I’m Back and… I AM ENGAGED!

After almost a whole month off from blogging I’m so excited to be back…and in case you didn’t see it on social media…I AM ENGAGED!!!

Our Engagement at Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard - Josh and Me

On Saturday, August 22nd, Josh proposed simply and beautifully on Martha’s Vineyard overlooking the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah.

Our Engagement at Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard - Josh and Me

I knew he had the ring, but he had told me repeatedly he would be proposing in the month of September.  I mean, I knew it was a possibility he’d ask while on vacation, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up so I was trying to keep my expectations in line ;) .  When he pulled out that little box my response was, “Shut up…no!”  Of course in a good way though.

Our Engagement at Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard - Josh and Me - Josh on One Knee - Will You Marry Me

It was truly the perfect setting.  There were some other tourist there but since it was closer to dinner time it wasn’t crowded and the proposal still felt private.

Our Engagement at Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard - Josh and Me

I was absolutely thrilled and holy moly the ring is absolutely beautiful.

Our Engagement at Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard - The Engagement Ring

The only negative I could possibly think of is that my hair got messed up because it was so windy but, let’s be real, who the heck cares!  Considering we’ve been dating for almost five years, he certainly knows what I look like with and without makeup/hair done and not done ;) .

Our Engagement - Before Engagement and After Engagement - Engagement Ring - Martha's Vineyard

Before Proposal/After Proposal

 

After the proposal we made some calls to family members and then met the rest of Josh’s family visiting Martha’s Vineyard with us at the Beach Plum Inn.  We celebrated with some pink bubbly and I think I had a certain glow all night long.

Engagement Ring while Drinking Bubbly

I find myself constantly staring at my left hand.  I can’t believe this whole process has actually begun…and I’m getting married!!!  When I arrived home there was a package waiting for me on Tuesday morning from my mom and sister.  My very first bride-to-be gifts!

My Very First Bride to Be Gifts: The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer, The Knot Book of Wedding Lists, The Everything Groom Book, The Bride to Be Book/Journal, Kate Spade Ring Holder

The package included The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner/Organizer, a Bride to Be Book/Journal, The Knot Book of Wedding Lists (which is already helping me to gain an understanding of where to start and what needs to happen first), a cute Kate Spade dish for my ring, and The Everything Groom Book (for Josh).

Kate Spade Ring Holder "With This Ring"

Josh and I also bought a ring holder while on Martha’s Vineyard so now I have one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom.

Our Engagement - Ring Holder from Martha's Vineyard

Before I go, I figured I’d share a tiny bit of our overall trip to Martha’s Vineyard :)

When we arrived Friday afternoon we decided on lunch at one of our go-to spots, primarily for the view, The Seafood Shanty in Edgartown.

The Seafood Shanty in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard - View, Beer, Fish Sandwich, American Flag Sailboat

Friday night we went to the Oak Bluffs Annual Fireworks which were incredible.  We brought a “picnic” sort of dinner which included all kinds of spreads, meats, cheeses, bread and, of course, wine.

"Picnic" Dinner of Spreads, Meats, Cheeses and Wine in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard

Saturday morning we went for a hike/walk at Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary.

Hike/Walk at Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary on Martha's Vineyard

Saturday night, of course, was the proposal.  We saved three of the corks from our dinner that night and took a postcard from the inn.  I’m hoping to have this picture, the postcard, and the corks put in a shadow box eventually.

Our Engagement - 8/22/15 - Martha's Vineyard - Beach Plum Inn

Sunday afternoon we went to the beach.  The water is ALWAYS too cold for me in these northern states so I simply enjoyed the sun while it was out…and stared at my ring.

Engagement Ring at the Beach on Martha's Vineyard

Truthfully, I wasn’t feeling great Sunday night.  I’m not sure why…maybe all the wine from celebrating on Saturday night finally got to me.  Either way, there was a beautiful dinner of clam chowder, clams/muscles, and lobster.

Meal of Rose, Lobster and Clam Chowder

Finally, Monday morning included some wandering around Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, and lunch at another go-to spot for us, The Lookout in Oak Bluffs.  Again, you can’t beat the view.

The Lookout in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard Collage (View, Beer, Shrimp Tacos)

We also stopped for some ice cream and I was beyond excited to see the flavor of the day was peppermint stick!  I couldn’t resist!!!  I got peppermint stick and triple chocolate and it was the perfect sendoff.

Peppermint Stick and Triple Chocolate Ice Cream

I had to take one last picture from the ferry as we were leaving.

Engagement Ring and Sailboats (leaving Martha's Vineyard

And there you have it!  I should be back and blogging fairly regularly.   I will have so much to share during this process.  Perhaps I’ll stop in tomorrow for a Five Things Friday post.  We’ll see how organized I can get.  If not, you can expect a weekend Coffee Talk post at some point.

Our Engagement at Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard - Josh and Me

WIAW #26 + Water Leak

Blue Apron Squid Ink Linguine with Shrimp and Grape Tomatoes

Happy Hump Day, all!  I’ve had an eventful night thus far.  Right as I was sitting down to write this post I noticed Cooper kept running over to the guest bathroom and half barking at the closed door.  I finally got up and heard water.  Turns out, the person who lives above us overflowed their [Read On]

Continue Reading

Beach Weekend in NC + Blue Apron Stuffed Peppers

Pretty close, right!?

Hello!  I wanted to pop in quickly since I was on vacation for the last part of last week.  I had a fantastic time being (mostly) unplugged from social media/work/etc. and spending time with family.  Josh and I were only there for about two days total so it hardly felt like I got to really [Read On]

Continue Reading

Cize Is On The Way!

Cize

Before we get into my excitement about Beachbody’s newest program, let’s talk about some food from the day. Food For breakfast I had what’s been a go to for me lately – 3/4 cups non fat plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 banana, less than 1 tsp raw honey, and 1/4 cup Nature’s Path granola. Lunch was [Read On]

Continue Reading

Back to (Puppy) School

Non fat plain Greek yogrt, Nature's Path Hemp Plus Granola, 1/2 banana, less than 1 tsp honey

My goal for two posts a week will happen somehow, someway .  Let’s get to some food, fitness and life from the day. Food Backing up to last night, Josh and I had a date night.  Josh has been working later and my schedule has picked up as well so we’re trying to find some [Read On]

Continue Reading

Five Things Friday #34

Blue Apron Logo

Hello!  I hope everyone has had a great week, but if you haven’t…at least it’s Friday, right!? I want to address something quickly before we get into today’s Five Things Friday post.  My real job… not the blog … takes precedence.  I know that may seem like a given, but I just needed to write [Read On]

Continue Reading

2015 Goals Check In

May the 4th be with you - 4th of July Themed Cups - poolside pool time

Hello and Happy July!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  On Friday, Josh and I spent time outside with Cooper and at the pool. On Saturday we had friends over and the drinking began before noon.  (Cooper, of course, insisted on being festive.) And, finally, Sunday was a “recovery” day that consisted of [Read On]

Continue Reading

Let the Half Marathon Training Begin

Almond Butter/Date Bites

Hello!  I hope you’re sticking with me as my posts are sporadic.  I’m finding this post extremely difficult to write because I turned on the TV and Full House is on and I can’t stop watching.  I always get pulled into the little 30 minute story lines.  What about you?  Anyway, let’s get to some [Read On]

Continue Reading