Wednesday, November 01, 2006

love thy neighbor

or the post where i talk about standing outside their front door with a video camera filming an extremely personal moment. love.. stalking- same difference.

our neighbors john and hayden got engaged last night!!!! and we got to observe, watch, stalk, be a part of the whole thing!

john wanted blake to be the one who gave hayden the ring. we decided to put it in blake's candy bucket and head on next door. blake asked hayden "trick or treat" and waited for her to give him candy- she had no idea what was coming next. after getting "one of each", blake shot me a look and i gave him a nod. he handed hayden a box. "what is this?" she asked and turned to see john down on one knee asking her to marry him.

IT WAS THE COOLEST THING! and i video taped it! i got so nervous and choked up and there is a part where i am shaking so badly i almost needed 4 hands to hold the damn camera still. i half felt like i was violating a very private moment, but the other half of me was so happy that i was able to video and take pictures of such a special moment for them. and another half of me (sure, i've got 3 halves) was so overjoyed that blake got to be a part of something like that. and blake loved it. he was so hesitant at first to even do it, but after he thought it was so neat. and he said, "that was the first time i've ever seen a grown up cry!!" he couldn't stop smiling. he even made up a song about it in the bathtub. i'd tell you the lyrics, but i forget.

anyway, it was a crazy romantic halloween for us last night! and hayden... your life will never be the same. welcome to wedding planning!

hayden 020

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

You should feel proud that your neighbor thought enough of you and your family to include you all in such a special moment.

Glad to hear it went well.

penguininthesun said...

Yay, :)

Shannon said...

ditto what rwa said. I'm sure they'd love to have a copy of the video too.

It would've been stalkerish if you videotaped them through their window....not when they asked you all to be a part of it :)

Anonymous said...

damn you!!!...I've got tears in my eyes now. What a great story. So very sweet.

Mayberry said...

That is one of the cutest wedding proposal stories I've ever heard! Love it!

Wendy said...

What a cool way to propose.

Anonymous said...

That is one of the sweetest things I have ever heard!

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Becky said...

awww yay! ok so i dont have to read about it now in the forum you put it here! i'm so happy for them. tell them i said congrats and i can't wait to see them in a few mos.

wendy boucher said...

Excellent engagement story for them (and you). Way to go Blake!

Stephanie A. said...

That's so sweet and lucky you for getting to be a part of it. I tell you, two great friends of ours got engaged at a party where we were and I was lucky enough to photograph the bended knee part in black and white film. The couple cherished that photo so much that they even put it on wine bottles that were served at the engagement party. Having captured that in a way that meant so much to them is one of my proudest moments!

Jenn said...

I like the new layout of your site. And that is tooo cute!

I love when I hear about interesting/differnt ways to propose! LOL

Lisa said...

How cool is that!!!

Anonymous said...

I love when kids write songs! The creativity just flows through them.

Congrats to your neighbors. John sounds like a romantic guy.

jennster said...

rwa- totally proud.. it was very cool of them to include them in a moment that will be part of their history forever, you know?

shannon- i already gave them a disc with the video and the pics i took on it!

Anonymous said...

What a great story!! I actually teared up reading it.

carrie said...

That is soooo cool! Way cool that they got you to immortalize the moment on camera (and on your blog!).

Carrie

Sarah's Mama said...

awwww. That's so cool Jenn

Lisa Goldstein/Kelly Kelly said...

Oh, man. That is such a sweet story. Now Halloween will be even more special for them and you guys forever. Every time they hand out candy, they will think of Blake when he gave to them the sweetest treat ever right back!

Lisa

Mom101 said...

That's one of the coolest proposal stories I ever heard. one more reason to love halloween - and blake. Yay!

Stepping Over the Junk said...

that is so awesome!!!!!!!!

alison said...

How cute is that??

Kimmie said...

Ah, that is awesome. wish my hubby would have thought of something like that back then... oh wait it was ME that asked him :)

What a great idea he had to do it on Halloween and the way he did it, totally unexpected.

But that is really cool, and great job Blake.

Anonymous said...

jennster, those are good neighbors to have. Hopefully you all will stay good friends for a long time.

crazymumma said...

What fun! What an honour to be part of such a signifigant moment....

adwina - insparenting.com said...

Hi there, Jennster!
You're so very lucky to be a part of the precious moment.

John's idea was so sweet. I wish I had that kind of romantic moment ;). If I did the taping, I'm sure I'd faint. LOL.

Thanks for sharing the beautiful story :)

Random Musings Of My Life said...

AWWW **tears***

creative-Type Dad (Tony) said...

That's cool.
Now they'll always remember his involvement years and years from now

Yorksdevil said...

I'm glad I got an explanation for those pics. I went to your flickr page to see those hot women you work with in their Halloween outfits and the first thing I saw were these pics of a man proposing to a woman who isn't you. I was all 'Am I on the wrong page here?' Then I saw a pic with you on and knew all was right in the world.

Anonymous said...

Pretty cool stuff.

Mike said...

Did you tell him not to do it and run?!?!

As far as the stalker, if you continued to videotape them while they were consumating the engagement, then I'd say you were a little to involved.

sweatpantsmom said...

I love this story.

Do we get to see the video? Please?

jennster said...

i would have to ask them if i could put the video up! LOL.. i'll check!

Mommy off the Record said...

Wow, what a unique way to propose! That will be a great story to tell their kids.

karrie said...

Aw! Very sweet. :)

Dana said...

Oh! That was so sweet, I cried! I love proposal stories!

Anonymous said...

That is so cool! Both because of the creativity, and for including you. What a memory that will be!

Virginia Belle said...

oh, what a cool story! and what a cute way to do it! usually the girl knows or it's over a fancy dinner...this was unique and will make a good story to their kids.

also, they now have a really good halloween memory. :)

props to him for thinking to have it videotaped! hayden will appreciate that one day.