How Infidelity Crept into The Anniversary “Competition”

by Erika Quagliano on October 10, 2013

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Monday, October 14th is Kevin and my 7th anniversary.  You might remember that each year we give traditional gifts to each other.  On our 3rd anniversary Kevin gave me The (famous) Love Jar, which started a competition between Kevin and himself.  How can he out-do the previous year’s gift?


More importantly, how is it that everything turns into a competition?


I do not participate in the competition. I know I am not going to win, as each year Abbie clearly tells me, “Kevin’s gift is so much better than yours.”


So I go for practical or sweet.  Or I just bake something.  I always win at baking.


The 5th Anniversary was Wood:

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I made him this because we love subway art.  The frame is made of wood (hee hee.)

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Kevin hand carved me this bear.  His name is Henry and yes, he does have a scarf on because winter is coming.  Kevin also burned Henry’s eyes and nose with a torch to give him a cooler “look.”


He effing carved me a BEAR people.  And it is important to note that he has no carving experience whatsoever.


The 6th Anniversary was Iron:

I will be honest with you.  The minute after I opened Henry the Bear, Kevin said that he already knew what he was doing for our next anniversary so I wasn’t exactly motivated to be super creative.


I gave him this:

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It is practical and certainly beats the 3M hooks we previously had for our keys.  Plus, every time I look at it I think of how I thought Kevin was having an affair…


So about a month before our 6th anniversary, Kevin comes home from work with his shirt on INSIDE OUT.


Well… if your husband came home from work with his shirt on inside out, what would you think?


He promptly said that he must have put it on the wrong way in the morning.  Now, I am the chief launderer around here and I know damn well I don’t give back shirts that are inside out.


Plus he had tags hanging out all over.  He didn’t notice that?  Nobody at work noticed that? C’mon!!


I’ll admit I was a little perturbed at his explanation knowing full well that he was lying.  I mean, how could he have an affair?  Wouldn’t I know?  When would he have the time?


I looked him over more than a few times with my eyebrows arched which is probably why he had me open the 6th Anniversary Present early.

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Yep.  He did it again.  First he drew it out.  Then he shaped the iron and had the pieces welded.


Oh and the question of his shirt being inside out? 


He was in the process of making me this before he went in another direction.  It was gonna be a man and a woman.  He had taken his shirt off because it was so messy to make.

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This year is Copper or Wool:

Do you think he bought a sheep and is going to make me a sweater?  I am always cold…


He says he is done with trying to out-do himself.  I hope not because I have the coolest gifts ever.


I guess we will have to see.


If your husband/wife came home with his/her shirt inside out, what would you think?

What do you think?
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Ms. A October 10, 2013 at 2:59 AM

I’ll be curious to see, too!
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Erika Quagliano October 10, 2013 at 6:26 AM

He already said to not expect anything grand, so I guess a handmade wool sweater is out. I will definitely let you know!


JackieBCentralTexas October 10, 2013 at 5:46 AM

“If your husband/wife came home with his/her shirt inside out, what would you think?”

I would not think, my head would explode when my temper erupted!

My poor husband has come up with very “practical” gifts and envy your “creative ones” as they are one of a kind inspired from the heart Erika so whether from competition or not treasure the giver as well as the gift!
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Erika Quagliano October 10, 2013 at 6:24 AM

I am glad my head didn’t explode, but I sure thought of nothing else for a couple of weeks!! And yes, I do treasure both the gifts and Kevin :-)


Mimi October 10, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Oh my gosh, if Fred came home with his shirt inside out, I would immediately believe he was having an affair. I don’t do his laundry yet, but I do mine and my boys and they don’t get shirts back inside out either! Kevin’s gifts…have me in hysterics! If you find a spinning wheel or shepherds hook in the garage, you’ll know you’re on the right path!
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Melissa October 10, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Randy always gives me better anniversary and birthday presents. He strives to make them all winners! I try to make mine good too – but they generally aren’t as awesome as his presents to me. I suppose I am okay with that.
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Erika Quagliano October 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I’m okay with it too. Although the first couple of years I was really creative and then he did the Love Jar, so I’ve kind of gone down hill ever since.


Katie October 10, 2013 at 9:11 AM

We actually don’t really give each other gifts, but what we will do is take trips to celebrate our anniversary, just not the traditional numbers: for our 13th anniversary, we went to Coronado, California. For our 23 (last year’s) we went to Gunnison/Crested Butte, Colorado. It kinda shakes things up. ; ) Hope you all have fun Monday!
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Erika Quagliano October 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Trips sound like a great idea! I’m sure Abbie and Hannah would like that. Monday night is conferences for both girls and then we will all go out to dinner. Quiet, but nice :-)


Bathwater October 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM

That is why I am not marrying again, well one of the reasons I am not marrying again. I think it is number 24, or 124.
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Erika Quagliano October 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

OMG Bath! You could build a lego creation of the number of years you’ve been married! So if you do ever get married despite the number of reasons not to, I’m here to give you gift ideas.


Heather - Not Everyone's Mama October 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I have some trust issues with Mr. Not Everyone’s Mama – and they are valid issues from our past….. so if he came home with his shirt inside out, my brain would explode through the top of my head.

I wish mine was creative. I’m lucky if he remembers to get me anything period for any holiday. He did put thought into valentine’s day and got me a bottle of my favorite gordiva liqueur. That was yummy.
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chickensconsigliere October 14, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Happy Anniversary Erika and Kevin!!! Can’t wait to hear what was given/received.
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Holly October 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Well, my husband regularly wears his shirts inside-out, just because he feels like it, so for me it would be just another day. Also, he works from home, with me…so his time is pretty much accounted for! ;)
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Amber October 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Happy Anniversary! Love that bear!
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