If you aren't interested in reading about how much I love Ali (and steve) I suggest you skip to the pictures.. it might get a lil' weird.
Ali is one of the best friends I could ever ask for, and her husband, Steve, is one of Mikes best friends. Its one of those super amazing and rare relationships where the wives are just as close to each other as the husbands are. I can't speak for Mike and Steve, but for me, I was in love with Ali from the first time I saw her... insert mental image of Alaina crushing miller lites. No, no, really... crushing cans on her forehead. Go Ball State... you're welcome. When Mike first moved to VA, he was hooked up with this random kid, Steve, from Ohio. Steve had been dating Ali for a solid decade, so in a couple months she moved in with the boys. Ya, ya, Ali... and three grown men. I know, she's cool, i already told you that. After countless plane tickets and trips to VA to visit Ali.... i mean mike... I finally moved down to VA. It was a tough transition, and I cannot be more thankful that I already had such a close friendship. I have found through the past couple of years that you have so many different friends and with each one, you share a unique relationship. One that you might want to take to a party with, one you want to work out with, one you wanna vacation with, and a different one just to watch TV with, and one that you can cry with. Ali is pretty much all of those friends for me. I have yet to introduce her to someone who not only liked her, but made it a point to tell me how much they love her. She's easygoing, fun, spontaneous, happy, beautiful, good hearted, successful, she's loved by everyone that meets her, and she loves red wine (obv). Yes, yes, same goes for Steve. almost annoying, right?
I'm sure some pretty rad stuff happened in the first 36 years of their relationship, but I'm so thankful I got to witness and celebrate some of the most amazing times in their life. Moving in, an engagement, a beautiful wedding, home ownership, and now a lil guy (or girl) on the way. Lil baby C is going to be gorgeous, giggly, sweet, successful, funny, loved beyond belief, and totally have perfect teeth. I am beyond beyond happy for these two. They deserve every ounce of pure bliss that I know they are experiencing. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo a million times over.
There's a lot of pictures here... get over it, we're kinda close :)
Cooper is already the best big brother
The poppy (seed) field
This is steve being creepy. not me telling him to get close to ali.
what... they're my best friends, i'm allowed to post ridiculous pictures like this.
completely candid. and so completely real.
Gaawwd, Mike... Steve loves Al so MUCH right now.
he's out of raging control. im gonna refer to that now as OORC. thank you.
theeerrrree's my girl.
Doesn't being pregnant just make you wanna lay in a field of wild flowers... no? i mean, maybe?
Steve, stretch your hamstrings.
Frame it.. If you don't, I will. That means, frame it.
Hey Steve, how's that for a love fest blog post? ;)