Dreamers. Lovers. Friends.
“Sell the cars, sell the house, sell the toys. Keep a few that will enable us on our travels, zig zag all over this continent, and build ourselves up, real high, really really high, and become Memory Millionaires.” – Ian Landstine
Ian: Born in McHenry, IL in 1985. Joined the Navy at 20, ended up at Bangor Naval Base, Washington.
Megan: Born in Salem, AR in 1988. Moved to Washington in 1998, moved away for college, then returned to Washington at the age of 20.
We first saw each other at a Starbucks in Silverdale, WA in 2008, but neither one of us are very certain we even said anything to one another. Ian told Cait (who has become one of our best friends since then) to invite “that cute girl” to his housewarming party. After teasing him about his Led Zeppelin t-shirt and then falling asleep on his shoulder during his party, Megan was pretty smitten.
They started dating, found they had a ton in common, and it wasn’t long before Megan told one of her good friends that she was going to marry Ian. Well, Ian realized that he also wanted to marry Megan at some point during the following five years, and they were married August 15, 2015.
In her life, Megan has spent time in China, Spain, and Costa Rica, and has always dreamed of spending more time overseas. During his time in the Navy, Ian visited South Korea, Japan, Guam, and the Phillipines, but none of these experiences were of his own design.
Both Megan and Ian left jobs working for the government. Megan was in process improvement and Ian was an instructor. The jobs, the house, the cats, the chickens, and the dog were just what we were “supposed” to have. There was still a yearning, for more, for different.
Over the time we have spent together we have traveled, but neither of us as much as we would like. We began planning an overseas trip for our honeymoon, and were close buying our tickets to Vietnam, when Ian said let’s “sell the cars, sell the house, sell the toys. Keep a few that will enable us on our travels, zig zag all over this continent, and build ourselves up, real high, really really high, and become Memory Millionaires.”