Friday, July 20, 2012

Love Notes: Bucketful of Ideas

{small ways to show great love}

At the risk of sounding like an old lady, dating can be tough after you've been together for a while.  During my engagement, the combination of wedding planning crazies and a long-distance relationship with Andrew made it hard, sometimes, to carve out time to regularly do something special.  Even now, being married and seeing each other every day, it's easy sometimes to just be comfortable at home and, in the interest of saving money, forego dates.

The thing is, continuing to date each other is so important to me, and it's not too hard to think of ways to have fun without spending much.  Bike rides, rosary walks, Netflix, and sharing dessert together at home are super simple ways we spend time together, but with a little ceremony, they become special.  Do you have a bucket list?  You know, a kind of to-do list for your life, full of adventures, events, and new places to take on.  I so recommend it--it's fun to imagine everything you've ever wanted to try, and can be a great source of date ideas!  Sometimes it's encouraged me, too, to do things I might not do otherwise.  I feel like I need to be accountable to my list, because what if I never get another chance?  So many activities are better together, so why not come up with a list you can share for a lifetime?

If you need some inspiration to get started, here, from my very own bucket list, are sixteen of my favorite ideas:

4. Swing on a playground under the stars
8. Finish a triathlon
9. Go to the beach in the winter
19. Make s'mores over the grill on a cold night
33. Pick apples in the fall
42. Watch a meteor shower
49. Go on a silent retreat
51. Own a hammock and read in it often
65. Spectacularly April fool someone
67. Take a long road trip, eating only at local places along the way
76. Randomly stop to pray in a beautiful church I've never been to before
81. Kayak
82. Dance in a gazebo
106. Go to Catholic Underground
110. Walk everywhere for an entire day
120. Make homemade pasta

Do any of you have a list like this?  Whether you do or you don't (yet!), what would top it?

1 comment:

  1. Owning a hammock is such a must. Such a must.

    We had one with all of the bells and whistles on our giant, screened back porch when we lived on the Gulf coast. It overlooked pine trees and coastline. It caught the breeze. It provided perfect slumber. It was ridiculously magical and so simple.



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