Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Date Night :: Meet Virginia

It's Thursday! Yay! For the rest of the summer, Thursday is going to be a special day around here. You see, I had a brilliant idea (well, I thought so anyway) for a series that I wanted to try here at moxiemandie and so I am. I thought it'd be fun to talk about how we date in the summer- different activities, meals, creative ideas, etc., so I asked a few friends to share with us how they do date night during the summer. Expect to come back each Thursday morning for some inspiration. I'm so excited about this because I think it's important for us married folks to intentionally continue dating, even after we've been together for years. 
This week is my girl Virginia- she's been married for five years!

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 Movie night on the beach. Summer of '06.
 
Hi!  I'm Virginia, V for short.  I write at Geeky & Sassy where I share my not-so-perfect journey of faith, family, life & home.  I'm excited to be here with you all sharing a date with you.  If I'm honest now that we've been married 5 years and have 2 kids we have sadly let our date life fall off of the back burner.  In the past few months we've made it a priority and have even gone square dancing!  I'm glad to be a part of this series where we can work on our relationships by dating.

So, hop in my Delorian and let me take you back.  Back to the summer of '06 - the summer my husband and I "Cue cheesy Lifetime Movie Music" fell in love.

Here's a typical cheap date that summer as I had just resigned from my teaching job to move abroad and he had just opened a small business.

Hand in hand we would wander the main streets taking in the sights and sounds of the tourist town I lived in.  The first stop was often the Kite Store where we would play the newest card or board games with the staff.

Meandering down the road we would grab a cup of coffee and pass the ice-cream shops and walk the boardwalk that followed the river out to the Lake Michigan pier.  Following the beach and throwing a frisbee for a bit before climbing up a dune toward home.

Our first time taking this walk we ended up on the swings at the elementary school.  Paul didn’t want to tell me that he gets motion sickness on them.  I still think it's funny.  One of the endearing things about him.  Always up for an adventure and putting others first.

It's interesting that my favorite date had nothing to do with money and everything to do with time spent together.  Walking together.  Talking together.  Dreaming Together.  That's what we need to get back to.  Not worrying about the restaurant or the outfits, but falling in love more.
 
  • Every Friday in the summer there’s a movie on an old ship just after the sun sets over the water.  Other local towns have movies on the beach.
  • There’s an amazing restaurant that we can’t afford to buy a meal at.  We head there around 9pm to grab coffee and dessert after shopping all of the quaint places around it.
  • Thrifting.  Yes, I count this as a date.  My husband will ask me what I’d like to do and it’s fun to me.
  • Coffee & Home Depot.  We grab coffees and wander the aisles of the home improvement store to plan our next project.
  • Hiking
  • Picnics
  • Crash a wedding (No, not really.  Deep down I've always wanted to though.)
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     Watching a cartoon and then Casablanca on the deck of an old ship that was used to fight in WW2.[/caption]

    What was your most memorable date?


    9 comments:

    1. great ideas, Virginia! I agree, the best dates don't cost $

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      1. We just can't find something to disagree on yet ;)

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    2. My most memorable date is definitely the night, 28 days after we met, when my husband asked me to marry him! No special place, just at his rental, after eating supper and cleaning up the house from being there with friends the evening before! I love your blog look and I just added your etsy to my favs! I want the mr. darcy pillow and I just may have to go buy one!

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    3. Love this! What a fun series!! Oh, we need to go on a date so badly! I love to wander a bookstore with coffee in hand, stopping to talk about what books we've read or want to read, or flipping through magazines. :)

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    4. Oh, a movie on the beach sounds so fun + romantic! We may have to do our own version with a DVD & a laptop. ;)

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    5. You and your hubby are so fun V!

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    I'm so glad you're here!