Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Valentine

So today is Valentines Day Eve. Tomorrow Doug and I will both be working our completely opposite schedules as usual and life will continue as normal for us, but we will still be thinking about one another nonetheless.

Doug and I met in 1997 when we were just 13 years old. At that time I did not care too much for him. My first real interaction with him was when one of my girlfriends had a crush on him and wrote him a love note that he let his friends see, which led to no good. His crew made my friend more embarrassed and self-conscious then the average 13 year old needed to be, so I thought that he was mean.

With random interactions through the next few years, I begun to realize why my girlfriend had a crush on this tall and slim handsome guy. He was sweet and caring with a great sense of humor, and had these amazingly beautiful blue eyes that gave me butterflies every time we made eye contact. Oh and I thought he was hot. We started dating at 15 where we fell in love after 8 months of dating, and we both knew that our relationship was different from standard high school relationships. Even at age 15 I wanted to take on all of lives adventures with this man. Fast forwarding to 2005 Doug asked me to marry him when we were seniors in college, after 8 years of dating. We married on August 18, 2007.

All of our greatest milestone in life have been lived together. Doug is my biggest supporter and I am his. It is the greatest blessing to marry your bestest friend who understands why you are who you are and has been present for practically every great and not so great moment that you have ever had in your life. Doug is the only man that I ever desired building a life with, he is the one I want to create a family with, and the one I want to wake up next to everyday for the rest of my life. Doug is awesome, and I am lucky to have a rock star husband that understands why I am so crazy.

In 2006 we ran the Chicago Marathon together which left him with lingering knee pains which he still has to this day. I think that it is endearing that he would endure hours of pain and discomfort for the love of a woman. Yup hes a keeper.

In 2002 he dressed up all kinds of crazy with me for our senior dance that had an 80's theme, which is where I found out that we are amazing retro dancer.

He has let me indulge in my love for all things coastal, when he would much rather be indoors enjoying a comfy couch and an ice cold beverage on a hot day.

Our senior year in high school my dad took some senior photos of us. Doug thought that he was a stud, and was laughing the entire time. He was right, he is a stud.

We started out our marriage making our best attempts to escape terrible weather. Our outdoor wedding had to be changed last minute due to unseasonably cold summer temperatures and we spent the first few days of our honeymoon waiting for a hurricane to pass through Cancun. Most of our first week as husband and wife was not turning out as we hoped, but Doug was a rock star and made me realize that its great to have time together no matter what we are doing.

2008 I had big plans to run the Boston Marathon. Injuries overtook me early on in my training leaving me unable to run. All of my training was done on a stationary bike or an elliptical. We had bought non-refundable tickets to Boston that basically emptied our savings and we left for the race really not knowing if I was going to be able to participate. Beantown got to us, and I fell in love with the city instantly and knew that I had to give everything I had to finish the race. Doug was awesome and made sure I had everything that I needed to be as prepared as possible for the race. Need less to say the race didn't go very well, but Doug believed I would power through it somehow.

The Rock 'N' Roll race series came to Chicago in August 2009. Doug was super excited to get back into racing, but it turned out that his body wasn't as ready as his mind. He gave it his all, and I was proud of his work. It was great to see him so happy for my PR when his time wasn't what he had hoped for. Over the years our finishing times will fade from our minds, but the morning that we shared sipping beer at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning in Grant Park and having Dunkin Donuts Coolatas will stick.

Yep I love him. He is a keeper. He has perfect teeth. I hope our children have his perfect teeth.

Last summer I poured myself into my training for the Chicago Marathon 2010. Anxiety ridden and a hot mess that morning, I lost my cool and did not perform as well as I should have. Too much craziness goes on in my mind at times and I become my own worst enemy. Doug believed that I was more then capable of my 3:15 goal time. He spent hours the day before the race making these AMAZING signs that I cannot bring myself to get rid of. While I gave up on myself that day, Doug didn't.

Oh and we are also brilliant on the dance floor. Really we are the people that don't know how to dance but think we do so we just keep moving around like idiots until we tire. We think we look awesome flailing around, and Doug is hot when he busts a move.

We are meant to be just like Kermy & Piggy, Doug & Patti, Jim & Pam, peas & carrots, PB&J, or maybe even hot chocolate & marshmallows. Life isn't perfect, nor are we. But we appreciate what we have. Happy pre-Valentines Day.

1 comment:

  1. I love, love, love this!! You guys look like such a blast together. Great story, great couple. happy valentine's day!