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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Getting Engaged

Fun fact: Jairo proposed to me twice. And it wasn't because I said no the first time. 

Rewind back to late July 2010. Jairo came on vacation with me, my parents, and my brother to Puerto Rico. While we were there sitting by the pool one day my mom got a phone call on her cell phone from MTV. They had chosen us to be on 16 and Pregnant. Apparently they had been trying to contact us for about 3 days but we weren't home and weren't checking emails. Plus all of our phones were off so we wouldn't get charged for roaming. It just happened that my mom had turned her phone on for a minute to check her voicemail and discovered that our director and producer had left messages. Oops. So we called back immediately and told them we were on vacation. Luckily it wasn't too late and they scheduled to start filming us the day after we got home from vacation. So exciting.

While on the phone, Jairo had informed the director that he was planning to propose to me while in Puerto Rico but my director asked him to wait and do it when they were filming since it was just a few days later and it was a big life event. (I wasn't aware of any of this until later).

Well since Jairo knew me so well he knew I would be sad if he passed up the opportunity to propose to me on the beach by moonlight because that was always my dream proposal. So he decided to still propose to me in Puerto Rico.

On the night of Saturday, July 31 2010 Jairo and I were walking on the beach after dinner and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was magical. (As magical as getting engaged at 8 months pregnant while 15 and 17 years old can be, but magical nonetheless). But he told me that he had promised MTV he would wait to propose.

Since he still wanted me to be genuinely surprised on camera he decided to not give me my engagement ring on the beach, so I just wore my promise ring.

Following a nightmarish airport scenario that caused us to be stuck overnight in an airport and not able to get home until one day after we were supposed to, we began filming with MTV on Tuesday August 3, 2010. (We felt terrible for this because the whole MTV crew was in Utah waiting for us on Monday and we weren't there to film until Tuesday.) 

Then on Friday August 6, 2010 Jairo and I went to dinner at La Caille (a very nice French restaurant here in Utah). Jairo proposed to me there for the cameras. That was also the first time I saw the engagement ring that he and his mom had picked out. That time was magical as well. We had so much fun at that dinner. We were teenagers being served sophisticated French food and we were so out of our league. It was cute. It's such a good memory looking back. We got to spend time with my director and one of our favorite camera operators as well. It was wonderful.

Can you believe Jairo and I have been engaged for 4 1/2 years already? I promise we will get married one day. Maybe. ;)


  1. Hope you loved being here in Puerto Rico!
    Love reading your blogs! I'm also a mother of two

  2. How cute..such a cute beautiful couple. . 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜 💜


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