S: The Places We Have Gone. Oh, The Places We Will Go....A Tribute To Our Love, Memories, & Future
BC: You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off you. You'd be like Heaven to touch. I wanna hold you so much. At long last love has arrived And I thank God I'm alive. You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off you. Pardon the way that I stare. There's nothing else to compare. The sight of you leaves me weak. There are no words left to speak, But if you feel like I feel, Please let me know that it's real. You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off you. I love you, baby, And if it's quite alright, I need you, baby, To warm a lonely night. I love you, baby. Trust in me when I say: Oh, pretty baby, Don't bring me down, I pray. Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay And let me love you, baby. Let me love you.
FC: The Places We Have Gone. Oh, The Places We Will Go. Happy Third Anniversary | Oh the places you'll go, Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So...get on your way! -- Dr. Seuss
1: Happy Third Anniversary Shannon This book is a tribute to the places we have gone, a highlight of our history, a document to how much we have grown individually as well as together, and the places we will go. Shannon, you really are just too good to be true. I don't ever want to take my eyes off of you. I definitely love holding you so much. I most certainly thank God I'm alive because every second with you is a blessing.
2: We were off to great places! We were off and away! We may not have been born in the same city but we did go to the same preschool. We lived so close growing up, but it would be years yet before our relationship begins.
3: The year 2000, I may have been just waiting for you to come along, for the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No. But somehow we found the bright places where the Green Mile was playing. I fed you your favorite sour patch kids and I knew something big was starting. OH! The Places We'll Go! | Cannot forget the LeBaron
5: 2000 Our first date was January 20, 2000, we went to see the Green Mile and I was running late because I had to shovel my parents driveway. I finally asked you to be my girlfriend on February 5, 2000. Although I needed a little confidence boost from you, I quoted Runaway Bride and we began our journey. Our first Prom, I was running a little late and Chad may have lied about me getting hurt in a soccer game. However, we made it and still had time for all my mothers pictures. Our first Homecoming, you got me to wear a purple shirt to match your dress. Look how little Molly is. My senior soccer season and your junior year. Our first trip to Maryland and DC. This was a fun trip, I got to meet your family for Thanksgiving and sleep on a couch. DC was great, and there is tiny Molly as well.
7: 2001 We had a little bit of a bumpy road beginning in 2001. I went to Panama City for spring break and ended up calling you to patch things up a bit. My senior prom, our second, and this time no crazy lateness due to soccer. I graduate High School, and decide to go to UC's engineering program....looking back I was not quite ready for the intensity of this program. Fun summer, I start to freak out a bit with how difficult college is compared to High School. You start your senior year of High School and play out your final HS soccer season, damn Lakota West. We spend our second Christmas together and have a little peaches too.
9: 2002 Your last stretch of High School. February 5, 2002 we celebrate our 2 year anniversary. We attend our third and final High School prom the day before your birthday. You were also in the prom court. You finished the year as your class president, and gave a great speech at your HS graduation. After several campus visits you decided to go to Saint Mary’s where you earned a scholarship. In the summer we enjoyed a lot of time together before we had to start college. We had a pretty good brownie fight, and we also went on an awesome trip to AZ, the Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas. We also created a list of baby names, one for each letter. I switch to Mount Vernon to play soccer, I also switched my major to Business. You went to St. Mary's and started your soccer season and so was created the 5 senses.
11: 2003 I switched schools for the 2nd time. I went to Urbana to be closer to home and have some closer friends around, Chad and BJ. The distance was tough, and we did not get to see each other very much but we stayed in contact and visited a couple times. You completed your first year at St. Mary’s and forged a gang of core friends. The summer went quickly, and before long we had to go back to school where we would continue to grow independently. Your second year at St. Mary’s began and your second soccer season as a Bell kept you busy. My junior year at Urbana, with soccer I was also busy. However, this school year I got to live with BJ, Chad, Eddie, & Wasson, which helped make the experience more fun.
13: 2004 - 2005 At the beginning of 2004 you lived a Semester abroad in Sevilla, Spain. While studying abroad you made me jealous with your Ed Norton picture. The soccer game pictures of the Sevilla versus Real Madrid where you got to watch David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, and Ronaldo play really made me jealous though. Another Summer came and went and I started my last soccer season and you started your third season as a Bell. Again we were very busy with our soccer and we continued to independently grow. In 2005 I finished out the final part of the school year and graduated from Urbana University. You in the mean time were just finishing your junior year. After I graduated from Urbana I decided to move out to Arizona and live with my dad while you finished out your final year at St. Mary's. You began your last school year at St. Mary's in the Fall of 2005, and your your final soccer season.
14: 2006 Your last stretch at St. Mary's began in 2006, I visited you once, and in the Spring you graduated from St. Mary's. I return from Phoenix when you graduated and was so excited that I drove 26 hours straight from Phoenix to Mason. We both need jobs and so we start thinking that we might try and move to a new city, we look at our best options choose NC but it does not work out. Instead of being disappointed we take advantage of our unemployment time and go on a trip to Europe. While in Europe a communications job opens up at a Hospital downtown where you interned at in college. When returning from Europe we stop in Maryland to visit your family and your parents come down as well and I got to watch lots of world cup games Soon after, I find my Macy’s Job in August 2006, and in November you get a GE job opportunity and seize it.
15: Charlotte, NC Cost of living below the national average 10,781 new jobs annually Best place for companies to thrive Top metro for economic growth Second largest banking center (controls over $2.3 trillion in assets) 18th largest city
16: It took us a while to get brains in our heads and feet in our shoes, so that we could steer ourselves in a direction we choose together. We were finally together and we knew what we knew. And WE were the team who'd decide where to go. Our first Europe trip, aside from it being awesome, brought us closer together. I will never forget this trip. I love you Shannon.
17: The bus trip we almost got kicked off of in the middle of no where going from San Sebastian to Bordeaux.
18: Casa Paco, the Steak worth missing your train for. | Was I suppose to get a rest here? Nope lets climb a mountain.
19: You got a message while we were in Europe that a position at your college internship was open | Shortly after in August I found a position at Macys | You could not stand for making less money than me so when an opportunity at GE opened up in November you took it.
20: 2007 Pretty big January in 2007, we got engaged and you moved out on your own into the Blue Ash appartments. Feb 2007, was seven years since we first started going out on Feb 5, 2000. I almost missed my valentine's day surprise gifts due to an ice storm and you gave me a present every hour on my birthday which was really cool. March 2007, was exciting as well, we got Phoebe & Zedicus, went to Vegas for March Madness, and I became an uncle. April-May 2007 I picked out your first car for your birthday, and we ended up going down to Maryland to celebrate your birthday with your Papa. September 2007, we went back out west and visited my dad in Phoenix and also went out to San Diego. November 2007, One of my favorite road trips ever we went on our Ten-day Ten-State Turkey Trot. December 2007, after walking through many houses we found and bought our first house.
21: To the left you will see me trying to build a cat tower in your appartment. Bottom left is little Zedicus, he sure grew quickly. Bottom right is Phoebe plotting against innocent Pescado
22: Ten-day Ten-State Turkey Trot Ohio Kentucky Tennessee Georgia South Carolina North Carolina Virginia Maryland West Virginia Pennsylvania
23: What our house looked like when we bought it, slightly different?
24: 2008 We spent the first few months of our home ownership working on house repairs and painting. Wedding Planning, wedding drama. On June 14, 2008 we were married, and then went to the Biltmore & Savannah for our honeymoon. GMAT studying to get our MBA's at Xavier University My first pumpkin at our house was a Yoda Pumpkin, and we rescued three stray cats, Autumn, Pumpkin, and Gordy. We have our first married Christmas in Maryland and the first Beer Olympics is born.
30: 2009 We start our MBA program and that put an end to most of our free time for the next couple years. Our first Oscar Party, I scared Chase with my Joker outfit. We went down to Kim's cabin, for a weekend with friends. Training for and running in the pig. California Coast trip and our 1st Anniversary was one of the coolest trips we have been on. We got to see so many different places it was just what we needed to get a good break from our MBA classes. Our second year of pumpkins, and we both stepped it up a notch with the Death Star & Cincinnati Pumpkins ND Football game, with your college buddies. | What were we thinking? At least it is over now, we did it.
31: Our Sonoma friends, they picked us up in their Jeep, fun first night. | We were lucky enough to get a perfectly clear day of the bridge. | Our first Oscar party. | Friends at the cabin, good times.
32: To the left is our cool Mustang convertible we rented, to the right is the beautiful Hwy1, bottom left is the poor seal that was left out of the group, bottom right is the just a little out of the way city of Gilroy.
33: Top Left down to right we have Big Sur, Family, your Gma's Mission, Santa Barbara Harbor, Hollywood, The Hitching Post (in the movie Sideways), and the Danish city of Solvang.
34: You did so much better on your pumpkin this year and I went all out on my Death Star from Star Wars. Over to the right page is when we went to the ND Football game.
36: 2010 | 2010 New Years Party Visiting Molly/watching her run Our second year of MBA school could not go by fast enough as it started to tear us down. Beer Olympics Returns, and this time we have some new comers from our MBA class. Shan Cinco de Mayo birthday Mexican food week tradition starts. Lake Erie trip to see Jillian and your college buddies. Europe Trip / World Cup | Red’s Post Season Game Went all out with 3 different pumpkins: Yoda, Avatar, & Sponge Bob Finished MBA and we finally had some Freedom. Went to Jimmy Buffet concert. Maryland Thanksgiving stayed at Charlie's apartment. Bear Cat’s Game Bengal’s Game 3rd Married Christmas we went to Columbus with your family
40: 2011 2011 New Years Party at Eddies. We started out strong by going to Hawaii in March. But got a quick camera lesson from Steven before we went. I went to Vegas for March Madness while you went to Chicago to visit your friends. We tried out ceramics and learned it was not quite as easy as I remembered it. Visiting Molly in Louisville, and watching her run Shan Cinco de Mayo birthday Mexican food week tradition continues Still to come..... My Mom potentially moving to Charlotte, NC, my sister moving back to Dayton, and you having several job opportunities outside the cincinnati area Europe trip with my Dad for his 50th birthday. Maryland Thanksgiving
43: 2011 Photo's Yet To Come
47: 2012 - Beyond What trips will we go on next?: Australia / New Zealand Trip?, Indonesia Trip?, Brazil Trip ?, China / Great wall?, Egypt Pyramids? Easter Island Trip? Chili & Galapagos Island trip? Argentina & Antarctica Trip? Where will we work next?: Hartford? Google? Coke? GE New York? GE Italy? GE Atlanta? GE anywhere? Dr. Seus Cali? B&B wine country? When will we have kids? Hopefully they do not turn out like the photo booth generated pictures :) Sky is the limit, as long as we are together I know we can do anything we set our minds and hearts to.