Friday, October 19, 2007



This is Carlynne hi-jacking her sibling's blog once again to share the exciting news.

While I was still in Kenya, Dan was being very sneaky. He designed the ring himself and here he is doing a final inspection.

The day after I arrived in Edmonton from Kenya was my 25th birthday. I knew Dan had some surprise fun planned. But I didn't know just how fun....

I woke up at 6:00am October 13th to some beautiful tunes, including a song Dan had written and recorded, blasting from under my bed. It was Dan's CD alarm clock with instructions for a treasure hunt taped to it. Having taken a sleeping pill the night before, I was a little slow solving all the riddles...but I eventually accomplished everything:
1) Finding a scrapbook Dan had made of the two of us
2) Calling Julie and Lowell to come over right away for breakfast
3) Packing the scrapbook, something warm to wear, something nice to wear, my teddy bear, and a pair of goggles
After a lovely morning meal, we got in the car (just Dan and I...sorry Julie) and started driving towards the mountains. Dan had chosen a number of special spots to stop. All beautiful viewpoints or short little hikes. Each stop correlated with a section of the scrapbook.

Our special day was made even more special by a few wildlife friends.

Here's the ring "bearer":

You must be thinking that I knew exactly what was going on this entire time. To be honest, I was HIGHLY suspicious. But it was my birthday...and Dan does do wonderful romantic things for me all the time... a girl can never be sure...

Our last stop was Athabasca falls. He proposed a little ways away where there was a lovely mountain view and while the sun was setting. Perfect.

And now...we are engaged.

A little taste of Dan's hidden scrapbooking talents.

Next on the itinerary: dinner reservations at Jasper Park Lodge.

And here's the ring:


AJ Wilgus said...

congrats you two! By the way Carlynne your hair looks fantastic:)

Duane Clemens said...

Congrats! Kudos to Dan for the proposal idea!


Anna said...

Thats really exciting, Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

So fun to see the pictures and hear some details Carlynne. Good job Dan! Your ring is lovely- especially on that Kenyan tanned hand!!! Congratulations!
Love Mum :)

Joanna said...

Congratulations Carlynne and Dan!! Wonderful news!!
So great to see the photos - i especially like the 'engagement ring on toe' shot ;-)

shareen said...

so cute...and carlynne, you're a natural blogger, and dan has a surprising knack for scrapbooking. I bet he went to those all-day scrapbooking parties...he must have been the hit of the day. :) Julie, I tried to call you today, where were you?

Duane & Karyn said...

Love it! Excellent story Carlynne! And yes, the ring on the toe shot is...umm...lovely? Severely awkward looking, though!


marcandorkylie said...

Congratulations you two! We are so happy for you and would like to take full credit for keeping Carlynne in Kenya long enough for Dan to set up this elaborate proposal. No problem Dan, we were happy to do it! Glad to FINALLY see some pictures. ;) How was your exam Carlynne? Oh and hi Julie since you will be reading this too. I just remembered my crazy dream about you last night. I will e-mail you. Kylie

Susan said...


Shelley said...

congrats guys! what a great engagement stody!

Bloggy Mama said...

Fantastic. What a proposal!! Congratulations and I have to agree the last two shots take the cake!

Anonymous said...

Congrats you too! It looks like everything was lovely - kudos to getting engaged in the outdoors. Since mountains are in shortish supply around here, I got to be proposed to by the ocean!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Carlyyne and Dan! I am so happy for you guys. I am glad I discovered the fun of catching up on your families news on this blog. Hi Kylie and Marc in case you are reading this.

(Happy belated Birthday to both you and Julie)