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!