Thursday, September 25, 2008

Me and the Queen of England


"Dad" had just laid down for a short (and well deserved) snoozer, but don't you know, wherever dad is....fun is too!
I got home from the park the other day and a big white sack from one of those good, good, bad stores was sitting on my table. Inside was a familiar site. The note. We've left notes for each other since we were 16. On cars, in lockers, under pillows. Great memories. I remember coming out of basketball practice one cold winter night and there was a note on my car. It said, "check behind your tire before you drive away...love you". Sure enough, a single rose and a carton of eggnog stashed in the snow beneath my door. Life's gotten busy with adult responsibilities and parenthood, and the note game has slowed significantly since we were young and crazy in love. But I felt all those crazy in love feelings yesterday just seeing that green paper, and his handwriting...it said, "Ha, ha, ha...it's not here. Now the fun begins, your toaster is somewhere in the house. Good luck. love Dave." My toaster!!?? A week ago Dave said he had all these credit card points, and just for fun, what would I buy? In my mind, as long as you never pay interest, credit card points are like monopoly money...free. I think I scared him with how quickly I rattled off 3 or 4 extravagant purchases I would make. Then I asked him..."what would you buy?" Funny how my answers involved 1 item, and his more like 7 or 8. This is actually one reason I love my husband. SO not trendy, SO not concerned with things money can buy (unless maybe you're talking about land, or hunting equipment). He's a good and constant reminder for me...my balance. Which is why, bless his heart, when he stood at that checkout counter and the saleswomen from England nodded approvingly, he probably whimpered inside. To anyone else, what she said would have been the clincher, proof of a good purchase. But to my sweet Dave, when she declared in her thick accent, "Why the Queen of England has this toaster!", it only reaffirmed the silliness of such a thing. All I can say is that I FEEL like royalty and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with my new appliance.

15 comments:

Loni Stevens said...

Be still my heart! That is cute, lol. :)

the boyd family said...

that's a nice toaster :) looks like you and the queen of england have good taste!!!

Zach 'n' Jack said...

I bet the Queen of England doesn't even get to touch that toaster though.... so that is all yours! How awesome, what a sweet hubby you have! And I LOVE those pictures of him and the kids - I vividly recall some moments like those at our house too!!

Kyle & Jill Revell said...

Sweet toaster! I love the pictures of the kids jumping on the bed.

~The Stevens Family~ said...

That is one sweet looking toaster you got there!! Way to go Dave!

Tiff and Dave said...

What a sweet husband!!! Wow...you and the queen of England! Sounds like quite the toaster! :) Love the pics of Lily jumping on the bed. She sure gets some air!

dixonfamily said...

You guys are such a fun, sweet couple!! I truly hope you enjoy your beautiful toaster, your majesty!! So fun!

Isaura said...

awesome toaster, i wish it came in vintage green. :) that color is my latest obsession. i just saw a "good eats" episode on toasters the other day on the food network.
i love it when husbands are thoughtful. that's awesome you guys have been together since you were 16!! My sister and her husband have a similar story. And your hibiscus question...they are practically invincible. although you are in texas, i've never seen any kind of bug get to them. are 8 months or so year round???? they stay alive forever.

shakenbake said...

What a sweetie! You take such good pics! I’m so glad you put pictures of Ike on here. We were worried about you guys that night. We are happy to hear you all are ok!

kat and jason said...

whoaaa!!! check it out! i love it-i too need a toaster-i haven't had one for 2 years. no bagels, toast, nothin! i love i

Christy said...

what a sweet husband! i like the note thing, so fun.

meg said...

What an adorable story! Thanks for sharing!

ps. I love your bed!

Missy said...

I can picture it so perfectly in your home Tara. So refined and stylish and perfect.

Don't you love when you realize that the one you married is the perfect balance for you? Like there is no better team than the two of you?

Stacy F said...

Love the pictures of Dave and the kids!

Whit said...

HAHA...what a cute couple and a sweet hubbie. Pretty toaster too :) Oh, and your bed-LOVE it. once again, you are my inspiration!!