National Couples Appreciation Month

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April is National Couples Appreciation Month.  So if you haven’t let your other half know how much you want to kill them appreciate them in awhile…then sometime this month is your chance.

My husband and I have been together since November of 2008, after meeting on the internet.  It didn’t take us long to become inseparable.  The fact that he could make me laugh ALL THE TIME is what attracted me to him the most.  He’s not bad to look at either.  *wink wink*  I mean who wouldn’t fall in love with someone who was brave enough to show off “the goat” after about a week of dating.

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Now I am sure you are wondering what “the goat” is right?  And I even tried to find an image of it on the internet with no success.  Basically it has to do with a man being naked and then tucking his balls between his legs and mooning you.  I was tempted to have my husband demonstrate his lovely talent but I don’t want to scare anyone.  But if you are laughing right now, then you have obviously painted a picture in your head and we are good!

Moving on….

We have been through a lot of ups and downs throughout the years, just like any relationship.  But I can honestly say that the ups still outweigh the downs tremendously.  We are both stubborn as hell which doesn’t help when we find some ridiculous thing to argue about like who’s better at driving or who takes longer to get ready for a date night.  But through it all I have come to realize that no matter what…he’s the one person in this world who has and always will have my back.  Who has seen me at my worst and still managed not to run for the hills to keep on loving me.

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I know I don’t tell him enough how much I appreciate him.  I think we both just get busy with daily life sometimes and forget that this life we have built starts with the strong foundation we created…us.  We both work hard to provide love and stability for our family.

We recently had the pleasure of spending an entire week together, on vacation, with no kids.  The best part about the vacation was that I realized the foundation is still here…even with all the cracks and all the wear and tear it’s still just as strong, if not stronger, than the first day we met.  Or should I say, since the first day he showed me “the goat”?

Have you appreciated your other half lately?

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Guest Post ~ Are You Dating A Man Child?

I was contacted by the lovely Tracey Clayton quite some time ago about agreeing to hostess a guest post from her on my blog.  I have never done a guest post before, but thought to myself…sure why not?  Then the holidays came and somewhere in the midst of hundreds of emails…her guest post got lost.

Well I am happy to say that I found it and without further a-do…here is her thoughts on “Are You Dating A Man Child?”.

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Are you dating a man or a man-child?

Men are curious creatures. It takes time for a boy to become a man. But when we perceive our partner as a man, and he turns out to be more of a boy, than we have a man-child on our hands. inner child man humor And although having a playful man, who is in touch with his inner-child, can really spice-up the relationship, having an immature person take up your time and effort is extremely exhausting. That’s why you should always look for signs in his behavior whether or not he is a keeper.

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A good relationship implies that you both grow together and as individuals. Ladies night out is always a nice change of pace for any woman, it goes the same for guys. But, if things are reversed and he only has room for you, when his boys are unavailable, then you are dealing with a man who fears commitment. A quality man always sets his priorities towards you, knowing that you are okay with him going out with his friends, but only once in a while.

Is Mother Best Really?

When it comes to the relationship with his mother, watch out for signs of a mama’s boy. If he had no independence, and mom was the one to do everything well into his manhood, then he’s still a teen at best. And you should be careful, since you are surely going to be compared to her. Everything from your cooking, cleaning, clothes, and even looks (hair included!), will be a topic for comparison. Not only that, but there’s a realistic chance that he will want to pass his mother’s role down to you. And if you don’t want to be treated as second best, and be the only adult in the relationship, moving on may be the right coarse of action.

A Financial Rock

I don’t know about you, but I like my men strong, and financially independent. This means two things: he is successful, and he has a budget to live by. With no strings attached, both of us can share in on adventures, caring more about the time we spend with each other, than who will pick up the check.financial independence men humor It’s perfectly fine for me to treat my man once in a while to a couple of drinks, or a great meal, but when I end up paying for everything, every time, then it is time to sit down, and have a serious talk.

Clothes Make a Man

Every girl is crazy about sharp dressed men. No matter how great your man is on the inside, a mature man always reflects his confidence on the outside as well. And it’s okay to have a personal style, but torn jeans, stained and wrinkled shirts, messed up and greasy hair, are not a style. They are signs that he has no clue how to take care of himself. And when he cannot take care of himself, you have to wonder can he take care of you?

Still a Teen?

Acting your age is always an issue. We all want to go back to the wild days when we stayed out partying until dawn. But if he still has a fear of missing out, and drinking himself silly every single weekend, then he is definitely a man-child. Thinking that a lazy Saturday home with you, a quiet evening in your favorite restaurant is ludicrous, just doesn’t do it for me.man-child video games men humor Time has stopped for him, and he is still in his teens. Furthermore, he should be aware that how he acts reflects on you as well. So, if you go out together and he makes a fool out of himself, he is making a fool out of you too. Just something to take into consideration.

Expressing Their Feelings

There is nothing sexier and more alluring to women than a man bursting with self-confidence. Right? But there is a line when over-confidence and not expressing your feelings merge into immaturity. The key to a well-balanced and long-term relationship is respect. A mature man should be confident enough to know, recognize, and express his feeling. If he doesn’t, well that just means that he has a sturdy facade, but nothing to show for it on the inside.

Boys and Their Toys

There is nothing wrong in having a playful, youthful side to our individual personalities. We all used to collect something when we were kids, and in some men that inner-child is more active. men toys bobble heads humorIf your partner likes collecting popular Davey boys toys bobbleheads, Star Wars action figures, Marvel comic books or insane amounts of records, that just means he is passionate about it. And passion is great! Just make sure that his passion for you comes first. After all, you should be his favorite play thing!

In the end, remember when seeking out a partner to be certain of his emotional stability. His character should sweep you off your feet, and not make you faint. He should make the same amount of effort and commitment into the relationship as you. If he doesn’t and his childishness is overwhelming, think of your happiness, and move on.

 

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About The Author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

I Met Him On The Internet

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Yep…that’s right…I met my husband on the internet…yahoo.com to be exact.

I had been doing the online dating thing for awhile.  Let’s face it, meeting random strangers on the internet is somewhat fun and entertaining.    Luckily the only “bad‘ thing that ever happened to me was someone had a picture posted that upon meeting them in person didn’t resemble them in the slightest way.  Not…even…close.

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I had been dating someone for a short time and we had agreed not to seek any further “companions” on our dating sites.  Well he pissed me off one night…yeah it’s not really hard to piss me off…but none the less it was bad enough that as soon as I got home I booted up the computer and onto my dating pages I went.  I was curious to see what had been going on while I was away.

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I scrolled through the photos of “page peepers” when suddenly one caught my eye.  He hadn’t left a message or anything but had simply viewed my profile(an option which you could deactivate if wanting to do so).  So in turn I viewed his.  Although profiles are never very in depth about who they are pertaining to his answers and “about me” section was enough to attract my attention.  The photos of his good looking mug were just a bonus…although they are what got me to stop and look in the first place.  I didn’t leave a message or even a hello…I just simply let him know that I too had looked at his profile.

A couple days passed and I decided to once again check my profile status.  And there he was again.  Still no comment or hello but simply just stopping by to take a peek at my profile.  WTF?  Why doesn’t he just say hello?  Is he dating site handicapped?  Is he waiting for me to make the first hello?  So being the straight forward person that I am I decided to take the initiative and send him a note.  It simply read:  “I noticed that we keep looking at each other’s profiles so I thought I would just say hello“.  I pondered hitting the send button but I did it anyway because quite frankly I think he was just a chicken shit.

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Low and behold he wrote back!  We began chatting online and the fact that he could make me laugh just through words in a chat message registered in my mind that I surely wanted to meet him in person.  We had a lot of similar interests, one of the biggest being that we LOVED the same football team.  Yes this was a keeper!  ((hears ringing in her head))

Meeting him in person just confirmed all that I knew was already true.  He turned out to be exactly as his profile described him….AWESOME.  It didn’t take us long to realize that we were done with the dating pool and now 6 1/2 years later he still holds the key to my heart.

So if you are single and have been pondering the idea of online dating, I say go for it!  Because sometimes stepping outside the box can lead to amazing new adventures!!!

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