What a beautiful and memorable weekend it has been. I’ve been planning a really special surprise for a little over a month… and I finally got to execute it! I asked Dexter to marry me. You heard that right: I asked!

A year ago on March 31, 2018- we found out we were pregnant. When I initially took the pregnancy test & it was positive, I was so shocked and I was freaking out. We weren’t “trying” to have a baby (also I didn’t even know if I could get pregnant because of my health issues), and I had a year left of school until I graduated. But after being pregnant and giving birth to our healthy & perfect girl, I realized that there was never going to be a “perfect” time to have a baby. Eloise has bonded Dexter and I in a way I cannot explain. It’s made us appreciate one another, and my love for him has deepened. So, I was thinking about all of this and it hit me: I should ask this man to marry me. I want to spend the rest of my life with him, and in the 7+ years of being together the timing finally felt right. So what better way, than to pop the question on our “finding out we are pregnant” anniversary?

So, I asked my sisters to be there so they can take pictures. My twin sister, brother-in-law and niece came up for a “weekend visit” and we all went for a scenic drive to Muir Beach. It was such a beautiful day: warm and sunny. I picked a nice little view overlooking the Pacific Ocean and read a special letter I wrote for Dexter… then I got down on one knee. He said YES! He’s been upgraded to my fiancé! 🙂 He reacted how I thought he would: he was super shocked and had no idea it was coming. I’m so happy I got to pull off such an amazing surprise! He’s usually the one surprising me in our relationship, but this time the tables were turned. 😉

We’ve already picked our wedding date & we know where we want to get married. I’m really excited to pick the perfect dress. Bring on the wedding planning!

big news: my twin sister is engaged!

I’m so excited to share some amazing news that happened over the weekend. My fraternal twin sister got engaged to her boyfriend! What she thought was just a weekend of visiting me, my boyfriend and our little sister- turned out to be the best weekend of her life!

Her boyfriend, now fiancé, James, texted us all about his big plans and wanted us all there when he popped the question! I’m so thankful he included us on their special day. It is something I’ll cherish forever.

We started the morning going to our favorite cafe and eating brunch. Rose’s Cafe is so delicious, I knew we had to go there first.

Next, we took a drive past the Golden Gate Bridge, past San Rafael to this place called Marshall. My boyfriend and I took them to this very spot, last January and it was a huge hit! They have a little restaurant on the side of the road called The Marshall Store & they sell mouth-watering oysters and clam chowder. We ordered our food, sat at a table outside and enjoyed some beers overlooking Tomales Bay. The weather was stunning- breezy, yet sunny. We ate, talked, laughed and enjoyed ourselves. We wanted to drive back down to a place called Tomales Bay Trailhead to take pictures (like we did last year), they have open pastures where cows roam free and it’s beautiful.

My sister and James were posing for pictures and then he decided he wanted to go to the top of a hill, for more “pictures”. After hiking up a little hill, and seeing cows grazing on grass it was finally the spot he wanted. She thought it was time for more pictures, but instead he started his “proposal speech”. She was so shocked, and I got everything on camera. My little sister took amazing pictures, and I wanted to share some.

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There wasn’t a dry eye at the end of the proposal! I am so happy for my sister and soon-to-be brother! It was such a beautiful day. Her ring is to die for, he did such a good job! I couldn’t be more excited for wedding planning. Stay tuned.