Posted by: Natalie | February 16, 2010

Week 7 – Valentines Day & Sick

So this week was pretty boring.

Are you sensing a pattern here?  🙂

This time, we had an excuse for our lameness though.  We had plans both Friday night and Saturday night to go out (Friday to a friend’s game night and Saturday to celebrate Valentine’s Day), but, as luck would have it, Ryan and I were both sick.  So, the weekend was spent mostly in bed eating leftover chicken and dumplings and watching online tv shows.

I did try and make up for it on Monday as Clint had the day off and I was starting to feel better.  I got as far as making a nice dinner (homemade pizza, garden fresh salad and blackberry Izze soda) but then was so tired from working that we ended up just watching Anne of Green Gables.

Better luck next week, eh?

Posted by: Natalie | February 6, 2010

Week 6 – Scout Recognition Banquet

I know, I know.  How boring and cheap can we get?

Tonight for date night we were invited to go to our District’s Scout Recognition Banquet.  Can we say free dinner?  Plus we had good friends there to keep things lively when it got a tad boring.  🙂  Oh, and lots of Jelly Bellies to keep us busy guessing flavors all night long.  That was fun.  🙂  Clint and I were even able to steal a few kisses in the crowded gym.

That piece and a half of carrot cake just about did me in though!  Whew!  I’m ready to roll my pregnant body into bed and stay there for a while!

Countdown:

46 weeks

46 dates

$104

Posted by: Natalie | February 6, 2010

Week 5 – Friend Game Night

Week five ended up being a game night with friends.  It was a lot of fun (look up the game BANG if you have never played!), and relaxing to spend time with our good friends…and, of course, each other.

Countdown:

47 weeks

47 dates

$104

Posted by: Natalie | January 25, 2010

Week 4 – Learning to be flexible

Okay, so I have to admit, my date night ideas up till now have been pretty boring, especially when you consider that last week was a cheat.  I wish I could dazzle you with something amazing this week, but, alas, Clint and I are boring, tired people.

This week I actually did have something planned.  We were going to get out all of Clint’s old art supplies – charcoal, pastels, neat-o colored pencils and big sketch books – and each sketch out our idea of what our ideal backyard would look like once completed.  (This is of course for our backyard we have NOW.)  Then we were going to bring our ideas together and sketch out something we both liked so we could start working on slowly finishing our backyard.  (We have grass, a few trees, and a rose bush, oh, and a small garden, but that’s it.  No border.  No rocks.  No paths or other plants.  It’s pretty boring.)

But Clint got home that night tired to the bone, and I didn’t have the heart to make him do my little “project.”  He kept saying he would, but I could tell all he really wanted to do was relax.

So, that’s what we did.  Normally I would have been peeved that my plans had been spoiled, but I was really okay with it.  I had made him some peanut butter cookies, his favorite, which we snacked on as we watched episodes of our favorite shows online.  Nothing spectacular, but time spent together, and my man was happy.

Lesson learned: Make plans.  Have a set date night.  But learn to be flexible!  With kids, work, and all the other crazy stresses of life, you have to be ready to let go of your ideal sometimes and just enjoy being together.  Even if that means laying in bed eating peanut butter cookies in your PJ’s.  (But don’t lose the spark!)

This next week is going to be rough.  I have scout training on Friday night (our typical date night) and most of the day Saturday.  We will probably move our date to Saturday (see, being flexible!) and I will have to come up with something super creative because a) I will be exhausted from Scout training, and b) Clint will be exhausted from his 10K that day and being Mr. Mom all day.  Ideas anyone?

Countdown:

48 weeks

48 dates

$104

Posted by: Natalie | January 18, 2010

Week 3 – Slackers

Okay, so this week I was a slacker.  A slacker with the best of intentions, but still…a slacker.  After two emotional days of family drama, by Friday night I was drained.  And then came Saturday.  Scout training for 8.5 hours.  Most of which was completely unrelated to my calling in the Primary.  I almost started crying near the end of it when I realized I had wasted and entire day and was going to be asked to waste another entire day in two weekends.  My other emotions possibly getting in the way as well?  Maybe.  So then I went home, took my aunt and uncle’s pictures with Clint and then had an emotional breakdown.  🙂  It was a lovely week.

So here is my “cop out” date for this week.  I did plan it, and perhaps if I had decided it was our date ahead of time, it would sound better, but hey!  It’s something!

Wednesday Clint took the day off so that we could go do our 20-week ultrasound.  Can I tell you, there is nothing cuter than seeing your husband stare in amazement at the little life you are carrying.  It was adorable to see him as he watched the nurse look at her different body parts and make sure they were all there and functioning properly.  (The coolest, in my opinion, was her heart.  AMAZING!)  And then, of course, we found out the gender – a girl.  One of each  now!  So fun!

Afterward, we stopped by family to tell them the news, and then, we went to the Mesa Temple and did sealings.  If you aren’t LDS, a sealing is the ordinance we perform to marry two people to each other for, well, for forever!  Its always special to go and listen to the words again and remember the covenants you made to each other and to God…and what you were promised in return.  We always try and go around our anniversary…so we were close.  For me, there is always something special about going to the temple when I am pregnant too.  I feel closer to my baby.  I think I am hoping all of the goodness of the place we are in will somehow rub off on its little spirit and instill in it a desire to be there too someday.

Alright!  Enough chatter from me!  That was our “date” this week.  I promise to be less of a slacker this week and come up with something someone else might actually be able to use – non-pregnant and non-LDS specific!  🙂  Until then!

Countdown:

49 weeks

49 dates

$104

Posted by: Natalie | January 8, 2010

Week 2 – Cooking (or Baking) 101

One of Clint’s goals this year is to learn how to cook.  A goal in which I am more than happy to help him accomplish!  So once a month for our date nights we are going to be having a cooking (or baking) lesson and then enjoying the fruits of our labors as our date. I even bought him a manly apron as part of his Christmas present.

Tonight’s date we are starting simple.  We are making THE BEST Chocolate Cake from KevinandAmanda.  Super simple.  Super yum.  Plus, I am in a chocolate mood!  And what is more romantic than your man cooking for you and feeding each other chocolate?  I personally can’t think of anything at the moment.

Since the ingredients we already have from our grocery budget, and we will start after Ryan goes down, this date will cost nothing.

Countdown:

50 dates

50 weeks

$104

Posted by: Natalie | January 2, 2010

Date #1 – 43(ish) Kisses

Our first date of the year was fun, silly, romantic (kinda), and a throwback to our dating days.

While searching for creative date ideas I came across this post.  I thought we would get some new ideas on kissing…turns out we figured them all out on our own while we were dating.  🙂  It was still a fun date, and reminded us of all the fun we had just kissing while we were dating…and could still have.

Afterward we watched a movie we borrowed from our friends.

Total cost: $0.

Countdown:

51 Dates

51 Weeks

$104

Posted by: Natalie | December 30, 2009

The Undertaking

I feel like my marriage is important.  You too?

But somehow the stresses and business of life seem to always take so much of my time and energy that lately I find that I don’t have much left to give to my husband.  Sound familiar?

In an effort to better my relationship with my husband and start a new tradition that I feel will benefit us and our children, I am undertaking my own little challenge.  52 dates in 52 weeks for $104 or less. AKA The Weekly Date Night.  Not new, but something we have failed to truly grasp in our four years of marriage.

This blog is where I will track my progress towards my goal, how it is effecting our relationship, and hopefully give others who find they are lacking in their marriage relationships ideas on how they can also institute a weekly date night.

You don’t have to have a babysitter.  You don’t have to have a lot of money.  All you need is some dedication, and a little creativity.

Date #1 – Friday, January 1st, 2010

Here we go!

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