Spouse Sweetness

My husband and I had an especially romantic evening this week.

My boys conked out early in the night, but I finally made enough mean mommy threats to get Evie (5) and Dani (7) to stay in their beds.   All was blissfully quiet.

About half an hour later, Husband and I were both leisurely relaxing in our adjustable bed, working side-by-side on our laptops, just across the hall from our girls’ bedroom.  That’s what we call date night.

I’m not usually a songstress, but something overcame me and I broke into a little ditty.

“Start spreading the news!  I’m leaving today!”  

Husband joined in.  I don’t like to brag, but it was quite a spectacular performance.

I grabbed a bowl of cereal and brought it back to bed.  I noticed Husband seemed to be the tiniest bit irritated by my cereal serenade, but I continued with my mostly inconspicuous chomping.

My better half then pressed the vibrating button for his side of the bed, in his attempt to dilute my crunching noises.  It makes this terrible “jjjjjjjj” noise and shakes the whole house!

Teasingly, but dead seriously, I made my complaint known, “Nooooo!  Turn it off!  You’re so mean!  Why do you test me so!?!” To which my husband replied with a victorious, “Ah-hah!  I’ll turn it off, if you take your chomping into the other room.”


I punched him and tried to grapple the remote from his devious little mitts.

But then!  It occurred to me that one of my girls could still be awake.  They may not understand that we were teasing.  Only, I really wasn’t teasing.  I was mad, which makes it worse!

I stated loudly, “Oh dearest, I was only teasing.  You are a most wonderful husband and I love you.”

Husband gave me a look that only many years of togetherness can muster.

I continued, “And also, don’t we just have the best kids?   I can tell that Dani is really trying to be nice lately.  And Evie is doing so well in school.”

Husband catches on, “They’re asleep.”

“You don’t know that.  Hey kids, is anyone awake!?!”

“I’m awake” says Dani. “I heard everything and you guys are the best singers.”

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Working on my spouse sweetness, even when my kids aren’t listening.


  1. Ahh! cute…
    and I get it…sometimes there just there all the time and you forget your supposed to be nice to them and all…

  2. Small Kucing says:

    LOL…caught in the act :p

  3. You are awesome!

  4. Sandy -- As Told By Mommy says:

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!!! Oh my gosh!!! I love this!! Haha, this just made my day! Haha, you are the best writer too! Oh I love you~

  5. You are a great mommy!!!

    Very wise to know those little angels are listening to everything.

    A sweet memory for them to remember hearing the both of you sing ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lol, love this.

  7. Very cute and a very valuable lesson…;)

  8. Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace says:

    He he! Someone is always listening….

    And your date nights sound like ours minus one laptop and plus SportsCenter.

  9. Haha! That is so funny…LOL. What we consider as a date night is far from what it used to be.


  10. Cam - Bibs & Baubles says:

    Hilarious! Only moms think of those things. Of course, they were awake!

  11. so funny….of course someone was awake!!!
    m ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. mrsmarkdave says:

    HaHa! That's cute.

  13. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says:

    Maybe you should take the batteries out of his bed remote control. That way, you sweetly bypass any future arguments, all in the name of a solid relationship of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. That's so funny. You sound just like me and my husband! ๐Ÿ™‚ Except I'm the one who can't handle the cereal crunching. That has been a long standing rule since the first week we were married… "no eating cereal in the same room that I'm in!" I can't handle it! So if I'm there first he has to eat it somewhere else. If he's there first, I have to leave until he is done. Or I have to plug my ears. Sometimes I just do that. Thanks for sharing this. It made me laugh.

  15. Crystal Jeffers says:

    ha ha! I love it. I know that my kids are much older and the oldest two often want to stay up late doing things and there are times we have to just tell them to take it to their room. They can have fun doing stuff quietly in their rooms.

  16. Good thing you were better safe than sorry!

  17. Smart mom! We try not to ever fight in front of our kids. It's amazing that even the smallest things can make them feel insecure. People just split up too easily nowadays. So good that you are on the same wavelength.

  18. That is too funny! I would have shipped you to another room too, I have a hard time listening to people eat crunchy stuff!!

  19. Am I Really Grown Up? says:

    I hate when my hubby and I start off playfully "fighting" and then I actually get mad at him. I don't think he likes it much either:)

  20. Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy says:

    that is too funny. at least you were only arguing and not doing something else that the kiddos overheard while you were in bed

  21. I love these kinds of stories! You know, these are the kinds of things your kids will remember one day when people ask them what their mom and dad's relationship was like. Special times. ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. That's hilarious and adorable!

  23. laughwithusblog says:

    Hilarious! I love your stories!

  24. Ha ha moms always know! We've got crazy spidey senses!

  25. Hah- Sounds like there needs to be a reality show for serenading couples!

  26. Lexie Loo, Little Lily, and Dylan Too! says:

    I busted out laughing at the last line! It sounds like you two have a fun relationship!

  27. ah shoot, that's just foreplay round here!

    thankfully, my kids are usually out like a light as soon as you leave their rooms.

  28. Mercy D'souza says:

    haha so funny

  29. Hahaha! We have dual adjustable beds too, and the first time DH turned it on and I was downstairs, I thought a plane was landing on our house…

  30. Hahahahaha!!!! So funny! Kids always hear things they aren't supposed to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. haha me and my husband have to remind ourselves that little ears are listening too!!

  32. Moms know everything!

    Good thing other adult activities weren't going on. =D

  33. That is funny! It's amazing what they hear when you don't think they are listening! LOL

  34. Kids are always listening, especially when they are not.

  35. Ha! The story was great, but that last line was just the best. ๐Ÿ™‚ And hey, now that you know the kids are listening, you can send them all sorts of covert messages via conversations with your husband!

  36. LOVE MELISSA:) says:

    that is too cute! precious!!

  37. too funny! I love it!

  38. The Blue Zoo says:

    Thats awesome! It makes me want to go sing to my husband. he would surely think I'd lost my mind. LOL

  39. LaVonne @ Long Wait says:

    I am working on speaking very nicely to my husband in my daughter's presence too. She is quick. She will tell me to talk nice to her daddy. (They are "best buddies forever" according to her!)

  40. yummychunklet says:

    Woo hoo! Kudos for the rave singing review!

  41. Hehehe. My youngest kids are teens, and I sometimes wonder if they understand our sarcasm and teasing. Luckily my husband is funny to say things like, "Boys, do you know how much I love your mother? Now watch me give her a big smooch!!"

  42. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    Love this! What a great way to handle those little annoyances!

  43. Kids, I tell you!

    Thanks for the laughs ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Ya'll are hilarious!!!! I hope ya'll do end up having one more, I'm sure it would only get better! :o) BTW – Loved your guest post over at Janette's the other day! You are so stinkin' funny! :o)

  45. Bwaahaahaa!! You are too funny!! I also need to work on my "spouse sweetness".
    P.S. Cereal chompers get on my nerves just a little bit too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  46. So funny, and even more so because she really was awake!!! I love it!

  47. An Irish Italian Blessing says:

    Oh my gosh you totally win points for knowing she was awake!! And next time, if he refuses cereal in bed, TOAST is another excellent chomperriffic choice ๐Ÿ™‚ AND bonus: it leaves crumbs and drives husbands batty!

  48. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    You are so smart! What a wonderful way to sneak in nice thing to say about your family!

  49. TheUnSoccerMom says:

    Love it!! You're a great Mom and I'm sure an equally great singer! Lol. Wish more parents would talk as if their kids were still in the room! :o)

  50. WhisperingWriter says:

    Ha, sounds like something my son would say. He probably hears everything.

  51. What a cute little story. It made me smile!

  52. LOL on this one! I love reading your posts because I need a good laugh and know that I am smiling.
    Keep on enjoying this journey!

  53. Kiddothings says:

    Haha! What a romantically hilarious moment that was!

  54. Garden of Egan says:

    Nice romantic evening!
    You don't get to have a private conversation for years………..not to discourage you or anything.

    Oh, I saw that you had a grandfather in Rigby…just a hop and skip from me.

  55. Haha! Who DOES that?! You never fail to make me laugh. Like, my head off! I wish I could come over to your house for playdates, and to spy on your crazy wonderful family!

  56. Serene is my name, not my life! says:

    Ha! That is awesome.

  57. That's great! Love it! I often wonder what all my children hear and then I hear them and I know, they hear everything! Loved this post…

  58. Thanks for the laugh!! And for the fun vision of you two in bed chomping on cereal and fighting over the remote…sounds like my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. HA! TOO FUNNY!! It also makes me wonder if my boys heard me swear when I jammed my foot in my room last night! HA!

  60. You know I don’t know if anything can be heard from outside my room, but if I am in it, I can not here anything! It’s pretty quiet up there. And don’t we moms always know when children are truly asleep!?

  61. ROTFL!!!!!!!oh my husband irritates me when he eats!!!!!its gross and takes away.every romantic thought.

  62. —For some reason, I cannot comment!! DAMN.

    Hope this goes thru, cuz I wanted to tell you that this post was SUPERB :))) X

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