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New Year’s has a special place in my heart. 

Not only is it the beginning of a new year and the opportunity for a fresh start, it also marks the third anniversary of when my “then boyfriend” asked me a very important question.

Chicken or fish?

Red or white?

Window or aisle?

Grant it, these are all important questions (and if you must know, it’s chicken, red & window), but this particular question had much more significance and actually made me squeal and sob all at the same time!

And I didn’t see it coming!

We had been dating for 9 months and decided to spend New Year’s at the Mission Inn in Riverside.  If you haven’t been there, do yourself a favor & visit this spectacular inn during the Christmas season at least once.  Sparkly, pretty lights cover the grounds creating a magical wonderland!

Mission Inn

Mission Inn

For New Year’s Eve, Crispin made reservations at a beautiful restaurant called Mario’s Place located across the street from the inn.

Mario's Place

Good friends of ours met us there to ring in 2010 with fabulous food and dancing.  I was curious why his friends brought all of their camera and video equipment though.

“They must really want to capture the festivities of the New Year”, I thought.

Still clueless…

During our 4 course meal, Crispin kept excusing himself to use the bathroom.  I felt bad thinking that the food was wreaking havoc on his stomach, but each time he came back, he seemed fine and quite happy.

With our good friends

Before getting our dessert, he asked our server if we could move to a table closer to the dance floor.  We were in a quieter area of the restaurant which I didn’t mind, but the waiter was happy to oblige and moved us right over by the dance floor.

After enjoying our dessert, we all hit the dance floor in our party hats and danced the night away up until the big countdown.

“3…2…1…Happy New Year!”

” Auld Lang Syne” played in the background as couples kissed and danced in the new year.

New Year's Kiss

Toward the end of the song, the deejay interrupted and said, “I’d like to make an announcement.  This is also a very special night for a very special couple…”

I looked at my husband.

“OH…MY…GOSH…a lucky girl is getting proposed to tonight!”

I excitedly scanned the room trying to spot someone on their knee, when C turned to me, took my hands and said, “You make me so happy.”

I thought…how sweet.

Still no clue!!!

Then in front of complete strangers on a crowded dance floor, the man of my dreams proceeded to get down on one knee and pulled out a little box.

The proposal

It then dawned on me…OMG…that lucky girl is me!!!


“Jennifer, I love you.  Will you marry me?”

Tears of bliss proceeded to gush out of my eyes along with squeals, laughter, sobs…and who knows what else.  C put the ring on my finger, and I kept saying between sobs, “Oh my gosh…oh my gosh…oh my gosh!!!”

Ringing in the New Year!

After I calmed down a little, C looked at me…”So is that a yes?”

“Of course it is!!”


We embraced each other for what seemed like forever.  It was such a magical evening…one I will never forget.

Everything finally made sense.  His friends were there not only to join us but also to document “the moment”.  C kept excusing himself NOT to use the bathroom, but to arrange things with the deejay.  And he wanted us to be close to the dance floor so his friends would have easier access to the camera & video equipment.

“Congratulations” by total strangers flooded our table, dance floor and even in the ladies restroom as I attempted to fix my makeup.

After about 15 minutes of celebrating with my fiancé, I thought…I need to call my parents!

Before calling, C said, “I already asked your parents for their blessing.”

So they knew all along!!!  Hmmm…time to play along.

“Hi Mom, Happy New Year!”

“Hi honey, Happy New Year!  Are you enjoying your evening?”

“Yeh, it’s ok.  So, is there something you want to talk about?”

“I don’t know…is there?!”


 Well I just couldn’t keep it in any longer.

“I’M ENGAGED!  And you knew all along!”

We both erupted in laughter & tears.

My mom said, “Well, it’s a good thing I have laryngitis and almost no voice or else I may have spilled the beans!”

My dad then joined in on the celebration on the phone and revealed that C asked for their blessing back in early December, but he didn’t reveal when or where he would pop the question.  But they had an idea it would be on New Year’s.  After we hung up, my parents proceeded to celebrate with hot chocolate while my fiancé and I continued to celebrate throughout the night.

Dancing the night away

Reliving the memorable start to 2010 puts that goofy grin on my face all over again, and I don’t want to wipe it off!!!

Happy happy!!!

It was a magical evening filled with so much happiness, love, excitement, joy…BLISS.

3 years later as we counted down to 2013, I asked Crispin if he would marry me all over again…he said yes.

Happy Engagment Anniversary!Lucky girl  🙂

May your 2013 be filled with bliss!

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A big, santa-sized belated Merry Christmas to you all!

How time has flown!  I hope you’ve all enjoyed this lovely season with your family and friends.

IMG_6948aMerry Christmas!

Christmas here was full of love, cheer and too much yummy food!  But ’tis the season, is it not?

My apologies for my lack of blogs lately.  I was thinking of you all, I promise.  It’s just that I’m working on a large project that will affect the lives of me and my husband, and it has taken up soooo much of my time.  I can’t reveal what this project is yet, but I promise you, when the time is right, I will.  🙂

Sunset SkiesSunset Skies

Ok, so I just had to show you the view from my balcony this evening.  Today was very gloomy, grey and cold, and then suddenly out of nowhere, the sun emerged.  The sunset is just to the right of the photo, but it lit up the sky making the trees so vibrant…that just made my day!

So I can’t believe that 2013 is almost here…and I can’t wait!

I’m ready to close the chapter known as 2012.  It’s just been one of those years, ya know?  And I’m so ready to close that chapter and begin anew.

So with only a few days left of 2012, I took down our pint-sized Christmas tree (shown above), cleaned up the house, created some New Year’s resolutions (to be revealed later)…and this past Thursday, I went to a concert.

My hubby’s cousin’s friend has some amazing connections and got us complementary tickets to see Social Distortion at the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd.

Have any of you heard of them? 

They are an American punk rock band and were formed in the late 70’s in our beloved city of Fullerton.  Growing up in the 80’s, they had lots of air play on the radio!

So the evening was about to become very surreal.  What wasn’t revealed to us was that about an hour before the show, we were going to be given a VIP tour of the House of Blues!  I was like, this doesn’t happen to regular people like ourselves!  After getting our wristbands on & complimentary beverages in hand, we were basically shown one VIP room after another where the elite & musicians hang out, dine and perform for the lucky few.  I was literally walking around in a fog of disbelief.  Sure, I didn’t look the VIP part in my jeans, sneakers, sweatshirt and windblown hair, but I think I faked it…sorta…lol! 

OK and the reason you’re not seeing fabulous photos is because 1.) I didn’t know about the surprise tour  2.) My husband’s camera phone feature doesn’t do low light well and 3.) I didn’t want to be carrying valuables around during the show...but had I known…this page would be overflowing with amazing-ness!!! 

After an unbelievable tour, the show was about to begin.  Once again, I was in disbelief when our tour guide led us to VIP seating!

Umm…shouldn’t we sitting in the nosebleed section?  lol!

I had no idea that the HOB has actual seating up in front right behind the pit, and it was perfect since my legs were getting tired…and there was no way I was going to join the youthful energy that is known as the mosh pit!!!  🙂

SocialDSocial Distortion

Needless to say, the show was one to remember and a great way to end the last Thursday of 2012!

Before I conclude my last blog post of 2012, I want to thank you all for joining me in my Passport to Bliss!  There are lots of exciting things coming up in 2013, and I can’t wait to share them all with you!

Wishing you all a wonderful, memorable and cozy New Year!   Til 2013…

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