Binh and I both attended Texas A&M University, but ran in completely different circles -he was an engineering student with countless hours of homework to do; I was an education student with sorority events to attend. Thank goodness we had one thing in common, the need to pay for things. We both were hired at First Watch in Aggieland and met on our first day of orientation. He was 30 minutes late, as per usual, and I was annoyed that this kid came in late and made me wait longer for that stupid meeting to be over. Turns out, he would soon become my work boyfriend and run all of my tables their food, drinks, and syrup (that I never failed to forget). Thanks for making all my tips, babe. Coworkers swore that he was in love with me; I politely just said he was being nice. Apparently, all the nicety turned into me having a massive crush on him and convincing him to come to the next Fightin' Texas Aggie Football game with me. Approximately 2 seconds into that game, we both were crushin' hard.
In December of 2018, I moved back to DFW to complete my student teaching semester and we suddenly became a long-distance couple. There were many trips back to College Station and very quickly became not a fan of the distance. While Binh finished his last year at A&M, we decided to move in together and I took a teaching position at Brenham Middle School. Binh endured many long nights of lesson planning and constant stories about my students, while being a rockstar of an engineering student. March 2020 was upon us, and we found ourselves quarantined in a 525 sq. foot apartment- just us, our 50 lb dog, and the sweetest little floof of a cat. After about a month of Tiger King, toilet paper shortages, and an endless amount of snacks, we adopted our littlest floofer, Basil Mae. Binh ~virtually~ graduated from A&M in May 2020, and soon accepted a civil engineering position at RLG Consulting Engineers in Dallas. We moved into a 2 bedroom apartment, with a yard (BLESS) for Stella Luna in Keller, TX, and I took a job in Keller ISD working with students with Autism.
After three moves, three pets together, two graduations, three jobs, and countless laughs, Binh was in the market for a ring. In true Binh fashion, he researched extensively, planned like crazy, and consulted all the people closest to me. He had decided to surprise me on our annual girls trip by getting an AirBnB right next to ours and propose overlooking the ocean in June. BUT, also in true Binh fashion, this man just could not keep anything a secret. Within an hour of bringing the ring home, he came into our kitchen while I was disinfecting (thanks COVID), and dropped down on one knee. He asked me to marry him, and through the most unattractive sobs, I said "yes"! There were tears (like an unbelievable amount of tears), laughter, hugs, kisses, and very yummy cake (thanks, Ashlee!).