The Proposal: Part 1

Friday: August 26, 2011

It was the day before my 26th birthday. It was a normal week, except we'd made it through an earthquake earlier in the week and were preparing for an impeding hurricane.

I knew Brooklyn Boy was planning something for my birthday. Lets be honest, I set pretty high birthday standards for birthdays in our relationship, with the Surprise Cereal Party in early August.

Ohhhhhhh how wrong I was!!

(It's hilarious thinking back on some of the ridiculous things I said to Brooklyn Boy prior to the proposal. Sweet Brooklyn Boy just smiled and played along.)

Our First Stop: Hillcountry Chicken for cokes with good ice.

Here we are before. I still have no idea.

But Lance's stomach was hurting..... weird! Maybe the coke?!

We leave Hillcountry and head to dinner. He's barely told me anything! I just know we are walking to a restaurant that I've never been to. As we walk there, we stroll through Madison Square Park, a place near and dear to us. We'd had our first kiss there 7 months before.

Knowing full well that Brooklyn Boy knows exactly what happend in Madison Square park months before, I, thinking I'm just hilarious, say "Lance, you know we had our first kiss here??"

He stopped right there and told me, "Of course I know that."

He stood to face me. "You know that I love you so much right? And that I want to spend the rest of my life with you right?"

Sweet as those words are, I knew both of those things. Just when I start to think, "Oh, that Lance, so affirming", Brooklyn Boy starts digging around in my 'birthday present' bag. I nervously/excitedly start exclaiming "What are you doing?? Are you doing what I think youre doing? Right now???" Lance, undeterred, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes :)

I truly couldn't believe what just happend. The ring?! The most beautiful ring! And Madison Square Park? I just couldn't believe it. 

We waste no time, and walk float to dinner.

Planning is one of my love languages. I couldn't keep my hands off of him as we walked to dinner :)

Next stop: The Breslin at the Ace Hotel

We had our very first date at the bar at the Ace Hotel, which made dinner there even more fun!

The further into dinner we get, the more the unbelievable details begin to surface. Turns out he'd flown to Dallas a few months before to talk to my dad!  And he'd had the ring made in South Carolina.


I asked him about a million questions during dinner, and marveled at all his answers. It was just perfect.

Afterwards, he grabs my hand and beeline's it to the . . .


I'm smiling just looking at these pictures.

What he had planned next, I was NOT prepared for . . .

Stay tuned for Part 2!

 All photos aside from the not so great iphone ones taken by Karen Dickey.