...and I said, "Are you serious right now?"
Thursday was perfect.
I woke up slightly worse for the wear after drinks with Emily to celebrate her big move. I headed to work and took my lunch break to go for an easy 3 miles around the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool.
I got back to the office and The Pilot called to say that he had just gotten back from another trip and asked what I wanted to do for dinner. I had an acupuncture appointment but we made plans to meet up somewhere in Dupont afterward and grab dinner.
My acupuncture place is right across the street from the Shake Shack, so naturally I told The Pilot to meet me there.
We ate and talked about his trip and what had been going on over the last 3 days since he had been gone and then he suggested that we take a trip down to the National Mall to see the Washington Monument. They just relit it about a week and a half ago and we had yet to see it, so we moseyed on down to the Mall. It was an absolutely gorgeous night in DC.
My knee was bothering me so we sat down on a bench between the White House and the Mall and just sat there talking. The sun was just starting to set and I was telling him all about my run and how much I love living in DC and being able to just go for a run around the monuments or take an evening stroll and walk off dinner.
Then I suggested that we walk down to the World War II Memorial, which is my favorite monument in DC.
Little did I know that I had just kicked his grand not-so-planned plan into gear. We walked over to the WWII Memorial and sat down on the steps between the Memorial and the Washington Monument and just sat there staring at the Monument as the sun was setting.
The Pilot looked over at me and asked me if I remembered the first time we came to this Memorial. Of course I did, it was 3 years ago...the summer before I started grad school. We were with Andrea and my friend Adam and his little sister. He made a comment about how far we've come since then, moving to DC together, etc.
He told me he loved me and asked me if I minded standing up for a minute. I asked why and he told me not to worry about it. I stood up and he got down on one knee with a box in his hand and asked me to marry him.
My immediate response was, "Are you serious right now?" He laughed and said, "Yes" and of course, I said, "Yes."
He got up and we started hugging and kissing and I was jumping up and down before he finally said, "Well, do you want your ring?" and he put the most beautiful ring on my finger and said, "We're engaged! You're my fiancee now!"
I had absolutely no idea that this was coming. He took me by complete and utter surprise and he honestly couldn't have planned it more perfectly if he tried. Of course, my phone had died about 2 hours before he proposed so calling all of our family and friends was somewhat challenging, but we managed.
We left the Mall and got in touch with Jenna to see if she wanted to meet up. I was too excited to just go home right away! So, we met up in Chinatown and Jenna took us to RFD and bought us a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
It was the perfect ending to the perfect night which kicked off the best weekend of my life. All of the phone calls and text messages and voicemails from all of our family and friends have showering us with overwhelming love and support has made me so unbelievably happy right now.