I knew years ago that Michal was the one, but it was a few months ago I decided I was going to ask Michal to marry me on Christmas morning 🙂 I knew she would never expect it due to carefully planned talks about "finances, and Christmas budgets" that always ended with "we need to start saving more money" hahaha. Anyways, I knew I was able to pull off a surprise. I just had to figure out how. It didn't take long at all really to think of all of this. About a day or two. It all just fell together perfectly. The reason I chose a homemade monopoly board is because: A) it's michals favorite game B) we play on a "Glenmoor monopoly" board I made in high school, and it's missing pieces :/ it's fun, but when you pull a chance card that says "go to reading railroad" and nothing on the board matches…. It makes it kinda difficult. Anyways, monopoly board idea is born. All of the spaces have a special meaning to us. And they go in order..
Match.com – where we met
First street ale house – 1st date
(Glenmoor streets where michal and I grew up in order of when michal lived there) Mila court
(Where we were living when we met)
Snowball court – michal
Brenda lee drive- justin
The trabin – our first summer getaways at lake McClure
(Livermore cross streets in our neighborhood)
(The lakes we love)
Lake del Valle
(Our favorite California getaways)
(Our favorite Hawaii places)
(Park place and Boardwalk)
Apartment 196 – our first and current place
Luxury tax is in between
Home sweet home- so whenever and wherever we are, it'll always be the best place!
The railroads are all Westin hotels. They go in order in which we stayed in them. And thankfully we've only stayed in 4! Well not thankfully. More Westin vacations are needed!
Westin – San Francisco market street
" " – kaanapali ocean villa resorts
" " – Napa
" " – Maui resort and spa
The utilities are ..
Pg&e, and Comcast
This is how it goes down.
Michal unwraps the present and instantly sees the board game lay out and says "a monopoly board!" And then, "it's custom" and then with tears in her eyes, "it's about usssss!!!!" That's when I help her unwrap it, and give her a tour of the board. Needless to say she's so excited and can't wait to read all the names. Each one make her laugh and cry a little more! I explain how every property is in order, and all the weird coincidences that made them even more special. By this time, she had no idea the top of the game came off to expose the pieces, and all the cool storage. Before I lifted the lid, I told michal "you're gonna lose it". As in, after I do what I'm about to do.. You'll never see something as cool ever again.
Anyways I lift the lid ( michal thinks I'm gonna lift the lid and there going to be a ring sitting in the middle of the box. Nope, just more awesome monopoly stuff! ) At this point Michal really thinks she's gone 3 christmas's without a proposal. Hahaha. I asked michal if she wanted to play. She said yes of course and I handed her a pair of loaded dice. They would only allow her to roll a 7. The number she needed to land on Chance. That's where I put the "will you marry me card" Michal takes the dice. Rolls a 7. Says" Ooh a Seven! 1,2,3,4,5,6,7! Ooh, Chance!…"
She reads the chance card out loud "…Will you marry me?" and said "is this REAL!?" I said " what else does the card say" … Michal replies "If yes advance to luxury tax" After michal quickly moved her piece to luxury tax I got down on one knee and poured my heart out. I said everything I wanted to say and took my time. It was great. Then I reach down into my pocket and pulled out.. A long Wire key. Michal had gone through a lot at this point and was still trying to put it all together. I asked her if she would marry me. She said yes. I asked if she wanted to see something really cool. She nodded her head up and down. I took the wire key and popped open a secret door underneath the luxury tax. Again…, michals face.. was priceless. She could not believe the lengths I had gone to. I took the ring out and slipped in on her finger. It fit perfect too. She loved every second of the proposal, and I'm glad she did. It took a lot of planning, but I enjoyed every second of it. I'll never forget that day, and christmas will be that much more special to us. I love you michal!
I just wanted to share how well it turned out. After lots of planning and plotting with my good Friend Mark Becker , we were able to create a beautiful piece of art that we are not only able to play, but to hopefully keep forever! Thank you again, mark for all the help. I had so much fun collaborating with you on this. And we did it in our spare time! Imagine what we could do with a shop!
Mark Becker is the craftsman behind this beautiful board game. He helped me turn my idea into a reality. We had so much fun collaborating on the project. Thanks again, Mark! You can find him at his shop, Old Redwood, on Etsy!