Thursday, October 8, 2009

10 years

I missed my opportunity to blog for my anniversary, but I won't let something like a date keep me from gesticulating.

It's been 10 years of marriage for me and the hubbs. As usual, I'd like to share with you some highlights of our relationship.

In 1998, I told one of my new friends at college that I thought this weird guy in Piano 101 was cute. He would always play with the demo button on his keyboard, and act like a fool. I appreciated his ability to shrug off the odd looks from people. (I've had a love hate relationship with this quality of his for the past 10 years...). Long story short, she told him, he asked me out, and that was that. We've been together ever since.

In 1999 we got married, and spent one weekend at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN for our honeymoon. He took a tremendous amount of hours at school, I dropped out and went to work in retail...

In 2000 around our first anniversary, I came out of the bathroom (where I had just taken a pregnancy test, and screamed when I learned the results)to find him slowly rocking himself back and forth in our living room, almost in the fetal position, if you will. Yes, our first child was on it's way.
After our second and third daughter arrived, I soon adjusted to the fact that this would be his approach to raising children. Slowly acknowledge the terror of parenting, and then dust himself off and take what was given to him. This works well for us.

Baxter felt the call to youth ministry after 6 years of intensive study for something he will never use. Exercise physiology. That's okay. Somehow, we landed exactly where we needed to land. Now our Sundays and Wednesdays involve a lot of "hanging out", reading the bible, and making teenagers eat some of the nastiest food you've never tried. It's the good life.

There are lots of things that make our marriage work for us so well...
Here's a list of them.

* In arguments, we know our roles. I will yell and scream, and then give the silent treatment, and he will calmly take forever to realize when he is wrong. And on those rare instances that I am wrong, (tongue in cheek of course)he will wait for me to come around.

* We work as a team. When the kids gang up on us and try to take over the fort, one of us knows whose turn it is to go scream at them. I kid, I kid. We both give
100% of all we have. It's not 50/50.

* We are best friends first. Whenever I see something stupid or funny, he's the first one I want to call. Whenever he does something stupid or funny, I'm the first person to make fun of him.

We celebrated well for this anniversary. We went on a cruise, I got french doors for my new house, and we went out to eat at Red Lobster. Here's to 10 more years of screaming at our kids, making teenagers eat gross stuff, and loving each other!


Bethany Lopez said...

congrats! Yall are awesome!

The McKays said...

Loved reading all this! Fun insights. Happy 10th!!

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