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Dedicated to Daniel Vild
Submitted by Justine
My husband Dan took me on vacation for my birthday. It was a surprise. He'd been conspiring with my work to get my vacation approved. He wouldn't tell me where we were going or how to pack so the night before I watched him pack 3 swim suits and concluded some place warm.
We got to the airport early in the morning and I still had no idea where we were going, they even kept it a surprise when we checked in. About 1.5 hours later he let me go to the gate and I found out we were going to Cancun. We boarded the plane and everyone made a big fuss out of my surprise (saying what a wonderful guy he is). :) We got to Cancun and settled in at the hotel, then spent the rest of the day shopping and eating.
We woke up the next morning (my birthday) and went to the SCUBA shop for our Cozumel day trip. I'm the center of attention the whole morning because Dan let them know it was my birthday. Our dives were absolutely incredible. The reef was stunning and the coral and fish very colorful. On the second dive, we got to the ocean floor and the divemaster motioned for everyone to gather around him in a semi-circle on their knees. As I sat on the ocean floor anxiously waiting to explore my surroundings, I wonder what the holdup is. I looked over at Dan who was lifting up a fin so he's on one knee. He pulled a box out of his vest and removed a gorgeous ring tied to a string from it and placed it on my finger. I couldn't exactly say "Yes" so instead, we touched regulators. He had our dive video-taped so everything was caught on video. I finished the dive in a day dream and once we surfaced, everyone congratulated us. On the way back to the hotel, the tour guide announced it was a very special day because we were engaged and they made us stand up and congratulated us.
That night at dinner, we sat on the patio next to the water. At the end of dinner I left to wash my hands and upon returning, I was greeted with birthday cake, a Happy Birthday song from Dan and the waiters, and a flaming shot of...something. :)
The rest of the trip entailed more shopping and eating, swimming in the ocean, and a lovely 80 minute facial. My husband now of one month and I love to SCUBA dive and have always dreamed of diving in Hawaii. I want to repay him for giving me such a romantic engagement story and take him diving in Hawaii for a romatic first anniversary. On one of our dives, I plan to surprise him as he did me with an anniversary gift. I can't think of a more romantic way to celebrate our first year as husband and wife together.