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Mel and I first got to know each other through on March 25th, 2004. After a week of corresponding through email, we finally met on April 3rd, 2004 on our first date at Zona 78 restaurant in Tucson, AZ. After a full day of lunch and games at Funtastics, we we're on for a second date the next day up in the Catalina Mountains.

We spent our second date together hiking Pontatoc Trail in the rain and learning more and more about one another. Eight miles later (I'd forgotten how long the hike was when I invited her!) we were drenched and hungry and went out for another bite to eat. We spent the rest of the night watching the Women's Final Four basketball tournament, laughing and soaking up the night.

I met her Mom, Toni, later the next week and was off to the Grand Canyon for a backpacking trip that would cement our desire to be together! Things moved quite quickly from there and we were engaged to be married on July 10th, 2004.

I took her back up to Pontatoc Trail for the engagement and we wasted little time preparing for the gala event on January 22, 2005. It was a great event as all our friends and family were there to celebrate our wedding.
Mel grew up in San Diego, California and was an all world soccer player. She moved on to play at Creighton University for 4 years followed by 2 different coaching stints - 5 years at Iowa State University and 3 years at the University of Arizona. Mel stepped away from coaching and taught 1st grade at Manzo Elementary until we moved to Bozeman, MT in November of 2005.

Our first daughter, Madison was born in Bozeman on August 12th, 2006 and after 15 months in Montana, we decided to move back to Tucson. Our second daughter, Hailey, was born in Tucson on February 24th, 2008.

I grew up in Richmond, Virginia where I was not an all world soccer player. I did, however, play at East Carolina University as a Goalkeeper. I moved from Virginia to Tucson in 1992 where I started working in the Software Development field in 1999. I am currently working as a Senior Software Test and Validation Engineer at Ventana Medical Systems.

I have also started a Web Design company, Catalina Web Solutions, to earn some extra income and test my creative side of life. If you need a website or know someone who does, feel free to point them my way.
Mel and I both play on the same Co-Ed soccer team where we enjoy getting beat up as we age and reminisce about the days when we could run forever...well, I do at least, she still dominates as a central midfielder while I crank out the shutouts as a goalkeeper. With the addition of Madison and the upcoming arrival of Hailey, it is becoming more difficult get out and play but we love the sport so much that we are finding creative ways to coax our teamates babysit while we are on the field
It's been a whirlwind romance from day one and continues to get better and better every day! We both feel we are the luckiest people alive to have finally found each other and look forward to what life has to offer going forward!

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