Hello, all! I hope everybody is enjoying these toasty summer days! Dayton has been a great place to be this summer because there are so many fun outdoor things to do! One of the best things to do is go to the metroparks here because they are AWESOME! I know I am always going on and on about the parks in Dayton, but now one park in particular has special meaning to me because my boyfriend proposed to me at Cox Arboretum!
In case you have never been to Cox, it is a beautiful place! They have a lot of beautiful gardens in the front with ponds full of huge fish and turtles! They also have a butterfly house, a learning lab, greenhouses, event venues, etc. In the back of the park, they have tons of hiking trails. The hiking trails are nice because there are enough trails that you aren't crowded and they have a lot of streams and creeks.
So about the engagement part, Brandon (my boyfriend) and I went for just a normal hike. We were exploring all over, walking the dry creek beds, following the deer trails, etc and after about 2 hours of hiking we started making our way out of the woods. On our way out, we stopped on this little bridge, and I was just looking around thinking, "I hope Brandon proposes to me on a bridge because I like bridges." I turned around and there he was on one knee with a ring! I was soooooo shocked! We have been together for almost five and a half years, so it wasn't a total shock, but still I was pretty shaky and light-headed. Of course I said yes, and then we proceeded throughout the park. We almost never take pictures of us, but that night we actually had my camera and had taken tons of pictures pre and post engagement. Unfortunately since I wasn't thinking clearly, I left my camera in the bathroom and someone took it.....big huge bummer. I went from suuuupppperrrr excited to super bummed, but it was just a reminder of the important things in life. We finished the night with dinner at Steak 'n Shake because it is one of our favorites!
We have been engaged for a little over a week, and I am still adjusting. UD is not a school where everybody is engaged by graduation. In my friend circle, I am the only one with a long-term boyfriend, so I feel a little weird. I have been told, though, that senior year people start pairing off more, so we shall see. While I am the only one engaged, everybody is super supportive and excited about the situation, which is great. My senior year is going to be full of excitement, and it has not even officially begun yet! Have a great weekend!