This past weekend, I had the opportunity to join my husband in the windy city of Chicago. This was my second time making the trip, and just like before, I had an amazing time. Being young parents, we don’t always get quality time to ourselves. Vacation is usually a full family trip, which we enjoy, but I think it’s important to take time for ourselves. Not only one weekend out of the year, but on a regular basis. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you should stop dating your husband. Remember why you fell in love in the first place and continue to grow on that. There is no reason to stop falling deeper in love.
Change date night up! It can be as simple as a new restaurant or even go the extra mile and plan a fun weekend getaway. I believe this is a key component to a happy marriage. Be willing to step outside of the box and get creative.
Surprise dates are the best. Those least expected tend to mean more. It shows you put time into planning something without needing a reminder. Ladies, this applies to you as well; don’t wait for your husband to make the plans!
It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and fall into a routine. Don’t be that couple. Continue to learn about your spouse and things they enjoy. Stay in constant communication and be willing to go on an adventure together, often.
- If you know me, you know going to a trampoline park is my favorite Friday night activity. It’s silly and makes me feel like a kid again. Evan enjoys it just as much as I do!
- Evan’s favorite would be bowling. From time to time, I let him have his way. I am probably the worst bowler alive, so it’s nice when I beat him every now and then.
- A picnic in the park is always a win. Scooping up your spouse for a surprise lunch date is a sure way to win some points.
- Game night. Wait till the little ones have gone to bed and pull out those old board games. You can even use their games. I promise you’ll never be too old.
- Workout at the house together. My husband and I did the insanity intro video together once. We laughed so hard we cried. We didn’t accomplish a workout, but had a great time together.
- Go a little old school and head to the drive-in movie theater. We don’t have one close by, so the drive gives us time to catch up on the week and enjoy each others’ company.
- Go to a Paint and Pour. Another date that is sure to bring laughs, unless you’re married to Picasso.
- Take a cooking class. You could also do a dancing class, but my husband is beyond the point of helping.
- Go camping in your backyard. It takes the pressure out of actually planning a camping trip and still lets you enjoy the night sky with an actual bathroom close by.
- Take a trip to go apple picking. This gets you away from the busyness of life and lets you enjoy the fresh air with a yummy snack.
*Can’t decide on just one? Grab a jar and write down the dates you want to go on and take turns picking one each date night. Now get to dating!
Always come back to the things you used to do when you first fell in love. If it was bike riding, then dust those off. If it was fancy dinner dates, than dress up and head out. Don’t be afraid to act like a kid and get messy. Enjoy each other every second of the day because life is too short to do anything less.