I've said this before but it still holds true....the 8-year-old and the 80-year-old in me are in constant battle. I love the 1940's era, there is so much charm and class about that generation and I love all things vintage. I am an old soul at heart who appreciates old fashioned dates where you go to a drive in or a soda shop and sip milkshakes out of the same glass or listen to records and dance in the moonlight. I love the innocent times that once were common. When holding hands was a big deal and dancing was romantic.
I have been blessed with a husband who appreciates these things as well and together we try to keep some of that innocent charm alive in our own relationship. Whether it is catching a movie, taking salsa dancing lessons together, or just "playing DJ" by taking turns sharing songs on our iTunes...we try to have a date night each week....doesn't always have to be fancy...it just has to involve fun! :)
Ever since we were married Jared and I have also made a conscious effort to have a sit down dinner together every weekday without the television or other distractions and just enjoy each others company and conversation. It's something I look forward to most during the week. Jared's previous work schedule made it much more difficult but we just started having dinner later so that we could still have that time together. It's so important to us to have that time together as a couple.
The busyness of life can sometimes distract us from what is most important - which is our relationships - but if we make the commitment and make our relationship a main priority, it can make all the difference in building and maintaining a strong, healthy, happy marriage and family. We've been married almost 4 years, have never had a fight and couldn't be happier so I guess it's working for us. :) We are by no means perfect (together or separately) nor do we claim to have mastered the art of marriage...but I think healthy communication mixed with love, respect and romance is the key to success for any couple.
Tonight is our date night and our plans are to eat junk food and play old school video games. I'm a big fan of the old Nintendo and Sega Genesis games like Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Ninja Turtles, and other "low-quality" graphic games that are definitely high in entertainment! This is where the 8-year-old in me comes out! :) I'm looking forward to it and many more date nights in our future!
Hope you all have a happy weekend!