Our story starts on October 21, 2006 when I married the man of my dreams. Prior to that we had been together since September 11, 2004... meeting by fluke when I invited his band to play at a Christian event after a football game. We went to lunch the next day and never looked back. I work as a Labor and Delivery RN at the same hospital I started at when I graduated college. Mike is now the manager of Panera Bread.
We journeyed to Maui, Hawaii for our honeymoon. This was by far the most elaborate vacation I had ever been on and my first plane ride. This is where I fell in love with all things traveling! I had no idea how fortunate I would be in years to come to visit such amazing places.
Over the next couple years we got these 4 heathens... I love them to death but they are the masters of chewing up everything of any importance!
In May of 2007, we decided for me to go off birth control and we were ready to be parents. Being parents is something that Mike and I always wanted and we didn't want to wait forever before trying to have a little one. It didn't take very long at all before we were pregnant in June of 2007. We were beyond excited to find out we were expecting!
Despite being 18 weeks pregnant, we went on a cruise at the end of summer and had a blast! We visited Cozumel, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, and Freeport, Bahamas. It was an amazing time!
On February 13, 2008 at 7:23 pm we welcomed our little bundle of joy -- Avery Claire. She weighed 6lb 4oz and was 19 inches long. It was the best day of my life. Giving birth and seeing my little peanut for the first time is an experience I cannot describe! Mike stood by me the whole time and didn't even pass out!
Our first vacation with Avery was to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina in June, 2008.
In February 2009, we celebrated Avery's 1st birthday with lots of family and friends!
We took a big family vacation to New York City in March of 2009. We saw lots of famous sites and ate some great food! Nana and Uncle Sean joined u on this trip. This was also Avery's first plane ride and she did wonderful!
In June of 2009, we drove all the way to Daytona Beach, Florida! That was the longest drive ever! We did have fun at the beach though. We also visited Sea World which was tons of fun!
We also made a quick trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in August 2009 with Poppy Nelson and Mamaw Lisa.
For Thanksgiving 2009, we flew up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit. We saw lots of cool things including going to Lake Michigan and driving into Chicago for a day.
In February 2010, we celebrated Avery's 2nd birthday.
In March of 2010, we drove up to Washington DC to visit. We saw all the big sites to see in the pouring rain! I would love to go back to visit with Avery when it's not raining cats and dogs!
In May 2010, we took a quick, last minute trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This was our first trip just the three of us. It was so much fun and relaxing!!
We went back to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in July of 2010 with Nana and Papaw and had a great time again.
Our last vacation of 2010 was in November. It was a cruise to the Caribbean. The cruise itself was pretty miserable for me and my Mom but Mike and Avery were never affected by the crazy rocking of the boat. We did enjoy time on land in Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas!
I cannot wait to keep adding to this page and see where we are lead next...