I saw Shauna’s idea of the date packets and instantly got in contact with her. I had to have her on SMM’s Simply Said and share with us her fabulous dating idea. This fits so well with our Project 52: Date Nights. Plus it can be a great idea for a Valentine’s Day gift, too. So here goes, Shauna simply said…
I am so excited to guest post here on Simply Modern Mom! I am Shauna Thompson and my blog is www.MyMixofSix.blogspot.com. Why mix of six? Because I have six kiddos, that I LOVE spending time with. However today I want to post about my husband that helps me take care of those six little ones, and how I LOVE to spend time with him. Here we are…
We have been married for 13 years now, and I have found a very important key to our marriage is spending time with each other. I know there have been times when I just don’t feel as close to him as I should, but then we go on a date or talk I feel more connected with him.
Dating is important in a relationship. There is a quote that says, “The value of a relationship is in direct proportion to the time that you invest in the relationship.” However finding the time and money to do it can be a struggle. I decided to take the stress out of planning and paying for our dates this year. I took some of my money from teaching piano lessons and made date packets for us to go on in the year 2010. I LOVE that they are all paid for, planned and ready to go!
Each packet is sealed until the first of the month. Then Stephen opens up the surprise date and we plan on the calendar the date that we are going to go.
Many have asked what some of the dates are. I initially wrote down a list of our favorite dates, ideas from others, ideas from the internet and then dates that I have wanted to do. I put gift cards, pictures of the activity or directions to the date in the packets. Here is a list that might help get you started:
- Theater tickets. You don’t have to pay the big money, colleges and high schools have amazing productions as well.
- Free summer concerts in the park mixed with a Subway giftcard
- Dinner and the movies
- Temple trip. Just copy your recommend or put in a picture of the temple to show him where you’re going.
- A favorite fancy restaurant
- Morning hike followed by breakfast out
- Frisbee golf at the park with a coupon for dessert
- Country dancing or any other dancing for that matter
- Stargazing by a campfire
- Home spa with a massage and smoothies
- Walk through an art museum
- Bike ride with picnic
- One of each of your favorites. Steve likes sushi – I like chick flicks, so a night of both.
- Cards or a favorite game in the park
- Tennis or racquet ball
- Laser tag
- Night out at the library (Steve LOVES to read and I like magazines. It’s a quiet night BUT we are together.)
- There obviously can be FREE dates. It’s the time spent together, rather than the money spent.
One of my favorite parts of dating is watching and listening to our kids. They comment on how we dress up and look, they ask where we are going and can see that their parents really do love each other. I think this important because our habit will carry into their marriages of how important dating is.
Anyway, have fun planning and even better, have fun dating!