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