Monday, April 7, 2014

Year of Dates - Captain America and Reunion

For Valentine's Day, I gave my husband a gift unlike any other I've given before. I gave him 12 envelopes, each containing a planned date for the two of us for the next year. A good date always includes the 3 P's: planned, paid for, and proper respect. The idea is to make sure that amidst all of our big kid duties such as working, caring for baby, chores, and taxes stuff, we find ways to fuel our relationship and have fun together (much better than taxes!). I cannot emphasize how important it is for couples to go on dates. It's a special time dedicated to just us, and allows us to keep an open communication so we can share our trials and triumphs. It also ensures we express our love for each other by spending time together. Plus it's fun getting out and doing things out of the ordinary together. I love the time I get to spend with my husband and am so excited for our dates. There are so many cool activities to look forward to.

Because of our last-minute vacation in March, we missed our date to see the Festival of Colors at the Hare Krishna temple. But we repented this month. For our date, AJ and I put on our Captain America tees and went to see the new movie, The Winter Soldier. It was an incredibly well-made movie filled with action and humor. We were kept on our toes the entire time. I loved it as I do the other Marvel movies (I'm a semi-geek about these movies, as in I don't know all the details from the comics but seriously enjoy the movies).  However, because of the violence, I wouldn't recommend it for kids younger than 13.

Afterwards, we grabbed shawarma at Kebab King in the Provo Towne Center mall (the only place I know of in Provo that serves shawarma), just as they did at the end of the Avengers movie. That was such a delicious meal - veggies, fries, and meat all in a wrap with special sauce - it definitely hit the spot. This took us down memory lane as there was kebab everywhere we went in Europe. There was also a coolness factor about shawarma because our favorite superheroes eat shawarma as well!

We had a wonderful time together. I loved talking about all sorts of stuff with my husband and was reminded of why I chose him to be my companion through the crazy times - he always keeps me laughing! He really doesn't mind being silly just to put a smile on a face and I appreciate that so much. I love our absurdities...

Afterwards, we picked baby up and went over to spend some time with old buddies from AJ's LDS mission in Massachusetts. I love our reunions because we get to listen to tons of stories from the past, catch up on current ones, and look forward to new ones with really good friends. I love the solidarity in sharing victories and happy moments with these dear friends. Needless to say, we were able to spend some precious few hours with them and got to share our baby Boston as well!

I enjoyed date night and can't wait for the next one. I am looking for a way to make up for March's date, so if you think of something fun, please do share! If you're doing date nights with your spouse too, please help trend #yearofdates !!

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  1. What an awesome date night! So happy you all enjoyed. I agree it's very important that we get that alone time with our spouses. Great post Martina. :)

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! Any ideas for future dates? Fun ones you've done in the past?

  2. I love the envelope idea; so cute!! My husband and I just had our first date night in so long! We went to IHop to Eat then to see the Captain America movie. It was so nice to be able talk uninterrupted. We laughed and held hands, and you're right, it really does remind us why we chose each other!
    Thanks for sharing your date night!
    Oh and I may be stealing the envelope idea for our anniversary! ;)

    1. Glad you like the idea! It'll certainly get you guys out to do things together. I love the IHOP idea. It'd be fun to go out around midnight like old times. Isn't holding hands the best? So sweet!
      P.S. I'd be honored if you go with the envelope idea :)

  3. I love that you gave your husband 12 planned dates for Valentine's day. My hubby is a comic book geek and I think he was most excited about our date once when I said I wanted to see Thor 2. Captain America and Shwarmas look like a fun date. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSunday #linky 14 these wonderful reminders to make time for your spouse. Pinning and sharing and hope you link up more with us next week!