1 - He makes me laugh
Stu is actually quite funny. When I think back over the last decade, there's a lot of laughter. We tend to have the same snarky outlook on things, people, situations and behaviors. It helps to see eye to eye on this stuff. And I am so glad I have a guy who will make fun of stuff by my side.
2 - He has terrible taste in football
3 - He loves to play dress up (almost) as much as I do
4 - He's basically a big kid
I have been dreaming about our anniversary trip for a while now. Like 2 years. I was hoping for something incredible, like Paris. I asked Stu about a month ago what he'd really want to do for our "big trip." His answer surprised me. It was "ride roller coasters." I'll give more details next week. As the trip gets closer, we are both getting more and more excited. This is going to be a much needed trip of FUN. Lots of laughs. Lots of whiplash. Lots of theme park food. Awesome.
6 - Man in uniform
I am not sure this needs much explanation. I mean, how can you not love a man in uniform? Stu served in the Army and as a police officer for many years. He no longer serves in either, but I still have the pictures. *sigh*
7 - Snugglebug
I already had this on my list. But I asked Rea to tell me what she loves most about Dad. She said, "His snuggles!" We laughed. He is so cuddly. Although, he will tell you he does not cuddle, he does. And he is a pro. The kids are always snuggled up with him on the couch. When they go to bed, I like to skooch up next to him.
8 - He humors my Disney side
Disney has never been a place Stu "wanted" to go. But it has been my happy place for most of my life. He has put his feelings aside many times over the past decade. We spent our first wedding anniversary at Disney. Ahhh, love. I could put together an hour-long slideshow just of Disney pics... We have literally thousands from the several dozens trips we've taken. In fact, we have gone so often, Disney has its own section on this site.
9 - He believes in me
Stu is a great friend. He is loyal. He is caring. He thinks I am pretty awesome. Sometimes. I realize this entry is about Stu, but how could I not talk about me?
We have had days (months, years) when we each failed to support the other. But, through it all, Stu has not given up on me. And I have not on him either.
I love that he supports my crazy ideas (except a 3rd child, he's really holding out on me there). He thinks I am an excellent writer (his words, not mine). He supports me when others think I am horrible (although he's had to be reminded not to believe everything he hears). He holds me when I am sad or mad (I cry when I am super frustrated).
Most of all, I love that he is working with me. Working with me to make our marriage, family, life stronger and better.
10 - He works so hard
Stu works hard, long hours for us. He gets up early every morning and heads off to work in order to give his kids (and wife) the best life possible. He works hard and long so I can raise the kids. I do not take for granted the life he is working to achieve. I love him for wanting the four of us to have a good life.
I am so proud of all you have accomplished in your professional life Stu. I know big and great things are still ahead of us.