Thirty Strangers Holding iPhones


So, last week something exciting happened other than this exciting thing. (Btw, you guys BLEW MY MIND with all your amazing comments! Seriously, thanks so much!)

My little brother got engaged!

I'm so happy I was able to drive to Texas to help my mom decorate for the surprise engagement party we were hosting after the proposal (Jordan couldn't get off work to come with. Boo!). I'm a little sad Jordan and I will no longer be the cute, young married couple, but I'm so excited for Austin and Amy! They're so cute together, and I already can't wait for their wedding, which will be sometime in 2014.

We probably had at least thirty people in our house, and Amy was shocked to see so many people there. She probably would have been more shocked had my other brother Daniel not arrived from Arlington five minutes earlier and sort of spoiled the moment.

He had a class that night and left during the break to speed to our house. We were all in the living room, cameras posed, ready to document Amy and Austin's triumphant return, when Daniel came up the walkway. He walked in, and everyone cheered! 

Was he phased by 30 strangers holding iphones and staring at him?

Negative. He took it like a champ and started dancing in the doorway before everyone told him to sit his bearded face down because the newly engaged couple was coming quick.

So that happened. 
It was hilarious.

Amy heard the cheers as they walked up the driveway, and Austin said, "Well, I guess now you know people are here."

But don't worry. Amy was still surprised, as you can see.

It was a great night. People were crying and laughing and taking pictures. Speaking of pictures, this next one is the perfect example of why Amy will fit right in with our family. Look at her, right in the middle of the pack, with a huge smile and a thumbs up. Love it.

Welcome to Crazy Town.
Where the pictures are weird and the laughs come easy.

If you walked into a room full of strangers pointing cameras at you, 
what would you do?


  1. Congrats to your brother!!! My older brother is getting married next year and I can't wait for the wedding!

    I had a surprise birthday once and I yelled "shut up, what're you guys doing here?!" when I saw everyone haha.

  2. Congrats to your younger brother! And I totally love the group photo! Such a fun family :)

  3. Yay for jobs and engagements!! This party looks perfect. Michael had a bunch of people surprise me after he proposed and it was the best.

  4. hhah that is really sweet and I love how your other brother just played along with it :)

  5. Awww! Congrats to your brother! How exciting!

    I would have a little mini modeling posing session and than asked what's with the paparazzi!?

  6. I've only had one surprise party thrown for me...and it was AWESOME. Super cute photos, I'm so glad she felt welcomed into the family!

  7. Congrats to your brother! She looks like she will fit right in!

  8. Congrats to them!!! So exciting. It's the best when your siblings marry people who are just as crazy as your own family (my bro-in-law actually married my best friend)! As for the cameras... I would definitely dance. A lot. Crazily!

  9. ahh so exciting! Congrats to them!

  10. I love that family photo! Is that your Dad? Hilarious!

  11. Ahhh, this is soooo sweet! Congrats to the happy couple. I love the family pictures! You guys are fun fo sho.


  12. Ahhhh! So cute! Now you have to tell the story how he proposed! I love proposal stories! haha :)

  13. just the cutest. so, so sweet of your family to host something to celebrate the moment!

    eileen ragan | leaner by the lake

  14. Congratulations to your brother! How fun!

  15. This is so sweet! Congratulations to your brother!

  16. Congratulations to you on your JOB and to your brother and your family on the engagement!! How exciting! And it will probably be nice not to be the young, married ones. You'll be the experienced ones that they come to to ask questions! The marriage sages. ;)

    Also, that last family photo is amazing. If that is your dad on the left I love him. Dads who get in on things like that rock (moms just always rock. ;))

  17. Aw so many exciting things! I just caught up on your job post. Congrats girl!!! I'm so happy for you!

  18. Congrats! How exciting to be part of such a happy event.
    (I haven't been to a wedding 15 years! ugh how OLD am I??)

    Walking into a room with strangers pointing cameras at me? I would blush and look behind me to see who they were really trying to get a picture of.

  19. Yeah for new family members! What an exciting celebration! I am so looking forward to all the weddings of my little siblings!!

  20. Congratulations! She looks like she's going to fit right in!

    OH, and I see a camera? Dude, I'm like a ham on Christmas Day. ALL UP IN THAT GRAVY.

    ...and there's me attempting to be funny. Not all of them are gems. Obviously.

  21. hahaha!! Funny photos :)

    Congrats to your lil' bro and his fiancé on their engagement!!!

  22. Your family is just TOO much fun, I'm telling ya. What a cute idea!

  23. Holy heck I wanna be in your family! Look at that fam picture at the bottom!!!! Loving it.

  24. so that last picture is pretty much awesome!

  25. oh YAY congratulations! you guys are the best family :)

    p.s. the first couple that we're friends with has gotten engaged since our wedding - did that make sense? you know what I mean. I was shocked at quickly and easily I slipped into "I HAVE BEEN THERE, COME CRY ON MY SHOULDER ABOUT THE STRESS OF WEDDING PLANNING" mode!


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