Happy Holidays!

Hi everyone! It has been far too long since Dallas and I posted. I can’t believe we’ve been engaged for almost three months already! We’ve been very busy with wedding planning and graduate school. Highlights from the past few months include planning our October wedding in Chicago (check out the new wedding part of our site!), Dallas publishing his first research article in a peer-reviewed journal, and spending time with our families over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now, we’re together in Santa Barbara celebrating the new year. We can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

Happy holidays!

Santa Barbara, CA

About last night…

As you may have heard, Lauren and I are now engaged! We are both very excited! It’s been a fun 24 hours telling family and friends. Everyone has been very supportive and we appreciate the wonderful things that you have been saying! We don’t have any plans yet, but we will keep you all posted. For now, we’re just enjoying ourselves!

Here’s the story of how it happened: As some of you know, Saturday was our five-year anniversary. We decided to celebrate by spending the day in Philadelphia. After Lauren’s volleyball game that morning in Wilmington (a heartbreaking loss), we headed to grab some dim sum in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. We ordered shrimp noodles, siu mai, and, of course, chicken feet (a particular favorite of mine!).

After our delicious meal, we decided to explore the Franklin Institute. It was a fantastic display of science, satisfying the inner nerd in each of us or, in my case, the outer nerd. Highlights include exploring a giant heart (awww) and a wall of lights that lit up in a unique pattern when you used your cell phone. There were many interactive and informative exhibits, but by far the most exciting was the interactive CSI exhibit where we examined a fake crime scene to try to figure out whodunnit.

Here comes the good part. After the museum, we decided to take a walk along the Schuylkill River. We eventually found ourselves at a little secluded spot, reflecting on the last five years. As the sun set, one thing led to another, and we found ourselves engaged! The river was looking very nice that night, although, to be fair, I’m not entirely objective.

Of course, us being us, we celebrated by watching some NU football. Since then, it’s been a blur of phone calls, text messages, and celebrations with our roommates. There will be many other posts to follow, but for now, know that we appreciate your support and are both very excited for the days, months, and years to come!