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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Our 10 Year Anniversary: Five Things We Love About Each Other

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Today, Paul and I have been together for 10 years! When I say that, it makes me laugh. 10 years sounds like such a huge length of time, and such an enormous part of our life -which of course it is, but at the same time it feels as if hardly any time has passed at all, and I'm left wondering how it could possibly have been 10. whole. years.

Not only have we been a couple for 10, but we've known each other for almost 17 -so I'd say by now we know each other inside and out. After talking to Paul about what to do as a post to celebrate, we thought it would be fun to do something together, and share a few things we love about each other. I think it's also a nice thing to have to look back on when we're feeling all soppy and romantic.

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Shelley
What I Love About Paul...

1. How Calm He Is. I am by nature a very anxious person, I can worry about appointments, thing's that need done, money, time, a number of different situations and sometimes I can get myself into a terrible state over nothing. I honestly don't think there's anything I could ever say to Paul that would panic him. No matter what it is, he can look at the situation and just know that things will work out. He is unbelievably cool under pressure and never gets stressed out or worked up. His calm and collected nature helps return me to a state or normality when I'm freaking out.

2. His Spontaneous Singing. I wouldn't say Paul is very musical, his talents definitely lie elsewhere, but that doesn't stop him. He sings along to most songs but making up his own lyrics along the way -most of the time about me -which does make me laugh.

3. How He Loves To Be Home. I'm very much a home body, I love nothing more than spending time at home together with Paul watching films and cuddled up on the sofa. It makes me so happy knowing that Paul feels the same when it comes to this. We can spend whole Sunday mornings (sometimes afternoons) in bed and we couldn't be happier, an evening cuddles up with a good film is our idea of perfect. It also makes me smile to see how happy he is each day, just to be home.

4. The Little Things He Does. I don't know if Paul realises how much I appreciate all the little things he does. How he will randomly and without reason, just bring me a cup of tea. How he'll bring me breakfast in bed if the house hasn't warmed up yet so I don't have to feel cold. But one thing I love most is what he does when he thinks I can't hear him come home. As I've said before, I hate being frightened. I don't enjoy it at all. If Paul comes home and he thinks I can't hear him, because I have the music up to loud while dancing around the kitchen he'll start shouting "hello" until I know he's there -way before he gets in the room and makes me jump out of my skin. It may be small but it's just another thing that shows how sweet and caring he is.

5. His Faith In Me. As everyone is at some point, occasionally I'm full of self doubt. I don't think I can do or achieve something, or come to the conclusion that what I am doing is rubbish. Paul takes all of that away from me and leaves me to believe that if I wanted to go to the moon I could. No matter how unsure I am about something I'm doing he always has complete and total faith in me, and it has made such a big difference in my life -and I know it will continue to do so.  I would never have started this Blog if it wasn't for him and it's one of the best things I ever did.

Paul
What I Love About Shelley...

1. Support and Encouragement. I'm not the most confident person in the world, no matter how well I portray myself. I doubt myself constantly and am never fully confident in my abilities. Shelley changes that. She helps me with my confidence, she reassures me when I do the right thing and supports me through times when I struggle. I would not be where I am today without her.

2. Organisation. If you came to me at work you would be pleasantly surprised at how organised I am, unfortunately this doesn't carry over to being at home. I have no idea why not but it doesn't. I'm very untidy, I put things down and say I'll put them away but I forget. Going on holiday - I sort everything last minute. Shelley makes sure everything is planned and does so with so much detail that nothing can ever go wrong (even though she never believes that last part).

3. Empathy. We love animal, of any shape or size -sometimes more than some people. She will never let anyone treat an animal in a bad way. Seeing an animal looking scared or alone, she can't help but see if it's ok. The most recent example involved us chasing a dog around at 1am as we seen it run past the house with a lead but no owner. It was 0 degrees and snowing heavily and by the time we got home we were frozen solid! I love this about Shelley, and how she cares so genuinely, it upsets her and leaves her in tears when she hears stories of people hurting animal.

4. Honesty. Some people think honesty is a bad trait, I admire it in people. Shelley is straight with me and everyone else around her. She will always let you know if she disagrees or is upset with you, but in a way that shows she cares for and loves you. You know where you stand, she will give you her opinion but is always constructive. Being honest with someone shows that you care deeply for them and this has helped me many times in my life, and one of the reasons our relationship works so well.

5. Time Alone. I'm not one for going out and getting drunk -neither is Shelley. We would rather sit in onesies, drinking tea and binge watching films or a TV series. And there's not much better than cuddling in bed until late on a Sunday -rotating who's the big spoon.

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