Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Simplifying Date Nights



Scheduling date nights has always been hard for us. With no family nearby, and hiring a sitter not in our budget, date nights have not happened nearly often enough around here. Having older children to care for the younger ones is a blessing for sure, but when they are all grown up with houses and lives all their own, it gets really c-r-a-z-y trying to plan a date night! We have simplified so many parts of our lives and I decided that date night needed simplifying too! 



Date night should be a time of renewal with your spouse, right? It doesn't need to be about hours in the shower, shaving, hair-do's, make-up, and nails, getting all dressed up, then dashing out of the house to dine at some fancy restaurant. No...... that's not what it is about at all. Just getting it scheduled and all that dressing up even sounds stress-filled! Date night should be about a moment in time, where we look into the eyes of our partner and remember why we married them, loving them wholly and completely. This can be accomplished right in your own backyard.



So, make dinner ahead, put on a movie in the house for the kids {and tell them "no going outside"}, and you've just planned a stress-free date night for you and your hubby. It doesn't have to be an all out production, just a tiny, stolen moment.





Simplify, and steal a moment away with your husband, in your very own backyard. Throw a quilt on the lawn and gaze into the beautiful evening sky. Light a fire on the porch and cuddle under the stars. We have a really bad habit sometimes of making everything so doggone difficult when it's really the littlest pleasures that bring such lasting joy. 

Simplify people. Simplify.

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6 comments:

  1. Love this. You are totally right! I love your pictures. I want to climb into them and get cozy!!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I'm so happy you could visit today!

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  2. Beautiful pictures! My husband and I love spending time gazing into the fire pit. You provided a great reminder of what is important and how to keep it simple yet ultra special.

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    1. Thank you Maren! I'm really going to miss these fabulous fall evenings soon! So glad you could visit today!

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  3. What great advice-and a reminder for all of us that simple doesn't have to be boring! Our kids are all grown up, but often times it seems like too much work to get all dressed up for date night, especially when we are both exhausted. I love the idea of having a 'night in' and making it special!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. Such great advice - and so very true! The simplest moments are usually the most enjoyable and memorable. Thank you so much for the reminder to keep it simple. So glad you shared at the Merry Monday Link Party - I always enjoy reading your posts, Amy!

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