|Photo stolen from Jared's Facebook.|
Winner's of the Gingerbread House contest - already a great team!
I'm sure you remember Miss Kylee from previous posts. She's one of our most popular house guests and favorite babysitter. We've been teaching the kids to call her Aunt Kylee for the past two weeks but it seems like she's been a part of the family for a lot longer than that!
|Photo stolen from Jared's Facebook.|
|Photo stolen from Jared's Instagram (I'm just on a roll here!)|
Speaking of that moment, I was commissioned to capture it for all eternity. (Because the original choice couldn't make it and Jared doesn't have any other photo-taking friends in the area.) I wasn't too sure. It's enough of a challenge for me to take pictures of my own kids doing normal every day things. But taking engagement photos, at night, from a distance? Um, a bit out of my league. Oh, and did I mention this was all taking place in a very sketchy area of Baltimore? Fortunately for him, brothers don't get engaged every day. I couldn't say no.
Jon couldn't say no either. Although he wasn't too thrilled with the idea of his wife hiding in the night shadows of Baltimore. He bought me some pepper spray and kept texting me to make sure I was still alive throughout the waiting time.
At 9:05 Jared texted to say they were on the way, my cue to get into position. Except that chai tea was really starting to take its toll on my pregnant body. Fortunately, the hostess at a nearby restaurant took pity on me and let me use the restroom. I'm sure it helped that I just happened to mention my little brother was about to get engaged right outside her window. I headed back out right on schedule and completely incognito - hat, scarf and glasses that I used to wear in high school (or presently when I have to run errands and don't want to bother with make-up).
|After I took this I realized it could've been the last picture I ever posted...|
And I attempted to look super nonchalant to the occasional passerby. You know, like pregnant ladies hang around the pier alone at night with cameras all the time. Finally, FINALLY I got the "we just parked" text. And then, after more waiting because I forgot to take into account that Kylee would most likely be wearing heels for the long walk down to the water, they appeared in the distance. I got into position - first behind the corner of an old, abandoned boathouse. And then, after they had moved out onto the pier, behind a very large flagpole.
As fate would have it, Jared walked Kylee ALLLL the way out to the end of the pier, where all the lights were out. Which made for some difficult photographing. And then he proceeded with a very LOOONNNNGG speech about I have no idea what because I was too far away to hear. In fact, I had no idea what was going on. So I just kept snapping away, getting some great shots of the scenery.
Eventually, he got down on one knee and that made it pretty clear at what point we were at in this whole process. And she quickly jumped into his arms which made it pretty clear where we'd be going with this whole process. And a little bit later, when I heard Jared yell "I'M ENGAGED!" I figured it was safe to come out of hiding. Well actually, by this time I was sitting cross-legged at the start of the pier taking photos so I'm not sure what Kylee thought. But I do know that as I was walking towards her she still had no idea who I was. So in that regard, mission accomplished.
Actually, mission accomplished all around. It was a fun, truly memorable, evening in the city. That ended with me returning home, to my own true love, with my pepper spray still intact and completely hyped up on young love and chai tea.
And we're still excited. Because now that ring shopping and engagement planning are behind us we can take the time to focus on what's truly important - what teeny, tiny Baby Girl is going to wear to her uncle's wedding!! Yay for new girls in the family!