In honor of our first wedding anniversary (can you believe it?!), we'd like to share with you some of the (many) lessons we've learned during our first year as a married couple.
So, without further ado, here are 12 lessons we've learned (one for each month, of course) about love, marriage, and life in general:
- It's ok to sleep with both the ceiling fan and the electric blanket on....at the same time.
- Patience is a virtue. Not only the waiting kind, but also the "I've already told you this how many times?" kind.
- A kitchen does not need 5 sets of measuring spoons...or a perfectly alphabetized spice cabinet.
- Make friends with the people at the local home improvement store - there may be days when you see them on 6 separate occasions.
- Sometimes, words can get in the way of good communication.
- True love is knowing what a person is saying when they speak while brushing their teeth.
- Owning a pet who requires the toilet to be inaccessible lest he/she take a sip from the porcelain bowl creates good habits for married life. Lid always down = seat always down = win/win
- There is indeed more than one way to skin a cat...and more than one way to load the dishwasher. (We know only one of these from experience.)
- Adventure can be found in your own backyard...so long as the power lines are loose and a squirrel needs to practice his high-wire routine.
- Car time = talk time. How often do we take time to sit next to each other and just talk without distractions in our daily lives? We've found that taking advantage of this opportunity while driving/riding in the car together (esp. on long road trips) can lead to some really quality and necessary conversations that may not have happened, otherwise.
- Being willing to "go halvsies" can drastically cut down on decision-making time.
- There is a married version of yourself that you (and your spouse) don't know exists till after you've said "I do."