The inevitable proposal I never saw coming..

Holy camole!

So much has been going on! I've been MIA for 5 months... I'm so sorry. Clearly this post was a long time coming. But don't worry! I'm still here. :)

To be honest, I haven't decided how to handle blogging wedding stuff... I don't want to ruin anything pre wedding day but I'm sure there will be so much that's bloggable over the next year! So let's just take this one event at a time.

First things first-

The proposal.

I wanted to make sure the family got to hear our story first hand before putting this out there but  I think it's safe to finally share our romantic night.

You should all know I've been a giant butt to Casey since my birthday back in February. Big, big jerky jerk face butt! I could tell right around New Year's that there was a definite shift in how we talked about our "somedays." So like any crazy girl, I got suspicious immediately of every date night. Since February there have been quite a few date nights and needless to say I grew more and more frustrated each time nothing happened. He kept saying I wouldn't see it coming but I told him that was impossible for someone who was expecting it every day.

We had a trip to visit his family coming up and that only added to my stress about it. Our last date night before the trip was the 4th of July and I was a snarky little brat when I could tell it wasn't happening. I could try to make excuses for myself and explain to you how we don't get to see his family often and I wanted to be able to celebrate with them. And I did apologize to him! I didn't want him to think I was mad about it. I was excited! I was just trying to make peace with knowing we wouldn't get to share the event with his family for a while if it didn't happen until after the trip.

So I did!

I got excited for our trip and I went about my work week!

2 days till the trip, I had a great night at work, and I got back to the dressing room after the last show, and this-

I tried not to jump to any conclusions, but come on! So I put the dress on and tried to hide the fact that on the inside I was going a million miles a minute.

What I didn't know was that there was so much going on leading up to that night. 

And in that way that only he can, he put together the perfect moment for us.

But he had a little help...

Across the way from where my show is, he was in one of the resort cabins with my sister making sure all the little details he had planned came together.

He also had friends and family help him out too...

And then eventually, I got off work and my brother-in-law drove me over to the cabin...

I was in the happiest of hazes from the second I walked in and moment for moment, everything was absolutely perfect.

So here's a little peek into what it was like, courtesy of my sister as the fly on the wall to capture it. We wanted it to be special, just for us, and that's exactly what it was. 

So there it is. The moment I was waiting for in a way I never saw coming.



Best Damn Race- Orlando

This post could also be called "my first time running a non-Disney half marathon."

Up until this point, my race experience at the half marathon level had been limited to Disney races. There's a lot to be said about all the entertainment and spectators involved when you're running on Disney property. The adrenaline that kicks in as you see tons of people in ridiculous costumes and parade floats with your favorite characters on board really helps push you from mile to mile.

So what happens when you don't have those things to depend on?

I will say it helped that I had run up to 18 miles through regular residential areas while training for my full marathon. So I wasn't completely oblivious to the idea of running without constant cheering. Not to mention all the mileage I put in on a regular basis when I'm not doing a race.

So piece of cake right?

To be honest, I was a little nervous about it.

My sister and I signed up for Best Damn Race here in Orlando as part of our goal to run one race every month. She added the stipulation that the race needed to involve receiving a medal and what better way to insure that than by picking a half marathon rather than just a 5k.

Did I mention this half would be just 6 days after we had run all the Disney Princess weekend runs? 

Meh! You only live once, right?

We actually had a few friends signed up to run it as well so at least we were in good company!

Right smack in the middle of a very busy week for both my sister and I (she headed to the run straight from an overnight rehearsal!) but we were still pumped and ready to take on the race.

The course was centered around one of my favorite spots in Downtown Orlando- Lake Eola. Its gorgeous, the houses are adorable, there's tons of trees and neat side parks that the course went through, and there's tons of brick roads... Yeah that last part- not so awesome. 

Seeing as I still hadn't taken time off since the full marathon, I was still having some IT band knee trouble. That combined with the brick roads meant we had to stop to stretch and walk a bit more than I had planned because I was hurting so bad.

"You can do it Kryssi!" "OH! Oh! I'm GONNA do this!" What would I do without her?

And so we got to the finish line! Despite the pain and lack of extra "pixie dust" encouragement- we P.R.'d! Imagine that. New best time for a half- 2:22:55. Maybe slow for most people, but for us? This was a huge accomplishment!

AND BEER!! Another upside to non-Disney races- free beer at the finish line! Ignore the fact that its 9am. This little finish line treat kicks serious booty.

All in all- I've gotta say running a non-Disney half marathon was pretty awesome. There was so much more natural beauty to look at as opposed to having to run a lot of big highways. The price tag is WAY easier on the pocket and the amount of runners out on the course actually allows you the space to try to set personal records. I'll definitely be looking for more of these in the future.

What a great way to spend a Saturday morning! Running with my sister through parts of our city that we ordinarily don't get to see. Perfect.

But let's not get crazy... I'll still be doing Disney runs. :)