Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter weekend.

My mom nearly fell over when she saw the ring.

Growing up, she always talked about my future wedding and husband. When my parents bought their house a couple of years ago, my mom said at the time that she specifically wanted the house because of it's huge backyard: for my wedding reception. I always scoffed at my mother's remarks; this is probably why she and my whole family thought I'd never want to get married. When I called to say Jesse had proposed, they all immediately asked (on speakerphone, of course): "What did you say??"

As someone who never thought of weddings or dresses or husbands or rings, it was surprisingly nice to go home with a diamond on my left hand and a fiancee. My mom, obvious from her reaction, loves the ring. She immediately called her family and best friends (again). My dad was also impressed, and when he picked us up from the train station, welcomed Jesse with a hearty hug and a "welcome to the family!"

My mother and I tend to bicker over a lot, though we love each other. I thought it would be nice to show up this weekend with a bunch of wedding magazines since she was so excited. I mean, this was probably a moment she thought would never happen. After satisfying her with my patience over her thoughts on my wedding, the family settled on the couch to watch Enchanted. Uh, I'd watched it the week before, but I really LOVE this movie (another great Rick rec!). It's like Sleeping Beauty + The Little Mermaid + 13 Going on 30. (Sidenote: I'm obvs mature enough for marriage when I list these awesome movies, right? Also, I say "obvs.") I digress. The movie is hilarious, and though I thought the songs strange during the Oscars, they're perfect in the movie.

On Saturday, it was time to get down to business. My parents gave Jesse and I a sit-down counseling talk about marriage. My parents have been together for twenty-six years, and are as happy as can be (one day I'll share their quite mythic story). It was full of well-wishes, stern but good advice, and left open-ended for future discussion. No matter my jokes here as I write, but I take marriage seriously, as does Jesse, and I know that I'm ready for this, and I'm ready for Forever.

The rest of Saturday included my Uncle Dave bringing over champagne to celebrate, an amazing turkey dinner via my father, Jesse and I cleaning up the kitchen to show off the domesticates we are, and lots of rummy with my brother. The next morning we went to church (something my mother informed Jesse he'd have to get used to) and then we set back off for New York. It was a truly fabulous weekend, and I couldn't be happier. My family means the world to me, as does their support.

Funny story about the train ride home - per my nature, I never wrote out my first name with anybody's last name. Not even Clooney! I told Jesse this was probably because while other girls were busy having marriage fantasies, I was having other kinds of, uh, fantasies (and we all know Clooney isn't the marrying type). I told Jesse that I'd have to get my checks changed next year. I'd have to get a new signature, too. So, in completely atypical fashion, I broke out my little notebook and a pen and started signing "Jessica Johnson," with such glee that I may have regressed into a sixth grader in that moment. I'm supremely excited, surprised by my traditional nature, and ecstatic because I hate the lowercase cursive "k" in Parker because it's not connected in my signature and Johnson flows quite well. The nerd flag always flies.


  1. My birthday is Thursday and if I don't get Enchanted, I will be very upset! hahaha

    Really though, I loved it. I thought it was hilarious and just great.

  2. I've been told to expect a ring this summer. We're already verbally engaged, but it seems no one will take us seriously until there's a ring on my hand. That being said, would you mind sharing your parents words of wisdom? My folks divorced when I was 13, so I won't be getting that talk.

  3. Omg. A new signature. Why did I NEVER think of this? Of COURSE a new last name will require a new signature. But that's SO weird. My signature is... my signature!

    Gah. My head hurts.

    ps- I'm all kinds of happy about your weekend :)

  4. Hi there, just blog surfing. I like your blog! Congrats on getting engaged! It's a beautiful story!!

  5. I'm so changing your last name in my phone to Johnson right now. then I wont have to do it later, hehehe

  6. jessica johnoson, so lovely and got a great ring to it. I have to admit my signature is just Michele and no last name, guess I am secretly waiting to add a last name to it.

  7. jamie - happy early birthday!! hope you get the dvd :)

    renee - congratulations on your engagement and impending ring! :) i'll surely share tidbits of my parents advice!

    nicole antoinette - thanks! i was totally weirded out by my need to have a new signature. such a weird thought. but i'm excited now!!

    somechick84 - thank you! welcome to le blog :)

    beth - AHHHHH!!!!!!!! SO CRAZY!

    chele - you're gorgeous enough to go through life having people address you by one name only! :D xo

  8. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse and Jessica Johnson.


  9. becca - hahahah also, our initials will be almost identical: JMJ, JMJJ....BARF! see you tonight!

  10. Seriously I love reading your blog because you take emotions and thoughts that I have or have had and express them so perfectly!

    Enchanted AWESOME! I love it I just watched it for the 2nd time on sunday!

    And I was so excited about changing my last name I changed my email address with the "W" at the end like the day after we were engaged! :) And I was very happy about getting rid of Forrest...i hated my captial "F"!

    Anywho...you and Jesse are going to have an amazing marriage! I'm so excited for you both!

    PS: me and baby are doing well, and Oct 11 is the due date!

  11. Looove Enchanted.
    Bought it the first day it was out...
    there is absolutely nothing immature about loving that movie (or any of the others)!

  12. ooooh I love all of your stories... especially the mom/daughter stuff.. makes me feel like i'm missing out :(

    jessica johnson sounds so pretty!

    happy to hear you guys had a great weekend!

  13. amber - so glad you like! thank you! and, yeah, i'm so anal about handwriting and my signature; i'm not into having to change my email address though! boo! AND! your baby is going to be a LIBRA like me!!! he or she will be awesome, obvs. (haha)

    laura - yay! i need to get that ish on blu-ray immediately.

    sabrina - i know it must be hard to feel like you're missing out, but you have a great, loving family and group of friends that will be there for you with every step. and i know your mom is proud of you, though i didn't even know her. <3

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  15. I just watched Enchanted last weekend! Best character, the chipmunk, obvs.

  16. I totes loved the chipmunk! So awesome! My brother was all, "why was it nominated for special effects? geez." And I was like, "Have you seen it?! THere's a chipmunk!!!" haha

  17. Alya - Thank you! Now you know why I enjoy those "love" posters...haha

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