Eleven Years with Yooper Stewart

478Yesterday Yooper Stewart and I celebrated our eleventh anniversary. That’s right – eleven years with my redneck. Some days we’re amazed that we’ve made it this far. Pretty much every day we’re thankful that we stuck with it and pressed through.

We were married on November 26, 2005, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I recognize November 26 as our anniversary; Yooper Stewart recognizes the Saturday after Thanksgiving as our anniversary. Either way, we don’t celebrate the way most people celebrate.

For starters, sometimes our anniversary (Nov. 26) is on Thanksgiving, so the whole family is invited. Regardless of when Nov. 26 falls, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is always the U-M/OSU game, so there’s a football game involved (for me, not YS – he couldn’t care less). And some years we’re up at 4 a.m. for Black Friday savings.479

Our gifts are pretty unconventional too. We generally don’t exchange gifts – a dinner out (when neither of us has to cook or clean) is usually enough, but recently Yooper Stewart has requested – and received – Legos. I prefer practical gifts, so it’s not uncommon for me to get a mop or some type of cleaning supply. This year he surprised me by finally fixing the top two items on the to-be-fixed list.

The past eleven years haven’t always been what I’d expected, but it sure has been a fun ride. I can’t wait for the next eleven.

 

It’s a Birthday Miracle!

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We’re back!

Okay, so it’s not as much a miracle as it is me finally getting my act together to pay some renewals and find a new home for YS. I did it, though, and here we are! Just in time too – YS is taking a giant, redneck step this year and leaving his job to hit the road. That’s right: he’s going to truck driving school. We’re excited and nervous (but mostly excited). He actually took today off work to go visit the school before he starts classes.

While he’s studying, I’ll be at home with these two hairy guys – Bucket (you’ve met) and our newest family member, Cooper. They aren’t nearly as handy in the kitchen as Yooper Stewart, but at least they’ll snuggle with me and keep me warm.

I’ll get back into the swing of things soon, but wanted to get this happy birthday, we’re-finally-back post up today so you’d know where you can find YS online.

Happy Birthday, Honey!