Happy 16th Anniversary to Me (and my Hubby)

By: Tracey Manailescu


Photo: www.avenue-photo.com


Through the years…

16 years of marriage.  Let me soak this in. Wow!

While most of it has been pretty good, of course nothing is perfect. We have had several ups and downs over the years. Some of them enough to make me think it was over, a few times. That could be my dramatic side coming out, though (as my mother likes to call it) .

He still leaves the dishes in the sink after his famous midnight snacks, we argue about laundry, vacuuming, taking the dog out for a walk, cleaning up after dog, the way I spend money (yes, I really do need more shoes, and clothes on a regular basis), sometimes he’s moody, sometimes I get sucky, etc.


Wedding ceremony


Wedding Party


Some really important things we have learned to do over the years are:

*Choose our battles, we don’t nag each other, put each other down and try really hard not to say things to hurt each other in the heat of the moment.

*Forget about that old adage, “Never go to bed angry”. Holy crap!  I can stay mad for days!!!

*We make time for each other and our children alone and as a unit. I have always believed that regular date nights are a must.

*Laugh with each other, at each other, and ourselves. (It’s usually me laughing at him though.)  Sometimes I think he has no sense of humour.

*Sometimes, you are going to hate each other. Really. It’s true. Don’t beat yourself up over it.

*Let the little things go. He is never going to stop the “Al Bundy on the couch” thing, and I will never stop wanting more of everything ;)

*Act as a team when dealing with our children. United front. We may argue off to the side, but together we are united.

*Accept each other’s faults.

*Know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.  Try to balance each other out.

* Do things alone. Go out with friends.  Keep separate friendships. (We have more to talk about).

*Realize that there are some things you will never agree on. Ever.

Happy 16th wedding anniversary to us!
We were just saying how lucky we are that we still like each other, never mind, love each other, after all of these years. Long hair, short hair, no hair, skinny, fat, etc.
Never have I been so completely accepted & loved completely.
You know (almost) all of my secrets, put up with my drama, encourage me, fight back when necessary, let me dream, travel, & try anything (yes, I know I have pushed many boundaries) you accept me for who I am, you love our children beyond the norm, we know that you will always put us first and love us indefinitely.
You drive me crazy sometimes, & make me madder then anyone should, but I am grateful & looking forward to growing old with you.
I love you Gabriel Manailescu!