I’m loving the theme for this weeks Listable Life. Love-ing it.
5 People You Treasure Most
I usually never post pictures of…anyone. However, since I treasure these people, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if I embarrass the heck out of them.
1. My husband.
SpouseBuzz posted an article earlier this week (or maybe it was last week, I’m a little hazy on days) about how a military marriage works (which should answer the question for those who ask “How do you do it?”). The article says everything I ever want to say, but can never figure out how to say it.
My marriage is not perfect, but my husband and I both work hard at it. We both support it. I treasure him because he is a vital part of my life.
He supports me.
I say, “I want to run a marathon”, he says, “Go for it. I’ll be at the finish line.”
I say, “I’m going to start a blog”, he says, “Do it. You’re funny. It will be great.”
I say, “I need a vacation”, he says, “Where do you want to go? I will take some time off and stay home with the girls.”
I support him.
He says, “I want to go here and do this for the Navy”, I say, “Let’s Go!” (even if it means being somewhere I don’t really want to be)
He says, “I’m going to go back to school for my Masters’”, I say, “You should!”
He says, “I’m deploying”, I say, “I’ll be here when you get back.”
He listens when I am mad. He listens when I am sad. He calls me out on my crap.
I don’t think I would have become the person I am today, the person I am proud to be, without him.
This picture was sent to me. I had not seen my husband in what felt like a lifetime (but was really only 7 maybe 8 months). I don’t know what he is looking at, but I thought it was so sweet of someone to take a picture of my husband doing what he loves (which isn’t standing at the end of the brow, I mean SWO, my husband loves being a SWO).
2. My kids.
My oldest bringing out the child in me.
What would I do without them? My oldest daughter went back to school this week. I almost cried when I dropped her off. I really loved having her at home and I miss our time together. I love watching her dance. I love playing dolls with her. She is so awesome.
My youngest taking a ride on a bubble mower.
My youngest daughter is so full of personality it is bubbling out her ears. I love that she is so confident in who she is. She wears batman t-shirts, superman t-shirts and loves them. She’s my little pirate somedays and a little ninja others. I can’t imagine not having her in my life.
3. My mom.
She has put up with my crap for my entire life and has yet to disown me. Actually, she still tells people I’m her child (*Amazing!*) I think that’s an accomplishment.
I can never say my mom never let me make a mess. Look at my face! What was she thinking?! I look like I’m coming down from a sugar high.
4. My brother.
We fought like no other. He beat me up and I retaliated (it could have been the other way around, but I’ll never own up to it).
Without a little brother, I never would have learn patience. I never would have learned how to ignore stuff that bothers me (he was SUCH a pest). I never would have had half of the memories I have.
5. My best friend.
This is us, a couple weeks ago:
This is us, same restaurant, almost 10 years ago:
I met her my very first day of college. She lived down the hall from me and was friends with my roommate. A while ago I saw a pin on interest about “getting a matching tattoo with your best friend” as a bucket list item. We have a matching tattoo. I have never regretted it for a day (even the days we weren’t always so thrilled with each other). I still love it as much as I did the day we got them. The day she told me it wouldn’t hurt. It hurt, but it was worth it.
I have lived 3500 miles away, 6000 miles away and now 300 miles away. I have also lived with her, down the street from her and in separate towns from her. No matter where I live, she’s a phone call, email or text message away. It takes a really fantastically, special person to deal with that and still be my best friend.
One last thing…
I also treasure chocolate ice cream. Smooth, creamy chocolate ice cream.
I picked up Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home a couple weeks ago. Let me tell you how much I love the recipe book. Every recipe in it is amazing. I quite literally tagged the entire book, so that I make every recipe. I started with “The Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream in the World”. It was out of this world good.