It’s been a while since my last post and I wanted to give you an update on my life. The past few months have been a whirlwind of business. I’m currently finishing up this semester and finals are in 1 week. It’s insane, where did the time go? Another thing that has been taking up a lot of time, as you may have guessed from the not-so-inconspicuous title: I’M ENGAGED!! This year, my boyfriend of 5.5 years proposed to me at a Dodger game (our favorite team.) I’m going to tell you the story for those who have not heard it, aka everyone other than my mom and church family, but also so that when I am older and forgetful, I will have this to look back on and reminisce. This way, little details that may slip my mind in the future will not be forgotten.
BEEORE: Let me start this out by giving you a little of backstory: My boyfriend (now fiance) and I do not often have time to go on one-on-one dates. It had been quite a while since we had done so. And the way that I am as a person is that I am a huge planner. I love a solid plan and while spontaneity can be cool too, plans are cooler in my opinion. You can iron out details and often prevent hiccups. Anyway, he texts me while I am at work and asks what my plans are for the following friday. I told him that I did not have anything planned and he told me to keep it that way because he was going to take me somewhere and that he could not tell me because it was a surprise. Real cutesy. Real Romantic. I was soooo excited; however, I am not the most patient person in the world, nor am I very good with surprises. I swear Jesse deserves a medal because I pestered him all week about where we were going. Eventually, due to my work schedule and ensuring that we had a plan in terms of getting there at a certain time, he told me a few days before that we were going to a Dodger Game. I was ecstatic.
THE DAY OF: This particular friday I had work until 7 pm. The game was scheduled to start at 7:10pm and Los Angeles traffic is CRAZY. Especially on a friday night. So I decided to drop my car off at my grandparents and get a ride to work. This way, Jesse can pick me up from work and we can go straight over to the game. Before I left for work, my sister tried to convince me to wear her Dodgers jersey to the game. I was content on just wearing a sweater and leggings because I value comfort and warmth. Lol I went to work, was able to leave early around 6 pm and had my boo come get me. On the way to the game he pulled the jersey from the back seat and told me that he wanted me to wear it, because he was wearing a matching one. I told him that I really did not want to and that the weather was around 68 degrees so it was really too cold to wear a short sleeve shirt. He got so upset! I was super irritated because 1. I was annoyed that my sister was so concerned about what I was wearing that she literally “told on me” and sent a different outfit with Jesse. 2. I was annoyed because I get cold easily and my sweater was SO CLEARLY a much better option that nobody was allowing me to wear for no justifiable reason. And 3. I hate wearing white. I hate it so much and find it very unflattering. The white jersey would not only make me cold but it would make me feel uncomfortable for the whole game. Jesse would not budge on it so I grumpily obliged. The game was cool. He kept trying to sneak videos and pics of me and was acting a little off than normal but it was still a really cute date night and I was super excited to just be there with him. Now this part I have NEVER told Jesse so y’all get some inside scoop details: I, an educated and very intuitive woman (lol) , had a feeling that something weird was up. It was the only way that I could rationalize his strange behavior AND his insistence that I wear a matching shirt with him. This was a hunch that was so strong that I even glanced over during the game to check if his pockets looked bulky (like if a ring box was be in it.) There wasn’t and afterwards I started thinking, “OBVIOUSLY he doesn’t have one, because he had to empty his pockets during the security entrance so i would have seen it,” Plus, in my head, we were not getting engaged any time soon so I brushed it off. Then i felt silly for even considering it and continued on throughout the night. So yes, while at the end of this story I was completely surprised by it actually happening, I would just like to make it known that I did actually have suspicions throughout the day.
THE PROPOSAL: The Dodgers lost which was a bummer and Jesse seemed more upset than normal. Not to mention that normally on friday nights, win or lose, there is a fireworks show. Due to the game going a bit longer than normal, and the noise ordinance in this residential area, the show was cancelled. Jesse was LIVID. Like, literally so upset. Another friend of ours was at the game at a separate section and he called Issac to complain about the fireworks being cancelled. I told him, “Babe, it’s really not a big deal. They are just fireworks.” Then he told me he wanted me to read a love letter that he wrote to me (something that we did A LOT for eachother at the beginning of our relationship 5.5 years ago.) As I am reading it, this family walks up and asks if Jesse will take a picture of them. He seemed annoyed, which again is unusual for him, and said yes. But as he does it he’s like “WAIT STOP READING!!!” He was acting very SUS again. So I did and then it was sweet but there was no proposal at the end and I gave him a hug and then he kept the hug going and going and I’m like okaaaay, award for longest hug ever goes to us now can we go? Lol
Little did I know he was stalling until one of my bffs and one of his bffs to run over to us to film/photograph it all. He asked me to marry him and I said “yes!” Well, actually I said “OMG ARE YOU SERIOUS?!” several times thennnn I said “yes of course!” Lol. I cried a lot, he cried. I then noticed there were a lot of my friends around to witness it all. It was a crazy night.
And that’s our story. It was perfectly-imperfect. I am so excited for this next season of my life with my boo. So far wedding planning has been so amazing and I can’t wait to share more of this journey with you.
Until next time, I’m signing off with a graceful soul and a grateful heart.
xo, Leah Grace