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How to Make It Last a Lifetime?

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

 After the big engagement there comes the planning of the wedding. Some people attend classes or workshops to help them understand one another before saying the big words “I do”. After completing the classes then it’s the BIG DAY. The big day is filled with excitement, laughs, smiles, tears, and lots of joy. Once everyone is gone it now the time for you and your spouse to enjoy being with one another. After a few weeks, months or even years pass you think about how huge of a commitment getting married really is, and you wonder how to make sure that this lasts a lifetime.

Thanks to the article 17 Things Married People Want Newlyweds To Know and Reddit thread, a recent survey was given to some couples that have been married for many years and they were asked to share their advice for making a marriage work for the long haul.

  1. "Love is an action verb. Love your spouse actively, every day."
  2. "Argue all you want, but it shouldn't be you vs. your SO. It should be you (TOGETHER) vs. the problem."
  3. "There is more than one right way to do something (e.g. load the dishwasher, fold the laundry, etc.)."
  4. "Never stop dating your spouse."
  5. "When you are angry and having a fight, refrain from calling your spouse names of any kind."
  6. "Make sure that you make time for sex."
  7. "Choose your battles. Sometimes you just need to breathe and carry on. Communication. Communication. Communication."
  8. "Always have each other's back in public. Never belittle your spouse. Have all the disagreements people normally do but let the world know you two are best friends."
  9. "Show appreciation! Always say thank you, even for little things. Being married to someone doesn't make you entitled to anything that they do for you."
  10. "Arguing occurs when being right is more important than listening to your spouse."
  11. "Always assume the other person has the best intentions. Let the small stuff go. Never stop being considerate or doing small gestures 'just because.'"
  12. "No matter how bad the fight, how frustrated you are, look for something to be thankful for in your spouse. It will help calm you and give you a second to clear your head."
  13. "Kiss each other EVERYDAY."
  14. "Never stop listening."
  15. "No one argues well at midnight. So sometimes it is ok to go to bed angry. Consider it a timeout to regroup."
  16. "You must remember: You're not in a battle. You're not boxing. You are not opponents. You are working towards a common cause: A happy, healthy, productive life together."
  17. "You put her first, she puts you first. If you're always more concerned about her needs than your own, and she's more concerned about your needs than her own, you won't have many problems."

The Things To Do After Saying "I do!"

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

The dress. The makeup. The bridal party. The music. The dancing. The tears. The love. Who doesn’t love a good wedding? For many people, that is where all of the attention was focused on. Who really thinks about those word lifetime? Now that you have said “I do” make sure you consider these things to take care of after the wedding.

The Marriage Certificate

Depending on the type of ceremony you have, the minister (or person who legally married you) will likely send the signed marriage license to the state or county. In the event that they do not, this is something you want to do immediately after the wedding.

You’ll also need a few copies of this if you’re changing your name, so make note of any instructions on how to do this.

Clean and Preserve Your Dress (or Tux)

Most dry cleaning companies can easily clean and preserve your dress or tuxedo. My mom was a huge help and actually dropped mine off for me after I left for the honeymoon. That way it was ready for me to pick up when I got back.

Changing Your Name

This is an extremely personal decision, but if you do decide that you want to legally change your name know that it’s not as hard as you think it is. That’s right, I said it’s not that hard!

Thanks to websites like MissNowMrs.com, this is a pretty painless process. If you don’t want to pay for all of the forms, this is the general checklist:

  • Social Security Number (you have to do this first)
  • Driver’s License, State ID, Passport
  • Any credit cards or loans (student, car, etc.)
  • Your lease or mortgage

For most of these items, you’ll need a copy of your marriage certificate.

Update Your Information

This is in the same vein as changing your name. If you move into a new home, you’ll want to submit an address change. You may also choose to put all bills in both your and your spouse’s name – or even just add the other person to your account.

You’ll also want to update and/or combine insurance providers (health, life, home), as well as look into your retirement accounts.

Taxes

I was married in April, so we had a full year to determine how we wanted to handle our tax situation. If you’re getting married in the winter, you may not have as much time prepare.

My suggestion is to have the conversation early – perhaps before you get married. That way you know if you’re filing together or individually.

Settle Into New Roles

Believe it or not, there is an adjustment period after you get married. This can be particularly obvious if you didn’t live with your now spouse before the wedding day, but many couples that lived together before still experience it (guilty!). It’s a natural adjustment period that varies from couple to couple.

If you’re struggling with this, my suggestion is to talk it out or seek external guidance. Communication really is key in all relationships.

Enjoy Your New Life

Don’t get too wrapped up in all of the details of post-marriage. Marriage is a fun and exciting time, so embrace and enjoy the change – remember, you’re only newlyweds for so long.

July 2015 Events

by Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC

July 2015 Events

July 1st

Discovery Green Events

Sundown at the Grove presented by Southwest Airlines®

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music  7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

July 3rd


 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

July 4th

 


Discovery Green Events

Hatha Yoga… 9:00 am – 10:00 am

 

Young Writers Workshop… 10:30 am – 11:30 am

 

Recycling Saturdays… 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Kayak on Kinder Lake… 11 am – 5 pm

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

July 5th


 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music  7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

July 6th

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Bum-ba Toning from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

July 7th

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Core Focused Yoga from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

July 8th

 


Discovery Green Events

Sundown at the Grove presented by Southwest Airlines®

Circus Arts from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Zumba® from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 


yasiin bey aka MOS DEF in The Ballroom at Warehouse Live... 8pm

 

July 9th

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Argentine Tango lesson from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

July 10th

 


Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am


The Annual EL-Bee London Fashion Show 2015, A Pink Carpet Event from 9:00 pm  

 

July 11th

 


Discovery Green Events

Hatha Yoga… 9:00 am – 10:00 am

 

Young Writers Workshop… 10:30 am – 11:30 am

 

Recycling Saturdays… 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Kayak on Kinder Lake… 11 am – 5 pm

Brenner’s Wine Fest… 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

July 12th

 

 


Adult Classes with a Soft Opening/Meet the Chefs Cooking Class!! ... 4pm

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music  7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

July 13th

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Bum-ba Toning from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

July 14th

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Core Focused Yoga from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Smokey Joe’s Café

 

Neo Soul Tuesdays… Libra Lounge

 

 

July 15th

 


Discovery Green Events

Sundown at the Grove presented by Southwest Airlines®

Circus Arts from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Zumba® from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Smokey Joe’s Café

July 16th

 

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Argentine Tango lesson from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Smokey Joe’s Café

July 17th


Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Smokey Joe’s Café

July 18th

 


Discovery Green Events

Hatha Yoga… 9:00 am – 10:00 am

 

Young Writers Workshop… 10:30 am – 11:30 am

 

Recycling Saturdays… 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Kayak on Kinder Lake… 11 am – 5 pm

 

HPL Summer Reading Program: ABC Bodyart… 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

 

 

 

Discovery Green Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy… 6pm – 10pm

 

Julydoscope… 7pm – 10 pm

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Smokey Joe’s Café

July 19th


Sambuca Restaurant Live Music  7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Smokey Joe’s Café

July 20th

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Bum-ba Toning from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

July 21st 

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Core Focused Yoga from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Children's Hilltop Festival - Our Feet Can Tell a Story

 

July 22nd

 


Discovery Green Events

Sundown at the Grove presented by Southwest Airlines®

Circus Arts from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Zumba® from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Children's Hilltop Festival - Our Feet Can Tell a Story

 

 

July 23rd

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Argentine Tango lesson from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Children's Hilltop Festival - Our Feet Can Tell a Story

 

July 24th

 

 


Miller Outdoor Theatre … Children's Hilltop Festival - Our Feet Can Tell a Story

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

 

July 25th

 


Discovery Green Events 

Hatha Yoga… 9:00 am – 10:00 am

 

Young Writers Workshop… 10:30 am – 11:30 am

 

Recycling Saturdays… 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Kayak on Kinder Lake… 11 am – 5 pm

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

July 26th


Sambuca Restaurant Live Music  7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

 

July 27th

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Bum-ba Toning from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

July 28th

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Core Focused Yoga from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

July 29th

 


Discovery Green Events

Sundown at the Grove presented by Southwest Airlines®

Circus Arts from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Zumba® from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

July 30th

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Argentine Tango lesson from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

July 31st

 


Discovery Green Events

 

Kayak Polo League… 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Sambuca Restaurant Live Music from 8:15 pm – 1:00 am

Miller Outdoor Theatre … Macbeth

 

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2600 S Loop W, Ste 310
Houston TX 77054
713.665.8329

 

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Brooks & Davis Real Estate Firm, LLC - (OSP)
2600 S Loop W, Ste 310
Houston, TX 77054
713.665.8329