April 25, 2010

Formspring Responses: Lauren H

Posted by Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... at 2:27 AM 12 comments
Pretty sure I'm the biggest, most slacker-y wife ever.  I'm definitely the last one to write up my answers to these formspring questions that readers asked.  Sorry for my lack of posts - I really need to get better about this.  


I think my problem is that I feel like I need a bit of direction, so maybe if you guys have any suggestions for future posts you'd like me to write about just leave your two cents in the comments.  I aim to please :).  So....here are my responses....




What would you do if you found out your husband had a made up online identity that he was using to flirt with other women and was getting off from this experience?


This is a good question. Something that Craig and I talked about early on (back when we were engaged) was about how to "affair proof" our marriage.  We both agreed that affairs are bred through secrecy - a large part of the appeal that affairs have is the thrill of having a secret.  We decided that we will always be open and honest with each other even when that's difficult.  For example - when we first got married Craig was still in school.  I remember one day he told me that there was a girl in one of his classes who had been flirting with him and he was really enjoying the attention.  He said he was planning to sit somewhere else in class away from this girl from then on and he just wanted to tell me so that I could keep him accountable and make sure to ask him about it.  To be honest it sort of hurt my feelings for a second, but then I was so thankful that he was able to be that honest with me.  It may seem like just a little thing, but I feel like all the little things can build in to big things so little things matter.  If this situation ever happened to me I would sit down and talk to Craig to find out the root of why he was seeking out other women to flirt with online.  We would talk it out and I would let him know that this isn't something I'm ok with.  I would try to figure out if there was anything I could do to help him stop doing this, and consider putting blocks on our computer if I felt like that were necessary.  I think communication is key in all situations, but especially in a situation like this.

How much would you charge for advertising/sponsors?



I have sponsors on my personal blog, so if you'd like more information about rates and the like feel free to e-mail me. 

Can people apply to be regulars on The Wife Diaries?



I'm not the boss over here, but I agree with Krysten and all the other wives....we're still figuring things out, so it's probably best not to have "too many cooks (or wives!) in the kitchen" for now, but if you're interested in contributing to this blog shoot Krysten an e-mail!

How long have each of you been married and what do each of your think is the ONE main key to a successful marriage??



I've been married for almost two and a half years (our anniversary is December 9th).  I think the main key to having a successful marriage is selflessness.  I think the root of many marital conflicts is selfishness.  I think it's so important to constantly be trying to serve one another within marriage.  I don't mean waiting on your spouse on hand and foot - I mean finding ways to love them and support and encourage them without waiting for them to do nice things for you first.  If both partners are constantly trying to put aside their own selfishness in order to do what's best for the other person then both partners are going to be happy.


I have not felt like 'makin' woopie' :) with my hub for a while now. We are both quite busy (though more he than I) and when it comes down to it I just don't feel like it. Am I the only one who feels like this? What have you done in a situation like this?


So, I've had conversations about this with friends before and I think I'm the only wife I know who has an opposite situation.  I'm the one who usually wants to do it more often but the hubs really values his sleep (he works 50 hours a week at an incredibly labor intensive job), so sometimes I get turned down.  I'm ok with this because I realize we do need sleep to function, but since I seem to be experiencing the point-of-view that a lot of husbands encounter (a partner who "doesn't feel like it"), let me share my thoughts.  Ladies:  you need to make sex a priority.  I understand that sometimes you may be tired and that's completely understandable, but it doesn't feel awesome to be on the getting turned down end of things.  I know that for me it sometimes makes me feel like there's something wrong with me or like I'm not attractive enough - even though the hubs probably is just genuinely tired.  It's a vulnerable place to put yourself out there for your partner sexually and then get an "i'm too tired" response.  Maybe you could sit down and talk with your husband about your sexual expectations and come to some type of agreement about what is a reasonable frequency - something that's not too often for you, but often enough for him.  It's important for both partners to realize that they may both have different needs and it's important to meet in the middle.

How do you handle when someone from your husband's past comes back around...even if it is just a "friend" that may have been a little more than a friend at one point? Do you allow it? Do you have a hissy fit and say no way!! or what??



Not quite sure what this question is asking in regards to a friend "coming around".  I'm assuming, talking or hanging out and if that's the case, I wouldn't be ok with it.  Craig and I have agreed that for us it's not healthy to spend one-on-one time with friends of the opposite sex (most of our friends are couples anyway so we all hang out together).  Part of the reason is because friends confide in one another and I don't feel like it's healthy to be confiding in someone of the opposite sex about your marital issues.  I don't judge other people who don't share my view on this, but I know myself and I know it wouldn't be good.  If Craig was talking to an old "friend" I wouldn't have a hissy fit, but I would let him know I was uncomfortable with it and ask him to stop.  

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?



I had so many favorite things, but here are two:  1.  It snowed on my wedding day and it rarely snows in Portland.  2.  Love vallium.  My wedding day felt like being on love vallium.  I was just so ridiculously happy and grinning like and idiot and none of the mini-fiascos that occurred could possibly ruin it.

What are your favorite weekend things to do with your hubby?



We like to watch TV and movies together and just hang out at home with our pup.  We love being home.  Also, going out to dinner and eating delicious food :).


Now that you're married, what's next?


We've got a dog.  And a house.  So I guess babies?  I don't know.  We don't really have a "plan", but I suppose it's on the radar.


Are you and your hubs looking for the same thing in a house? or even with baby making? How do you resolve any differences?


We already have a house, but when we sell one day and look for a new house we'll be on the same page though I'm sure.  As for baby making we don't really have a "page" (so to speak) to be on yet, so I guess we'll decide then.  We've both decided we don't want to "try" to have babies though when the time comes, but rather stop trying to not have babies.  As for resolving differences, we just try to talk things out and find a compromise. 

How did you get so many followers?



I think maybe because people just want a forum to talk about marriage.  Marriage is one of those things that people aren't always very "real" about so everyone thinks that everyone else has perfect marriages even though we don't.  It's important to talk about things and learn how to keep making our marriages better and keep working out the kinks.




If you guys have any other personal questions that you don't want answered on the blog or just specific questions for me, feel free to e-mail me at:

loveoflittlethings@gmail.com


Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

April 22, 2010

Formspring Responses: Lauren E

Posted by Salt at 12:22 PM 12 comments
I'm still getting used to writing "Lauren E" and not "Lauren T"!

The other wives and I got so many great questions from people (thanks for participating!), so we decided it would be fun for each of us to answer them individually. Hopefully this is what you had in mind. If not...too bad. We're doing it anyway. xoxo

What would you do if you found out your husband had a made up online identity that he was using to flirt with other women and was getting off from this experience?
Well first of all, this would never happen because he is not very good at the internet.
But in the event that he somehow figured out how to do something like this, I would say that it would depend on how serious it got. Obviously the first questions would be whether or not he still actually wanted to be married to me if he was having so much fun getting his rocks off as an internet creepo and whether or not I wanted to forgive him for it.

If we both decided we wanted to work things out, at the very least there would be counseling. And I might have to take time away from him to clear my head. Then we would just have to go from there and either we could resolve it or not. The main thing is that I would definitely NOT turn a blind eye to something like that. It's serious biz.

How much would you charge for advertising/sponsors?
One meeeeeeellion dollars?
I don't know. I have no experience with either either (sorry, gals!). I do know that I don't particularly love the idea of having advertising on my personal blog. Just a preference.

Can people apply to be regulars on The Wife Diaries?
I'm going to go ahead and agree with K & M. We are still trying to figure out where this thing is going to go, but I think it might be fun to have someone guest post maybe from time to time. What do ya'll think?

How long have each of you been married and what do each of your think is the ONE main key to a successful marriage??
I have been married for almost exactly two months. :) And I think the key to our successful marriage so far has been our king sized bed. I'm not even kidding. I can't stand when people touch me when I sleep, so no-touchy while I sleep = happy Lauren 99% of the time.

I have not felt like 'makin' woopie' :) with my hub for a while now. We are both quite busy (though more he than I) and when it comes down to it I just don't feel like it. Am I the only one who feels like this? What have you done in a situation like this?
You are preachin' to the choir, lady. Hubs and I have a completely opposite work schedule most of the time. So we fit it in (no pun intended) whenever we can, but sometimes even when we do have the time, I don't really feel like it. There's something kind of not-sexy about having to schedule it in, you know?

Luckily, he is of the same mindset, so we just do it when we can and try not to worry about it. Our sex life is great when it's on, but it's obviously not the only reason we're together.

How do you handle when someone from your husband's past comes back around...even if it is just a "friend" that may have been a little more than a friend at one point? Do you allow it? Do you have a hissy fit and say no way!! or what??
Oh this is a fun one! Here's the thing about hubs and I... we have been part of the same group of friends since high school! So really, there are only very few people that he has dated that I DON'T know and I am friends with a couple of his exes (and likewise, I dated one of his best friends like a decade ago!). So yeah, if one of these girls wants to hang out with him, then cool, but most likely she would want me to come along also because we all know each other.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The fact that it was in Turks & Caicos! Doing a destination wedding was the best decision we could have ever made. It was like a dream. I was just sitting at my desk earlier looking outside and wishing I was back there.

Oh and the fact that I got to marry the guy of my dreams is a favorite thing of mine also. :)

What are your favorite weekend things to do with your hubby?
At the risk of sounding totally dumb, we love to go shopping at Target. Both of us LOVE Target. We are in there for like hours when we go. We also have a couple of fun local bars that we frequent, we hang out with family, or stay home and watch movies. I can really have fun with him doing whatever.

Now that you're married, what's next?
We're buying a house! We just started looking and it is so exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Hopefully the process won't be too painful because I'm way over apartment living at this point.

Are you and your hubs looking for the same thing in a house? or even with baby making? How do you resolve any differences?
I swear I didn't see this question before I just answered the last one. Yes we are looking for the same thing in a house, which definitely makes it easier. We are also on the same page with the baby thing. Really I consider myself to be very lucky because we are so similar in our goals for this marriage.

In the event that we do have a disagreement though (because everyone is going to at some point), our typical style is to take a few minutes apart until everyone is calm and then we can talk things out rationally. Works every time.

How did you get so many followers?
I like to think it is because of our sparkling wit and wisdom, but really who knows? It's very cool to know that people like the idea of The Wife Diaries though. I need to stop being such a Slacker Wife and update more often!

April 21, 2010

Formspring Responses: Krysten

Posted by Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird at 7:15 PM 2 comments
Wow! I want to thank everyone for asking such awesome questions. Keep in mind that we wives are just going with our experiences but we're all trying our very best to give great answers.

Enjoy!



What would you do if you found out your husband had a made up online identity that he was using to flirt with other women and was getting off from this experience?

Well I will say that I've gone through something sort of similar to this. I won't say with who or when or any of that. I will say that this can be a heartbreaking situation to go through and it's hard on both parties in the couple. If you think the relationship is worth salvaging, then you need to talk with your husband, do therapy, get it all out and work towards making things better. And if not... well, life isn't always about making easy decisions.

How much would you charge for advertising/sponsors?
Well I know on my personal blog I don't currently charge when it comes to sponsors. That will eventually change. I'm hoping someone else has a better answer to this question, I'm just starting to navigate when it comes to sponsors!

Can people apply to be regulars on The Wife Diaries?
Right now I think we're trying to see where this blog will take us. I will say eventually it'll be fun to add more women. And, of course, if you really want feel free to leave us a message and tell us you're interested.

How long have each of you been married and what do each of your think is the ONE main key to a successful marriage??
I have been married just over a year and a half. And like Meghan before me said, I think the biggest thing is communication. Marriage takes WORK. And it takes a lot of it. It's hard to do that work if you're not communicating with each other.

I have not felt like 'makin' woopie' :) with my hub for a while now. We are both quite busy (though more he than I) and when it comes down to it I just don't feel like it. Am I the only one who feels like this? What have you done in a situation like this?
Oh man, I think we have ALL been here. Well, I know I have anyway. As unsexy as it sounds, sometimes you just need to schedule sex in. If I think about it and I think, "Yikes, it's been awhile!" I will say, "Okay, today I don't care how tired I am, how much I do not feel like shaving my legs, how I would SO much rather read my book, I am going to have sex." It happens. But I know once I'm in the middle of "makin' woopie" I'm thinking, "Man, I LOVE this!"

How do you handle when someone from your husband's past comes back around...even if it is just a "friend" that may have been a little more than a friend at one point? Do you allow it? Do you have a hissy fit and say no way!! or what??
I think it depends on who the person is. My husband is more of a guy's guy so I haven't found that I need to worry too much about this. But I've found that unless he gives you a reason not to trust him then you should trust him! Come on, he chose you after all!

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The ceremony. Particularly the LAUGHING during our ceremony. Oh my gosh, our ceremony was so darn sweet. I thought I would cry my eyes out through the whole thing. Instead I found myself giggling and smiling at Dustin and just feeling so darn happy and excited that I was marrying him. Ugh, there is no feeling like that. It was absolutely awesome.

What are your favorite weekend things to do with your hubby?
We are big movie marathon people. We'll cuddle up with junk food and movies and just veg and relax. It's so nice and we're both total movie fans. And when we're not being lazy couch potatoes, we enjoy going to baseball games (GO TWINS!), heading up to my parents' for the weekend or spending a weekend away in Duluth, MN.

Now that you're married, what's next?
Well I am in the process of just finding another job, which is HARD right now. Once we get that done, we still have plans on moving (it's sounding more and more like Florida). So I think that's the next big thing on our plate.

Are you and your hubs looking for the same thing in a house? or even with baby making? How do you resolve any differences?
I think we have the same outlook with most of those things. Dustin and I both come from the same kind of family so we know we want a good family house, we want a good living to provide for our kids, we'd like to have two kids (hopefully a boy and a girl with the boy being older) and we just want to be happy.

How did you get so many followers?
Seriously, I have no idea! But I'm so darn glad we have such great readers! You all rock!

Formspring Responses: Meghan

Posted by Meghan at 4:35 PM 4 comments
The lovely Krysten passed along your Formspring questions. Thanks for playing along, ladies! And hello to all of our new and lovely followers! I wish we could send you all presents filled with love and rainbows and sparkles.

Anyway, we thought it might be interesting to each take a stab at your questions, so here are my responses. Keep in mind that I am certainly no expert, and these are all merely my humble little opinions!

What would you do if you found out your husband had a made up online identity that he was using to flirt with other women and was getting off from this experience?

Umm, wow. I don't know how I'd respond! Chop off his cajones? Cry? Counseling? While there are a lot of factors here - the fact that he had to create an identity to fulfill a need indicates, in my opinion, a lack of self-esteem on his part. I hate when I hear about situations like this, because the wife/girlfriend is always left feeling inadequate or feels like they are to blame - when really, it's all about the men and their own issues.

How much would you charge for advertising/sponsors?

Of all the wives, I am the least qualified to answer this question. I don't even have sponsors on my personal blog, so I will divert this to Krysten and the Lauren's!

Can people apply to be regulars on The Wife Diaries?

Another great question! I think we're all still trying to figure out the direction we want TWD to take, and this is a fantastic idea to consider!

How long have each of you been married and what do each of your think is the ONE main key to a successful marriage??

I have been married for 9 months now, but I have lived with my husband for almost 4 years. If I had to choose one key ingredient to a successful marriage - it's to TALK! Whenever I am feeling stressed or frustrated, the best thing I can do is talk it out with my husband. He helps me see things from a different perspective, and I am not stuck wandering around with bottled up emotions.

I have not felt like 'makin' woopie' :) with my hub for a while now. We are both quite busy (though more he than I) and when it comes down to it I just don't feel like it. Am I the only one who feels like this? What have you done in a situation like this?

We live in such a fast-paced world that you'd be hard pressed NOT to find someone who has been in this situation, in my opinion. My job in particular eats up 12-13 hours of my day, so I know easy it is to come home, eat dinner, watch TV and fall asleep before 9:00! But even when you don't feel like it, I think it's important to take the time to get to know your husband in the biblical sense:) Hey, if you have to schedule it in, then do it! It will help "re-train" your brain...and other parts of the body!

How do you handle when someone from your husband's past comes back around...even if it is just a "friend" that may have been a little more than a friend at one point? Do you allow it? Do you have a hissy fit and say no way!! or what??

Umm, this question was made for me:) My husband's best friend is a female. When I first met her, I was so intimidated - she is smart, witty and full of style. It took me YEARS to adjust to her presence in his life. I think a lot of it had to do with a lack of confidence - once I felt confident in myself and our relationship, she slowly became a friend - now we travel, chat, shop, etc. I think in those situations it's best to remind yourself why you love your husband and remember that he chose you! Definitely communicate these concerns to him as well!

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

The dance party that ensued when Toto's "Africa" was played? My sister's 7 minute maid of honor speech? Seeing my husband for the first time? The fact that he FORGOT TO TURN OFF HIS BLACKBERRY during our mass??? But honestly, my favorite thing about our wedding was that it was so US - everything that happened and everything we planned was very much "us" and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

What are your favorite weekend things to do with your hubby?

Our Friday nights are usually quiet and consist of a home-cooked meal (made by the hubs) and catching up on our favorite shows. On Saturday mornings, after I run and he works, we reconvene for coffee and work together to clean and do laundry. Saturday nights are usually spent out with friends, but Sundays are "our" days - he cooks a nice breakfast and we watch movies, drink tea and snuggle:) Unless I have to go to a bridal or baby shower (BOO!). Seriously, it's mating season!!!

Now that you're married, what's next?

Umm, it's 5:00, so dinner? Just kidding:) I don't know what's next. You can always map out your life but it tends to throw you for a loop sometimes. What I do know is that we want to travel, buy a loft in the city, and have a kid or two. Hopefully in that order!

Are you and your hubs looking for the same thing in a house? or even with baby making? How do you resolve any differences?

See above:) We definitely want to stay in the city and purchase a loft - we love very open, contemporary spaces and we love living in a major city, so this is a big dream of ours. As for kids - we have both gone back and forth on our own time - at first, he wasn't too excited about little bambinos and I was, and now he is a little more excited than I am. Ideally, we'd prefer to wait a few years - and hopefully, when that time comes, we agree on names. Seriously, I ask him every single day to consider a certain name:)

How did you get so many followers?

I think it's because we're really, really ridiculously good-looking:) Seriously, I have no idea, but I am so happy you have all decided to follow along!

April 07, 2010

Formspring

Posted by Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird at 10:37 PM 6 comments
Hi all!

Like Meghan said in the last post
We have a Formspring over in the left column
Under our pretty pictures.

I'd like to invite everyone to send us some questions?
Anything your hearts desire -
About us, our marriages, relationships, money, sex, in-laws
IT'S ALL OPEN.

So ask away!

April 06, 2010

Traditions.

Posted by Meghan at 6:41 PM 24 comments
Happy Belated Easter to each and every one of you lovely ladies! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, regardless of whether you celebrate! My weekend was filled with amazing lunches, sunshine and dinner with friends. Oh, and of course, the inevitable family party.

How do you and your husband or significant other work the holidays? We live in Chicago, and both of our families are in the suburbs, so we're constantly schlepping around from party to party. One year, I had Easter dinner THREE TIMES. I kid you not. For the past five years, we've just had such a hard time saying NO - so now that we've been married for a few months, we've decided to start our own traditions and spend certain holidays with certain families to ensure that everyone gets quality time with us:)

I look forward to the day when we have a house and can take over the responsibility of hosting our family parties, but until then, I've realized that the hubs and I are slowly creating our own daily traditions, such as:

* Morning coffee dates to Starbucks before we leave for work (A wonderful, albeit expensive, start to the day!)

* Snuggling up in bed to "The Daily Show" and "Chelsea Lately"

* Going for walks around our neighborhood and taking photos

* Ordering in on Friday nights and watching movies


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What are some traditions that YOU'VE created with your significant other?

P.S. Have a question? Need advice? Don't forget about our Formspring! We'd love to hear from you!
 

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