S: Vol. 1: 2010-2011 Justin & Erica
FC: The Best Journey of | our Lives, Begins...
1: The Beginning The beginning of our journey began June 17, 2010 at the last place we both thought we would meet the love of our life, a bar in Perry Hall. For Erica it was just another Thursday night out with girlfriends. She had not a care in the world that night, since it being the beginning of summer and a night out with the girls. After years of male non-sense, she swore up and down and promised herself that this was her summer to be herself and to stay single. Little did she know just an hour or two into that evening, she would take back her promise and have her life changed for the better. For Justin, it was a night out with his friend, Brad, for a few drinks. It was hard not to notice Justin from across the bar, duh!. As he walked closer to buy himself a drink, my girlfriends and I noticed his phone was lighting up in his pants pockets. Us girls tried to get his attention by screaming across the bar, yelling, "hey Mr. tall man! Your pocket is lighting up!" He couldn't hear what we were saying and he kind of shrugged us off. A minute later there he was approaching our table. Quickly I got excited, but then again, I remembered that I was staying single this summer. But for some reason I was a little disappointed when he came up and sat next to my friend. They spoke for a moment and then he turned to me and said, "hey, I'm Justin, I think I like you, what's your name?" And there at that moment the "single" promise I made to myself and the countless times I sang "All the single ladies" that night meant nothing. Absolutely nothing. I can't even describe why he seemed different and seemed so right, but I guess it's that special moment you share with someone that tells you, you were made for each other. Before the night was over I knew our connection would mean something more and as cliche as it sounds, I knew he was the guy I am suppose to marry. From the beginning and what holds true to this day is our closeness. We had an immediate bond the moment we met. Our first date (the night after we met and also the first time meeting his parents!) we were holing hands in the car singing love songs, by our second date (neighborhood party), also being the third day after we met, friends of Justin thought we had been dating for weeks. A year later, we still share this closeness and incredible bond neither one of us has ever experienced. It is absolutely impossible for us to get enough of each other. This picture book is a time line of our first year together. Throughout our first year together, we shared many "first" moments and created amazing memories. Most of all, we fell in love, became best friends, and look forward to creating many more of these picture books to capture the best moments of our lives.
2: There Are Billions Of People In This world, But In The end It All Comes Down To One
3: Couples that Play Together, Stay Together | Best Friends
4: Summer | Met a girl crazy for me, met a boy cute as can be!! | Loving
5: you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. | Just the Two of Us | i
6: Twenty Four & so much more
7: Twenty one days into our relationship you treated me to a beautiful evening in Havre de Grace for my 24th birthday. | I feel wonderful because I see the love light in your eyes. | I say, "My darling, you were wonderful tonight."
8: Everything we do, we do it better together! | baby girl! | ( me or the dog? )
9: HAPPY 4TH OF JULY ! | Wayne Norman's Party
10: Joe & Carly's Wedding
11: When I was younger, I dreamed of the day we would meet. Now that I found you, I thank the stars for bringing you into my life. You make everything shine brighter!
12: OCEAN CITY : KRESS FAMILY Vacation 2010 | "Erica, I love u" | August 31st: Sitting on the sand dunes, Justin starts laughing, a sort of nervous laugh.." Erica, I love you, I love you so much"
13: CAPTAIN'S PIZZA !A KRESS FAMILY TRADITION ...that i can get used to! | !!!
14: With you, I am happiest
15: Life is good... | with you.
16: Just add.. | WATER!
18: Fager's Island Sunset
19: LOVE, | it's contagious!
20: The beach babes | The sizzlin' men!
21: Through you, Justin, I've met two amazing women!
22: Happy Thanksgiving
23: Cameron's Holiday Party
24: Our First | Christmas | A Special Memory | in the | Making....
25: Time to String the Lights! | Decorate Time!!!! | A Team Effort! | Star! | You
26: Santa Came!!
28: Happy New Year!! 2011 | Cheers!
29: New Year's Eve Party | at Dave & Kelly's
30: Valentine's Day | Justin gave me the best valentine's day of my life. After a long day of work and then class, I came home to a delicious home cooked meal and a beautiful present. I love you! | 02.14.11
31: Elton John Concert!! | Your Song | Saturday Night! | Crocodile Rock! | Yellow Brick Road
32: David's 27th Birthday | Where is the guest of honor!? Camera shy!
33: Hike at Rock | State Park
34: Out & About Where ever you go, I go too | four months | eight days | eleven months | six months
35: Celebrating 30 Years of Marriage Between Vince & Diane! | YUMM! | Giovonni's!
36: Our New Summer Hangout! | Thanks Barb & Bill! | Beer
37: A Romantic & Fun Getaway! BOCA RATON, FL. | At the airport, waiting for the shuttle! So Exited!!!! | Arrived to Boca around 9 pm, quickly got dressed up, and out to an Italian Restaurant
38: Yes, | Looking good with that Florida sun shining on you babe! | we will be cruzin' around florida in a convertable!
39: Crazy Tree in | Florida!
40: After a while, you just want to be with the person who never fails to make you smile | Nights Out in Boca
41: Sushi | Baby! | OCEANS | 54
42: Breakfast in Deerfield | Beach!
44: Beach Time! Four days of Paradise! | Oh, hey there beach stud!
45: Oh, yeah, HELLO Dink! | ahhhhh......
46: Palms | Sand | Water
47: Thank you for treating | me to an ice cream cone!
48: Happy Easter!
49: Softball season | BEGINS!
50: Life Wouldn't be Normal without | Havre de Grace, Prices Seafood | Crabs & Beer!
51: Peace Happiness | Love
52: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND | at Ocean City
53: I'm a better me because of you
54: Love is not just something that happens to you: it is a certain special way of being alive. Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life."
55: you make me smile, forever yours
58: love | life is good!
59: smiles | living
60: Beach Bums!
61: This kind of certainty.. | only comes once in a lifetime
62: One Year | of many..
63: L O V E | y
65: One year of getting to know one another, of becoming lovers, of becoming best friends, of becoming soul mates, and one year of being completely inseparable. In one year, we have laughed more than ever, realized how silly and weird we both are, and in one year we have showed each other what true love means. We learned that true love means always being each other's number one fan, laughing together till we cry, and that it takes true lovers to be silly. You know it's true love when you can stare at the one you love every day with the biggest smile, when the best part of the day is when it's time to go to bed, because you know being held by the one you love tops all, and still having the same excitement since day one when he/she calls to say hello. The best part of our relationship is the consistency of our love, our commitment, our happiness, and our sillyness. However, the really best part is how easy all of this is <3
66: ..that thing, that moment when you kiss someone, and everything around you becomes hazy...and the only thing in focus is you and this person...and you realize that this person is the only person that you are supposed to kiss for the rest of your life. And for one moment you get this amazing gift, and you wanna laugh, and you wanna cry because you feel so lucky that you found it, that one thing some people search a lifetime for, that one thing that is so rare you can't believe you found it. That thing is something you just can't describe with words, is that one thing that will keep this love alive far beyond our years here on earth.
67: round one