Six Years.

I haven’t been around much, but I have a good reason. On Thursday, Nellie and I flew to Chicago to visit my family. I’m currently in Milwaukee with my brother and his girlfriend while my dad and stepmom watch Nellie. Today we are driving back to Chicago to celebrate my grandfather’s 90th birthday with the rest of our family. I’m very excited!

Today also happens to be my six year wedding anniversary. My husband stayed behind in Tennessee due to some scheduling conflicts that weren’t resolved until the last minute. We are spending our six year wedding anniversary apart, which sucks, but we’ll see each other soon. It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since we said “I do”. Our wedding day was beautiful, special, and full of really great memories.

Happy six years, sweetheart. I love you. You are a better husband and father to our child than I could have ever dreamed.



Tonight while I was sitting at work near the end of my shift, I got a text from my husband who was set to pick me up at any second.

Can I come in?

I texted back:
Of course you can!

I shut down my computer, gathered up my things, and met him at our front door expecting him to have an armful of baby girl. To my surprise, he didn’t have an armful of baby at all, but a bouquet of flowers, which he handed to me with a smile.

“Thank you,” I said. “Where’s Nellie?”
“I left her in the car,” he joked.
With a smile, I asked him what was going on. He told me that he was taking me out on a date.

I was so excited! A surprise date. He told me that his parents were watching Nellie for a few hours, so we could get dinner and see a movie. I was absolutely thrilled! I wasn’t expecting it at all. A night out by itself is great, but a night out when you are absolutely unaware that it’s going to happen is even better.

We had dinner at Applebees and had a blast. We laughed a lot, and it was nice to spend time together without having to say, “No! Don’t touch that”, or “Don’t put that in your mouth, honey.” While we love to take Nellie out, it was nice to not have to play Cheerio Pickup while trying to shovel food into our mouths quickly enough to avoid a meltdown. There was a couple at the table beside us who also had a 1 year old (we asked) and what looked like a 5 year old. They looked happy, but they also had that frazzled “parent” look about them.

After dinner, Josh and I headed to the movie theater where we sat down to enjoy a movie that we’d both been looking forward to.

I’ve never seen the original, but I love the Coen Brothers. I will see anything they make without batting an eyelash. I’ve loved almost every single move they’ve put out with the exception of a few that I didn’t hate, but I wasn’t crazy about, either. It’s no secret that I’m a movie buff. We used to go see movies constantly before we became parents, and that’s definitely one of the things I’ve missed. We watch our share of movies thanks to Netflix but there’s just something about the experience of going to the theater that I adore.
The movie was amazing. Plain and simple. The acting was spectacular, the dialogue fantastic and the direction was just great. It was a wonderful film, one we will definitely own. It went by in a flash – had no dragging parts or slow scenes.

On the way to retrieve Nellie, we both commented on how nice it was to get a night to ourselves – but we both agreed wholeheartedly that we missed our lady. A lot. We talked about her, mostly, on the way home.

It was a great night and a great chance for us to have some quality time outside of being mama and dada. I have an amazingly thoughtful husband. It’s cool to be a little jealous. 😉

It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart

Three years ago today, I married my best friend.

Happy Anniversary to us, Mr. and Mrs. Green. :)