Dan grew up in Michigan and live in Los Angeles for a few years before moving to Virginia for work in 2002.
Shannon was born in Delaware and moved around a lot as a child before her parents landed in Pennsylvania where she spent most of her childhood and attended college. She moved to Virginia for work in 2004.
We met in Virginia in 2007 and we were married in Pennsylvania in 2009. We have been married for 9 years this week, and it has been such a fun and exciting ride!
We are a fun and adventurous couple, and we love spending time with our many fur babies. Shannon had 2 cats when we met and we have been expanding our fur family ever since. We even fostered dogs and cats for a while! Now we have 3 dogs and 4 cats, each more spoiled everyday.
Together, we enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, going to the movies, spending time outside, camping, hiking, cooking, exploring new places, and doing diy projects around the house. We also like to spend the weekends exploring farmers markets and going to yoga. We spend as much time as we can with our nephews, godsons, and our friends' children.
Shannon is an expert baker and is well-known among family, friends, and co-workers for her cupcakes. Shannon enjoys reading, writing, singing, listening to music, exploring antique and craft shops, refinishing furniture, traveling to visit family and friends, and spending time with all the fur babies. Shannon is happiest spending time with Dan, whether it's at home watching TV on the couch, picking apples, visiting local wineries, or exploring the country on a road trip.
Dan enjoys cooking and barbecuing, and he makes some of the best brisket around. Dan loves to watch football and usually juggles several fantasy football teams each fall. Having grown up in Michigan, Dan is a dedicated Lions fan. Dan is an Eagle Scout and enjoys camping and hiking. Dan enjoys TV and movies, especially sci-fi and action/adventure films, which he's always dragging Shannon to see. Dan has a soft spot for Pixar movies and always cries when he watches Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Dan is always looking for things to fix around the house, and he's become quite the handyman thanks to youtube. Dan is happiest when he spending time with friends and family or sitting at home with Shannon and his fur babies.
We live in Northern Virginia, in a suburb of Washington, DC. Our house is a 4 bedroom, single family home with a large backyard that has plenty of room for dogs, kids, toys, and the swing set we plan to build! Our neighborhood is diverse and full of families with children of all ages. The Washington, DC area is full of history and culture and other fun activities for families to enjoy together.
I am a kind, generous, and understanding partner. Dan is my best friend and the love of my life, and I could not imagine my life without him.
The love that I have to share is probably the most important trait that will make me a good parent, but the love that we share makes us both even stronger. I am nurturing, patient, and kind, and I believe that I was always meant to be a mother.
I am a fun, kind, and big-hearted partner, and I consider my best trait to be my ability to make Shannon laugh even when during the roughest of times.
I believe some of these traits would make me an ideal father. I also believe that my ability to have and keep an open mind is essential to being an understanding and caring parent.