Today my soon-to-be husband turns 24. I have known him since he was 16, which means that as of this moment, we have been the bestest of friends for 1/3 of his life.
That’s a good chunk of time, if you ask me. I’d like to think that I know a thing or two about him. But this past weekend, I’ve learned and remembered even more through photos, both past and present. What better way to say “I love you” and “happy birthday” than through a montage of reasons why I am walking down the aisle 33 days from now?
24 Reasons Why I Said Yes
#1: Bobby’s present day passion for donuts began at a very young age.
As a foodie, I can appreciate that look of pure bliss on his precious face. Adorable.
#2: Bobby’s athleticism. Hockey, soccer, tennis? He does it all – and looks good doing it.
Now (2007 at Millennium Park – also, Bobby is going to tackle me for posting this picture):
Now-ish (2004 – senior year of high school):
#3: Bobby loves bears. Hey, me too! I still have my bear from when I was a baby. But Bobby loves bears so much, he even dressed like one!
#4: Bobby is Mickey to my Minnie. No, really. I used to wear Minnie Mouse shirts and Daisy Duck sunglasses when I was little. I probably even posed like this, too.
But you, dear reader, will never know, because this is my blog and today is Bobby’s day to be showcased through the ages! **Insert evil laugh here**
In all seriousness, however, those first four reasons, while legitimate, do not truly capture why I said “yes” to Bobby. Here are 20 more reasons that may shed some light.
#5: He is the most honest person I have ever known – and honesty is (almost always) refreshing.
#6: As a result of #5, he is also one of the most trustworthy people in my life.
#7: Bobby is quiet when you first meet him.*
#8: *But he has a lot to say and he chooses his words carefully, so every one of them is important.
#10: Bobby even supported my crazy decision to start my own business. The day he told me he believed in our idea means more to me than he realizes.
#11: Bobby and I grew our relationship (as friends) through AIM in high school. As two shy people, I thank him for his dedication to logging on every night. In high school, where every little AIM chat was a big deal, I honestly don’t know if our relationship would be the same without it.
#12: Speaking of high school, another reason why I said yes is because Bobby gracefully handled my parents, who insisted on checking up on us every 20 minutes to make sure we weren’t making out causing trouble in the basement. Oh parents, if only you could have been a fly on the wall.**
#13: **I can say things like that now because we are getting married, right? It makes me feel mysterious. Also, Bobby, I think it is funny when you try to be mysterious.
#14: Bobby is the best brother my brother ever had. This is his trump card.
#15: My fiance embraces my quirky qualities and matches them with his own. No further explanation, but it’s wonderful to have someone who I can be completely, unabashedly myself with.
#16: Additionally, Bobby thinks I’m beautiful when I don’t wear makeup.
#17: I think Bobby is the most handsome guy in the world. [Don’t roll your eyes, you knew that had to be in here somewhere.]
#18: I am in awe constantly of how intelligent my fiance is. He has a great job that he loves and has always excelled at everything he puts his mind to. But I will always appreciate the fact that he does not know how to spell definitely. Even if he “defiantly” denies it.
#19: Bobby always says “Mmmm” when he thinks something tastes good. It inspires me to work on my baking skills, though I have the banana bread down pat.
#20: We both have a short list of things about the other that drive us crazy – admittedly, his might be longer than mine – but at the end of the day, I laugh happily when I think about all of them.
#21: I love the way he kisses me goodbye before going to work every morning.
#22: I’ve known about October 16, 2010 since November 16, 2003. It was just a matter of finding a spot on the calendar. The event itself was already guaranteed.
#23: I still get goosebumps when I think about the day he asked me to marry him.
#24: He gives and saves the best hugs for me. They are actually why we started dating.
I actually said yes for many more than 24 reasons…and I’m never looking back. 😉
Happy Birthday, Bobby!
Bonus Reason: On a blog that is supposed to be about food, “Bobby” has been mentioned in 35% of my posts. That means that he has been mentioned for roughly 1/3 of this blog’s life, which ties back to the beginning of this post. I love when everything ties together that way…
Be back later with more food highlights from the birthday weekend!