One year

One year ago today we got approved for our house in the afternoon and engaged in the evening.  It was a big day, huge day actually!  Not only did we finally find the place we wanted to live and on the path to purchasing it, but we were also getting married! Now, two months from yesterday, we will be at our wedding, it’s wild.

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A lot has changed in the past year, but I wouldn’t change it.  I still can’t believe the wedding is only 2 months away…ah so much to do!

xo – J


Come Sunday…

Come Sunday…

Jay and I will be getting married in 6 months!  I can’t believe it!  We’ve also been together 4 years, which is crazy.  In the past 4 years we went from living a block away, to moving into our own (tiny) apartment (again, so tiny), we got a puppy, we got engaged (!), we bought a house, and now we are just half a year from being married.  So many things have changed, and with each step, everything has gotten better.  I can’t wait to see where we are in 5 years, and 10, and 20…

(just a few weeks after we started dating – our first new years eve together ringing in 2010)

Next week I will be in NYC working, visiting friends and family, and enjoying the season in the busiest/scariest/wildest place on earth to be at Christmas time.  I’m really looking forward to being there, though I will miss my boys :(.  Poor Ron is so used to having me home all day!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Engagement photos (part ii)

Julie just posted the second half of our engagement photos, and I’m in love with them!  These were taken on the Brooklyn Bridge, and though we look happy and lovely in them it was quite an adventure.  It was over 90 degrees, the balloons were the bane of Julie’s existence, and no one had eaten.  Silly problems I know, but not ideal for when you are supposed to look insanely happy to be together (ha!).  Here are some of the photos, the rest you can see at Julie’s full site here.

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I can’t wait to frame all of these all over our house! Julie, you are amazing, thank you thank you thank you!  You can see our first set of pics here if you missed them!



I can’t believe it…we are engaged!!  How did I get so lucky?!  I wanted to share the story of how it happened on here since it has been hard to find time to call and share with everyone (I’m so sorry friends & family…I love you all so much).


Tuesday is Jay’s work from home day, and it was the warmest day we have had so far this year, so he suggested we take the dog on a walk down by the river after I got home from work.  I thought it was a bit funny that he wanted to take a walk so badly, but figured he wanted to get out of the house and enjoy the sun (finally!). 

So, we head down to the water with Rondo.  We’re walking along, enjoying our neighborhood, and right by the pier were at least 30 young kids playing on their bicycles and scooters.  We love Rondo so much…but children and bikes are not his thing (at all)…we hadto scoop him up to walk through the crowd of kids.  At this point, Jay must have been internally freaking out…all these kids, rondo barking, so much noise!

We get through the mania, and make it to the water, where it was basically just us.  We were looking at the city, enjoying the view, and Jay starts to talk about how we have a wonderful life here, and how even when we make our way out to the burbs (eventually) I won’t have to miss the city because we will still be here all the time.  I wasn’t thinking anything at this point, just thought he was being reflective while looking at the skyline!  He said he can’t wait to start life together and then…..asked me to hold the Rondo’s leash…ha!  I take the leash and still, didn’t think anything of it.  I was looking down at Rondo and the city, and then I turn around…

“And I have something to ask you…”

This would be when I totally lost my cool.  Jay was down on one knee!  I couldn’t believe it was happening!  I was, and still am, beyond excited.  I can’t believe that I get to spend the rest of my life with Jay!  It is the most amazing feeling in the world, and the proposal was so…us!  Dog barking and all!  Absolutely perfect.

Here are some pictures from right after it happened…


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(strangers took this one for us.  they thought we were tourists at first and didn’t want to.  but then i screamed “we just got engaged!!” and then they were more than happy to help!)

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We are both so excited!  The ring is more than I could have asked for…it’s so beautiful.  I’m obsessed with it, and terrified of hurting it!

To our families…I think I speak for both of us when I say we feel so lucky to join the other side.  We love you all so incredibly much.

Kate, thank you thank you for helping Jay find the ring, and keeping the secret when I kept telling you it wasn’t happening for a while. You are my baby angel and I can’t wait for all of the fun planning we get to do together!!!

Jay, I love you so much! I can’t wait to start a family and life together….you’re my favorite person in the world and always will be (promise).