The Dude and I toyed around with the idea of making you wait until January, when we go to my friends' wedding - then the first picture that we posted could have been one with us all dressed up and looking spiffy. But, that's not us. Anyone who knows me *knows* that I hate girl clothes, and that I'm more likely to be found in old sweats and a ponytail. So instead of waiting and seeing us all spiffed up, you get to see the real us - goofy expressions and all!
But don't worry - we'll post some spiffy pictures in January too.
So, without further ado, I present to you....
Yes, I know, he's wearing Dallas crap. I've tried to get him to see the error of his ways, but he's stubborn. *sigh* At least it gives us something to bicker about.
We waited for a while before introducing the kids to him. But, they took to him immediately (including the older 3, who just didn't happen to be around tonight when I got camera-happy).
Now, before everyone wants to know details....
I am not going to go into specifics about how we met or how long we've been going out or anything like that - because no matter what I say, someone will not approve of something. We have been going out long enough to know that this is not going to be a short-term thing, and we waited what we felt was an appropriate amount of time before bringing the kids into it. We both know and understand that the kids' best interests come before ours do - and given some of the things that my kids have already been through, I will do everything in my power to prevent them from being hurt again. The Dude knows how I feel about that - we have spent literally hours at a time talking about a lot of different things, and we are on the same page about the kids.
And we are on the same page about us. We've both been through a lot of crap to get to where we are now - and we both believe wholeheartedly in open communication (and a lot of it). I have avoided getting into a relationship for a long time for many different reasons, but like everyone has been telling me, apparently when you're least expecting it (or totally not looking for it), it happens.
So, it's happening. And now you have photographic proof.
Finally, some goofy pictures of us together....