October 9, 2008

Nine Years

Nine years ago today, Beth and I ended our six year shacking-up-in-sin era and, in front of a hundred and fifty of our closest friends and relatives (and a few people we invited but were convinced would never show), got hitched. Looking back now, comparing our lives then to our lives now, it's amazing that it's been only nine years. Just take a look at the differences.


I have to thank Beth for putting up with me. See, I'm not the most perfect husband in all the land. I don't listen very well. I don't always pick up after myself. I invariably leave my napkin in my chair after dinner each night. I never remember which nights of the week are trash nights. I'm pretty selfish with my time, I can be a real asshole, and have a quick temper on occasion. And I have to thank Beth for spending the last nine years (and the six before that) of her life with me. I haven't always made it easy. And of course I have to thank Beth for helping me bring two fantastic kids into the world.

I love you, Beth. Thanks for saying I do those nine years ago. And for picking me up in that bathroom sixteen years ago. (That's a story for another day.)

Posted by Chris at October 9, 2008 6:19 AM

Psst - I think you meant Beth for that last sentence in Paragraph two - because Mia's name there sounds somewhat Oedipal... Feel free to delete this comment once you've edited ;)

Otherwise - a really, lovely post...

Posted by: suze at October 9, 2008 6:57 AM

Oh that is so sweet, so nice and so true!

Posted by: Maribeth at October 9, 2008 7:05 AM

That's a sweet post. I think the things you say make you imperfect will just mellow away with time (and as the kids get older). I'm glad you have your perfect someone because you seem the type of person to deserve it. :)

Posted by: NancyJak at October 9, 2008 7:08 AM

Aww great post. Congrats, you guys.

Posted by: Missy at October 9, 2008 7:37 AM

Awwww - happy anniversary to you and Beth! I hope you're able to get someone to hang out with your kids so the two of you can get a night out to celebrate!

Posted by: Sarah at October 9, 2008 7:47 AM

Congratulations :) And it's time to call the grandparents for a date night :P
Nice chart, btw ;)

Posted by: Heather at October 9, 2008 8:04 AM

Happy 9 years! I love the music comparisons. It's funny how marriage and parenthood drastically changes us--mostly for the better. Or, at least I'll realize that once I quit mourning the loss of my free time (what the heck is that?!).

Posted by: Dolly at October 9, 2008 8:05 AM

Happy anniversary!

Posted by: Katherine at October 9, 2008 8:11 AM

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: Alissa at October 9, 2008 8:13 AM

Happy Anniversary!!

Posted by: Ann Adams at October 9, 2008 8:17 AM

Congrats on your anniversary! It's amazing what all changes in just a few short years, isn't it? Here's to many, many more years together for the two of you!

Posted by: Jessie at October 9, 2008 8:58 AM

You stinker, with your size 32 waist. :-) Seriously, though, Happy Anniversary to both of you!

Posted by: Fraulein N at October 9, 2008 9:09 AM

Maybe getting picked up by Beth in the bathroom is the good karma that is getting balanced out by all the weird bathroom encounters you've had since then? Maybe?

Anyway, Happy Anniversary. May you have many, many more.

Posted by: alison at October 9, 2008 9:10 AM

Happy happy anniversary!

Posted by: Michelle at October 9, 2008 9:12 AM

Congrats to you both! Love the timeline - isn't it amazing how things change?

Posted by: SpaceCase at October 9, 2008 9:19 AM

Things do change. And it looks like good changes to me. Except for the Cinderella Sound Track.

Don and I have been married for 12 - I should make a similar chart.
Seems like fun

Enjoy your day!

Posted by: cassie-b at October 9, 2008 9:28 AM

Ahhhh, Friends, how I miss that show so! I watched an entire season the other night and laughed my ass off! Now all you can find on TV is drama and reality TV. Suck-ville!

Happy anniversary, your pottery and willow are in the mail.

Posted by: mymilabean at October 9, 2008 9:33 AM

Maybe it's a good night for a date night!

Posted by: Sandi at October 9, 2008 9:38 AM

Happy anniversary kids!

Of course now I am going to be wondering about that bathroom thing all day. I mean you always talk about strange encounters in the bathroom and now you inform us that Beth picked you up in one! Hmmmmm!

Posted by: Jeff A at October 9, 2008 9:38 AM

congrats :)

Posted by: tiffanie at October 9, 2008 9:48 AM

Congrats you two! Hope you get to do something special today! :)

Posted by: Laura at October 9, 2008 10:00 AM

Did you ever see Welcome to the Dollhouse?
Remember the Happy Anniversary song?

I'm singing it to both of you.


Posted by: jessica at October 9, 2008 10:03 AM

aw, happy anniversary!
(ps. LOVE the chart!)

Posted by: Holly at October 9, 2008 10:04 AM

Happy Anniversary!

(And ditto Suze's comment.)

Posted by: Stephanie at October 9, 2008 10:06 AM

Chris, Congrats!

And I love the diagram ....mine looks like that and it is mostly true too except no kids yet. Cheers and it is very sweet to give such thanks to your wife. We all need to hear that sometimes even when our spouses can be a little silly and forgetful :)

On a silly note, Husband is such a great word it sounds so comforting, but wife sounds kind of mean or vicious ...and spouse doesn't sound much better ...we need a better word!!!!

Posted by: Julie Andel at October 9, 2008 10:18 AM

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: bad penguin at October 9, 2008 10:25 AM

Wow, congrats on being together 15 years!

And, yay to 9 married!

Hope you get some "date" tonight. :D

Posted by: Poppy at October 9, 2008 10:59 AM

Wow - 9 years... plus 6 years of dating... You guys are too young to have been together for that long. Congrats and Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: Amy at October 9, 2008 11:04 AM

Happy Anniversary!! Love your list!

Posted by: Krush at October 9, 2008 11:06 AM

SHE GIVES YOU NAPKINS? EVERY DAY? Never, ever let that woman go.

Happy 9 years, my friend.

Posted by: Mr Lady at October 9, 2008 11:23 AM

Happy Anniversary!!!

Posted by: Adi at October 9, 2008 11:25 AM

Happy Anniversary!!!

Posted by: Adi at October 9, 2008 11:25 AM

The coolest thing is that you both so very obviously still love each other after all that time. I don't get to see too many examples of that anymore and I love to watch it (or read about it, as the case may be.) Congratulations!

Posted by: k8 at October 9, 2008 11:39 AM

The coolest thing is that you both so very obviously still love each other after all that time. I don't get to see too many examples of that anymore and I love to watch it (or read about it, as the case may be.) Congratulations!

Posted by: k8 at October 9, 2008 11:39 AM

Lovely thoughts. Congratulations on this wonderful anniversary.

Posted by: Kate at October 9, 2008 11:44 AM

Awesome Chart - so true.

Posted by: Johnny Smoke at October 9, 2008 12:11 PM

Happy Anniversary!

Hubby and his EX would of been celebrating 26 years, my dad would of been 84 and tomorrow, hubby and I celebrate 7 years of being together.

Posted by: been there, done that at October 9, 2008 1:39 PM

Congrats ya'll!! Nine years is certainly something to be proud of!

Posted by: Kris at October 9, 2008 2:01 PM


Posted by: Aimee Greeblemonkey at October 9, 2008 2:07 PM

Fantastic! Happy, happy anniversary! And many more.

Posted by: Janet at October 9, 2008 2:33 PM

Oh do tell the picking up in the bath bathroom story! Come on - you're the bathroom story king! Congrats!

Posted by: Heather at October 9, 2008 3:08 PM

Much love and congratuations!

Posted by: samantha jo campen at October 9, 2008 3:18 PM

Happy Anniversary! I hope you guys get a chance to get away and do something fun this evening.

Posted by: Jen at October 9, 2008 3:38 PM

You have a huge yard in the general dc area? I'm Jealous. I have a huge townhouse, you know--for a townhouse, but I can mow my backyard my sticking my hand out the window and grabbing a handful of grass. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. Also.. boo you got rid of the cats? lame.

Posted by: esthela at October 9, 2008 4:12 PM

Happy Anniversary!!!

Posted by: coolchick at October 9, 2008 7:54 PM

Congrats and here's to 9+ more years!

Posted by: ironic1 at October 9, 2008 8:15 PM

Happy happy anniversary!

Posted by: Keri at October 9, 2008 8:30 PM

happy anniversary!

there are worse things to replace friends than Backyardigans. they seem so nice.

Posted by: Wendy at October 9, 2008 9:21 PM

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: carrster at October 9, 2008 10:07 PM

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: Gabriella at October 9, 2008 10:14 PM

A very Happy Anniversary to you and Beth. Here's to many, many, many, etc more!

Posted by: diane at October 10, 2008 10:03 AM

Congratulations to you and Beth!

Posted by: Dianna at October 10, 2008 2:30 PM

Awwww, happy anniversary! What I like to know is... what is a date and what are friends?

Posted by: Nadine at October 11, 2008 3:04 AM

A belated happy anniversary to you both.

Posted by: Maria at October 13, 2008 5:41 AM