We’re in day-by-day status over here – if I think too far about the future, I get way too overwhelmed. And while we do have some things to look forward to (Evie turns FIVE in under two weeks!), I can’t lie that as the weather gets warmer, this is getting harder. I want to bike the kids over to Langdon pool, and the Turkey Thicket Spray Park. I want to hop a plane to my parents’ house in VT, SO BADLY. But alas, staying at home is still the best defense we have against the virus, so here we stay.
But we will continue to find the moments of joy, the showings of gratitude, and the deep breathes. AND the memories and flashes of love that keep us going here at Team CapRo.
Josh and I met through mutual friends out in D.C. one night during the Summer of 2016. He is a U.S. Marine and was stationed in Quantico, VA, at the time, and I was in D.C. doing an internship on Capitol Hill, right before I started grad school. One of our mutual friends invited me out with them one night, and Josh was one of the people that came with the group. We struck up a conversation at the bar, talked for a bit, and I thought he was super nice and funny, but thought nothing of it. A few days later I asked my friend to bring him to my housewarming party, because I realized I hadn’t gotten his number, and I wanted to see him again, but I didn’t want him to think I was weird by asking his friend for his number myself. They came to my housewarming party, and mid-way through the night, I actually ended up leaving my own party for the rest of the night to go on a date with him LOL, and the rest is history. We never stopped talking after that!
Christina: I knew that Josh was the one when, despite him going on many deployments for work right after we started talking, we still kept in touch and would talk for hours, whenever we could. Then, when he got back from one of his work trips, he asked me to be his date to the annual Marine Corps Ball, and all I can remember is him treating me like a queen that whole night. From that point on, I knew I wanted to be his date, to everything, forever.
Josh: I can actually tell you the exact moment I knew Christina was the one. We had only been talking for a few weeks, and I was on my way from North Carolina back to Quantico. The drive was about six hours and I chose to leave late that night, but Christina and I were on the phone talking about everything under the sun and she stayed up talking to me for the entire six-hour ride to make sure I made it back home safe, despite having to be up early for class in the morning. Until that point, no one had seemed to care so much about my well-being, so I knew after that night that I was going to do my best to make her as happy as humanly possible.
After 2 years of dating long distance, Josh planned the most BEAUTIFUL proposal. It turned out to be an entire week long, little did I know, and end at the National Harbor in Fort Washington, MD, not far from where I grew up, and where we went one of our first dates.
The week leading up to the proposal, he started by coming into town to surprise me for what I thought was a celebration of our 2-year anniversary. Josh had this week-long itinerary of things planned, ranging from a day at the spa, getting massages and my nails done, to dinner at the place where he took me to dinner when he asked me to be his girlfriend. Then, on the last night, he took me out again and proposed in the spot where we took one of our first pictures together, right in front of the Capitol Wheel. He then rented out one of my favorite restaurants and had a surprise dinner planned that he invited all of our best friends and close family to, to help us celebrate. He even had a videographer hiding in the bushes to capture my priceless reaction, and the moment I realized everything what was happening. It was truly the best day ever!