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Oh, love! I love love.  Head over to Nicole’s blog to wish her and Isaac a very Happy Engagement!  He surprised her by proposing this morning. 


They stopped by my house afterwards to show off the ring.  I took a few ‘just engaged’ shots and posed them like Wills and Kate.  Posh and fabulous!


Yes, I WILL be watching the Royal Wedding.  I’m totally on that bandwagon.


The Husband and I were in on Nicole and Isaac’s proposal, too, which was SO exciting.  My duty was to get her out of her house – we went to 6:30 AM hot yoga – so he could decorate her bedroom with roses and balloons and surprise her.  When she dropped me by off at my house, I giggled hysterically because I knew what was going to happen to her in just a few minutes!  :)  He is a great man so I am very happy for her.


Rarely do I get to go to yoga AND be in on an engagement before 7:30 AM!


Post-yoga and proposal excitement was some coffee:


That Silk Hazelnut creamer is excellent, by the way!


And oatmeal:


In the mix:


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salted cashews


I am currently in the backseat of my car.  The Husband, my Dad, and I are driving to Florida for an epic whirlwind of family time with my Grandpa and the Husband’s family.


Seat buddies!


I brought a little salad to snack on:


I rounded out lunch with a veggie sub with cheddar cheese and a bag of chips from Subway – a vegetarian’s best friend on car trips. 🙂


Back to the road we go!


Hope the weather improves soon.


Anyone else ever been in on a wonderful proposal?  Or executed a crazily romantic proposed themselves?!



  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write April 22, 2011, 2:25 pm

    I was in on a Christmas Eve proposal once, but thankfully they didn’t get married. (It was one of those things where everyone in the room is smiling, yet also hoping to God they change their minds. Way too young, yada yada…)

    Do you get Subway’s veggie patty sub or just the veggie sub? I adore their veggie patty!

    • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 9:04 am

      Just raw veggies 🙂

  • Kristyn April 22, 2011, 2:29 pm

    ICK! Safe travels in that nasty looking weather. My parents were involved in on my proposal and it was beyond special. My dad is the only one who knew and he dragged my mom and brother to the tiny local restaurant where it happened and they had no clue why they were there. It was such a special evening. I’m a super lucky gal!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) April 22, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Oh, you were in on the proposal?! That’s so exciting! I love engagement stories. So happy for them!

  • Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows April 22, 2011, 2:32 pm

    My husband proposed to me in front of the castle at Disneyland. I had NO idea what was going on and it took me a few minutes to register that I wasn’t dreaming. It.was.awesome. =D

    I long for the day that I can help someone plan a proposal — I’ve got a ton of good ideas. 100 pink balloons…a treasure hunt…paintings…I could go on! 😉

    • Kelley April 22, 2011, 2:59 pm

      My fiance proposed to me with a treasure hunt. It was a long day driving all over the place by myself trying to figure out why on earth my boyfriend would make such a crazy game AND make me do it alone. It was places of the first place we met, first kiss, a train station symbolizing a temporary long-distance, etc etc. When I finally got to the beach I was admittedly super aggrivated (I got a SPEEDING TICKET!!) but he was waiting with a ring and I love the story now because I know he thought of it all by himself!

  • lauren April 22, 2011, 2:32 pm

    My husband (then boyfriend), surprised me in Cancun and proposed. I was on a family-only vacation with my parents & sister & on our next-to-last day, the waiter brings two cocktails & a letter to our beach hut. I clearly was confused – the waiter said the letter was from my boyfriend (while looking at my dad). I corrected him & said that was my father…the waiter then said, “No! Your boyfriend!” and pointed down the beach. My then-boyfriend-now-husband was walking down the beach! He flew from NC to Cancun to propose & my parents were in on the whole scheme! It was fabulous! We then spent a fun 24 hours in Cancun before flying home & have wonderful photo memories!

    • Allison @ Happy Tales April 22, 2011, 2:40 pm

      Wow, that is INCREDIBLE!!!! What an awesome surprise!

    • Freya April 22, 2011, 2:50 pm

      Oh you lucky thing!! Hang on to that one :p

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 22, 2011, 2:38 pm

    AHHHHHHH How amazing is that!?!?! I love love that Isaac did it that way!!! Aw, I’m so happy for them! And how fun that you were in on it 🙂

  • Freya April 22, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Awwh yaaay for them, how romantic!! I’m going to keep checking back on this post’s comments cos I LOVE proposals – reading about PB Finger’s proposal made me cry 😛

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) April 22, 2011, 2:48 pm

    I love reading engagement stories! I have never been “in” on one (or received one, for that matter!), but I’d like that!

  • jenn April 22, 2011, 2:53 pm

    my husband (then boyfriend) was insanely romantic. he surprised me with a trip out to denver by myself (he had all the info on the kitchen table when i woke up – had even aked my boss for the day off of work and everything behind my back!!) and then had a limo take me up into the mountains to my favorite lake in rocky mountain national park. i walked out around the lake & he was waiting there for me with signs (ala love, actually) telling me why he loved me and then he proposed. he flew out himself super early that day to prepare everything (told me he had a business meeting in chicago) and had me fly out alone because he “wanted me to take one last trip by myself before we began our journey together.” melt. 🙂

    • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 22, 2011, 2:55 pm

      That is awesome — what a sweet guy!

      • Lili April 22, 2011, 5:23 pm

        aww that made me tear up a bit! And impressive that he even talked to your boss! how sweet ~

  • Claire April 22, 2011, 2:53 pm

    I got engaged this past weekend! You will love this – my fiance (eek!) proposed at the finish line of a 5k! 🙂

  • Shawna April 22, 2011, 2:54 pm

    My husband proposed with a little book that had taken him, like, four days to write. He’s not too creative 😛 But it was a poem and every letter that began each line spelled ‘will you marry me’ His mom helped with with the book and everything, so it’s super cute and I totally saved it 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 22, 2011, 2:54 pm

    I think Jason did a good job when he proposed to me — I didn’t see it coming AT ALL. He had already asked my parents, etc and we had somewhat talked about getting married, but honestly, it was never anything that seemed like it would happen anytime soon.

    I was working a crazy shift at work — 8-noon and 4-8 (splits were the worst!) so during my lunch break Jason took me on a picnic, we ate sandwiches and all of a sudden he was saying super gushy lovey dovey things and I still didn’t see it coming, and then he reached for his pocket and grabbed the ring. It was amazing!

    (and then I had to go back to work for 4 hours — yuck)

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicels April 22, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Kudos to your friends. And to you know for dragging yourself to yoga so early in the morning. Most impressive.

  • erin April 22, 2011, 3:05 pm

    my incredibly romantic proposal story: i woke up to get ready for work around 5am. when i got out of the shower my then-boyfriend asked me to come out to the living room. there he was, with his pizza pajama pants on, no shirt, sitting on the couch. he proposed (still in the pizza pants and no shirt), i said yes and then rushed to finish getting ready for work.

    ha! i would have died if he decorated something with rose petals and lit candles though. i am *not* a romantic.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine April 22, 2011, 3:11 pm

    You’ll love this one: my cousin proposed to his wife 10 years ago on a morning run. They were running, when all of a sudden he pretended like he got a cramp and started rolling around on the pavement in pain. When she went over to help him, he rolled over, pulled the ring from the drawstring on his shorts and proposed. Cute, right?

    • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 9:03 am

      That is super cute 🙂 Love runner proposals.

  • Kacy April 22, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Aw, so sweet!
    I’m glad I’m not a guy, I’d never be able to wait to do something cool like that. As soon as I decided to propose, I’d do it immediately. I have no patience.
    That’s what will happen if I ever propose to a man, haha.

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy April 22, 2011, 3:12 pm

    how exciting!! thats fun that you got to be in on it !!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats April 22, 2011, 3:14 pm

    My mom was in a barbershop quartet (yup!) and opened up for Rockapella (double yup! You know, the guys who sang the Carmen San Diego theme song??) and during one of their songs, they had to bring an “audience member” up on stage. This random women was brought up and she’s super awkward and nervous and Rockapella is singing to her, and then they tell her they have an even better surprise for her – they pull up the backstage curtain to reveal her boyfriend on bended knee who had planned the whole thing. The crowd was going nuts. It was super cute, but even more hilarious because my best friend was with my family and she starts screaming, “IT’S A PROPOSAL, A PROPOSAL!!!!! WE’RE GOING TO BE ON TVVVVV!!!!”

    I also saw a proposal in the airport that was so so cute and another one in a library. I think I’m a proposal magnet.

    • Freya April 22, 2011, 3:44 pm

      If you’re a proposal magnet..will you come hang out with me for a while!? I want to be proposed to! Just the proposal, I don’t care about marriage :p

  • chelsea April 22, 2011, 3:20 pm

    What an awesome morning to be a part of!

  • Beth @ 990 Square April 22, 2011, 3:32 pm

    That’s so sweet!

    I’m totally watching the Royal Wedding too. It’s my regularly scheduled 8 hour day at work (I normally work 9) so I’m planning to get up early and then go in a little late. I’m resisting the urge to just watch it from my tv at work.

  • Baking 'n' Books April 22, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Oh….always a brides-maid, never a bride…actually that’s a lie – I’ve never been a bridesmaid. Shoot – can’t win for losing!

    Congrats to Nicole!

    How far is Florida from your home? Do you blog in the car?!

  • Michelle April 22, 2011, 3:33 pm

    Ahhh. I love Maggie’s face. Is that wierd? It’s just the cutest! Everytime you post a picture I squeal a little.

    • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 9:02 am

      Maggie says thank you 🙂 She does have a super cute face!

  • Katherine April 22, 2011, 3:41 pm

    First time commenting…long time reader.

    Our second date was at our (then just his) house that my husband had just bought and was completely empty so we watched Kung Fu Panda on a blow up mattress and it was an awesome night. Two years later I came over for dinner and found a house that was completely emptied (EVERYTHING was gone). I thought he had been robbed. Except in the living room on a blow up air mattress surrounded by candles and Kung Fu Panda playing on a laptop was my husband where he proposed. AWESOME. (WE didnt move everything back in for almost a week! It was such a pain but worth it!)

    Love the blog 🙂

    • Freya April 22, 2011, 3:45 pm

      Ohmygosh that is the sweetest thing ever! I just welled up a lil bit!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) April 22, 2011, 3:54 pm

    I love romantic proposals!!! The hubby proposed to me in a very romantic way, and I hope that someday I can help be in on a surprise proposal. That sounds like fun!!!!!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 22, 2011, 3:56 pm

    Smart girl..packing all of those snacks for a long car ride! Snack packing is one of my favorite things about long trips!

  • The Teenage Taste April 22, 2011, 3:57 pm

    Awwww, what a cute couple! I love the Will and Kate-esque picture!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop April 22, 2011, 4:00 pm

    My best friends and family were in on my proposal. They knew a month before I did!

  • Shannon April 22, 2011, 4:02 pm

    I was part of a crazy proposal for friends from college. I am now the bride’s MOH. Lets just say it involved a late night pick up that I never arrived for (she was so mad thinking I was late) and instead there was an A Capella group waiting to serenade her 🙂

  • emily April 22, 2011, 4:05 pm

    I loooved my proposal! Then bf and I got in a fight the night before Christmas and I hung up the phone with a “don’t come over here tomorrow without a gift, jackass.” (who wouldn’t want to marry me, right?!) So when Adam showed up the next morning he had random crappy gifts he found around the house. In the final box, was my ring! I totally wasn’t expecting it and starting sobbing like a psycho before I even squeaked out a “yes.” I loved that he surprised me (and gave me a fun engagement story). Plus we are really close with my parents so it was awesome that they got to be a part of it. Best Christmas ever!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 22, 2011, 4:21 pm

    I haven’t been in on someone elses proposal but I know it’d definitely be hard to keep the secret and I’d for sure cry!!

  • Kristin April 22, 2011, 4:24 pm

    My younger brother and his fiance were in a play together. He told us that he was going to propose to her after one of the shows. My paretns and her parents all showed up. She came out of the dressing room and was chatting with us. I was on pins and needles waiting for my brother and his “plan” to happen. Shortly he and a bunch of the guys came out and started singing this amazing accapella song (my brother was the lead) and he got down on one knee and held out the ring still singing all the while! I of course was snapping pictures and even wrote about it on my blog. I knew about it for so long that I think I might have been more excited then him! (probably not :))

    • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 9:02 am

      Heheheh that is a good one! I love it when other people are in on it.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 22, 2011, 4:36 pm

    That is so sweet! What a great way to start the day. Congrats to them! Have fun on your trip! ya gotta love a road trip like that. We used to do that kind of stuff before we had the boys…now, not so much. They are getting older though so I think it’s about time to start doing some fun quickie trips. Drive safely!

  • Mel April 22, 2011, 4:56 pm

    At the end of the NJ marathon last year my boyfriend was waiting at the finish line and he handed me a gift. It was a book with pictures of us together and on the last page it said Mel will you marry me and he was on one knee with a ring. I was TOTALLY not expecting it. t took my mind off the pain my body was in 😉

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 22, 2011, 5:07 pm

    haha, too funny that you posed them like Will and Kate. I cannot wait for that wedding. I think I’m a bit too excited about it for a statesider, though. lol

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable April 22, 2011, 5:10 pm

    I love that they are engaged 🙂 This makes me super happy. The best proposal story I have I wasn’t really IN on it, but it is my best friend’s and it’s really good. Her boyfriend was training for his first ironman for about a year. It had completely taken over his life and they were currently living LOOOONG distance from each other because of work. Well she flew down to FL for his Ironman, and JUST before he crossed the finish line, she was standing there and he came over to her, dropped down on one knee, and proposed in front of EVERYONE. The video was on the ironman website for a while (not sure if it still is) and it was a TEARJERKER. So sweet!!

    • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 9:01 am

      Wahhh! That is so sweet!

  • Flo (Coconut Chronicles) April 22, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Congratulations to Nicole and Isaac! 😀
    And I always LOVE the look of your oatmeal Caitlin! Love the sweet and salty combo.

  • Lee April 22, 2011, 5:16 pm

    My husband proposed to me in a pretty unique and creative way – http://inmytummy.com/2009/06/14/were-engaged/

    I freaking love Silk soy creamer, by the way. My mom got me obsessed with it.

    • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 9:01 am

      Awww so cute Lee!

  • betty@runbetty April 22, 2011, 5:17 pm

    I love that Keep Calm and Snack on Tray! So cool!

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty April 22, 2011, 5:26 pm

    So sweet! You’re a good friend to help. I’m so excited about the Royal Wedding too!! Having a sleepover with girlfriends and then it’s champagne and OJ with coffee at 5:00am to watch. We’re wearing tiaras with our jammies. 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed April 22, 2011, 5:41 pm

    I’ve never tried that creamer. I’m always hesitant of flavored creamer’s long list of ingredients. That coffee picture may get me to cave though!

  • Sana April 22, 2011, 5:45 pm

    This rain is just uglyyy, I love love as well!!

  • Shari April 22, 2011, 5:59 pm

    I’m loving all these sweet proposal stories — gives me faith that fairytales can actually exist in reality 🙂

  • KM April 22, 2011, 6:51 pm

    I was in on my best friend’s engagement. I had to keep her out of the house all day and have a girl’s day. When it was time for her to go home, she didn’t want to go because we were having so much fun shopping. I had to stage a fight to maker her want to go home!

  • Sarah @ goingongoals April 22, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Soo cute! I am on the Royal Band Wagon too! I am even attending a Champagne Brunch to celebrate!

  • Christine April 22, 2011, 7:23 pm

    Like your snack tray!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 22, 2011, 7:24 pm

    Awww, that’s so sweet! Congrats to the both of them! 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith April 22, 2011, 7:26 pm

    Bruce proposed to me after a Taize-style worship service at church. He brought me into the sanctuary to “help clean up” and walked me to the altar, which was full of candles. We stood there staring for a second and then he said, “Sarah I have a question for you” – I looked down and saw something shiny! I was shocked.

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 22, 2011, 7:51 pm

    I’ve never been in on a proposal, but that one sounds like a great one. One of my friends boyfriend’s proposed to her by sending her on an ‘errand scavenger hunt’ which ended with a poster in the dryer saying will you marry me. They aren’t together any more, but it was sweet.
    Congratulations to them!
    Have a safe trip! I love that Keep calm and Snack on tray.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 22, 2011, 8:21 pm

    Aww, congrats to Nicole and Isaac! 😀 Nope, there are no romantic proposal stories in my life, but I always love to hear about them!

  • Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 22, 2011, 8:38 pm

    Congrats to Nicole! How exciting to have been in on a proposal 🙂 Have a nice trip, the weather down here is gorgeous!! 😀

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 22, 2011, 8:53 pm

    Aww, so sweet! That’s fun. I wish someone I know would get engaged. What a bunch of cynics! 😉

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 22, 2011, 9:02 pm

    So cute! I saw a guy propose at the finish line of a half marathon last year. It was so sweet!

  • Amanda April 22, 2011, 9:28 pm

    My boyfriend’s brother proposed to his fiance in a cool way. They went skydiving. He landed first with the ring in his sock! Then she landed right after him and as she was freaking out cause she had just gotten done skydiving, he got down on one knee. The whole thing is on video cause they videotape the whole skydive. To say she was surprised is an understatement. Both their parents were there too and ran out into the field where they land.
    Now I think my boyfriend feels like he has to match it.

    • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 8:59 am

      That is super cool!

      Your BF better match it!!! LOL

  • lisa April 22, 2011, 9:54 pm

    You must have been DYING the entire yoga class with information like that in the back of your mind! How did you even keep your cool while you were with her? I am impressed!

    • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 8:59 am

      I was so sleepy 😉

  • Kristen April 22, 2011, 10:27 pm

    what an exciting proprosal! And I will be watching will and kate as well. Do you know they wont have a kiss in the church? I just read that haha

  • Mandy April 22, 2011, 11:47 pm

    On New Year’s Day 2007, my then boyfriend executed a surprise proposal on the porch of a friend’s home where we had our first kiss. A group of our friends were waiting inside in the dark until I squealed, “Yes!” On New Year’s Day 2011, I gave birth to our first son, Ian.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 23, 2011, 12:22 am

    Beautiful proposal. Congrats to the couple, including Will & Kate 😉

  • Jen April 23, 2011, 12:24 am

    Aww, reading all these sweet proposal stories makes me laugh even more at mine! Hubby and I dated for 10 years before we got married. This is literally how my proposal went: we were living together and had booked a 2 week vacation in the Dominican Republic. I was doing the dishes after dinner one night and hubby made some random comment about how people might think something was up since we were going away for 2 weeks (we go to the DR all the time, but usually only for a week). So that got us talking about how it would be a perfect honeymoon, and who knows when we’d have another chance to get away for two weeks, etc. I’m still washing dishes at this point – hubby says “maybe we should get married and make this our honeymoon!” I say “okay!” He says “should I get down on one knee or something?” I say “don’t bother, I haven’t washed the floor in a few days.” He says “so…are we engaged?” I say “I guess so! Come dry these dishes for me!” Is that romantic or what? LOL! We eloped in Niagara Falls with our best friends as our witnesses, spent a glorious 2 weeks in the DR, then came home and shared our news with our family and friends (who, thank god, all took the news well!). We’ll celebrate 5 years of marriage in September. Best thing I’ve ever done, and I wouldn’t change a thing about how we did it! Congrats to your friends!

    • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 8:58 am

      Hahah cute story 🙂

  • Jamie@everydaydolce April 23, 2011, 12:58 am

    How exciting! That is such a cool experience for you to be a part of…I bet it was hard to keep the secret 😉

  • Khushboo April 23, 2011, 2:39 am

    So sweet! How on earth were u able to concentrate during yoga?? I would have been so giddy! They make a lovely couple, all the best to them!

  • Jen April 23, 2011, 7:22 am

    I wasn’t really into the royal wedding thing until i watched the william and kate movie on lifetime last week, now i can’t get enough and can’t wait to watch the wedding!!!

  • Amber K April 23, 2011, 10:09 am

    My husband’s best friend did a whole elaborate proposal. He took his girlfriend on a hike and at the end was a huge group of their friends and family and he got down one knee. My husband was there and took pictures and people have video of it too. So sweet!

    I’m not into the royal wedding in the same way I’m not into any celebrity weddings. I don’t know them, so I just can’t muster any feelings about it!

  • bonnie April 23, 2011, 10:50 am

    omg so cute!! what an amazing engagement! and how cool you got to be a part of it! i’ve never been in on an engagement… maybe because i have lame poker face and most people can see right though me if i was to hide something haha 🙂

  • Caitlin April 23, 2011, 11:59 am

    I was lucky enough to be a part of my sister’s engagement! My (now) brother in law flew down to NM the day after Christmas, took her on a romantic dinner date, and then they invited me to join them on the tram to the top of the mountain. We had some drinks in the bar first, and then he proposed on top of the mountain. I was there to take pictures as it was happening. I felt honored to be a part of it!

  • Amanda (tomboythatwearsmakeup April 23, 2011, 4:31 pm

    This past New Years Eve my love proposed! I am getting married this New Years Eve. Hopefully he won’t ever forget our anniversary!

  • suzy pepper April 24, 2011, 5:13 pm

    I love that you giggle hysterically!

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