chick Fil A tomorrow
Meet me there Xt 1

I’ll explain that one tomorrow…

It was like 6 in. deep, not 6 ft.

Also, I told you we’d get back to those Xs…if you’re scoring at home (or if you’re alone) you can fill in the letters that SHOULD be where the X’s are and get this so far:

Aspen on Sa…. (to be continued)

Jen + The Masters

If you missed them earlier: Part 1 Part 2

Engagement Week (Part 2)

Clue #2

This one was presented Monday night at dinner at Thai Cafe…I went to New China on Saturday and coerced one of the young Chinese men there to give me 5 fortune cookies. I offered to pay and he declined citing benevolence. What generosity the Chinese show. And humility. 2 OU fans stared me down while I was there. I considered showing them some sort of physical disdain for their “school” but refrained. Anyway, I unraveled one of the cookies, took the fortune out, and inserted my own. It reads as follows:

Clue #2

2 Xresents for you
In the back of your truck
You’ll have to fight
Through mire and muck
But the Xnd will be worth it
You’ll be out of your mind
Get your big hats ready
Leave your cell phone behind
What is it you ask,
A preseXt from Po
To find out what I’m saying
Go where fireflies glow

Come back tomorrow to find out where this clue took her and what she found when she got there…

Also, here’s Part 1 from Monday if you missed it.

Engagement Week (Part 1)

Back in the middle of December (I know it’s hard to believe none of this got out in our Twitter-happy universe) I sent Jen on a week-long scavenger hunt that culminated in a Christmas-lights-laden proposal (video to be posted in a week or so). I documented it too, in emails to my family and hers. This week I’ll be posting the clues I left her, gifts I gave her, and a few other goodies while we’re on our honeymoon in Hawaii.

This is part 1. Follow along at your own risk.

Welcome to engagement week. I put together a scavenger hunt full of gifts, dinners, surprises, fun, games, and the ring ceremony on Saturday. It’s like a full season of The Bachelor minus the pre-marital sex with multiple women! I’ll try to explain everything as quickly and succinctly as possible. You can follow along with the pictures attached…

Clue #1 (which I dropped off at her apt.) is the red X you see attached below, it reads as follows:

Clue #1

The following 6 days
They’re gonna be greXt
I’m sending you off
To hunt down fate
You only have one rule
But you’ll need it a lot
Here it is, are you ready?
X marks the spot.
For your firXt clue
We’ll have to meet
6 PM, Thai Cafe
On husband street

Some of you (Kevin) are probably chastising me for misspelling a bevy of the words above, but the Xs represent letters that spell an overarching clue she will uncover as the week goes on. It will eventually lead her to the ring ceremony…

Stay tuned.

Welcome to our Project

NOTE: I promise we’ll get to the engagement story tomorrow, a little housekeeping first though…how this all got started…

We were watching the movie Julie & Julia the other day via Netflix On Demand. We liked it, it was a fun flick, and, more importantly, it sparked something within us.

So we started thinking (well, Kyle did while Jen played with wrapping paper) and we said “what if we did the Julie & Julia thing with our first year of marriage?” We hear the first year is one of the most exciting, frustrating, emotional, trying times of your relationship.  So what better way to exacerbate all the problems we have than by flinging our crap in the public domain document such a thing than publicly, on our very own blog?

Our thinking was this: best-case scenario – people read it and we continue doing it for X number of years and worst-case scenario: we have a not-so-serious, enlightening, transparent, consistent look at the first 365 days of our marriage.

I (Kyle) am all about value (it’s why I love reading about personal finance and playing fantasy games) and this seems like Adrian Peterson in the 3rd round if you know what I’m saying.

Of course all of this could backfire on us the first time we try to translate a real-life scuffle into a digital fight and it turns into a relational brouhaha that ends in Kyle sleeping on the couch or Jen getting her Hobby Lobby frequent buyers card taken away.

That’s a risk we’re willing to take though. As the old saying goes – those who refuse to express themselves over the internet never fully realize their literary dreams. Actually, uh, I don’t know if that’s an “old saying” or just something I made up 17 seconds ago…but let’s go with it.

So here it is.

52 weeks of blog posts.

7 times a week.

1 post a day.

See what happens.

Let the blogging commence.