Alex & Stephen

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The couple who were married right before us had Elvis at their ceremony. I don't think it gets much more 'Vegas' than that!
The couple who were married right before us had Elvis at their ceremon...
We love trying out new restaurants around town. This time we had company with Alex's mom & step-dad.
We love trying out new restaurants around town. This time we had compa...
This was our first Halloween together - just 3 months after we'd started dating. When Stephen agreed to be Donald Duck, Alex knew he was the one.
This was our first Halloween together - just 3 months after we'd start...
We'd just bought these ponchos at the game and not 5 minutes later, the game was called for inclement weather. $20 ponchos for nothing!
We'd just bought these ponchos at the game and not 5 minutes later, th...
Stephen is a really good sport whenever Alex asks him to take a silly picture. And what better place to make that happen than at Target?
Stephen is a really good sport whenever Alex asks him to take a silly...
We were lucky enough to go on to the football field before a game, and we got to meet our mascot, Sir Purr!
We were lucky enough to go on to the football field before a game, and...
This year for Halloween, a group of us went as 90's wrestlers, and we were Hulk Hogan & Macho Man. You can't see it but Stephen has on zebra leggings!
This year for Halloween, a group of us went as 90's wrestlers, and we...
Stephen loves Jimmy Buffett so we went to see him in concert when he came to town. The tailgate was almost as much fun as the concert!
Stephen loves Jimmy Buffett so we went to see him in concert when he c...
Stephen loves being able to spend time with his students outside of school. This was at a charity event for Best Buddies - a program that works to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Stephen loves being able to spend time with his students outside of sc...
Stephen's aunt & uncle took us to a Clemson football game and it was so much fun! Any time Stephen is at a game, he's having a blast.
Stephen's aunt & uncle took us to a Clemson football game and it was s...
We don't grill as much as we should but when we do, we look good! :)
We don't grill as much as we should but when we do, we look good! :)
Who says kids are the only ones who get to dress up for Halloween? It's so fun to see all the kiddos trick-or-treat in our neighborhood!
Who says kids are the only ones who get to dress up for Halloween? It'...
Gelato from a 100 year old family owned gelateria behind the Duomo in Florence, Italy? Don't mind if I do!
Gelato from a 100 year old family owned gelateria behind the Duomo in...
This is what happens when you're too full after eating a great Thanksgiving dinner. You get a little slap-happy.
This is what happens when you're too full after eating a great Thanksg...
When Spirit Week calls for 'America Day' you go all out! Stephen even wore a pair of Alex's leggings to complete the outfit :)
When Spirit Week calls for 'America Day' you go all out! Stephen even...
How many people do you know that have a fathead of THEMSELVES in their office? Stephen has this hanging in his classroom. Vain? Yep!
How many people do you know that have a fathead of THEMSELVES in their...
You're never too dressed up for a Christmas party. The tackier, the better!
You're never too dressed up for a Christmas party. The tackier, the be...
Family photo, minus Charlie
Family photo, minus Charlie
Garth & Vince Vaughn do Halloween. Party On!
Garth & Vince Vaughn do Halloween. Party On!
Stephen has a fear of flying but you'd never guess it from this picture. He kept this hat on the entire time we were traveling, by the way.
Stephen has a fear of flying but you'd never guess it from this pictur...
Stephen's birthday in Jamaica was really special. The resort had this table decorated for him when we went to dinner that night.
Stephen's birthday in Jamaica was really special. The resort had this...
Stephen loves to shoot hoops in our driveway. Most of the time, Alex cheers him on from the sideline.
Stephen loves to shoot hoops in our driveway. Most of the time, Alex c...
Alex has gotten really into sudoku during the covid quarantine. She usually sits on their back porch and does a few puzzles while Stephen teaches from home.
Alex has gotten really into sudoku during the covid quarantine. She us...
Charlie & Beans don't usually lay with Alex in their bed and now she knows why...
Charlie & Beans don't usually lay with Alex in their bed and now she k...
It's so nice to cool off in the pool after a long day at the beach. There's always some snacks out & some music playing in the background.
It's so nice to cool off in the pool after a long day at the beach. Th...
My Memaw passed away in June 2020. Stephen was (and is) so comforting & supportive during those sad days. I'm so thankful to go through life with him.
My Memaw passed away in June 2020. Stephen was (and is) so comforting...
Stephen's Side of Our Family
Christmas dinner at Stephen's dad's house always includes us all wearing our paper crowns that come in our Christmas crackers.
Christmas dinner at Stephen's dad's house always includes us all weari...
Liz, Stephen's mom, lives about 2 hours away from us. She's recently retired after working 30 years in the school system. Just like Stephen, Liz loves all animals. When Alex met Liz for the first time, she had 5 dogs and multiple fish tanks!
Liz, Stephen's mom, lives about 2 hours away from us. She's recently r...
Whenever Chris was preaching on a Sunday, we'd try to make it out to see him. This picture always makes us laugh because Stephen is wearing shoes with our cats face on them, and his brother, Michael, is wearing a shirt that's older than he is
Whenever Chris was preaching on a Sunday, we'd try to make it out to s...
After Stephen's brother, Alex, got engaged to Kellie, we all got together for an engagement bbq that was hosted by Kellie's family. Can you tell the boys in the front row play rugby?
After Stephen's brother, Alex, got engaged to Kellie, we all got toget...
Stephen's dad, Chris, was an ordained priest in the Anglican church. This was taken the day he was ordained. It was such a special and proud time for all of us.
Stephen's dad, Chris, was an ordained priest in the Anglican church. T...
After Stephen's dad passed away in 2018, the 3 brothers went out and had some quality time together, laughing and telling stories about their dad.
After Stephen's dad passed away in 2018, the 3 brothers went out and h...
Kellie was a beautiful bride!
Kellie was a beautiful bride!
We were lucky enough to get all of Stephen's family together when we went to Northern England in the summer of 2019.
We were lucky enough to get all of Stephen's family together when we w...
This is our niece, Lilly, who lives in Northern England. She has two younger sisters, Rosie and Jasmin.
This is our niece, Lilly, who lives in Northern England. She has two y...
This was taken in a small  English town called Whitby. We climbed 199 steps to get to Whitby Abbey. It was rough but the view was totally worth it!
This was taken in a small English town called Whitby. We climbed 199...
We love to go out for Saturday morning breakfast when everyone is in town! This was taken at our favorite breakfast spot.
We love to go out for Saturday morning breakfast when everyone is in t...
Stephen's brother, Alex, and his wife, Kellie, welcomed their first baby , Millie, into the world in March 2020; this was taken the week before she was born.
Stephen's brother, Alex, and his wife, Kellie, welcomed their first ba...
Kellie's first Mother's Day with sweet, sleepy Millie.
Kellie's first Mother's Day with sweet, sleepy Millie.
Alex's Side of Our Family
No one loves a donut like Alex's memaw , Virginia, does. This was taken at Memaw's 90th birthday party in 2017.
No one loves a donut like Alex's memaw , Virginia, does. This was take...
Alex gets her LOVE of music from her mom, Cindi. We decided to go to Celine Dion's concert two days before she came to town - and we're so glad we went! It was AMAZING!
Alex gets her LOVE of music from her mom, Cindi. We decided to go to C...
We love the beach! Especially when family joins us :) These are Alex's twin cousins, Emily and Erin.
We love the beach! Especially when family joins us :) These are Alex's...
Alex's mom and step-dad, Cindi and Jamey, have gone to the Kentucky Derby  every year since 2013. Alex and her mom love finding fun hats for Cindi to wear each year.
Alex's mom and step-dad, Cindi and Jamey, have gone to the Kentucky De...
From left to right: Michael (Georgia's fiance), Georgia (Cindi's sister), Emily, Stephen, Erin, Jamey, Cindi, and Alex at Top Golf for some competitive family time :)
From left to right: Michael (Georgia's fiance), Georgia (Cindi's siste...
Memaw is the cutest lady around.
Memaw is the cutest lady around.
Our nephews, Anderson and Hayden, LOVE the water - and Stephen loves relaxing in the sun!
Our nephews, Anderson and Hayden, LOVE the water - and Stephen loves r...
Boys love to dig in the sand and these two, Noah and Anderson, can't get enough of it!
Boys love to dig in the sand and these two, Noah and Anderson, can't g...
Thanksgiving 2019 at Alex's parent's house. There are grandparents, nephews, step-siblings, aunts, and uncles in this picture. The food is always good but the company is better :)
Thanksgiving 2019 at Alex's parent's house. There are grandparents, ne...
Happy Birthday, Memaw! This was at her most recent birthday dinner in December 2019. She turned 92!
Happy Birthday, Memaw! This was at her most recent birthday dinner in...
Alex, Emily, and Erin took a girls trip to Las Vegas in 2019 to see Lady Gaga in concert. Alex cried during the concert - twice.
Alex, Emily, and Erin took a girls trip to Las Vegas in 2019 to see La...
Emily and Erin graduated from James Madison University in May of this year! Emily is getting her Masters degree in Elementary Education and Erin majored in Art History. We're all so proud of their hard work!
Emily and Erin graduated from James Madison University in May of this...
Alex's nephew, Noah, is a funny and sweet kid. He's always finding ways to make us laugh.
Alex's nephew, Noah, is a funny and sweet kid. He's always finding way...
Charlie + Beans
Charlie & Beans make themselves comfy wherever they see fit.
Charlie & Beans make themselves comfy wherever they see fit.
Beans LOVES to snuggle with Stephen. He doesn't mind very much :)
Beans LOVES to snuggle with Stephen. He doesn't mind very much :)
Charlie thinks a box is the best toy, ever.
Charlie thinks a box is the best toy, ever.
Beans is the princess of this Christmas castle.
Beans is the princess of this Christmas castle.
Charlie may weigh 18 pounds, but Alex doesn't care. She's carried him like this since he was a kitten.
Charlie may weigh 18 pounds, but Alex doesn't care. She's carried him...
Beans definitely has a fun, quirky personality. She makes us laugh all of the time.
Beans definitely has a fun, quirky personality. She makes us laugh all...
Charlie loves our screened in porch. When it's warm outside, he'll nap on the porch for hours.
Charlie loves our screened in porch. When it's warm outside, he'll nap...
Friends aka 2nd Family
Stephen has known Andy since he was 17. They're from the same hometown and went to the same college. Andy lives about 45 minutes away from us so we're grateful whenever we get to see he and his wife, Dorin.
Stephen has known Andy since he was 17. They're from the same hometown...
Our friends, Chris and Alaina, got married last year. Alex met Alaina for the first time when Chris brought her as his date to she and Stephen's wedding reception and they've been friends ever since!
Our friends, Chris and Alaina, got married last year. Alex met Alaina...
Aaron and Stephen have been friends since middle school. Aaron has moved and lived in many different places but in 2018, he moved back home and we're both glad he's so close.
Aaron and Stephen have been friends since middle school. Aaron has mov...
We love going to football games with friends!
We love going to football games with friends!
We love when we get to spend time with Chris and Alaina's son, Vince. He's such a fun and cool kid!
We love when we get to spend time with Chris and Alaina's son, Vince....
Alex and Carly met when they worked at the same preschool. They became quick friends when they learned that they both loved all kinds of music. They've been to a lot of concerts together including seeing Elton John in 2019.
Alex and Carly met when they worked at the same preschool. They became...
Stephen has a soft spot for all kinds of fair food - funnel cakes, fried oreos, you name it!
Stephen has a soft spot for all kinds of fair food - funnel cakes, fri...
Alex loves any excuse to dress up so when there happened to be a 90's themed pub crawl the same weekend as Stephen's birthday, Alex knew they had to participate!
Alex loves any excuse to dress up so when there happened to be a 90's...
Disney is better with friends! Especially friends who work at Magic Kingdom :)
Disney is better with friends! Especially friends who work at Magic Ki...
We try to plan a trip every summer where we get all of our friends together for a weekend away.
We try to plan a trip every summer where we get all of our friends tog...
Chris and Alaina host an annual Christmas party that we always look forward to. Alex also loves the excuse to dress up :)
Chris and Alaina host an annual Christmas party that we always look fo...
Alex knows she can always count on Carly for a fun, summer day. Luckily, Alex's parents have a pool in their backyard so the fun is never too far away.
Alex knows she can always count on Carly for a fun, summer day. Luckil...
We feel lucky that our family treats our friends like they're a part of our family.
We feel lucky that our family treats our friends like they're a part o...
Stephen's four best friends, Andy, Stevie, and Aaron, all together.
Stephen's four best friends, Andy, Stevie, and Aaron, all together.
Holiday Traditions
Christmas Eve at Gigi & Pappy's is always a good time.
Christmas Eve at Gigi & Pappy's is always a good time.
Family & friends came over to trick-or-treat in our neighborhood this past Halloween. It was so much fun!
Family & friends came over to trick-or-treat in our neighborhood this...
Christmas morning at Alex's mom's house.
Christmas morning at Alex's mom's house.
Stephen decorated their kitchen for Alex's birthday this year. Charlie was a big help...
Stephen decorated their kitchen for Alex's birthday this year. Charlie...
Alex's mom's favorite band is the Rolling Stones. The two of them went to see the Rolling Stones in California for Cindi's birthday.
Alex's mom's favorite band is the Rolling Stones. The two of them went...
The photo booth at Memaw's 90th birthday party made for some pretty funny pictures!
The photo booth at Memaw's 90th birthday party made for some pretty fu...
Each year, we put up two Christmas trees. This is in our back living room where we also hang  our 4 stockings. We can't wait to add one more little stocking to the mantle :)
Each year, we put up two Christmas trees. This is in our back living r...
Every year, Alex and her two step-sisters compete in a Christmas cookie bake-off. She may not have won last year, but she and Anderson had a good time!
Every year, Alex and her two step-sisters compete in a Christmas cooki...
During the holiday season, we love to drive around and look at Christmas lights. This is our favorite house in town!
During the holiday season, we love to drive around and look at Christm...
Traveling the Globe
This was taken at a little pub in Northern England that we spent the day at with Stephen's family. The views are breathtaking and they never get old.
This was taken at a little pub in Northern England that we spent the d...
It's not uncommon to have to stop driving to let a herd of sheep cross the road in England. You may be in a rush, but they're not :)
It's not uncommon to have to stop driving to let a herd of sheep cross...
This was taken in a small town named Whitby that Stephen's family loves. We visited in July and the high for that day was 65 degrees!
This was taken in a small town named Whitby that Stephen's family love...
You can't go to London and not take a picture in a red telephone box! 'Ello Govnah!
You can't go to London and not take a picture in a red telephone box!...
Whenever we go to London, we always stay in the same hotel, The Sanctuary House. We were spoiled this trip with a corner room with a great view!
Whenever we go to London, we always stay in the same hotel, The Sanctu...
Rome has so many monuments everywhere! You're immersed in history, so it was really fun to just walk around the city & take it all in.
Rome has so many monuments everywhere! You're immersed in history, so...
Nothing better than a glass of wine on your hotel terrace after touring the Vatican & walking all over Rome all day. This trip was a dream come true!
Nothing better than a glass of wine on your hotel terrace after tourin...
This was a super fun girls trip that we went on in February of 2020. Who doesn't love to giggle and make fun memories?
This was a super fun girls trip that we went on in February of 2020. W...
There was a German Christmas market set up under the Eiffel Tower while we were there. We each got a crepe and ate it in the grass, under the Tower.
There was a German Christmas market set up under the Eiffel Tower whil...
It was SO COLD while we were in New York, & Alex did not pack appropriately at all. At one point she was so cold that she started crying! *haha*
It was SO COLD while we were in New York, & Alex did not pack appropri...
I think we lived on Jerk Chicken this entire trip. Jamaica was like heaven on earth and the weather was perfect!
I think we lived on Jerk Chicken this entire trip. Jamaica was like he...
This Storm Trooper had some pretty funny things to say to people as they walked by. I think he told us to move along after we snapped this picture :)
This Storm Trooper had some pretty funny things to say to people as th...
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