Sarah and Zack

imageHow We Met: Zack and I grew up in the same town and attended the same elementary school. We both aren’t sure how or when we first met but it had to be sometime between 3rd and 5th grade. He played football and I was a cheerleader for our local youth league, ECYF. In 2005 we were voted homecoming King and Queen of this organization. At that time, we were 14, extremely awkward (see photo), and I had a different boyfriend. Fast forward to 2008, our Junior year of high school when we first started dating. Zack seems to think he made the first move but I remember it the other way around. 

How He Asked: I am currently living in San Diego attending school for Dental Hygiene and Zack still lives in Oakley, which is an 8 hour drive north from where I’m at. Our close friends daughter was having a 1st birthday party Saturday, July 11 and I made the last minute decision to drive up to attend. July 12 was also a day I wanted to be home and with family for, as it’s the day my mom lost her 12 year battle to breast cancer 2 years ago.

Zack had told me he was staying in bed all day Friday until his softball game while I was stuck in class and about to make that 8 hour drive. He asked what I wanted to do Saturday after baby Rylee’s party and I had no idea. All I knew was that we would be having a BBQ in honor of my mom at my babas house on Sudnay. He decided we would go to the Giants game Saturday night! Not only do we love our SF Giants, but AT&T park holds a special place in my heart because of my mom and her loyalty and love for the team. (I also may have let a pinch of her ashes go over the wall in the outfield)

When we got to AT&T park I really wanted nachos. As we were waiting in line Zack got a little irritated and said he wanted to go to our seats first. That didn’t happen, I got my nachos while I messed up his proposal plan! Everyone who knows me, knows how I love nachos. Not only did I throw him off, but it was one of the longest games I had ever been to without going into extra innings. The poor guy had to wait even longer. After the game (Giants won!) we waited for the crowd to head out and we walked down to the wall overlooking the outfield and that’s when he proposed! We basically had the park to ourselves while everyone else was leaving. I of course said yes and then started laughing uncontrollably.

He he told me how he actually wasn’t in bed all day Friday. He met my cousin and her fiancé at Derco Jewlers (a place my whole family has used for years) and picked out the ring! I had been waiting for this moment for so long and he couldn’t have picked a better time and place to ask me to marry him.

We plan to get married on my moms birthday, May 7, 2016.