Tuesday, February 28, 2012


i haven't felt this violent in probably three years or more! honestly!! i really don't have to explain myself except for this line
"i was parked legally and byu parking did this" and with these pics, you should feel violent, too!! your blood will boil. but let me go on to explain the story because it gets you more and more fired up!

well thank you for all the kind warnings..... when i was walking up to my car and saw the fifty flyers on every window.... i thought it was just some past creeper boy who left me weird love notes (my car is very noticeable and distinguishable)..... oh no.... these were not inappropriate love notes. they were inappropriate parking tickets. 
now i have been known to park illegally. esp freshmen year- i never got caught so i made it a bad habit. byu parking is ridiculous anyways (was my justification) ANYWAYS. and this story proves that it is-i get screwed when i park legally! so my freshmen year.... this sorta comes into play later in the story.
so i am soooooooooo livid because it was actually a miracle i find my car when i did!! my 1:30 class was cancelled. it gave me just enough time to go home, switch a load of laundry, and grab millie's carseat. it would make my life easier when i bolted from my class at 6 and had to be at her daycare by 6:30 tonight........ so i go to my car at 1:30 and well.... you know what i found....... so i call parking and they say they can't tell me anything over the phone and that to get help i need to COME UP TO THEIR OFFICE (which is up the worst RB stairs- if you are a cougar- you know what i'm talking about) and i already walked up that way three times for work and class. ugh!!! so i have to walk up there and then walk back down with the person to unboot my car WHEN i don't even think any of it is validated because i am registered for "Y" parking lots. but that can't tell me any info over the phone without photo id to look at. i tried to spout my ssn, my user id, my birthday, etc..... no bueno. um........ are you serious???? so i walk up there and had enough time on the way (because it's forever away) to call Chase, my mom, and Shelby and get mad about the situation. passerbyers prolly thought i was crazy cuz i was so animated and shouting with fury! I get to the office and i have to go see TERRY........... if you ever had to talk to her. you know she is quite horrible.  read on to know why.

so i go back there. i'm not smiling or being friendly but I AM biting my tongue so that's good. it' all i could manage was just to keep a straight face and keep all my profane words tucked into my mouth. so she turns her screen to me and asks me "what do you see?" 
and on her screen are parking tickets from me and my sister (that have been paid mind you) from my sister's freshmen year which was what...... 2002? 2003? and 
i say "well those are my sister's parking tickets not me." 
she says "i know. i see a pattern here. of dishonesty in your family." 
oh yeah shelby, it just got personal!!! did she seriously just start off our conversation with that accusation? i have NEVER wanted to punch a 60 year old woman so intensely before in my life. 
the reason it is good my 1:30 class got cancelled is that if i woulda gone after my 6 o'clock class, the office woulda been closed, i wouldn't have been able to remove the boot till 8 am the next morning, millie woulda been crying at daycare since i woulda had no way to pick her up, elsie would get home from ballet alone and scared, AND i woulda got an overnight fee for being parked in that parking lot overnight!!!! that is the ONLY silver lining to me noticing that boot (at 1:30 pm!) oh my word!!!!
then TERRY says "oh yes we know why you've gotten three tickets in the past week." oh HAVE i now??? ps i've been parking there since november and this past week is when the 3 tickets showed up boom boom boom! i know chase got one a couple days ago and i got one today..... but 3? what??? i told her i'm very busy and since nothing can be done over the phone and i don't have much time to come in person i was planning on a friday. fridays are my only free days and last friday i had 2 doctor's appointments. she says "are you justifying? sounds like dishonesty" TWO TIME TWO TIMES she used my name and dishonest references in the same idea!!! i don't wanna be a murderer but um hello!!!!!! and ps if she knew it was a mistake that i was getting them (the problem was instead of writing my license plate number 1234567 i had written 1235467 in the byu database) and they had traced it to me and knew this the whole time!!! so when they gave us tickets they knew it was a honest mistake!!!! i only really knew about the 2!!! but they still booted me!!! and a boot you cannot appeal because it's permanent and with the state of utah or wtv garbage she was spouting off. 
anyways. as you can see- this woman was either crazy, socially impaired, or satan. i'm voting for the latter. she had that "i'm a witch" look in her eye but not the "i'm insane" look. and i find out later she's worked there for 25 years so she can't be too socially impaired. so process of elimination: satan. i feel like she picked her target and that was me and ripped me a new one!! like i don't have enough uc bleeding problems if you know what i'm saying! if that was my father or chase or any male or a huskier looking woman, guaranteed she wouldn't talk to them that way! dishonest, mocking, brings in my family!!! the nerve!!!!
so i walk my little hiney over to the appeal office and fill out my complaint to reduce the charges or take them away all together and the student employee at the desks asked if i just talked to terry. i said yes. 
and she said- i can always tell by how pissed someone is if they talked to terry or not! and then GET THIS she says "at least she didn't call you dishonest!" and i practically scream "SHE DID!" and the fellow sympathizer laughed and said "yeah i hate her (strong words that i normally don't approve of but this time.... meh!) i know i shouldn't say that since i work with her but i do. she calls me dishonest weekly!!! because i get a drink from the drinking fountain when i'm on the clock and she's serious!" 
oh man!!!!!!!!!! then she proceeded to distract me and said "ian is really nice though. he'll help you. oh when did you get married?" as she stares at my ring! oh i love wearing my ring! we proceed to talk about me being engaged and her getting married last september and blah blah blah! she really calmed me down and helped me be more sane when i talked with ian! he couldn't remove all tickets but did what he could...... because #1. terry already processed the irreversible ones #2. booting really cannot be removed once they boot............. well at least the HUGE fine got reduced but still!!! 

just tack it onto the most expensive chapter of my life!!!! what a day! what a day! well i better pay attention in my class and try to repent for my evil thoughts towards terry and put this whole mess behind me!!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

game night

last night was pretty funny! and what i mean is absolutely funny! we played hide and seek in the dark. that was a lot of fun! the best hiding spots??? chase up on the ceiling beams. me in the dryer. us all in the car tricking chase in the garage while he searched forever!!!
then we played "the game of things" and then pictionary.
what i want to share is the "game of things"
some funny lines......
what should you never do with a baby?
"give it to ciara" -bryton. hahahahahaha
what would you take on a deserted island?
"maxi" -ciara. hahahah family inside joke!
i wrote "channing tatum." nathan says, "i don't even know who channing taylom is" oh my!!!!!!!!!
things you should never say to a cop
"a kidney punch to the face" -nathan. hahahah yeah we'll pretend like that makes sense. that's why he and ciara date!!
also trying to teach ciara how to play pictionary with all the details of sounds-like, syllables, number of words, tallies, etc.
ciara: "what's a syllable?" then she says "oh claps!" and has to clap her hands to count syllables and throughout the whole game claps as she reads the word she is to draw. hahahahahahahha. i love the andersons!
yesterday we came home from church and were talking about making  another choreographed dance all together and chase, bryton, ciara, me, and JULIE are in the middle of the living room just booty shaking!!!!!! hahahahahahahah. it was a sight that i needed video recorded.... but it was too spontaneous. i for sure will rewatch that when i watch my life-video in heaven. hahaha.

ok well bachelor is on!!!!!!!!!! i love this show!!! it's priority!!!!! it is my fhe (just like that byu daily universe article criticized!) it's a family affair here. kina, julie, chase, chloe, charlotte, and i!!!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

check list!

i feel like you could cut the stress in my life with a knife!!! but it's okay! it's great!
some unstressful things this week- two trips to zupas :) once with jess and once with laur and kell!!! also survivor parties are back on at my house wednesday nights if you're down- come on over :)
so this week i have gotten a lot checked off my check list for the wedding! and let me tell you- it's pages long! so it's nice to see things get a dash typed through (i'm glad computers have that app. is app the right word? psh idk. idc)
what has been checked off up to now? how much mula has been spent? i shall only reveal the first question.
wedding shoes
underclothing for dress
wedding DRESS!!!!
reception venue
temple sealing time and date
chase's wedding band
music sound track!!!!

this week on my list of to-do's is
register for wedding
bridesmaid outfits
sign for our NEW apartment that we found :)!!
sell my old ap't contract
get nephew and nieces outfits
book honeymoon cruise
officialize texas openhouse

oh i'm feeling more in control and on my way to just enjoying the engagement rather than planning planning planning a wedding.
2.5-month engagement has its pros and cons :) way more pros though. lookin forward to being Marissa Anderson.
this isn't the dress i picked. this isn't even the store i got my dress from!! but it captures the experience and laur is so crafty and awesome to make it look at mysterious and blurry!!! oh my heavens i love the dress!!! love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! makes me even more excited for may 3rd :)
so i had a great saturday. as you can see!!!! chase and i wrapped up our FULL day of studying, homework, and midterm preparations at around 7 pm. 
headed to the mall and did some bridesmaid shopping. i found the PERFECT outfit. oh man i tried it on and was in love!!! however, eleven bridesmaids is gonna be harder than i thought. there were only 6 skirt bottoms in the whole state!! i will have to go for the on-line method. but i see such a vision now and i cannot wait!! 
then chase was going to stab himself in the eye so we just made two more store stops and i found my wedding shoes and purchased those beauties! i was gonna post them but i think less pictures shown is for the best!!! you'll just have to come May 3 and look rockin' yourself and party with us!!!!

well i'm all ready for church! we're watching breaking dawn (chase's first viewing- he's loving it!)  
well, you know how he feels about me blogging when he's near me to cuddle. hahaha so i better scurry off! later gators!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

little hearts, big love

Today, it was weird to be back in the swing of things. The three day weekend was too wonderful. The stress and to-do's came back like a freight train piled on and full-throttle and any other imaginative descriptive phrases you can think of!! 
But it's okay! I'm happy to be planning such amazing events and exciting days! Today, while Chase was at one of his classes, I popped in to see Kelly- can you please check out this diva of a daughter she's raising? hahahahaha. 
Also got to babysit Mills today. I'm back to a weekly babysitting sesh with her! It's something I don't mind adding to my plate. I love that family so much! Millie and Elsie are sweetie-pies! Chase came with me today and the girls warmed up to him quite nicely! What little kid's dream isn't to climb all over and play catch with a 6'6" big friendly giant?? He's such a stud!

But they didn't run to his arms the second he entered the door. He can be intimidating to their little statures. Hence.... when Chase walked into the kitchen as I was throwing bread at Millie (yes like a bird).... she froze, dropped to the ground, and did this......... Chase retorts, "is she playing dead?" hahahahahahaah it was the cutest thing. she wasn't even crying or whining. just lying perfectly, silently still. oh kids do the darnest thing!!! she did this lying-perfectly-still-on-the-kitchen-floor thing for a good five minutes. hahahah. long enough to snap many pictures!!!
but pretty soon she was grabbing her bottle and blanket and climbing into his lap! 
And before Millie warmed up to us completely.... Elsie came home from ballet. 
Millie scooted up this chair and just watched Elsie for a while. It's adorable how much of a shadow Millie is to Elsie!!! They are beautiful sisters!!! Instead of playing with her awesome aunt and uncle.... full on crawling on the ground making animal noises and pushing baby carriages....... she'd rather watch someone else play video games. oh this generation!
Then it was bath time!!! She loves the water and is so darn cute!!
and then......... the inevitable!!!!!!
She POOPS in the tub! oh crap!!! i cleaned it and drained the water. cleaned her. and refilled the tub. idk if i shoulda fully cloroxed the thing- considering she kept sucking her hand....... but i did the best i could. hopefully ecoli was avoided!!! oh man! 
it's like she was waiting to relax in the tub to relieve herself! once kristi came home, she said she does that sometimes and she lifts her and puts her on her mini-potty in the nick of time! i didn't even think to look out for that! hahahah. i took some pics of the floating critters but i thought that would make me look like a bad aunt. to be taking pics rather than cleaning her..... but now you know i took them anyways so it's a sunk cost. hahahaha not a proper use of that word, i know kelly! hahahaha.  
the guilty face! she was confused why i was shrieking and laughing at the same time!!! and of course chase got out of cleaning duty because elsie all of a sudden needed a partner to play catch. classic.
today was a good day! i love millie and elsie time! ps she's wearing her cute nightgown we got her for christmas! hard to tell but i know it's cute :) what a lil schroedter!!!! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

back home

Six hours later and back in Utah! Which is apparantely my official home. I mean let's look at the facts. Where do I go to school? Where am I getting married? Where will I start my newlywed life? Where do most of my family live? Where did I serve my mission? yep that proves it. 
But I'm accepting that fact.
I wanted to blog a lot right now but..... my fiancé is convinced I love my blog more than him. He makes references to it a thousand times a day. So to prove my love. i will cut this short and leave you with these pictures.
having some fun at the park!
getting all our energy out before being trapped in a car forever!
one last pit stop before we head home.
hilarious that some ppl actually took this seriously on fbook.
I really feel oh so blessed!! I could fly from so much uplifting love!! bahahah. i'm serious.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

vegas president's day weekend

Chase and I have been in Vegas the past couple days! It's been a pleasant vacay break! Much needed :) Today I've been sicker than a dog but the sunshine, sabbath, delicious food, and family time has made it all better! Chase takes such good care of me you see! And I FINALLY cracked and took some ibuprofen (even though i've been banned!) hahahah it's been worth it.

Just wanted to blog a little bit about our trip.


Lovin the introduction to his first nephew!!! What a cute uncle!

When we went to a farmer's market, we saw a competition of kids holla-hooping.... so of course we joined. it looks like i am better. 
but i wasn't. chase actually rocked it!! me..... i've lost my touch.

we watched paranormal 2 last night. it was frightening. tonight we are watching #3. why do i do this to myself? because i love being scared and then cuddling with chase through it all and after!

awwww. the reason we came!! preston! baby p!

having a good time playing frisbee golf! my first time! loved it.

until chase lost his frisbee in a pool. at the BOTTOM of a pool. and being the nice fiancée I am..... i hopped over and soaked myself going to get it. it's warmER here in Vegas but the water was still freezing. 

but we did take an intermisison for a little photo op <3 practicing for taryin to take our engagements!!! i'm so excited! love you, chase david. 

p.s. happy president's day weekend! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

at my finest

today was my endoscopy. it could have gone better but nothing for sure to freak out about until they get the biopsies back. i'll go back in  a couple weeks to discuss the results with the doctors. but until then :)
enjoy this!!
we woke up today at 530 and were off for a great adventure!
chase stayed home from work today (so did i!) and i missed school... well i'm even farther behind but i'll do my best!!

yep me at my finest

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


i had a beautiful day. a beautiful valentines day. i wasn't expecting anything considering chase and i never see each other on tuesdays. well except tonight i'll be up in that valley cuz i have a mini baby operation thing tomorrow- it'll be fun! cuz me coming off drugs and anesthesia is always fun to witness and experience! anyways. so i got a beautiful surprise with this on my doorstep this morning before 7 am!! that's impressive :) good thing dave drives down to byu every day and dropped it off. what sweeties!!!!

and oh look.... chase sent a pic message. he was cutting meat and got crafty!!
hope y'all had a happy valentines day and felt lots of love. happy valentines day from me to you :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

when i can't sleep, i love on my ring!

can't sleep!!! wonder why???
so i've been spending the last hour searching for pics of my mom's ring on past photos!!! i cannot find any! barnacles!!! these are the best i could come up with!!! i tried to zoom in on all of them but it doesn't show much!!! so i'm just posting them anyways!!!
do you notice a pattern of these pics??? me bugging my mom! one normal family one- i was too far away to bug her. and one where she's holding aubs and i wasn't even in the same state to bug her! hahahaha. i just miss her so much that when we reunite!! i go crazy! less than a month till i can burrow into you, mamma!!!!
oh it's only 8:13 AM!!! i only slept for 4.5 hours!! oh well! today will still be the best day!!!!

here are some pics of my beautiful ring. it's white gold. has a main diamond. then four rows. two on each side that make a diamond look. each side has a row of crushed up diamonds and a row of baguette diamonds. i don't know much about ring terminology. all that i just said kelly told me!!

ope i'm a genius! i just remembered an app that would help me clarify photos!!! here are some better photos of my mom's ring. they aren't identical but i like how they remind me of one another! esp because the other day i was guilt-tripping my mom about how she should just give me her ring, i'll dip it in white gold, me and chase can save money, and dad can buy her a new ring. two problems: 1. she said no 2. she can't get it off her finger. BUT HEY!!! it all worked out even more perfectly than my guilt-trip scheme!!!! oh everything looks more vibrant! the world has more color! and the beauty is more prominent :) what a great morning already!!

Engaged! February 11th!

There is nothing more to really say but then again..... be prepared. for the longest post of your life!!!

Let's clear a few things up!
1. Chase David Anderson is amazing. Period. He is incredible!
2. No girls should have this upcoming story as their expectation. I didn't.
3. Julie Anderson is a craft genius and loves me and Chase. She made two visions come together.
4. Dave Anderson is one man!
5. This is in no way to boast. But just to share with all those I love! Chase outshines any of my wildest dreams!

Here we go :)

Tonight was definitely one of THOSE moments of my life. It's hard to say if it was the best because that airport day of him returning was quite amazing, too.
So this evening, we went to meet Cody (Chase's cousin) and some people to go sledding down in Payson. We went to Salem High School parking lot- Chase sped like a crazy demon to get there by 7 pm.
I was thinking "Chase chase chase!!!!.... Cody will understand if we are a few minutes late....." hahahahah. So we get there and call Cody. Cody says his girl has to take her mom somewhere and he's gonna be there in 45 minutes. Well I thought that was a bit odd and rude considering Chase and I drove an hour to get there and Cody lives up the road.... did he not know beforehand and couldn't give us a heads up? But I'm not too high maintenance. I was just starving so I told Chase I couldn't wait 45 minutes to eat. He normally takes me to get food immediately when I whine like this because I throw up if I go too long without eating. Well.... he acted like he didn't even hear me. humph!!
He said "oh remember that lake we went to the second day i was home after we went to my grandpa's grave. we took a bunch of pics with the lights and on that bridge."
and i said yes! i was excited to go see that place again- so i forgot about food for a second. it's all mental anyways. It was beautiful there and a beautiful memory.
so we get a little lost driving to the lake but Chase ends up parking and we start walking through someone's yard. i thought that was a little odd but I HAVE NO CLUE at this point because Julie and Chase (now I know on purpose) have been letting me overhear and even my cousin overhear about proposing next weekend when we're going to visit Chase's brother, sis-in-law, and nephew in vegas. so that's why i got my hair did today and scheduled to get my nails done next wednesday before we left for vegas. i was convinced i was so sneaky and on to him! it was going to be in vegas!!!! hahahahaha classic girl!!! well anyways. back to the story.
So Chase and I are walking around the lake and I see a paddle boat tied up.
I point and say "during the summer we should rent one and paddle out."
he said "let's just take this one now."
and i reply "no chase! i'm freezing. and i'm not going to jail like in gilmore girls."
he continues to argue with me. "chase, we are over 18! we can't act like kids. i'm not going ot jail tonight! do you wanna spend this night in jail?"
he says we do adventurous stuff like this all the time. he tries to literally pick me up and put me in. i flee. he promises me we won't get in trouble. i tell him to stop making promises he can't guarantee.
then after 10 minutes of this bickering and debating he just says "marissa, i planned this."
and i say "oh now you're going so far as to say you planned this just to get me to take this boat on a joy ride!"
and he said "no i really did."
i heard his tone. i saw his face! LIGHT BULB!!! i say "you promise you planned this?"
he said "yes!"
that means something- when chase says he promises.
i start thinking like such a girl........ i didn't do my hair. i didn't do my make up. i'm wearing forty layers! i thought we were going sledding! i didn't prepare for this. what had we been talking about down here? i spent the whole car ride showing him songs by kellie pickler, taylor swift, etc. that had to do with their personal relationships! hahaha. we talked about how if i die first i want him to remember me in the sunshine and when rain is on his face. and if he dies first he wants me to remember him when i hear a joke or have my toes in the sand. hahahahah what?? just seconds before we pulled up to the lake, i said "the lake would be such a great place to propose" even though i knew it was going to be in vegas!!!!!!! what was happening? i didn't see this coming!
i asked "are we still meeting up with cody later?"
he says "nope. get in"
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it hit me! but i tried to remain cool, calm, and collected. but i couldn't really contain myself completely. (wow "c" alliteration!)
and i jumped up and down and jumped on him. he helped me in the boat and we started peddling!!! ahhhhhhhhh. so he pulls out ciara's itouch and starts playing "kiss the girl" from little mermaid. oh man!!! he's going all out- i thought! we kiss here and there as we paddle out to the middle of the lake. he reassures me there are no creatures in this water that could attack me when i start getting paranoid. this isn't texas full of gators. when we get to the middle of the lake- he opens this hatch! inside was a professional lantern- like from tangled!!! he opens it up and i grab the torch lighter thing. i try to light it! chase is now playing the tangled song on the itouch!! it was super windy. i couldn't get it lit. so chase told me to hold it and he'd try to light it. he hands the lantern over and i'm holding it open when RIPPPPPPPPPPP yes..... the tissue paper ripped off because the wind was howling ferociously. there goes the lantern into the lake with me holding the wire and wick still.......... any other time i might get emotional about it but i knew this was my engagement night! so i wouldn't get upset! so we just start cracking up. like big bellowing laughs!! then i made some snide comment about how we are just like ben and his dates on the bachelor because "we can have a good time and show each other that we can get through the trials."  hahahaha. oh that show!! it was a good moment!!! then chase tells me to start paddling to the light (aka candles in a bag and a flashlight like a beacon) on the other side of the lake. we start paddling fast and get there in a half second!!
he helps me out of the boat, ties it up to the post, and i see the most beautiful set-up in front of me!
it was a gazebo with a fireplace, a table for two, and many tables set around and decorated!!! there was a picture frame of us. a table of fondue and desserts to dip. a table with a beauty and the beast globe/rose in it. a single red rose. a bucket of fortune cookies. and other decorative beauties!!
he pulls out my chair for me, we sit, and start munching on dessert. i could hardly eat from excitement and the fact that my stomach was churning from serious meal hunger!!! it was absolutely perfect. he still gives me butterflies. so we eat here and there. chat a bit. the itouch is still playing princess songs. he tries to open the bottle of sparkling cider. it's impossible. i finally suggest he bang the top part of the bottle against the brick and it's okay if it's broken a bit. he does...... it didn't just break a bit........ it shattered. cuts his hand. gets glass in his finger. but the bottle was barely enough in tact to have a drink each! it was delicious! these little moments of laughter and fondness made the night that much better!!! the night was so perfect! it had it all! romance, suspense, jokes, seriousness, playfulness, spiritual confirmation, friendship, kissing, and everything I could ever ask for in an engagement!
we start roasting marshmallows by the fire. then we start slow dancing!! after a little bit of that and some smooching, he says "you need to sit hear now, please." i sit down! he puts his hand on my knees and gets on one knee. i slip off my wooden ring that i wear on my middle finger on my left hand (i needed it to be totally free and perfect). he reaches into his pocket!! he says something like this "marissa, last night i was up all night thinking of the perfect thing to say to you. I want to portray perfectly how perfectly I am in love with you. I love you with all my heart. I will always take care of you and protect you. Just like all the songs and examples of tonight, you are my princess. I will treat you like the princess that you are, every single day. I love you.
Marissa Jean Schroedter, will you marry me?"
I pause. I remember to breathe. I smile from ear to ear!
I say "Yes." I throw my arms around him, kiss him, and tell him "I love you." it was absolutely magical. it felt like we were the only ones in the surrounding area (we practically were because Salem is a small town and it was the middle of February)! But the weather was perfect, the fire was warming, the love was strong, and the engagement was official!!
it wasn't the best lighting to get the best look at my ring so we walk over to a light post and i fall in love with my ring!!! i then tell chase i am so impressed he picked the ring out all by himself and how i'm totally in love with it. also that it's the SAME ring as my mother except hers is gold and mine is white gold. he had NO idea!! that's a great coincidence to me! i love my ring! i love that he picked it out! i love that it reminds me of my mother! i want a happy, forever marriage just like her and to be married to an amazing man just lik her :)
We then sat back down and he pulls out a bottle. It has paper in it. He pulls out a piece of paper for me and a piece of paper for himself. He says "on our five year anniversary we'll come back here and dig up this time capsule. write me a letter. tell me everything you are feeling tonight." so i do!! i can't wait to go back and dig that up!! we roll up the paper. tie it tight with plastic rings and ribbon. seal the bottle up..... chase can't find the shovel. we look everywhere. so we improvised. we found a stick and started digging. we buried it sans shovel!
then we get back to the table and he pulls out a bucket. it has about 30 fortune cookies in it. he tells me to open one. i do. it says "i love you marissa schroedter" and then he tells me to open them all ( i didn't eat them. just opened them and saved the cookie) and they all said the sweetest, most personal messages!
we take a few pictures of the ambiance.
my phone had 8% battery in the car ride down so i just left it in the car cuz i thought we were taking a short, brisk walk! because i figured "eh we're just going sledding with chase's cousins. i don't need my phone and i forgot to charge it anyways!" I NEVER DO THAT! it's actually still dead right now in the car as i'm blogging. i probably should go get that! but if you know me at all it's SOOOO not like me to have no phone and have it be dead.
but it was actually kind of nice. it really was just chase and i!
and his phone took a few pics!!!
and as we're leaving i notice the single red rose. he remembers. he picks it up.
he gives me a serious look and asks "marissa, will you accept this rose?"
and i say "of course i will." as i give him a simple peck and back-pat! hahahaahhhaha classic
then his car MAGICALLY appeared on the other side of the lake where we had our fireplace beautifulness! we walk to the car and he says he has one more stop!
we go to dinner in provo at a delicious restaurant on center street called Little Italie. He had reservations. our table had candles, flowers, and another bottle of delicious sparklingness. We got stares from other customers at why our table was so fancy but I loved every second. We ordered the gnocci. Split it and the starter salad and loved every bite. It was so delicious! I'd recommend it. The service was great and the food hit the spot! I didn't know they all knew we had just got engaged but when we walked out they all gave us a "congratulations."
I cannot utter to you how amazing tonight was! I'm still in shock! I was in shock from the moment it clicked that the boat was for me!!!!
I really truly do feel like chase's princess and I am so excited to start yet another chapter with Chase!!! It took that boy 1.5 months! He is impressive! As one of his fav companion RMs said on the phone tonight "you sure fulfilled that commandment!" hahahahahahahah. what a blessing!!
So after our alone time was officially over I proceeded to make calls and text! His family were all in on it and in my family only my dad really knew. I called my mother first! obviously! then other calls after that! I stopped by and harassed kelly until she answered the door! then i got a returned call from lauryn and sped up to tell her the story, too. I have told the story five times all the way through!!! It's my new favorite story!
six times if you include this blog :)

Some things I figured out after the fact:
  • chase asked my dad on February 1..... Chase had been thinking it over for a couple days and while at work, he just decided to get it over with and call my dad. They are good friends and it's cute that Chase was even nervous. Chase calls and says "Hello Mr. Schroedter" hahahah and asks "How are you? This is Chase." my dad says "Hi Chase. Good. It's 2:30 AM here in Japan....." hahahahah "but don't worry. I just got off the phone with Michele and am reading a book." hahahaha idk if that's true or he just said that to ease chase's nerves about calling him at 2:30 AM! hilarious!
  • dave and julie set the whole thing up and took the whole thing down. i KNEW it had a trace of julie. it was so beautiful! they said as they were setting up across the lake they heard me shouting NO that i wouldn't get in the boat. hahaha. also, they said they could hear us laughing on the lake as the lantern broke (that chase paid $20 to ship extra quick to get there in time. ope! valiant effort!) but they didn't know why we were laughing so loud. they then saw us speeding towards the dock and they took off running. they weren't around for the actual time we spent in the gazebo! well dave thought chase woulda forgot to tie up the paddle boat so he did slink down to check (we didn't even see him) and then they also did pull the car around to magically be waiting for us. but pretty much they made themselves scarce. also funny tidbit: dave had already dug a pre-4 feet deep hole for our time capsule with the shovel sticking out so we would notice it........ hahah we obviously didn't get that hint. then they saw the broken glass everywhere and put two and two together and also saw the lonely wire from the lantern in the boat and realized why they never saw it take off into the air. hahahah.
  • chase told me he didn't sleep all the night before. ope.... i slept from 9 pm to 8 am. 11 solid hours.
    I was actually a little upset because i planned this great picnic elaborate date on friday where we were going to make homemade tangled lanterns.... but chase squashed that date as soon as he realized what i had planned. i was hurt that he wouldn't let me do my date for him..... but now i realize. hahahah bad timing! so i actually went to bed a little early friday cuz i was a bit frustrated! we saw the vow friday night with l&d though- that was super good!
  • he's had the ring for weeks! man he is so much better at secrets and patience than me!
  • getting my hair done today and being out of the house from 8 AM- 3 PM was actually PERFECT. i didn't even tell chase i was doing that until last night but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise cuz it helped him work out all the kinks for tonight!
Chase told me he'd read over this (in the morning!) he's exhausted and finally can relax and get a good nights sleep. he's passed out snoozing. hahaha. and he has the whole evening memorized because he went over it in his mind so many times. so if i forgot anything he'll let me know :)

tonight was perfect!!!!! i am so grateful for my fiancé! i love him!!!
it was so personal. so secluded. so lovely!
so of course that's why i'm sharing it detail-for-detail on my public blog!
and now. to finish off strong with some pictures. you know why they are this quality- but at least it's something. we took all these photos after he proposed and we were leaving the lake!