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Happy Loveday

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Alexander Bowman, wearing Valentines day tee from Carter's, red sweatpants from GAP

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman, wearing WILDFOX sweater, BOW AND MOT skinny jeans and CHARLES DAVID calf leopard booties

Stephany Bowman wearing heart sweater from WILDFOX, black skinny jeans from MOTT AND BOW, and Cheetah booties from Nordstrom Rack. Alexander Bowman, in Gymboree shirt, Gap sweats and Crocs

 

Happy Loveday at the movies!!

I wanted to spoil my boyfriend Alexander this week.

He always wants to do something “fun” after I pick him up from school, but because we have to collect Annabelle an hour later it typically does not allow a lot of time to plan anything substantial.

So, when Annabelle was going to Girl Scouts with friends today, I knew it would be our chance!

When I picked up Alexander I said, “RUSH, we are going to the MOVIES to watch PETER RABBIT!!” 

He was so excited to go to the movies!!

He knew exactly which movie theatre we were going to, and why he had to rush so we could make it there on time! 

We only missed the first few minutes but watching his little face looking up at the big screen, munching away on his little bag of candy, just filled my heart. I knew he was so happy and content.

I loved this special little time, and spontaneous moment we shared.

The movie was so cute and funny. He and I were BOTH laughing out loud throughout the entire film. Was it because the movie was so funny? Was it because we felt so happy? or that it was Friday?!

All the above probably…

I’m sure it must be hard sometimes, being the middle child. You’re not the oldest, so you’re not old enough to do a lot of the things that your big sister gets to do, like play dates, and tons of fun activities.

Yet you aren’t little like your baby sister, so you have to be patient when she is being disruptive, or we can’t do something because she’s too young to participate in the plans, like Disney, skiing, etc…

In any case, I love my little Valentine, and I think we should make a habit of it.

Friday night date night with my little sweetheart, this week and forever. 

Happy Valentines day!!

XXX Stephany 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy + Angelina Fancy Pants

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Stephany Bowman wearing FREE PEOPLE Destination Unknown Coat, Ugg boots. Angelina Bowman wearing leopard faux fur coat from OSH KOSH, Red bag from JANIE AND JACK, and red bow from ETSY

Mommy and me time with my  little superstar!!

Don’t even ask about what’s under this gorgeous coat!! I wasn’t lying when I confessed that ever since I bought my UGGS I have NOT been able to take them off! Yup, I’m one of those people now, and I’m not even sorry about it! 

Last year I tried to carve out time for myself at the gym, but this year that goal feels so much harder to fight for. 

I’ve put a list together of 2018 goals for my health and wellness, maybe if I put them down in black and white I’ll be able to stick to them better?

2018 goals for my health and wellness

go to the gym 2 times a week for an hour at a time

eat more green food

spend more time in the kitchen making my own food

less Starbucks, more water

finish one novel a month

take a hot bubble bath once a month 

sleep in once a month

have a lazy day with no work or running errands, once a month

listen to more music

go to the movies

hang out with friends

sing out loud in the car

eat meals with my kids

walks outdoors with Michael

I will definitely continue to build on this list, feels good to see it all outlined like this too. Most of these things are so simple to execute and don’t cost any money or time. I guess it looks like I just want to enjoy a little more and rush a little less. More of what makes me happy.

What are your health goals for the year? I always feel guilty sleeping in on a weekend but then I feel like I’m a lot more productive the rest of the day when I am operating on a full battery…Sometime we all need a moment to re-charge or re-grpup and I think that that’s ok 👌🏻 👌🏻 

XO

Stephany

Life update, Back in Chicago

Stephany Bowman wearing a Lacoste tunic dress and Lulu Lemon leggings in Chicago

Stephany Bowman wearing a Lacoste tunic dress and Lulu Lemon leggings in Chicago

Stephany Bowman wearing an Eddie Bauer down filled winter coat in Black with Black UGG boots, and an Antrhopologie beanie in baby blue with pink flower detail, Lulu lemon leggings

Stephany Bowman wearing an Eddie Bauer down filled winter coat in Black with Black UGG boots, and an Antrhopologie beanie in baby blue with pink flower detail, Lulu lemon leggings

Stephany Bowman wearing an Eddie Bauer down filled winter coat in Black with Black UGG boots, and an Antrhopologie beanie in baby blue with pink flower detail, Lulu lemon leggings

This is the EXACT house in the Home Alone movie!!!

Stephany Bowman wearing an Eddie Bauer down filled winter coat in Black with Black UGG boots, and an Antrhopologie beanie in baby blue with pink flower detail, Lulu lemon leggings

Stephany Bowman wearing a Lacoste tunic dress and Lulu Lemon leggings in Chicago

So, we’ve had a huge life event happen.

Michael has accepted a position in Chicago, effective a few days ago.

Yup, that’s a big life change for us.

A few weeks ago, my parents babysat the 3 kids and Michael and I booked a 3 day trip to move him into an apartment there. I came home, alone..

For the Spring, he will work in Chicago and commute to Texas on the weekends. 

I have moved several times in my life

growing up in Switzerland

moving to Lebanon at the vulnerable age of 12

states at 23 on my own

London with Michael for 3 years with a brand new baby

Toronto for a year with 2 little babies

now Dallas

It’s a lot. Not every place was great, some were, others not.. 

We love Texas so it would be sad to go when the time comes. 

Anyway, these are just the first days, and I hope it will get easier over time. It really puts you in the shoes of single parents for a moment and how strong they are to cope with the weight of carrying the children on their own for so much of the time. Not easy.

So, deep breath! I think we can do this, write to me and let me know if you are familiar with this kind of situation and if you have any tips, I would love to hear your suggestions…

Stephany

Happy New Year!! A look back at 2017

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

Stephany Bowman wearing ZARA sweater dress and ZARA Over the knee red boots. Michael Bowman wearing black suit and tie with white shirt all from NORDSTROM

 

Happy New Year!!

I can’t really believe that it’s 2018 already?! 2017 was one of my favorite years of all time.

I put together a list of the most striking events of the year

On Spring break Alexander had a massive allergy attack and ended up in the ER. It was absolutly terrifying. That’s how we found out that he is deeply allergic to tree nuts

Our baby girl Angelina has turned two and she now has opinions of her own!! Listening to her “voice” has been such a precious highlight. She always says “pleash” and “tank you, mommy” in her sweet little voice. I love hearing what she has to say, and her contribution to the conversations

Unfortunately, Alexander had a second visit to the emergency room when Michael and I were walking him to school on the last day of the year. He got hit by a car when he was crossing the street on his scooter. This is a longer and very terrifying story that I would like to expand on another time in the future when the moment is right (+ when I’m ready. It still feels raw and too terrible to revisit in detail right now)

Annabelle was chosen to be the COVER GIRL for CHILD magazine!! Go Bella !! She graced the cover of the February issue, and it was such a fun and wonderful experience.

Summer in France was one huge highlight of the year. We got to spend 4 beautiful weeks at our wonderful and generous friend, Camile Abdelnour’s home with my parents. This year was particularly special because all of the children had vivid memories of past trips to France, and they too could not wait to go have fun in Europe with friends and family for the summer. Click here to read about a day in France this summer.

Thank you to all of YOU for your love and support. The strength and validation you give me is what keeps me going and wanting to make this space better and better all the time.

2018, makes me a little nervous because big changes are ahead *deep breath*

Right now, I will reflect happily on the wrap of a great 2017!!

Happy New Year from me, and the SC team

 

 

 

Festive fashions for the whole Family!

Stephany Bowman in a Target holiday outfit, Claire's headband, Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Stephany Bowman in a Target holiday outfit, Claire's headband, Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Annabelle Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom

Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

Annabelle Bowman in a Christmas tree dress from H&M

Stephany Bowman in a Target holiday outfit, Claire's headband, Alexander Bowman in a Santa pajama from Carter's, Santa hat from Hanna Andersson, Nike sneakers from Nordstrom, Annabelle and Angelina Bowman in matching Christmas tree dresses from H&M

 

 

Festive fashion is not something that exactly happens deliberately around here. But Matching the whole family in a festive theme sure is pretty fun!

As much as the girls loved their dresses, I’m not sure that Alexander realized how cool it was to be Santa!

Lucky to share that everyone still BELIEVES and isn’t that a relief with being at school all day, and probably around friends that have older siblings. I guess the Christmas magic is hard to shake off, and I’m not complaining! 

Let’s be honest though, for me the festive season can be a little overwhelming.

 I’ve put together a list of 4 non-negotioables for this festive Chirstmas holiday

Christmas music
Christmas sugar cookies

includes making, cutting, baking, icing, decorating + EATING!

Cozy pajama parties

I mean with huge bowls of popcorns and old school holiday classics (ideally Home Alone, Elf, and A Charlie Brown Christmas)

A Christmas mass

perhaps one of the most lovely traditions I can remember as a child when I used to go visit my Auntie Jean in England for Christmas and on Christmas Eve, we would go to a large Church and sing Christmas Carols- just peaceful and beautiful 

This year Angelina is old enough to understand Santa, ” LOOK mommy ANTA!!” Can’t believe it was just 2 years ago when she was just a tiny nugget under the tree 🙂 Read here for more about when Angelina was little and we celebrated her first Christmas as a family of 5!!

Now, wrapping up the Christmas shopping- and next up-WRAPPING! 

Looking forward to mom and dad coming in just a few days, after all, what is Christmas without the ones you love? 

What are some of your non-negotiables this year? Any favorite traditions new or old you look forward to this time of the year?! 

Write to me in the comments below xx

Stephany

 

8 years!! Happy together forever to US!!

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

 

EIGHT years ago I became a wife!!

I thought I would put a list of 8 things I love about our marriage

 friends first

Probably the solid foundation of this whole relationship. That I always could connect with him as a  friend first. We hang out like buddies, and that makes a relaxed and fun environment to be a part of.

a common vision and goal for our family

We put our family first. Value experiences and travel. Work hard to build a solid/fruitful future for our children and ourselves

I learn a lot from his reactions and way of looking at the world

Michael is 7 years older than me. I value his maturity in a lot of situations that I may be a lot less patient in. He is calm and fair. I admire that, and think thats a pretty good moral compass if you are leaning on someone’s point of view for guidance.

I love that I can be completey and totally myself

I’ve seen relationships in the past where either the husband or wife in the marriage is “performing” in front of their spouse and trying to show them a certain side of themselves to fulfill a goal. I luckily never have to perform in front of Michael. I am always completely honest with him, and that for me feels like a vacation.

we get to share all the good moments together

The best part.

At the end of the day, we meet up on the couch after the kids are bathed and in bed. I get to share with him the funny things that one of the kids said that day, or what we were so proud of them for. We laugh about the little things that are quirky or unique. Alexadner’s lisp and how cute it is when he says ” Christmas Decorations” or Angelina when he says, “Angel!!” and then she says,”Daddy!!” right after. We are proud of Annabelle’s passion and gift for art.

we get to share all the scary moments together

This oddly may be my favorite thing in the world. I always felt like I had to face every scary situation all by myself. Take a deep breath and tackle to issue-hope for the best. Now I can lean on Michael.  This helps to shift the burden and makes me feel like everything will be ok with him by my side.

the longevity of our relationship

We have built up so much history together. I love teasing him about his old bachelor days, when we were dating in Chicago, our favorite date spots, and memories. Read more about our 7 year anniversary right here!!!

he is always on my team

When you go into the world, you face circumstances and situations that may be unprecedented, unpredictable or unhappy. Having Michael to share my struggles with is comforting and I know that he has nothing but my best interest at heart.