Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Great Date Experiment

Michael and I are really excited about The Great Date Experiment that our church has put together. Earlier this year we decided we wanted to go on more dates. Typically we go on one a month. Now that our church offers a Friday Night Out, we figured we could go more often. I love the six dates that are planned out for us (which we downloaded and printed off) to help us get out of a dating rut.

The six Great Dates revolves around one of six essentials of marriage and focuses on communication. Wanna join in? Watch this video and learn more!

Great Date #1

We had a blast together! It was interesting to have someone else plan our date and provide great questions.

Our first stop, after dropping the boys off at my sister's house, was Colten's for dinner. According to the date "rules" we were supposed to let the waitress choose our meal. We could give her one stipulation, so we told her no seafood. Since Michael is the picky one I let him choose the stipulation. I was not nervous at all, but our waitress was! I told Michael before we got to the restaurant that we would either get someone who was excited to play along, or get someone who would be apprehensive. Even though she was nervous, she picked out great food. Michael was served a steak, salad, and stemmed broccoli. I had loaded chicken with a side of sweet potato fries. It was so good.

Before we left we had more fun with our waitress. You should have seen her face after she took our picture and asked if there is anything else she was suppose to do. I jokingly replied, "pick up the tab" Ha! We did leave her a big tip for being a good sport. We had great conversation and felt like two teenagers in love while throwing peanut shells at each other.

Michael talking during the picture! Ha!

The next point was to choose an activity to do together. We were going to go to the Razorback baseball game, but I didn't bring my coat and it was getting cold. We chose a movie instead. No, movies are not the best place for conversation, but we chose the drive-in movies where it is more intimate and asked our questions in between the movies. We watched Blindside (again), and New Moon.

There were great questions to be discussed; picking out a $2.00 dessert in a grocery store for each other; yelling "my husband is HOT" in public; kissing at every red light until someone honks; and carving our initials into a tree. So many fun ideas! We laughed and laughed because we went through many stop lights and they were all green. Finally, we started hitting a few red ones, but nobody would honk at us, even after it turned green a while. Ha!

I love dating my husband! One of my Love Languages is quality time. After last night...

My LOVE TANK is full!


MiMi said...

Oh my gosh! That is really adventurous, all of those different things you had to do. Sounds fun, though!

Trudy said...

What a fabulous idea your church had! Sounds like a lot of fun. You'll have to share more of your dating adventures with us!

Have a blessed weekend Rhonda!

Barb said...

I loved this post, it actually made me cry! I can remember when my husband and I had children at home and it was so hard to go on a date! I'm so glad you are enjoying each other and having fun.

I loved the picture of you and your hubby - absolutely adorable! All I can say to you is . . . keep it going, life is too short to let these good times slip past!



jenjen said...

So fun! I love all of those activities you did together. That is a really great thing to do!

I can't wait to hear what you do next! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!


Kim said...

HOW FUN!!! I think it would be great if they published this online so others could join in!

Pam said...

Rhonda, I printed these off after seeing it on another blog but we haven't done it. Your adventure sounds so fun and makes me want to do it. Maybe next week we can start. Thanks for sharing. I am LOL thinking about y'all hitting all green lights
Love it

Becca said...

That is awesome! I totally love it!!


Kara said...

so cute-the tree!

heidi said...

That is so AWESOME! I wonder if Rob would get on board with this? LOL

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

How fun! My hubby and I don't get out at all, and I know we should. We definitely need more time together, and your date night sounded great!

Beth in NC said...

Sounds wonderful!!! What a great idea!

I'm glad you two had fun!

He & Me + 3 said...

Rhonda this is so fun. I totally want to try it. I will show my hubs and see if he is on board. Awesome picture.

aMY g said...

That sounds like a lot of fun!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That sounds really neat! I wish my church did more stuff like this. :)

Jenn said...

Oh my word that is so funny! I can't get over the my husband is hot... and the kissing at the red light thing! ha ha!! funny! we would just be laughing not kissing! ;)

too fun!

New follower! ;)


Sarah said...

Oh wow! That sounds like a ton of fun!!!

Miller Racing Family said...

What a fabulous idea. I think all marriages would benefit from these dates. It is awesome that your church puts such a focus on marriages.
Colten's is by far one of our favorite places to eat. I am so glad you got a fun waitress.
We are hoping to watch the Blindside this weekend.
Thanks for the great idea and love the photo of you and your hubby!

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness that does sound fun! What a totally awesome thing for your church to do! That is one of the most creative things I've heard in a while!

Hen Jen said...

how fun, what a great, great idea!

we have had a date night since our oldest was a baby, I'm sure it has improved our marriage, and it has kept me sane...when they were all little, I craved some out of the house/talk with an adult time.

we usually split a dinner and then go hang out at Barnes & Nobles..we are creatures of habit!

good for you for being such good sports and playing along with all the rules!

Alexia said...

That sounds like a really awesome date! I wish I was married just so I could go on one too! LOL

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for sharing! It is so important to do this kind of stuff! :)