Friday, April 22, 2011

16 Years Ago Today...

I married a RockStar. Well he should be a RockStar, but he hasn't been discovered yet! :)
I am not a sentimental person. I don't like hugs (although I think that is starting to change), I am not a fan of emotional beings, and I can be somewhat aloof. Growing up I didn't have that happy touchy feely type family. We knew we loved each other, there was no reason to express it. I don't do cards and write out how I am feeling. It just isn't who I am. First things first, it's time to come clean, Juan's real name is John. No more faking his name. Well actually we do call him Juan in the house, but that's another story for another time. With all our money going to polish and cheerleading and chorus and cheerleading and did I mention cheerleading, we are passing on anniversary gifts this year. So this is my gift to John, an open love letter. (Probably one of just a handful he will ever receive from me, since this just does not come natural to me.)

John,

I remember seeing you running around in our Poland Spring training wearing your white shoes. I was amazed by the energy level of that guy. But I didn't give it much thought. Then you started showing up at my house to hang around my brother and the two of you became best friends. I thought, really that crazy energetic guy and my mellow brother? How does that work? Then you asked me on a date. I didn't know what to think. Why would this guy who clearly has nothing in common with me ask me out? But my brother convinced me to go on just one date with you, so I said yes. Novemeber 6th 1993 will forever be burned in my head. I remember wearing my most ghetto fabulous outfit: matching nikes to my shirt, baggy jeans, baggy jacket, but a cute fitted top and my large bamboo earrings and Revlon Black Cherry lipstick. I made a headband out of my extremely dark brown hair and left the rest cascading down. Man I thought I looked hot! HA! Then in you walked in with your preppy button down flannel (with a hood on it no less, cause you were cool like that) and plain jeans and your hair blow dried back and again I thought, wow, he is sooo not like the other guys who ask me out, this should be an interesting night, we'll have nothing in common.
 
We went out with my brother and his girlfriend at the time. Boy were you a fancy guy - you took me to Taco Bell and to see A Nightmare Before Christmas. There was no trying to impress me! But boy did you make me laugh. I don't think I have ever laughed so hard up until that moment. And your eyes sparkled in a way I had never seen before. Your smile lite the room. And you were smart too and interlaced your intelligence with your humor. Now I got why everyone at work was so drawn to you. Then as we were sitting there in the movie theater and I kept having flashes of our life together. I never felt anything like it. I thought I was crazy since I was only 18. But I made you take that picture in the photo booth that night as a way to mark our first date. I wonder what happened to that picture? The gangsta Puerto Rican girl with the preppy white boy? (We need to look for it!)


Who knew that one date would change the rest of our lives? A year an a half later we were walking down the aisle and saying I do. It hasn't always been easy living with me, this I know. But you have made me into such an amazing women. I am who I am today because of you. You taught me what it is to be loved. You forced me into countless hugs, and countless talks about my feelings and you pushed me to make my dreams come true. You never doubt me, you are always my biggest cheerleader. Everything I am is because of you. Well maybe not everything. I didn't get my fashion sense and fabulous looks from you, I have my parents to thank for those! And I guess so do you! HA! 

You are an amazing father. I have yet to meet another man who is so involved in his kids lives. I remember when the girls were little and you would sit there and put ponytails and braids in their hair. They may have not been the best hairdo's, but you never looked sexier to me. The time you take with the girls is something that is so inspiring to me. As busy as our lives are, you always make the time to make our daughters feel as special and important as you make me feel. You are so "boss", that even the girls friends think your the coolest dad around!

16 years has passed, and even though I didn't think it could be possible, I love you more with each passing year. You are my rockstar, my soulmate, the air that keeps me alive. I look forward to ending each day in your arms (at least until you start snoring anyway). Thank you for loving me and being the man you are. Your parents did a darn good job, it's like they made you just for me! Happy Anniversary babe! I love you Cheesecake!


Your one and only,

Sugarlips ;)

17 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary, you guys <3

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  2. Aww, how sweet! Happy Anniversary to you both, and I wish you many more years of love, happiness, and success!

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  3. So, I found it babe! As I read this, our first date flashed through my mind so vividly. Each and every detail so permanent and wonderful. Since that day, I've been hopelessly in love with you. Your gift is fabulous and means more to me than you know. Your expression of feelings in a forum so public is so uncharachteristic and surprising. You have truly made me feel like a million bucks! I love you too Sugarlips!!! Happy 16th Anniversary. Here's to many many more!!!!

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  4. Happy Anniversary! I almost started crying while reading this, I'm so emotional. *shy* I wish you many many many years together*

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  5. Happy Anniversary! Today is my anniversary too! April 22nd is the best day EVER!!!

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  6. This is the sweetest thing I've ever read. Happy anniversary!

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  7. This is hands down the best blog post I've ever seen, and I include mine in that. Hehe. You two are SO sweet together, such a lovely looking couple, and I wish you both nothing but happiness and joy for many many years.

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  8. Happy Anniversary!
    You too are the perfect couple together. So enjoy your day....
    The Everetts

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  9. AWWWW so nice !! Happy Anniversary Cousins !!

    Love Margie

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  10. Awww! :D Happy Anniversary!! and many more to you. :)

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  11. Maria and John:
    I am so happy for you both. Congratulations. We know you are not a hugger, but we have plenty of hugs to give you!! May God keep blessing your marriage! Love you cousin!! Emily

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  12. I love the both of you. This love letter made me smile! I am jealous (in a good way!) of your love, and can only hope for the same for me and Dan-o. We are halfway there!

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  13. I love the message! :) it touched me. Happy Anniversary for the both of you! :)

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  14. Happy anniversary, and many more!

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  15. Aww super sweet, love this :) Happy Anniversary

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