Keith and I got engaged this summer :)
It was a warm Saturday Night, we were drinking Corona's and hanging in the backyard. At the time we had one bike, and we were taking turns riding under streetlights. While Keith was in the distance, I thought a lot about our long journey and how we always come back to each other.
As he road up to me, the words came out of me without plan but with pure and total intention. "Keith, will you marry me?"
He said, "I love you too Leigh-Ann", and I said, "No, I'm serious". hah, romantic ;)
I heard a gasp of breath in the sweetest way and immediately he said, "Yes". We hugged and giggled in front of Cathy's garage, under a street light in our back lane. Keith put down the bike, kneeled on one knee and proudly asked me back. I said YES and the butterflies were incredible.
We kissed lots, and I kept jumping up & down and blurting out all the things on my mind... then we rode the bike a bit more, totally soaring! While Keith was riding, I was in the yard with Lola & Tom and I pulled my iPhone out of my pocket and realized a lil' bonus magic had happened! I'd set my voice memo on record at the beginning of our night (I do this sometimes to enjoy tipsy talk the next day) and our whole proposal had been recorded. It sounds like the local interview parts of NPR's This American Life... wow. I kept it recording and spoke my love to Keith and the dreams and joy he's given me. When he got back, I excitely told him how our engagement audio had been recorded (!!) and asked him to leave me a message too while I was off riding.
We have the most incredible night saved forever and I know for certain, our future is together :) I couldn't be happier and I love where we are :)
Last night I was listening to Tegan and Sara's "Love they Say" on headphones while my sweetie slept beside me. The lyrics are our story and I grabbed a dry erase marker, writing on the mirror in the dark, wanting Keith to read it when we woke up.
I've decided this is the song I want to walk down the aisle to... of course :)
My Dad & Mom are on their 'Retirement Freedom Tour' right now and they're currently in Oregon :) Through my mom's daily travel blog, I'm seeing my parents become more relaxed, fall deeper in love and appreciating the beauty all around them :) My dad's even taking pictures, smiling & posing like crazy and telling my mom they can take their time... it's all so new, and absolutely adorable and wonderful :)
Dad, even though we're not all together on Father's Day this year, we are all thinking of you, loving the journey you and mom are on, and so so happy you're retired and in a new, fun, freedom phase :) I love you so much!!
Tonight was awesome.
I went to A&M's house celebrate Matt's Birthday and I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. Olivia, Kennedy and their cousin Lexie dressed up in costumes and asked me to help them put on a dance show for the adults. My main job was pushing play and spinning them like a figure skater. Kennedy dressed as a tiger and was hip hop dancing & doing the robot (well!), and I couldn't stop laughing. At six, she's already got a groove and comedic timing, but seeing her do it as a tiger elevated it to a memory I'll never forget. Olivia loves dancing too (dressed as a mouse or bunny in high heels) but she's more like me... trying to follow her cousin's moves plus a lot of hopping and stomping.
After an hour of swinging kids and feeling like one myself, I went back upstairs and hung with the adults. Sometimes my introvertness makes it easier to play with the kids offside, but eventually I warm up and join the bigger group.
Our family and Matt's family were all goofing around and laughing lots and I thought of a little prank. I first-time texted Matt's sister Laura who was sitting beside me and just said "hi, whatcha doing". She said who is this and I said, you know. Then I said, "I'm sitting in the same room" and quickly tucked away my phone. As she looked around the full room super confused and starting to feel freaked out, I said "It's me Laura, don't worry!". She threw a pillow at me, we cracked up and now we're a little closer. I love little pranks.
Then later we were all playing Psychiatrist and Josh & I were teamed up (Matt's brother). When we came out of the room while the group made up the character, I said "that was a great 7 minutes in heaven" and totally made the room crack up. Felt like I came out of my shell in the group more and being funny twice in one night is a small victory anyday!
On my way home, I stopped at 7/11 to get a drink and the lady ringing me through said I looked pretty. I think I was glowing from having so much fun and laughs... what a nice lady :)
Now I'm home, watching Suits and drinking a cold coke. xo!
Olivia and Kennedy are really into making books and albums for hours on end, so I made each of them a book making kit for their 6th birthdays. I picked out school supplies that'll last them a long time, including pink staplers, a hand held hole punch each, scotch tape dispensers, colored pens and duo-tangs. You know... all the stuff that gets a craft adult kid excited!
Oh! And I got them each a pink lockable cash box that they can use for supplies, jewelry... and maybe for small business in the future ;) Secret spots and locking things up was my thing when I was a kid and I thought they'd probably dig that too.
I'm babysitting O&K during a school inservice this Friday and they're going to bring their album kits over so that I can teach them some fun binding ideas :) We're going to use the pipe cleaners to make rings for turnable pages and I'll show them how to stitch signatures together. Can't wait!!