DATING AND MARRIAGE


As the weekend always teases us with the excitement of sleeping in and getting to spend the whole day together there's also that anticipating question that we all know and dread, "What should we do?" And for those who are married, you know how important it is to keep the romance alive after the "I do". When Eric and I dated, for two years we lived in two separate states so whenever we would fly to visit one another our dates would always be amazing. Hiking, exploring new restaurants, Seattle drives, symphonies, canoe rides and lunches on private beaches, night ski lifts, family vacations, bike rides on the island. I don't know what it is about being married and wanting to just stay in, but I think Eric and I have had our fair share of those now and suffer from major cabin fever. Maybe its all these rainy nights and waiting for Spring to finally kick in here in Seattle. It's only Wednesday but our conversations last night consisted of "I don't know, what do you want to do?" "I don't know, what do you want to do." Why are date nights just so hard to plan now? Dinner and a movie are always the classic answer, but seriously what do you married people do all the time to keep the romance alive? Please tell me we are not alone here ...

Leave your dating suggestions below!

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  1. We're not married, but we're dating for almost 4 years and living together for quite a while too. And we also have those kind of "I don't know, what do you wanna do...?" :)... But I guess the usual stuff - going out, or just chilling at home, talking about our thoughts.
    It will deff be better when Spring arrives! :)

    xx
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  2. Oh.... Ever since we got married all I want is to just stay in and cuddle =))) I don't even need movies and dinners... I just wanna fall asleep feeling my man beside me and then wake up and spend a whoooole day just cuddling and talking =))))
    And it's sooo cold here that staying in always seems to be the best option =))))
    To keep the romance alive??? Hhhmm....
    While it's winter... we usually cook together =)))
    Eeehhmmm.... we went sledging =)))) and that was suuuuper fun =))))
    We experimented with camera settings together =)))
    We drew pictures =))) Soon we're going to try paints =)))
    We cuddled and read a book out loud =))) by turns =))
    We went to my hometown to see family and made a snowman all together =)))

    I'm waiting for the snow to disappear so we could do soooo many more things =)) and go out more =)))

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  3. And one more thing we started just recently =))) We're going to gym together =))) Well.. ok.. I went there only twice =)))) and got sick =)))) But onece I'm done with it I'll get back on track =)))

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  4. i knew exactly what you mean! it's so hard not to settle into complacency. when in doubt, we usually go to the beach or out to a bar or restaurant near our house. that's a good compromise because even if we're tired, we may just go out for dessert and a drink and it still feels special. good luck!

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  5. We've hit this stage as well after we were married. We were just enjoying each others company, watching movies, snuggling in bed until ridiculously late in the morning and such. After a while though we decided we had enough of seeing each other in pjs so we came up with the idea of going out every Saturday. I don't mean going out as in for a dinner but for the whole day. We would go explore a new beach, or park, or mountain. Go to a museum just for fun. Visit friends or family. Go to Ikea (this one is a tradition for us). There are so many things you can do. Have fun!

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  6. We're not even married and we have these nights.. most of our nights lately have been like this actually. It's just so cold here, it makes us not want to leave the house! Have you tried cooking together? I personally am hopeless at preparing food but my friend makes meals with her boyfriend and apparently it's fun/romantic x

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    1. I really want to! I need to get the mister in the kitchen first ;)

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  7. i'm not married to help you but i'm sure that you and your mister are so perfect together!!! love this photo dear :)
    xxxFiC.

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  8. I'm not married and I don't live together with my fiancé but during holidays when we are together 24/7 and we have the same problem. Mostly because I would like to do something else than just stay in and watch TV-series and eat chips. Don't get me wrong, I love cuddling on the couch with my man but I want some variety in my life. Sometimes it just gets boring. Even when we were seeing each other only during the weekends it was relatively tricky to keep things exciting.

    The ideas I had I never really got to put in action before we had to go back to long distance relationship, but cooking together, having a proper Sunday brunch together (prepare it yourself or go to town) and even taking walks together all seem like nice ways to break the pattern. Going out is also fun, even if it's just to do the groceries together or to visit museums/cafes etc. Can't wait to be able to do those things again with my man... only two months to go until we see each again!

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  9. well, since we are married for only three months, we haven't got to that question. OK, I'm not telling the truth. let me start over... since we are a couple for more than 7 years, ofcourse we came to that question. And the answer is - I don't know. Zombie-apocalypse movies are always the answer, but unfortunately, we have seen ALL of them, so that is not a solution anymore. sometimes, we just go for a walk in park, just holding hands and giggling. sometimes we go for a ride and date night in Mc'Donalds, and sometimes, we just stay in bed whole day. That's maybe the best solution :)

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  10. You are definitely not alone. Me & Matt have gone from only seeing each other on the weekends to living together and it's taken its tole, we've got into a bit of a robotic routine. I miss the weekends we'd go out & explore too, this has definitely inspired me to get our butts out of the house. Here's to date weekend!
    Hope you have a lovely one,
    Harri
    xx

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  11. I'm with you! M and I plan date night, we rotate who picks so it's even and allow 2 vetos lol then we go! I wear a real bra and eyeshadow lol

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  12. I am married for 3 years and one day you come to that point. It´s is not possible to do something new every weekend. Someday there is a routine in your life. But important in a relationship ist that this doesn´t matter. When your husband is your best friend and you feel like coming home when you see him then it is not important to do always new things every date. then it is important that he is in your life.
    I think the small things are very important. But it does not mean to stay all the time at home. We love to go out for diner. and there is a lovely restaurant we always go and we can´t get enough of it. Do things you both love they won´t become boring!
    Or go for a holdiay trip once a year if you can! to travel togehter is one thing what keeps you together!

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  13. I couldn't agree more! Me and the OH and engaged but still living with our parents (we've been together since we were 15/16). Six years into our relationship the weekends are becoming a struggle! I've found instead of planning the weekend, we just 'let it be'. Time goes more slowly and we aren't wasting time discussing what to do. Sometimes movies in bed with some comfort food is the best!

    I can't wait for spring to get here. We love going for walks and having cosy bonfires in the evening with S'mores ; )

    Gemma x

    http://musings-of-a-gem.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. Such a good post :)!We aren't married yet but we have these nights too, we usually just go for a nice wee walk or bake something yummy to eat :). I can't wait for spring to come so we can hit the beach :). Hope you find something fun to do this weekend :).

    Rachael xx.

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  15. I know what you mean! My bf and I live in the same state (but 3 hours away), so we only see each other once or twice a month. Therefore, our dates are always action-packed and more exciting. I love warm-weather dates (walks, beach trips, getting ice cream, mini golf, etc.), but for the winter I like movie marathons, dinner dates or maybe a wine tasting!

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  16. first of all, such a sweet picture of you both! for us, going out is tough since we are on a tight budget and getting out of the apartment almost always requires some sort of spending. fortunately, we live in a beautiful city, so we can go on walks and always have great views, instead of studying or working at home we take things with you to a coffee shop or some pretty place (like the boston public library here for us)--these aren't all that revolutionary, but we figure its not where you are, its who your with, and so the goal is just to get out in general...and save up for fun road trips and such when we can.

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  17. Wow, it sounds like I'm the seasoned veteran here when it comes to marriage. My husband and I just celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary this month. When your married to your best friend it doesnt matter what your doing. It can be simple or elaborate. I like to spring surprises on him. Have the kids spend the night at grandma's and prepare a romantic dinner at home or plan an evening out on thr town and not tell them where your going. My husband has planned multiple weekend vacations and told me the evening before to pack a bag, were leaving town. Its the sweet surprises that matter. After 19 years, I still like him and I think that's just as important as love.

    P.S.
    Thank you for your sweet comment in my blog. I love yours and am a new follower.

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  19. It's SO important to keep the romance alive. :) Steve lives in Canada and I'm in Michigan, so I know what you mean about having amazing dates on weekends when we do finally get to see each other.

    I think once we all get past this Winter funk, things will feel fresh and new again.

    xox

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  20. i'm also in a long distance relationship right now and it's so. hard.

    y'all just be lazy and enjoy time spent together. :) (pinterest has some pretty great ideas--just sayin')

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  21. We love movie nights in but we try to have a nice dinner out a few times a month too! A night out in which you get pretty...share a bottle of wine...have dessert:)

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  22. My husband is in university AND works part-time, so we don't get a lot of regular time together every week. It's just kind of little pockets of time throughout the week here and there. So to compensate we try and get away for a weekend every 2 or 3 months - it is well worth the extra expense to have that to look forward to in the midst of the craziness of life :)

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  23. There's a hotel resort about an hour away from us. My husband proposed there and we go on a date there once in a blue moon. We get drinks, enjoy the opulence and watch the sun set on the beach. It feels special to go there because of our history and because it's such a drive. Thanks for posting, it's fun to read other people's date ideas!

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  24. I would say go on a picnic. That's something really small and cute and simple :) Or go to an arcade and see who can win the most tickets by the end of the night. :D

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  25. This is kind of a big idea but you should take a weekend trip somewhere and have the adventurous dates you had when you where dating. Or even a day trip to somewhere near by that you have never been.

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  26. that photo of you two is so adorable. because we have a toddler, and both work, we jump at the chance to grab a bite to eat and see a movie - what used to be ho-hum is now fancy-shmancy! do you have any indoor rock climbing gyms nearby? or ice skating rink? i also love the idea of hitting the arcades... i could play ski-ball and chat for hours.

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  27. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! also about the dating thing, I totally understand especially with two little's you have to try and figure out what to do with kids or someone to watch them :). But before kids...We did a lot of movies, I am also big into looking at what is going on in my city. Like any special events or art shows. I also like the ice skating idea. Hope that helps.

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  28. We've been living together for nearly 3 years and I always love to plan a surprise for my boyfriend - I choose something that I know he's wanted to do/see for a while and then tell him we're going on an adventure. It's great because even though I know, he doesn't and it's amazing when he enjoys it...it also means that I end up seeing stuff that I wouldn't have chosen myself but end up enjoying. And we're both insomniacs, so one morning recently I dragged him out on a 5 am walk through London - he didn't really want to go but it ended up being one of the best walks we've ever had together - you see some really crazy stuff at that time of day and it felt like it was just the two of us awake in this huge sleeping city. Maybe not one to try if you don't like mornings though! xox Georgie

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  29. I'm new to Washington and it has been an adjustment trying to find things to do when the weather sucks. I think going on mini road trips and exploring new places is fun. You can talk while you're driving and catch up on life. Going bowling, rollerskating, or even having a game night or doing dinner at home with another couple is fun! We try to mix it up and keep it affordable but there are always things to come up with!

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  30. not to sure if my date night advice would be any different than the "i dont know what do you wanna do" senario lol, and im not married. p.s i think your still in good hands you guys sound very much in love still. Cant wait to hear what you ended up doing for the weekend, xoxo angel
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  31. We had that problem too, and so we made a google doc.... It sounds sort of dumb. But, we just add ideas we have when we have them, and then we just pick one off the list that sounds like it would be fun/possible that weekend. It takes away some of the "I don't know, what do you what to do" part.
    Also, we take turns planning it now. So, it's more of a surprise and fun for the person not planning.

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  32. we are definitely the exact same way. i dont know if its because everyday during the week is like a 12 hour day so by the time we get to the weekend we are just dead. it could be that we are just soo poor we'd rather save money. or i'm not sure. we have the same issue. especially during the winter when its snowy and freezing. maybe i'll blame it on the weather.

    K

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  33. These comments are so fun to read! Josh and I have almost been married for nearly two years now, and we have definitely had indecisive evenings like that. Though Chicago has more restaurants and shops than we could ever visit, we often don't have the money to spare! One of our favorite things to do on restless evenings is to host company together. No, it's not a one-on-one date, but we have so much fun opening up our home to great friends! It always puts us in a great mood, and after the company leaves... well, the evening isn't over. ;)

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  34. Oh my gosh...I think you just read my soul. I feel this exact same way. I'm having Cabin freakin fever too. We need more excitement even during the week. Our weekends have also been really busy lately. So I'm hoping for some answers and ideas just like you. Thanks for posting.

    xox-Amanda

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  35. I wish I had a magic answer to this!
    But I'm afraid this will be us sooner than I would like. Until recently, we were living in AZ and had friends who would plan group dates a lot, we also both had schedules that actually gave us a lot of time home together during the day and since my husband is a laid-back, introvert, homebody kinda guy we didn't plan too many nights out. We spent so much time together during the week that we didn't feel the need to set aside time to really go on dates, so when we did it was interesting enough to go to dinner and a movie.
    But now that we've moved to where we literally have no friends closer than a 5 hour drive, and he is working a 9-5 job and I will be looking for part-time work again soon I have a feeling we are going to start needing that designated date night!

    Here's a few "date idea lists" I pulled from pinterest. Hope you find something you like!

    http://www.thedatingdivas.com/date-night/just-the-two-of-us/page/2/

    http://www.lifeinthegreenhouse.com/2012/02/date-night-in-jar.html

    http://www.niftydateideas.com/Pages/Cheap-Date-Ideas.html

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  36. Dinner and movie in a fort or cooking together are always my faves!

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  37. you two are just so cute. hum. kell and i always try to find new coff shops and have reading dates. and it's a bit werid, but we like to work out together... but yeah, typically it's dinn and movie, ha.

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  38. Hubs and I like to turn the tv off, and blast the ipod on some good blue-sy music while sippin on some nice red wine in our lovely new stemless glasses!!

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  39. My hubs & I struggle with exactly this. Between work, school and everything inbetween, dates seem to be bests spent at home, getting to bed early. However, from time to time we will just book it to the beach for a night or two & let me tell you getting 30 minutes away from home and staying in a hotel can seem like a real vacation. It keeps things exciting and different & well of course, we do dinner dates 5 out of 7 nights a week because cooking hasn't rubbed off on me yet ;)

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  40. I know what you mean. My husband and I end up doing a lot of the same, but we don't mind it. We actually prefer low key date nights, especially in the winter. Once the weather gets nicer out, we'll venture out to our favorite waterfront towns and do the touristy things, which we really enjoy.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  41. we are having this same problem!! it seems like there is nothing to do. in the summer we go on walks around our neighborhood a lot but in the winter we just sit at home and it gets so boring! if you come up with anything exciting, fill me in haha :)

    aubri

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  42. Hahaha, so funny! This is EXACTLY my husband and I. For our first year dating, we lived in separate states, so when we flew in to see each other, we always went to expensive restaurants, went hiking & canoeing, walked around downtown, etc. Basically had loads of fun. Now we're married (& have been for 5 months), and every weekend, we're like "OMG YES NOW WE CAN STAY IN AND WATCH 24 UNTIL 2am AND NO ONE CAN STOP US AREN'T YOU SO EXCITED?!?" lol.

    But we try to push ourselves outside the threshold of our house every other weekend. That's a pretty even balance for us. We both have busy lives, so we like having every other weekend to just stay in and do nothing and relax together, but on opposite weekends, we do try to get out and do SOMETHING. This past weekend, we just spent the day going out to lunch and leisurely browsing through a few thrift stores. It was really fun and relaxing! And next weekend, we'll probably stay in, cook dinner, snuggle and watch 24. ;)

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  43. It is so hard to figure out date nights for me too!! I recently tried to pick up as many different board games as I could to try to maybe have a game night with another couple or I played blind phone book tag (Yes I still have a phonebook). I would go to the yellow pages and try to find a new restaurant or activity to do! =)

    Best wishes finding out new date ideas! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  44. We do the same thing! Our exciting date nights now involve bulk shopping and roaming around costco!

    Shannon
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  45. dinner & a movie happens more often than I'd like to admit...especially in winter. But, if you cook together that adds a whole 'nother dimension of fun! Starbucks or a coffee shop in general is always a nice little get-away, or the dollar section at Target - pick out a little goodie but don't show it to each other till after you buy it. Just going for a drive. Snow shoveling in the winter, or I suppose sledding might be more fun. :) Walks in the park, or visits to little antique shops on main st. then there's always the gun range...no seriously! hahaha! :)

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  46. Oh! & I almost forgot the best one...buy Duck Dynasty Season 1 on DVD...& watch an obscene amount of episodes in one night.

    Hope this helps!

    hahahahaha!!!!!

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  47. for our anniversary I gave Matt 12 folders. Each of them had a date night plan. I thought about purchasing the tickets and everything in advance, but was worried that sometimes life happens and something would happen... Dates ranged from date night movie and dinner... to a night at the shooting range... to sumer beach day... etc. it's been fun so far!

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  48. Try the gym! It's so hot seein your hubby all pumped up and huge! I think that's the main reason I go ha ha and in turn, it makes you feel good, and is almost a reset button for us. And cooking together is always fun, puts a spin on things, and it's always nice to have a little help in the kitchen. We've started this thing where each of us takes turns planning a date from start to finish and focusing on things our spouse may not really know about us. For example I took him to an art gallery because I really love art. He took me to the gym cause that's his passion. Another one we made pizza together by candlelight. So it's kind of like dating again, not knowing where you're going what you're going to do but you know your honey's got it all sorted it out and the surprise is always a clencher, ya can't wait what they have to share with ya :) Hope this works for ya guys too! I feel ya, Netflix just isn't cuttin it for us anymore either ;)

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  49. We go see a film in the morning and grab lunch or we go to an art museum or me go for a drink and make each other laugh. Or maybe for a hike. As long as Jason's with me I find joy in the most loser of activities. My closet romantic has been coming out of the closet more and more as of late. What's up with that?

    Chao
    Poppie
    http://thepoppie.com

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  50. you're not alone! so, there's that. second, my husband and i each like pretty different things which is fun since we're always learning something from each other. most of the time, date night events are picked by one of us, that would be something the other wouldn't do normally. so thank about what you like to do, and share it with the hubs. maybe a museum? or a painting class? we also really enjoying biking to dinner, the exercise is always an unexpected treat.

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  51. Date nights are so hard to plan and, to be honest, husband and I haven't had an intentional date in quite some time! We never really did even when we were dating. We are both very spontaneous so our weekends are all over the place! It is so sweet, though, that you and your husband like to plan out adventurous things! You are just too cute :)

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  52. OK, I`m not married so I should just shut up (haha!) but my vote is to travel. Little trips or big trips, that should help keep the fun, romance & spontaneity alive!

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  53. first of all, that's the sweetest picture of you two. gorgeous.
    Second, we are in the same boat as you guys. we always just hang out on the couch & watch tv. The only time we don't is when we hang out with friends. Sometimes its just about researching things to do in your city & just going and doing them.

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  54. I can't wait to have this dilemma ;) So cute! Sometimes just walking down town is fun.

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  55. You are not alone at all! Love the picture of you guys, so cute! -Heidi

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  56. totally not alone. We do a lot of happy hours with friends :)

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  57. I would love it if we simply had the TIME to say, "What should we do?" We're always so pre-planned and pre-booked that if we have any free time at all it's a mad dash of "how many errands can we accomplish in these few free hours?" I really should make some time for romance in our lives... we've only been married a year and it's SO important!

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  58. Ive been married for almost 4 years and we struggle with this every single week.

    One thing I know for sure helps that is scheduling time apart every week so that when you are together you want to cherish it and its easier to make a plan and enjoy the time you have.

    My husband is a musician and he practices two nights a week where its guaranteed I wont see him for two consecutive days. I know once I get him back we are more excited to hang out and go do something together.

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  59. well I'm not married or dating right now but that photo is ADORABLE. melt my heart. xo

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  60. OK, first of all, that picture is ADORABLE. I love!! And also, I'm a major homebody too so how about bringing the date inside? Blanket forts and movies and picnics in the living room floor!

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  61. if you can't recover from cabin fever in time, rent a movie and build a fort + indoor picnic! :)

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  62. ugh, i'm right there with you. you should make a post with a list of what people recommended! M & i have that very same conversation on the weekends, which usually results in use staying home :/

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  63. Oh how I can so relate! As a matter of fact, we are going to watch a movie tonight! Ha! But seriously, sometimes it can get a little overwhelming with work, errands and just things that need to get done, but we do try and squeeze in time at the bookstore, or to grab coffee at our favorite bakery or some ice cream. weekends are venturing out to dc.. it's amazing how there are endless places to visit from super touristy spots to small hall in the walls. we can't wait for the weather to get nicer. we both hate the cold so we've been staying inside for a while.

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  64. Well, I'm not the best person to advise you, because I am not married, but how about taking a cruise on a vacation? Traveling by ship should be fun, and romantic! =] And if you are not on vacation, you can: ice skating, walking in the park, have a picnic, go to the zoo, play bowling or even do a course with her husband. ^^

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  65. I think it's actually amazing to spend time together with friends. Watching my husband talk with people all charismatic & witty reminds me of our first days of friendship, when our conversations were all sparkly, and not "when's the last time we changed the cat litter?" Haha.

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  66. We love going to multiple restaurants and trying the same thing at each (like a burger or ice cream or whatever). So fun to compare. And if you get a couple of people to join you, you can split them so you can fit in more restaurants!

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  67. I am coming back and referencing this post the next time we get in the "I don't know what do you wanna do" vicious cycle! I find the hardest part is actually leaving the house - once we are out the fun times don't stop. So lately I have just decided on a place I want to go (a park, a restaurant, a local shop) and we go from there! Good luck keeping the "dating" spark alive ;)
    xx

    Here&Now

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  68. Whatever you do, do it now and lots of it because once kids come along you'll be like, "What did we DO with all our spare time?!?!?!" I love my kids (your nephew and niece, hehe) to pieces, but man what I wouldn't give to have a vacation :) Have a fabulous weekend! Go drive to Stadium High School where 10 Things I Hate About You was filmed - unless you've already been there... Or, have you been on the new Ferris Wheel in Seattle?

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  69. Josh and I live in the most boring place on earth, so we have to get creative on date nights. We like to rent red box movies, play board games, go hiking, invite people over for games and beer, try new restaurants in Santa Fe and walk around downtown while taking night pictures.

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      oohh, I wish I had actual advice to give! all I've got is that photo is so stinking adorable of you two!

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  71. I love the picture and I agree with Paige Evans. Whatever it is do it now. And lots of it. My husband and I love going to frozen yogurt, the drive in, because you can talk a lot through the movie, the temple, and you should try reading to each other. My husband and I use to do it all the time. Have you both read Harry Potter? It's a great read aloud. Or get your favorite treat and listen to For all Eternity by John Lund. He's a marriage counselor and LDS. We listened to it together because someone mentioned it was really good and hilarious. Which it really is. We had a great time listening and you can always use great advice for your/our eternal marriages right? Good luck and happy dating...

    Shauna xo

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    1. Can you believe I've actually never read Harry Potter before. I've seen the movies though!

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  72. Oh my goodness, we have been going through the same thing and the weather's put a damper on things (we're snowed in here in Canada). I know this is common for couples, but it's just REALLY nice to know I'm not alone, y'know? I've found myself actually googling "date night ideas". I haven't a clue what to do beyond the usual routine, especially when it's -25 °C outside.

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  73. Since we have Mila, sometimes we just order in Thai food, cuddle on the couch and watch a movie. Super easy and not too costly. ;)

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  74. I wish i had great ideas, but that photo of you two is beyond. So cute. Loving your blog lady.

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  75. Hi Dear..
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  76. The photo of you two is adorable. Sometimes just letting the kid card fly seems to do the trick aka building a fort or finding a place to play arcade style games. Sometimes taking turns cooking? Even having a game night can be fun :)

    xo
    Rachel

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  77. Love the foto!!! Evenings together can be fun just sitting on the sofa and listening to each other:)

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  78. I totally understand! We've been married 1.5 years, and we try going on dates where we don't have to spend a lot of money. We like trying new local restaurants, going on drives in new developing areas and talking about what houses we'd like to live in one day, and game nights!

    Sheree
    The Hartungs Blog
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  79. Oh I wish I had boyfriend at least :)
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  80. Wait for 6 years and 3 kids..lol. Clear off your desk and grab your calendar and laptop. Scour every performing arts/sports/festival site and stock up your calendars;)

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  81. I'm not married and I'm not currently in a relationship that has lasted so long that we're in a rut as far as keeping romance alive. So I'm not sure I have anything significant, but why not act as if you two have just started dating again? Where would he want to take you if it was a first date or vice versa? :)

    Happy (romantic) weekend! :)

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  82. first, this picture is honestly too cute for words.
    second, i know how you feel...especially in the winter months.
    third, i'm always up for a good weekend road trip or camping trip! :)

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  83. i of course know how you feel! last valentines i made my husband a little jar of date ideas that we can pull from when we don't know what to do, and it actually has been so fun because we agree to pull one out, and be spontaneous enough to do whatever it says! some have been mini golf, making treats to deliver to someone, drawing out a floorplan of our dream home, playing tennis, etc. there are so many, i'll have to post some of our favorites! Xo

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  84. Haha we love to eat so much, dinner always works for us!! I understand the cabin fever though... I'm sooo ready for spring.

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  85. Honestly we don't do anything too exciting. Our favorite thing is to get together with our friends go get some tacos and then play games. I am super competitive so it gets a little crazy. Rent 'Arrested Development' that show is so dang funny!

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  86. This is so sweet! My husband and I have been married for a little over a year now and I totally understand. Sometimes it's hard to think of new things to do together, but even when we do things we've done a million times, we always seem to have a blast. Maybe go to an art museum together or something like that?
    Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

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  87. I am not married, but I always love bowling or going to the arcade :)

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  88. I don't have any suggestions :( , but I just had to comment that you two are so cute!

    Mili from call me, Maeby

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  89. Just have a baby! You will always have something to do then. :)

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  90. Not married (yet) but Ben and I have been together 7 years (living together for 3) so we're certainly already familiar with this rut. But I'm with a kind man who often will suggest we got to my favourite restaurant/shops/art supply and book stores, because he knows I love that. In return I try to suggest doing things that he loves too. That doesn't mean that this happens every weekend, but we try. Why not write down some of your favourite things to do, and have your guy write down his then pick from the list each weekend? I'm sure you'll come up with something fun:)

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  91. That's a very cute photo of the both of you! How about taking a short stay cation to somewhere nearby? ;)

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  92. I'm a huge "adventure" kind of person. I love to travel. But we can't spend too much money and we can't always get away....so a few things we love to do are play games together at home. Games like Boggle, or games on our Xbox kinect. We also love arcades, cemeteries and antique stores, so we find random ones in our area to check out. Figure out places that the both of you enjoy and explore! They don't have to be exotic.

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  93. I'm nine years in and we just became parents so I know what you mean now more than ever! BUT! Any date is a fun date. And we too live in the rain so I feel your pain and your cabin fever HARD. We like to check out the Seattle Stranger or (Tacoma's) Weekly Volcano and see what's happening in town. Maybe a free art show, free day at the museum, new restaurant opening, whatever. Hiking isn't so bad in the rain especially if you go somewhere with lots of trees. We also like to walk at the beach/waterfront in bad weather because no one will be there and it's so fun and out of the ordinary. I dont know if any of that helps. But, the fact that you're trying is a good thing! Good luck, love birds!

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  94. We aren't married but we do live together and it's really easy to fall into the "I don't know, what do you want to do?" trap. I've found that just getting ourselves out of the house and in a different environment can feel like a date! Almost any place will do. Sometimes even grocery shopping feels more fun.

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  95. I'm not sure what area of in Seattle you live in- but living in Capitol Hill we love to get out mostly around the hill and downtown. I love going to other neighborhoods to explore for the day- Seattle has so much to offer in every district/neighborhood!

    One gem I love to share is Central Cinema on 21st and Union- not far from Capitol Hill- in the Central district. It's a pizza place/movie theatre (you eat while you watch the movie) They occasionally play really good classics. it's a hit or miss on whether it's something we want to see usually. and it's a unique experience eating while watching a movie! the food is pretty good.

    i love spending time at Golden Gardens, and finding good food in China town (after falling in love at Dragonfest in July), and walks around Greenlake.

    Also hanging out with other young couples is a good way to discover awesome new places!!

    xo
    Lauren
    raincitybaby.blogspot.com

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  96. we get out of the dadgum house and explore explore explore :)

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  97. we're the laziest. in fact i'm too lazy to even read through these comments to see what other people do. and i think that's ok. all we know is that we like being around each other, and it doesn't matter what we're doing. xx

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