Earlier this month was G's and my 4th Anniversary. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to spend an entire day at Disneyland without Evie. It was such a relaxing, rejuvenating day! While I wish we had the opportunity to get away for a day to relax & re-charge more often, that just isn't always feasible. So, G and I have started finding little things that we can do no matter where we are to relax and reconnect. That little bit of stability and familiarity goes a long way towards making us feel in tune and at home, no matter where our little family may be that week! What works for you may be different, but here are five ways G and I make time for ourselves & each other.
1. Watch a Show
G wasn't into TV series, until he met me. Now we have a handful of shows we follow religiously! It's nice to have something we can do together, talk about casually, and just enjoy. Some of our favorites are:
-Game of Thrones
2. Family Walks
While the weather can make these difficult to pull off, we fairly consistently go for a walk after G gets off work and before dinner/bedtime routine with Evie. It allows us a space to disconnect from the day, share what happened with each of us, and start the process of reconnecting with one another.
3. Weekend Kick-Off
We love to book-end our week & kick off our weekends by spending some time outside with a bottle of wine after Evie is down for the night. It's the perfect time to chat about our weeks, talk about our hopes/plans for the weekend, and enjoy one another with no other obligations. Some of our favorites are Layer Cake Malbec, Wente Cabernet Sauvignon, J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, and La Crema Pinot Noir.
4. Read a Book
One of the things G and I started doing while we were dating was reading a book together. We would each read a chapter sometime during the week, makes notes, then come together over a cup of coffee to share our thoughts. We've carried that tradition into our marriage, and some of our sweetest moments are the ones where we discover something new about the other person's heart. Some of our favorite books have been:
-Love & War by John & Staci Eldridge
-The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
-Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
5. Intentional Play-Dates
Now that we have Evie, one of the things we love to connect doing is playing with our daughter. Each weekend, we make plans to do something fun with her - something where she can run around, explore, and share the world the way she sees it with us. Our place of choice right now is usually Disneyland, but in the past our favorites have been the zoo, museums, and even some art galleries!
Hopefully these gave you some fresh ideas for ways to reconnect with your loved ones this week!