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July 29, 2013

He asked...

...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.

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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.


We're engaged!

35 comments:

  1. Congratulations! :) What an exciting night for you and the Pilot! I wish you all the best! :)

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  2. YYYYAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY SHINY DIAMOND!!!!!!!! Also, that picture is way better than the ones I took :)

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  3. Congratulations again, my love!! Can't wait to see the ring/hear the story in person at yoga tonight <3

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  4. I love this so much!! Congrats girl!! I can't wait to see you in a few months!! :)

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  5. Congratulations!!! It sounds like the perfect day and that is a PERFECT ring ;-) You know, last week I was reading your blog and there was a picture of the two of you and I thought "hmm, he's gonna ask her to marry him soon" so I was shocked (but not really) to see this post this morning! Congrats again!

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  6. Congratulations to you both. What a great post! It made my day to hear about your proposal.

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  7. I just texted you but... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am so excited for the two of you. That proposal sounds amazing and the back drop could not be prettier. Way to go mr.pilot with that ring, it looks absolutely lovely sitting there on your fingers : )

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  8. What a great story - I'm so happy for the both of you!!! great job on picking out the ring - I love it!!! Congrats to you both!!!!! xoxo

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  9. Congratulations!!! What a perfect setting and I love your reaction :) Also, what a lovely ring!

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  10. I'm so Happy for the both of you!!! Congratulation!!!! you guys look so sweet together. Love the ring!!!!! xoxo

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  11. What a great story! Congrats again, so happy for you. :)

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  12. HUGE CONGRATS!!!!! What a special and sweet moment! I' so happy for the both of you!

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  13. Ahh! Congrats, Christy! What a perfect evening - and your ring is STUNNING! So happy for you!

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  14. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats girl!!!! P.S. WW2 is my favorite, too :)

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  15. What a fantastic story!!! SO happy for you guys!!! :-D

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  16. Congratulations!! All of your mom's co-workers are cheering for you! SO EXCITED!

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  17. Congratulations! Your ring is beautiful!

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  18. GAHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS! I just got goosebumps reading this- I love good proposal stories. I'm so so so happy for you!

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  19. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! I was so excited to see that FB post go through! Congrats to you both!

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  20. Congratulations Christy! You deserve the best!Very happy for you! (=

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  21. Congratulations!!! What a beautiful story. I also had no idea what was happening when my fiance proposed, and I just think that made it 10x better. Best of luck to both of you! You seem perfect together. :)

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  22. I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! :) The ring is beautiful, you're beautiful, the wedding will be beautiful!! So happy for you sweet friend! :)

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  23. I'm a sucker for engagement stories and this one is no exception. So sweet and thoughtful! Congratulations!

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  24. Happy happy happy! Seriously, I'm so unbelievably happy for you. And I'm so glad that he was able to surprise :) It's romantic and perfect. Plus your ring is beautiful! One of these days we're getting our butts down to DC. Weekends are a little crazy right now, but soon enough we'll get to celebrate in person!!!

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  25. Congratulations! Fun and exciting post.

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  26. LOVE it!!!! I couldn't wait to get home from work and read your proposal story, so special and wonderful and so perfect for you!!! Congrats again!

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  27. Bahhhhhhhhh congratulations!! I am so excited for you!! :) What a sweet, unplanned and yet perfectly planned proposal. :) Congratulations!!

    xoxooxo

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  28. YAY YAY YAY!!! Congratulations!! So happy for you!! You're ring is gorgeous!! Can't wait to hear all about wedding planning when you get there, but enjoy just being engaged for now! :)

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  29. Oh my goodness, so so so sweet. Love the proposal! And your ring!!!! So gorgeous! Congrats, doll!

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  30. I don't comment on your blog too often, but I read it everyday. Congratulations! I was wondering when that was going to happen!! PS: I lived in Columbia, MD for about a year and visited DC as often as I could. Love DC too!

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  31. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so sweet. I love when I hear that someone was totally surprised.

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  32. I love you guys both so much! I'm so thrilled for you and can't wait to hopefully see you soon and celebrate. I love you! Congrats!!

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  33. Hey! That was a great blog post! Congratulations! Many blessings!

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  34. Congratulations!!! It's so fun and exciting to see this after seeing part of your journey together! Congratulations and good luck with the wedding planning process! I have some great vendors I've been working with if you need any help!

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