A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
– Mignon McLaughlin
Like our thumbprints, every love story is unique. Each person has their own quirks, rough patches and strengths, and these seem to be made only more complex when two lives are joined in a marriage. Because of this, I’m very aware that the things my hubby and I enjoy doing on date nights might not be your cup ‘o tea.
Disclaimer over, here are five of our favorite date-night ideas!
#1. Classic with a twist: movie night in with homemade pedicures
Date night is Monday, so this is the one we pick when we’ve had a long weekend and we just can’t “brain good” anymore. We heat up big bowls of water mixed with olive oil and Epsom salts to soak our tootsies in, pop in a movie, and snuggle on the couch. I usually pick a new color for my toenails, and the hot water is soooooooo relaxing.
Please note! Hubby does NOT allow me to paint his toenails during this process. He wanted me to mention this. That is all.
#2. Small-town adventuring
Living in a college town means that we have pretty much beaten every path, so it’s hard to find an off-the-beaten-path activity when the adventure bug bites. But it’s possible!
Case in point: we recently discovered a mom-and-pop winery just down the road which boasts several dozen types of wine, all fermented by the family in the shop’s back room. The quaint storefront hosts book clubs regularly, and live music plays once per week.
#3. Java and board games
My man loves coffee, and I love games, so this one might be our favorite! We grab a deck of cards or a game (usually Settlers of Catan) and go to the one coffee shop in town that serves both gelato and espresso. We order coffee and dessert, and play until they kick us out. At that time, whoever has the most points wins!
#4. Healthy date: chocolate smoothies and a walk
On those blazing Texas days that keep us hiding in the AC (yes, even in October!), the coolness of night is something to seize and enjoy to the fullest. Since hubby can’t do dairy (and a host of other delicious foods), we make chocolate “shakes” with frozen bananas, almond milk, vanilla extract, and a heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder. We love to drink these fresh from the blender and go for a walk around the park.
It can be really easy, especially after we’ve been married for several years, to assume that we know everything about our spouse. False! Even if I knew my sweetie inside-out on the day we wed, everyone is in flux, constantly changing and growing and becoming.
For the Q&A date, we grab a tiny little book filled with interesting questions called Love Talk Starters by Les and Leslie Parrott. It was given to us as a wedding gift, and it has sparked hours of fun conversations on long road trips and date nights.
What do you and your sweetheart do to keep the love alive? Let me know in the comments below!
Photo credit: Benjamin Random (edits mine)
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