We Go Big! Happy Birthday Brad!

Today is Brad’s birthday! For two weeks, he’ll be a year older than me.

We joke that we go big because something always happens around our birthdays. Last year, right around his birthday was time for Brad to replace his car, so he told people that I got him a car for his birthday. He makes me look like the best wife in the world.

This year is big too. We’ve decided to move.

We sold our house and bought another one in January and now closing is right around the corner. We close and move right between our birthdays. Our last week in our current hour will be Brad’s birthday and our first week in the new house will be my birthday. We’ve been joking that we bought each other a house for our birthdays.

We really do go big!

You know how they say, “Go big or go home?” I guess we’re just going big and going home.

But back to the birthday boy! I am looking forward to celebrating another year of Brad.

We’re upholding his birthday tradition of attending the Cleveland Auto Show and having cheesecake. However, it’ll probably be from the Cheesecake Factory since I’ve already packed everything but the bare essentials in the kitchen (for reference, wine is now served in water glasses at our house. That will soon be plastic cups!).

Happy birthday Brad! There’s no one I’d rather live out of boxes with.

Total Weirdos

The other evening Brad looked at me and said, “Do you know that when I first met you, I thought you were a total weirdo?” He followed that shortly with, “and after all these years, I know I was right.”

“Yeah, well I thought you were weird too,” I shot back.

As our 6th wedding anniversary is this weekend, it’s nice to be open about how weird we think the other person really is. Continue reading

My husband helps me be independent

Today is Brad’s birthday. I’m taking a slightly different approach to a birthday blog for him than normal and sharing about something I recently learned, which is: The longer I’m married, the more independent I become.

I discovered something when Brad was gone all last week on a business trip. I realized that between the time we got married and now, I’ve become so much more independent. But it’s not just independence that I’ve developed, it’s confidence, competence and comfort-ence. (Alliteration is my favorite.)

It’s not that Brad makes me have to be independent. I both want and need my husband in my life. I have identified that Brad has been a significant part of my personal development process. Brad, combined with normal progression through adulthood and  increased personal and professional responsibility, has helped me become better at being on my own. Continue reading

An “Unspecial” Birthday

Today is my wonderful husband’s birthday!

When asked what he wanted to do for is his birthday, if he was looking forward to it, or anything else birthday-related, he would say that this year is a really unspecial birthday because it’s not a milestone year.

I however beg to differ. Any reason to celebrate my husband is a special occasion! I’m happy to mark every year that the world is made better with him in it.

Happy “unspecial” birthday to a very special man!

Brad Takes the Reins (and Talks About Me)

I’m back to participating in the Blogger Men Tell All link up. I love having Brad contribute to the blog occasionally, and 5 questions are sufficient to get some input before he gets bored with it.

1. What is your favorite memory with your blogger?

It’s not really a fair question to ask for my favorite memory together. Every moment we’re together is my favorite… next question 🙂

2. What is her best quality?

Her patience. Dealing with me can be like dealing with a 7 and 70 year old within a five minute time span. One minute I may be whining about wanting dinner and the next minute I may be complaining about the kids in our front lawn. She’s always there for me and patient even though I can be very trying on patience.

3. What is something the two of you enjoy doing together? Continue reading