I was pushing Noah around in his stroller the other day, going up and down the aisles of our favorite store and something caught my eye! It was a set of two puzzles, 50 pieces each. They were small – just the right size to challenge the brain but not too big that you go insane with the endless project cluttering the dining room table. AND the most magical thing about the puzzles was that they were DISNEY – with Mickey and Minnie and even Donald.
I had a brilliant idea.
$1.06 later, I was walking out of there with a big smile on my face, thinking about the fun Ryan and I were going to have that night after Noah went to sleep.
We put the baby to bed, ate dinner, and watched an epispode of HOUSE (our NEW obsession! I LOVE that show!), and then just before Ryan hit the remote to play another, I jump up and say, “Wait! I have something we are going to do!!!”
I race to the bedroom where my treasure awaits and then race back to my husband, who sits on the couch with a grin because I am always keeping him guessing with random bits of magicalness.
I toss one of the puzzle boxes in front of him, “We are going to have a race to see who can finish their puzzle first!”
“What do I get if I win?” he asks.
“Brisket and Mac and Cheese,” I declare, not missing a beat (I know that one of the only ways to get him to do stuff with me is to use food as a lure).
“Done,” he replies and starts to rip open his box.
“Wait!” I cry, “What do I get?”
We think about this for a minute.
“Full body massage!” I finally say, feeling pretty confident that I’m going to win. I mean, I am a teacher. Teachers are supposed to be awesome at puzzles and crafts and stuff like that.
Ryan gets this twinkle in his eye, “You’re on!”
And our puzzling date begins!
A person could hear a leaf fall in Pennsylvania for how quiet it is in the room as we each frantically try to put our pieces together. Halfway through, Ryan shouts, “Hey! I think I just heard Noah!” Which then throws me off for a second as my Mommy Worries drop my puzzle piece and reach for the monitor. Then I realize he is just buying himself more time! He’s over at his puzzle snickering and looking remarkably close to being finished.
“You Meanie-Head!” I spat and then I lean over to swat his arm so he is forced to drop his puzzle piece.
Our date is a puzzling one. Puzzling in that we are slowly digressing in maturity. 🙂
I see that Ryan is almost done and I am close too. It’s neck and neck. I start heeving and huffing like a lady in labor. This is intense!
I look down at my puzzle. Only 4 pieces left!! So close! I head to the kitchen to write a grocery list.
But Ryan’s not done.
“Let’s do it again and switch puzzles.”
I prance back happily, “Ok!”
We play again, desperate to put our puzzles together as quick as those Nascar people change tires!
I think, “This is a great idea. Everyone needs to do this with their husbands!”
But Ryan’s not too happy about my win. I’ve hurt his male pride. Oops, maybe I should have let him win. Maybe I should have gone slower on purpose. Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.
“I’m sorry, Big Hunny!” I say and crawl around the table to give him some love, “You are the best Puzzle Maker ever! I didn’t mean to gloat! I just got so caught up in the magic of it all!”
“You’re right,” he says, “It’s a silly thing to get upset about. That was fun!”
And then he kisses me and stands up to get the massage oil. 🙂
Ladies, what a fun idea to do with your husband! Hit up your local Dollar Tree and grab a set of puzzles. Put the kids to bed, decide on the stakes, and then start your competition! Then switch it up! You’ll be laughing yourselves to “pieces!”
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