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Los Rodriguez Anniversary

It’s our 2-year wedding anniversary! Happy day!

Es nuestro segundo aniversario! Feliz dia!!

Our engagement story is kind of funny, and worth telling before I post anything about our wedding, which I’ll do tomorrow. Javi and I both volunteered for a local Vacation Bible School in the summer of 2009, and on our way to that afternoon’s VBS session he and I started talking about marriage, and before I knew it the conversation had traveled much farther than it usually did when we brought up the subject. I remember sitting there thinking to myself what on earth just happened, and then asking Javi…”so…are we engaged now?” – to which we both decided that yes, we were going to get married, but he didn’t want me to tell anyone until he had done a “cool proposal.”

La historia de nuestro compromiso es un poco comica, y vale la pena contarla antes de que escriba algo sobre nuestra boda, lo que hare manana. Javi y yo fuimos voluntarios para una escuela biblica de verano durante el 2009, y en el camino hacia la sesion de esa tarde empezamos a conversar sobre matrimonio, y antes de darnos cuenta la conversasion habia avanzado mas de lo normal cuando el tema salia en conversasion. Me acuerdo estar sentada ahi pensando que habia pasado?, y luego le pregunte a Javi…”asi que…estamos comprometidos ahora?” – a lo cual ambos decidimos que si, nos ibamos a casar, pero el no queria que le contara a nadie hasta que el me pidiera matrimonio de una manera mas adecuada.

The next day we told my dad and brother, but we kept it a secret from my mom and grandma. That night we all went out to Cinco de Mayo for margaritas and as soon as we got them, we made a toast “to the future Los Rodriguez family!” I got a fabulous photo of their reaction to the surprise – it was well worth waiting to tell them.

Al otro dia le contamos a mi papa y hermano, pero lo mantuvimos secreto para mi mama y abuela. Esa noche todos fuimos a Cinco de Mayo a tomar margaritas y apenas llegaron a la mesa hicimos un brindis por “la future familia Rodriguez!”. Pude sacar una foto genial de su reaccion a la sorpresa – valio la pena mantener el secreto.

Of course, Javier still hadn’t done his “cool proposal.” My grandma had given him her wedding ring to give to me and we went and had it cleaned and resized to fit, but he wouldn’t let me have it until he officially proposed. I think I waited about 2 weeks. In late June, I went to New York to visit my friend Nikita, one of my roommates in college and one of the bridesmaids in our wedding.ย The night I got home from New York, Javier and I were relaxing and watching TV when my mom called and invited us over because “she wanted to see my photos from New York.” When we got to my parents house, my dad suggested a game of Apples to Apples, which should have been suspicious because usually we are the ones convincing him to play, but I didn’t think twice about it.

Claro, Javier todavia tenia que pedirme matrimonio de una manera especial. Mi abuela le dio su anillo de matrimonio para que el me lo diera a mi, asi que lo llevamos a limpiar y ajustarlo a mi dedo, pero no me dejaria tenerlo hasta que me pidiera matrimonio de manera oficial. Creo que tuve que esperar 2 semanas. A finales de Junio, fui a Nueva York a visitar a mi amiga Nikita, una de mis companeras de casa en la universidad y una de mis damas de honor en mi matrimonio. La noche que volvi de Nueva York, Javier y yo estabamos tranquilos viendo tele cuando mi mama nos llamo para invitarnos a su casa porque “queria ver fotos de Nueva York”. Cuando llegamos a la casa, mi papa sugirio que jugaramos Apples to Apples, lo que debio haber sido sospechoso porque casi siempre somos nosotros los que intentamos convencerlos a ellos para jugar, pero no lo pense dos veces.

(one of the photos from our engagement shoot – by Austin Gros –

About 10 rounds into the game, while my mom and I were perusing dresses on, Javi announced that it was my turn. I’m not going to go into the rules of the game, but suffice it to say that when I turned around Javi flipped over one of the green cards and it said “Leslie, Will You Marry Me?” – it was a complete and total shock. Then he told me to look in my hand at my red cards and he had slipped a card in my hand that said “YES!!!!!!” – it was perfect. He had to figure out a good surprise since he knew I was expecting the proposal, and his plan definitely worked. My parents already knew what was going to happen so they went in the other room and brought in balloons and margaritas they had ready for the occasion. It was a totally original proposal, and a pretty good window into who we are as a couple.

Despues de 10 rondas del juego, mientras mi mama y yo buscabamos vestidos en, Javi me aviso que era mi turno. No voy a contar las reglas del juego, pero sera suficiente decir que cuando me di vuelta Javi dio vuelta mi carta verde y la carta decie “Leslie, te casarias conmingo?” – fue un shock total. Luego me dijo que mirara mi mano de cartas rojas donde el habia metido una carta que decia SI!!!!!!! – fue perfecto. El tuvo que ingeniarselas para que fuera una buena sorpresa ya que yo sabia que la preguntaria pasaria en algun momento, y su plan funciono. Mis papas sabian que iba a pasar (Javi planeo con ellos todo), asi que fueron a la otra pieza y trajeron globos y margaritas que tenian preparados para la ocasion. Fue totalmente original, y una muy buena mirada a como somos como pareja.

Check back tomorrow for a short, or as short as I can make it, version of our firstย wedding.

Revisen manana pero un corto, o tan corto como lo pueda hacer, post de nuestra primera boda.

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