During a weekend home, Ian walked through the mall with his girlfriend, Kayla Spitzlberger Dec. 15, 2007, and asked whether she wanted to go ring shopping. She was excited, but working out the financing made him nervous. They picked out the engagement ring in about five minutes, but Ian wouldn't officially propose until Christmas Day in front of her family. The couple had met in freshman math class but never really dated until now. She wrote to him during basic training, and decided to give Ian a chance... The engagement ended before Valentine's Day.