the husband scuba dives while the wife soaks up the sun!

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it’s official…i am married to a certified scuba diver! and it’s doubly official…i still have no desire to scuba dive. read the initial post of “married AND still an individual” to catch up to speed on why we aren’t doing this together. here is an example of how i am being a supportive yet independent wife in the 21st century: we fall into bed at 12:03am technically saturday morning and groggily fell out of bed at 6:23am that same morning for the hour and half drive to the scuba spot.

i’m not going to lie…for about 3 minutes as i lay on the floor (it’s a process of finally ‘getting up’) i contemplated crawling back into bed, kissing him goodbye and wishing him luck that day. then my supportive-partner-self kicked in and said “get up! he’s been so excited about this for years and today is the day he completes his certification. you want to be there to give him that kiss as he sexily exits the water in slow motion as well as to tease him about his swim shoes. so get up and go pack lunch.” and i did.

we drove to the blue lagoon in huntsville, texas and it was a whole lot prettier than i anticipated. it’s actually a limestone quarry so not many living things actually in the water. i felt so happy to be nestled in the trees and enjoying some blue/green water.

happy wife blue lagoon scuba diving viewwe arrived to our shelter #5 spot and listened to all the instructor had to say about the day. thank goodness ravery has been going to classes for the past 6 weeks because just listening for 20 minutes about all the things they have to remember, ensuring all the gear is perfect and the oxygen is working correctly made me feel all nervous and my only job was to sit on the limestone.

happy wife scuba dive blue lagoon learningthen it was time to dive in so my husband pulled on his gear and i felt so proud to see him accomplishing one of his dreams he’s had since he was a little boy. what a stinkin’ cutie!

happy wife scuba dive blue lagoon getting readyand see…i knew i couldn’t miss seeing these swim booties in action! my trusty chacos loved playing in the water too.

happy wife scuba dive blue lagoon chacosthank goodness someone also thought to mention that limestone water can eat away at jewelry…so ravery spent a good minute and half prying his wedding band off his finger. it was fun to see our rings together because i haven’t seen that really since our wedding day! i still get tinglies when i look at my rings and know that we picked out the perfect engagement ring/wedding ring for me (i need to recap our engagement and wedding story at some point). i also wear my late grandmother’s engagement ring on my right hand and i looove it too! while i contemplated just swimming around with one arm sticking out of the water so they wouldn’t get anything on them…i figured the car might be a better place.

happy wife blue lagoon scuba dive engagement ringtheir first dive lasted about 20 minutes so i anticipated for the second one to last that long too. wrong. they were under for about 47 minutes and talk about me starting to panic on the surface. obviously my rational brain knew that not all 10 of them had something happen and they were probably exploring the sunken boats at the bottom but needless to say i paced back and forth for a little while.

happy wife blue lagoon scuba dive getting ready to go inwhile he was enjoying the view from underwater, i sure enjoyed the surface view (and the ability to breathe normally without an incredibly heavy device strapped to me). the water was gorgeous but HOT. it was 88 degrees and when the heat index is 105 degrees-i found out you can sweat while in water too.

happy wife scuba dive blue lagoon water rockswhen ravery emerged he just kept exclaiming “babe! i cannot believe i’m a scuba diver! what did you do today? oh well i was just BREATHING UNDER WATER!” i was so excited for him because he was so excited. he is already talking about all the fun places we are going in the next few months and how he can’t wait to swim with fish and turtles. i got excited because i can’t wait to lay on more beaches!

we enjoyed a nice lunch before we set off towards houston. i decided i did not like frozen okra but i do like to use it as an ice pack to keep our sandwiches and fruit cold! we also leave for russia in about 3 weeks so i’m getting in reading about it.

happy wife blue lagoon lunchwe had fun talking about what it felt like for him to be learning all of this and he expressed gratitude for me tagging along and supporting him because he knows that waking up before 7am isn’t my favorite-ha! i think it’s so important to maintain your individuality and separate interests but continue showing support and involvement throughout your relationship. it makes the other person feel like you are valuing what’s important to them and vice versa.

the new wifestyle: even if you aren’t participating, it really does mean a lot to your partner to show support in their areas of interest.

questions (feel free to answer any/all or leave a comment to show some loooove):
1) when’s the last time one of your showed support for the other’s interest, even if you aren’t particularly enthusiastic about it?
2) what book are you currently reading?
3) thoughts and feelings on okra?

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  1. Dmite

    August 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I love OKRA!!! Fried, with tomatoes and over rice!!! Must be a Texas thing!! So proud of you being supportive of his journey!! I can’t believe that you are heading of to Russia!!!

    • chelsea

      August 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

      seriously dmite?! you love it?! maybe i just need someone to make it for me because when i made it was all slimy and weird. hope you are well!

  2. Paula Howley

    August 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    1) when’s the last time one of your showed support for the other’s interest, even if you aren’t particularly enthusiastic about it?

    I went for my first motorcycle ride last week on the back of Lloyd’s Triumph. He’s had it for 2 years now so I figured it was about time. thinking about getting a Vespa next summer just to tick him off. haha
    2) what book are you currently reading?
    I just finished the book Me Before You and it was really really good but I hated the ending so much I seriously contemplated writing hate mail to the author.
    3) thoughts and feelings on okra?
    Never tried it. I don’t think it grows around here.

    • chelsea

      August 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

      whooooa how was the motorcycle ride paula?? i’ve never ridden on one but yes PLEASE get a vespa because that would be hilarious and you would look truly super cute on it! that’s so disappointing to hear that the ending was so bad on the book you read-what crappy note to leave on when it sounds like it was good!

      • Paula Howley

        August 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        the ride was really wonderful. I enjoyed it thoroughly. got a little nervous going down hills that were around curves but he went nice and slow. I highly recommend it chelsea.

  3. Dan

    August 13, 2013 at 4:50 am

    ha ha, that was fun.

    • chelsea

      August 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

      thanks dan!

  4. david1levy

    August 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

    1) when’s the last time one of you showed support for the other’s interest, even if you aren’t particularly enthusiastic about it?
    The list of ways in which my girlfriend demonstrates her support for my interests are too numerable to list here. My most notable example of demonstrating my support for her interests was when I surprised her with a charcoal drawing class and all the supplies necessary to attend… and I went and participated along side her. She loved it (she likes pastels, so charcoal was a departure, but not dissimilar, so I thought it was a good gamble) and I have to admit that I enjoyed it, too! That was in the Spring. I think I’m overdue for another example I could use!

    2) what book are you currently reading?
    There are two ACTUAL book-books you might see in my hands these days: “Did I Ever Tell You About the Time…?: How to Develop and Deliver a Speech Using Stories that Get Your Message Across” by Grady Jim Robinson (recommended to me) or “Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years” by Gregory Maguire (I have really enjoyed this series and most everything Maguire writes). If you looked at my Kindle, you would see the following in my “in progress” folder: “The Viewpoints Book” by Anne Bogart, “Manager Your Day-to-Day” by Jocelyn K. Glei, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, “People Skills” by Robert Bolton, “Merlyn’s Raven” by Rose Vanden Eynden, “Magic of Speech Evaluation” by Andrii Seniev, and “The Anatomy of Story” by John Truby). And, yes: I AM actively reading all of them at the same time. That’s how I do. 😀

    3) thoughts and feelings on okra?
    No particular thoughts. I think I see it in Gumbo, which I like, so I’m guessing I don’t mind it as a supporting actor. Not sure how I feel about it in a lead role!

    • chelsea

      August 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

      david-that is such a great surprise for your girlfriend and love that you went with her! i bet drawing with charcoal is super interesting and creates neat art. and hot dang you are in the midst of many books-i’m glad your brain can keep track of it all! i read the first volume in the Oz series and really liked it! i also see lots of great ‘speech writing’ books up there-hope it’s going well!