Wednesday, July 27, 2011

date + day trip = day trip

One thing I'm very passionate about is the idea of "dating your spouse." For us, with no kids on the radar ((yet)), I think it's super important to build a solid foundation of getting in the routine of date nights that are built into our monthly budget and are not an option ((but um, why would I NOT want to get all dolled up and eat at a fun place with my handsome husband?!)). 


Even if you do have kids, I would argue that it is of utmost importance to build in a babysitter and a date night as often as possible into your budget ((you are probably rolling your eyes at me and saying "easier said than done, kimmy!")). Well guess what? Do you have direct tv/netflix/hulu+/iphones/etc? Then I think you just *might* have some wiggle room in that budget of yours. 

For us personally, dating my spouse has to be a priority in keeping my marriage exciting, healthy, and believe it or not, Christ-centered. Marriage is such a gift, and that's how God created it. Dating your spouse doesn't have to be extravagant, but chinese food & a movie//getting dressed up ((and possibly doing your hair & makeup?!)) and going to a sit down dinner//going to see a movie & splurging on popcorn, but sneaking some candy in//going for a picnic in the park are all EASY ways to keep the flame alive, if ya know what I mean. Our spouses are to be treasured. 

Ok, that was the longest tangent intro ever in the history of Yellow Songbird. Yowza. Moving on.

Last week, on one of Chase's days off, we took a day trip to Ft. Collins. He planned a tour at the New Belgium Brewery, dinner at a deli that has "the best Rueben's ever" ((I love Ruben's and these were made from corned buffalo beef! yum)), and a double feature of Cars 2 + Transformers 3 at the drive-in movie theatre. The tour was full, but we got to taste some yummy beers on the house ((confession: this was the first time ever that I actually drank more than a sip of beer without making an ugly face)). We then went and enjoyed a long and epic dinner at Choice City Deli. We went to the drive-in but it was still an hour or so from sundown, we didn't care to see Cars 2 ((which was playing first)) and we still had quite a drive home. SO we skipped it this time around.

Enjoy these photos from our fun date!






What's been your favorite date you've been on lately? I'd love some fun, creative date night ideas and be able to compile them for a fun date night post!

love.



22 comments:

  1. Awesome post about such an important topic. Joseph and I went on our first date after having Lucia last week. It was so refreshing just to be alone and have time to catch up on our lives, communicate our current needs, and talk about our goals as a family. Dating your spouse is SO IMPORTANT! Joseph and I love to try new ethnic restaurants around our town. It's always exciting when you accidentally order something that has eel and squid floating around in it.

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  2. Yes, yes, yes. Totally agree about dating our hubbies! Chris and I got sushi and saw Harry Potter the other night. It was right after some disappointing career news for him, so it was really good to just get out of the house, enjoy each other and forget about the frustrating stuff for while.

    I vote no to eel & squid on date night though, Moriah. ;)

    PS. I'm totally jealous you have a drive in theater near you. I've always wanted to go to one but have never lived near one!

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  3. i love this! and although i'm not married yet {not even close... ha!} i totally agree with you on the date nights! actually i have a few couple friends at church that have children and then just trade off every couple weeks or so... couple A goes on a date while couple B watches their kids and vice versa. that way they don't have the extra expense of a babysitter. of course that can't work for everyone, but i just hope that i'll have friends like that when i'm at that stage in life.

    looks like you had such a fun day! :)

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  4. Me and Chris try and have date night - we were kinda doing it while watching The Apprentice because although it wasn't really my cup of tea I knew he liked watching it so I'd watch it with him. (I think Torchwood might have to be our new Apprentice as something to watch together). We sometimes go for walks or to explore the town where we live - we even went to the Safari Park two weekends ago as an epic date day

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  5. The best date we've had lately has been a spontaneous roadtrip. This one is best when spread over a whole afternoon- although you could totally do it in one evening.

    Pick a spot on the map that you haven't visited before (our latest was Long Beach near Dunnville, ON, Canada), and hop in the car. Pick up candies for the drive before you get too far, stop for lunch at a divey looking restaurant on the side of the road, take a bunch of pictures, listen to music or a sermon, explore your destination and watch the sun set, and then drive home (a different route!).

    Being in the car together is a great opportunity for quality conversation, and you just might discover an amazing little town or diner or who knows what else.

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  6. You two are so cute! I don't have a hubby (or significant other) yet but just watching friends' marriages, I've seen how important it is to date your spouse! Looks like y'all had a grand time :)

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  7. amen, sister! i shall show this post to my husband & say "dude, we NEED to do this. not an option" haha!

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  8. Dating your spouse is SO important! Looks like you two had lots of fun!

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  9. So, so, SO agree! This has been a soapbox of mine for years. We have had a date night every week since we've been married (give or take), and it is always the highlight of my calender. Tomorrow our date is consisting of a ballroom dance lesson, dinner out, and ice cream afterward. - Have you ever heard of The Dating Divas? If not, you should check them out...

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  10. How fun! I can totally relate. Tedd & I just had a baby 4 months ago - our first - and it's a BIG deal to get a date night, and so worth it. I love your hair in your pictures. Can you do a post about how you did your hair :) pretty please?

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  11. Yes, yes, yes. Andrew and I implemented Friday date night as soon as we were married, because we both worked crazy/nutso schedules during the week and never saw each other. Even when he got laid off, our dates consisted of cheap takeout and Netflix, but we still made that time a priority. Now we're expecting a babe in October and we're already reworking the budget so we can keep that time together. It's SO important!

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  12. Yeah girl, preach! Next date night all I want to do is wander around Pearl St and eat Slavaggios. I always go downtown with something to do, so it would be fun just to wander and window shop, holding hands. Maybe this should wait until fall though. It's so flipping HOT!!

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  13. SO agree! We just had a date last night! Kids were sleeping, it was a late dinner, but we sat and talked at the table for over an hour. That's still a date in a book ;) It's all about making each other a priority and making the time!! You two are so cute by the way!

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  14. What a wonderful date! Just last night, John and I and another couple (our current house guests and soon favorite SF couple friends) had a huge Indian food feast, shared a bottle of bubbly and 3/4 of us fell asleep during an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger. We were all sound asleep by 10, and I couldn't have been happier!

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  15. I think date night is brilliant. I'm not married but I just think dating your husband makes SOOOO much sense! And what a fun day you both planned. Love it. : )

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  16. Love it, Kim! Sometimes it can be so difficulty to make date night a top priority when the in and outs of life can get so darn busy - and I've only been married 3 months! My favorite date in the last month: waking up early, grabbing some coffee at Starbucks, taking a stroll through the Houston Zoo (yes, we're members. ha!) before the Texas heat beamed down...with just enough time to hit the Farmer's Markets that are open here on Saturday morning. Then spending the afternoon/evening cooking up a fun, new dinner side by side! Pretty simple, but we loved it :)

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  17. I couldn't agree more about dating your spouse! It is SO important!

    We went up to the Chicago suburbs to The Bonefish Grill (one of my favorite restaurants!) and out to a movie. It was our last overnight date probably for awhile, and we had a blast!

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  18. Such a fun date!! Jon and I like to go geocaching on date nights sometimes. Seriously it seems nerdy but look it up, its fun!

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  19. I love Ft Collins and the New Belgium Brewery is on my to-do list for sure :)
    A fun date we went on not too long ago was to Ikea. Dinner is cheap and the entertainment is endless, imagining which kitchen you'd chose, etc. Aaaand CO is finally getting an Ikea this fall :)

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  20. yay for married dates! definitely always a priority.

    also yay for liking beer! living in colorado-- it's strange to not like it ;)

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  21. hey! i recently found your blog- i live in evergreen :) it's sweet to find someone else in CO! check out my blog if you want! lolalucy09.blogspot.com

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  22. How fun! And I totally agree with you about date night!

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