Romance and Happiness....do they go together for you???
Are you a romantic at heart or are you at a stage of life where it has become a thing of the past???
I love a little romance in my life and even with children, Matt and I try our best to plan in some time out dates and romance to keep our love alive. It takes thought, planning and preparing to make it happen.
Every so often we get caught up in our busy schedules and become slack in focusing on each other. When this happens we sit down and try to plan out when we are going to go out for dates and what date ideas we can do at home. We try to make every Friday night date night. It does not always work out that way but mainly we try to keep this night just for us.
When our cherubs were younger and we knew it was going to be difficult to get out for date time, we planned a whole year of date nights ideas and slotted them in every Friday night for a year. If a Friday night came up with a date idea that we did not feel like doing or could not get to work we simply swapped it for another one. I will have to blog about them some time. Here are a few examples:
Play a board game
Cook a dessert together
Hire a movie to snuggle and watch together
Write each other poetry - so funny!
Eat dinner late after the kids are in bed with candles
Draw a portrait of each other - hilarious!
Give each other a massage
Leave love notes for each other to find
Our ideas were simple and they were activities that allowed us to spend time together and to just focus on each other. They often involved being kind to each other and small acts of service. In this way we were able to remember that even though our relationship with our cherubs is important, our relationship with each other is the most important. We value our marriage and believe in putting time and effort to make it work and to keep our romance alive.
I wanted to introduce you to a lovely site that I found called the Dating Divas. The focus of this site is on strengthening marriages, one date at a time. Here are the lovely ladies who contribute to the site below:
They have some great date ideas with pictures and printouts to help you have a lovely romantic time together. As you can see there are many ladies contributing so there is a great variety to choose from.
Some other sites you may be interested in that relate to romance are:
Nifty Date ideas
It does not cost a lot of money to be romantic. It does not need to always involve flowers or chocolate, even though they are lovely. For us it involves the little things like, holding hands, opening a door, a smile, a wink and kind words. These little things make my life wonderful and bring me much more happiness than diamonds and jewellery and for me - that is really saying something!