Not Just Any Old Columbus Day: I’m Engaged!!

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Columbus Day!  On one hand, I hate that I have to work each year while the Government is closed.  On the other hand, no one is on the metro!  It’s a day I love to hate.

Empty Metro Parking Lot

Today started out with an awesome 30 minute run with Neal.  We did a small hill loop 3 times and got an awesome workout in.  I showered and then made an awesome breakfast…

English muffin topped with 1 egg, 1 slice of turkey bacon, shredded cheese, and a slice of tomato.  It was awesome.  With a big huge cup of tea to go along with my breakfast sandwich, I was ready to take on Columbus Day!

This is the coffee mug I painted at a paint your own pottery place a month or so ago btw, I LOVE paint your own pottery. Highly recommend it if you haven't been before.

After work, I met Neal at the metro.  Neal planned a date night for the first night of “birthday week” and we decided Monday night was the ideal night for us both.  Although I wasn’t all that excited to go downtown to see the new MLK memorial, I knew Neal would love it.  The plan was to go down to see the monument and then head over to Bobby’s Burger Palace for dinner.

DC is such an amazing city and I’m reminded of that every time I go downtown.

Neal and I headed down to the tidal basin and headed towards the new MLK memorial.

As we got closer to the MLK memorial, Neal and I headed down a path that was closer to the water.  It was such a beautiful night and I was loving being outside with my amazing boyfriend.

Since last week, Neal has been talking about “Birthday Week” and his plan to give me a gift each day, starting with small gifts and building up to a large gift.  While we were walking, Neal began explaining to me that he may have lied, “You know how I said I was going to start with small gift and end with a large gift? Well yeah, I lied”.  It was then that I knew, Neal was totally going to propose.

Neal pulled me in close and told me how much he loves me.  Of course a crowd of people walked by just then, but after they passed and I stopped saying ” OMG, are you serious?  No way”, Neal got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

Our Only Witnesses

I surprisingly didn’t cry but I think it’s because I was in shock (and still am)!

Check out my nasty hair and manicure ... clearly I had no idea he was going to propose.

The ring is gorgeous!!  I am so incredibly grateful and am truly engaged to the man of my dreams.  Neal loves me for who I am and who I dream to be.  He supports my goals and balances me out so well.

After a few minutes of OMG’s, Neal and I found a bench and started to call our family and friends.

We’re kinda excited!

As the sun started to set, we headed over to the MLK memorial…

Took a few photos…

And headed off to dinner.  Now Neal said Bobby’s Burger Palace was just a decoy and that I could choose anywhere for dinner… but burgers are so Neal and I.  I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Bobby’s Burger Palace was just OK.  It wasn’t the “most amazing burger I’ve ever had” but it was pretty good.  In all honesty, I was just overjoyed to be engaged to Neal!

As of this morning, Columbus Day was just another holiday but now, Columbus Day (10.10.11) is the day the love of my life asked me to be his wife.  I am so excited and can’t wait to marry this man!

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24 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness, how exciting!! Congratulations!!

  2. Oh.my.gosh!!! Congratulations!!!! I’m so so so so happy for you! You are too lucky. What a great way to start off birthday week (and now anniversary of proposal week ;-)). I can’t wait to read about your wedding! Ahh so exciting.

  3. Congratulations! That is so cool, and the ring is gorgeous. Yes, can’t wait to read about your wedding planning. Congrats again to the both of you 😀

  4. Don’t tell Neal that I tipped you off a week ago.

  5. Congratulations! Amazing proposal story and perfect setting and day!

  6. WOW!! Exciting news!! That is so beautiful!!! Congratulations…I’m so happy for you guys!! Best wishes to you both!!

  7. So exciting! Congratulations! Your hair and nails look perfect, by the way.

  8. I knew it!!!!!

    Congrats, girl!!! If you need some advice (and you will) don’t hesitate to ask. I just got married in Northern Virginia last summer and have some excellent recommendations for vendors. And just some good planning advice in general.

    Get ready for a really fun future!!

    xoxo

  9. Not at ALL what I expected when I first started reading this. How exciting!!!! Beautiful ring and an enormous congratulations! Yay!

  10. 😀 CONGRATS!!!! It seems like everyone is getting engaged this month!

  11. […] Neal.  He’s hasn’t been feeling too well this past week and ever since the engagement he’s been super sick.  I love taking care of him though.  Although I hate seeing him sick, […]

  12. […] had an amazing birthday!!  This week started out with a bang as Neal proposed on Monday night!  I didn’t think it could get any better… but it really was an amazing […]

  13. Loved reading your story- congrats!!

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