Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Workin' It Wednesday: Marriage

Hi there! Thanks for joining me for today's link-up with Shay & Erika. This month's topic is all about marriage. A little background on us:


Robert and I started dating back in college in 2005.


We got engaged in 2007 (THAT story is worthy of it's own blog post one day!)


We got married on June 21, 2008, and yes, our wiener dogs wore dresses and attended the wedding!


Our first little monkey came around in 2009.


And the last little monkey arrived in 2012.


Of course we've had our ups and downs like any other couple, but one thing that I think Robert and I are pretty good about is taking an interest in each other's hobbies or likes. Even if it seems boring, there's a good chance that if you give it a shot, you might enjoy it, too.


We like to go to the shooting range together (originally his interest- but now something I enjoy doing.)


Robert's willing to hit up a window shopping session at Hobby Lobby or stop into the nail salon to relax and get pedicures together.


The other thing that I think is really important for couples is to get on the same financial page. I'm always surprised to learn which of my friends have separate bank accounts from their spouses. To each their own, but I appreciate that Robert and I share an account and in return, we share financial goals that we are contributing towards together. Finances are always listed as a top cause of marriage issues. Money shouldn't be an awkward conversation - sit down, review your account, set up some goals, and work on achieving those goals together.


Finally, while on the topic of finances, we just don't think babysitter fees these days are something we want to spend our money on often. We have date nights at home a few times a month and cook something new or "fancy," and then after dinner, we set the kids up with their own movie so that we can watch something new from the Redbox or binge watch a few television shows together. We've also swapped date night babysitting duties with friends which is always nice when you want to go out without having to pay an extra $30+ for the night.


Thanks for being my best friend and favorite Halloween costume partner, Robert! Love you lots!


Tell me some of your favorite date night ideas in the comments- I'd love to hear your ideas! Are you linking up with me tomorrow for Try It Thursday's recipe of the week? See you soon!

16 comments:

  1. LOVE those Halloween costumes- if my husband sees this, you know what we will be dressing up as next Halloween- ha ha!!

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    1. We did a whole family of KISS this year because of Ari- I told her this next year is going to have to be store bought! :)

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  2. great points my friend! Date night ideas aren't always going out for us- we like to stay in and rent a movie, work on a puzzle or catch up on how our day is. little things ha

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    1. Definitely! If babysitters were cheaper, then heck yes to going out more, but when you're on 2 teachers salaries, Redbox wins!

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  3. Yes on the financial and hobbies! Logan and I have been open since the beginning about finances and it shocks me when it's not something people discuss! Definitely has helped with keeping our marriage strong! :)

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    1. For sure- I can't imagine having separate accounts- I can't even fathom how that would work on paying bills.

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    1. Thank you! You can blame our daughter for this last year's costumes!

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  5. We've always felt the same about sitters...luckily for us when our kids were young we lived close enough to my parents to have FREE sitters. We did have a little routine for quite a while that I loved though. On Thursday nights after the kids were put to bed, we'd have dessert and watch TV together. I always looked forward to that. I couldn't quite figure out what to write about for this link up so I just didn't do itπŸ˜”. We have an awesome marriage but I'm terrible at pinpointing what makes things work...marriage or anything.😜 Happy hump day!!!

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    1. We get to play the grandparent card a lot, too! Definitely love a kid-free meal every once in a while (and it's usually cheaper, too!) We're excited for retirement one day- Robert plans to retire a year earlier than me so he can take care of selling our house and find a place for us to move to in College Station.

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  6. Great ideas!! Being on the same financial page is so important! Thanks for linking up!

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  7. What a trooper your husband is to get pedicures!! Totally agree about the finances too!

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    1. Let's be honest- he's invited himself on girl days so he can get his feet rubbed! :)

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  8. Great post! We do the same thing. We love our couch dates. ;)

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    1. Some days I feel like I should quit my job and go back to babysitting since these kids are making over $10 an hour to sit on my couch and watch Netflix!

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