On Friday, January 2nd, 2009 Ryan asked me marry him and of course I said yes! We had traveled to central Oregon to stay in the Bass Family chalet at Eagle Crest with plans to celebrate the New Year there. Eagle Crest has always been a special place for the two of us. Almost four years ago, we went to Eagle Crest and visited Mt. Bachelor. Riding the lift together and boarding down was the first time the two of us had spent one-on-one time together. Later that night, we kissed for the very first time and our relationship began.
Our friend's Jon and Margot joined us on this most recent trip. We had a great time ringing in the New Year with the TV countdown, a game of Trivial Pursuit, a hearty dinner and a living room dance party. Unfortunately I had to work on the on January 2nd so we had to leave New Year's Day. With this said, to make the most out of the time, Ryan and I decided to visit Mt. Bachelor on Friday. Ryan had just bought new skis and was excited to use them. Despite the wind warnings, snow flurries and closed lifts, we used a six run ticket to reach the top. Regardless of the ice and cold, I was not too suspicious of Ryan's determination to hit the slopes as he wanted to test out his new purchase. As we only had three runs each, Ryan suggested we slow down a bit and take our time. The snow was soft and powdery, perfect for his new skis and my old snowboard.
We pulled over to a little knoll on a lesser used run amongst the trees. I commented on the beautiful, blustery view. Then Ryan announced that he had a Christmas gift for me. Both of our gifts to each other were delayed this year due to the weather and shipping setbacks. It wasn't until he turned away and began to rummage around for something in his pocket that I began to get a little suspicious. This was also the point where Ryan began to feel nervous. He turned to me and presented me with a beautiful wooden ring box. I exclaimed "No way" and gasped upon opening the box and finding a ring inside. My immediate response was to sob uncontrollably with joy on Ryan's shoulder! "Olivia, will you marry me?" Ryan asked. "Yes of course," I sobbingly replied. Ryan took the box, got on one knee and placed the ring on my finger.
We sat on that hill talking, laughing, hugging and shaking our heads in disbelief that we were actually engaged. I finally was forced to put my snow gloves back on as my fingers were turning red but it was difficult to peel my eyes away! Like something of the movies, the snow flurries stopped, the clouds parted and the sun peeped through. What a beautiful day and special way to start off the New Year!