On Saturday we were able to go snowmobiling for the second time this year, and probably our last time this year, and during the ride Corinne Perry and Ryan Born got engaged. It was the perfect place for Corinne, since she enjoys snowmobiling more than anything else. Craig and I both knew it was coming soon. On Friday night Corinne and Ryan came down from Centerville. Ryan had called me earlier in the week and told me of his plans. I then needed to try to get Corinne out of the house for a while so that Ryan could have a talk with Craig and properly ask to marry our daughter. I accomplished getting Corinne to the grocery store and Ryan took care of his business. I had to ditch her a few times in the store to give them more time to talk, but that went pretty well also.
After a sleepless night wondering how I was going to pull off a wedding, we were off to the mountains. There is still a lot of snow up there but it is the normal snow conditions for April, hard and packed down. But as they say, “The worst day snowmobiling is still better than the best day working”. The good thing about spring snowmobiling is that you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in all of the powder, just the rivers, but we were careful and were ok.
I knew of Ryan’s plan, so on the mountain I informed our neighbor, who went with us, “If you see Ryan and Corinne stopped somewhere on the mountain, just keep riding, he has a ring!” We continued to ride and soon Corinne and Ryan were not following us anymore. The plan was hopefully moving forward. About 30 minutes later we rode back and could see them in the distance. We continued to ride quite a distance away in the trees. They periodically could see us riding but still far enough away that we were not just sitting with them. I found a place about 400 yards away in the trees and got off my snowmobile and crawled through some trees so that I could see where they were and took a couple of pictures, just so that they can have pictures of where it all took place. If anyone would have seen me they would have thought I was a crazy lady stocking some wild animal. I have hunted with Craig and knew how to stay low and out of sight. I just giggled to myself thinking about what I looked like.
After giving them about 45 minutes, we rode back over to where they were. As I drove up I rode by and stuck my hand out and gave Ryan a high five, hoping that he had been successful. We sat with them for a few minutes and nothing was said about what I thought had just happened. They both looked very happy but they have looked that way for quite a while. So we continued to ride for a little while longer. I kept wondering if maybe Ryan had lost his nerve. Corinne wasn’t saying anything to me and I was starting to wonder. I could see that there was no ring on her finger. We stopped to eat lunch and still nothing was said. As we started off again I was able to ask Ryan if he had asked her yet. It was a very quick conversation over the sounds of the snowmobiles engines, and he said yes. I told him that I didn’t see a ring on her finger. At that point I almost died when he told me that she gave it back. After what seemed like an eternity, he said, “she didn’t want it to snag on the inside of her gloves and wanted him to hold it for her until they were through riding”. It was done! It was official! I was going to get a tall, cute, respectful, son-in-law, and my daughter was very happy. So off we went to pack up and go home to tell Craig, the kids, and everyone else the good news. It’s always good to go snowmobiling, but that day the experience that Corinne and Ryan had over shadowed the riding. Corinne told me that when they stopped and were starting to talk, Ryan came over and wrapped his arms around her and she could feel his heart beating. Her first thought was that they hadn’t even been riding very hard and he was all ready out of breath and his heart was beating very fast. Little did she know that the riding wasn’t what was making his heart beat fast. He said he was so nervous and was having a hard time controlling his breathing.
Ryan is a wonderful man, attending Weber State University and working two jobs. He comes from a great family that love and support him very much. It looks like the wedding will be sometime in August, before they are both back in school.
We are very proud of our daughter Corinne for who she is and what she is trying to become. Side by side they will do well. They both have high goals and now “Together” they will achieve them.