it was supposed to rain all evening, but we were pretty lucky and got a little sun in small-town gadsden, al. we met on facebook and were texting all summer beforehand. adam got a little worried zach would ghost on him because zach just had finals at ua early college and wasn't texting so much. but they set a date and met at the movie theater at the gadsden mall.
they decided to watch the movie, bad teacher, which was raunchy and definitely weird to watch on a first date, now looking back. it ended up not being that great. zach remembers wanting adam to hold his hand during the ENTIRE movie. adam remembers being too nervous to hold his hand.
after the movie, adam & zach went to one of adam's favorite japanese restaurants. they both had sushi and adam made zach try seaweed salad for the first time. he wasn't a big fan. after the meal was over, zach paid for dinner even though adam argues to this day that he paid for the meal. but zach remembers adam paid for the movie and not the dinner. adam thinks he paid for both. they will be arguing about this to their grave.
they headed over to noccalula falls but then it started a downpour. they raced back to the car and zach won the race, even though adam said he let zach win. this is their first photo together.
adam joined zach + the fam on their first family vacation in gatlinburg, tn. he’s joined them every year since.
they did everything you could do in gatlinburg that first year. ski lifts, tons of food, the öber, and the apple barn.
the picture of is included because she waited all winter to get a candied apple, got one, and on her way back to the condo, a car splashed water on her and her candied apple. we still get a laugh from it. never forget.
2012 was a whirlwind. zach graduated from high school & went to school at uab. the first photo is their tour of uab. zach actually was going to ua, but adam convinced him uab was a really great school and the rest was history.
adam was away grinding at nursing school at GSCC. he’s so smart and looks really cute in white scrubs, even after labor day.
zach gave adam tonsillitis and they both had surgeries that year. they saw a lot of movies in 2012. the one pictured was the hunger games.
if adam wasn't at work, he was always with zach in birmingham. he would even hang out while zach studied!
adam always said how much he hated dogs and how we would never get one, but we should have known better when we saw this photo of adam with his mom's new puppy.
zach & adam went to chattanooga for their 2nd anniversary. they stayed in this boat for a few days, which was a huge mistake because there were these huge slats in the door (we could hear everyone), the bathroom was so small (only one person could fit at a time and we had to duck to get in the bathroom), and we had to checkout earlier in the morning because the river was too high. it was cute, though and we still laugh about it.
we love halloween, but mainly for the candy. we took lots of walks at railroad park that year, and tried to relax with some oxygen. the twins, kyleigh & ryleigh, were born that year, so we spent a lot of time with them.
adam loved his new volkswagen convertible. the top was always down, even when it was cold.
adam finally graduated from nursing school!
they went on adam’s family’s vacation to the ocoee river. it was a beautiful place. they went to new orleans again and celebrated their anniversary in nashville! they always luck out on their anniversary being the day after independence day and get fireworks (we always joke that it’s really for us).
2015 started off in the mountains with friends. they went to new orleans again to hang out in the city this time after seeing family.
it was also a historic year as same-sex marriage was legalized nationally. adam and zach celebrated, of course, by eating.
their fourth year anniversary was celebrated in savannah, ga, which is absolutely beautiful. visiting adam’s family in louisiana was fun as always.
2016 started off with a bang with a visit to atlanta. zach spent almost eight months studying in england to finish his bachelor’s. it was hard on both of them, but adam was able to visit zach on his spring break! they went to rome, paris, venice, london, and manchester. it was a beautiful trip.
they bought a house together in birmingham in july! they celebrated by doing face masks and watching tv.
both of their families spent thanksgiving together that year at adam’s parents’ house. it was beautiful.
2017 was fun. they were in atlanta a lot seeing drag shows and explored birmingham as actual residents. adam finally saw his favorite drag queen, bianca del rio live. you would’ve thought he was meeting jesus.
they went to the birmingham botanical gardens with the girls. they finally got a dog, a corgi-dachshund mix, named bambi, who they fell in love with. adam has always said he hates dogs, but we knew his heart was bigger than that.