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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Daddy Is On Night Shift

I have acquired a small list of pros and cons for my husband working shift work.  Particularly night shifts.

PROS

*I get the bed to myself. ¬†I couldn’t stress more how great it is to be able to move freely without having to worry about whether or not I am keeping him awake. ¬†I also love that I am not awakened in the middle of the night by his snoring which resembles that of a freight train.

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Yes I snore too but I couldn’t find any funnies about women snoring. ¬†((smirks to self))

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I have heard ^this a time or twelve.

Moving on…

*I also get total control of the remoteimages-10 which means that I get to watch whatever I want on TV without hearing “what are you watching?” in a “I am a man I don’t watch this crap” kind of voice. ¬†This, of course, I take full advantage of and literally save up every episode of Housewives, Nashville, and any other “girl” related show that I currently like to watch, just for when he is on night shift.

*Taking a bath without being “interrupted”. ¬†Meaning….well we don’t need to get into description here but if you are a woman with a man who sees you in the bathtub you know what I am talking about. ¬†((blushes))

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*I don’t have to¬†share my wine…I get the entire bottle to myself!

*I can go to sleep without feeling guilty about being too tired for “that

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*It’s easier to think of “what’s for dinner” because I am only feeding the kids. ¬†Kids are easy to feed…with the exception of the teenagers who sometimes frown upon what I have made.

*I can blog, play Farmville, or any other “me” addiction I currently have without feeling culpable about it taking up too much of my attention.

CONS

*I suddenly have writer’s block…

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I am a food network and cooking channel fanatic. ¬†And when I say fanatic I mean it is on my tv all day everyday. ¬†I have become quite the chef just from watching cooking shows. ¬†Chopped is probably my favorite hence why I have 35 episodes saved on my DVR. ¬†Right now I am watching Bobby Flay¬†make his wife some delicious looking biscuits and gravy which I will be taking note since they are a huge love of in this house. ¬† Apparently his wife is mad at him and he is trying to win¬†her over…personally the way to my heart is not through my stomach but more like 20 minutes to myself in a tub with a glass of wine and maybe a massage before bed ((trailing off dreaming here)). ¬†Back to reality… I¬†think I just discovered what I am going to be making for dinner tonight…yes I am one of those people who likes breakfast for dinner and so is the rest of my clan.

Now I didn’t always like to cook. ¬†I wasn’t one of those kids who was always trying to put something together and call it food. ¬†My mother had to literally force me to learn how to cook anything other then mac and cheese in the box. ¬†She used to have me make dinner a couple times a week and every time I either burnt or undercooked something. ¬†I was horrible at it.

Now over time I would pick up recipes here and there, usually very simple ones, and I would try to perfect the ones that I really liked and that were liked by others but still just never quite conquered the art of cooking not to mention I just really didn’t like to cook. ¬†How would I ever become domesticated if I couldn’t even boil water correctly? ¬†Back then it was easy because I didn’t have any little mouths to feed therefore there was a lot of eating out. ¬†I miss the days of eating out all the time…no mess…someone else does the cooking and the cleaning up. ((trailing again))

Now when I met my husband I had become somewhat domesticated by this point…I mean I would hope that at 35 I had learned how to at least boil water and not burn the toast.Unknown ¬†He too was quite domesticated which was one of the traits I loved about him. ¬†He had the ability to take any leftover ingredients in the fridge and throw them together and make it tasty. ¬†Wonder what ever happened to that man that used to do that cause these days I am lucky if I can get him to throw meat on the grill.

In our old house I liked to “cook” but didn’t really get into “cooking” I would make the basics…spaghetti, chili, broiled chicken breast. ¬†But whatever I was cooking had to have meat…I learned early on that a meal was not a meal unless there was meat involved, per my husband. ¬†I tried making a pasta dish one time with no meat in it and had to hear him complain for the rest of the night. ¬†Listening to him complain is like listening to teeth scraping across a fork…very unpleasant.

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Now this is probably what I would resemble if I were to have my own cooking show. ¬†I still have no clue how these chefs can talk and cook at the same time. ¬†I can’t walk and chew gum therefore I would not attempt to have at my own cooking show cause who wants to just watch someone scurry around like a chicken with her head cut off trying to cut the head off of a chicken? ¬†Make sense? Of course not and neither does the way I cook. ¬†But over time I have come to appreciate the art of cooking. ¬†Not so much that I would run out and join some kind of cooking competition but enough that I feel confident in what I am making for the family. ¬†That doesn’t always mean that what I whoop up is a hit. ¬†Like for instance the time I got into making several types of pesto and putting that pesto on EVERYTHING…yeah that didn’t go over too well in this family.

So I carry on, introducing new items to my own personal cooking skilled menu. ¬†The fun part is I don’t find myself making the same stuff all the time. ¬†I mean if I can’t have variety in anything else in my life mine as well have a great versatile relationship with food right?