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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, October 22nd, 2013

TalkingTuesday

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Last week, many of you said you loved the Talking Tuesday activity of forming an acrostic with your spouse’s name. We had a suggestion (thanks Erin Hensche!) to do a part 2 this week, so here it is:

Form an acrostic (fancy word for taking each letter of a name and using it to form a word about that person) with you and your spouse’s last name describing your relationship (as you see it or others might perceive it).  

I’ll get us started …

M – Meaningful

C – Comedic

I – Incredible

L – Loving

W – Whimsical

A – Adventurous

I – Insightful

N – Novel

Okay, it’s your turn!

Talking Tuesday Weekly Announcement REVISED

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Why the Ring Finger?

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

By Ashley McIlwain

Quite some time ago, my sister Ricinda sent along a very interesting link explaining why the wedding ring is worn on our ring finger. To be honest, I had never really contemplated why the ring finger is labeled as such, but when I read this post she had passed along, it made me smile.

I’m sure there are a plethora of theories and explanations that exist as to why we wear our wedding rings on our ring finger, but I thought this one was adorable, entertaining, and worth sharing.

The gist of it is this: your fingers represent different people in your life, and there’s a little exercise to go with it. Bend your middle fingers in so they are touching at the second knuckle and have all of your other fingertips touching. (See the picture below for an example.)

ring finger

Now, try to pull your thumbs apart. Your thumbs represent your parents, which is why you are able to pull your thumbs apart. We are meant to separate from our parents at some point. Now pull your index fingers apart, which represent your siblings. Again, your index fingers separate, which is representative of how siblings separate to start their own families. Next, pull your pinkies apart. Your pinkies represent your children (or future children), who will also set out for their own separate lives at some point.

Finally, try to separate your ring fingers. They won’t come apart will they? That’s because your ring finger represents your spouse whom you are intended to be with for the rest of your life no matter what. Hence, we place our rings upon this finger as a reminder of that inseparable bond.

Again, I don’t know if there’s any validity to this theory, but it’s fun to try and a cool thought. What do you think? Have you heard of any theories on why we place our wedding rings on the ring finger?

Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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What do you love about summer?

I’ll get us started …

I love that, with the warm weather and longer days, there’s a natural pull to be more active. It seems summer brings out the adventurous side in a lot of people, myself included. Whether it’s hitting up the pool, shopping the farmer’s market, going for a bike ride, walk, or run, hosting a BBQ with friends, checking out a local festival, or jamming out to a concert, there seems to be so many more options out there to explore. That coupled with the desire to do something fun is a recipe for a memorable summer full of laughter and love. What’s not to love about summer?!

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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What are some of your favorite date night plans?

I’ll get us started …

I love all sorts of date nights with my sweet hubs, and we’re always looking for something new and fun to do. At the same time, there’s nothing quite like a night in together. While I love all of our dates, two are jumping out at me as I’m writing this. The first is going to an amusement park together. Where we live we have Universal Park, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and Six Flags Magic Mountain all close by, so we’ve got options. I love the fun, youthful atmosphere of an amusement park. Screaming and holding on tightly to your sweetie as you loop around on a roller coaster. Having your man try to win you some cheesy and completely unnecessary prize at a rigged and nearly impossible game. Sharing some cotton candy and an extra-large soda. What’s not to love?

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, I absolutely love a night in shnuggled up with my husband under a cozy blanket with the fireplace flickering its warm glow about the room and a glass of wine. Oh and a good movie playing too. It’s romantic, relaxing, and perfectly idyllic.

Alright, alright … enough of me. I want to hear some of your fun, cute, creative ideas!

Okay, it’s your turn!

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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 🙂

Noteworthy: Made For Me

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

When I first heard this song, I couldn’t stop the corners of my mouth from creeping upward into a smile. Not only did I find myself doing a little jig to it, but I enjoyed the playful nature of the song’s lyrics. Despite being jovial, this song also brings about an important message to the table … enjoying our spouse and celebrating our differences.

Before I reveal the song, I have a few questions for you to ponder. Do you enjoy your spouse? Do you take time to just laugh, talk, and be together? Do you stop to think about all of the wonderful things about your husband or wife?

It’s easy to forget that we married our spouse because we actually enjoy and like them. We get caught up in being an efficient team that we often miss each other completely and soon drift apart when the friendship dies. Part of having a great marriage is keeping that friendship strong and reminding one another of the companionship and enjoyment that comes from being together.

That’s why I loved, Toby Mac’s song Made For Me off of his new album Eye On It which just dropped the end of August. While I love the whole album, this song was one that warmed my heart and made me want to take a few moments to consider just how much I appreciate my husband, Steve. The lighthearted tone of the song can’t help but make you want to snag your special someone, and do something fun … maybe even some silly dancing to it in your living room. Hopefully when you hear it, your hearts will well up with gratitude for your spouse … so much so that it spills over into some affirmation and acts of love toward him/her.

Let me know what you think …

TobyMac – Made for Me (Official Lyric Video) from tobymac on GodTube.

 

Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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

What do you and your spouse (or significant other) do to keep things fun?

I’ll get us started …

Steve and I love to have fun! In fact, sometimes I think it’s our life’s mission because whatever we are doing, you can be sure there’s lots of laughter involved. Because we enjoy “playing,” we go out of our way to cultivate that in our relationship.

One way we do that is planning fun things to do. If it sounds interesting, we do it. If it’s something we’ve been wanting to do, we plan it. If it’s somewhere we’ve wanted to go, we go. We look for opportunities to make memories, have fun, and laugh a lot together. It really just entails creating opportunities to have fun and then making the most of those opportunities.

Something important to keep in mind is to not take yourselves too seriously. Life is stressful enough without making it more stressful. Laugh at yourselves, and roll with the punches. Laughter is the best medicine, so when all else fails, laugh!

Okay, it’s your turn!

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Fun For Two

Friday, January 6th, 2012

By Ashley McIlwain

My husband, Steve, and I travel around quite a bit trying to visit with our families that happen to be spread across the United States. While we love visiting our families, it can be challenging to save vacation time, energy, and money to go and do things that we want to do outside of those trips. What we’ve tried to do though is combine the two when possible.

Over Christmas we did just that. It was our turn to visit with Steve’s family up in the bay area, so we managed to squeeze in a few extra little “just the two of us” moments where we could. It made for a very busy Christmas vacation, but we loved every second of it.

First on the list was to head into San Francisco for a quick day trip. It’s tough to beat a big city during Christmas time. The decorations, bustle, and overall cheer makes me giddy with excitement. We enjoyed all of our favorite spots including Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Pier 39. Of course we had to hop on the trolleys a time or two, which is always a highlight of being in San Fran.

Also on the agenda this trip was checking out the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. It turned out to be a tiny, hole-in-the-wall, four person operation. Not only were we amazed at this spectacle, but we took advantage of devouring fresh, flat fortune cookies. All around, we loved exploring one of our favorite cities during the most wonderful time of year.

At the end of our visit with Steve’s family, we decided to take a stroll down memory lane by cruising down the 101. We took this gorgeous, California coastal drive for the first time on our engagement trip back in 2007, and we hadn’t done it since. It was so much fun exploring some new and old places along the way.

Our first stop was Santa Cruz. We decided to hit up The Mystery Spot. I’d heard of this place and certainly seen the well-known bumper stickers, so we just had to check it out. It was definitely interesting to experience the gravitational oddities and hypothesize as to what might be the cause. At the end of it all though, we were left with an unsolved mystery … spot.

After being mystified, we checked out the Santa Cruz boardwalk, which is a cool hybrid of beach meets carnival meets arcade. Candy, rollercoasters, and scenic views made for an amusing afternoon together. We followed that up by revisiting the gorgeous, breathtaking spot where Steve proposed to me. It’s tough to even describe the picturesque scene that stirs up so many wonderful memories from the second most incredible day of my life (next to our wedding day, of course). There’s nothing like revisiting somewhere that is so special to you as a couple. I highly recommend everyone doing this from time to time.

Onward we pressed to Monterey. Monterey is such an adorable place; it’s one of my favorite California locations. We started off our day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which was a real treat. You can’t go wrong with jellyfish, sea otters, and seahorses. Next we took a stroll along the Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s the perfect place to go for a hand-in-hand stroll and some of the freshest saltwater taffy you’ll ever gobble up.

Finally, we made a point of heading to Buellton where we gorged on the famous Anderson’s split pea soup. Yum! After a good night’s rest, we launched the final stretch home by first stopping at our favorite breakfast spot, Paula’s Pancake House in Solvang. Their pancakes are divine to say the very least.

All in all, there is nothing quite like a little fun for two with my hubs. Making memories together is priceless. I treasure our adventures together, knowing that these moments are what make life’s journey worthwhile. What a blessing it is to have my husband be my best friend that I enjoy being with and love so very much!

Anyone else have any recent fun excursions, memory-making, or stories they want to share?

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Mummy Dogs

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Looking for a fun date night or family night this Halloween? Then I have the perfect idea for you. They’re called Crescent Mummy Dogs, and they are adorable and delicious. Making these you are sure to share some laughs and memories with your sweetheart and/or kiddies. Check it out …

 

Try it out and let me know what you guys think!

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