My husband is on a mission to redecorate our kids' rooms. Today he constructed a frame for a huge mirror he hung in my daughter's room. He took us all to Home Depot to buy a ballet bar that he'll hang tomorrow, and a "road rug" for my son on which he'll drive his cars and trucks. He found a little toddler bed on Craig's list, for my son, with Lightning McQueen and Mater on it that he's very excited about purchasing.
I don't know how it happened, but I am not a decorator. I like a clean house, and I appreciate a well decorated home, but this skill does not exist for me. I also don't shop well for clothes. My husband, on the other hand, is an excellent shopper. He is an excellent cook too. Again, not my strong point. I remember overhearing a conversation he was having with one of his friends shortly after we moved in together in which he was fretting the possibility that his culinary experiences were going to go downhill.
My husband and I have been married for almost 12 years. You can count our similarities on one hand and our differences are numerous. Nonetheless, we go really well together. I like to run, he likes to play baseball. I'm ok letting the house fall to pieces, he must be working around the house until it's perfect. I love to drink coffee, he hates the taste of it. I love to drink beer, he hates the taste of that too. He can't live without chicken wings, I can't live with them. He loves to plan his kids' rooms, I'm happy if they're tidied and vacuumed.
I feel like we are going to make it to the end together. We just will. We love each other and respect the other's passions. And we know this about each other, that when we get to spend time just the two us, that thing that brought us together in the first place shines bright between us.
With that said, having very young kids is absolute hell for a marriage. At least for one that thrives when the adults get to be alone together. I mean, think about it. All of a sudden, there are insane people demanding your attention 24 hours a day precluding you from any alone time with your yourself, much less with your spouse. If we make it through the young years, we're going to make it, I'm sure of it. The good news is that I'm about to turn 40 (!!!) and I'm pretty sure we're going to celebrate by ditching the kids for a long weekend somewhere spectacular, like the motel down the street, or maybe the local ski area, or maybe Nicaragua.
Coffee count: None for me today.
Cups and Bags Challenge: 2 more emails! Way to go. We're up to $6. Very excited. And thanks to all inquiries regarding coffee drinking habits. If you drink coffee at home, fabulous, but this doesn't count in the challenge. If you have a choice between paper and your own cup and you use your own cup, email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.