This Is What 7 Years Look Like

Monday, November 3, 2014

On November 3rd, 2007 Chris asked me to be his girlfriend in his Fiji frat room over a Jimmy John's Italian sub. I said yes. And he said cool.


Seven years later here we are and this is what it looks like.

We still call each other boyfriend and girlfriend. Although sometimes when I want to embarrass him I call him my life partner. And when he wants to embarrass me he calls me his roommate.

Our "arguments" are trivial and silly and we know it even while they're happening, but it doesn't stop them from occurring from time to time because we're both so damn vocal and hard headed. Think along the lines of...

Loading the dishwasher. Does anyone really know the correct way to load a dishwasher? We both think so.

Lids to tupperware. WHERE DO THEY ALL GO? One of us is hiding them somewhere.

Too many decorative pillows on the couch. As if there's such a thing, am I right girlfriends?

The heat. We both have very strict views on what the house temp should be.

Stealing socks. I call it borrowing because I always put them back...

Shoving. Or putting things away in places where they can't be found again for a while.

Putting lids tightly back on things. I swear someone takes them back off after I put them on.

Never enough laundry quarters. City dweller probs.

Refilling the ice trays. Because yes, we haven't had a fridge that makes ice since our days of living in Nebraska.

Dust. It's everywhere and one of us refuses to see it.

The shower curtain. Don't even get me started.

Where food goes in the fridge. Because everything should have a place.

Our parenting skills. Someone thinks I "coddle Harlow" too much. Nonsense.

Like I said, all very trivial stuff.

But the arguments are all just background noise compared to the things that makes us happy after seven years of being together.

Things like...

A Sunday night full of good TV to "catch up on." We lose our shit over good TV catch-up nights.

New cool cleaning gadgets. Sad but very true.

The moment the doorbell rings and we know our food delivery has arrived. We both get very excited for this moment and do a weird food dance.

Pasta nights with Frank Sinatra and good wine.

When our fridge is full of string cheese.

At about this point in writing this section of the post I said, "Chris, what are things that make us happy?" And he smiled and started to say something but then I interrupted and said, "not food related I mean."

And then he laughed and said he was just about to list all food stuff... So we like to eat. That's okay.

We also love to laugh at dumb TV and dumb movies, like Step Brothers and Billy Madison.

When we declare it's "comfies time" and we both put on our ugliest sweats in preparation for lounge time.

Because we both love to do nothing together for hours. A weekend full of couch time is probably our favorite.

But we also love exploring the city via bike or scooter and seeing new neighborhoods or eating at new restaurants.

And then there's also that dog named Harlow we're both very obsessed with. My favorite part of the day is probably when Chris comes home from work and they both grab each other and dance around for a good minute or two like they haven't seen each other in years.

It happens every night and it never gets old.

And that's just a glimpse of what we look like after seven years together. Pretty great, if you ask me. Cheers to many more November 3rds. Thanks for making life fun.

*taken in October of 2008. literally seconds after Chris dumped his red wine all over his tux.

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43 comments:

  1. Congrats on 7 years!! Such a sweet list of things that make you guys happy. John and I argue over similar trivial stuff ha ha :D

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  2. Happy anniversary! We've made five years and just this weekend gone we sat in our undies all of Sunday watching catch up TV, until we got hungry so we (begrudgingly) put pants on and went down town to get a milkshake and a piece of cake. The best.

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  3. Happy Anniversary! I love your list, so sweet :)

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  4. Such a sweet post! Happy anniversary!

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  5. I knew I liked you but I like you even more because you're dating a Fiji. Frat for life.

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  6. Cute, cute, cute! Happy Anniversary!

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  7. Well you two are just the cutest. Cheers to seven years and many more!

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  8. This is great. Yay for couchy comfies time. Eric and I did that all this weekend and it was one of the best weekends everrrrr. And for food. Always food. Congrats!

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  9. Congrats to you two! I can so relate about the Tupperware tops, dishwasher... and well everything else you wrote about hahaha

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  10. Happy anniversary life partners!

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  11. Aww this is adorable! Happy anniversary! I definitely hope I can one day have a post like this :)

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  12. Congrats on 7 years! My boyfriend and I reach that milestone in June of next year, and this post reminded me so much of our relationship because we started dating junior year of college too. You do so much growing from 20 to 27 but it's been pretty incredible to do it beside one person this whole time. Cheers to you two!

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  13. Wow 7 years! Happy anniversary!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  14. i love this. and y'all. even though I've never met y'all I can just tell. happy 7 years.

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  15. HAHAH. David hates when I borrow his socks too! And the laundry quarters thing - we're constantly arguing over whose turn it is to go get quarters. blah.

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  16. Happy Anniversary!! And congrats on 7 years - you guys look awesome together. :)

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  17. Happy Seven Years! And that spilled wine photo is totally a framer!

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  18. Happy 7 Years!!! I love that most of your happy things are food and tv related. I was starting to worry that my relationship needed more activities as our favorite pastimes seem to be walking to places to eat to other places to eat and re-watching 30 Rock on Netflix.

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  19. Great post Tay Tay. You nailed it like always. And I'm very curious as to what you fight about concerning the shower curtain?!?

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  20. I love this! Happy anniversary! We recently celebrated seven years of dating too. That spilled wine photo is amazing. :)

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  21. This just makes me happy inside. Happy anniversary to you and to Chris and to Harlow too because I think Harlow deserves to be apart of the celebration.

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  22. Happy anniversary you two! Keep coddling Harlow, he deserves it!

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  23. Congrats on 7 years! happy Anniversary! you two look so cute together.

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  24. You two are the cutest! I love the things you "argue" over. Happy 7 years!

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  25. haha I loved this! Congrats on 7 years! You two sound adorable!

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  26. Aww, this is so sweet! Happy 7 years!

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  27. Congratulations on 7 years and here's to many more.

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  28. Congratulations 7 down many more to come.............

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  29. "We've been dating since highschool" is opening sentence of that terrible song She left me for Jesus. I cannot get it out of my head now, thanks really :D
    No but seriously, congratulations.

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  30. Congrats on 7 years!!! I am laughing hysterically reading this because it sounds so much like my boyfriend and I - especially on the tupperware lids and decorative pillows! Glad to know there are other silly couples out there and that enjoy "comfies time" as well!!

    Kirsti
    www.modernmagnolia.weebly.com

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  31. I was hoping for a throw-back pic! Thanks for holding up my expectations! Too funny about your love of food conversation . . . I can definitely see myself in that same situation, haha.

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  32. Happy 7 years!! My husband (boyfriend at the time) got very mad at me for wearing his socks one time (and he doesn't ever get mad). Turns out he was hiding my engagement ring in there (idiot) and that's why he was so mad. So just be careful ;-)

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  33. This made me smile real big. Such a fan of this coupling. (Tripling? Harlow-included?) Congrats on avoiding the 7 year itch!

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  34. Awww! Such a sweet love story...happy November 3rd to you both! xoxo

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  35. That is so cute! My husband and I just celebrated our 1st anniversary and are getting ready to celebrate 8 years since he asked me to be his gf via Facebook. It is amazing how so much changes in that time, but how so much stays the same. Loved reading this post and seeing how much you are still completely in love with each other!

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  36. Congrats! This was really a cute post to read since it highlights how well you two work together minus too much cheesiness. Although I do love some sappy stories.
    Justine
    http://theredlipchronicles.blogspot.com

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  37. Congratulations on 7 years together! I loved the highlights, so cute!

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