Tuesday, February 16, 2010

When in Rome...

Bon Jour no!

We're in Rome!!! We had to get power converters because the outlets are different here. So we finally got our computers charged up. Brett and I were so tired when we arrived in Rome... We waited over an hour for the person that was supposed to pick us up and take us to our hotel. Oh and just remember, almost no one speaks English ;) that makes things really fun.. Brett found someone to talk to and they said it could be up to a half hour before someone came... so we waited and we waited. Oh and we were looking for someone, out of 30 or so people, with hand written signs.... So they never came but we did find someone with the same company to get us a ride to our hotel. We were so tired that we kept falling asleep in the cab... We Finally got to our hotel and the lobby was really neat. When we got to our room we crashed! it was only about 7 p.m there (p.s. we're +7 hours) So we slept until about 3 or 4 in the morning and then we were just awake and didn't know what to do with ourselves haha.

We had breakfast and made our way to our tour bus. I was not feeling well at all. I think a small part of it was because I was a bit nervous about being in a foreign country, especially since I wasn't going to be able to call home. This tour was a "hop on hope off" tour. So wherever the bus stopped you could get off and stay as long as you wanted and another bus would be coming around again in 40 min. Brett and I just wanted to get to the Vatican because it was closed on Sunday and Sunday was our last day in Rome. So we had to get to it while on this tour. We got to see some beautiful place like the Colosseum, Enormous Cathedrals, and Statues.

We decided we'd just visit these other sites the next day since they would be open. We finally arrived at the Vatican. I was starting to feel a little better but my stomach was still upset. The reason that I wanted to go to this area so bad is because i knew that the Vatican was beautiful but in the same area is the Sistine Chapel. I have wanted to visit the sistine Chapel for YEARS. I first fell in love with it when i was in World history, my sophomore year of high school. We were learning about it and I just thought it was all beautiful! We had a student teacher who had actually been and she had pictures that we got to look at and it was even more beautiful than in our books. i loved everything about it and then we got to the Sistine Chapel. We learned about each of the paintings that Michaelangelo had done and I was in love! Then when i was a Senior I had to write a research paper. I wrote my paper on some of the most controversial paintings in the world like the Mona Lisa, the last supper, and the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. So i learned even more about the Sistine Chapel and loved it even more and Brett and I were about to go inside to see it!

We had to walk through hall after hall of paintings and beautiful artwork and i told Brett all of these small halls were to prepare everyone for the "Real deal". We walked and walked and around every turn i kept getting more and more anxious. I couldn't believe I was about to see this in real life! We reached a sign that said no photo, and silence. I knew we wouldn't be able to take pictures because of my previous research. If half a million people took pictures of it everyday with their flash it would fade the paintings. There were even men walking around that yelled if you took pictures or if everyone got too loud. We walked in and I was almost in tears, and then the mean guy who yells started yelling at someone and kind of killed the moment or I probably would have cried. We found a seat along the wall and just stared and stared. It was so overwhelming.. I snapped this with the camera on my lap so it didn't look like i was taking a picture. I had to have a picture of it! (my flash wasn't on)

Brett kept having us scoot down the bench until we were in the corner of the chapel. I was perched perfectly under his arm in awe of this awesome place. He looked at me and said I can't believe you aren't crying. But i had gotten teary eyed twice since we'd been in there. He said, "Maybe this will make you cry" He pulled out a new iPod he had bought me because mine got lost in Hawaii. I didn't start to cry because i just felt like an idiot because mine got lost. So he asked what i wanted to listen to. I told him whatever he wanted. He had a headphone splitter so we could both listen. A song came on that i didn't recognize and I looked at him and immediately knew he had written it. I said did you write this!!!!??? He nodded.

The song begins to play......Acoustic guitar

four years have come and gone
you'd thought you'd have to wait another one
cuz i played games and lead you on and on and on
but i always knew that you were the one

i took my time, you waited patiently
i took you on a trip to italy
the place your place your heart was dying to see
i knew it was the place i'd get down on one knee and
now you see why this took so long
all those days of waiting are finally gone
and those years passed like seconds
cuz our lives start right this minute

i've got four words to say four words to say
are you ready?

i've got four words to say
four words to say
are you ready?

Will you marry me?
Marry me?
Will you marry me?
Marry me?

interlude for tears, its been waiting years...

your so cute even when you cry
I'll work my fingers to the bone
wiping tears from your eyes
you have made me the happiest man alive
and i promise to return the favor for the rest of my life

At the first line I stared to cry. By the chorus I had my hand over my mouth, eyes closed and there were streams of tears. By the time it got to will you marry me, Brett was on his knee with the ring in his hand. With the song still playing and me still bawling he slipped the ring on my finger.
We both stood up and I sobbed in his shoulder for quite awhile and he said,"is that a yes?" haha I hadn't even answered! Yes i said Yes! After we got calmed down I was able to look at the ring. I hadn't even looked at it yet! I looked and it and back at Brett with my jaw on the floor.... I can't explain to you in words how perfect it is... so here.

There is no way i'd ever be able to take a picture like that. haha Brett took it of course.
It fits like a glove and is what I've always dreamed of. I couldn't stop looking at it.
Then he showed me the back of the iPod and it said Will you Marry me?
Oh goodness....

I don't even know how to wrap this up. I hope this melts you like it did me. It still feels like a dream. I melt every time i look down at my ring...

I am over joyed. Full of emotions. I still cry when i listen to that song Brett wrote, and when i read his version of it on his blog. Which i'd love for you to also check out, Especially to see the pictures he took!

So very happy!


  1. What a beautiful story & oh my - that ring! Congratulations to you both :) You'll be a stunning bride!

  2. I read Brett's blog last night and commented but it's only fair if I comment on yours as well. This story is so sweet, it sounds like he put a ton of thought and effort into it which just makes it so special. Not to mention the ring is to die for! I can't wait to see how your wedding comes together, I know it will be beautiful :) congrats!

  3. Beautiful story! This is so cute:) Congratulations!

  4. Thank you Tiff! Do you know that i fell in love with square rings when i saw yours? beautiful!

    thank you catalina!

  5. wonderful! i just love it. and you! your wedding will be a dream and i'm SO excited for it. safe travels home! xoxo

  6. Oh my goodness Casey what a lucky girl you are!!! You two are so perfect together, I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

  7. hi hon just read your blog and cried again, read bretts last nite and cried then too. o boy i wish u would get home your bout to kill me being so far away and not being able to talk to you, but i guess i'm gonna have to trust you with this boy who has turned into the man of your dreams i know he will take good care of u now and always, i love you both and hurry home. love you mom

  8. OH boy,cried last nite when I read Brett's blog(what a sweetheart he is)and cried tonite when I read you're blog sweetie...and then read you're mother's comment and cried again...sooo emotional...you guys better get home so we can all have a good cry together. You two are made for each other...Love Live Laughter...Grandma

  9. Casey I am so happy for you!!! You deserve the best!! You're such an awesome person and an even better friend!! I can't wait to see you and give you a big hug!!

  10. Oh my goodness, that is so cute. He wrote a song! In such a spectacular location! I love how you described the emotional impact- that really made the story a little something extra! <3

    I hope your marriage is long and just as beautiful <3