It's true. I may have been a bit of a prude back in high school, but thanks to my great hubby, those days are long gone.
5. Laugh as much as possible. Things are going to be rough. Throwing children in the mix doesn't make marriage any easier, especially when the little tyrants start mouthing off and instead of offering support, your husband busts out laughing and has to leave the room.
It will happen. And if you can't laugh with him, well, your going to have a tough go of it. Life is too short to fight and argue; if you really love your spouse, you'll figure it out.
Valentine's Day may come but once a year, but true love is a work- in- progress kind of romance. Whether you are celebrating your first month with your new love, or surviving another day with that meat-head you married thirty-some years ago, I hope that you take a moment to show your partner some love. Don't forget that they love you and put up with your weirdness and stupid mistakes just like you do for them. I know this is a little early, but happy Valentines day to you and yours!
Okay, so even though I had a weird premonition in middle school that I would be spending the rest of my life with my best friend, the last eleven years haven't been with out their ups and downs. From the booze cruises through the mountains that seemed to have a way of finding his pickup sideways in the middle of a ranchers hay field, to the long distance cell- phone relationship through college, we have always found a way to work through some less-than- perfect situations. Don't get me wrong; there have been times where I am pretty sure that had I had some weapon besides my tongue, one or both of us would not be on God's great earth today. You see, Murphy's Law has always had a special place in our marriage. Things that could have gone wrong generally (actually, without fail) did go wrong. But rather than dwell on all of the stupid and idiotic things he or I have done to each other in the last few years, I prefer to look back at these fond memories and appreciate what we have learned from them. For example:
1. Always, ALWAYS double check how much fuel is in the tank.
While taking a walk down a gravel road in the middle of summer might be something I enjoy doing with my children strapped into a stroller now, it was not any fun when my dad's semi ran out of fuel coming up a hill four miles from their house. And let me tell you, it didn't get any better when a strange thunder storm passed through and soaked us to the bone. Of all the times for there not to be any damn traffic on the road, it had to be that day. I still think God was a little afraid of the wrath I may have inflicted on Shane if front of some poor innocent passerby, so he just made sure there was not a single car on our road until we were home. I can laugh about this now, but if it happened again tomorrow, I am pretty sure I would still be pissed.
2. Just because the speedometer goes past 95, does not mean you should drive 95.
I will take full responsibility for this one. Apparently driving your boyfriend's Ford F250 Powerstroke at 95 mph is a no-no; especially when you are 350 miles away at college. Of course alcohol may have been a slight factor in this momentary stroke of genius; the good news was that we beat those weenie rodeo-cowboy wannabe's! Thank God the pickup was no worse for wear. I think it had already seen some it's worst days in high school, but I can't take the blame for that.
3. Even though he is "pretty sure" the Ranger is not going to get stuck, you might as well get out and start walking back to the house. Because it IS going to get stuck.
And you are going to be so MAD that he will be lucky to still be alive at the end of the day. Because not only is it cold and windy and the only way you are getting out of this is by walking back to the house, but you are certain the cows are watching this shit show going down and laughing their asses off. I have learned that when your husband says anything like, "It should be fine"; "This will only take a couple of minutes"; or "Honey, just hold it here, you shouldn't get too dirty", you better realize you are going to be here at least half the day. Don't plan on wearing these clothes again either, because it is guarantee that you will be covered in grease no matter how far away you stand.