I have the best husband.
WARNING!! This post contains craploads of mooshy stuff. WARNING!!
I am so that person sitting in the staff lounge listening to all my co-workers (mostly women-it’s education, after all) complaining about their husbands, and silently thinking to myself, “Yeah, my husband would never do that.”
I got lucky in love. I met (okay, stole from a friend) Kirk our senior year in high school, and despite me slightly going crazy (teen angst) only a few weeks after we met, it brought us closer together instead of driving us apart.
This past December 3rd, we celebrated 12 years together, and this coming August, we will be married for 8 years. High school sweethearts do work out sometimes, and couples like us do exist.
All this time, and we still can’t get enough of each other. Still hold hands, say I love you, kiss each other good night, send “I miss you” texts. Yeah I know-gag.
He’s a man who helped me 50/50 with the kids (ok, sometimes like 60/40…cuz I get lazy…or sometimes 40/60…since he couldn’t nurse the children.) He does his share of chores, loves to cook dinner, puts the toilet seat down, opens doors for me. A man who works two jobs to support this family and still comes home ready to play with the girls every day. They don’t make them like him anymore, ladies…but I hope there will be a least a few throwbacks like him for my daughters to marry. Because man are they going to have some high standards.
As you read in this post, last week I turned thirty. And my husband loves nothing more than to spoil me, but my birthday is always a little hard. We just wiped ourselves out for Christmas, we don’t have taxes back yet, and Corinne’s birthday party is right around the corner.
Needless to say, he was a little disappointed when we did the bills and the budget provided him a number available for my birthday that was way lower than he wanted.
So you can imagine my surprise when I opened my birthday gift and found a brand new Nintendo 3DS*** gaming system, complete with popular game…
At first I wanted to kill him. Where could he have gotten that kind of money? These systems are almost $200, and that was not the limit we’d devised.
But then he told me. This awesome guy, who loves himself some XBox 360 and PS3, had taken all his video games and traded them in. For me. He combined the credit he got with his birthday budget to get me the game he knew I wanted. You have to understand the sacrifice he made…he loves those games and they’re a big source of stress release for him. And he gave them up. To give me a happy birthday.
Do you need a tissue? Because I almost did. UNbelievable. Amazing.
And. And! AND!!
That wasn’t even all. He called his mom and arranged for the kids to spend the night the Friday after my birthday. Then he took me out to dinner and shopping, and I got to come home and sleep in the next morning. My parent friends will know that is possibly the best gift ever.
This guy. People, I can’t begin to tell you how awesome he is.
Although I have to admit. He set the bar a little high for his next birthday!
***Yeah, I love video games. I’m not by any means a hard-core gamer, but I love me some Super Mario and puzzle games as much as your average gaming nerd.