Thursday, 14 March 2013

My Other Half

Last weekend the Mister and I celebrated our eleven year wedding anniversary. There have been some bumps along the way - some little... some rather big - but then, nothing worth having ever comes easy.
We have spent half of our lives together, we were just 19 & 20 when we walked down the aisle, we've grown up along the way and been blessed with five beautiful (loud, messy, demanding... but beautiful) children. We have separated, we have gotten back together, and we are doing our best. Marriage is not easy, some days I hate & love him in equal measure and others I could just cheerfully throttle him (and likewise, I am sure), but I wouldn't be without him, he really is my other half.

He surprised me with a weekend away, sans kids. He planned it all himself, and I had no idea. We headed off down to Poole for the weekend and spent our time at the cinema without needing to take anyone to the loo halfway through the movie, and enjoying leisurely meals in restaurants without anyone stealing food off of our plates.
We walked and held each other's hands instead of one of the kids, we made fun of each other and laughed. We spent Sunday afternoon snuggled on the sofas under duvets watching TV and snoozing. We really enjoyed each others company, and I think that for eleven years married we aren't doing so bad.

Next week we are off away on holiday as a family. My brother & his fiancée are house & dog-sitting for us and we will be spending the first weekend of the Easter holidays having fun at the seaside come rain or shine (or possibly snow).
While the Mister & I were away we planned our days out and activities and have some fun things in mind for all of us to do and see together, I honestly cannot wait. There will be tantrums, there will be tears, there will be strops (and that's just the Mister...), but we will have fun and make some memories and take the good times with the bad.

We don't have much money, and sometimes things can seem really hard. But we have each other, and as long as we stick together we can muddle our way through. Some people go through their entire life without half of the happiness I have had in my 30 years, and while I know at times I have taken it for granted, I realise that I have a lot to be thankful for.

I have linked this post with Mummy From The Heart's #R2BC weekly blog hop,

20 comments:

dragonsflypoppy said...

What a beautifully written and honest post. Time spent just the two of you is very precious.

Happy Anniversary and have a lovely holiday xx

beautyqueenuk said...

Beautiful post hunnie xx

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Joanna Henley said...

You really are a lovely couple. You are usually last on our visiting list, because we know we will spend the longest at yours. Your lovely welcoming home and family is a joy xxx

Susan Mann said...

What a lovely post. You sound so happy and content. Beautiful x

Glitzy Gleam said...

aww such a lovely post, Happy Anniversary, have a fab holiday xx

Really Rachel said...

Happy Anniversary to you and the mister! Sounds like you had a lovely time away and enjoy your holiday

The Organised Penguin said...

Happy anniversary, what a lovely surprise from the mister! Glad you had a fab time and have a fab hol with the kids x

Mama Syder said...

Happy Anniversary! Such a beautiful post! Enjoy your holiday x

Hannah Brooker said...

Absolutely love this post.Glad you had a lovely time and a very Happy Anniversary to you! xx

Sarah said...

Happy anniversary! Lovely post Julie, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Praying for some sunshine for you. x

kateonthinice said...

Such a beautiful post. Really lovely, honest and true. Keep working at it - it sounds like you got a keeper.
Keep taking time for just you two too. Difficult but makes such a difference.

Lous Lake Views said...

It's just fantastic to read something so heartwarming. Happy Anniversary

Tas D said...

Happy Anniversary!! Its very true - nothing worth having comes easy :)

The Mummy Scripts said...

What a beautiful and honest post! Happy Anniversary - here's to many more happy and hectic years! (popping over from BYOB) x

MsXpat said...

Now that certainly is a reason to be cheerful :0) Lovely wedding pic. have a great family holiday!

The Rambling Pages said...

I think this has got to be one of the nicest, most honest posts I've read in a long time. I have been with my hubby 19 years, meeting when I was 20, him 22, we have been married just over 11 & have had our fair share of hurdles to jump in that time, most recently one which I found particularly hard to deal with, I still have days of worries & doubts but we are still here - your beautiful post really sums up how I often feel x the best reasons to be cheerful c

SarahMummy said...

What a lovely post. It's beautiful how you have grown and changed together. My husband and I have been together half our lives too.

Michelle Twin Mum said...

ahhh happy belated anniversary. I just love Poole, we go there every week. I hope this next holiday is just as great for you,

Mich x

seasiderinthecity said...

What a lovely post, happy anniversary!

Suzanne Whitton said...

This is such a lovely post. How wonderful that you still feel like this about each other after 11 years :)I am with you, in that having some time away from the kids to just be a couple, is so important. Thanks for linking up to my marriage week posts :)

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