Posts Tagged ‘activities’

Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

TalkingTuesdayShare your thoughts, feelings, and stories as well as respond to others regarding these questions:

What kind of date nights do you and your spouse or significant other enjoy? Adventurous? Relaxing? Outdoors? Movies? Let’s all swap ideas for some great date night ideas!

I’ll get us started …

Steve and I like to switch things up. We are always trying something new, exploring, and making fun memories together. Often times we like to go out and do something. That typically entails trying out a new restaurant – I like holes in the wall, and he enjoys foodie places – so we appreciate a whole spectrum of places, flavors, and atmospheres. We like to go to concerts, so we’ll check out a local band at a small joint, or we’ll hit up a headliner at a big arena. Our music tastes are all over the place so we’ve been to everything from intimate praise and worship concerts to rock to country to pop to folk. Sometimes we opt for a movie theater date so we can snuggle up and split some popcorn. One of my favorite things to do, which isn’t really a date night but a great opportunity for quality time nonetheless, is to get up on a Saturday morning grab some brunch and coffee, and then go for a nice long walk at one of our gorgeous local parks.

Alright, I think I’ve listed enough of our dating exploits. What are some of yours? I’ve very excited to get some new ideas!

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

TalkingTuesday

Share your thoughts, feelings, and stories as well as respond to others regarding these questions:

What are some of your favorite outdoor activities to do with your spouse (and kids if you have them)?

I’ll get us started …

I really do love and enjoy the outdoors. There’s something about being amidst God’s creation that reminds me of His goodness, creativity, and power. One of the great things about Southern California is that the weather is conducive to outdoor activity year-round. Some of the things my husband I enjoy doing are going to the beach, going for a run or walk, sitting on a blanket at the park, taking a bike ride, playing sports, or grilling. When you take time to think about it, it’s amazing just how much there is to do outside. It’s nice to soak in the sunshine and breath in some fresh air every once in a while.

Okay, it’s your turn!

Talking Tuesday Weekly Announcement REVISED

If you have a question you would like to see asked in our weekly Talking Tuesday discussions, we want to know what it is! Just contact us with your idea!

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Festive Fun

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

By Ashley McIlwain

For anyone that knows my husband, Steve, and me, they know that we are somewhat obsessive over Christmas. We love everything about Christmas, and we just can’t celebrate the season enough! Twinkling lights, soft scarves and mittens, time with family, familiar Christmas melodies, gingerbread cookies, the birth of our Savior (not in that order) … what’s not to love?!

While controversial to some, we get a jump on celebrating Christmas by decorating as soon as Halloween is over. That’s right, this year, our home (minus our Christmas tree because we get a live one) got its festive facelift on the first weekend of November. Before you roll your eyes, throw your hands up in protest, or point a finger, hear me out.

We don’t ignore or overlook Thanksgiving. In fact, we feel like Thanksgiving is the perfect prelude to Christmas, and we love taking time to gather round the overstuffed table giving thanks for God’s goodness in our lives. But here’s the thing, how can you say it’s wrong to want to relish the one time a year that everyone seems just a bit friendlier … that joy is a frequent visitor of … that celebrates purpose, hope, and the ultimate gift in Jesus Christ … that brings people together?

For us, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and we just can’t contain our excitement and love for it … so we don’t. And we don’t apologize for it. This year, we decided to tackle a few festive and fun activities together. First, we finally made a gingerbread house together. This has been an item on Steve’s Christmas to do list since I met him, so this year we made it a priority and a reality. We gathered up a bunch of candy and went to town on our beautiful, brown cottage of sugar and spice. It was fun to work as a team, and yet, we both left our distinctive marks.

The second activity we took on was hand-painting a nativity set that my sister bought us a couple years ago. We (mainly me) underestimated how involved and time-consuming this project was, but we really had a blast. My husband was such a good sport about it, and I loved seeing his finished products. At the end of it all, we were left with what we like lovingly refer to as “Our Family Heirloom” since we spent so much time on it. This is one of those things that will be forced on generations to come.

We laughed, concentrated, and sipped on hot cider while making precious memories together that will truly last a lifetime.

Have any of you done any festive and fun activities so far? Do you have any planned? Do tell 🙂