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Fitness Date

It’s good to exercise. So, why not exercise together?

For this date we started by doing some exercises from Pinterest that included ab and back stretching exercises. These are the exercises that we did: Abs – http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/26/24/cf/2624cf90357ce4e3e3ccc4ef7ec0c158.jpg and Back Stretches – http://www.fitsugar.com/Stretches-Relieve-Lower-Back-Pain-Open-Tight-Hips-409369.

That was followed up by some cardio on Just Dance 4. We each chose two songs to dance to.

It was a fun night of working out and being together!

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Parade date

It seems that with summer comes many parades…at least around our area. I went on a tour of a candy factory a few weeks ago and picked up some different kinds of taffy that we used as part of our date. What parade is complete without taffy? We did some taffy tasting to start. Some of our favorite flavors were red licorice, buttered popcorn, and macadamia nut. We would pass on the eggnog flavored taffy next time.
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As we munched on taffy we looked up some facts about parades. Did you know that floats originate from medieval times? We didn’t! To round out our date we watched slides of this year’s Rose parade. Talk about some incredible floats!

Car Wash Date

There is nothing like a clean car. A car wash makes me like my car again. Both of our cars were in great need of a car wash inside and out. We took turns vacuuming and washing our cars. It helped to keep us cool on a hot summer day too.
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PJ Party!!

We love spending time in our PJs! One of our Christmas traditions is to get new PJs to open on Christmas Eve. This is a pic of our most recent new PJs.

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For this date we did everything in our comfy pajamas. We updated our little girl’s scrapbook together. We also threw some pillows on the floor and watched a movie. Simple and relaxing that’s the way we like our dates.

Goals and Evaluations

Doesn’t this sound like a thrilling date?!? It may not seem like a fun date, but it can really help your relationship.

I’m not one to set goals only once a year. I like to set them pretty regularly, really anytime there is something I want to change in my life. I have a hard time with really long term goals too. I’m all about baby steps.

For this date Ty and I started out by evaluating each other as a spouse and parent. You have to be kind to your spouse and have a tough skin at the same time. Tyler and I go into this every time being very open and honest. We always start with the positives first. We like to build each other up. We talk about what the other person is doing well as a mother/father first. Then we talk about the things they could do differently or improve on. It’s funny how when we start with the positives the negatives dwindle quickly. We then do the same thing with a role as a wife/husband. It really gives us a chance to discuss concerns that we have with ourselves or our partner.

After we have been “evaluated” we talk about goals that we want to achieve. We set goals individually, as a couple, and for our family. It is really good to talk about individual goals, because you can help your spouse and be held accountable to someone for your goals also.

I know this wasn’t the funnest idea we’ve ever shared, but we usually end up laughing and feeling better about our relationship 🙂

Flag Day Date

We went on our date on Friday, which was Flag Day. Tyler came up with this very creative date. We first designed a flag for our country (that is if we had our own country). To design our flags we used paper and colored pencil. While we were designing our flags Ty read flag trivia that he found online. Our next challenge was to make our flag come to life out of legos. From the picture below you can tell who the artist is between the two of us 🙂P1130072

Planting a Garden

For this date we planted our garden. I guess planting a garden can get expensive, but you can pick up some inexpensive seeds and plants if you search a little. It was fun to get in the dirt and plant our garden. We figure it will help us out with our grocery bill in the long wrong. It was a simple date, but was fun to get up and get moving 🙂