Well, I thought it was just a simple thing. For about 5-6 years I'd been bugging Dan about whether or not we were every going to get married. There was always some excuse on his side or on mine as to why NOW wasn't the time.
Christmas 2002 Dan told me that he was getting me something really wonderful for Xmas. I had no idea what it was because I wasn't really asking for anything that year. I suggested to someone that it might be jewelry, but I really didn't think so.
Christmas morning I got some cool gifts. I got a George Foreman grill from mom, a fun movie trivia game from Dan, etc. etc.. but nothing spectacular. Then we got our stockings down. I had put a bunch of silly things in Dan's stocking and he opened them. I opened the gift on top of my stocking and it was a can opener. I told Dan that if I found a vacuume cleaner in there, he was going to be in trouble. :)
In the toe of the stocking was a small box. I opened it and found a jewelry box that contained a diamond. Whoopee!
A few days of excitement later, I started to stress about having to go pick out a setting. I finally insisted we go on the 30th to get it going so I would stop worrying about it all the time.
We picked out a beautiful setting that I was in love with and we picked it up after it was set and sized on January 5th, 2003. Officially engaged at 5pm, 1/5/03. Mark the date in your calendars. :)