11 Years of Adventure


As of today, September 28, 2014, Sam and I have been a couple for eleven (11!) years. It all started with 16-year-old Sam passing a note to 14-year-old me that said, “Will you go out with me?” in the middle of a church service. (Cue “Awws”) Those teenagers had no idea what was ahead of them–good times, bad times, and a lot of crazy fun in between.

Since we are about to embark on the biggest adventure of our lives thus far with our move to Chicago in three (OMG!) days, I wanted to take a look back at all of the adventures we’ve had over our eleven years together.

SamLaurenAwards 2004

Young Sam and Lauren in 2004. 😉

Gatlinburg 2006

Gatlinburg, TN June 2006

Wedding 2007

Married in Pigeon Forge, TN, June 2007

Ken Lake 2007

Fishing in Kentucky Lake, September 2007

Chicago 2007

First trip to Chicago in 2007–when our love affair with the city began. 😉 October 2007

DC 2007

Hanging out with Honest Abe in Washington, DC, December 2007

Myrtle Beach 2008

One year wedding anniversary in Myrtle Beach, SC, June 2008

Chicago 2008

Second trip to Chicago in October 2008

NYC 2009 (1)

New York City, February 2009

Kings Island 2009

Cincinnati, OH, June 2009

Chicago 2010

Third trip to Chicago–May 2010. 😉

London 2010

First trip to London, June 2010

Paris 2010

First trip to Paris, June 2010


Celebrating at the Bellagio-Las Vegas, May 2011


Universal Studios in Los Angeles, CA, May 2011

Boston 2012

Boston, MA, May 2012

London 2013

Second trip to London, at the National Gallery, January 2013

Amsterdam 2013

Touring the Heineken Factory in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January 2013

Cologne 2013

Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany, January 2013

Brussels 2013

Snow and a medieval castle in Brussels, Belgium, January 2013

London July 2013

Standing among the throngs of (drunk) well-wishers outside of Buckingham Palace after the birth of Prince George, July 2013 (Third trip to London)

Brighton 2013 (1)

Sam trying to throw me into the English Channel in Brighton, England, July 2013

Paris 2013

Second trip to Paris, France, July 2013

NYC 2013

Christmas in New York City, December 2013


San Fran 2014

On Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA, July 2014


After so many great experiences we’ve gained both by ourselves and with friends and family, we are now setting off on our most daring venture yet–living in what is clearly our most favorite (US) city on this list! I can’t think of a better way to start off our next decade together!


Outside of our new apartment complex in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago!