I’m sitting here drinking my second cup of tea, recovering from a late night flight and some lingering California allergies all with a crazy level of euphoria. What an amazing weekend we just had. I hate to use the same word over and over again but it feels like a whirlwind. Thursday’s arrival in SF feels like 6 months ago and yet 6 seconds ago all at the same time. Engagement aside we had a wonderful trip to California. The food, the yoga, friends, family, the city, everything was perfect. I will try to share some of that other stuff at a later date. I’m having a hard time encapsulating the whole weekend right now so I’ll start with the engagement piece. Mostly because I’m so excited and I want to get it down in words while it’s still fresh in my mind.
Okay, here we go.
Saturday Michael was supposed to play golf with his brother David and I was supposed to spend the morning with my mom and then have lunch with friends. Michael left in the morning but around noon called to say that Dave had to leave golf and that he was headed back to my mom’s. Around that same time my girlfriend called to say her son wasn’t feeling well and could we reschedule for Sunday. Maybe this should have been a clue but I didn’t think twice about it.
With a free afternoon in front of us we packed up to head into SF. We already had plans for a game night around 7 with some friends in the city so we figured we would spend the afternoon in our old haunts.
It was a warm, sunny, perfect spring day. We walked from Dolores Park to the Castro then up to our old house. There is a big hill called Corona Heights behind our old house with amazing views of the entire city. When we got to our old neighborhood Michael asked if I wanted to head up. It was a very special place for us and I happy for the chance to hike up again.
When we got to the top we were greeted with these amazing views.
We took some pictures before I knew what was happening.
And then there at the top of the hill were we first began our relationship, where we so often hiked with Eli, where we’d spent many evenings watching the sunset over my favorite city on earth, the love of my life asked me to marry him.
I, of course, said yes!
About three seconds after this photo was taken Michael hurried me off the hill so we could go celebrate.
We headed to our other old neighborhood to a bar we both loved.
We ordered drinks but after about two sips he said he wanted to go somewhere else.
That somewhere else was a friend’s house. When I opened the gate to the house I was greeted by Michael’s two brothers and their wives. I was completely overwhelmed and started to cry. But that was only part of this incredible day of surprises.
As we came upstairs I walked into an apartment filled with our friends and family. I completely lost it as I looked from one familiar face to another.
My SF book club friends.
Dave and Nicole.
Andy and Cathy.
Unfortunately my brother and sister couldn’t make it but we still enjoyed an amazing afternoon.
I literally felt like I was overflowing. I’ve never had so many people I love in one place before. It was overwhelming in the most wonderful way. The afternoon went by way to fast.
Here are a couple of other shots from the day.
Playing with Milu.
The Chase brothers.
The Chase couples.
My mom taking pictures.
Making a phone call to my sister.
Late night visiting on the couch.
And one last one of me and Michael.
He did such an amazing job planning this whole surprise. It was weeks in the making and a lot of coordination between him and my sister. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect proposal or engagement party. I am one lucky, lucky girl to get to spend the rest of my life with this thoughtful man.
Enjoy and Exhale!