Dean and I met in the third grade. We don’t remember our first conversation but I distinctly remember having a huge crush on him because he was great at kickball! On the day of our engagement, he told me to meet him at our elementary school for a retirement party. I honestly didn’t have any intention of going to the retirement party because I was out celebrating my birthday with my cousin and getting our nails done, shopping, etc. After talking to my mom and friends about not wanting to go, they convinced me that it would be a nice thing to do. I called Dean on my way to the school and he said to just meet him there. So, I walked into the gym and saw Dean’s dad with a camera around his neck. I thought nothing of it! Dean immediately took me to the side of the gym, dropped down on one knee, and asked me to marry him! I will never forget the look on his face in this exact moment. I responded with a casual, “YES YES OKAY YES!” and proceeded to look onto the gym stage where I saw all of our friends, family, and our favorite musician!! The “retirement” party was actually an engagement party for us all along! We celebrated all night with everyone we hold near and dear to our hearts. It was the absolute best day of my entire life!!