Friday, October 26, 2012

I said "yes!"

First, I am going to apologize for the delay of this blog post, I've had so many people who want details and I don't want to forget a single bit! Where do I even begin? Hang tight with me, this might be a little lengthy!

To preface the story, a little background. Andrew and I started dating junior year of high school. We went to Sky Top apple orchard in Hendersonville, NC with some friends as one of our first dates as "officially" boyfriend and girlfriend. There aren't many places that are super significant to us, but this is one memorable place!

we were so little!!!

part of me wishes we had remade this picture after the engagement, haha!
To preface the story, my roommate's birthday was coming up and she told us that her mom wanted to treat us all to manicures in honor of the occasion. So, Friday afternoon we got our nails done courtesy of Lea's mom (or so I thought...). I came to find out that my mom actually paid for all our manicures because Andrew wanted to make sure my nails looked great for all the pictures we would be taking... so sweet!

Anyways, we had talked about taking a trip to Skytop Orchard to get some apples before they were gone, but made no definite plans. This Saturday I knew Andrew's grandparents were coming into town from Illinois and I had cleared my schedule to head home to have lunch with them. However, a few days before Andrew insisted we go apple picking- he seemed like he knew what he wanted to do! I went with it and honestly didn't think anything of the change of plans. So, he picked me up and we rode up the the orchard and picked apples, everyone acting normal. We paid for our goodies and then decided to walk around a bit and enjoy the gorgeous weather. Then Andrew started walking all over tarnation- between rows, through trees... I was so confused and kept asking where we were going. It turns out he was looking for his friends from Clemson who were hiding to take pictures IN THE TREES!

Finally, he was satisfied with his placement, he turned to me and handed me a gift wrapped in white wrapping paper and told me to open it. He took the small card off the gift and held it as I began to open the present. Before I finished, he got down on one knee and began to read the sweet note. I was blown away and so surprised! Looking back, he said he was sorry that he had to read his words, but I'm so glad he did because now I get to re-read them whenever I want! I wasn't able to finish opening the gift until after the ring, and at first I was confused because the gift looked like the pink and brown Bible I already own. However, upon further examination, I found that the Bible had "Ryann McCall" (my new last name!) embossed in silver. YES. That just happened. So sweet and thoughtful.

my old and new Bibles... so strange seeing a new name!!
Giddy with excitement, I was ecstatic to text and call all my friends and family. However, Andrew asked if he could take my phone so he could take me home and we could celebrate with just our families before heading back to Wofford and sharing this special time with friends. I was fine with it of course, and off we went down the mountain, headed back to my house.

As we approached my house, I saw cars lining up the driveway. It turns out our intimate family gathering was actually a surprise (well, a surprise for me, at least!) engagement party with not only our family, but church friends, my Wofford girls, his Clemson friends, my campus minister, and other family and friends! I was at first so overwhelmed because I don't like being in the spotlight, but I was so thankful to have all my loved ones in one place to share our special day!

so darn happy!

Andrew was sweet enough to get all my Wofford girls in on the plan!!

My two best friends from HS, Natalie and Parkes, will be my Maids of Honor! I love this picture, so "us" haha

I had no idea when I woke up that morning that I would no longer have a boyfriend, but a fiance, by the end of the day! I don't think it has really hit me yet, but it's all so exciting. I am thrilled to start the planning process and begin this wonderful journey with Andrew with our friends and family alongside!

xoxo, ryann

Sunday, October 14, 2012

We're going to the chapel!

Looks like I'm back to the blog world with a bang, considering I posted yesterday and I'm back again to let y'all know...


Little did I know yesterday morning as I wrote my last post that a daytrip to NC with Andy would turn into the first day of the rest of my life! I will share the story with y'all in a little bit once I get my head wrapped around everything and all my schoolwork done (super hard with my bling distracting me as I write my paper!!)

I can't wait to record the planning process on the blog as a way to help remember every detail. I promise I won't overwhelm  you with lots of wedding details, but I do love reading about the process from all my other married/engaged blog friends. So many of you have already been sweet and given me well wishes on Twitter and Instagram... THANK YOU! We are immensely excited and I still can't believe it's finally our time after 5 years together! Have a great week, y'all!

xoxo, ryann 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Catching up! (a.k.a "photo dump")

Hello friends! Things are slowing down and I am slowly but surely getting back to "normal". My midterm week is wrapping up, PTL! I am feeling uber guilty about not being present on my beloved blog and plus, I miss having time to blog browse and connect with you all. With the weather changing, I'm wanting to do posts on fall fashion, yummy recipes, and so many other fun things that have been going on and popping into my head.

However, for now, I'll just catch y'all up on what's been going on with me with a fabulous Instagram photodump! If you really want to keep up with me, follow me on twitter (@ryannkroske) or Instagram (ryannkroske)-- I update those on the reg! So, without further adue...

 ZTA recruitment and girl's bid day was a great success! We got 35 incredible young women and bid day was a blast- our theme was "Best Catch". Lots of girls dressed up like fishermen but I decided to be different and attempt a little Rainbow Fish get-up! Anyone remember that book?!

The Wofford tradition of Boy's Bid Day was lots of fun- each pledge class of each sorority dresses up under a certain theme. We were gardners, which was a little hard to dress like, but it was still fun getting together, taking pictures, and hanging out! 

ZTA's fall function was themed "Rhyme Without Reason", and Andrew and I had so much fun dressing up. We went as Bear Grylls (of Man vs. Wild) and Beverly Hills! My favorite parts were my purse dog and sock bun (much harder than it looks, haha!)

 Parent's Weekend was lots of fun! ZTA seniors had a special dinner on the Friday night. It was such a fun getting together and reflecting on our last few years together as not just ZTA sisters, but Wofford families!

My Little (on the far right) who transferred to UVA is visiting this weekend! I'm so happy to be spending time with her and I love laid back weekends like this. 

Fall break is next weekend, so I will definitely have more photos to share and hopefully time to really catch up and get in the groove of things. Thanks for hanging with me, y'all! 

xoxo, ryann