Love you, baby!
(* In case you don’t want to go back and do the math, I’m four months older than the hubs. A fact which he gloats about – regularly. And, sometimes, he even calls me, “Stella.”)
We’ve had good times, and we’ve had not-so-good times, but in the end, the good always outweighs the bad. And that’s what’s important, right? That, and the fact that we’re better together, than we could ever be apart.
You have stood by me, despite my “crazy ways,” and I thank you for always being a shoulder when I need it; and for giving me a “kick in the ass” when I need one as well.
No one could ever understand me, like you do. Nor, as I do you. You are truly my best friend.
I’m sure, that like me, every woman thinks her man is the best in the world. But I also know, without a doubt, that you are the best for me. And for that, I thank you.
I also thank you for being such an understand, attentive and hands-on husband and father. Watching you with our son sometimes makes me so happy that I could cry tears of joy.
With so many “losers” out there, KNOW how lucky I am, to have found a winner to share my life with. To have found you.
So, I say to you, on our 10th wedding anniversary… Thank you, thank you, thank you for simply being you.
I love you, so very much.
When you enter the land of parenthood, date nights (and other fun things) become a thing of the past. A myth.
But, even though it’s hard, it’s very important to maintain a good great relationship with your spouse. When kids see their parents happy, it makes them happy. And, it’s been my experience, that happy kids are better behaved kids.
With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list date night ideas. The list is varied so I’m sure you’ll find an idea you like!
A couple of years ago, I wrote this as a guest post for A Proverbs Wife. I thought with Valentine’s Day coming up, today was a good time to re-post.
Intimacy is one of – if not the most – important aspects of a good marriage. While I recognize the importance of sex, in a marriage, that’s not all intimacy is about; it’s also about spending time together, getting to know each other, on a deeper level.
Let’s face it, marriage is hard. Between taking care of the kids, work and keeping house – making time for each other often falls by the way-side.
A good way to keep intimacy alive, in your marriage, is by purposefully scheduling alone time with one another. Date nights, lunch dates and weekend trips (when you can find a sitter), are all great ways to do this. When scheduling your “dates,” try to make it a time when you know you have the full attention of each other and can really talk and connect with one another.
Even scheduling time for sex, with your spouse, can help. I know it takes the spontaneity out of it, but with all you have going on, it may be the only thing that works. If scheduling isn’t your thing, try making a promise to each other, that you’ll be intimate at least x times per week.
Its easy let the mundane tasks of everyday life; get in the way of spending time with your spouse. But, like everything else in a marriage, cultivating intimacy, requires work.
A few resources I recommend are:
Shannon Ethridge, author and advocate for healthy sexuality and spirituality. She has written several books on intimacy.
Dr. Kevin Leman, author, speaker, founder & president of Couples of Promise. He has written books on marriage, children and family.
I am one of the luckiest women in the world, because I get to spend the rest of my life with this yummy piece of chocolaty goodness. (Seriously, isn’t he just simply delicious?)
And on this day nine years ago, I was lucky enough to become his wife.
There are so many reasons I love this man (aside from him being super-hot :P):
So, because I’m an equal opportunity blogger… I couldn’t let Father’s Day come and go, without dedicating a post to what fathers want for their big day and giving you some really cool gift ideas.
Unfortunately because I waited until the last minute, I don’t have time to do a survey like I did for Mother’s Day. Instead, I asked the hubster what wanted.
Here’s how the conversation went…
Me: Hey babe, you wanna help me with this blog post?
The hubster: Okaaaay…
Me: What would your perfect Father’s Day consist of?
The hubster: A brand new Maserati. No wait, I don’t even like Maseraties. Change it to a ’68 mustang. No wait, seriously I guess a cool electronic gift and spending some time with the kid; and whatever you want to do with me (bow chick wow wow). I guess maybe have lunch or dinner. You know have a nice, fun and relaxing day… And then have the next day off of work.
How lucky am I? All I have to do is get him some electronic gadget, some food, and hang out with him – and he’ll be happy. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
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I had a thought, last night, when I was trying to go to sleep…
When it comes to sleep, I totally go against the “females like to cuddle” stereotype. Seriously – I am not a cuddler. When I sleep, I want my space. I don’t really want to be touched, at all.
The hubster, on the other hand, has the tendency to want to have personal contact, when sleeping. And, I think it’s just about the sweetest thing, ever. Normally, I snuggle, a bit, and then roll away, to go to sleep. I always feel horrible, when I do. But, luckily, he understands (because he’s so awesome).
On a semi-related note… here’s a interesting post, on sleeping positions, and their meanings.
I’m a freefall: The participants in the freefall position slept on their stomachs with their arms under or wrapped around a pillow and heads turned to the side. The study found this group to be outgoing, brash and did not like criticism.
I can’t believe tomorrow (today, since it’s after midnight) marks The Kid’s first day of kindergarten. I know all parents say this… but it seems like just yesterday, The Hubster & I found out we were having him. And, now he’s about to start kindergarten? I just know that 13 years from now, I’ll be saying the same thing, about him starting college. But seriously, where has the time gone?
Of course, The Hubster & I will be taking tons of pictures (and maybe some video) of the big day, so you can bet a photo-heavy recap post will be coming, over the next couple of days.
In the meantime, here are a couple of iPhone shots, from the school’s open house last week.
Chillaxing in the Media Center
Name Tag at His Table
A Play Kitchen in his Classroom (He was in heaven!)
So, there you have it. Be back soon.