Today is my husband’s 27th birthday!

As I was thinking a couple of days ago about his approaching birthday, I realized that we’ve spent 1/3 of our lives together.  WHOA.  We started dating in high school and in some ways that seems like just yesterday, and in others, it seems like that was a lifetime ago.


So in honor of his birthday, I thought I would list out 27 things that I love about him {and share some pictures of him that will make you wonder how we ever manage to get good ones}:

1 // His smile.

2 // His patience.

3 // His laugh {yes, this is different from his smile!  His laugh is infectious}.

4 // The way he loves his family.


5 // His loyalty— don’t mess with someone he cares about, it won’t end well for you.

6 // He’s tall!

7 // His curly hair {I sure hope our future kids get that from him! Mine is stick straight}.

8 // He’s a really good cook.

9 // He’s smart.  Like really smart.  He underestimates himself.

10 // His beard.  He grew it out about 18 months ago and I tell him all the time that he can’t ever shave it.  There’s just something about a man with facial hair…


11 // He’s such a gentleman.  To this day, he still insists on opening the doors for me whenever we are walking together.  He also holds it for anyone else around us.

12 // His respect for his parents and mine.

13 // His protectiveness for me and women in general {want to see him get angry, turn on an episode of SVU where a woman has been hit or raped or hurt in any fashion.  He’ll seriously turn it off or walk away he gets so angry, and that’s not even real}.

14 // His amazing ability to calm me down when I’m upset.

15 // His humor.  This man has me in fits of laughter a LOT.

16 // He’s introverted.  Since I am extroverted, this has helped balance me out over the years.

17 // He’s quite the craftsman.  He and his dad have built an entertainment center, a coffee table, and are currently working on a bed for us!


18 // He vacuums and scrubs the toilets.

19 // He loves video games {he’ll be very surprised to read this, because usually I complain about how much time he spends playing them, but really, I like that he has something he enjoys.  And I’ll take video games over football— or any sport for that matter— any day}.

20 // He challenges me.  He teaches me to be a better person.

21 // His hugs.  He can just envelope me and make me feel like nothing can ever hurt me with just a simply hug.

22 // His butt.  Sorry if that’s TMI, but he has one sexy rear-end.

23 // He’s a nerd.  And he’ll be the first one to tell you that.

24 // His dance moves {except for when we are in the car— he purposefully does it when others can see just to embarress me lol}.

25 // He is passionate.  Get him talking about something he loves and you might not be able to shut him up!

26 // He knows every word and can rap the entire “Ice, Ice Baby” song.

27 // He’s mine.  Sorry ladies…

High Five for Friday!

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I’m linking up with Lauren at for High Five for Friday.

Well, Friday is almost over already, but hey, better late than never, right?!  So here is what I’ve been up to on this very eventful week!

1) Jeff and I had a fun time celebrating our 5th anniversary this past weekend.  We went to The Little Dipper, a local fondue place, then we went to see “The Way, Way Back.”  It was really good! I laughed, I cried, I wanted to punch Steve Carell in the face haha… he did such a good job portraying a jerk.  Anyway, here are some pics from our date:


Yeah, we aren’t normal


My husband is such a cutie


Yummy fondue at The Little Dipper

2) This past weekend was also North Carolina’s tax-free shopping weekend, so I took full advantage of it.  I went to LOFT on Friday and got some great deals, including 3 pairs of pants for $20 each.  On Saturday, we met Jeff’s mom and Kohl’s and got Jeff some much-needed work clothes.  Then Jeff’s mom and I got manicures and pedicures.  I finally got her to try a bold color: OPI’s Cajun Shrimp.


Had to get a pair in every color


Pretty nails

3) On Sunday, I got to enjoy some sun and time at the pool with some friends.  Even though we had to run in the house thanks to a random thunderstorm, we still had a good time and got some much needed Vitamin D.

4) My husband has been growing some pepper and tomato plants in our back “yard” (by that I mean, our patio).  Several of the peppers have ripened.  It feels great to have grown something ourselves!


5) An old friend of mine got married yesterday.  Her sister threw a linger shower Tuesday, which was a lot of fun! And I’m pretty sure she is the Pinterest Princess— her decorations are amazing!945809_10100489915806996_914019970_n

The wedding was held at St. Thomas Preservation Hall and it was so incredibly beautiful!  The bride and groom were just beaming with love.  It was also great to catch up with a lot of friends from high school!


The wedding was held in a historic church that has been turned into an event hall. It was so romantic.


Small glimpse of all the fun


Love getting all dressed up… my husband looks sexy!


Old friends

Hope you have had been able to spend some quality time with friends this week, too!  I am already sad that this week is over and it might be a while before I see all of these people again.

26 Reasons

Today is my husband’s 26th birthday!  In honor of his special day, I thought I would share 26 things I love about him (and a few photos too).

  1. I love his laugh.  It’s infectious.
  2. I love that I was his first kiss.

    At our Senior Prom

    At our Senior Prom

  3. I love that he is tall.  I’m 5’2″ and he’s 6’2.”  When he wraps his arms around me, I feel completely enveloped and safe.

    At my sister's wedding in 2010

    At my sister’s wedding in 2010

  4. I love that he is a nerd.  He’d rather play video games or watch Monty Python than watch football any day.
  5. I love that he is handy.  He might be nerdy, but he’s also pretty handy with a hammer.  He made this coffee table a few months ago:
  6. I love that he has a heart for teenagers.  We are both leaders in the youth group at our church, but he is definitely the re was the reason we are involved.  
  7. I love his calmness.  I tend to be very “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” and make rash, emotional decisions.  He is much more calm and thoughtful before making decisions.
  8. I love it when he dances in the car and doesn’t care who sees.
  9. I love his glasses (I might be a nerd at heart too lol). 

    Chicago 2011

    Chicago 2011

  10. I love that he doesn’t check out other girls (seriously, he doesn’t).  Definitely helps me in the self-esteem department!
  11. I love that he is really good with kids.  I can’t wait to have kids with him one day because he will be a great father!
  12. I love that he has held true to our vows, especially the part that says “for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.”  I will probably touch on this more at a later time, but we’ve already been through some major financial struggles in our 5 years of marriage, and I have also had some health struggles, yet he’s stuck with me through it all.  

    Our wedding 8/2/2008

    Our wedding 8/2/2008

  13. I love that he is a morning person.  I am definitely not, but he’s starting to show me some of the benefits of becoming an early riser.
  14. I love his curly hair.  I sure hope our kids get that from him.
  15. I love how much he values his family.
  16. I love his smile.
  17. I love that he kisses me goodbye every morning before he leaves to work, even if I am not awake.

    Pinterest Pose!

    Pinterest Pose!

  18. I love how patient he is.  I can be quite a handful, especially since I have a little bit of a temper, but he is patient with me through all my crazy moods.
  19. I love that he calls me beautiful, even when it’s first thing in the morning and I have no makeup on, my hair is a mess, and I’ve got morning breath.
  20. I love his legs.  He has strong muscular legs— not tiny, scrawny legs like most guys.  (Is that too much info???)
  21. I love his fear of heights and roller coasters.  It’s very entertaing to get him scream like a little girl if I can actually convince him to get on one.

    Due to his fear of heights, he wouldn't take a picture with me sitting on the wall. I couldn't stop laughing.

    Due to his fear of heights, he wouldn’t take a picture with me sitting on the wall. I couldn’t stop laughing.

  22. I love that he’ll watch Gilmore Girls with me… over and over and over…
  23. I love cuddling on the couch, watching movies, and just hanging out with each other.

    From our honeymoon in Gatlinburg TN

    From our honeymoon in Gatlinburg TN

  24. I love that he can cook.  He looks sexy in an apron.
  25. I love that he is a country boy at heart.  His dream is to have a bunch of land so he can have chickens and grow his own food.  Hopefully we’ll make that dream come true one day.
  26. I love that he is my husband. Plain and simple.

    Our 2nd Anniversary

    Our 2nd Anniversary

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