Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cats & Dogs

OK, I am no expert but here is my theory on" happily ever after" - This is just a small portion of a few other upcoming blogs on happy married life.

Growing up my Mom always said that my siblings and I  fought like cats & dogs.  We did.  Now we are all the best of friends and super close.  That's the way it works out with siblings.  You spend so much time fighting, then you grow up.  As a grown up you realize how much you love each other & would do ANYTHING for each other.  In reality it works the same way in marriage too.  I may write about how wonderful our married life is (which it truly IS) but truth be told it wasn't always rainbows & butterflies!  Big surprise right? Couples disagree. Couples don't always like each other.  People run out of patience.  We are only human after all.  But fighting isn't all bad.  It's a learning experience.  If you love each other, you work it out.  You build respect for one another by exposing yourself  to someone else's feelings - life becomes more than just about YOU.

We have had our fair share of disagreements but without them there is no growth, no passion.  No fights = no make-ups.  Making up is fun right?!  My advice to unmarried couples even THINKING about tying the knot: Fight like cats & dogs.  Fight & make up. Once you have a few spats & STILL want to be together you will have strengthened your relationship.  Survive a few near break ups.  Go ahead break up.  Get back together. But do this all before you get married.  Fight until there is nothing left to fight about.  Then spend your married life (for the rest of your life) laughing about how silly your fights were.  Try having kids - you will try to stay on your best behavior (since you will be setting an example), you won't yell (so you don't wake the baby), and too tired to have disagreements.

I know without a doubt that my husband & I have a relationship will endure no matter what.  That comfort and peace of mind is priceless.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sense of Humor

Sometimes (Ok, just NOW) I think about how lucky I am we are that we get along as well as we do.  Thank goodness for the gift of a good sense of humor. I am sitting here at work on my lunch break just thinking of our interaction last night once our son was fast asleep.  We sat at our dining table with the TV on just talking about our day.  My father in law gave us some avocados and we were just chatting about what we could make with them (Note: my hubby makes the best guacamole).  I made him laugh over something dumb and it was a little peace of heaven knowing that I put a smile on his face and got him to laugh out loud.  I guess that's how he won me over in the first place...he made me laugh.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Loving Sacrifices

Easter is always a special time for us. I don't mean in the Easter egg hunt and Cadbury Egg kind of way either. I recently spoke about my Lenten Sacrifices.  Already we are experiencing positive changes in our household. We as a couple share the same faith and practice our faith together.  The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, repentance, alms giving and self-denial. I put myself on a self imposed Internet Ban while I am at home (among other things) and he gave up online gaming (also among other things). Giving something up is not supposed to be easy (which it isn't).  Not at first. But in giving things up, it brings us closer, happier, and healthier.  I am more rested since I am sleeping at a decent hour - I am now getting at least 8 hours of sleep. I get to spend time with my husband.  Even though I do not believe it is a required (except for Fridays) I am fasting during Lent (only one full meal, and two small snacks that don't add up to to a full meal).

Today I received this text from my husband: "I think I'm gonna like our TV time like last night".  I smiled and felt the same way.  We will now be able to have our "we" time on the weekdays when we would normally reserve them for the weekend.  When you are caught up in your hobbies you don't think about how much you really miss each other.

Happy weekend to you all.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Gourmet - Secrect to Domestic Bliss

Offer Expired

The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1000 recipes
Sale: $5.90
I recently boasted about my Honey's skills in the kitchen (My Gourmet Guy).  They do say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach...I found an great steal on an exciting looking cookbook (I'll be honest: I've been more of a collector of cookbooks than a user of them).  I do have ulterior motives for this purchase. He'll think it's for me to use, but hopefully the gourmet in him will browse through it and make something for ME.  Because he knows there is also a pathway to my heart through my stomach as we have had our share of romantic (and not so romantic, just plain fun) dining experiences when we were dating!  Share desert, are you crazy?!  I want my own.  Oh happy memories! But,I have to hurry up and get this purchase in before March 9th.  My Lenten sacrifices include avoiding all spending/shopping on any non necessities (among other things).

The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1000 recipes Normally $40, on sale for $5.90. 

Update: I received the book. LOVE it. The book has over 1000 recipes, a DVD, and weighs over 5 lbs.  The shipping alone must have cost more than the book itself.  Good thing it was free shipping! 
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