Dear Big T:
I'm not good with cards, especially mushy ones (we both know who the romantic one in this relationship is, and it's not this girl).
I contemplated showing you my love through interpretive dance, but then quickly realized that could be your deal breaker, thus making this our first and only anniversary.
So to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of us getting a second chance at Happily Ever After, I decided to do what I do best and write you a blog post.
On August 5, 2010, I came to see you at the Dolphin Lounge and watch you entertain the masses with your amazing humor and wit. And frankly, nothing says happy reunion like a dive bar in Gahanna. But I was quickly reminded why I fell in love with you fourteen years earlier. You make me laugh. And, you're really hot.
Two days later we went on our first real date....and it involved the Titanic. Now, some people might have seen that as a bad sign...but not us. We (and by we, I mean 'me') saw it as a great jumping off point for our new relationship, and we would either sink or swim. (OK I'm stretching it a little bit here, really I didn't give it a lot of thought until two months later when we booked a cruise, and then I got a little worried about starting this relationship out with a sinking ship and hoped it wouldn't end that way!)
The next day, I invited you to dinner with the family. Might as well get it out of the way right off the bat, right?
The next couple of weeks were spent getting to know each other again. And then one night we went to Cincinnati to gamble and have a great dinner....
....., and on the way home you made me an offer I couldn't refuse. For the sake of anyone else reading this, I won't detail that offer.
And that, my love, was when this thing kicked into high gear.
From that point on, we had a blast:
Sent the kid off to college:
But reminded ourselves where we started:
We went to Hocking Hills:
Another casino trip:
Making out somewhere during karaoke:
A hotel in Cincinnati where your 6 keeps showing up:
Went back to karaoke (Elizabeth is persuasive!)
Made out again:
Made out with friends this time:
But there's no grey area, it's all black and white with us, baby.
Celebrated my 50th:
And then really celebrated on the high seas:
You got bit by a Foo Dog:
And I got a vagina towel animal. WTF?
The number 6 was everywhere:
Except on my birthday. That was brought to you by the grossly inflated numbers 5 and 0...
We hung out in Costa Maya:
Had lots of fun in Roatan, Honduras:
....and I love you but you know I'm not letting a damn bird near ME:
Then it was on to Cozumel:
And the turtle tattoo idea was born:
One last picture in Cozumel:
And then it was our last night on the boat....
But we woke up in New Orleans on Bourbon Street:
We came home and made it official...and Big T & Little T were born.
We went to Luna Pier:
And Danica's wedding....
Spent July 4th in Granville....
....with our new Turtle Power friend.
Even got our cars into the act...
We lost someone we love, but I take great comfort in knowing she loved you dearly...and was so happy we found each other again.
And I know she's looking down on us, and smiling because we are together.
So this is my love letter to you.
Thank you for the best year of my life (so far). We've had a few bumps in the road, because let's face it, neither of us are perfect. But we are perfect for each other, and I've never been happier.
I can't promise you will ever get that hot Asian girl fantasy fulfilled, but I promise to give you my best in this relationship every single day.
Here's to this being the first of many amazing and wonderful years ahead of us.
I love you, baby.