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Our First Decade

I'm soooooo very late in posting this :(

Whoa!  I've been married a decade! Holy cow!  We decided to celebrate in Puerto Rico with our friends Matt and Brandy which were also celebrating their 10th anniversary.  Here are some pics from our trip (at the end of July):

Taking the ferry to Palomino Island

I found a hermit crab!
Zip Lining!
We survived!
The beautiful pool at the resort

Being that we've reached 10 years.  I was thinking about how many amazing things we've been able to do in that time.  I'm so blessed to have such a great, supportive husband.  We love traveling and love our lives at home with our bulldogs.  Here are some of my favorite memories from our last 10 years together.

After just about a month of marriage, we traveled to North Dakota to visit Will's family.  Sadly his grandfather was terminally ill, so Will wanted to visit him one last time and I got the privilege of meeting him.  Even with his illness he knew I was "the new one".  I sat and held his hand for a was so sweet.  We took a drive out to where the family farm used to be...what a beautiful place.

Another favorite memory involves going to WVU games!  We always had a great time visiting with my brother-in-law (and now sister-in-law too) and cheering on the Mountaineers!

Going to my first WVU game!

A few years into marriage, we started an annual camping trip with my in-laws.  Never did I imagine that it would lead to us building a cabin in WV...but I'm so glad it did!

We started our marriage with our precious Sophie, but sadly we lost her.  Our hearts and home were empty without the pitter patter of bulldog feet.  So, we were beyond ecstatic when we welcomed our beloved Sarge and Stella!
Bringing home our sweet babies!!

One of my favorite trips of all was our New Years trip to Las Vegas!  Brent (Will's brother) and our friends Matt and Brandy joined us on this adventure.  Many memories made but of course, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas ;)
On the top floor of Mandalay Bay

Another favorite also involves Vegas (no surprise there)!!  It was my 30th birthday trip!!  Again Brent, Matt & Brandy joined the fun, but so did my sister-in-law Julie and my dad and stepmom.  We partied like we were 21 - great memories!!

In September 2014, we had the opportunity to attend Oktoberfest.  And it was amazing!  We spent time in Munich, then visited Salzburg, Prague, and Amsterdam!!  It was Will's first time in Europe, and I was excited to show him Prague where I studied abroad in college.

Another major milestone and blessing was becoming a family of 5!  We were blessed to be selected to adopt our T-Bone!!  While there have been good days and bad blending him in the family, we wouldn't have it any other way!

Last but not least, we've become an Aunt and Uncle.  We love our little nuggets.  Its so much fun spending time with these kiddos and watching them grow.  While we are far from Adam and Allie, we have our Preston and Lilly right down the street!!  I love watching Will interact with the kiddos - I  see a side of him I didn't know he had!
With Allie and Adam


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