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Alex & Stephen

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Viva Las Vegas! What a fun, fun trip that was :)
Viva Las Vegas! What a fun, fun trip that was :)
We love trying out new places to eat around town. It's a fun excuse for a date night.
We love trying out new places to eat around town. It's a fun excuse for a date night.
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 started dating. When Stephen agreed to be Donald Duck, Alex knew he was the one.
A little rain won't ruin our good time!
A little rain won't ruin our good time!
Doesn't he look thrilled?
Doesn't he look thrilled?
Go Panthers!
Go Panthers!
Happy Halloween! This particular year we were Hulk Hogan and Randy
Happy Halloween! This particular year we were Hulk Hogan and Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
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 came to town. The tailgate was almost as much fun as the concert!
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 school. This was at a charity event for Best Buddies - a program that works to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We were lucky enough to go to a Clemson football game with Stephen's aunt and uncle last season. Go Tigers!
We were lucky enough to go to a Clemson football game with Stephen's aunt and uncle last season. Go Tigers!
Stephen breaking in the grill at our new house.
Stephen breaking in the grill at our new house.
We have a lot of families who live in our neighborhood so Halloween is always a good time with all of the trick-or-treaters that come by. We love dressing up and seeing all the kids dressed up, too!
We have a lot of families who live in our neighborhood so Halloween is always a good time with all of the trick-or-treaters that come by. We love dressing up and seeing all the kids dressed up, too!
Alex couldn't get enough gelato when we went to Italy.
Alex couldn't get enough gelato when we went to Italy.
Just a bunch of goofballs on Thanksgiving.
Just a bunch of goofballs on Thanksgiving.
Spirit Week at the school where Stephen teaches is always a fun excuse to dress up. Here he is on 'America Day' - complete with his classroom American flag.
Spirit Week at the school where Stephen teaches is always a fun excuse to dress up. Here he is on 'America Day' - complete with his classroom American flag.
Stephen has a fathead of himself hanging in his classroom. His students think it's pretty funny.
Stephen has a fathead of himself hanging in his classroom. His students think it's pretty funny.
When you get invited to a Christmas party, you have to put on your holiday best!
When you get invited to a Christmas party, you have to put on your holiday best!
Family photo, minus Charlie
Family photo, minus Charlie
This Halloween, Stephen was a dodgeball player and Alex was Garth from Wayne's World. Party on!
This Halloween, Stephen was a dodgeball player and Alex was Garth from Wayne's World. Party on!
Stephen has a fear of flying but you'd never guess it from this picture.
Stephen has a fear of flying but you'd never guess it from this picture.
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 table decorated for him when we went to dinner that night.
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 cheers him on from the sideline.
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 usually sits on their back porch and does a few puzzles while Stephen teaches from home.
I'm not sure they've left much room for Alex in the bed...
I'm not sure they've left much room for Alex in the bed...
Family Photos
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 wearing our paper crowns that come in our Christmas crackers.
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 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!
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 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
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 together for an engagement bbq that was hosted by Kellie's family. Can you tell the boys in the front row play rugby?
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. This was taken the day he was ordained. It was such a special and proud time for all of us.
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 had some quality time together, laughing and telling stories about their dad.
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 went to Northern England in the summer of 2019.
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 younger sisters, Rosie and Jasmin.
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 steps to get to Whitby Abbey. It was rough but the view was totally worth it!
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 town! This was taken at our favorite breakfast spot.
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 baby , Millie, into the world in March 2020; this was taken the week before she was born.
Kellie's first Mother's Day with sweet, sleepy Millie.
Kellie's first Mother's Day with sweet, sleepy Millie.
Alex's 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 taken at Memaw's 90th birthday party in 2017.
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 Celine Dion's concert two days before she came to town - and we're so glad we went! It was AMAZING!
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 twin cousins, Emily and Erin.
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 Derby every year since 2013. Alex and her mom love finding fun hats for Cindi to wear each year.
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 sister), Emily, Stephen, Erin, Jamey, Cindi, and Alex at Top Golf for some competitive family time :)
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 relaxing in the sun!
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 get enough of it!
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, nephews, step-siblings, aunts, and uncles in this picture. The food is always good but the company is better :)
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 December 2019. She turned 92!
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 Lady Gaga in concert. Alex cried during the concert - twice.
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 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!
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 ways to make us laugh.
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 like this since he was a kitten.
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 of the time.
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 on the porch for hours.
Our Friends aka Our Extended 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 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.
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 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!
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 moved and lived in many different places but in 2018, he moved back home and we're both glad he's so close.
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. He's such a fun and cool kid!
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 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.
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, fried oreos, you name it!
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 themed pub crawl the same weekend as Stephen's birthday, Alex knew they had to participate!
Disney is better with friends! Especially friends who work at Magic Kingdom :)
Disney is better with friends! Especially friends who work at Magic Kingdom :)
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 together for a weekend away.
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 forward to. Alex also loves the excuse to dress up :)
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. Luckily, Alex's parents have a pool in their backyard so the fun is never too far away.
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 of our family.
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 past Halloween. It was so much fun!
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 was a big help...
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 to see the Rolling Stones in California for Cindi's birthday.
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 funny pictures!
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 room where we also hang our 4 stockings. We can't wait to add one more little stocking to the mantle :)
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 cookie bake-off. She may not have won last year, but she and Anderson had a good time!
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 Christmas lights. This is our favorite house in town!
Travel Pics
Northern England is one of Alex's favorite places in the world. It's so green and there are sheep everywhere!
Northern England is one of Alex's favorite places in the world. It's so green and there are sheep everywhere!
Sheep crossing :)
Sheep crossing :)
Whitby is a small town that Stephen's family loves. We visited in July and the high for that day was 65 degrees!
Whitby is a small town that Stephen's family loves. We visited in July and the high for that day was 65 degrees!
You can't go to London and not take a picture in a red telephone box!
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.
Whenever we go to London, we always stay in the same hotel.
We went to Rome in July of 2019 and fell in love with Italy. The food was great and the sights were amazing!
We went to Rome in July of 2019 and fell in love with Italy. The food was great and the sights were amazing!
After a long day of touring the Vatican and walking all over the city, we enjoyed a cold glass of wine on our hotel balcony in Rome.
After a long day of touring the Vatican and walking all over the city, we enjoyed a cold glass of wine on our hotel balcony in Rome.
In February of 2020, Alex went to Disney World and Universal Studios with her cousin, Emily, and her friend, Carly. It was a great girls trip!
In February of 2020, Alex went to Disney World and Universal Studios with her cousin, Emily, and her friend, Carly. It was a great girls trip!
Paris is beautiful. We were only there for 24 hours but we packed in as much sightseeing as we could.
Paris is beautiful. We were only there for 24 hours but we packed in as much sightseeing as we could.
Stephen loves New York. He loves the hustle & bustle, all of the good food, and the fact that there's ALWAYS something to do.
Stephen loves New York. He loves the hustle & bustle, all of the good food, and the fact that there's ALWAYS something to do.
We went to Jamaica for Stephen's birthday a few years ago. It was heaven on earth!
We went to Jamaica for Stephen's birthday a few years ago. It was heaven on earth!